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  • Northwest ChCh Parish | Activities

    Groups and Activities for All Ages We have Home Groups for Bible Study, Mens Fellowship, AAW (Womens Group), Knit and Natter Group, and many more ways for you to join in the life of the parish. Check out the links below for more information. ​ Craft Activities Sport Activities Exercise and Dance Knit & Natter St Silas Meeting Room Monday 10.30 - 12 noon Ph: Heather 352 2842 or Bev 323 9464 ​ ​ Badminton St Silas Hall Monday 7.30pm Ph: Office 352 1366 ​ Wednesday 10.00am Ph: Office 352 1366 ​ Table Tennis St Silas Hall Tuesday 7.30pm Ph: Mark 021934874 ​ Pickleball St Silas Hall Thursday 7pm Ph: Office 352 1366 Gentle Exercise Group St Silas Church Tuesday 10.30am Ph: Office 352 1366 ​ ​ Line Dancing St Silas Hall Tuesday 1.00pm Ph: Pauline 329 4857

  • Northwest ChCh Parish | Worship With Us

    Service Times St Silas Church 237 Main North Road, Redwood 1st Sunday - Combined Service 9.30am 2nd to 5th Sundays - 10.30am . St David's Church 831 Main North Road, Belfast 2nd to 5th Sundays - 9.00am Wednesdays 10.00am St John's Monthly Worship Service 1st Friday of the month 10.00am at the Main Hall, Bishopdale Community Library ​ Sunday Night Prayer on Zoom @ 8.00pm Join us on Zoom with others around the city for Night Prayer - each Sunday night at 8.00pm - click Zoom ​ ​ ​

  • Northwest ChCh Parish | Orchard Youth

    Who we are Orchard Youth is a place for young people who are in Year 7 - 13 to come and make new friends and share experiences. We provide a safe environment for you to have fun. Location What happens We meet and play games, do craft activities, play sport, and attend youth events like Deeper Camp (for Intermediates), and Easter Camp (for High School), or go for outings around the community. When and Where We meet on Friday nights - 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Silas Church Hall If you would like further information, contact Office

  • Northwest Chch Parish | Come and Join in...

    Sundays @ St Silas Families We welcome families with children, young toddlers and babies into our church. If you have a toddler aged 0 - 5 Years we have an in-church space for colouring activities or activities. ​ ​ During the Week Toddlers 0-5 years Music & Movement Meets in the church - Thursdays 10.00am during term ​ This is a fun opportunity for toddlers to dance and sing to music in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Mums, Dads, Grans or caregivers join in, and afterwards share in a cuppa and socialising. For info contact Office or phone 03-352-1366 for times.. ​ Orchard Youth @ Silas Church - Years 7-13 Friday Nights - 6.30pm - 8.30pm (during term) This group is for the youth Year 7-13. There are fun activities, games, and an opportunity to meet new friends, in a friendly environment. Check out our Orchard page - this gives further information to what is happening.

  • Northwest Chch Parish | The Table

    Who we Are We are an Intergenerational community gathering in Redwood, Christchurch, centred around a weekly meal, exploring what it means to follow Jesus in today's world. When Sorry we are on hold at the moment . Where We meet at St Silas Church Hall 237 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch What Happens An evening meal is provided. Koha is appreciated. All ages welcome! We have an opening "ice-breaker" activity, then a short discussion with questions to discuss during the meal. For more info go to our Facebook page.

  • Northwest Chch Parish | St David's Church Thank You

    Thank You Built as a memorial to the pioneer settlers of Belfast, the Northwest Christchurch Anglican Parish recognised the need to retain the spiritual, historical, architectural and cultural significance of this building, and to preserve it for future generations. To this end, an extensive refurbishment of St David’s has now been completed and we wish to express our grateful thanks to the Christchurch City Council Heritage Division and the Environment and Heritage section of the Lotteries Commission for their Heritage Grants, the Phillip Brown Trust, the AAW, and individuals who made donations towards the project. Our grateful thanks also to the Anglican Diocese and CPT for their assistance. Without all your support we would not have achieved the extensive Scope of Works set down in the planning stages. We are delighted with the outcome and wish to thank all those involved in the project. Lisa Hurley (LH Design), John Smith (Plans/Drawings), Andy Douglas (Builder), Andy Burnett (Builder), Jason Ward (Painter/Interior Timber Refurbishment), John Perry (John Perry Electrical), Steve Hermens (Lighthouse Lighting), Victor Stewart (Stewart Stained Glass Ltd), Kay Nelson (Trinity Glass), Tracy Fayey (Floorpride), David Toland (Floorpride), Jill Jarvis (Irvine Flooring), Mike Connolly (4 Seasons ChCh Ltd), Mark Reid (Canterbury Scaffolding), Jacqui Beaton (Impressive Kitchens), Kyle Marshall (Haase Marshall Drainage) and Brian Walker (Spiderban). To the team that managed the project – Anne McMaster, Joanne Latham, Barbara and John Clark, Dorothy Bradley, and Gary Golding, Murray Trimmer and Ian Bisman during the early planning stages. Thank you to the many parish helpers who shifted pews, replanted gardens, and to the congregation of St David’s that have met at St Silas while the work was done. We want to open our doors to you as our community, to come and visit St David’s and join in on any of our services and activities, or book a special occasion. We look forward to welcoming you at St David’s in the near future. Donations for St David's may be made by Direct Credit to Northwest ChCh Parish account: 12-3149-0348631-01 Particulars: Your Name Code: St David's Project For tax purposes, if you are not a member of the parish, please contact the Treasurer for receipt.

