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. 










Watch Blessing of the Animals

 Check out the video made by Izak last week, of our Blessing of the Animals service...










Saturday, 10 October 2020

Ready for all you Master Chefs!

 All is ready for tomorrow's cupcake decorating session... 



and if that's not your 'cup of tea', you can plant a little garden...


Do hope you can join us tomorrow!

Party time this Sunday at the Chapel Street Centre!


 Yes! We're having a PARTY this week in Awesome Time! We would love for you to join us! You are ALL invited!


> Learn about God's never-ending LOVE for YOU!
> Decorate a cupcake to take home
> Plant a Little Garden
> Watch Izak blow up 24 balloons in 40 seconds!

We look forward to seeing you TOMORROW!

Saturday, 3 October 2020

God's Love flows like a River

 Last week, our Awesome Kids created a collaborative artwork, based on John's vision from Revelation 22:1-5. We were reminded that God's never ending love flows through us like a river.

It was also New Zealand Sign Language Week, so we had a go at learning how to sign our names in NZSL.





Here's a link to the NZ Sign Language alphabet poster. Try and learn your own name! 


You might like to try this online game, Sign Ninja, to discover some more signs!

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Wilderness Sunday | Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

 


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kia ora! This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Maori Language Week. I had hoped to get out and about and record some of you singing a waiata for our Digital Awesome Time, however have not been able to manage that this week. Perhaps some of you might like to email or message me with your own recording?

You can check out a recording with lyrics to Tutira Mai Nga Iwi at this link. Give it a go!

How about learning and practicing your Maori alphabet and pronunciation? Check out this link for more.

This is a great website for learning some new words... there are 365 listed here - you could try a new one each day of the year! Click HERE for 365 Maori words.


Wilderness Sunday

It is Wilderness Sunday in our series of creation. In today's bible reading, Paul remembers the walk across the hot, sandy desert wilderness. He remembered going to places where people wanted to hear about God's love. The wilderness is a wild place, but it's a special place too. The animals and plants in the wilderness don't need people. Unfortunately, people can disturb the natural environment, the life cycle. This week we can remember that God is with us in every place in the world - in quiet places, busy places, wild places and beautiful places. God needs us to respect and show kindness to the awesome world God has created. 

We thank God for the wild places in the world. We remember that we are part of God's giant web of creation. May we remember that God's hope is in us and all around us.


Children Like You

We can work with God to bring signs of God's hope to a hurting world. All around the world, children like YOU are working in and with their communities to do amazing things.

On the news this week there was a great story about a young man who saw an elderly lady mowing her lawn. He stopped, took the lawnmower from her and insisted on finishing mowing her lawn for her. When he was done, he got in his car and drove off. He did not expect to be paid or rewarded for his act of kindness. I thought this was a pretty cool story to make national TV. I hope it has inspired many others to look for ways they can show kindness in their community.

Where do you see a need? What can you do to help?


A Story of Hope

Monica was part of a Lockdown Voices | Speak Out project, through the Write On / School for Young Writers. Students were asked to write a response to the pandemic and their experience of Lockdown. Monica's piece has been published and recorded as a podcast, aired on Plains FM 96.9FM radio this morning. You can read and listen to her story here:

Lockdown Voices | Monica | Standing at Dawn


Saturday, 12 September 2020

D.A.T. 18 | LAND Sunday | Tongan Language Week

 



Mālō e lelei! Hello!

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is held every year during September. This week we have some very special helpers to celebrate this, as well as Land Sunday.

This week we think about how important the land is... and celebrate God's beautiful creation. We are part of this and are connected with God's creation. We remember that with God's help, just like the land, we can heal and grow.

Check out the video below, and enjoy the beautiful Tongan singing from Peatalisa, Tevunga and Angie... and the tour of the vegetable garden and glasshouse. We also pay a visit to the O'Keefes and meet their hens.




The second song the girls sing, is very special to the Vaea family. It was Samu's grandma's favourite hymn, which she used to sing to Angie when she was a baby. Samu's mum taught Angie and Peatalisa, and Samu is now teaching 'Emeline and Tevunga. The translation is something like this... "Lord hear my prayer, At this hour, Take my sins away, Prepare me for heaven."


CHALLENGES

1. This week you might like to take a photo or draw a picture of something awesome you have discovered in your garden. 

2. Help out in the garden. You might like to do some weeding, or help with planting or watering.

3. Learn some Tongan! Do some research and learn a Tongan word or phrase. We'd love you to share it with us.

4. Try this week's Awesome Time Quiz:

KAHOOT!


Friday, 4 September 2020

D.A.T. 17 | Forest Sunday


This Sunday is both Forest Sunday and Spring Flower Sunday. We can find God's beauty, mystery, and majesty in the trees and flowers. We can see, hear and feel God's presence in the wind, the ferns, the flowers and in the forest. 

