Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Chapel Street's Got Talent!

A couple of weeks ago we had our annual Parish Concert at the Chapel Street Centre. It was great to see and hear an awesome range of talents shared by members of the Christchurch North Methodist Parish.

Rachel on oboe

Jazz Combo

Dave and Monica

Roslind and Enzro

Izak on drums

Bev on keys

Mel, Monica, Roslind and Enzro (Jazz Combo)

Roslind and Enzro

Mel & Monica

Instrument change!

Roslind and Enzro

The Choir

Monday, 19 August 2019

Helping hands

Remembering and celebrating all those who have helped us along the way in our faith journey.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

CHYPS update

A couple of months ago, our Youth Group, CHYPS (Chapel Street Young People's group) met at the Chapel Street Centre for a fun night of games and challenges, not to mention a scrummy supper!

Best Album Cover

One of the many challenges for our teams at FISH last night, was to create the best album cover. The teams had ten minutes to come up with a name for their album, create an image and photograph it. Here are three rather awesome looking covers. I wonder what their music would be like?

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Hi God, it's Me

Our Awesome Kids talked about how we communicate with God. Is there a special way to pray? Do you have to have big, long words? Do you have to be in a certain place, or sit or kneel a certain way? Eyes open or closed? 

Do you have to use a special code to talk to God? Mel tried walkie-talkies, cell phone, a big thick thesaurus, a code-cracker and secret spy writing... but the Awesome Kids had the answer: 

You don't need any of these things to talk to God. You just need to say, "Hi God, it's me." God knows us, everything about us, and all that is going on in our life. All we need to do is to check in with God, tell Him how we're feeling, chat to Him just like you would your best friend or family member. God is always listening.

Check out the cool artwork in the Chapel Street Gallery - we experimented with different ways of communicating, using crayon resist and watercolour paint. We also tried some secret spy lemon juice writing, but Mel learnt the hard way not to hold the paper too close to the flame! Oops!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

M & Ms

A few weeks back, we had the story of Jesus visiting with Mary and Martha. Our Awesome Kids learnt about hospitality, and especially enjoyed the M&Ms (Marys and Marthas).

Thanks to MaTCH for the video :o)

Friday, 2 August 2019

FISH... Task Master Edition

Join us for FISH next weekend... Saturday 10th August
5pm to 7pm
Bring your own tea (pizza, picnic, fish'n'chips... whatever you like)

Join us for some hilarious team challenges,
followed by ice-cream and chocolate fish.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Christchurch Rocks!

Our Awesome Kids painted rocks to leave for others to find... spreading a little love and kindness in the world.

Thanks to MaTCH for the video.

Matariki Macarena

Thanks to Rev Anne and the ukulele group, AbsolUKE for leading the congregation in this celebration of Matariki!

Sunday, 23 June 2019


This morning we celebrated Matariki, with music and art. Our wonderful ukulele group, AbsolUKE, led the congregation in the Matariki Macarena (complete with actions) and we created some Star Jars and Starry Night paintings.

Check out the video from MatCH. Thanks to Izak and George for the filming and production.

Here is the prayer, which was read so beautifully by Bella:

Loving God,
You are an amazing God, and the stars remind us of how awesome you are. Thank you for loving us, for being our friend and never giving up on us.
Thank you for the special people in our lives, who have guided us, shaped us and loved us. Those who have encouraged us along the way and helped us to become the people we are today. We thank you God for what they have given to us - wisdom, guidance and love.
Help us to shine Your light and Your love into the world.

Make sure you check out the marvelous Matariki art in the Chapel Gallery!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Belinda's Book Launch

Instead of having FISH, our Family Fun Night on the weekend, we were invited to attend a book launch! Our families headed off to Bishopdale to help Belinda celebrate the launch of her picture book, They Day the Plants Fought Back!

There was a competition for the most creative vegetable person / character, a 'name the veggie character competition', colouring-in and some cool prizes.

Congratulations Belinda, and thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fun night!

Monday, 10 June 2019

Kites for Pentecost!

Our Awesome Kids made kites to celebrate Pentecost.

Just as the wind sends kites off out and up into the sky, the Holy Spirit sends us out off into the world to share God's love.

We can hear the wind, we can feel the wind, but we can't see it. We can see what it does. It's a bit like the Holy Spirit. We can feel God's awesome presence, God's love and it gives us strength and helps us to be brave to go out into the world and do amazing things.

