Welcome – Haremai Pikimai
Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson, is the principal church of the Diocese of Nelson.
It serves the needs of Cathedral parishioners as well as the wider church, the diocese and the city.
The Maori name for the hill on which the Cathedral stands is Pikimai, which means “come up hither”.
Our worship follows traditional Anglican patterns, although we also have less formal worship services.
Services – Sunday 14th November 2021 | Pet Blessing Service
Because the limit for inside gathering has now been extended to 100, we have returned to our normal pattern of Sunday services. All services (except Word and Worship) will be in the nave, and we will continue with alternating pew spacing.
There is still and expectation that people will scan in, hand sanitise, and we encourage you to wear a mask – especially during singing.
We will again be bringing communion to the congregation – wafer only.
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Choral Eucharist
5.30pm Choral Evensong
7.00pm Word and Worship
For those not attending the 10am Service, a livestream or recording of the service can be viewed on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/NelsonCathedral
Download a PDF of the Weekly Bulletin & Eucharist Booklet: 14th November 2021
COVID-19 Update September 9: Life at Nelson Cathedral for the next month.
I hope everyone continues to keep safe and well as we move into Delta level 2 life. I must admit, I find moving down levels much harder than moving up, as life and work becomes a bit more complicated as we engage in more social settings – albeit with a mask on.
I wanted to let you know how the next four weeks will be shaped for our Cathedral whānau. It seems appropriate to balance giving some certainty about how we will operate with number and safety restrictions, alongside not knowing how long these restrictions will continue. First some general comments about Cathedral opening and staffing.
1. Staff are able to return and work at the Cathedral from Wednesday Sept 8. In particular, myself and Rebekah in the office will be returning to our regular hours. If you need to contact us, please phone or email.
2. The Cathedral will be open to the public from Monday Sept 13. For anyone visiting the Cathedral, there is a requirement to Scan, Mask, Sanitise, and maintain Spacing (2m) in the body of the Church.
This Sunday (Sept 12) we will be continuing with our live-streamed service at 10am (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwg-Hxdb7caA2MiHgPxThAw/live), as well as our morning and evening prayer on Zoom – 9am (except Sunday) and evening prayer at 5.30 pm (Zoom ID 744 854 0777).
Services in person will commence on Sunday Sept 19 and we will use the same pattern of services for Sept 26, and Oct 3 and evaluate any restrictions as we hear about government guidelines or changes.
Our services over these three weeks will be:
• Sunday September 19th, 10am Holy Communion in Cathedral and livestream.
• Sunday September 19th, 5:30pm Holy Communion in Cathedral.
• Sunday September 19th, 7pm Word and Worship in Cathedral.
• Wednesday 22nd September, 10am Holy Communion in Cathedral.
• Sunday September 26th, 8am Holy Communion based on the 1662 Service.
• Sunday September 26th, 10am, Holy Communion in Cathedral plus livestream.
• Sunday September 26th, 5:30pm Holy Communion in Cathedral.
• Sunday September 26th, 7pm Word and Worship in Cathedral.
• Wednesday 29th September, 10am Holy Communion in Cathedral.
• Sunday Oct 3rd, 10am Holy Communion in Cathedral and livestream.
• Sunday Oct 3rd, 5:30pm Holy Communion in Cathedral.
• Sunday Oct 3rd, 7pm Word and Worship in Cathedral.
• Wednesday Oct 6th, 10am Holy Communion in Cathedral.
Sunday at 5.30pm and Wednesday at 10am will be a repeat of the Sunday 10am service. The Wednesday service will be led by myself, Rev Steve Jordan, or Rev Nigel Whinney.
To comply with Government and Diocesan requirements we will have to operate with certain
1. The numbers in the congregation are limited to a maximum of 50 people on a first-in basis. This is why we want to provide a number of opportunities for people to attend essentially the same service, but at different times (5.30pm and Wednesday 10am).
2. People attending services must wear a face mask, scan/sign in, use hand sanitiser, and have 2m spacing in the pews.
3. We will be spacing people in alternate rows and with 2m spacing along the pews (couples or families in the same bubble do not need to space). For the 10am and 5.30pm service we will be using different rows.
4. There will be no choir singing until level 1 (at this stage), but we will have the organ and hymns for the Sunday services. Wednesday at 10am will not have any hymns at this stage.
5. Communion will be with wafers only, and this will be distributed by the Priests while you remain in our pews. The Priests will wear a face mask and use hand sanitiser.
6. There will no food or drink following the services. If you wish to stay and talk, we recommend you do so outside and remain masked and appropriately distanced.
7. For Sunday at 10am there will be Kids Church in the teaching room. Children are to come directly into the teaching room via the side door and there will be no food. We will do our best to have appropriate spacing, and kids are welcome to wear as face mask, and John Laing will be wearing a face mask.
8. The Word and Worship service on Sunday at 7pm will be held in the transept to enable adequate spacing with the same requirements as the other services (including no food).
9. For the next month there will be no other mid-week communion services, except Wednesday at 10am.
I hope for those that want to this range of services will allow the space for people to attend in person. If you are unwell or still feel uncertain about attending in person, please join together on the live-stream on Sunday at 10 and know that you are still a valued part of our Cathedral whānau. Please be assured that these measures are in place for the next month and we will be reviewing these as we go in-line with Government and Diocesan guidelines.
One final announcement is that the Pet Blessing Service has been postponed until Sunday November 7.
If you do have any pastoral needs or would like to go on the parish prayer list, please let us know.
The Nelson Cathedral supports the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine nationwide and strongly encourages our community to get vaccinated.
Watch the Commissioning & Installation of Graham O’Brien as our new Dean and Vicar of the Cathedral Parish on Facebook »
Regular Sunday Services
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Choral Eucharist & Children’s Church (These services are live streamed on YouTube.)
12.30pm Whakatu Maori Mission Service
5.30pm Evensong (Except Sunday 1 and 22 December due to Carol Services at 7.00pm)
7.00pm Word and Worship, from mid February to the end of November
See our News & Services page for weekly bulletins and monthly Cathedral News
During the week Holy Communion is celebrated each day at 12.15pm except Wednesday when it is at 10am and Saturday when it is at 8am.
The Cathedral is open to the Public from 9am until 6pm every day of the week all year round.
Visitors to Nelson and to Christ Church Cathedral are invited to join in the Services.