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!

Advent Art

Check out the beautiful advent art in the Chapel Street Gallery., created by our Awesome Artists.


Our Awesome Kids have been busy preparing for Christmas. Merilyn has been VERY busy, making sure the costumes are ready... wings straightened, halos undented, gowns ironed and tinsel untangled.

The Christmas Service is this Sunday, 9 December at 10am. See you there!

Monday, 3 December 2018

AbsolUKE Jam

The countdown is on... only a few more sleeps until our Christmas Service on 9 December! Our ukulele group, AbsolUKE, has been rehearsing hard, preparing, getting ready... are YOU ready?!

Please join us at the Chapel Street Centre this Sunday for an absolUKEly awesome start to your Christmas.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Merry Musikool Kids

Thank you to all our awesome volunteers who have helped make Musikool Kids such a fun and happy place to be on Friday mornings. Thank you to all the wonderful children and your parents, grandparents and caregivers, for being part of our Musikool Kids' family.

May the joy, love and peace of Christmas be with you all!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Nativity Service 9 December

Join us next Sunday, 9 December at 10am for our Nativity Play and Service, led by the children and youth and young adults from our parish.

All welcome!

Friday, 23 November 2018

FISH at Christmas in the Park

Instead of our usual FISH night at the church, we will be having our picnic tea at North Hagley Park, from 5.30pm Saturday 24 November, then staying on to enjoy the entertainment at 7.30pm (featuring Dylan and Quinn!)

Bring wet weather gear! :o)

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Caleb a National TV Star!

Congratulations to our very own Caleb, who starred in a recent episode of the TVNZ show, Fanimals.
If you would like to watch it, you can click on the link below. Caleb is on at about 7 mins in.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Ark Building Competition

At our November CHYPS night, our team competed to make the best ark... which team managed to float their boat?

Monday, 5 November 2018

Christmas Movie Coming Soon...

Last Sunday a very awesome bunch of 35 were movie stars for the day. Shot on location at St James' Park, THE CHRISTMAS STORY features a bunch of hardworking shepherds, enthusiastic angels, confused wise guys, a misunderstood innkeeper, two proud parents and of course, the reason for the season, Jesus.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY will premiere at the Family Christmas Service on Sunday December 9th, 10am, at the Chapel Street Centre.

For a glimpse of what's to come, watch the trailer here:

Friday, 2 November 2018

Blind art

Last week we heard the story of Bartimaeus, who was blind. We talked about what it might be like to not have the use of our eyes. We tried some activities blindfolded, such as walking through a maze (with a helper calling out directions), and drawing a self-portrait, blind.

Monica took this literally, and first drew a picture of "herself wearing a blindfold." Then, she tried to draw "herself, wearing a blindfold". What a difference between the two pictures. It sure helps being able to see what you're doing.

The story was a reminder to us about including and welcoming everyone, no matter if they are different to us in any way.  

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Musikool Kids' Mums Rock!

Some of us mums dusted off our high-school-days musical instruments and brought them along to share with the children at Musikool Kids. No one minded that some of us were a bit rusty! A very enjoyable morning!

Friday, 26 October 2018

White Sunday Reflection

(Above: Monica with Hazel)

Monica's Reflection on White Sunday – 14/10/18

The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives, together, as a church... every part dependant on every other part.

Today we celebrate all the gifts God gives us, and recognise that we are meant to use these gifts not just for our own good, but for the good of the people around us. 

Our reading from Corinthians tells us that all the gifts support and add to each other. No gift is more special than any other gift. All are needed.

In 1 Corinthians 13, verses 1 and 2, it says that ‘whatever our gifts are, we are to use them lovingly, the love is more important than the gift.

Many people from our church family have helped and guided me, shaping me into the person I am today.

I’m sure many of you here will remember Doreen and Lester Riley. Growing up, Izak and I became very close to them, so much so, that we called them Grandma and Grandad Riley. Whenever we visited, they always had lollies in a little crystal jar on the coffee table, just for us. Something that had a big impact on me was learning that Grandad Riley never had a teddy bear growing up. So, when he became ill and went into Wesley care, we bought him a bear and took it into him. They always seemed so pleased to see Izak and I and really made us feel like we were part of a church family.

Theda Barritt, more commonly known as ‘The Spider Lady’ was someone I really looked up to during my childhood. She always had an interesting story to tell, and was eager to share and educate Izak and I, of her spider collection, which lived upstairs in her bedroom drawers. I learnt many things from her, which I am very grateful for.

In recent years, Hazel has taken me under her wing. She has shown such an interest in my life, keeping up with everything I’m doing and encouraging me. She even taught me how to watercolour paint, which has given me a great head start for NCEA level 1 art. A lot of the techniques she has taught me, I have been using to complete my current assignment.

Dave has helped some of our young people by giving them volleyball tips, and teaching them about electronics. He has been very supportive of my music and sport, even going to the extent of finding parts for my saxophone, and texting or emailing after a big sporting event to see how I went.

Even those younger than me have taught and given me things. For Example, Dylan helped me learn how to do flips on the Trampoline, and all the Awesome kids bring a smile to my face every Sunday. I am in awe of the confidence of them, getting up in church and speaking, or singing in the band at such a young age.

I get a lot of happiness, by teaching them the ukulele, and helping out in Awesome Time.
Every person contributes to the life of the church, and has gifts and talents to use, whether you know it or not... just like some parts of the body are a mystery as to what they do, and what they are for, they are still a part of the body and, are needed.

