Mary will be out of the office from Thursday – Saturday this week. Should you need to contact Mary please phone her on her mobile, cell 027 251 8611.


  • The Parish Newsletter will be available next week.


  • Tuesday 6 September – 10am – Walking Group– Kennedy’s Bush Track to the Summit Road. Meet at the end of Kennedys Bush Road. Grade 2 walk. (Walks are subject to change.)
  • Wednesday 7 September – 7.30pm – Choir Annual General Meeting – at 2 Glenside Avenue, Ilam. Some singing, some business, some supper.


  • Sunday 11 September – 11.00 – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Preacher and Leader of Worship: Reverend Barbara Stephens.
  • Tuesday 13 September – 10am – Walking Group– South Brighton Bridge Street to the Spit. Meet in Bridge Street by the trees. Grade 2 walk. (Walks are subject to change.)
  • Wednesday 14 September – 2.00pm – Afternoon Theology Group at Wesley Care. We are going to walk (or finger walk) a labyrinth.


  • Sunday 18 September – 11.00am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Combined Service with the St Stephens Methodist congregation for Lay Preachers Sunday. Worship will be led by Garth and Elizabeth Cant. A shared lunch will follow.
  • Tuesday 20 September – Walking Group – details to be announced.


  • Sunday 25 September – 11.00am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Preacher and Leader of Worship: Reverend Mary Caygill.


  • Chris and lan Clarke are glad to let all friends know we are now comfortable residents at Unit 9, 91 Harewood Road, Papanui. Our new phone number is: ph. 354 9509.
  • Parish Gift for Tasman Davids – yes, there is still time for you to make a contribution towards the cost of the Parish gift to Tasman as he heads off to study ballet in Russia. Either use one of the envelopes provided on the table by the door or an envelope of your own with Tasman’s name on it, and pop it in to the offering bag in the next week or two.
    Dear ‘Durham Street’,
    I have been privileged to have grown up as one of Durham Street’s children. I have always known where my church family is, even though it has been difficult to always be there as I grew older with work etc… However no matter how infrequently I made it on a Sunday, I was always aware of your thoughts and hopes for me.
    Russia is a huge adventure, (both exciting and scary.) It is one that would never have been possible without the generosity of so many people.
    Sunday was particularly touching for me, Mum, Nan and Poppy. It is easier to accept help from big scholarship funds when you know that the money is earmarked for such things. It is harder when you know that people have given from their own pockets and also very humbling. Your generosity and prayers to carry me safely to Russia will stay with me through what I know may be difficult, as well as exciting times.
    I hope that I can achieve to the Vaganova standards, but I will certainly do my very best and work as hard as is possible, to live up to both your hopes and my expectations.
    With Love and Thanks


  • Central City Plan roadshow heads to the Christchurch Events Village in Hagley Park next week. If you haven’t been able to visit the road show while it was in your community, make sure you head along to the Geo Dome from next Monday 5 September and learn more about what’s in the Plan. The road show will be at the Geo Dome until Sunday 11 September. It is open Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. This is your chance to discuss any areas of interest with our planners and most importantly to make a comment – good or bad – about what’s in the draft Plan.
  • SOUTH AFRICAN VISITOR: Public Meeting Tuesday 6 September, 6 7:30–9:30 p.m., Knox Centre Bealey Ave (cnr of Victoria). S’bu Zikode, President of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (urban shack­dwellers) movement in South Africa since 2005, campaigner for housing justice. S’bu will be speaking and showing highlights from a newly released award-winning post-apartheid movie, Dear Mandela.
  • World Methodist Family called to respond to Fiji – See this website, or Google “Methodist Fiji” (without the “”) for the most up to date news on the Methodist Church in Fiji.
  • Theology and Church Architecture: Wednesday 28 September 2011 – 9.00am-3.30pm, Christchurch Chinese Church, 286 Greers Rd, Bryndwr (near Wairakei Rd shops). This one-day ecumenical conference is for all people, lay and ordained, interested in thinking theologically about church architecture. It is especially relevant for those with broken or demolished churches in Canterbury, but all are welcome. Cost: $20.00 payable at door, includes refreshments and lunch. RSVP for catering purposes: Chris Church, Theology House, ph 03 355 9145, or by email.