Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

Cathedral extyerior Blue sky copy

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A welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral, the broad tent with a wide-open door. This is where the Cathedral community is gathering while the project to reinstate the Cathedral in the Square is underway. Come on down to see us.

December can pass in a haze of busyness. There is so much to do to prepare for Christmas and to bring the year to a happy conclusion, that if we are not careful, we arrive at Christmas Day only to discover ourselves to be in a state of exhaustion.

The Transitional Cathedral is a house of prayer where all are welcome. Drop in and take time to clear your mind of all the rush and fuss. You may wish to contemplate and pray or stay for a moment of peace and quiet. You may also wish to visit the Christmas tree and leave your gifts to be shared through the Christchurch City Mission to those who might otherwise go without or come to one of the services to draw close to God.

The Church calls this period that leads up to Christmas the season of Advent. The Cathedral Choir will be singing the beautiful music composed especially for this season. The Cathedral shop has Advent calendars, Advent candles, and a range of Christmas nativity scenes on offer.

Advent is a gift given by the Church to help us open our hearts to receive Christ when at last he comes. The coming of Christ is laden with the promise and hope of God, that the blind will see again, the lame walk, the sick be healed, and injustice be put to right. In Advent we pray that all who come here will taste the hope, joy, and anticipation of God’s coming to us, so that our hearts may be lifted, and our sadness removed, that in hearing the voice of God our hearts may be opened to receive all the hope and love that God longs for us to know. May you know God’s blessing as we prepare for the coming of Christ this Christmas.

     The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley,  Dean of Christchurch

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Xmas at the Cathedral 2018

Click the link below to download the full Advent to Christmas Schedule

Xmas 2018

Xmas 2018.pdf 378.42 kB

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The "Cardboard" Cathedral

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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Logos for website

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Please click HERE to view a 2 minute time lapse film of the construction of the Transitional Cathedral

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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 SATURDAY 15 December

Deck the Halls

Christmas with Fiona Pears and the Cathedral Choristers

A fundraiser for Cathedral Music

Tickets now on sale at Eventfinda.  Click HERE for more information or to buy tickets

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Chorister Carol Recitals

CHORISTERS XMAS RECITALS 2018

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Friday 21 December at 3.00pm

Animals Service

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Sunday 23 December at 7.30pm

Nine Lessons 2018

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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 10 December
12.05pm Midday Prayer
6.30pm The Cathedral Grammar School Carol Service

Tuesday 11 December
12.05pm Holy Communion with prayers for healing
5:30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 12 December
12.05pm Holy Communion in the Celtic tradition
5:30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 13 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori
5:30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Weekday services of Choral Evensong conclude today for the year.  They resume on Wednesday 30 January at 5.30pm

Friday 14 December
7:30am Christian Meditation
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No Evening Service

Saturday 15 December  
12.05pm Midday Prayer 
7:00pm Deck the Halls - Christmas with Fiona Pears and the Cathedral Choristers

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Sunday 16 December ~ ADVENT 3

7:15am   Christian Meditation

8.00am   Holy Eucharist

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm   Choral Evensong
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 17 December
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 18 December
12.05pm Holy Communion with prayers for healing
5:30pm Cathedral Choristers' Carol Recital held at The Paino

Wednesday 19 December
12.05pm Holy Communion in the Celtic tradition
12.30pm Cathedral Choristers' Carol Recital
7:00pm Christchurch City Mission Carol Service

Thursday 20 December
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori
12.30 (approx) Cathedral Choristers sing Carols at Ballantynes Department Store

Friday 21 December
7:30am  Christian Meditation
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
12:30pm Cathedral Choristers sing Carols at the Bridge of Remembrance
3:00pm Children's Christmas Service with Animals

Saturday 22 December  
12.05pm Midday Prayer 

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Sunday 23 December ~ ADVENT 4

7:15am  Christian Meditation

8.00am   Holy Eucharist

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

7:30pm   The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 24 December
The Eve and Vigil of Christmas

6:00pm Christmas Recital
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

10:15pm Carol Singing by candlelight

11:00pm The Midnight Mass
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Tuesday 25 December Christmas Day
8:00am Holy Eucharist with Carols

10:00am Festival Eucharist
    Music: The Cathedral Choir

5:00pm Festal Evensong 
     Music: The Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir
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LATEST MUSIC LIST

The music list for Term Four up to Christmas is available here:

Music List-T4 2018

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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 (Until 31 October 2018)

Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch

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

People from all places and walks of life constitute the Friends of ChristChurch Cathedral.   Friends are often people from far away, who are unable to attend Cathedral worship, but nevertheless have an affinity with the Cathedral.
Their interest and support is in both the old Cathedral as a great spiritual, historical and architectural treasure, and the Transitional Cathedral as a modern iconic and inspirational place of worship, pilgrimage and community.
The Friends of the Cathedral supports the ministry of the Cathedral.  It is not a fundraising body for the re-instatement of the old Cathedral.  A separate charitable entity is being established in 2018 for that purpose.
We warmly invite you to join us on the exciting journey of belonging to one of New Zealand’s most valued icons as together we ensure the Cathedral’s ongoing life for future generations.

You can download the Friends Brochure by clicking on the link below.  This will give you more information and tells you how to become a member.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Friends Brochure

Cathedral Chapter

The Cathedral Chapter consists of four clerical canons appointed by the Diocese of Christchurch and four lay canons, two of whom are appointed by the Diocese and two from the regular worshipping congregation of the Cathedral.  Ex-officio members of the Chapter are The Bishop, The Dean and the Diocesan Chancellor.  The current Chapter members are:

BISHOP OF CHRISTCHURCH                                                                                             
                                                                                                                          

DEAN                                                                                                                                         
Lawrence Kimberley   B.Com., B.Th., Dip Liturgical Studies, A.C.A.(Retired), I.O.D

CLERICAL CANONS                                                                                                              
Mark Chamberlain  M.Min, B.Th.,  B.E.
Amanda Neil, JP, Dip. Tch., B. Theol.                                                                                  
Helen Roud   B.Th., M.Heal.Sc.
Ben Truman   B.A., B.Theol., PG.Dip.Arts, Grad.Dip.Tchg, Dip.Grad., Ang.Stud.Dip  

LAY CANONS                                                                                                                          
Rosemary Allison L.T.C.L., Dip.Tchg
Anthony Hughes-Johnson   QC
Carole Muir M.HSc., B.Ms., ANNP. SCM. SRN                                                                  
Malcolm Rickerby  

DIOCESAN CHANCELLOR                                                                                                  
Jeremy Johnson B.A., LL.B.(Hons), LL.M.   

   
CHAPTER SECRETARY                                                                                                        
Christopher Oldham   B.A., M.Sc., M.N.Z.I.M.


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
If you would like to donate more than NZD$10.00, please select a value from the drop down menu. Again, many thanks for your support.