Sunday, 9 May 2021

Thanks, Mum

 This morning our Awesome Kids made lavender bath salts, cards and flower pen toppers... wow, us mums were very spoilt! 

The lavender scent is to help us relax... and the salt is because we are 'salt of the earth'! ;o)

Watch the work in progress here: https://youtu.be/iIU-mhL-KYo




Monday, 3 May 2021

Stick with Jesus

 Last Sunday, our Awesome Kids created some arty wall hangings from driftwood and wool. Check them out in this video (thanks to Izak!)


We turned dried, dead, bits of driftwood...


and colourful wool...


...into these awesome hangings!


Reminding us that Jesus is the Vine and we are the BRANCHES. 
STICK with JESUS!





Friday, 23 April 2021

ART EXTRAVAGANZA

 Before the holidays, we had a huge cleanout of our art and craft cupboards. All our crafty resources were available to our Awesome Kids, and they unleashed their creativity and imagination at our Art Extravaganza Sunday! 

It might have looked chaotic and messy... but being able to potter, to explore different ideas, and express ourselves through art was very therapeutic. A little bit of art therapy does wonders. 

Here's a little video Izak put together showing the creatives in action.

https://youtu.be/pKbzOUlInOo



The stressful part was for our Awesome Leaders.... cleaning up afterwards! But here's a photo to prove we were able to put everything back in order afterwards!





Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Art Therapy

On Sunday we talked about how sometimes our stomachs feel like they are tied up in knots. It might be because we are anxious, worried, scared or sad... but we heard a story about Jesus's friends, the disciples, and how when they were feeling all tied up in knots, Jesus came and breathed on them, and said, Peace be with you.

Knowing Jesus's love and peace is with us, helps unravel those knotty feelings and gives us a sense of calm and peace. Jesus wants us to share that love and peace with others through our kindness and caring.

In the Awesome Kids' room, we took a deep breath and delved into the art and craft cupboards... spreading all the amazing supplies out on the tables. It was a very happy, peaceful time for everyone, fossicking through all the resources and creating whatever we felt like. It was wonderful to see the young people expressing themselves through their art.

Some took bags of crafty resources home to make things during the holidays. Beth has got a head start, and her Mum shared this beautiful photo with us, of Beth's amazing artwork. Great job, Beth!

We look forward to seeing what everyone else makes!


 

Friday, 9 April 2021

The Empty Tomb

 


On Easter Sunday, our Awesome Kids made empty tombs, to celebrate the fact that Jesus is Risen!


Palm Sunday Procession

 Check out the Palm Sunday video, made by Izak | a MaTCh Production.





As well as being Palm Sunday, we also celebrated Harvest Festival. People brought gifts of produce and other food from their gardens and pantries, to be donated to other families.

In Awesome Time, we made edible 'gardens' with Sue. Those candy mushrooms were delicious!















Thursday, 8 April 2021

CHYPS | Youth Group

 CHYPS Youth Group is for all those youth in school years 7 through to 13. We meet at the Chapel Street Centre from 6.30pm to 8pm this Saturday night, for a mix of games and activities, followed by a short 'God-Time' devotion and supper. All welcome!


Other upcoming dates:

MAY 15
JUN 12
JUL 3
AUG 7
SEP 4
OCT 30
NOV 20




Wednesday, 24 March 2021

THE GREAT FISH QUIZ NIGHT


Join us this Saturday 27 March 
5pm to 7pm
at the Chapel Street Centre
for 
the GREAT FISH QUIZ NIGHT

All ages
All welcome

 

UPCOMING FISH DATES for 2021:

APRIL - none
MAY - 22
JUNE - 19
JULY - none
AUGUST - 21
SEPTEMBER - 18
OCTOBER - 23
NOVEMBER - 27

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Stop Motion Videos

This morning our Awesome Kids created creatures from modelling clay to celebrate all the weird and wonderful things God has made in our world.



Livvie led us in prayer, asking God to help us remember to be thankful when we see a raindrop on a blade of grass, a ladybug crawling along a leaf, all the stars in the sky, or a beautiful sunset or sunrise.

We also talked about the Ten Commandments... guidelines God has given us to help us live in God's loving ways. Sometimes rules can feel boring and tiresome, but when we gave our 'robot' (Izak) the right commands to follow, he was able to make his way to the prize (a chocolate). Following instructions or rules can actually bring us joy and help us to live in love and happiness :o)

Izak and Callum made a stop-motion video to illustrate how we should live by God's laws, showing kindness and care for one another.

Watch Izak & Callum's video here:









Here are the boys hard at work:



After church, Monica led our ukulele group, AbsolUKE for another jam:




Sunday, 21 February 2021

God Loves You!

 Carol & Jill together with the help of some of our Awesome Kids, made this wee video to let you know, "God loves you!"







Saturday, 6 February 2021

AbsolUKE strummed off to a good start

 Last Sunday, our ukulele group, AbsolUKE started for 2021, with Monica as the patient and enthusiastic tutor. 

The "ukuleleists" picked things up super fast, learning three chords in the first lesson! They also learnt the right way to hold a ukulele, how to strum, and some simple percussion. Lots of fun! If you'd like to give ukulele a go, you're more than welcome to join... everyone from beginners to experienced can be part of AbsolUKE.


