Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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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About Lent

Being generous your neighbours & the world, and to yourself

Lent is the Christian season that takes us from the end of summer through to Easter and is linked to the time when Jesus went for 40 days without food in the desert. It is a reminder that Jesus went through times of testing and suffering to make him stronger and more trusting in God.

The word “Lent” stems from an Old English word meaning “lengthen” referring to the lengthening of days in the northern hemisphere at this time of the year, where Lent is in spring. The early Church made Lent a period of six weeks leading up to Easter when candidates were prepared for Baptism. In Baptism, those desiring to be Christians make a commitment to be followers of Christ. New believers were taught the faith and shown how to pray, how to read the bible, how to live a Christian life. The Church would assess whether the candidates had the will power and the resilience to do this.

Later generations of Christians made the season of Lent a time for reconciliation to the Church. Those who had committed serious sins were asked to express their sorrow and the Church would use this time to enable them to be reconciled to God and the community.

The modern version of Lent encourages us to use this season to reorient our lives and their energy toward Jesus. Christians are encouraged to do some intentional learning about an aspect of the Christian faith, and to renew their lives of prayer and contemplation of the scriptures. A life that is oriented toward Christ will be seeking to follow Christ’s way of focusing our loving beyond ourselves. Some people give things up so that they can redirect energy and resources to others more generously. Some people choose to take on life giving habits like eating healthier food. Some people choose to do really good things during Lent to try and make a difference to others, or to change the world. That’s what ‘Living Lent’ is all about!

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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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Mourning & Hope

A Concert in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake

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Flowers in Transition ~ Floral Passion!

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The transitional Cathedral, Christchurch is delighted to announce a major event for February 2016. Flowers in Transition 2016 will see the remarkable floral costumes by renowned fabric artist Jenny Gillies combine with exquisite floral installations by Patricia Proctor.

Floral Passion is the central theme for Flowers in Transition 2016 -  to quote Jenny and Patricia “flowers transcending with passion.”

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Jenny & Patricia have a passion for life, a passion for flowers and in February 2016 this will come together in a series of breath-taking floral costumes and floral designs. Exquisite, mysterious, whimsical, profuse, regal & glorious flowers will be turned into designs that will challenge the senses and the imagination.
For eleven days the Cathedral will be filled with Jenny and Patricia’s unique costumes and floral installations. Each day the Cathedral will be open so that the public can feast on this visual splendour.
This collective is to celebrate Christchurch and Canterbury through its flowers and to include a transition of flowers from reality to fantasy. The desire is to present the reality of nature as expressed in fresh floral artworks with an evolution into the fantasy of floral fabric costume art showing how the botanical essence of live flowers can be transformed into colourful and contemporary costumes.

Concert ~ Cathedral Tango ~ SOLD OUT

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THANK YOU ...

Our thanks for the generous support provided by Tides Foundation, on the recommendation of the Martin Fabert Foundation

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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Sunday 14 February ~ Lent 1

8.00am Holy Eucharist

10.00am Choral Eucharist & Baptisms

     Preacher: Associate Dean Stephanie Robson

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Diocesan Ordination Service

      Sermon: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 15 February

12.05pm Holy Eucharist 

Tuesday 16 February

12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 17 February 

7.30am Holy Eucharist & Breakfast

12.05pm Holy Eucharist 

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 18 February 

12.05pm Holy Eucharist 

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 19 February

12.05pm  Holy Eucharist

4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

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Sunday 21 February ~ Lent 2

8.00am Holy Eucharist

10.00am Choral Eucharist

     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Choral Evensong

      Reflection: Associate Dean Stephanie Robson

      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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SERVICE MUSIC.  The music list for February 2016 is available here.

Music List February 2016

The Don Rutter Memorial Music List

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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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Revd Stephanie Robson

Revd Stephanie Robson

Associate Dean

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Chris Oldham

Chris Oldham

Cathedral Administrator

Chapter Secretary

Verger

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Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Cathedral Deacon

Volunteer Manager

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John Linker

John Linker

Director of Music

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Appointment pending

Assistant Organist


Weddings

Weddings

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

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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.