Christchurch South Parish
St Marks Somerfield
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
WORSHIP TIMES MAY 2019
SUNDAY May 5th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson Holy Communion & Harvest 7 p.m. Contemplative Service Janet Chambers
SUNDAY May 12th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson Mothers day
SUNDAY May 19th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson
SUNDAY May 26th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson
Please Note: Church building renovations are underway. Entry to the church and hall is from Somerfield Street. See picture above. The car is still be available.
PRESBYTER'S RAMBLINGS MAY
there has been a lot happening over the last few weeks. I've been giving some thought about Easter especially after the violent shooting of worshippers at Friday prayers in our city's mosques on 15th March and more recently the devastation caused at churches and hotels attacked by suicide bombers killing hundreds of worshippers and tourists on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.
Attacks on worshippers across the world often go unreported. There was another in the lead up to Easter a Church was attacked in Sri Lanka this time on Palm Sunday. Newly installed President of the Methodist Church, Bishop Asiri Perera, was on the way to a Methodist Prayer Centre in Kundichcham Kulam in the Anuradhapura District. He was stopped by an angry mob who attempted to make it impossible for him to attend the
One service. The mob had warned the Bishop of dire consequences if he did not turn around. The Bishop pressed on and worshipped with his people. It was only after the service that the people realised that they had been locked into the church.
We know of manystories around the world including in New Zealand of people being locked in their church by mobs who then burnt the church down killing the worshippers inside. One can only imagine what was going on in the minds of worshippers. Once they realised they were being held captive they rang the police. The story was reported on Asia News. It was stated that it took the police an hour and a half to respond. While this story pales in comparison to what happened in the Catholic Churches it does provide an indication as to the priorities of local law enforcement agencies. Sri Lanka is beset with religious conflict and they have a lot of work to do.
It was very good to see the interfaith response in Sri Lanka following the Easter attacks. As is the case in many parts of the world, people of various faiths have more in common than those things which might separate us.
But what of the Easter message? What does that teach us? From our faith's perspective the Easter events are central to our understanding of God. We are harbingers of hope. Our task is to bring hope to the world but more importantly, we are tasked with realising that hope in the places we live, work and play.
On Friday I attended the funeral of Pat Teague, many of you will know her, active in the Women's Fellowship, Handiscope, Co-Superintendent of our Synod and Vice President of the Methodist Church. One of the things that was mentioned was her starting a jigsaw library. A small thing with Kingdom of God implications. We have the task of ensuring the world is on an upward spiral to a much more just and caring society. That is our large, huge, big picture of the hope of the world.
Where do we start. We start by living the little things that might create and fold into the bigger picture. It is holding all those whose lives are threatened , whose communities are set upon by religious extremist and state sanctioned violence, in our hearts and doing what we can. The big questions in the big picture are only answered by what we dare to do in our somewhat small sphere of influence.
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