St Chad’s Hosts Vaccination Clinic On Saturday, October 30th, from 10am to 3pm, there will be a vaccine clinic running at St Chad's in Westown/Marfell. If you know anyone in the area who hasn’t been vaccinated and wants to, please extend an invitation to them to come along. People can kōrero with health professionals before deciding to roll up their sleeves. Plus there will be coffee, kai and a family-friendly atmosphere. 

Food Bank Donations Food banks around the motu are seeing record demand. If you are in the position to help out (which we understand many are not) then you could support New Plymouth Food Bank and our most vulnerable families with a donation of any of these items that they are currently running low on; tinned spaghetti and baked beans, toilet paper, appropriate snacks for kids lunchboxes.

Alfresco Stomping With the weather warming up Pūkeko Stomp is trialling outdoor sessions (given the higher protection outdoor spaces provide). If you’re keen to get involved, message our coordinator Shemane at shemane.m@hotmail.co.nz as sessions will be weather dependent (and in the case of rain, will be held via Zoom).

Fundraising Total Update The fundraising total for The Project is at $12,263,987.90 as of September 30th.

Path Around Eastern Side of Cathedral Closed Out of an abundance of caution we will be closing off the path which starts from the Vivian Street pedestrian gate. If you need to visit the Office or grounds please use the Robe or Brougham Street entrances. There is currently no vehicle access and you will need to follow both Level 2 regulations and those in place because of construction work.

Community Café Remains Closed Construction work and Covid alert levels mean it is not currently feasible for us to run the Community café. Rest assured the team are continuing to monitor things and are keen to reopen the café when we can do so safely and practically. There is a volunteer meeting this coming Tuesday morning – contact Jen if you are keen to come along.

Spring Cleaning Grounds Underway We are currently giving our grounds a spruce up — spraying weeds, killing moss, clearing paths, tidying and mulching debris.  Please contact Jen in the office if you have any queries.

Sunday 10am Service of The Word If you wish to join us in-person, please make sure you are familiar with the Covid Guidelines we have in place. We know it is difficult to come together and remain apart but by taking collective responsibility and remaining in our own bubbles (resisting the urge to congregate before or after Service) we can help keep everyone safe.

Log-On For Worship Instead Each week we are offering an online service — now available via YouTube as well as Facebook — and we encourage parishioners to give this a try. Click to watch this week’s service on YouTube or Facebook. 

Chaplaincy Plant Sale Fundraiser Cancelled Unfortunately, due to ongoing uncertainty, Taranaki Hospital Chaplaincy have made the hard decision to cancel The Giant Plant Sale for this year.

Changes Due To Covid-19 As you will know all too well, our collective situation is rapidly evolving. We will endeavour to communicate any changes at Taranaki Cathedral as quickly as possible on the website (www.taranakicathedral.org.nz) but please bear in mind there will generally be a lag between Government announcements and our updates while we assess the implications and put things in place.

 Accommodation Wanted A Christian woman who describes herself as a “quiet, kind, non-smoker”, is moving to New Plymouth and looking for accommodation (preferably within a Christian household) while she studies at Computer Lab. Get in touch with Jen in the office if you are able to help her. 

Weekday Services Still Suspended Please note, only Sunday services are currently being offered. We will let you know when weekday services re-commence.

October Archdeaconry Meeting Cancelled The Archdeaconry meeting planned for October 26 will not be going ahead. The next Archdeaconry Meeting is currently scheduled for November 19, 5-7pm, at Holy Trinity Fitzroy.

2022 Home Diaries Yes, it's already THAT late in the year! June Moseley is taking order for the popular 2022 Home Diary. To order, give June a call (06-7583583 or 0211339711). You can pay online (J Moseley TSB 15-3953-0265431-80 – please include your Christian name as the reference) or in cash when you meet again!!  Kia ora whanau — June

Covid Level 2-Delta at Taranaki Cathedral 

Church Buildings

Only staff are to use parish buildings (and even then this is being strictly managed due to diistancing rules, mask guidelines and our limited space and ventilation)

You can reach Jen in the office during her normal hours (9-2pm weekdays) and outside these times the phones go through to one of us (so if you get asked to leave a message please do – it just means we’re on a call or similar but we will call you back asap).

If you NEED to visit, please call ahead to arrange a suitable time and remember you will need to wear a mask, sign in (via the Tracer Ap or our paper register) and follow the distancing rules.

