The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

Postal address

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

P. (03) 366 6049   I   0800 266 639

Please phone our main line (as above) and at the prompt either dial '0' to speak to Reception or enter an extension number. FOR A LIST OF EXTENSIONS CLICK HERE

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Christchurch South Parish

St Marks Somerfield

Acceptance Caring
Creativity Outreach
Teamwork Worshipfulness

St Marks Church and Hall
CnrBarrington & Somerfield Streets, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024
See Map at the bottom of this web page.

C/- Parish Office, 27 Remuera Ave, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Phone:+64 (03) 980 5002


SUNDAY October   1st   10 a.m. Rev Bill Elderton  Spring Flower Sunday

                                           7 p.m. Contemplative Service lead by Jill van de Geer

SUNDAY October   8th  10 a.m.  Rev Andrew Donaldson
                                                           Holy Communion

SUNDAY October  15th  10 a.m.  Rev Andrew Donaldson

SUNDAY October 22nd  10 a.m.  TBA

SUNDAY October 29th    10 a.m.  Rev Andrew Donaldson


SPECIAL PLACES -                                                                                      

As a child and teenager, Restaurants as we now know them, were both few and far between
and out of my family's price range.  We did frequent Tea Rooms when in Christchurch or Invercargill.  They were wonderful with their old-fashioned cake stands holding the
appropriate sandwiches and cakes for three.

Thus my father taking me to Fail's Cafe when I was 22, is still a memory. Fail's was a full
blown, fish-only Restaurant.

"Café" was a misnomer.  A unique Christchurch icon since the 1920/30s, Fail's sported
decor and ambiance I've never experienced elsewhere.  The meal was doubly special
because it was just Dad and me and I was at that age when children begin to have the
potential to become friends with their parents.

Fail's has long been replaced by an office block, but I never pass the site without feeling
neat about that time with Dad. The spot is one of my "Special Places" In the Old Testament,
the Jews raised monuments to those "special places" where they encountered-collectively
or individually the presence and power of God.   Here their lives had been infused, their
spirits charged, and in memory came a fresh touch of the Divine.

Dad's always suddenly a bit closer again, whenever I recall that meal in 1965.  We need to
keep alive our memories of our 'Special Places'

                            Bill Elderton.

Phone +64 3 982 5002


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Updated 26 March, 2017