The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

1 Maydell Street, Ilam
Christchurch 8041
Postal address: PO Box 931
Christchurch 8140

P. (03) 366 6049 | F. (03) 358 7146

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Durham Street Methodist Parish





Lent 2016


LENT ONE – February 14 The Knox Centre

We will begin the journey of Lent with guest preacher Sister Kathleen Rushton joining us on February 14 to set the scene for our journey towards Easter. Below is a summary of what she will share with us.

Christian Sunday Worship begins each Lent by proclaiming one of the gospel accounts of the temptations of Jesus. The core of these temptations is the enticement to abuse relationships - whakawhanaungatanga/right relationship with Earth, people and God. Luke 4:1-13 assists us now to reflect on the use and abuse of power in relationship with Earth, people and God. First, we shall ponder this gospel using a very ancient art, practised at one time by all Christians, known as lectio divina. Then, we shall rediscover Lent through exploring its origins, links with baptism and as preparation for the joy of Easter. We will conclude by exploring the meaning of the three interwoven Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for us today.

An Introduction to Sister Kathleen:

Kathleen Rushton of Nga Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy teaches Scripture courses for the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand at the Christchurch Catholic Education Office and in the past for the Ecumenical Institute of Distance Theological Studies.  Her research in John's Gospel includes the cosmology of the prologue, water and harvest imagery and the implications of ecology and science for spirituality today. She writes a monthly Scripture reflection on the Sunday gospel readings for Tui Motu.


Lent 2016-2

LENT TWO – February 21, 10am

Jill van de Geer
Knox Hall

LENT THREE – February 28, 10am

Barbara Peddie
Knox Hall

LENT FOUR – March 6, Holy Communion, 10am

Andrew Donaldson
Knox Hall

LENT FIVE – March 13, 10am

Valerie Marshall
Knox Hall

PALM SUNDAY – March 20, 10am

Worship Group
Knox Hall


Matthew Jack and Jill van de Geer
A combined service with Knox congregation

GOOD FRIDAY – March 25

Jill van de Geer
Knox Hall


Combined service with Christchurch West Parish
venue to be advised



Now worshipping in the Hall at - 10.00 a.m.
The Knox Centre
28 Bealey Avenue
Christchurch CBD, 8013

Access to the hall is from Knox Lane, between the car park and the Knox Centre.

Parish Administration:
Administrator: Sue Chappell

Upper Riccarton Methodist Church
3 Brake Street
Church Corner, Christchurch

P.O. Box 6347
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch 8442

Phone: +64 (03) 348 9260
Fax: +64 (03) 348 9560
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Parish Superintendent:
Rev Andrew Donaldson

Home Office: (03) 980 5002
Cell: 027 4287 356
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Rev Jill van de Geer

Home: (03) 343 6751
Cell: 027 4670 077
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