The environment has heaps to teach us. From the forest, we can learn about the web of connection that binds all creation together with our awesome Creator God. We can rejoice in the wonder of God's creation and know that we have a special place in it.


 

Activities

Try the TREE QUIZ KAHOOT! 



There are heaps of cool activities on the Kiwi Conservation Club website. You can check them out here: https://kcc.org.nz/activities/


Here are some of my favourite tree activites... see how many you can do!

BE WITH A TREE

1. Go on a tree hunt. Meet a type of tree you haven't met before. Take a photo with it, find out what kind of tree it is.

2. Find something living in a tree.

3. Find a tree that provides us with food.

4. Find a tree that has interesting bark. Use some paper and a crayon to make a rubbing of the bark's pattern.

5. Find a tree you think is beautiful. Draw or paint a picture of it.

6. Plant something - a tree, a flower, a vegetable... anything!

7. Find some spring flowers and draw or paint a picture of them.

8. Make up a poem, song or rap about TREES or SPRING.

9. Find some TREE JOKES (that are better than mine!)

    Why do trees hate riddles? Because it's too easy to get stumped.

    How do trees go on the internet? They log on.

    Why don't you ever see hippos hiding in trees? Because they're really good at it!

Saturday, 29 August 2020

D.A.T. 16 | Ordinary People Called to do Extraordinary Things


God calls us to all be part of God's way of love, and share God's love with other people. What are some of the ways we can share God's love with others?

When we are living in God's way, we bring the light and warmth of God's love to the world.




This week's story comes from the book of Exodus (Chapter 3: verses 1 to 15) and is about Moses. Remember him? He was the baby in our story last week. If you didn't catch it last week, there is a link further down this post to the video about him (and the heroines who saved his life - so that he could then go on to do awesome things for God!)

Like Moses, many people who feel quite ordinary have answered the call to do extraordinary things. Check out the Kahoot below, and see if you can match the names of the people to the incredible work they were called to do. (Thanks to Izak for putting this together!)

Click HERE to play the Call and Answer KAHOOT!





Here's another video about this week's story, where Moses has to listen for God's voice.



Let us pray that we will remember God's call to us, to share love and light in the world. Amen.


Saturday, 22 August 2020

D.A.T. 15 | Not all Superheroes Wear Capes

This week our story is about two heroes you may not have heard about before... 

Imagine meeting the most powerful person in the country, and when you meet him he asks you to do something bad... really, really bad. What would you do? 

Meet Shiphrah and Puah. This happened to these two women, and they chose to be heroes. They risked everything and their choice saved the child who would one day save their nation.





You can learn more about what happened next to baby Moses by watching the video below... and discover more superhero women showing courage to do the right thing.




Challenges

1. Imagine: 
Image you are a superhero with superhero powers... what would they be? What would you hope to do with your powers? Draw a picture of yourself in your superhero outfit.

2. Poster: 
Make a poster promoting the wearing of masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

3. Mask Design: 
Design (and even make) your own face mask.

4. Superhero Photo:
Dress yourself up as a superhero, take a photo in your best superhero pose and email it to us.

5. Courage Words:
Through the courage and love of women, Moses was kept safe. Create a Basket of Courage Words as reminders of God's loving care. Draw a basket shape on paper and add lines to make it look like a woven basket. Write inspiring words on strips of paper and tape them to the basket. Here are some ideas:
God's love never fails.
God is always with us.
Friends are signs of God's love.
God helps us act with courage.
I can be a brave helper.
God gives us courage to stand up for love.
God helps us make hard choices.

6. Thank a Superhero
Make a thankyou card to give to one of your heroes. Thank them for being so awesome.


Pray
Loving God,
Thank you for always being with us. Thank you for giving us courage to stand up for love, even when it is hard. Please help us to show brave love this week. Amen. 



 











Thursday, 6 August 2020

FISH | Family Games Night

FISH is unfortunately cancelled this Saturday... HOWEVER we will be sending out a link to play FISH KAHOOT! so keep an eye on your emails!


CHYPS | Youth Group | new dates

Here are the dates for the rest of this year for CHYPS | Youth Group:

Our next evening is Saturday 29 August from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

A Walk in the Dark

For our first night back at CHYPS | CHapel Street Young People's YOUTH GROUP, our intrepid leader, Angie led us on a walk in the dark around the block. We paired up with someone we don't usually talk with, or someone we haven't seen in ages and had to discuss... (1) something interesting we noticed along the way, (2) something we did in the holidays and (3) something we are thankful for.

On our return to the church hall, we shared some of the things we'd talked about on our walk, and then launched into some ball games.

