Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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From the Dean ...

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 now open and 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. I hope you will be inspired to visit Christchurch, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral.

Very Revd Lynda Patterson
Dean of Christchurch,

 August 2013

      

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DEAN LYNDA PATTERSON

Lynda

The Cathedral is grieving the death of our Dean, the Very Rev’d Lynda Patterson.

Lynda died at home of natural causes after a recent illness. She was aged 40.

The Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, says Lynda spoke of the God she loved, in all she did and said.   “Lynda was highly respected across the Diocese and Province and we all benefitted from her extraordinary preaching and teaching. She was also a great pastor who brought both compassion and appropriate humour to every situation.” 

Bishop Victoria has asked for prayer for Lynda’s family in Northern Ireland. 

The Archbishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, have asked for prayer for the Cathedral family to remember Lynda, a priest who called others to prayer for the glory of God.

A Funeral Service for Lynda was held at the Transitional Cathedral on Tuesday 29 July at 1.00pm.  Details of the service and the sermon preached by Bishop Victoria can be found HERE .

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Tides

THANK YOU ...

Our thanks for the generous support provided by Tides Foundation, on the recommendation of the Martin Fabert Foundation

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A Royal Welcome

On Monday 14 April, it was our honour to welcome Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Cathedral, during their tour of New Zealand.

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Their Royal Highnesses were presented with a copy of "Kia Kaha's Brand New House" a children's book about a Cathedral mouse in the Transitional Cathedral.  The presentation was made by author, Clare Erasmus.  Copies are available for sale at the Cathedral shop! [Photo: Woolf/Crown]

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COMING UP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL ...

Please come to any of the services, events and recitals below ...

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THE OXFORDS ...

Oxford

Each year a group of singers from Christ Church, Oxford, the College after which this city was named, travel to Christchurch to join with the Cathedral Choir.  This link with our founders has been taking place for almost 20 years. This year, being the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Robert Godley, often referred to as the Founder of Canterbury, six "Oxfords" will be travelling to Christchurch.  

Oxfords

Oxfords

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CATHEDRAL EVENTS

The Cathedral is available for a wide variety of events.  Please see further down this page for full details.

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WORSHIP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

You are welcome to join any of the up-coming services at the Transitional Cathedral:

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Monday 25 August

12.05pm: Holy Communion

Tuesday 26 August

12.05pm: Holy Communion with prayers for healing

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 27 August

12.05pm: Holy Communion in the Celtic tradition

No service of Choral Evensong this evening

7.30pm at the Cathedral: Opening of the Press Writers & Readers Festival and launch of new book on the Transitional Cathedral and Shigeru Ban 

7.00pm at St Michael & All Angels: Choral Evensong, featuring the Cathedral Choir, The Oxfords, St Michael's Choir and Christ's College Schola Cantorum

Thursday 28 August

12.05pm: Holy Communion with prayers for healing

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 29 August

12.05pm: Holy Communion

4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

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SUNDAY 31 AUGUST ~ Transitional Cathedral Dedication Festival

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Festival Eucharist

     Sermon: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Festal Evensong 

     Sermon: Andrew Starkey, Vicar of St Michael & All Angels

      Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 1 September

12.05pm: Holy Communion

Tuesday 2 September

12.05pm: Holy Communion with prayers for healing

No service of Choral Evensong this evening

Wednesday 3 September

12.05pm: Holy Communion in the Celtic tradition

No service of Choral Evensong this evening

Thursday 4 September

12.05pm: Holy Communion with prayers for healing

7.00pm Diocesan Synod Service

     Preacher: Bishop Victoria Matthews

Friday 5 September

12.05pm: Holy Communion

4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

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SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER ~ Pentecost XII

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Choral Eucharist

     Sermon: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Choral Evensong 

   Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Easter Service on Radio New Zealand:

An Easter Service from the Transitional Cathedral was broadcast on Radio New Zealand on Easter Day.  You can listen to it by clicking HERE

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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 - Cnr Gloucester and Montreal Streets, Christchurch, New Zealand

Email - admin@christchurchcathedral.co.nz

Tel - +64 3 366 0046


Dean of Christchurch

position currently vacant

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Venerable Nick Mountfort

Venerable Nick Mountfort

Acting Dean

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Chris Oldham

Chris Oldham

Cathedral Administrator & Verger

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Carolyn Harmon

Carolyn Harmon

General Manager

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Brian Law

Brian Law

Director of Music

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Nicky Lee

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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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. Contact Nicky Lee, Volunteer Manager.

Tel. 353 7883  DDI

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Weddings

Weddings

The Transitional Cathedral is available for weddings and we welcome your enquiry.  Please see Wedding Information below for further details:

Wedding Info 2014

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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 Vital

Donations in support of the 'Transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral are urgently sought. Christchurch has suffered enormous damage. The entire central city has been decimated and along with it, our Cathedral heart. We need your support. Please partner us in this important project by making a donation. Thank you.


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