• Tuesday 11 October – 10am – Walking Group – Ilam Gardens, meet at Ilam Fields, 106 Waimairi.  Grade 1.
  • Wednesday 12 October – 2.00pm – Afternoon Theology Group – at the home of Bob and Jean Piper, 270a Waimairi Road.


  • Sunday 16 October –  11am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Preacher and Leader of Worship — Reverend Bill Elderton.  Mary will be away in Auckland for the weekend at a Methodist Mission Aotearoa Meeting.
  • Tuesday 18 October -10am – Walking Group – Leithfield-Kowhai River to Leithfield Beach. Meet Old Leithfield Hotel. Grade 2.


  • Sunday 23 October – 11am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Preacher and Leader of Worship — Reverend Mary Caygill.
  • Tuesday 25 October – 10am – Walking Group – Orton Bradley Park, pool cars at PMH, Grade 1, 2 or 3.


  • Sunday 30 October – 11am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Preacher and Leader of Worship — Reverend Mary Caygill


  • Your answers to the discussion questions are posted in the hall. Please do take time to read them when you have your cup of tea. They have been summarised, the full list is there also. They will become the basis for the work of the committees, so thank you very much for your input, you now own the ideas that the Committees will work on!
    Thank you for responding so enthusiastically to “Our Big Day Out” it was a congregation-building experience!

The Choir has received a generous gift of $300 for its funds from the Dunedin Methodists’ Open Education programme. The accompanying note from Colin Gibson reads: “… to support music and the choir … in the aftermath of the earthquake which destroyed the church with tragic loss of life. In the spirit of the early Christian congregations we send this to you with our love and sympathy.”


  • Charity Concert – 9 October,  3pm – The concert at St Andrew’s Church at Rangi Ruru features the Chapel Brass & Harmony Singers. It is a joint morale booster and fundraiser for Christian World Service, the Christchurch based aid and development agency who lost their central city offices in February. Tickets $10 are available from Christian World Service, ph 366 9274 or email.
  • THE ART OF CURATING WORSHIP. Spring book study at St Marks Methodist Church, corner Barrington/Somerfield Streets. Wednesday evening 7.30-9.00pm, 26 October, 2, 9, 16 November. To register and obtain the book ($20 or koha) please contact Janet Chambers by ph, (03) 332 4616, or email, or Andrew Donaldson by ph.(03) 981 0699, or email.  Please read Chapters 1 & 2 before the first meeting. (Both Mary Caygill and Marcia Hardy will be attending so Mary can share transport with anyone interested.)
  • Henry’s Liquor Store – Opposition’s next step: Now that letters have been acknowledged by the CCC Planner and forwarded to the Hearing Panel we need to think about the next step, the Hearing. Although we cannot speak we can attend in support of the two objectors who will be speaking. The greater our numbers, the more impact their objections will have. HEARING DATE is Friday, 28 October, at 9am at the Russley Golf Club. An indication from those of you able to attend. contact Jane Tyler-Gordon, Chairman Ilam & Upper Riccarton Residents’ Association.
  • Kiwi Made Preaching Forum 2011 – Saturday, 29 October, 9.30am-4.30pm, Spreydon Baptist Church, Christchurch A one day preaching event here in Christchurch to assist in the development of those in the preaching team at your church. There will be a total of 25 options to choose from in the course of the day spread over five different sessions. In addition there will be two sessions form outstanding British preacher Chris Wright.
    Lunch will be provided – together with morning and afternoon teas. There will be a book-table available, together with other resources.
    The Kiwimade Preaching Forum is an initiative of Langham Partnership NZ – with Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF), Carey Baptist College and The NZ Christian Network. Any questions can be directed to Paul Windsor by email or view the website.
  • Launch and Hymn-Sing of Bill Wallace’s Hymn Collection: SINGING THE SACRED, vol. 1 – Sunday, 6 November, 3.00pm, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru,16 Merivale Lane, Christchurch – Featuring texts and melodies by Bill Wallace;  tunes by Barry Brinson, Judith Thornley and the late David Childs;  harmonizations by Graham Hollobon, Barry Brinson, Sue Lennon, Wallace Woodley, and the late Frank Dennis; organists: Graham Hollobon and Barry Brinson