Tēnā koutou katoa ~
                                We Welcome You.

...Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the website of The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary. We are a warm, friendly and loving church community.  A people and a place of prayer, peace and reconciliation.  We are here to support you in prayer and in action. Call in and talk to us - or ring and ask for a home visit if we can work together on making things better - maybe with some good home-cooked food; counselling or pastoral support; assistance through hard times; someone who will listen and pray with you.


Parish Consultation - Status of St Mary's as an earthquake-prone building and possible temporary closure.


October Update :

The Taranaki Anglican Trust Board have, following detailed and careful deliberation, concluded on a resolution regarding the temporary closure of the cathedral.

The resolution can be read here, together with a covering letter from Archbishop Philip here.

I know that this will be very difficult news for many to receive. I want to assure you of the love and prayers of myself and the cathedral ministry team, as we look to new beginnings and possibilities over the months and years ahead. We are determined that all our ministry and the services we offer to our community will continue through this. The Hatherly Hall building and Peace Hall are unaffected by this - so the offices, cafe, and the work of the cathedral is just the same. Midweek services are now being held in the "Upper Room" in the Hatherly Hall. Sunday services continue the same as normal until the end of January 2016, when we will move into an interim worship space - but still on site.

You can view a brief video clip about the cathedral closure here : https://vimeo.com/141117951


Dean Jamie

Bishops' Statement on Climate Change


A statement by the House of Bishops representing Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, the Dioceses in New Zealand, and the Diocese of Polynesia in anticipation of the COP21 Climate negotiations in Paris, December 2015.

Taranaki is now privileged to be part of the worldwide community of the
cross of nails.

Please see this article for more info

Kia ora ra, Dean Jamie


Community Cafe

Check our facebook page to find out our weekly specials : www.facebook.com/cathedralcommunitycafe

Every Tuesday 7.30-10am
Crepes with delicious fillings;
fresh filter coffee, tea or milo;
hot toast & famous marmalade
Just 50c each! Best price in town, eh!
All funds raised from the cafe are donated to a situation of severe need in our World. Since opening in November 2014, the cafe has raised well over $16,000. Our fundraising is currently for the World Food Programme, supporting refugees from the Syrian crisis.

The Cafe has been in the news

Why not give it ago, next Tuesday?



Special Services for your diary :

Sunday 22 November, 10am

Christ the King

Wednesday 25 November, 7.30pm

Ecuimenical service for the blessing of the Advent Wreaths.

Sunday 29 November, 10am

Sunday 29 November, 5pm

Wednesday 23 December, 7.30pm

Thursday 24 December, 11.30pm

Friday 25 December, 8am   

Friday 25 December, 10am

Sunday 27 December, 10am

Family Communion for Advent Sunday

Advent Lessons and Carols.

Carols by Candlelight

Midnight Mass

Holy Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

Our Regular Services :

All Weekdays - 8.30am, Midday and 3.45pm - A short service of daily prayer in - call in and bring whatever is on your heart before God

Tuesdays - 7am Bishop’s Eucharist

Wednesdays - 10am Book of Common Prayer Communion (Traditional Language)

All weekday services are now held in The Upper Room



8am Quiet Communion

10am Sung Eucharist with Faith Crew group for Children

First Sunday of the month: 6pm Informal Service (in the Upper Room)

Second Sunday of the month: 5pm Evensong

Third Sunday of the Month: 5pm Choral Evensong

Fourth Sunday (if there are five): 5pm special service (e.g. Taizé or Sacred Space)

