Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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An Advent Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral. 

Summer is nearly upon us and this is a great time to visit the Transitional Cathedral. The building is light and airy and looks out onto the beautifully green Latimer Square. During the services the Choir will be singing the music of Advent over the month of December, and the Christmas Carol service is coming up on Sunday 18 December.

At present the Church is celebrating Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming”. It refers to the coming of Christ, whether as the child Jesus born in a manger, or at the end of the age, or when we face our death, or his coming into our hearts today. During this season the scripture readings have a strong emphasis on the divine judgement of God, calling us to strain forward to the time when the Kingdom of God is fully realised: the hungry are fed, the cold, the hungry and the homeless have warmth and shelter; the causes of poverty, injustice and oppression are addressed; the sick and those who mourn are cared for, the lonely and the unloved now belong in community; those in despair or in the shadow of death have cause for hope in Christ.

May all this be our prayer this Advent, and may you and yours have a holy and blessed Advent season. 

Lawrence Kimberley, Dean

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A prayer for those affected by the North Canterbury earthquakes:

Eternal God
You are mercy and love.
Visit the people of North Canterbury and beyond with your mercy and compassion following the recent earthquakes.
Draw those who have died into your eternal presence.
Bring healing to the injured and those who are traumatised.
Keep safe those who have been evacuated from their homes.
Guide civil defence, military personnel and emergency responders and all who are working to keep the community safe.
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.

If you you would like to make a donation towards the earthquake appeal, the Diocese has set up a Give-a-little page:

https://givealittle.co.nz/donate/Cause/anglicanshelpearthquakeaffected2016

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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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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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Orans-Theotokos

The next in the Organ Recital Series is Tuesday 29 November at 1.10pm ~ Music for Advent

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The Cathedral Singers & Brass Christmas Concert is Friday 9 December at 7.30pm

 

Singers Xmas Portrait 2016

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Pre-Schoolers' morning of Christmas music with Julie Wylie

Pre-school Christmas music poster 2016

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 28 November
10.00am Funeral Service for John Gray
12.05pm Midday Prayer 

Tuesday 29 November
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing 
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 30 November
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 1 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori
No evening service today

Friday 2 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

Saturday 3 December
12.05pm Midday Prayer
7.30pm Canterbury Plainsmen Christmas Concert

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Sunday 4 December ~ Advent 2                                                 

8.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

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

5.00pm Choral Evensong
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 5 December
12.05 Midday Prayer

Tuesday 6 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir 

Wednesday 7 Deceember
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
No evening service today 

Thursday 8 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in te reo Maori
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 9 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir
7.30pm Cathedral Singers and Cathedral Brass Christmas Concert

Saturday 10 December
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 11 December ~ Advent 3

8.00am Holy Eucharist   

10.00am Choral Eucharist
     with the Cathedral Grammar Junior School Nativity play
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Choral Evensong
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

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SERVICE MUSIC.  The music list from Advent to Christmas can be downloaded here.  

Music List - 2016 Advent & Christmas

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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

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 Vital

Donations in support of the 'Transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral are urgently sought. Christchurch has suffered enormous damage. The entire central city has been decimated and along with it, our Cathedral heart. We need your support. Please partner us in this important project by making a donation. Thank you.

$ 10.00 NZD
The initial donation figure noted here is NZ $10. If you wish to donate a larger amount please click on the 'Donate more' option. This option retains the original NZ$10 and adds an additional figure up to your total.