St Mary's Day

My granddaughter was sitting on my lap when I read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch my increasingly wrinkled neck . She was alternately stroking her own neck, then mine again. Finally she spoke up, 'Poppa, did God make you?' 'Yes, darling,' I answered, 'God made me a long time ago.' 'Oh,' She paused, 'Poppa, did God make me too?' 'Yes, indeed,' I said, 'God made... read more

Peace Hall swings on Dance Nights

The popular dances of yesteryear are brought back to life once a week by the New Plymouth Modern and Old Time Dancing Club. The club meets in the Peace Hall on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and in the Methodist Hall in Liardet St on the first, third and fifth. Visitors are welcome to go and try their hand – or foot – at dances such as the veleta, waltz, foxtrot, two-step, maxina and Gay Gordons. Live music... read more

'Let peace begin with me'

Peace Sunday - Feast of the Transfiguration 5 August 2016 What is happening on the world scene is truly awful. Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, South Sudan, indiscrimate bombing across Europe and the USA. ISIS and its evil tentacles. What is happening to the USA in the astonishing presidential election campaign. What's happening as political aspirants nurture a culture of fear in order to scare people into actions which go against all the values we have aspired to. And in our own back... read more

Interview with Tiki Raumati

Mäori Television recently aired an extended interview with cathedral Kaumatua The Venerable Tiki Raumati, part of their Huia Rau series. You can watch the programme (which is in te Reo Mäori with subtitles) at http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/huia-rau/S01E010/huia-rau-series-1-episode-10 read more

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Youthful revival encouraging leaders

Catherine and Mike Whaley have been part of the Holy Trinity community for 13 years. Together they are leading the charge in growing groups for children and young people. They explain what’s taking place at the New Plymouth church. Sunday groups Humungous Love Club is for preschool to primary age children. Led by Catherine the group listens to stories, prays & makes stuff. Usually it's something to take home. “We are always talking about how God loves us and how we... read more

The Word goes to school

A new initiative to spread Bible knowledge in schools was launched at Holy Trinity church in Fitzroy, New Plymouth on Sunday May 15. The service marked Pentecost Sunday, and the Revd Rodney Dunlop led the congregation in prayers for the 75 Action Bibles purchased from the NZ Bible Society and the New Wine Christian Trust. Parishioners also prayed for the children and the schools who will be receiving the books as a gift. This new edition of the holy word has... read more

Thomas: longing for encounter with God

John 20:24-29 Do you have a favourite amongst the disciples? I think for me, it would be Thomas. As I watch Thomas in the gospels, I see a person who is exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Thomas longs to be with Jesus, no matter what. As I watch him, I see his inner struggle as he tries to understand what such a journey would mean. What do we know about Thomas? He was one of the... read more

Disability Awareness Sunday

Isaiah 65.1-9; Galatians 3.23-29; Luke 8.26-39 It’s only a couple of months to the Rio Olympics and I expect many of us will be watching our team and hoping that individuals can harness all the years of training and produce personal bests on the day, even if that doesn’t always mean winning a medal. But how many of us will be watching the Paralympics which follow? With 180 hours of coverage free to air, in a world first, the programme editor,... read more

40 Hour Famine focussed on refugees

Sixteen youth from the Cathedral family took part in the World Vision 40-hour famine, facing the challenge of living out of a backpack. Here is the Taranaki Daily News coverage of the weekend. The famine ended with the Cathedral holding a Refugee Sunday service for the first time. read more

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