Open hearts,
Open minds,
Open doors.
All are welcome to join with us, 10am Sundays at Aldersgate Chapel

Durham Street Methodists

Church Not-As-Usual

“What if church invited people to come tell what they already know of God instead of coming to learn what they are supposed to believe? What if it blessed people for what they are doing in the world instead of chastening them for not doing more at church? What if the church’s job were to convince people that God needs them working in the world more than God needs them sitting in the pew?” (Barbara Brown Taylor)

That’s the kind of church community we aspire to be – a place of radical inclusion, where everyone — no exceptions — is accepted and valued and given the invitation to help take the lead. Women, men and those who don’t find those labels helpful; whatever our disability, limitation or impairment; old, young, and everyone in between; gay, lesbian, straight and asexual; Māori, Pakeha, Pasefika, migrant, refugee, old-timer, and new comer; faithful follower, honest doubter and convinced sceptic — all are welcome at the table at our central city church. Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome home, out here on the edge. We are glad you are here.
We are not the biggest church in town, nor the wealthiest, nor do we have the flashest programmes or best productions. But we are thoroughly committed to caring for each other, serving our city, and helping each other be more faithful followers of the radical, counter-cultural Way of Jesus of Nazareth. We are a welcoming, inclusive church. If you are looking for a Christchurch church where you will be welcomed, then come along, we would love to meet you.


We are registered as an Affirming Church with Diverse Church NZ


Our regular Sunday Gathering is the beating heart of our church community. Join us next Sunday 10am, at Aldersgate Chapel

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November 23, 2020

Please adjust your expectations

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I had never quite thought of the season of Advent like this before. As many of you know

October 06, 2020

Beyond fluffy animals: the edgier side of St Francis

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Many churches have recently celebrated the Feast of St Francis of Assisi (around the 4th October). Born in the

June 23, 2020

From the Billboard June 2020

Where did religion go so wrong, that gay kids grow up fearing God’s wrath and racists don’t?


Sacred Sound – An evening not to be missed

Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street North, Christchurch Central

Sacred Sound – An evening not to be missed

Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street North, Christchurch Central

Ngā Reo o te Ao Mārama: Voices of the Earth

Aldersgate, 309 Durham Street, Central City, Christchurch 8013

StreeTs Ministry

StreeTs is an exciting experiment supported by Durham Street Methodists to engage with, develop, resource and build community within the central city of Christchurch – from the “streeties” and tourists to the business owners, professionals, office and hospitality workers, and inner city residents. It’s about the gift of presence, without the perils of advice.


StreeTs Ministry - Central City Church and Ministry in Christchurch



We are a small group with a big vision to serve our city. With your support, we can grow in size and influence. Together we can do so much more.

Latest News

May 14, 2021

Solidarity with those in MIQ

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With life in Aotearoa New Zealand feeling almost normal again, and bubbles opening up with Aussie and Cook

May 14, 2021

Taking action for a fairer future


In December last year Aldersgate Social Justice group organised a public seminar “All I want for Christmas is

May 13, 2021

Blessing new baptismal stone


On Sunday, Maui blessed a large and attractive serpentine stone in the pounamou family, for our use in

Latest Sunday Reflections

May 09, 2021

As for me & my house, we will serve the Lord and overturn the patriarchy!

By Rev Philomeno Kinera

Proverbs 31: 10-31 & John 14:1-14

April 04, 2021

Love is risen in us

By Rev Philomeno Kinera

Matthew 28:1-10

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