Special Day for Durham Street Methodist

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Press statement for immediate release

Work to begin on Durham Street Methodist Church complex

 

Seven years after the 2011 earthquake a blessing ceremony will be held on the site of the Street Methodist Church (309 Durham Street).  The ceremony will mark the commencement of the construction of a new multi-purpose complex.  Led by representatives of Te Taha Maori and Ngai Tahu it will be held at 6.15am on Monday 26 February.

The original Durham Street Methodist Church collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake causing the loss of three lives.  “The loss of the building has given the congregation an opportunity to build a new place of worship that is much more than a building. The new complex, which will be known as Aldersgate, will be a new place of gathering; of ministry and outreach to the community; a coming together of services to give practical support; a flexible complex where we can continue to evolve the way in which we live out our call as Methodists in Christchurch city”, said Rev Rob Ferguson, the Methodist City Chaplain.

Rev Ferguson who was appointed to the role of city chaplain two years ago established the StreeTs Ministry.  This engagement with the inner city communities has kept parish links with the inner city alive.  To further live out its commitment to public theology and social justice the parish will be sharing Aldersgate with Christchurch Methodist Mission and Christian World Service.

Wilkie and Bruce Architects have designed the building and the desired completion date is July 2019.

Since the 1850s there has been a Methodist presence in the City.  The Durham Street Church congregation felt it was right to return there.  The Church was the first stone building on the Canterbury Plains, built just 14 years after European Settlement.  It was opened on Christmas Day 1864.

“The new building with its multi-purpose layout will serve the needs of the Church, community and congregation for the next 150 years”, said Rev Ferguson.

For further information contact:  Rev Rob Ferguson Phone 029 770 8759, or Pauline McKay, Parish Steward 021 289 1225.

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See also this article on www.stuff.co.nz as well as the story on the front page of this morning’s print edition of The Press …

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Pentecost 2

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Yes, folks – we are still here, albeit a bit tardy with our (my?) updates.  Tomorrow we meet in the Hall at the Knox Centre for our weekly service of worship.  This week the service will be led by Rev Rob Ferguson, who walks around the city, talks to people from the Council to the Streets, and drinks lots of coffee – for a living!

Rev Rob at work

Rob Ferguson chats to Emma Lythgoe with daughters Kayla, 13, and Abbie, 12, on holiday from Havelock North.  Photo:  Stacey Squires/Fairfax, The Press, 30 Sep 2016

 

08 Jan 2017

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epiphanyThis week we meet with the Knox Presbyterian congregation in the Knox Church, at 10.00am.  The Service of Worship will be lead by Rev Andrew Donaldson, and the preacher will be Rev Prince Devanandan, a Sri Lankan with an Anglican background who is the current President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa.

baptism-of-jesus-02The picture on the right is of Al-Maghtas ruins on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River – the location for the Baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_of_Jesus].

Social Justice/Public Questions

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social-justice-aIf you are interested in meeting with a group of like-minded people to look at issues of social justice, there will be a pot luck lunch after church on Sunday 4 December so folk can introduce themselves and talk about what a Social Justice Committee might do.  Starting time, 11.45am – finish around 2.00pm.  Bring some finger food to share, and, if you would like to, send any comment or suggestions ahead of the meeting to convenor Daniela by email.

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