Blessing of the Backpacks

 Last Sunday, we had our Blessing of the Backpacks. All our young people were invited to bring along their backpack and receive a special blessing as they begin the school year. All our Awesome Leaders and our CHYPS Youth Leader were there to show their support.


Angie and Corban were presented with bibles, as is our tradition for those youth who are beginning secondary school.

Angie (jnr), Angie (snr) & Corban


Some of our CHYPS youth tried out a new game... 'Stuff Happens'. They had to rank various incidents on the 'Misery Index', which led to lots of debate! Just where on the 'Lane of Pain' would your phone falling into the toilet be? Or how about getting a tooth knocked out, or falling down stairs, or your swimming togs falling off in public?
Although we had to agree to disagree on where things were ranked on the scale, the one thing we can all agree on is that no matter what 'stuff' happens, God loves us and is with us always, giving us strength and helping us to get through it.





Thursday, 4 February 2021

Free Ukulele Lessons!

 


Join Monica after church on Sundays for a FREE ukulele lesson. All ages, from beginners to experienced.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Blessing of the Backpacks this Sunday!

 


Join us at the Chapel Street Centre this Sunday at 10am for our Blessing of the Backpacks and the return of Awesome Time!

Bring your school bag or backpack along.

See you Sunday!

Friday, 18 December 2020

UPcoming EVENTS @ ChCh North

 


SUNDAY 20 DEC | 5PM
Christmas Carols @ St Paul's

THURSDAY 24 DEC | 5.30PM
Christmas Eve Service @ Chapel Street

FRIDAY 25 DEC | 9AM
Christmas Day Service @ Chapel Street

SUNDAY 31 JAN | 10AM
Blessing of the Backpacks @ Chapel Street

FRI 12 to SUN 14 FEB
Parish Family Camp @ Waipara

SATURDAY 27 FEB | 6.30PM
CHYPS Youth Group @ Chapel Street


Monday, 14 December 2020

Nativity Service 2020

On Sunday 13 December, worship at the Chapel Street Centre was led entirely by the young people. The children and youth from Christchurch North Methodist Parish and community shared the story of the nativity.

There were dazzling angels, sleepy shepherds, wise star-watchers and even a cranky donkey - (a puppet operated expertly by nine year old ventriloquist, Lily). Mary and Joseph were doting ‘parents’ to a very bonny ‘baby Jesus’ and as the photos show, Joseph was a very ‘hands-on’ Dad.

The theme was ‘Counting on Christmas’, and there was a lot of counting throughout the story. Mary counted the time until the birth of her baby. The miles to Bethlehem were counted, as were the donkey’s footsteps and the twinkling stars. The angelic narrators reminded everyone that in the countdown to Christmas we know through Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, we know we can count on God. So we celebrated the miracle and mystery of the gift of God’s own Son, who brings us light, love, joy, hope and peace. 

The service ended with an upbeat Christmas song, led by the Chapel Street Band, bubbles and balloons.


The Christmas 2020 Movie, created by the children and youth was premiered. You can watch it at the following link: https://youtu.be/CwZpFW3bTHc









Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Recording Artists hard at work

 


Our vocalists have been hard at work, recording the vocals for our Christmas movie. The countdown is on!

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Counting on Christmas | Sunday 13 December | 10am

Join us for our Nativity Play and Christmas Service
this Sunday
13 December
10am

at the Chapel Street Centre

led by the children and youth 
of our parish and community

ALL WELCOME

Children are welcome to come dressed up as angels, shepherds, star watchers or animals.


 

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Making Connections

 A few weeks ago, our Awesome Kids enjoyed games with Dave and Heather... as they explored what it means to be a friend. We were reminded that God is our friend - how wonderful to know that God, our friend, loves us and is always with us, no matter what.





Sunday, 8 November 2020

Save the date! Christmas Service 13th December

 


Our Christmas Service on Sunday 13 December is led entirely by the children and youth from our parish and community. Make sure you mark this on your calendars now - you don't want to miss it!

Sunday 13 December
10am
at
the Chapel Street Centre

a l l  w e l c o m e !

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Rejoice in the Lord always!

 "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice!" | Philippians 4:4

Watch the video of this morning's Awesome Time and find out how Izak was able to blow up 24 balloons in under 2 minutes!

We also decorated cupcakes, planted little gardens, had fun with bubbles and played a silly game where we had to try not to laugh! All these things brought us joy, and we were reminded that God loves us and is with us always - even if we are not feeling very joyful. God is right there with us, helping us deal with whatever life throws at us.





The Philippians bible reading reminds us that God wants us to be calm and rest in the knowledge that Christ is in our hearts and minds. No matter what is going on in our lives, even if it’s one of those terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days... God’s peace encourages us to not be troubled, but rather rest in the assurance that God’s peace is better than anything we will ever understand. God LOVES us. No matter what, ALL the time. Accepting the invitation to ‘God’s party’, means we will always carry a piece of Christ in our hearts and live thankfully. 










Thanks, Mum

 This morning our Awesome Kids made lavender bath salts, cards and flower pen toppers... wow, us mums were very spoilt!  The lavender scent ...