In-Person Worship

  1. Services can be attended by up to 100 people with appropriate distancing between bubbles.
  2. Social distancing of one metre should be maintained between bubbles
  3. Masks must always be worn by all present (participating and all leading). Service leaders and readers can remove masks while speaking.
  4. All attending must sign in, either via the Covid Tracer App or our manual register 
  5. Service of the Word- no communion; retiring offertory; no sharing of peace
  6. Congregational singing is not permitted. Performance singing (small choir or soloists) is permitted, masks do not have to be worn by performers, but 1-metre distancing between singers and 3-metres between singers and congregation should be maintained. 
  7. Food or drinks will not be served as unable to provide appropriate distancing requirements.
  8. Hand sanitiser is readily available
  9. High touch surfaces (e.g. door handles…) will be disinfected before and after every service.

Front Of Hatherly Hall Out of Bounds As part of planned works, Clelands Construction are removing the Porte Cochere attached to the front of Hatherly Hall. The timing on this has changed slightly, so the area will be out of bounds for a few more weeks. We’ll let you know when work in this area is finished.

Pūkeko Stomp Our new Pūkeko Stomp coordinator is on the hunt for volunteers to help with this popular activity when it returns (in Term 4 – again Covid Levels allowing). There is a minimal time commitment (1 to 1.5 hours on Monday mornings from 9.45/10.15 to 11.15ish) and Shamane is happy to organise a roster so you don’t need to go every week. Duties are flexible depending on what you’d like to do, from interacting with the littlies to prepping morning tea. Email shemane.m@hotmail.co.nz to find out more.

Speaking of Pūkeko Stomp, it will be running online sessions for the next two weeks (before a break as usual over the holidays). If you or someone you know would like to join in, email shemane.m@hotmail.co.nz to be added to the private group.

 

A Morning Prayer Alternative Here’s a great idea from two of our parishioners who highly recommend the Dean of (the UKs) Canterbury Cathedral’s daily morning prayer. It can be accessed on you tube, or via their website www.canterbury-cathedral.org.

 Hospital Chaplaincy Plant Sale Change of Date This is postponed until we are in Level One  with a prospective date of Saturday 6th November (8am-midday at St Andrews). This fundraiser can’t take place under Level 2 restrictions which is why we are hopeful that we will be in Level ONE by the 6th November. Plants will be able to dropped off at St Andrews Church from 4pm on Friday 5th November.

Share the Gift Of Vaccination The Anglican Mission Board is running a great “Get One Give One” initiative to help overcome some of the vaccine inequality we are seeing around the globe. If you would like to give someone else the gift of vaccination then you can donate $10 (or more) at their Give A Little page HERE

175th Activities Postponed Our Anniversary Committee has made the tough decision to postpone our weekend of 175 activities planned for later this month. They are currently working through a few different scenarios and we will let you know what decisions are made re: rescheduling and marking the day itself. For those who have prepaid for the Spring Fling or High Tea, we are working on a system to process refunds. Stay tuned.

Hatherly Hall Entrance Out Of Bounds As part of planned works, Clelands Construction will be removing the  Porte Cochere attached to the front of Hatherly Hall and there will be no access to the building via this entrance between (approximately) September 13-27th.

Community Café We anticipate that, between Covid Alert Levels and planned building work, the Community Café will not reopen until some time in October. In the meantime, if you’re splashing out on a takeaway, think about supporting our long-time volunteers who run Marinovich’s on Brougham Street. Call them on 758 4749 Thursday-Saturday 4.30-8.30pm (and remember your mask when you come in for your contactless pick up).  

Season Of Creation Series Will Be RescheduledFor those looking forward to this series of Sunday worship, rest assured it will be rescheduled for when we are able to meet in person again.

We are available via phone and email Please continue to look after your physical, mental and spiritual health. If you need or want to get in touch we are always available on 75 83 111 (calls are diverted to our mobiles – if you get through to voicemail it simply means we are on a call or busy, leave a message and rest assured we will get back to you as soon as we can). You can also email the office at admin@taranakicathedral.org.nz.

Children & Families Ministry Update We are very happy to let you know that Shemaine Mohacsy, who has worked with Cath for a number of years, will start coordinating Pūkeko Stomp. Reverend Dan and Mai has taken over responsibility for our Children and Families Ministry on Sundays at 10am. Both these arrangements will be in place until the end of 2021, giving us time to prayerfully consider how these important areas of ministry will continue in 2022.

Site Safety During Works Clelands Construction will begin phase 2 of building works the week commencing August 16. If you haven’t already, please familiarise yourself with changes to parking, access and activities on the Hatherly side of the road. No disruptions are expected on the Peace Hall side of the road.

Fundraising Total Update The fundraising total for The Project is at $12,254,500.83 as of July 31st.

Get Involved Our wonderfully successful Stop In second hand shop is powered by amazing volunteers and they are currently looking for more people who could lend a hand. If you (or someone you know) want to be part of this fun and friendly team and have half a day a week or fortnight to spend in our busy shop please express your interest to Anne Street as soon as possible.

Archdeaconry Events 2021 There will be a new format for meeting together this year. Read about the rationale behind the changes and see what we have planned HERE.