Kia ora whanau,
I know where facing the beginning of November, but we are in the swing of Christmas planning. I saw my first Christmas tree going up in one of the shops mid-October. The shops and organisations will be encouraging us with every ounce of their advertising dollar to spend, spend and spend some more. I’ve chosen to use the op-shops as my primary source of gifts for my family, I’m looking forward to the challenge of finding just the right present for each member. This year at the cathedral we have an opportunity to think differently about Christmas. We’ve got a re-gifting program for you all to engage with. We will provide a large basket in the Cathedral office, we ask you to bring old presents, these might be gifts someone gave you that didn’t quite suit your taste, toiletries that you just couldn’t use, a coffee mug you couldn’t quite love (get the picture). We will take these good gifts and re-purpose them for the adults who will come to our Christmas lunch. Many organisations focus on children at Christmas but every community Christmas lunch I have organised, it is the adults who have missed out. Here’s an opportunity to de clutter and repurpose. Think of the joy you could provide with your de-clutter!!
The Cathedral continues to go from strength to strength as we build our ministry team, each person contributing to their area of passion while ensuring the Sunday services remain the same high standard of worship that you are used to as we continue to grow. We’ve seen a steady stream of people either coming back or joining in the worshipping life of the Cathedral. We always have newcomers and with the newcomer’s dinner each month it gives us a great opportunity to know people better. What I recognise as a leader in the current church is that worshipping patterns have changed as demands on family life have grown there is much less free times for families of all ages to engage in a regular pattern of worship.
I encourage you to think about our other services that we provide if you’re unable to come to Sunday, our vespers and evensong services are an oasis of peace and calm, lots of space to sit and think, to pray and let the music speak to you as it speaks to God. Our Wednesday 10am service is a burgeoning community of people who enjoy a shortened service with Eucharist and a very hospitable morning tea.
As we continue to develop our online presence there are many different ways you can engage in deepening your faith. Take the time to wander around our website and see what we’re offering. The online presence will continue to grow as we now have Eon Malan as our communications and marketing whizz. We were successful in getting support through the Diocese to continue to develop our online services so we will ensure to make the most of Eon and his other skill set (he remains our assistant organist).