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.
- 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 JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019
SUNDAY September 22nd 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson. 3:30 p.m. Afternoon tea followed by afternoon service.
SUNDAY September 29th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson. Baptismal service and blessing & remembering animals special to us.
SUNDAY October 6th 10:00 a.m. Rev Andrew Donaldson. Holy Communion 7:00 p.m. Contemplative Service
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.
PRESBYTER'S RAMBLINGS SEPTEMBER
In a week from now Spring will have Sprung, well possibly not, as nature will do its own thing regardless of our Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar is however designed to line up with the seasons through an algorithm that provides for an additional day every four years. In what we know as a leap year. In 2020 February has an extra day. While at primary school, I had a friend whose birthday fell on the 29th. Rather unfortunate for him, or so we thought. Of course, next year a woman can ask for a man's hand in marriage. In some folk lore, a man would be fined for refusing the request. Compensation was deemed to be a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1 and a kiss.
I like spring it is a wonderful season of new and re-birth. A season of hope reborn. It promises warmer days. And we will shortly be celebrating a spring flower service. Liturgically we will soon enter into the Season of Creation beginning on the first Sunday in September. It is both a season of celebration and of lament. Celebrating the wonder of God's creation and a confession of the negative impact, we have on this blue-green planet
I was interested to learn in this past week that concern over global warming has risen to 79%. This figure has been steadily growing over recent years. As a nation, we have woken up to the seriousness of the problem. We are seeing pressure coming upon many sectors to up their game on environmental issues. We have seen, we can respond. We have lost our one-use shopping bags and consumers are now demanding we halt the wastage on packaging. A major issue that appears nightly on our televisions is what we are doing to our oceans, rivers and waterways.
In theologically terms, as a society, we are moving from our confession to working out our redemption and compensation not only in our prayers and words but also in our deeds. Andrew.