Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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An Advent welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.

Summer is 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 17 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 he coming of the Kingdom of God be our prayer this Advent, and may you and yours have a holy and blessed Advent season.

                   The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley, 
                   Dean of Christchurch

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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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Sunday 17 December at 7.30pm

Nine Lessons 2017

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Thursday 21 December at 3.00pm

Animals Service

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CHRISTMAS WEEK AT THE CATHEDRAL

Xmas week 2016(b)

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 11 December  
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 12 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing  
No Evening Service today

Wednesday 13 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 14 December 
12.00pm The Cathedral Grammar School Leavers' Service
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir
[This is the final weekday service of Choral Evensong for the year.  They resume on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at 5.30pm]

Friday 15 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No Evening Service today

Saturday 16 December 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 17 December - Advent III                                        

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
      Preacher: Revd Ben Randall
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

7.30pm The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
      The Cathedral Choir sings the music of Christmas with carols and readings

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Monday 18 December  
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 19 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing  
12.30pm Cathedral Choristers’ Christmas Carol Recital at the Cathedral

Wednesday 20 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition

Thursday 21 December 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in te reo Maori
3.00pm Children’s Christmas Service with Animals
5.30pm Cathedral Choristers’ Christmas Carol Recital at The Piano

Friday 22 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Saturday 23 December 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 24 December - Advent IV / Christmas Eve                                        

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
      Preacher: Bishop Victoria Matthews
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

10.30pm Carol Singing

11.15pm   The First Eucharist of Christmas
      Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 25 December - Christmas Day                                        

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
      Preacher: Revd Ben Randall, Asst Curate
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm   Choral Evensong
      Preacher: Ven Lynnette Lightfoot
      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Tuesday 26 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.00pm Bible Reading Marathon starts   

Wednesday 27 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
Bible Reading Marathon

Thursday 28 December 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
Bible Reading Marathon

Friday 29 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
Bible Reading Marathon

Saturday 30 December 
12.05pm Midday Prayer
Bible Reading Marathon

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Sunday 31 December                                        

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 

10.00am   Sung Eucharist
      Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

5.00pm   Sung Evensong
      Preacher: Ven Lynnette Lightfoot

10.00pm Watchnight Service

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LATEST MUSIC LIST

The music list for this term from Advent to Christmas can be downloaded here.

Music List -2017 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

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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