Last Sunday of the Month: 5pm Compline (Night Prayer) - In the Upper Room




Coming to Taranaki Cathedral
The cathedral complex is open every day by 8.30am to early evening. There is normally a welcomer to greet you and to deal with enquiries, weekdays from 9am to 4pm. We have brief daily prayer services at 8.30am, midday and 3.45pm - you are always welcome to attend one of these -- sometimes people find it a good opportunity to share a burden or seek some peace.
Access to the church is now restricted to a limited number of hours per week, reducing as we transition to a new worship space pending strengthening. The church remains open for Sunday morning services until 31st January 2015 - the time between services (9am - 10am) is a good time to "just visit". For other opening times, check the daily schedule on the screen in the foyer, or call the office on 758-3111.
All concerts and recitals scheduled for 2015 are still taking place.
The Upper Room (upstairs in the Hatherly wing) has been set up as a sacred space available at all times we are open. You are welcome to come to sit and reflect, pray, or light a candle. There is ground-level access from the rear entry to the wing, furthest up the driveway.
Let Us Know You're Coming
Part of the delight of being Taranaki's only cathedral is that we are a place where visitors come. We love hosting people who are here just for the day -- or maybe on holiday - or perhaps have recently moved to Taranaki. We welcome new-comers, and appreciate your visit. If you are planning to come -- why not drop us a quick email so we can look out for you. Use the "Enquiries" button on the website, and we will be in touch. If you're visiting us, please do share that news with the minister on the door as you arrive or as you leave. We'd love to give you a copy of our magazine and perhaps other mementos to take home with you. For newcomers just settling in to New Plymouth, we have a Welcome Pack which includes all sorts of useful information and guide books.
What to Wear
Simply come as you are. There are no expectations about any particular dress code. Often people dress formally for weddings and funerals.
On Sundays, there is good parking on Vivian Street, in the cathedral driveway, and also across the road in the Peace Hall Car Park - the physical address of which is 40 Vivian Street, New Plymouth, 4310. For meetings, funerals and weddings, if these options are all full, there is an excellent car park between Vivian Street and Powderham Street, after Robe Street and before Dawson Street. There is also a multi-storey car park between Brougham and Currie Street.
Choosing a Sunday Service... Every Sunday we have four services. Each worship service offers fellowship, music and the opening up of the Scripture. 
Our 8am service of Holy Communion is quiet and concise with two hymns; some people like to slip in to this service at the last minute; have their time of intimate worship, and then quietly leave at the end. On the first Sunday of the month, there is tea, coffee and toast after this service - an opportunity to catch up with people or meet those on a similar journey.
At our 10am service (which is also a Holy Communion Service), there is a wide cross-generational mix; from tiny babies through to great-grandparents. Toys, drawing and games for littlies; groups for children and teenagers (note that we have two weekday youth meetings - Agape Youth Group on Tuesdays, and CDG - Drama Group on Thursdays). The cathedral choir offers beautiful song to lead the worship, which is accompanied by our stunning pipe organ to make a very joyful sound. The third Sunday of most months features the Music of Taranaki - when a visiting choir or orchestra from around the mountain leads the service with the gifts of their music.
The service is often geared to the immediate story of the community or the season - for example, with the Pet Blessing service in October; Remembrance services; and special occasions such as "Music Sunday" or a special Sunday to give thanks for Scripture, or to be aware of particular times of celebration or lament in Taranaki. Each 10am service is followed by prayer support in the chapel for those who would like the chance to share; and an excellent morning tea with home baking provided!
At 5pm, our service is about reflection and quietness  Evening services include : Sacred Space (Contemplative Worship), Healing & Wholeness, Choral Evensong (beautifully lead by the cathedral choir), the Taizé style of Worship, and Informal Praise & Worship in the adjoining hall.




You might also like to visit our Facebook Page.

Our Garden of Remembrance is now open; please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Thought For The Month 

  Something to think about.

Sometimes I wonder how much of our spiritual journey is about gaining understandings, being right and maintaining our sense of privilege and status. Generally speaking we spend most of our time thinking about ourselves and our needs to be valued, accepted and right. When others frustrate us it is because they are not living up to our expectations of how we think they and the world should be. We end up focussing
on ourselves instead of focussing on God.

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  • 29Nov

    8am Holy Communion
    10am Family Communion
    11:30am Informal Parish Meeting for those on the Parish Roll
    1:30pm 50th Anniversary of ordination: Archdeacon Tiki Raumati & Bishop George Connor
    5pm Advent Carols

  • 30Nov

    8:30am Morning Prayer
    10am Pukeko Stomp Music Group
    12pm Midday prayer
    3:30pm Handbell Ringers Practice
    3:45pm Evening Prayer
    6:30pm Zumba with Puna

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