Christchurch South Parish
St Marks Somerfield
OUR CORE VALUES:
CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH METHODIST PARISH DETAILS:
St Marks Church and Hall
CnrBarrington & 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 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
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
PRESBYTER'S RAMBLINGS OCTOBER:
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Fail's has long been replaced by an office block, but I never pass the site without feeling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'
Phone +64 3 982 5002