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Sunday services have returned!
Every Sunday we have two services, offering fellowship, music and the opening up of the Scripture. Check out our Facebook page for photos and information about what happens on a Sunday, and during the week.
8am service of Holy Communion is quiet and concise with two hymns. Some people like to slip in to this service and quietly leave at the end.
10am service is also a Holy Communion service that attracts a cross-generational mix of people. Toys, drawing and games are available for toddlers at the back of the church.
Our Faith Crew is for children aged 3-intermediate age
Our Adeptes youth group is for those aged over 12 years.
On the final Sunday of each month, the 10am service is a family communion, in which our young people are involved.
Sunday services are being held in the Interim Cathedral in the Peace Hall, across the road from St Mary's at 40 Vivian Street, while our main building is closed for earthquake strengthening.
During school terms the cathedral choir leads the worship, accompanied (during our temporary closure) by our Johannus Sweelinck digital pipe organ. On the third Sunday of most months, a service features the Music of Taranaki when a visiting choir or orchestra from around the mountain leads the 10am service with the gifts of their music.
The 10am 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 in which we are aware of times of celebration or lament in Taranaki. Morning tea with home baking is provided after the service.
Midweek Services - currently suspended (but stay tuned)
- Bishop's Eucharist - every Tuesday at 7am.
Conducted by the Bishop or a diocesan minister.
- Book of Common Prayer Communion - every Wednesday at 10am.
A service using the more traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. Once a month this combines with the Mothers' Union Corporate Communion. Morning tea and fellowship follow in the Hatherly Hall.
Midweek services take place in "The Upper Room", upstairs in the Hatherly Hall (disabled access from the rear of the building).
A brief (10-15 minute) prayer service is offered in The Upper Room at 8.30am Monday - Friday. The Liturgy of the Cross of Nails is also conducted on Fridays at 8.30am.
The following books are available from the Cathedral or can be ordered:
- Taranaki's Cathedral - bringing it to birth. Text by John Bluck, photography by Rob Tucker. 2011, Anglican Taonga Publications. Softcover 56pp. ISBN : 978-0-473-18809-2 $20
- Words for St Mary's - A Preacher's Pilgrimage by Revd. Geoff Ginever. An autobiographical collection of sermons. Geoff Ginever was an assistant priest at St Mary's in the 1970s and again during the 1990s, and also a newspaper columnist on spiritual matters. 2014 Taranaki Cathedral, Softcover 184pp. ISBN 978-0-473-30993-0. $25