Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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A Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.

The Transitional Cathedral is a great place to come and visit, so please come on in. The building is exquisitely beautiful. Built to the glory of God the quiet simplicity draws people to peace and to prayer and to contemplate the depths of God. When you are inside and look back outside through the wide open doors, the beautiful park setting of Latimer Square is fully in view. Whether you are a visitor, a pilgrim searching for God, or needing a place to pray, the door is open and you are welcome.

Our prayer for those who come is that each person will experience the love of God, not only in the building and through those who offer welcome, but in the services and daily prayers that continue throughout the year. Love is our origin; Love is what we are made for; Love is our fulfilment when our lives on earth come to an end and return to the Source from which we came. Our prayer is that in the Cathedral you will know that God’s love is for you, and for each person who comes.

At present, the Cathedral is celebrating the season of Lent. Lent is a time for preparing to commemorate the death of Jesus on Good Friday, and his resurrection on Easter Day. Sunday services will tell stories from the Gospels about people coming to faith in Jesus and beginning a relationship with him. At Evensong on Sundays preachers have been invite to share with us something of their faith journey.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding be with you always.

Dean Lawrence Kimberley 

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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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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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GODQUEST: *  KNOWING GOD  *  GROWING IN FAITH  *  LIVING THE LIFE  *

Take the road to explore the Christian faith
March – July 2017           Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:00pm

Godquest poster

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APRIL 1: Euthanasia: a duty to die?

A one day seminar (9.30am-2.30pm) on one of the controversial topics of today’s society
Chaired by Bishop Victoria Matthews
and with speakers from both sides of the debate
Jack Havill,  Past President, Voluntary Euthanasia Society (End of Life Choice)
Renée Joubert (Executive Officer, Euthanasia-Free NZ),   
Graham O’Brien (Co-Chair InterChurch Bioethics Council),  
Bishop Jim White (Assistant Bishop of Auckland)

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The Crucifixion - Sir John Stainer

The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer
Saturday 8th April  5.30pm
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral
With Conductor John Linker
Tenor - Christopher Bowen
Bass - Jared Holt
Organ - Harry Meehan
Tickets $30 Adults, $10 Children from Eventfinda. Fees apply.  Early bird price available till 20/3.
http://www.citychoir.co.nz/

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PALM SUNDAY – 9 April at 5.00pm

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A service of hymns and readings from scripture, with the Cathedral Choir singing the music of Passiontide

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HOLY WEEK ...

Holy Week & Easter 2017

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We are again selling the Christchurch Entertainment Book as a fundraiser for Cathedral music.  Click on the pic below to order your early bird copy!

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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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Please see below for details of the Cathedral's Lenten Programme

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Sunday 26 March ~ Lent IV                                             

8.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Preacher: Revd Ben Randall, Asst Curate

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

5.00pm Choral Evensong
     Meditation: Steve Patterson, Entrepreneur and Human Rights Defender
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 27 March 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 28 March 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 29 March 
7.30am Holy Eucharist, followed by a light breakfast
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 30 March
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No evening service today

Friday 31 March 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No evening service today

Saturday 1 April 
9.30am - 2.30pm Seminar: Euthanasia: A duty to die?
5.30pm Sydney Male Voice Choir Concert

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Sunday 2 April – Passion Sunday                                             

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 3 April 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 4 April 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir
7.00pm Holy Eucharist to celebrate the Ordination of Rev'd Ben Randall to the Priesthood
     Celebrant: Rev'd Ben Randall, Assistant Curate

Wednesday 5 April 
7.30am Holy Eucharist, followed by a light breakfast
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 6 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 7 April 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

Saturday 8 April 
12.05pm Midday Prayer
5.30pm Stainer's "Crucifixion" by Christchurch City Choir

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Sunday 9 April – Palm Sunday                                             

8.00am   Holy Eucharist with Blessing of Palms
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

10.00am   Choral Eucharist with Blessing of Palms and reading of St Matthew's Passion Narrative
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm A service of hymns and readings with the Cathedral Choir singing the music of Passiontide  

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HOLY WEEK

Monday 10 April 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 11 April 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
 

Wednesday 12 April 
7.30am Holy Eucharist 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Thursday 13 April ~ Maundy Thursday
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
7.00pm Eucharist of the Last Supper, Footwashing and Stripping of the Altar
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

Friday 14 April ~ Good Friday 
10.00am Children's Service of Stations of the Cross
12.00pm The Celebration of the Lord's Passion
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

Saturday 15 April ~ Holy Saturday
12.05pm Midday Prayer
9.00pm The Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Baptism
      Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

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SUNDAY 16 APRIL ~ EASTER                                             

8.00am   Holy Eucharist
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

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

5.00pm Festal Evensong
     Preacher: Bishop Victoria Matthews
     Music: The Cathedral Choir

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LENT AT THE CATHEDRAL

Please click on the link below to download a copy of our Lenten Programme of events

Lenten Brochure 2017

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MUSIC LIST

Please click on the link below to download the latest Choir Music List 

Music List - TERM 1 2017


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

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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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