"Love one another." That's an order!

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison 19 May 2019 John 13:31-35 Palm Sunday was nearing for Father Elias Chacour, priest of the , an ancient hilltop village near Haifa, in Northern Israel. Ibillin was a village surrounded by olive trees, some of them older than Christianity. Father Elias was struggling with how to bring the reality of Easter into the life of his congregation, which very much mirrored the church in which they worshipped and which was falling down. The divisions... read more

The pews: a new beginning

Preperatory work to remove most of the pews from Taranaki Cathedral and sell them to raise funds is now underway. As part of The Cathedral project, the interior of the church will be sensitively modified to enable greater comfort and increased community usage of the space for worship, music and performance. This means that most of the existing pews, which were donated and dedicated between the 1940s and 1960s, will need to be removed. These pews were given by people... read more

A puzzling fundraiser: Sudoku tournament on the way

It is no puzzle where Sudoku fans should head on Saturday 25 May. What may be Taranaki’s first Sudoku tournament is being held as a light-hearted fundraiser for The Cathedral Project: A Taranaki Taonga and all players, from ‘hacks’ to experts, are welcome. Cathedral parishioner and Sudoku fan Orm Greensill hatched the idea for the event, which will be held between 2-5pm in Taranaki Cathedral’s Peace Lounge at 38 Vivian Street. Number crunchers will be put through their paces with six... read more

Auction Raises $34,000 for The Cathedral Project: A Taranaki Taonga

Wow! The dust has settled from our Great Art and Collectables Roadshow and Auction and together we raised a whopping $34,000 for the project! The organisers are over the moon that so much hard work and effort by so many has paid off. Thanks very much to everyone who pitched in and helped and a very special extra thank you to those who went well beyond the call of duty to make this event happen....you know who you are! read more

Light is God's first creation

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison 5 May 2019 John 21:1-19 Light is God’s first creation, after he formed the heavens and the earth. And humankind has been discovering its amazing miracles ever since: Aristotle’s early observations of the “purity” of light; Galileo’s attempts to measure the speed of light;Newton’s experiments in wave lengths and how they produce colours and the invention, in the 1960s of the laser, by which scientists can generate coherent light. Computers can be tiny, an... read more

Parting With Art For a Good Cause

Ross and Anne Smith, Taranaki Cathedral stalwarts, will donate over 40 artworks to the Great Collectables Road Show and Art Auction on Friday May 3. Parting with artwork is personal for Anne Smith. The process is similar to giving up friends, muses the retired New Plymouth art teacher. “They are your creations.” But giving them up she is in order to help fundraise for the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, the oldest stone church in the country. Three years... read more

Architects Help Plan for Peace and Reconciliation

Tennent Brown architects Hugh Tennent (far left) and Brenda Solon (far right) met with members from the parish and Ngāti Te Whiti hapū on site recently as part of the planning process. Wellington firm Tennent Brown Architects have been chosen to help give form to plans for peace and reconciliation at Taranaki Cathedral. Their appointment comes as momentum behind The Cathedral Project – A Taranaki Taonga project builds and preparations for a major community fundraiser continue. Fundraising for the $15m... read more

Things are not always as they seem

Sermon preached by Archdeacon Trevor Harrison - 7 April 2019 John 12:1-8 Things are not always as they seem. Rarely is reality simple, flat, non-conflicted. Things are hardly ever as they first appear. In John’s Gospel things are hardly ever as they first appear. Here, a week before Palm Sunday, we have Jesus in Bethany visiting his good friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus. The scene at first suggests mellow domestic ambience. Jesus is dining with good friends and enjoying good food.... read more

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