Check out the video above, made by MaTCH - Media and Tech at Chapel Street. Thanks Izak!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

National Paper Plane Day!

This morning we learnt about Lydia, who was an EPIC GIRL BOSS in the bible!

Lydia was the first European Christian, a successful businesswoman, head of her household, a person of great faith, and a great listener.

We also made purple paper plane prayers, which we launched into the congregation.

Thanks to MaTCH for another awesome video:

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Blow Painting

Here's another fabulous video from MaTCH, our Media & Tech team at the CHapel Street Centre.

Watch our Awesome Kids have fun creating blow paint art, representing God's amazing love poured out for everyone. We are all different, but God loves everyone the same.


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Our House

On Sunday, our Awesome Kids acted out the fabulous story Our House, by Michael Rosen.

George (Izak) was in the house. He wouldn't let any of the other children play in the house. "This house isn't for girls," he said. "This house isn't for twins, or people with glasses, or small people, or people who like tunnels." So selfish!

But, when George had to go away (to go to the toilet), everyone piled on into the house! When George came back, he was not happy!

Luckily, our story had a happy ending, and George came to realise that his house was "Our House", and it was for girls, boys, small people, big people, people with glasses, people who like tunnels... because this house was for everyone!

The story from the bible today was the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. This is a story about a woman who was not very popular. She was so unpopular that she came to the well to get water in the middle of the day when she thought no one else would be there to say mean things to her or call her names. People thought she was a real loser.

But, Jesus was at the well and talked with her, even though other people thought he shouldn't bother. Jesus treated her with respect and kindness - nobody treated her that way! 

Jesus asked the woman for a drink of water. He told her it takes more than food and water to make us feel "alive". Jesus says what keeps him "alive" is loving like God loves. 

In this story, this is about making friends with a real outsider, and making her feel really different, really good, about herself. 

Jesus wants us to share God's love with everyone, and remember that although every one of us is different, God loves each one of us the same. God's awesome living love is poured out for everyone, making us all feel "alive"!

Monday, 20 May 2019

Giant Pictionary and Scavenger Hunting


Check out the photos from last FISH night, in May. We enjoyed giant pictionary, blind dodgeball and steal the keys... as well as a scavenger hunt that had our team looking for everything from something shiny, a beautiful sound... to a car tyre!

Friday, 17 May 2019

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Well, here are 3 of those 5 Little Speckled Frogs we had at Musikool Kids this morning! We had no shortage of volunteers to don these cute froggie outfits, which were made especially for us by the lovely Marie D.

Five little speckled frogs
sitting upon a log
eating a most delicious bug...
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into a pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were 4 green speckled frogs.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Who am I?

On 5 May our story was about a guy who was the biggest bully on the block. Amazingly, he was turned into a leader of the church, by Jesus. 

It was a story of incredible change... and forgiveness.

We also talked about names, and our Awesome Kids played a 'Guess Who' name-band game.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Capture the Flag at CHYPS

Calling all YOUTH in school years 7 to 13...

Join us this Saturday night at CHYPS
Chapel Street Young People's Youth Group

Start time: 6.30pm
Pick up time: 8pm
Cost: $2

Bring a friend!
There will be prizes!

Monday, 13 May 2019

Celebrating Special People

On Sunday, Mother's Day, we celebrated those special people in our lives - parents, grandparents,  step-parents, foster parents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, church leaders - all those people who have been there for us, loving us, guiding us and helping us along the way.

We put together some little gift baskets to say thank-you and handed them out at the end of the church service. You can watch a video of this, courtesy of MaTCH (Media and Tech @ Chapel Street).

Here is the prayer which was so beautifully led by Angie and Peatalisa:

Loving God,

No family is perfect... we have good days and bad days, joys and sorrows, fun times and bad arguments. Help me to shine Your light into my family. Help us to forgive quickly, and LOVE strongly.

Remind us that every believer in Christ is part of my family. They are my brothers and sisters through You. Help us to grab opportunities to show love to others, to brighten others' days and to help them in any way we can.

Thank you for our families, our church family, and the special people in our lives, who love us.


Chapel Street's Got Talent!

A couple of weeks ago we had our annual Parish Concert at the Chapel Street Centre. It was great to see and hear an awesome range of talents...