Christchurch South Methodist Parish
St Marks Church
ST MARKS IS 90 YEARS OLD!
St Marks Church celebrated 90 years of worship services in Somerfield on July 7th 2019. Services began first at Somerfield School and then moved to the St Marks site at 5 Somerfield St. The newly renovated St Marks Complex was opened on Saturday February 8th 2020.
- Growing & sharing our faith in God,
- Joining together for worship & celebration,
- Living faith by serving others and offering hospitality to our local community
OUR CORE VALUES:
Creativity, Outreach, Teamwork, Worshipfulness
CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH METHODIST PARISH DETAILS:
St Marks Church and Hall
Cnr Barrington & Somerfield Streets, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024
See Map at the bottom of this web page.
PRESBYTER: REV ANDREW DONALDSON
27 Remuera Ave, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Phone:027 428 7356
WORSHIP TIMES & DETAILS
SEPTEMBER 6th 10 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson leads Holy Communion 7 p.m. Contemplative Zoom Service
SEPTEMBER 13th 10 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson
SEPTEMBER 20th 10 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson
SEPTEMBER 27th 10 a.m. Linda Cowan & the Parish Team lead a Spring Flower service
All services available on Zoom. Please contact Rev. Andrew Donaldson on 027 428 7356 for access details
There was relief in Christchurch on the 27th August as sentence was handed down to the gunman and terrorist who took the lives of men, women and one child, in two Christchurch mosques. As a nation, it was difficult to fathom the horror that was inflicted on people of one particular faith tradition. What would motivate someone to such cruelty?
As Justice Cameron Mander sentenced the man, we sighed with relief that a darker chapter in our lives had some closure.
Of course, we will still talk about it. Rather than concentrate on the motives of one assailant, the questions of why will linger. Now our task is to think and continue to pray for the victims of tragedy. Their lives continue with the loss of loved ones and for those who live with their injuries, both physical and emotional.
Religious conflict between Christians and Muslims has not been good. Still today religious conflict between two great religious traditions continues. We pray for the forgiveness of our fellow Christians who engage in violence against Muslims around the world, even when we struggle to comprehend why violence is needed at all.
In New Zealand, for the most part, religion is one of the topics we're meant not to talk about. Of religion, we say nothing to keep the peace, which provides a hint that there were times of religious conflict in our land. We come to the topic of religious violence from a position of naivety and innocence. That does nor mean we live in a land of milk and honey of religious tolerance. We pray too for the work of organisations such as the Canterbury Interfaith Society who seek to celebrate our religious diversity
In the New Zealand Methodist tradition, the one we belong to, we affirm the right of all to religious freedom. In our history and in our roots we championed the right of the poor to worship their God when the wider church sought to suggest that the poor were outside of God's grace. The Wesleyan Catholic Spirit surely does extend to those of other faiths.
St Francis prayed a simple prayer, and we sing it. Of course we do, we're Methodists.
Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord
And where there's doubt, true faith in You.
Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there's sadness, ever joy
May the God of peace, to whom both faiths pray, be with our Muslim brothers and sisters at this time.