(She and) He-brews at Aldersgate

Ram, our friend from The Dirty Apron cafe, took time out to teach a team of almost a dozen volunteers from Durham Street Methodists on the intricacies of the commercial espresso machine in the Aldersgate kitchen. Look forward to higher quality beverages at up-coming church events!  

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

This week we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), as September 14 commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament.  We are all encouraged to use this Wiki o te Reo Māori to ‘welcome Māori language into our lives’ (whakauruamai hoki te reo Māori ki tōu ao), and … Continued

New Aldersgate window shines

This week our long-awaited Aldersgate window was successfully installed. The original Aldersgate in London was the spot where founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley’s “heart was strangely warmed”.  His faith became real and visceral. It also impelled him into the world of poverty and the marginalised, so that he (and the church) would never … Continued

Design in Glass Coming to Life (2)

In February 2020, it’s great to see progress on the colourful, inclusive stained-glass window designed and being crafted for us by Graham Stewart of www.stewartstainedglass.co.nz. When finished it will be hung in the giant window of the Chapel at Aldersgate, facing Durham Street. More background on the design, its meaning and significance and what to expect in … Continued

Open day inundation

We were surprised and just a little over whelmed with the estimated thousand plus people who came through Aldersgate on Sunday 23 February for our Sneak Peek Tours of the building just ahead of the next weekend’s official Opening Celebrations. We stopped counting at 150 in the first 20 minutes or so, but the crowds kept … Continued

Design in Glass Coming to Life

It’s great to see progress on the colourful, inclusive stained-glass window designed and being crafted for us by Graham Stewart of www.stewartstainedglass.co.nz. When finished it will be hung in the giant window of the Chapel at Aldersgate, facing Durham Street. More background on the design, its meaning and significance and what to expect in the final product … Continued

Aldersgate Blessing

On Monday morning 17 Dec, Dr Terry Ryan, assisted by Roz Wilkie blessed the completed Aldersgate Centre, after it was handed over from the builders to the Durham Street Methodist Church. In attendance along with a small group from the congregation, we also hosted representatives of the Social Services of Christchurch Methodist Mission, and Christian … Continued

The essence of Aroha – children’s art competition

To celebrate the opening of Aldersgate, a new centre for spirituality, inclusion & social justice at the heart of Christchurch, we are sponsoring an art competition on the theme of “The Essence of Aroha”, for any children of primary or intermediate ages. Entries on A4 or A3 paper need to be delivered to Aldersgate,309 Durham … Continued

Poutama Screens

The large screens that hang down from the roof over the colonnades down both sides of the Aldersgate Great Hall are made of punched metal, but have been designed to echo the traditional, woven tukutuku panels that often line marae (meeting house) walls.  In particular, the stepped Poutama design used in the Aldersgate panels is … Continued

Aldersgate breakfast thank you

With the Aldersgate construction nearing completion, on a beautiful sunny summer morning at 7:30am on Thursday 28 Nov, Durham Street Methodists provided a sit-down, full-English cooked ‘thank you’ in the form of a breakfast for 65 workers (architects, designers, managers, builders, tradies and many others) who had contributed in one way or another to the … Continued

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