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The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Papanui
Christchurch 8053

Postal address
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PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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Christchurch South Methodist Parish 
        St Marks Church        

ST MARKS METHODIST CHURCH, SOMERFIELD

This year St Marks Church will celebrate 92 years of worship services in Somerfield on July 7th  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.

 OUR VISION:  

  • 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: 

          Acceptance, Caring, 

Creativity, Outreach, Teamwork, Worshipfulness

CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH METHODIST PARISH DETAILS:

St Marks Church and Hall
Cnr Barrington & Somerfield Streets, Somerfield, Christchurch 8024

Car Park entry from Barrington Street

Rooms are available for hire during the week please contact Paul Titus 021 655 092 

PRESBYTER: REV ANDREW DONALDSON
27 Remuera Ave, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Phone:027 428 7356


Services are normally available on Zoom.  Please contact Rev. Andrew Donaldson on 027 428 7356 for access details

WORSHIP TIMES - JUNE 2021.  At St Marks, 5 Somerfield Street, unless otherwise stated.

JULY 18th     10 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson. Combined service with Rev Kitasi Sioni and Tuvaluan congregation.

JULY 25th     10 a.m. Linda Cowan

 

Note: The EKTO Tuvaluan congregation usually meets at St Marks 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.                                For more information Please contact Rev Kitasi Sioni on  021 090 51360

 

Presbyter's Ramblings

2021 has been a busy year for us. We have continued to develop our residential property strategy, essentially replacing our old houses with new dwellings.  This is looking, at the time of writing, like moving from possible strategies to a strategy   being decided upon.  The next move will be to plan for the implementation of the chosen strategy.

The other major piece of work for us is becoming the home for two other Christchurch congregations.  We began a journey at the beginning of the year with the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu Otautahi. More recently the Lord Jesus Christ Ministry (LJCM),  a mainly Filipino congregation, have begun using our property.It is wonderful to see that the Church is being put to good use.

The LJCM is a younger group of worshipers with quite a different approach to our style.

Welcoming these congregations is part of our ministry of hospitality.  Our Mission Strategy accepted by the Synod, placed the ministry of hospitality as one of our priorities.

 At Dorothy Hayward's initiative a framed picture of John and Charles Wesley was rescued from the rubble of the demolished Wesleyan Church on the corner of Brougham and Colombo Streets.  It was carefully restored by Phil Heffernan of Camera & Digital and was hung above the organ on the 23rd May 2021  as  part of our celebrating the Day of Pentecost and Wesley Day.                                                            

We enter the season of Pentecost beginning with Pentecost Day. Pentecost Day is also called "White Sunday" or " Whitsunday". Despite it being called white Sunday the liturgical colour is red, which celebrates the life of the Church. The following Monday is known as Whit Monday and is a public holiday in Britain and in many European countries. The Day of Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the Birthday of the Church. The Season of Pentecost is the longest liturgical season in the year. The Season's liturgical colour is green.  It is interrupted only once for Trinity Sunday (whose liturgical colour is white) which follows the Sunday  after Pentecost Day. The Season differs from denomination to denomination.

Methodism in New Zealand recognises the Season beginning at Pentecost  Day and continuing until Christ the King Sunday, the very last Sunday of the Liturgical Year.  Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year.  Interestingly the United Methodist Church, the largest and truly global Methodist denomination, divides Pentecost into two sections, Pentecost and Kingdomtide.

So, Happy Birthday Church!                                        

Andrew.