Christchurch South Methodist Parish
St Marks Church
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 Services began first at Somerfield School and then moved to the St Marks site.
We plan to open our new buildings at 2 p.m. 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
C/- Parish Office, 27 Remuera Ave, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Phone:+64 (03) 980 5002
SUNDAY November 3rd 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson Contemplative Service
SUNDAY November 10th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson followed by: 11:00 a.m. AGM and shared early lunch
SUNDAY November 17th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson Please note there is no afternoon service this month
SUNDAY November 24th 10:00 a.m. Rev Darren Hickling
Please Note: Church building renovations are underway. Entry to the church and hall is from Somerfield Street. See picture above. The car park is still be available.
The odd thing about recent months is that I feel I have come back home. Of course I have never been away except for looking to what might have changed had I been stationed to another parish. While returning to St Marks, Jill van de Geer's words had implications for us as and presbyter and people. That a new ministry has begun. As an aside, one of the joys about remaining in the Christchurch South Parish is that I will enjoy the refurbished buildings longer than just a few short weeks.
There are a number of challenges that we have to tackle beginning with developing a strategy that strengthens our commitment to outreach and promoting our faith community with its strengths in providing hospitality, pastoral care and worship experiences.
Our hospitality is well known in the community and city.
St Mark's response to the March shootings has been, to be a place where people of many faiths have been able to come to support one another and plan events throughout 2019 and into 2020.
At a meeting of the Imam and Pastor, I heard a voice from behind where I was sitting saying "If this is how this church welcomes us I would like to come here." A Hindu man asked me if it would be okay for him to come to St Marks. I have no doubt that we as a congregation would welcome him. On Saturday 19th October a small group from Canterbury Inter-faith and EcuAction met with Ricky Waters of the Religious Diversity Centre to plan for events in2020. The group represented the Shia Muslim, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist traditions. This openness to others is a strength of this parish.
There are some institutional challenges we will need to address. We have to review our financial position including the cost of hiring our facilities for both non-profit and profit driven community groups. As a parish, we have invested a great deal in the use of our property and financial resources, but mostly in our input of time, skills and dreams. These too need to be captured by our strategic plan.
Whareora is a child of our Methodist Parish but also that of St James Presbyterian Church and while St James no- longer exists the commitment of its people is still personally engaged in giving their time and skills to Whareora. This partnership is still very important to us.
The success of our work with the Loopy Tunes (Wednesday mornings 9.30a.m. followed by morning tea) is also important. The table tennis evenings introduced this year have proved successful. We are thinking about how we do things differently and how we can improve on what we are doing now.
In reality as a parish, we can only afford a half time appointment going into 2020. It is possible that we can find another quarter time through funding from the wider Church. The Parish Council in consultation with Mission Resourcing and Synod is working hard on our behalf in shaping who we will be in 2020 and how we might attract funding.