We finished with our 5 minute 'God-Time' where we made paper darts to throw, symbolising 'arrow prayers' (a short one or two word prayer). 

Our supper included scrummy hot pizza, chocolate fudge slice, chips and ice-creams with chocolate fish. 

We're looking forward to doing it all again next month!


Sunday, 26 July 2020

Whatif...


Have you every had one of those nights when you're lying in bed and you can't get to sleep, because the Whatifs are going around in your head?

What if the bus is late?
What if my teeth don't grow in straight?
What if I flunk that test?
What if green hair grows on my chest?

We created a movie, inspired by the poem titled 'Whatif', by Shel Silverstein. You can check it out below.

We added an extra verse though... 

But then I remembered the words from Paul*
who said there is totally nothing at all
anywhere, anytime in all of creation
that would ever be able to cause separation
between us and the love of God, which is ours
through Jesus our Lord and His awesome powers.
So when I 'What-if' and I'm worried and scared
I remember God's with me and send off a prayer
and wherever, whenever, however I'll know
whatever the whatifs, I'm never alone!

We also read the book, Some Things Are Scary, by Florence Parry Heide - and created some illustrations inspired by some of the 'scary' things in her story. 

*In the book of Romans, in the Bible, a man called Paul made a list of all the things he worried could get between him and God's loving care. Our list was a little different... we talked about being late to school, going to the wrong class, getting the wrong day for Mufti Day, being bullied, not getting picked for a team, nightmares and not being able to get to sleep. In the end though, like Paul in the bible, we came to the same conclusion - that no matter what scary things we worried about, NOTHING can separate us from the LOVE of GOD. We are never alone... God is always with us, helping us get through. 



Tuesday, 21 July 2020

FISH is BACK!


It was wonderful to be back at FISH on Saturday night, after such a long absence. Our Family Fun Night was held at the Chapel Street Centre, as usual, starting at 5pm with take-away tea, followed by games and challenges for all ages.

We played GIANT pictionary, using the whiteboard and went on a wild chicken chase, looking for someone hiding with Ralph the Chicken. In the photos above, you can see our teams getting creative, in a paper sculpture contest.

We also celebrated Tevunga's 4th birthday with cake and candles.

Join us next month, Saturday 29 August, when we'll be back again, with a different range of games and activities.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Painting Rocks!

On Sunday, our Awesome Kids painted stones to remind us that God is always with us. We have to wait for the paint to dry before we can take the next step, which is to give a stone to people in the congregation to take home. They are then invited to leave the stone in a place where they strongly feel God's presence. 


A Prayer:

Loving God,
you are with us
every day, 
every single moment. 
You know our dreams and desires, 
our fears and failures. 
You love us.
Help us to welcome You
into our lives.
Help us to have the courage
to show Your amazing love
to others.
Amen. 

Friday, 17 July 2020

FISH returns!


Join us this Saturday at the Chapel Street Centre
Starts: 5pm
Ends: 7pm
BYO dinner

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Parable of the Sower

This morning, Richard told us a story which Jesus told to a crowd of people, many years ago, while he was sitting in a boat! Richard even brought a boat along to church, which he sat in to tell us the very same story... the Parable of the Sower.

The farmer sowed... that's sow with an 'o', not sew with an 'e'! Sew with an 'e' is to sew with needle and thread. Sow with an 'o' means to plant seeds.

Anyway, the farmer sowed his seeds - some fell on hard ground, some on rocky ground, some on thorny ground and some on soft ground. Which seeds do you think grew the best? You can listen to the story in one of the videos below.

Jesus explained the parable like this:

Those who hear Jesus's stories but don't even try to understand them, are like the seeds that fell along the path. They easily get distracted and lose interest and do the wrong things. The seeds that fell on the rocky ground, stand for those who listen to Jesus's teachings for a short time, but when it gets a bit difficult to do the right thing, they give up easily and do their own thing. The seeds that fell among the thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message, but are more interested in having expensive toys and the latest gadgets than helping others, and what is right.

The seeds that landed on the good soil stand for those who hear and understand Jesus's message, and grow up to be strong people who love others and love God. They want to do what's right and help others to do the same.


We 'planted' M&Ms in some chocolate pudding (to represent sowing seeds of faith) - there were even a few gummy worms in there! 

We created some beautiful flower artwork, gluing seeds onto the centre of our flowers.



Watch an animated story of the Parable of the Sower:


Hear the Parable of the Sower explained:

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Baby Shower


We are all so excited about the upcoming arrival of Mele & Samuela's precious child. It was great to all be together at the Chapel Street Centre on Sunday and have something so wonderful to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who made the baby shower so special!





What is God Like?

 Listen to Rev Anne read this beautiful book, 'What is God Like?' by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner. https://youtu.be/eq6...