Sunday 3 June – ChCh Marathon and road closures

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Getting to Church on Sunday

Suggestion 1 – enter Bealey Avenue from the north, so you can make a right-hand turn into Bealey Avenue.

Suggestion 2 – if travelling from the west (HagleyPark end of Bealey Avenue), there is an arrow for right-turning traffic at Durham Street North, which could be used to make a safe u-turn into the south side of Bealey Avenue, which s the same side as the Knox Centre.

Suggestion 3 – the following official information is provided (together with links to their source) so you can select the best route to the Knox Centre from your place …

ASB Marathon

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And the following information regarding road closures has been extracted from

Key road closures in the CBD that will be in place by 5 am and removed by 10 am:

  • Armagh St – Park Tce to Montreal St
  • Colombo St – Bealey Ave to Kilmore St
  • Durham St North – Bealey Ave to Armagh St
  • Kilmore St – Park Tce to Colombo St
  • Madras St – Peterborough St to Aberdeen St
  • Manchester St – Aberdeen St to Peterborough St
  • Montreal St – Armagh to Salisbury St
  • Park Tce – Bealey Ave to Armagh St
  • Peterborough St – All
  • Rolleston Ave – Park Tce to Gloucester St
  • Salisbury St – Park Tce to Madras St
  • Victoria St – Salisbury St to Kilmore St

The key roads noted below will reopen by 2 pm except for the roads leading to Cathedral Square, which is the race finish, and will reopen by 5 pm.

  • Armagh St – Durham St North to Madras St
  • Barbadoes St – Bealey Ave to Armagh St
  • Cambridge Tce – Churchill St to Colombo St
  • Fitzgerald Ave – Bealey Ave to Armagh St
  • Kilmore St – Fitzgerald Ave to Colombo St
  • Madras St – Armagh St to Peterborough St
  • Salisbury St – Madras St to Barbadoes St

Work on building begins …

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309 DurhamThis week we celebrate the start of building construction on the site where the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake tragically demolished the former 1864 building. Ground remediation work has now been completed, and late-October 2019 is the anticipated completion date of the new Aldersgate Centre, which will house offices of the Christchurch Methodist Mission and Christian World Service as well as the church’s Chapel and auditorium for community use.

Holy Week and Easter Services

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Thursday 29 March Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service (the service of shadows) has been observed by the Christian Church from early times. Combined Worship with Knox at 7.30pm
Leader of Worship: Rev Dr Matthew Jack & Rev Stephanie Robson
Readers: Digby Prosser, Jill van de Geer

Friday 30 March Good Friday service – Combined Worship with St Marks at St Marks at 9.30am
Leader of Worship: Rev Andrew Donaldson, Jill van de Geer
Readers: Stephanie Robson, David Blenkiron

Easter Day Breakfast: The Knox congregation have invited us to share breakfast with them at 8.00am on Easter morning.  Please add your name to the list available at the back of the Hall.  Cost $5.00 to cover expenses.

Sunday 1 – April Easter Day – in the Knox Hall at the Knox Centre at 10.00am 
Leader of Worship: Rev Stephanie Robson
Readers: Warwick Mottram, Daniela Bagozzi
Prayers: Margaret Burnett

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.


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



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