A Message from the Dean of Christchurch

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral. Christmas is nearly upon us. Come on in to leave your gifts at the tree, or join in with uplifting Christmas worship.

When you arrive you will find a crib scene depicting the new-born Christ and the Holy Family. When we contemplate this, we see first and foremost Love come down from heaven. This child is Emmanuel, God-With-Us. He comes to bring heaven into our broken world, to tell us that God wants to be connected to us, to speak to us on our level and in our language, and that God will continue loving us through the toughest trials we face. The Christ-child is given by God so that all can begin to share the gifts of love, peace, and compassion that God longs for the whole world to rest in.

This is a great time to visit the Transitional Cathedral and all are welcome. The Transitional Cathedral is “dressed” for Christmas. The beautiful nativity scene will remain in place for the month of January so that all can come and adore the Christ-child and make their hearts a place where he is welcome. The Christmas Tree is in place until Monday 6 January.

This Christmas may the Christ the infant saviour give you the joy of the Bethlehem shepherds, the awe of the worshipping sages and the humility and love of Mary and Joseph. On behalf of Bishop Peter, the Cathedral Chapter, clergy, staff, and my wife Elizabeth, I wish you and yours a holy and blessed Christmas and a happy New Year.

Lawrence Kimberley


The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley,  Dean of Christchurch

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