Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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A welcome from the Dean

The Transitional Cathedral is a great place to come and visit, so please come on in. The building is exquisitely beautiful. Built to the glory of God the quiet simplicity draws people to peace and to prayer and to contemplate the depths of God. When you are inside and look back outside through the wide open doors, the beautiful park setting of Latimer Square is fully in view. Whether you are a visitor, a pilgrim searching for God, or needing a place to pray, the door is open and you are welcome. Visitors find the building a surprisingly warm place to be in the depths of a Christchurch winter! 

The Cathedral is a house of prayer and a place of warm hospitality. Our prayer for those who come is that each person will experience the love of God, not only in the building and through those who offer welcome, but in the services and daily prayers that continue throughout the year. Love is our origin; Love is what we are made for; Love is our fulfilment when our lives on earth come to an end and return to the Source from which we came. Our prayer is that in the Cathedral you will know that God’s love is for you, and for each person who comes. 

God the Holy Trinity, make you strong in faith and love, and defend and guide you in truth and peace.

The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley

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The "Cardboard" Cathedral

Cathedral exterior sm

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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THIS SUNDAY

Religous Vocation Poster

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Saturday 9 September ...

Hamlin Tea

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Tuesday 12 September

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Thursday 14 September

Organ Recital - astronomy

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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

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Monday 7 August 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 8 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by The Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 9 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by The Cathedral Choir

Thursday 10 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in te reo Maori
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of The Cathedral Choir

Friday 11 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No evening service today

Saturday 12 August 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 13 August                                            

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 
     Preacher: Revd Ben Randall, Assistant Curate

10.00am   Choral Eucharist & Baptism
      Sermon: Revd Ben Randall, Assistant Curate
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

 5.00pm Choral Evensong ~ Theologians in the Cathedral
      Sermon: Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford (UK):
           "Miraculous politics: a fresh look at the miracles of Jesus"
       Music: The Cathedral Choir
      A light supper and discussion follows the Service.

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Monday 14 August 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 15 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by The Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 16 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by The Cathedral Choir

Thursday 17 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in te reo Maori
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of The Cathedral Choir

Friday 18 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No evening service today

Saturday 19 August 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 20 August ~ Religious Vocation Sunday                                          

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 
     Preacher: Brother Donald SSF

10.00am   Choral Eucharist & Baptism
      Sermon: Brother Donald SSF
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

 5.00pm Choral Night Prayer
      Meditation: Dean Lawrence Kimberley
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 21 August 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 22 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by The Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 23 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by The Cathedral Choir

Thursday 24 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in te reo Maori
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of The Cathedral Choir

Friday 25 August 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Choristers of The Cathedral Choir

Saturday 26 August 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 27 August                                          

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

10.00am   Choral Eucharist & Baptism
      Sermon: Dean Lawrence Kimberley
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

 5.00pm Choral Evensong
      Sermon: Rev'd Ben Randall, Asst. Curate
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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LATEST MUSIC LIST

The music list for Term 3 can be downloaded here:

Music List - TERM 3 2017

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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
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