About Nelson Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is a parish of medium size with about 250 attending on a normal Sunday. The congregation is a community gathered from all over Nelson City and Richmond.
Current paid staff include the Dean, an Assistant Priest, Director of Music, a part-time Children’s Ministry worker, a part-time Office Adminisrator who works mornings from Monday to Friday, and a part-time Parish Nurse.

The principal parish service is the Sunday 10.00am Choral Eucharist which usually follows a New Zealand Prayer Book service. This service would typically have 85-140 communicants.
Three other Sunday services are smaller but equally as important.

The 8.00am service is a 1928 traditional liturgy and usually has no music. Between 30 and 40 parishioners typically attend the 8.00am service which usually runs for 40 minutes and includes a sermon.

The choral evensong is at 5.30pm on most Sundays which is a full traditional choral service. This is replaced by choral Compline on the first Sunday of the month and quite frequently by reading and music services to celebrate a particular season or theme. Attendance varies between 20 and 50 according to the season.

Word and Worship is a contemporary worship service at 7pm each Sunday. Usually between 35 and 50 people attend.

A feature of the weekly worship pattern is the daily Eucharist at 12.15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8.00am on Saturday and 10.00am on Wednesday. The Wednesday service is a bigger gathering attended largely by more elderly parishioners and has a social hour afterwards.

At Easter and Christmas there are a range of different services and always very large congregations of about 350 people.
Music is an important part of our worship at Nelson Cathedral.
The Cathedral Choir sings at our Choral Eucharist and Evensong/Compline services each Sunday.

It is a four-part 'traditional' choir, with boys, girls and young women taking the soprano / treble line, women singing alto and men, singing tenor and bass. At present the choir is not large and there are vacancies in all parts.

Psalms are sung at morning and evening services, to traditional psalm chants.

Practices are held on Thursdays between 4.30pm and 6.45pm

The choristers receive training in the Royal School of Church Music singers' training scheme, so that the requirements of the various awards can be met.

There is a good well maintained organ and an excellent grand piano which has already considerably enhanced worship.

(See Organ page for specifications)
Children's Ministry
Children's Church operates during the 10am service during school term time.
Children's ministry at the Cathedral is led by John Laing.

During some of the school holidays we also run a Children's Holiday Programme

Each year we also run a Family Fun Night as an alternative to Halloween.
Parish Nurse
Parish Nursing (or Faith Community Nursing) draws the church back to its roots of holistic healing and is founded on scripture.

It focuses on the whole person, intergrating mind, body and soul and nurturing growth towards wholeness in and through our Lord.

Our parish Nurse is Jane Wulff, who is Registered Nurse, with a BA & an MA in nursing.

She assists the pastoral ministry of the parish by offering her personal gifts and nursing skills in service for all. This includes: Health education and promotion, personal health counselling, prayer & pastoral support.
A strong and devoted group of women meets monthly.
Visitors to the Cathedral reflect the number of tourists who pass through Nelson and the prominence of the Cathedral building over the main street of Nelson City. Statistics show that Nelson has the most-visited Cathedral in the country.

In summer we endeavour to have volunteer welcomers/guides on duty at all times. The Cathedral is open to the public from 9am to at least 5.00pm all year round.

Personal testimonies and our visitors’ books indicate that our building speaks very strongly to people of all ages and nationalities with many commenting on the peaceful atmosphere. Some come to seek God, and others to explore the history of the Cathedral and the City. The stained glass windows are of particular interest to visitors.

We have recently installed several Prayer Stations within the Cathedral Building to enhance the spiritual experience of visitors.
Meditation Group
A small but dedicated group meets weekly to explore meditative prayer.
Oikos Groups
This is a term for home groups. There are several groups that meet at different times. Enlarging this fellowship is part of our current focus.
Service To The City
There is a strong relationship between the Cathedral and the City. The Cathedral is used for civic services, for local and state occasions, and for significant local funerals. It is also used by national groups attending reunions, investitures or celebrations.