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. 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
Masks are not required for our Sunday morning gatherings, but we ask that you not attend if feeling ill or testing positive for Covid-19. 
If you are unable to join us in person, you can join us on live-streaming. For details, email

Our regular Sunday Gathering is the beating heart of our church community. Join us in-person next Sunday 10am, at Aldersgate Chapel. Or join us via live streaming. Details available from

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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 the cute 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?

Our regular Sunday Gathering is the beating heart of our church community. Join us in-person next Sunday 10am, at Aldersgate Chapel. Or join us via live streaming. Details available from

StreeTs Ministry

During the period between the demolition of the old Durham Street Methodist Church and the opening of the new Aldersgate Centre, we supported StreeTs Ministry, an exciting outreach to the city. The aim of StreeTs was 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. 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

July 03, 2023

Our New Rainbow Bench

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Last Sunday we welcomed Craig Watson from Diverse Church NZ who not only gave an inspiring reflection on

April 23, 2023

An Adult Baptism


On April 23rd, Rev Philo Kinera was privileged to welcome Kenny into the church through baptism. In a

April 16, 2023

Celebrating Bill Wallace

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On 16th April we celebrated the life and hymns of William (Bill) Wallace who had recently turned 90,

Latest Sunday Reflections

August 27, 2023

Leaving the Garden

By Barbara Peddie

Creation doesn’t stand still. How would you write a biblical creation story now, in the time we live

August 20, 2023

A New Hope

By Barbara Peddie

Today this parish – this community – is being asked to write down what our life together is

August 13, 2023

Changing Times

By Barbara Peddie

You’ll be wondering – perhaps – why the first reading wasn’t, as it usually is, from the Hebrew

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