Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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A welcome from the Dean

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.

The joyful season of Easter begins today as the Cathedral proclaims that Christ is risen, that in Christ a new age has dawned, the long reign of sin is ended, a broken world is renewed and humanity is made whole once again. The Cathedral is looking beautiful, bedecked with flowers and an Easter Garden and with the large Paschal Candle proclaiming that the eternal light of Christ overcomes the darkness of death. A large Icon of the resurrection shows the risen Christ reaching out to a divided humanity, reconciling those who are alienated from each other and from God to create a renewed humanity. Our prayer is that all who visit this beautiful Cathedral will experience the peace of the risen Christ and know that his love is for everyone.

As always Transitional Cathedral is a beautiful place to come and visit, so please come on in. 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.

Through the resurrection of Christ, may God grant you healing, fulfil his promises. bless you with eternal life and bring you to the joy of heaven which lasts forever.

                   The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley, 

                   Dean of Christchurch

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NEWS: Cathedral Grammar school gets new leadership

Cathedral Grammar’s Board is under new governance leadership, says Bishop Victoria Matthews. A local lawyer, specialising in employment and education, David Beck, has been tasked with leading the school forward. The Board itself has also been renewed

“Mr Beck will be working to restore confidence in the school and will make sure the Anglican faith and unique spirit is nurtured and developed going forward,” said Matthews.
 
“Healing the rifts between the community, parents and board will be his first priority. He has an open style of leadership and we can expect to see him engaging with the community about the school’s direction. Cathedral Grammar is the Anglican school which educates the well-known ChristChurch Cathedral choristers, and this comes with the rich traditions and Christian character that need to be acknowledged, while all the time balancing this with the complex educational needs of 21st century students.
 
“I am confident that David Beck, the Board of Trustees and the Cathedral Chapter will work well with our Principal and teaching staff to fulfil the school’s commitment to be ‘ever faithful’.”

                  The Rt Rev’d Victoria Matthews, 
                   Bishop 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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We are fundraising through the 2018 Entertainment Book.  Buy your copy and support the Cathedral!

CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy and support the Cathedral.  Copies will also be available from the Cathedral soon.

You can preview the 2018 book by clicking on the image below:

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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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ANZAC DAY - Wednesday 25 April

ANZAC Day poster

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Fire & Fury - 1 May at 1:10pm

FIRE & FURY Concert

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Mothers Day High Tea ~ Saturday 12 May

Bring your Mum to high tea at the Cathedral and support out Choristers' trip to Sydney and Japan!

Click HERE for details

mothers day flyer

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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

Weekday services of Choral Evensong have concluded until Tuesday 1 May at 5.30pm

For those who missed the Diocesan Farewell to Bishop Victoria Matthews it can be viewed by clicking HERE

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Monday 16 April
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 17 April
12.05pm Holy Communion with prayers for healing

Wednesday 18 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition

Thursday 19 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori

Friday 20 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Saturday 21 April
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 22 April - Easter IV

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 

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

5.00pm   Choral Evensong
      Music: The Cathedral Singers

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Monday 23 April
12.05pm Midday Prayer

Tuesday 24 April
12.05pm Holy Communion with prayers for healing

Wednesday 25 April~ ANZAC DAY
10.00am The Citizens' Service
     Speaker: Air Commodore Andrew Clark, RNZAF
     Music: Christchurch Boys' Choir and Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass

Thursday 26 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori

Friday 27 April
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Saturday 28 April
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 29 April - Easter V

8.00am   Holy Eucharist 

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

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

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LATEST MUSIC LIST

The music list for Term Two will be available here shortly

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GodQuest ~ Take the road to explore the Christian faith

GodQuest Portrait

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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

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


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.