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.
Taranaki is now privileged to be part of the worldwide community of the
cross of nails.
Kia ora ra, Dean Jamie
Urgent message following the devastation of Cyclone Pam
...From Save the Children - please help :
Entire villages have been demolished and dozens of people are feared dead in Vanuatu following the worst cyclone ever to hit the country.
Save the Children has launched an emergency appeal to respond to the severe devastation caused by Super Cyclone Pam in the Pacific region.
“The next few hours and days are critical for children’s survival" says Nichola Krey, Save the Children’s Head of Humanitarian Response. It’s estimated 90% of all structures in Efate, one of the main islands, are either damaged or destroyed and food crops have been heavily hit. Thousands of people across the island
nation are now homeless and living in evacuation centres.
We urgently need funds to help distribute:
* equipment to provide clean water to communities
* emergency shelter kits for home repairs
* hygiene equipment to keep communities clean, safe and healthy
* essential household items including blankets and mattresses
We have teams of disaster experts on the ground working around the clock to set up and distribute supplies, but we urgently need funds to reach children and families facing this desperate situation.
The next few days will be critical as the scale of this emergency unfolds. Please help children and their families by making a tax-deductible donation today. We are calling on all New Zealanders to donate what they can.
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!
Students - bring a friend, they eat for free.
All money raised to Doctors without Borders, against Ebola..
Why not give it ago, next Tuesday?
Special Services for your diary :
Sunday 19th April, 10am
Music of Taranaki Service – Cathedral Handbell Ringers
Sunday 19th April, 5pm
Service of Healing and Wholeness
Sunday 26th April, 10am
Thanksgiving for Ministry Service
Sunday 10th May, 5pm
Thursday 14th May, 7.30am
Ascension Day outdoor service
Sunday 17th May, 10am
Harvest Festival, Music of Taranaki Service (with The Great Taranaki Steam Band)
Sunday 17th May, 4pm
Choral Evensong “On the Road” at Holy Trinity, Stratford
Sunday 24th May, 10am
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 (Traditional Language)
8am Quiet Communion
10am Sung Eucharist with Faith Crew group for Children
First Sunday of the month: 6pm Informal Service
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)
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 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.
2015 Women Dreaming Community
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8:30am Morning Prayer
10am Pukeko Stomp Music Group
12pm Midday prayer
3:30pm Handbell Ringers
3:45pm Evening Prayer
6:30pm Zumba with Puna
7am Bishop's Eucharist
7:30am Community Cafe
8:30am Morning Prayer
10:30am Crafty Connections
12pm National Council of Women
12pm Midday prayer
3:45pm Evening Prayer
5:45pm Agape Youth Group
7pm Taranaki Property Investors
7pm OA meeting
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