Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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A welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral. Come on in to visit, to pray, or join in with uplifting worship. This Sunday, 6 January, is the second instalment of the Church's celebration of Christmas; a feast called Epiphany.

When you arrive at the Transitional Cathedral, you will find a crib scene depicting the new-born Christ and the Holy Family, which will now also show the arrival of the Magi, who, guided by a star, come with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This is the second part of the story of Jesus’ birth that is celebrated at Epiphany. While on Christmas Day the Church celebrates God’s humble entrance into human life as a new-born child, the second feast (Epiphany) celebrates the glory of God in the new-born child being made available to all the world. The Magi, in the world of Jesus, were absolute outsiders; and it was these unexpected pilgrims who are among the first to welcomed by Jesus. This will become a pattern in Jesus’ life later on, as he will welcome outsiders into the Kingdom of God and end up with two thieves as companions when he dies on the cross. When we see those that Jesus connects with and opens his heart to welcome, we begin to see the height, depth, and breadth of his love which extends to all people, end of story. The Feast of Epiphany and the arrival of the Magi tell us all are called, welcomed and accepted by God. My prayer is that when you come to this Cathedral you will experience this welcome of God and know this God’s love is for you.

This is a great time to visit the Transitional Cathedral and all are welcome. The Transitional Cathedral remains “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 at present but will come down on Monday 7 January or soon after.

This Epiphany may Christ’s bright star enlighten your mind and heart and bring us all to see God at work in the world; and may you all know the blessing of God this Epiphany.

     The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley,  Dean of Christchurch

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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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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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Saturday 9 February

Terry Waite Lecture 2019

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Meditation Group poster  no words

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Chorister audition 2018 (3)

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Charity Concert - 30 March

FINAL GIFT OF MUSIC

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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 for the year and will resume on Wednesday 30 January at 5.30pm

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Monday 21 January
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Tuesday 22 January 2019
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Wednesday 23 January
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Thursday 24 January 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Friday 25 January
7:30am  Christian Meditation
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Saturday 26 January 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 27 January ~ EPIPHANY 3

7:15am  Christian Meditation

8.00am   Holy Eucharist

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley
     Music: Cathedral Singers

5:00pm   Choral Evensong
     Preacher: Ven Lynnette Lightfoot, Priest Assistant
     Music: Cathedral Singers

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Monday 28 January
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Tuesday 29 January 2019
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Wednesday 30 January
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 31 January 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No evening service today

Friday 1 February
7:30am  Christian Meditation
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

Saturday 2 February 
12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 3 February ~ CANDLEMAS / Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

7:15am  Christian Meditation

8.00am   Holy Eucharist

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Music: Cathedral Choir

5:00pm   Cathedral Grammar School Start-of-Year Service
     Music: Cathedral Choristers and the School Chapel Choirs

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Monday 4 February
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Tuesday 5 February
12.05pm Holy Eucharist

Wednesday 6 February ~ Waitangi Day
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
No evening service today

Thursday 7 February 
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 8 February
7:30am  Christian Meditation
12.05pm Holy Eucharist
4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

Saturday 9 February 
10.00am Episcopal Ordination of Ven Dr Peter Carrell, Bishop-elect of Christchurch
     held at Christchurch Boys' High School
1.30pm Wedding
3.00pm Installation of Bishop Peter Carrell as Ninth Bishop of Christchurch
     held in Cathedral Square
5.30pm Live stream of 2019 Quaker Lecture by Terry Waite (see separate poster)

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Sunday 10 February

7:15am  Christian Meditation

8.00am   Holy Eucharist

10.00am   Choral Eucharist
     Preacher: Bishop Peter Carrell
     Music: Cathedral Choir

5:00pm   Choral Evensong
     Preacher: Bishop Peter Carrell
     Music: Cathedral Choir

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LATEST MUSIC LIST

The music list for Term One 2019 will be available here shortly

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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.