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50 Langdons Road
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Christchurch 8053

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P. (03) 366 6049   I   0800 266 639

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Christchurch South Parish

St Marks Somerfield

OUR CORE VALUES:
Acceptance Caring
Creativity Outreach
Teamwork Worshipfulness

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
Email: stmarks7@clear.net.nz

WORSHIP TIMES:
SUNDAY July  30th     10 a.m. Charles Manning

SUNDAY August 6th   10 a.m. Rev Bill Elderton 
                                        7p.m. Contemplative Service lead by Janet Chambers

SUNDAY August 13th  10 a.m.  Rev Bill Elderton
                                                     Holy Communion

SUNDAY August 20th  10 a.m.  Valerie Marshall
                                                     Lay Preachers Sunday

SUNDAY August 27th  10 a.m.  Christine Lloyd
                                                     "African Mission Experience" 

Presbyter's Long Service Leave.
Andrew will be on leave from the 18th July -28th September.
Please contact Rev. Bill Elderton for Pastoral needs.
ph. 375.1133 or  027 242 9461
Bill will be in the Parish Office  980 5002
Wednesday and Thursdays 10am to 3pm &
Saturday mornings.
           

PRESBYTER'S RAMBLINGS AUGUST:

THE PAST IS A STRANGE COUNTRY -

During my final High School year, an Uncle took me to his work site at Christchurch prison, he ran a construction business. After a while, I wandered off to see "the Quarry" and a scene from "For the Term of His Natural Life", or a Soviet Gulag.

 Under guards on duty in high towers, men dug rocks from the ground, loading them into wagons and pushed them along rails to conveyer belts from whence the rocks moved up to gravel crushers.  It was a hive of dust and noise.  In 1961, hard labour for those detained at her Majesty's pleasure meant just that.

 In the same year, as a Prefect, I could belt a boy on the bottom with a gym shoe as punishment, and myself get caned when my marks for science (for which I had no aptitude) fell way below the B++ and A- of my other work.  My parents protested the second, but not the first.  The past is a strange country, they do things differently there.

 We should no longer take such past experiences as a world to be nostalgic about and replicated.  But we also need to recognise that many regulations in the Bible share the same dangers.

Scientific, social, humanitarian and medical knowledge has lifted us to a more complete appreciation of the world, our relationship to it, each other, and to God.  The spirit of the Word is what remains, eternally valid, not always the black words on white paper.                               Bill Elderton.

 

Email:stmarks7@clear.net.nz

Phone +64 3 982 5002

 

Direct link to this page www.stmarks.methodist.org.nz



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Updated 26 March, 2017