Open hearts,
Open minds,
Open doors.
Please note all Sunday Gatherings are currently suspended

See here for further information on the suspension of all church gatherings. 

Read a special message from Philo, our minister, on our response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Instead, this Sunday we will be gathering at your place. Find out more about Virtual Sundays, and how you can be part of this new way of gathering.

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 your place with Virtual Sundays

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May 04, 2020

Letting Go of the Idols of Certainty

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There is something about a crisis that makes us want to cling onto certainty even tighter. I have

March 21, 2020

A Message from Philo on our response to COVID-19


Dear friends, You are all precious in God’s eyes and loved by the Aldersgate Community.  We have taken

April 12, 2020

From the Billboard Easter 2020

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This Easter: Don’t go to church, be the church

All Gatherings suspended

But our church community has resurected on-line with Virtual Sundays at 10:00am Sundays, and through these other on-line activities

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

May 14, 2020

World Day of Prayer on the pandemic

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May the 14 has been declared by a number of world religious leaders as a day of prayer,

May 12, 2020

Our experience of the lockdown

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Our Church Community’s Experience of the Lockdown:During Virtual Sunday this week (10 June 2020), Matthew asked us to

April 15, 2020

Virtual Easter Sunday

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Over 50 people gathered on-line during the lockdown to celebrate our Virtual Easter Sunday with the Durham Street

Latest Sunday Reflections

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

May 10, 2020

What Are Our Expectations of God?

By Matthew Croucher

Acts 7:55-60 and John 14:1-14

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