All you Awesome Kids here know every super hero or heroine has a super-power, a special gift. But the difference between them and their arch-rivals is how they use their gift. The message today, is that the superest gift of all, is the gift of love.


Thursday, 25 October 2018

Secret Fudge Recipe

On White Sunday, during our "Teach Me Something in 5 Minutes" session, Merilyn shared her famous white chocolate Russian fudge recipe. For those who missed it, here it is!

MERILYN's Microwave Recipe


3 cups white sugar
½ cup milk
1 Tbsp golden syrup
½ tin condensed milk
125g butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g white chocolate

Add all ingredients (EXCEPT chocolate and essence) into a LARGE microwave bowl.
Cook in microwave on high for 14 min, stopping after every 2 min to remove bowl from microwave and stir.
At the end of cooking time, add vanilla essence and chocolate and beat with an electric beater for 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour mixture quickly and evenly into a greased shallow tin.
Put in fridge to set.

Dark chocolate version
Replace one of the cups of white sugar with brown sugar
Replace white chocolate buttons with dark chocolate
Add 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Making a better World

Last Sunday our Awesome Kids faced some challenges where the only way to overcome the obstacles was to work together with the other team and share their resources. If only we all shared a little more, then the world would be a much kinder place!

CHYPS Masterchef challenge

Last CHYPS night involved a Masterchef challenge. 

Go to the CHAPEL STREET YOUTH BLOG to find out more.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Exciting Upcoming Events

Make sure you put these dates on your calendars now!

Youth Service video

Last month, as part of our national Methodist Conference, youth from Auckland joined together with young people from Canterbury to lead an amazing Youth Service, held at Christchurch North Methodist Parish.

Check out some of the highlights here:

Thursday, 18 October 2018

One Body with Many Parts - a White Sunday Celebration

Christchurch North Methodist Parish celebrated White Sunday, when traditionally in Tongan and Samoan churches the children and young people lead the worship service. Our Awesome Kids, youth and young adults took lead roles in our service assisted by some of our ‘slightly more experienced’ Awesome Kids.

We acknowledged and celebrated not only our children and youth, but people of all ages. We recognised the gifts God has placed in the people of our congregation and showed our thanks for the friendship, caring, teaching and mentoring given by our church family to our young people.

Our theme was taken from 1 Corinthians 12, One Body with Many Parts. Despite our obvious and many differences, God calls us to a colourful unity, and to a diversity without division. Every part is dependant on every other part. “I need you, and you need me.” If one part hurts, every part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.

 AbsolUKE, our ukulele group, led the worship music, along with the Chapel Street Band.  Our young people led the prayers and readings, alongside older mentors, and we had an all-age drama group who performed The Body Skit. Our Call to Worship was co-led by one of our children and her very special 90-year-old friend.

In a time of discussion, we shared our most memorable experiences from Sunday School and Youth Group days, and a Question Time, posed some tricky questions: What is the best thing about being a child? What is the best thing about being a grown-up? What is the hardest thing about being a child? What is the hardest thing about being a grown-up?

We then broke into small groups for ‘Teach Me Something in Five Minutes’. Each adult and child taught something to someone from a different generation, in only a few minutes. There was knitting, weaving, origami, gardening tips, ukulele lessons, recipes and legends shared, different languages and how to make a paper dart. The variety of skills taught and information imparted was incredible. There was a tremendous buzz, warmth and much laughter as the generations worked together.

One of our teenagers presented a reflection, celebrating all our God-given gifts and highlighting the point that we are meant to use these gifts not just for our own good, but for the good of the people around us. She shared how being nurtured and guided by some of our elderly members of the congregation has shaped her into the person she is today.

“Every person contributes to the life of the church, and has gifts and talents to use, whether you know it or not... just like some parts of the body are a mystery as to what they do, and what they are for, they are still a part of the body and, are needed.”

She concluded with a message from 1 Corinthians 13, verses 1 and 2, that “whatever our gifts are, we are to use them lovingly, the love is more important than the gift.”

Sunday, 14 October 2018

A Wonderful White Sunday

What a wonderful job our Awesome Kids, Youth and Young Adults did this morning, as they led our White Sunday Worship Service.

More photos and videos to follow, keep an eye on the blog!

Friday, 12 October 2018

CHYPS October 13th

Calling all youth in years 7 to 13...

Join us for CHYPS YOUTH GROUP at the Chapel Street Centre, Saturday 13 October, 6.30pm to 8pm. A night full of fun, friends and a fabulous supper. See you there!


Last Sunday we talked about ways to make visitors feel welcome at church. Our Awesome Kids made some posters welcoming everyone to the Chapel Street Centre.

Monday, 8 October 2018

White Sunday 14th October

Join us at the Chapel Street Centre this Sunday 14th October 10am-11am for our White Sunday service. We will be celebrating our young people, and the church family who loves them, prays for them, supports them and encourages them.

We will have a Teach Me Something part of the service, where we will each teach something to someone from another generation. It may be that you would like to show someone a knitting stitch, or how to put on a tie, a dance move, a note on a musical instrument or an easy way to do long division! You may like to bring along a favourite recipe, a gardening tip or the best piece of advice you've ever received. You might like to teach a prayer or poem, your favourite bible verse, or show a small child how to tie their shoelaces. it doesn't matter what it is, but it is the spirit in which it is shared.

Spring Challenge!

Just a reminder that there is no Awesome Time, CHYPS or FISH until we are back at Level One. We are thinking of you all and hoping that it w...