  • Northwest ChCh Parish | St Silas Church Facility

    St Silas Church The complex of St Silas Church was extended in 1990 with a new auditorium, offices, meeting rooms, and kitchen being built onto the existing hall. ​ The auditorium has a modern layout, with seating for approximately 140. It has the facility to remove seating for smaller occasions or groups, or rearrangement of seating for a variety of services. ​ St Silas has recently had a complete upgrade of colourscheme and new carpet. There is wheelchair access both front and back, and there is a carpark behind the complex. ​ Main Auditorium St Silas Church welcomes those celebrating special occasions, such as weddings, accommodating upto 130 guests, for the service and/or offering use of the Hall for refreshments afterwards. St Silas also welcomes those families farewelling loved ones on their final journey. The Auditorium has a modern audio visual setup with a Data Projector and screen in fixed position. The Tech Desk supports a 16 Channel Sound mixing desk, with options for playing DVD music or Online music through speakers. There are multiple microphones available. There is a late model laptop to display videos and pptx files to front data projector and to supporting TV at the back of the auditorium. An electric piano, music stands and other gear is also available. ​ The Hall and Small Meeting Room The Hall is suitable for a variety of activities. ​ It is used for functions, sports groups e.g. 1 badminton court, table tennis, dance activities such as line dancing, and other functions such as quiz nights, and social events. ​ There are 8-10 round tables and chairs for seating. ​ The Kitchen is connected through a door and servery hatch. While not a commercial kitchen, it is well equipped with table place setting for 80, a zip, a steriliser, modern pie warmer, oven and microwave. ​ The small meeting room is suitable for up to 20 people, with comfortable corner sofa, TV and HDMI connection available. For more information regarding hire fees, bond, and availability please contact us using the form below, or ring the Office 9.30am to 12.30am on 03 352 1366. Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Northwest Chch Parish | Architect Profile

    ARCHITECT’S PROFILE Samuel Hurst Seager CBE (1855-1933) Samuel Hurst Seager was born in London, England, on 26 June in 1855. He emigrated, with his parents, to New Zealand in 1870. From 1879 to 1882 he studied at Canterbury College and worked in the offices of Benjamin Mountfort. In 1882 he returned to England and studied architecture at London University College, the Royal Academy of Arts, and at the Architectural Association. He became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1884 and was made a fellow in 1907. By 1884 Seager had returned to New Zealand and established his architectural practice. His first major design was for the Christchurch Municipal Offices (1885-1886) built in Queen Anne Revival style. This award-winning design established Seager as one of Christchurch’s leading architects. In 1899 he designed Knox church in Pigeon Bay and in 1902 St David’s church in Belfast. Seager was one of the earliest New Zealand architects to move away from historical styles and seek design with a New Zealand character. The Sign of the Kiwi and the Sign of the Bellbird illustrates this aspect of his work. In 1894 Seager became a lecturer in architecture and decorative design at the Canterbury College School of Art and continued in this position until 1918. He served on the college’s board of governors from 1910 to 1919. By 1900 Seager was recognised in New Zealand as a leading designer of private residences in the English Domestic Revival style, the best example being ‘Daresbury’ in Christchurch, built for George Humphreys between 1897 and 1901 and ‘Clarisford’ in 1914. In contrast to these, Seager also designed smaller cottages for relaxed informal living. Examples of his work include his own cottage in Cranmer Square (1899) and the Macmillan Brown Cottage in Cashmere (1901). Seager went into partnership with Cecil Wood from 1906 to 1912 and continued his work to develop a New Zealand architectural idiom. He also lectured widely on town planning and the need for appropriate legislation. In 1918 he was the Government representative at the second Australian Town-planning Conference and Exhibition, held in Brisbane, and he became the organising director of the first New Zealand Town-planning Conference and Exhibition, held in Wellington in 1919. The success of the conference, and the subsequent enactment of the Town-planning Act 1926, owed much to Seager’s foresight, commitment and energy. In recognition of his work he was appointed a CBE in 1926. A vigorous promotor of professional organisation and standards, he was President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1926 and a member of the council and chairman of the Canterbury branch at various times between 1911 and 1926. He was also a pioneering advocate for the preservation of historic buildings, and, as a writer and lecturer, promoted a wider understanding of architecture and its history.

