Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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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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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Animals

COMING UP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL ...

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

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TWO CHRISTMAS FAVOURITES ...

THIS SUNDAY - 21 DECEMBER: 7.30pm The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER: 3.00pm The Children's Christmas Service with Animals

ALL WELCOME!

Animals

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THE CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS TREE

The Cathedral Christmas Tree is now in place.  Presents left under the tree are collected by the Christchurch City Mission and distributed to children in need by local social service agencies.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC APPOINTED

The Cathedral Chapter is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr John Linker as the new Cathedral Director or Music.

 Mr Linker will start in the new year.

John is currently Organist & Choirmaster at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky.  The church has a very strong musical tradition, much of it built up by John.  During his tenure John has vastly increased the choir repertoire, taken his choirs on several domestic tours in the USA, including to Washington National Cathedral, and St John the Divine, New York.  His choir has toured to the UK on four occasions and last year he took it on a European tour.He is also a keen organist and recitalist, having overseen the design and installation of a new organ.

John hails from a farming family, is married to Molly and they have a two year old daughter, Lila.

We look forward to welcoming John and his family into the Cathedral community early next year.

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

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Please note that weekday services of Choral Evensong have concluded for the year.  They will resume on Tuesday 3 February 2015 at 5.30pm

During January, weekday services of Holy Communion are held on Wednesdays only, at 12.05pm

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CHRISTMAS AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

Manger

MONDAY 15 DECEMBER

12.05pm Holy Communion 

TUESDAY 16 DECEMBER

12noon Carol Recital by the Cathedral Choir

1.05pm  Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing

WEDNESDAY 17 DECEMBER

12noon Carol Recital by the Cathedral Choir

1.05pm  Holy Communion in the Celtic Tradition

THURSDAY 18 DECEMBER 

12noon Carol Recital by The Cathedral Choristers at the Christchurch City Council Offices, Hereford Street

12.05pm Holy Communion in te reo Maori 

FRIDAY 19 DECEMBER 

12.05pm Holy Communion

        

SUNDAY 21 DECEMBER ~ Advent IV

8.00am Holy Communion

     Presiding Priest & Preacher: Revd Dr Geoff Haworth

10.00am Choral Eucharist

    Preacher: Revd Dr Geoff Haworth

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

7.30pm FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS & CAROLS

     Officiants: Bishop Victoria Matthews 

     Music: The Cathedral Choir 

TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER

3.00pm Children’s Christmas Service with Animals

     Narrator: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

 

 WEDNESDAY 24 DECEMBER ~ CHRISTMAS EVE

6.00pm Carol Recital by The Cathedral Choir

11.15pm Carol Singing 

11.45pm The First Communion of Christmas

     Presiding Priest: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

     Preacher: Bishop Victoria Matthews

THURSDAY 25 DECEMBER ~ Christmas Day

8.00am Holy Communion

     Presiding Priest: Bishop Victoria Matthews 

     Preacher: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

10.00am Festival Eucharist

     Presiding Priest: Bishop Victoria Matthews 

     Preacher: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Festal Evensong

     Officiant: Acting Dean Nick Mountfort

     Music: The gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir 

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SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER

10.00am Choral Eucharist

Preacher: Revd Canon Rosalie Hoddinott

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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


Dean of Christchurch

This position is currently vacant and being advertisied in Church Times.  Please click • HERE • to view the advertisement.

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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

Cathedral Deacon & 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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