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.
All blessings to YOU,
Deam Jamie and many others are involved in a project to establish a retreat space here in Taranaki. You can read news of the Retreat project on this blog site. Thank you so much for your support and your prayer for this vision.
We stand alongside the cathedral whanau of Christchurch, and Lynda's family, in mourning the loss of Lynda Patterson, tremendous preacher and wonderful wise and loving Dean of Christchurch. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Special Services for your diary :
26th July 10am Social Services Sunday Service. At this, our monthly Family Communion, join in thanksgiving for those who work to the good of our community.
5pm Beautiful service of Choral Evensong.
3rd August 10am Music Sunday “Jazz Mass”. At this Family Communion, join in celebrating the gift of music, as we are led by a superb Jazz Ensemble and choral groups.
5pm Healing Service. You are invited (if you wish) to come forward and receive the laying-on of hands, and prayer for healing.
Our Regular Services :
All Weekdays - 8.30am, Midday and 3.45pm - A short service of daily prayer - call in and bring whatever is on your heart before God
Tuesdays - 7am Bishop’s Eucharist
Wednesdays - 10am Book of Common Prayer Communion
8am Quiet Communion
10am Sung Eucharist with Faith Crew group for Children
5pm Quiet Evening Service
7pm Informal Service
Coming to Taranaki Cathedral
We are 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.
|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 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 - except for our bimonthly service of Light & Learning, where a matter of local, national or global justice is opened up by an informed speaker for discussion and for change. Evening services include : Sacred Space (Contemplative Worship), Healing & Wholeness, Informal Praise & Worship, Choral Evensong (beautifully lead by the cathedral choir), and Music of Taranaki - when a visiting choir or orchestra from around the mountain leads the service with the gifts of their music.
At 7pm, our service is held in the adjoining hall - which creates an informal and intimate atmosphere for this time of praise, worship and testimony. Here, people come for a special time of togetherness with God and worship through contemporary song. Sometimes people will see the lights on and just wander in from the street, and find a group ready to welcome them and to share a time of informal worship -- followed by excellent refreshments.
For a list of Special Services in 2014 go here.
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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8am Holy Communion
10am Family Communion
5pm Choral Evensong
7pm Informal Service
8:30am Morning Prayer
10am Pukeko Stomp Music Group
11am Rhapsody Resthome Service
12pm Midday prayer
3:30pm Handbell Ringers
3:45pm Evening Prayer
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