Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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A Message from the Dean

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

In company with Christians all around the world the Cathedral is celebrating Easter. Our worship will resound with alleluias and the beautiful music of Easter, laden with joy and hope. The building will be bursting with flowers as we proclaim the risen Christ who is our life, and who has defeated the power of death.

John’s Gospel opens by describing Jesus as the Word-Made Flesh. That Word was God; the very Word that God spoke at the dawn of time through which the world came into being. On Christmas Day we celebrate that Word coming to us in a whole human life, in the person of Jesus Christ, so that God could speak to us on our level and in our language. On Good Friday it looked as if that Word had been silenced when Jesus died on the cross. On Easter Day that Word speaks again. St John tells us the first to encounter the risen Jesus is Mary. She hears a Word that is only Love, full of grace and truth, who sees the truth of who Mary is and calls her by name, and she recognises the voice of the Good Shepherd and responds with love from the depth of her heart.

We live into the resurrection every time we hear that Word and respond by passing on the message of love, grace and truth to others; when we give voice to words that build up and encourage, that have the same love that is in the risen Jesus, that avoid self-interest and conceit but instead are full of humility, looking to the best interests of others (see Phil 2:1-5). Further, we live into the resurrection when we give voice to those who are powerless, to those who have been silenced, and when we stand with them and empower them to speak truth and cry for justice and healing. By so doing we become partners with God in bringing reconciliation, healing, and the forgiveness that is the mark of the New Creation that is being brought to birth on Easter Day.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia! May God bless you this Easter!

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We are remembering in our prayers those affected by the recent flooding in Edgecumbe and other parts of the country ...

Eternal God
 You are mercy and compassion,
 And you look with love on your people in times of distress.
 Draw near those who have been affected by recent flooding.
 Bring healing to those whose homes and property have been devastated.
 Keep safe those who have been evacuated from their homes.
 Guide civil defence, military personnel and emergency responders and all who are working to restore the community.
 Grant wisdom to those in authority making decisions for the well being of all.
 In the midst of disaster, may the people of this land be granted healing and hope,
 Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Amen.

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The "Cardboard" Cathedral

Cathedral by night

Cathedrals usually stand as enduring monuments to human skill and inventiveness, and magnificent pointers to the presence of God among us. Their websites will tell you how they are the oldest, the largest, the tallest or the most significant of their kind.

ChristChurch Cathedral is slightly different. The original Cathedral was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. We are operating from our new temporary home, the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, Christchurch. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard.

This web site aims to tell you something about who we are and what we stand for. It is a work in progress. It offers a glimpse of the building, its history and its environment. It provides information about Cathedral services and events, its music and arts programme, facilities for visitors and pilgrims, educational resources, stories about our community life and outreach, and an archive of recent sermons. We hope you will be inspired to visit Christchurch, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral.

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The Cathedral is very grateful for support from

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Rose Window Photography by Derek Golding          www.Goldingarts.co.nz 

COMING UP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL ...

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Please come to any of the services, events and recitals below ...

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CONCERTS, EVENTS & FUNCTIONS AT THE CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral is available for a wide variety of events.  Please see further down this page for full details, and the scrolling photos below.  As well as catered events, the Cathedral is available for concerts and recitals.  Please contact the Cathedral Administrator for further information

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GODQUEST: *  KNOWING GOD  *  GROWING IN FAITH  *  LIVING THE LIFE  *

Take the road to explore the Christian faith
March – July 2017           Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:00pm

Godquest poster

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Theologians in the Cathedral

A Sunday evening preaching series starting in June

Theologians series

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We are again selling the Christchurch Entertainment Book as a fundraiser for Cathedral music.  Click on the pic below to order your early bird copy!

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WORSHIP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

You are very welcome to join any of the up-coming services at the Transitional Cathedral:

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Morning Prayer is said Monday to Friday at 8.30am. All welcome

Weekday Services of Choral Evensong have concluded unil Tuesday 2 May at 5.30pm

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Monday 24 April 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 25 April ~ ANZAC DAY
10.00am ANZAC Day Citizens' Service
     Speaker: Air Commodore Andrew Woods MNZM RNZAF
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Wednesday 26 April 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Thursday 27 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Friday 28 April 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Saturday 29 April 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 30 April – Easter III                                             

8.00am   Holy Eucharist
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley
     Music: The Cathedral Singers

5.00pm Choral Evensong
     Preacher: Ven Lynnette Lightfoot, Priest Assistant
     Music: The Cathedral Singers 

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Monday 1 May 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 2 May 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 3 May
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 4 May
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in te reo Maori
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 5 May
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

Saturday 6 May
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 7 May – Easter IV                                            

8.00am   Holy Eucharist
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Choral Evensong
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

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MUSIC LIST

Term 2's music list will be here very shortly.


