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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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

July 10, 2020

I Don’t Want to Recover

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Recovery after a major disruption can feel comforting. We just want to get back to the way things

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?


What’s On at Aldersgate This Week

Aldersgate, 309 Durham Street, Central City, Christchurch 8013

What’s On at Aldersgate This Week

Aldersgate, 309 Durham Street, Central City, Christchurch 8013

Visit to Beth-El Synagogue

406 Durham Street North, Christchurch

What’s On at Aldersgate Next Week

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, together we can do so much more.

Latest News

October 06, 2020

Sunday Gathering celebrates rivers & the gift of water

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In this Season of Creation, Durham Street Methodists celebrated River Sunday with a symbolic ‘river of life’ flowing

October 05, 2020

Cannabis Conversation

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Around twenty people participated in a thoughtful and challenging discussion after church on the up-coming referendum on the

October 05, 2020

Vanefonua Tonga Youth Group come to Aldersgate


Durham Street Methodists enjoyed a combined service and hosted a church lunch for Vanefonua Tonga Youth Group on

Latest Sunday Reflections

May 30, 2020

What Language Should We Speak?

By Rev Philomeno Kinera

Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:22-27; Acts 2:1-21

May 24, 2020

Church Not as Usual

By Valerie

Psalm 68:1-10 & John 17:1-11

May 17, 2020

Social Economic Investment

By Darryn Hickling

Acts 17:22-31 and John 13:34-35; 14:15-21; 15:10-17

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