Saturday, 16 March 2019

A Powerful Letter from a 10 year old Awesome Kid

I wanted to share this letter to you. It was written by ten year old Awesome Kid, Bella. Bella wrote this yesterday, independently, as the tragic events unfolded.

Thank you Bella, for your powerful and heartfelt words. Let's keep the victims and their families in our prayers and reach out to our Muslim friends and neighbours, and show them our love. 

Dear Families

We hope you are all safe, after yesterday's tragic events. Our love and prayers go out to the families who have lost family and friends.

If you and your family would like to come and gather together with your church family in love and prayer, all are welcome at the Chapel Street Centre at our 10am service tomorrow. If you and your family would prefer to stay at home tomorrow, that is just fine too.

Our love and prayers surround you whatever you choose. At these times feel free to trust the decision you make is the right one for your family.

All kids are different. They need different information to feel safe, they look for a different level of detail and they are impacted by different parts of the story. Nobody knows your kids better than you do, so it’s important to manage the conversation based on who they are, what they already know, and what it means for them.  More information can be found here:

If you would like a phone call or visit from our minister, Rev Anne Preston, please let us know.

Love and Blessings to you all.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Camp was Awesome!

Last weekend a large bunch of us headed out to Waipara, for our annual Church Camp. Our theme for the weekend was 'BRAVE'. With God's help, we can have the courage to face whatever challenges we encounter in life.

Over the weekend, we sure got to put our courage to the test... with a number of challenges such as Spotlight, obstacle courses, flying fox, waterslide, jumping from rope swings into the river, DANCING IN PUBLIC, solving puzzles and 'running the gauntlet' (racing piggy back, while other teams threw wet sponges at us!)

On the Saturday night we had a camp concert, and anyone who wanted to could put their name down to perform. We had an amazing range of acts, from song and dance, to karate and who could forget 'The Invisible Bench Skit'?

If you missed camp this year, make sure you mark it on your calendar for next year. Camp 2020 will be 14-16 February. We'd love to see you there!

Friday, 15 February 2019

12 Disciples Song

Check out this cool version of the 12 Disciples Song. It starts of slow, but ends up rather rocky! I love it!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Hooked on Jesus

Last Sunday we heard the story of Jesus calling the first of the disciples to come and follow him. He told them they would be fishers of people. We talked about how sharing God's love with others is being a good fisher for Jesus. We prayed that we would be brave to follow Jesus, show love and kindness to others, even when it is hard.

We made magnetic fishing games and a net full of fish to remind us we need to work together to spread the net of love to others.

First CHYPS of 2019

CHYPS (Youth Group) started off 2019 with an awesome bunch of young people, in school years 7-13.

We played Hovering Bunnies, Protect the President, and some games where we had to 'not follow the crowd' but think about what the right thing to do was. We ended with our God Time, in two groups (intermediate and senior) and a scrumptious supper! Thank you so much to Belinda and Sue for providing such delicious treats!

Thanks also to our new minister Rev Anne Preston, who was such a great sport, joining in all the games (even 'Hovering Bunnies' - "Teeth! Teeth!") and helped with supper.

We also enjoyed the new games - table soccer, pool and air hockey!

Being Brave because of God's Super Big Love

This week's story was about Jeremiah. Jeremiah was surprised to be called to do God's work - he thought he was too young. Heather shared with us a story of a home for scaredy-cats and we coloured in some cool cat pictures.

We talked about our fears and things that made us afraid... and how God's SUPER BIG LOVE for us helps us to be brave, to try, and to know what to do and say. 

Friday, 1 February 2019

Back to school

Our children and youth gathered for the Blessing of the Backpacks at the Chapel Street Centre last week. Heather gave our young people a special blessing as they begin the school year.

We created some awesome artwork for the Chapel Street Gallery, using oil pastels and photocopies of our hands!

Our new Year 9 youth who are starting secondary school this year, were presented with bibles.

Friday, 25 January 2019


Bring your ukulele and a smile...
AbsolUKE is back! Free ukulele lessons from this Sunday, during morning tea, with Monica.
All welcome!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Christmas Eve Service

Our Christmas Eve 5.30pm Service saw young and old celebrate together with carol singing, balloon prayers, sharing of family traditions and the telling of the Christmas story. The Chapel Street Band led the music, and Smith & Co. ended the service with the beautiful song, Mary Did You Know. Thank you to all who helped make this such a special start to Christmas!

The Chapel Street Band

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Nativity Photos

Here are a few photos from the Christmas Service which was led by the young people from Christchurch North Methodist Parish. What a fabulous team!

Monday, 10 December 2018

CHYPS Celebrate Christmas in Style

On Saturday night our CHYPS team were treated to a special Christmas supper, where we celebrated Christmas and the past two years of youth group. We thanked and farewelled the Petaia sisters, Philomena, Catherine and Berith, who have been awesome youth leaders these past couple of years!

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christmas Movie!

Congratulations to all our amazing young people, who led a beautiful Christmas service this morning at the Chapel Street Centre.

Here are links to our Christmas Movie for 2018 - Part 1 and Part 2.

Please pass the link on to family and friends, and share the good news. JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!

Friday, 7 December 2018

Getting excited...

Last week our Awesome Kids made yummy waffle cones stuffed with sweets to hang on the Christmas tree (or perhaps some were eaten on the way home from church!)
We watched the video of Buddy from the Elf movie where he hears that Santa is coming, and talked about how excited he was. We then replayed the video and every time the word Santa was used, we substituted the name Jesus in its place.

We asked the question “Why can’t we get as excited as Buddy at Christmas time, when JESUS IS COMING!”

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas in the Park

Some of our Awesome Kids and families braved the chilly, wet weather the other weekend to have a picnic tea in Hagley Park (instead of our regular FISH Family Games Night). Afterwards, we stayed to watch two of our very own Awesome Kids dance in the Christmas in the Park Concert. Dylan and Quinn were both spectacular! Congratulations boys!

A Powerful Letter from a 10 year old Awesome Kid

I wanted to share this letter to you. It was written by ten year old Awesome Kid, Bella. Bella wrote this yesterday, independently, as the ...