Street Address

Street Address

The Transitional Cathedral is located at 234 Hereford Street. An easy walk from the any point in the central city, the Cathedral sits at the southern end of Latimer Square, beside the future 'Green Frame'. Travel to the central city from the airport takes around 20 minutes by bus or taxi.  There is no public car parking at the Cathedral.  However, there is plenty of street parking nearby.  There is a disabled park in the staff carpark off Madras Street for visitors to the Cathedral.

CONTACT - will take you to 234 Hereford St in Google Maps

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Cathedral in the Square

Cathedral in the Square

The Transitional Cathedral is only a five minute walk away from the site of the seriously damaged Cathedral in the Square. Walk northwest through Latimer Square to Worcester Street. 500 metres along Worcester St you'll see the damaged stone Cathedral.

CONTACT - will take you to a street view of the Cathedral in the Square showing both 'pre earthquake' and 'current'

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How to get in touch ...

How to get in touch ...

Mailing Address - PO Box 855, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Cathedral Address - Cnr Madras and Hereford Streets, Christchurch, New Zealand

Office Address - at the Cathedral

Email - admin@christchurchcathedral.co.nz

Tel - +64 3 366 0046

Volunteering at the Transitional Cathedral

Volunteering at the Transitional Cathedral

Around 200 volunteers support the Transitional Cathedral's life and work. They assist in different ways.  Some support the services and the choir, while many enjoy greeting visitors as Transitional Cathedral guides,  as shop assistant / receptionists or as ushers at evening events. Others work as cleaners or look after the garden.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer working with the Transitional Cathedral's visitors, it would be good to hear from you. Please contact Nicky Lee, Volunteer Manager.

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Anglican Diocese

Anglican Diocese

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. For information, check out their website by clicking CONTACT.

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The Cathedral Grammar School is the Cathedral's Choir School.

The Cathedral Grammar School is the Cathedral's Choir School.

As well as educating the Cathedral Choristers, the School provides high quality education for pre-school, primary school and intermediate aged girls and boys. Cathedral Grammar is an Anglican independent school, offering parents choice in the selection of a school to best suit their child's needs.

With a 130-year plus history, Cathedral Grammar is the longest established private primary school in New Zealand. The School takes huge pride in the varied, successful and happy lives of the boys and girls who have experienced ‘Grammar’ over that time.

To visit the School's website click contact below

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Moveable Feasts ~ the Cathedral Caterers

Moveable Feasts ~ the Cathedral Caterers

Moveable Feasts are the providers for all catered events at the Transitional Cathedral.  if you have any questions about the wide variety of catered events we can offer, please contact Sarah Robinson, General Manager.

To visit their website, please click on the photo below:

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Very Revd Lawrence Kimberley

Very Revd Lawrence Kimberley

Dean of Christchurch

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Ven Lynnette Lightfoot

Ven Lynnette Lightfoot

Associate Priest

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Chris Oldham (the one on the right)

Chris Oldham (the one on the right)

Cathedral Administrator

Chapter Secretary

Verger

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Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Cathedral Deacon

Volunteer Manager

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Revd Ben Randall

Revd Ben Randall

Assistant Curate

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John Linker

John Linker

Director of Music

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Harry Meehan

Harry Meehan

Assistant Organist

Cathedral Regulars Email List

If you are a member of the worshipping community at the Cathedral and would like to sign up to the email list to receive information, please click on CONTACT below and follow the prompts.

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The Friends of the Cathedral

This page is under construction


Weddings

Weddings

The Transitional Cathedral is available for weddings and we welcome your enquiry.  Please see Wedding Information below for further details:

Wedding Info 2015

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BAPTISMS

BAPTISMS

The Transitional Cathedral is available for baptisms.  Please contact the Cathedral for details.

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Funerals

Please contact a member of staff for enquiries about having a funeral at the Transaitional Cathedral.

Your support is appreciated

We need your support.  Donations in support of the ministry of the Transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral are always gratefully appreciated. Please partner us in this important project by making a donation. Thank you.

You can donate online by clicking an amount below or you can donate to our bank account (details below).  Donations are tax deductible for New Zealand tax payers.  If you would like a receipt for a donation made please email the Cathedral Administrator on admin@christchurchcathedral.co.nz.  If donating to our bank account, please put your name in one of the fields.
Account Name: Christchurch Cathedral Chapter;  Account Number - 06 0831 0034885 000

$ 10.00 NZD
If you would like to donate more than NZD$10.00, please select a value from the drop down menu. Again, many thanks for your support.