• Tuesday 9 August – 10am – Walking Group – Takahe, Victoria Park, Kiwi. Meet at the Takahe. Grade 1 walk. Walks are subject to change.
  • Tuesday 9 August – 7.30pm – Parish Council Meeting – meets at the home of Jean and Bob Piper.
  • Wednesday 10 August – 2.00pm – Afternoon Theology Group – meets at Jean Piper’s home.


  • Sunday 14 August – 11.00am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Celebration of the baptism of Daniel Thomas Campbell – son of Helen and Ant. Preacher and Leader of Worship – Reverend Dr Mary Caygill. Prior to the service beginning there is an opportunity to share morning tea with members of the St Stephens congregation in the hall.
  • Tuesday 16 August – Walking Group – details to be announced.
  • Wednesday 17 August – 7.30pm – Durham Street Church Choir AGM – at 2 Glenside Avenue, Ilam. Some singing, some business, some supper!


    Mary Caygill will be away from Saturday 30 July – Thursday 11 August, attending the World Methodist Council Meeting and the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa. Mary is the Co-Convenor of the Social and International Affairs Committee of the Methodist World Council and this will be her last meeting in this role. If you have any pastoral concerns please make contact with either Barbara Peddie, ph. 377 0246, or the Parish Stewards – Digby Prosser, ph. 379 1828, or Lorraine Goffin, ph. 337 4942.

PARISH NEWSLETTER – No 3 August 2011.

    Contributions are eagerly sought for the next edition – August – which is scheduled to be available on Sunday 21 August. Any items of news you want added to the newsletter please send through to Mary either at the Parish Office, Upper Riccarton Methodist Church, or via email.
    Any items of people news, something interesting to ponder, or any of your future thinking about the future place of Durham St Methodist Church and a Methodist presence in the city as it emerges – every contribution is valuable.


    Our new bank account: I am hoping that everyone is up-to-date with the fact that we have now our own bank account and that it is being managed through the Connexional Office. I am also hoping that those who give to the Parish regularly by way of Automatic Payments have had the chance to cancel their old authority for an AP to Durham Street and have established a new one. If you haven’t done this, may I remind you to do so, at your earliest convenience?
    For those using Internet Banking, you will also need to make a change – to the account into which your giving is being transferred. For me, this has meant canceling the old arrangement and setting up a new one with the new bank account number (020820-0162064-00, Christchurch Central Methodist Parish, with the Bank of New Zealand, Riccarton Branch). The most important bits of information to be included are your Stewardship No. and your name. For anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Church Restoration Fund, using the same bank account number, please be sure to “tag” your contribution in such a way that we know what it is for, e.g., Restoration, Building, etc., in either the “Code” or “Reference” box of a deposit slip (for an over-the-counter deposit at your local BNZ) or when setting up the payment by Internet Banking.
    If you have any questions regarding Stewardship, please do not hesitate to contact me, either on ph. (03) 981 1868 or by email.


  • Celebrate NZ Hymns: A Canterbury Celebration of Worship songs and images of NZ – St Ninians Presbyterian Church, Friday 26 August, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Saturday 27 August 9.30am – 4pm. Meet Colin Gibson, a weekend of singing, learning, workshops and fun. Put this date into your diary now! Bring your lunch. Cost for full weekend $20.
  • CWS Appeal for the Horn and East Africa: Christian World Service has launched an appeal for the Horn and East Africa in response to the worst drought in 60 years. After two failed rain seasons and with food prices skyrocketing, over 10 million people face starvation and are in need of rapid assistance. CWS is asking for help now. To donate to the Horn of Africa Appeal call 0800 74 73 72 or you can find out more by clicking here. You can donate on line or by direct credit here.  Copies of the appeal forms are available on the church table if you would like to take one.