The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

Postal address

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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August 2005

Churches say Mugabe’s strong-arm tactics not cricket
Christian World Service (CWS) threw its weight behind efforts to stop the New Zealand cricket team’s tour to Zimbabwe and launched an appeal to provide urgently needed relief in the wake of the Mugabe government’s neighbourhood clearance drives that have left more than half a million people homeless.

Futurechurch to float on Angel Wings
By Paul Titus
A new trust has been set up to run and develop the Futurechurch website after the Methodist Church suspended its funding. Baptist minister Rev Steve Taylor and his wife Lynne have established the Angel Wings Trust to take responsibility for the website, which provides a directory of emerging churches and alternative worship groups in New Zealand.

Otago University to house theological think tank
By Marie Sherry
The Otago-Southland synod of the Presbyterian Church has granted $150,000 to the University of Otago to help establish a Centre for the Study of Theology and Public Issues.

Small strong churches wave of the future
Imagine your local congregation not as a traditional church but as a caf? where people meet for conversation and community. This is the vision of Dr Kennon Callahan, an American church consultant who was in New Zealand last month to share his thoughts on creating strong, healthy church groups.

Fresh slate of challenges for ex-high commissioner
By Marie Sherry
Former British high commissioner Russell Marshall found himself doing things he’d never dared dream of during his three year term in England but he is looking forward to the new challenges he now faces back home in New Zealand.

Mayor breaks bread with homeless at Methodist Mission
If you walked from Mt Eden to Auckland’s city centre you’d pass about 30 people living on the streets. One in five of them is less than 20 years old. Methodist Mission Northern is assisting Auckland City Council develop a strategy to develop a strategy on homelessness.

Home schooling attractive alternative to some Christian families
By Katie Riordan
Whether it’s their first choice for a better education or a last resort when schooling has failed, more and more New Zealand families are keeping their children out of the classroom and teaching them at home. Many are Christian.

Heart surgery as spiritual experience
Methodist minister and Touchstone columnist Rev Dr Jim Stuart says open heart surgery and post-operative recovery was a life-changing experience. Not only did it make him reflect on the essentials of life, it gave him glimpses of other spiritual dimensions.

Archives footage in TV1 documentary Hokinga Mai
By Diana Roberts
A few months ago the Auckland Archive’s collection of films was recorded on video cassette, and the original films lodged with the NZ Film Archive. The growing awareness of their unique value has resulted in a request to the Methodist Archives from the makers of a television documentary series.