New Brighton 
Union Parish

Methodist/Presbyterian

With the community seeking the sacred in open spaces.

All Age Worship Sundays 10.00am
 - Cafe style services in Hall.

Everyone Welcome!

Corner of Union & Collingwood Streets
                

Co-ordinating Minister: Rev Mark Gibson, Mobile: 021.2155.450
Office administrator: Diane Clemoes

Senior Lay Leaders: Warwick Buxton and Nita Whall

Office Phn: 03 388 9220


Email: nbunionparish@xtra.co.nz (Office)   nbu.tidemark@xtra.co.nz (Mark Gibson)

OUR RECENT JOURNEY



As a r
esult of the 2011 February and June earthquakes our 98 year old worship centre 
(the oldest in the seaside village of New Brighton) was severely damaged.
In September 2011 it was demolished.
Now there is an open expanse of shingle where the building once stood.

Soon after the first big quake we held our Sunday service on the beach.
Then for a few months in a local cafe.
Since winter 2011 we have been worshipping in our undamaged hall.
 
In the meantime we wait and dream of new possibilities that might emerge for our empty site.
This is a process we engage in with hope and faith, and in conversation with the wider community.
We believe that God will do some new thing in this place that we love and enjoy.
God hasn't finished with us yet, what has been is only the beginning of an unfolding good news story.

LATEST NEWS

Hot off the Press.
We are collaborating with the famous New Brighton Pirate Band
to hold a Tribute Service for the late, great, folk singer Pete Singer in our hall in June.
It is important that Christchurch celebrate his huge contribution to both music
and great movements of social change across the world.
 Most of the service will involve community singing of his most well-known songs.

Please "like" our facebook page. We often post interesting snippets of our emerging life.  

WHAT'S ON?


Our Backstage Community Theatre is showing another quality documentary
on this Sunday afternoon (March 16) called "Waiting for Superman".
It is a powerful look at the education system in the U.S.
and some of the truths about Charter schools.
Entry by gold coin koha. Discussion afterwards.


SUNDAY SERVICES - Every Sunday, cafe style at 10.00am in the hall.
Inspiration & support for the adventure of life.
This Sunday March 16 the service will be led by
Mark Gibson, our Co-ordinating Minister.
He will be exploring the importance of inner and outer journeys. 
 
LOOPY TUNES- a music and movement  based programme for pre-schoolers and caregivers
10.30am, every Monday during school term in the hall. Includes morning tea.

SEASIDE SENIORS - a place of support and encouragement & fun for the older members of the community.
Entertainment, stimulating speakers and time for fellowship over afternoon tea.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in our hall from 2.00-4.00pm.

EARTHQUAKE SUPPORT GROUP - for people living in earthquake damaged homes.
The first Friday of every month, 5.30-7.00pm in the upper room (access through the hall)
Includes fish n chip tea.

THE PURPLE DOOR BOUTIQUE OPPORTUNITY SHOP
(see hours below)

COFFEE & MUFFINS SOCIAL GROUP
Every Friday morning at 10.00am.

COMMUNITY BARBECUE LUNCH
Every Thursday (unless wet) from 11.30am-12.30pm 

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 THURSDAY COMMUNITY BBQ


Every Thursday unless wet, we gather beside the Op Shop for a BBQ and informal sharing.   
This is one of the great ways of getting to know others in the neighbourhood. 11.30am - 12.30pm.
Donations made from other parishes have enabled us to undertake this outreach project as part
of our earthquake recovery.
    

Purple Door Boutique Opportunity Shop Open Tues, Thu and Fri 10am -2pm and every 3rd Saturday.

 

Op Shop Manager Nita Whall assisted by cat Tigger who comes to help.



Hall available for hire - with kitchen facilities Phone: Nita Whall 981 1096


COMMUNITY GROUPS WHO SHARE OUR HALL FACILITIES:
Monday 1-2pm   Tai Chi Maintenance   Ph.328.7284
Monday 2.45-6.45pm Patricia Paul's School of Dance
Tuesday 10-11am  Easy Dance & Exercise to Scottish Music  Ph. 3887 985
Tuesday 6.30-8pm  Brownies  Ph. Carolyn  3884 855
Wednesday 4.30-5pm  Zumbatonic for Children  - see above
Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm South Brighton Choral Society
  Thursday 10.00-11.00am Patricia Paul's School of Dance
Thursday 6-8pm  Girl Guides  Ph. Gladys  Ph 3886 556