2014 Special services
Joint Services for 2014
5th March - 7.30pm Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service at St Joseph's
9th March - 4pm Liturgical Welcome for the new Bishop of Waikato
Tuesday 15th April, 5pm Chrism Mass
Thursday 29th May, 7.30am - Outdoor Eucharist for Ascension Day
26th November - 7.30pm Ecumenical Advent Service
16th February Christopher J. Luke, organ 16th March Denise Wood, piano
20th April Easter Day – Service of Evensong
18th May - Living Harmony under the direction of Beth Hockey
15th June - The Plymouth Ensemble, string quartet
20th July - Taranaki Male Choir under the direction of Don Boyd
17th August - The Tenners under the direction of Christopher J. Luke 21st September
- The Madrigal Companie under the direction of Paul Cooke 19th October - Cathedral
Handbell Ringers under the direction of Graeme Cleland
16th November - The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass under the direction of Leigh
14th December - Taranaki Children’s Choir under the direction of Lenore Brooker
4th May - Thanksgiving for Ministry Sunday 18th May - AAW Sunday and Harvest
Festival 1st June - Confirmation Service
8th June - The Day of Pentecost
15th June - Trinity Sunday; Cursillo Sunday
22nd June - Te Pouhere Sunday
29th June - St Peter & St Paul, Apostles, and Disability Awareness Sunday
20th July - Bible Sunday
27th July - Social Services Sunday
3rd August - St Stephen, Martyr - Confirmation / Jazz Mass - St Mary's School present
Friday 8th August, 10am Mary Sumner Day Eucharist Friday 15th August, 10am
Festival Service 24th August St Bartholomew, Apostle
7th September - Merchant Navy Sunday
21st September - St Matthew, Apostle, and Battle of Britain Sunday
5th October - Pet Blessing Sunday
2nd November - All Saints; All Souls Memorial at 7pm
9th November - Remembrance Sunday 24th November - Christ the King 30th
November - Advent Sunday 28th December - The Holy Innocents
Choral Eveningsongs during 2014
30th March (Opunake at 5pm)
29th June (Waitara at 2pm)
31st August (Waverley at 4pm)
Services for Holy week and Easter
Mon 14th April : 7pm Holy Week Communion. 9pm Compline
Tues 15th April : 7am Holy Week Communion. 9pm Compline
Weds 16th April : 10am Holy Week Communion. 9pm Compline
Maundy Thursday : 10am Foot-Washing Service
7.30pm Festival Communion with stripping of the Altars; quiet prayer and meditation until 10pm.
Good Friday : 10.30am Prayerful Family Service; Hot Cross Buns afterwards.
12-3pm The Last Three Hours (Service of Meditation, Scripture, Song and Prayer)
Easter Sunday 6am Easter Vigil and Dawn Service - on the beach, followed by breakfast
8am Easter Communion
10am Easter Family Communion with Easter Egg Hunt and the Flowering ofthe Cross
Services for Advent and Chrisitmas
30th November - 5pm Advent Carol Service
Wednesday 17th December - 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 21st December - Nativity Musical (In the Peace Hall)
Wednesday 24th December - 11.30pm Midnight Mass
8am Christmas Communion
10am Christmas Family Communion
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8:30am Morning Prayer
8am Holy Communion
10am Family Communion
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