  • Northwest ChCh Parish | About Us

    About Us ​ St David's, Belfast Starting in the north of the parish - St David’s, Belfast is a regular place of worship in the Anglican tradition and offers an intimate space for those who gather each week to worship together - it’s a bit like family. Three out of four Sundays a month 15-25 people come at 9am to sing God’s praises, to listen to God’s word, to pray and share in communion and to encourage each other in our Christian journey as we share what God is doing in our lives and communities. It’s a place to belong and to grow in our following of Jesus Christ. We do the same on Wednesdays beginning in the lounge with a cuppa and a good old chat about everything going on in our world and lives. We pray for each other and those not able to be with us and share God’s faithful answers to prayer. Again it is a place to belong and find friendship and support for the journey of life which throws all kinds of challenges our way. ​ Once a month the men of the parish gather in the lounge to share their stories and enjoy a time of friendship and food. There is a wealth of experience and many kinds of talents and skills shared around the room as they share and listen. A place to grow friendship and faith. Other groups find it a good place to meet too. A Craft group meets each week to embroider and chat and welcome people from the community to join them. There is something about the atmosphere of this little church that helps people on their journey through life. St David’s is a special place for smaller weddings accommodating around 80 guests – its traditional and intimate setting, and the knowledge that people have gathered there for worship and special occasions for over 100 years adds to the tranquil atmosphere. St Silas, Redwood To the south of the parish - St Silas, Redwood has had a more recent history with a contemporary complex of Auditorium, and Meeting Rooms being built in 1990 to combine with the existing Hall. Sunday services are held at 10.30am - A Eucharist Service with a simple liturgy and music provided by a combination of keyboard and band. ​ Once a month - on 1st Sunday - a combined service is held at St Silas at 9.30am, to bring together the whole parish of Northwest ChCh. It is a time of gathering to worship and is followed by "DJS" Cafe (otherwise known as a "cuppa" in the Hall). ​ During the week, there are Home Groups and Activities happening. On Thursday mornings - the parish welcomes in young parents and their tots for "Music & Movement" activities in the Auditorium. Singing and dancing and a great time to gather and meet and share fellowship. Friday nights the Youth of the community gather and share stories, games and events at Orchard Youth group. As part of our overall parish life, we also welcome families celebrating baptisms, or weddings, or other milestones of life. We farewell loved ones as we gather for funerals and memorial services; it is a time to reflect on lives well lived, for those who have worshipped as part of our church family, or had a family connection, or lived in the areas of Belfast, Bishopdale, Casebrook, and Redwood all their lives. ​ ​ ​

  • Northwest ChCh Parish | Social History St David's

    Heritage Significance Assessment St David’s Anglican Church is listed as a Group 1 Heritage Item in the City Plan, and as a Category II Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand (Registration Number 3810). Category II is given to places of ‘historical or cultural significance or value’. St David’s Anglican Church has historical and social significance as the site of one of the Christchurch’s earliest churches, and a centre of parish life in the present church for over a century. The building also has significance as an indicator of the growth of Belfast in the late nineteenth century. The first Anglican Church, which also served as a school, was built in c1855 in an area then known as Purarekanui, but which was renamed Belfast in the 1880’s. Known as the Main North Road Church or St Johns, this church formed part of the Papanui Parish for nearly 50 years. With the opening of the freezing works and other associated industries from the 1880’s however, the population of the district grew and Belfast was constituted a parish with its own minister in 1899. Although the old church was extended around this time, it proved inadequate, and vestryman William Nicholls, proprietor of the Kaputone Wool Scour, provided 100 pounds to start the building fund and this was added to by sacrificial fundraising by parishioners until there was sufficient funds to build the current St David's church. Architect Samuel Hurst Seager, who had designed Nicholl’s own home Spring Grove was commissioned to design the new church, initially proposed to be brick, but constructed in timber because of financial constraints. St David’s, as it was renamed by parishioners, was opened in 1903 and consecrated in 1912.

  • Northwest Chch Parish | Home

    CHCH ANGLICAN PARISH Welcome SERVICES Church and Community Together making a difference We are believers in Jesus Christ. His love is for all people. We invite you to join our community of faith, to share in fellowship, love and working together, in life's journey. ​ Our Vision Loving God, Loving each other, Serving the Community WHAT we are About About Us We believe in God's love and compassion. He brings HOPE to all; LOVE to all, PEACE and JOY.... Read on... Come and Join us ... We have lots of opportunities and activities for a variety of ages. Would you like to know more about our services or groups that interest you .... Read on... I would like to ask about.. It's okay to have questions and we hope to encourage you to feel reassured in your seeking. We have many different ways to help you find your belonging place.... Read on...

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