Sunday Worship at 9:30am with Kidzone

Everyone is welcome to our regular Sunday services which vary in style but usually follow a traditional Presbyterian format. We enjoy a mix of old and more contemporary music. Children join in the first part of the service when there is a “Weaving our Wisdom” slot especially for them before they move to their Kidzone programme (see Family) . We value preaching and teaching that is thoughtful and often challenging as we seek to interpret the Bible and discern the leading of God’s Spirit.

Usually each month we celebrate communion on the 2nd Sunday, our choir sings on the 3rd Sunday and our lively band leads the music on the 4th Sunday.

All can join for morning tea and conversation after the service.

Wednesday Worship at 11:30am with lunch

Each Wednesday we hold a short half-hour traditional service for seniors in our community. This is followed by a luncheon provided by St Mark’s volunteers. A small donation of $5 is appreciated.

This service is particularly valuable for those who live alone. A team of drivers can provide transport if needed. People wishing to come can simply turn up, or if transport is required contact Catherine.

Contact: Catherine Butts, Seniors Pastoral Worker, Ph 358 5458

Messy Church at 9:00am on 1st Sunday of month

This service is a fresh expression of worship, which begins with a continuous breakfast. There are a number of creative and fun activities for all ages, and conversation starters as we develop the Bible reading and theme of the day. The gathering is especially suitable for those who may prefer a non-traditional style of worship. On these Sundays, the 9:30am service continues as usual but there is no separate Kidzone programme. A donation of $5 per family is suggested to help cover costs.

Contact: Jill White Ph 342 4958

Prison Service

A short service/visit is held on the fourth Sunday of each month at Paparua Prison at 7pm.

For further information please contact the Church office,  Ph 358 5443

Services in Senior Care Centres

The Oaks Senior Care Centre, 88 Main South Road – held second Tuesday of each month at 11:15am

Maidstone Hospital, 125 Withells Rd – held fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm

Middlepark Senior Care Centre, 75 Middlepark Rd – held fourth Friday of each month at 11:15am

Contact: Catherine Butts, Seniors Pastoral Worker, Ph 358 5458

Easter Services

Good Friday 9:30am

Easter Sunday 9:30am
– with Communion

Christmas Services

24th December 11:15pm
Christmas Eve Service – Our quiet service of Carols and Candles

25th December 9:30am to 10:30am
Christmas Day Service – Celebration of Jesus’ birthday

Weddings

The ministers at St Mark’s are happy to meet with you to discuss a Christian wedding service. We will listen to your wishes and work with you to plan a service that is meaningful to you. Please refer to the Facilities we have available and contact us.

Contact:
Church office, Ph 358 5443

Baptisms and Child Blessings

One of the great thrills in life is welcoming the gift of a child.  For many this is a time when we naturally want to reach out to something beyond us.  We want to recognise the gift of life before God.

Baptism

In Christian baptism God proclaims unconditional love for the child.  Symbolically anything that might stand between the child and God is washed away.  This ceremony is a reminder to us all of God’s gracious love and is called a Sacrament.  We celebrate baptisms within our normal weekly worship.

Parents wanting to have their child baptised should make an appointment to meet with one of the ministers who will guide them through the process.

Parents will be expected to publicly affirm their faith and their commitment to bringing their child up to know Jesus, be an active participant within the church family and to encourage their child to confirm their baptism by publicly affirming their own faith and trust in God.

Child Blessings

Sometimes parents want to acknowledge the gift of their child before God, but do not wish to consider baptism for their child.  The ministers at St Mark’s are very happy to meet with you and arrange a special service of thanksgiving for the special gift you have been blessed with.

Adult Baptism

We practise both child and adult baptism at St Mark’s.  Adults seeking baptism will normally meet with one of the ministers or attend a course that teaches the basics of our faith.

Canterbury Chinese Christian Church

Canterbury Chinese Christian Church is a congregation of people from the Chinese community in Christchurch who gather to worship God, to learn more about His words, and to share His love with the people in the community. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday Service is held at 2:00pm at St Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 150 Withells Road, Avonhead. Youth Groups are on Saturday night at 7:30pm in the same venue. Our Youth Adult groups, as well as cell groups for all ages, are based in individual family homes. Please feel free to make enquiries, or simply come on a Sunday to join us.

Contact

Pastor Daniel Wu, phone 342 3998, or email: cccc@xtra.co.nz