Ben’s new story and website

Ben Nowland-Foreman has done it again, producing a new story for Christmas 2022. Written and illustrated by Ben, this year’s story is called The Lucky Magic Talking Train, and is about a boy who thinks that the more toys he has, the happier he will be… until something happens to change his mind. Printed copies are available … Continued

Talented story-teller does it again

Durham Street member, Ben, is featured in this month’s national Methodist newspaper, “Touchstone“. And we understand it is the most read and most downloaded article in the edition! Our most famous story-teller has just finished his latest story, “The Easter Penguin“. It’s about a misfit little blue penguin or kororā, named Curious, jealous of the … Continued

What does it take…

…to get a church full of people of all ages cheerfully whistling “Always look on the bright side of life”?  The same thing that gets all the kids excitedly bashing an egg-shaped piñata with a wooden spoon – only to discover has all kinds of things inside (birds, butterflies, flowers, bunnies), except no Easter eggs? … Continued

What does Easter mean to modern Christians?

Till late last century, it’s probably true to say that your average protestant Christian believed in a god who offered their son to be killed like an animal sacrifice, as payback so humanity was relieved of its own death penalty for ‘sin’ or separation from God, each other and creation. And all we humans needed … Continued

Virtual Easter Sunday

Over 50 people gathered on-line during the lockdown to celebrate our Virtual Easter Sunday with the Durham Street Methodist community. Thanks to Hugh for grabbing these pictures of the diverse bunch of participants we are, some decorated eggs and colourful hats – that we were asked by Philo to bring along for the celebration. Her … Continued

A Little Light in the Darkness

Our building may be closed. Church gatherings may be suspended, but we are still here for you. Just to prove it, when many others were doing their last minute panic shopping before the lock-down came into force, Philo and Jeff were doing their panic setting-up of a fun Easter window display – Easter eggs, bunnies, … Continued

Easter Surprises

After an Easter morning breakfast shared with Knox Presbyterians, a larger than usual gathering at Durham St Methodist church participated last Sunday in an Easter service led by Philo that included balloon blowing, origami butterflies and other surprises. It was a celebration that Resurrection is not just something to believe in, but to enact in … Continued

Easter Egg Hunt to help hungry

This Easter, you can have fun and make a difference to families living in poverty at the same time. The Christchurch Methodist Mission is encouraging you to host your own Easter Egg Hunt and invite friends and families to come along and join in the fun. Simply register your Easter Egg Hunt at, invite … Continued

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