DECEMBER 2007 CATHEDRAL CONNECTION PAGE 3
Top Parish ’08
Remember “Top Town”?
Top Parish is even better and in 2008 the Cathedral is to be the host parish!!
Teams of young people will be coming from all over the Diocese to compete in crazy games for the coveted trophy. The dates are 7-9 March next year. The games will be held at the Riverbend Camp in Havelock North.
Later on we will be looking for marshals for the games, and a team to make 200 filled rolls for Sunday lunch …!
Now we need an administrator to receive and process registrations and this person (or people) needs to be at the event on the Friday night and Saturday morning. Most of the work will be in January-February. All of the Napier parishes are pitching in to help with other tasks.
Please talk to Dean Helen if you can help.
FROM THE ARCHIVES…
Fifty years ago … do you remember?? Contributed by Joan Rogers
I have left the major happening of all to the last – the building of the Cathedral. Now we have the thrill of seeing the Cathedral actually rising before our eyes.
Most people are delighted with the rapid progress. It is now possible to see the general design taking shape.
Before building started, quite a few people said they would give financial assistance, but not if we only went on talking. Very little money has come in, in the last 12 months. We hope the new fundraising system will give the same result as e.g. in Auckland and Wellington cathedral rebuilding.
The tender price is for building only – there is still the furnishing to provide e.g. the organ dismantling and re-erection will cost some three thousand pounds.
We have put our hand to a great task. I am convinced we can achieve something for ever worthy of God and His Church and add much to the well-being, prestige and beauty of Napier.
Recently there has been a very obvious growth in congregations – a new start.
Let us determine to go forward strong and of a good courage for the months and years ahead.
Following our parish meeting on 15 July the Vestry have recommended to the Diocesan Trustees that we proceed with the demolition of the parish hall. The hall is an earthquake risk and well beyond being suitable for our needs for hospitality and gathering.
We are in the process of seeking the City Council approvals and hope to go to tender on the project soon.
In the meantime we are gradually moving into the spaces vacated by the Diocesan Office move to Raffles St.
The choir are well established in their new space upstairs and plans are underway for the remodeling of the downstairs area.
Once we have a date for the demolition of the hall we will hold a farewell party and a commissioning of the new spaces.
Prayers …and Pray-ers!
Dean Helen has reported on the emergence in our recent Parish Vision project of a desire to strengthen our spiritual life as a parish community, and she has invited further conversation with herself or with me about this.
The basis of any spiritual life, individual or community is prayer. We are called to pray together as a Christian community every time we gather for worship, and we are called to pray alone. Individuals who are not able to join the community for corporate worship (age/ health/transport/work commitments) can actively minister to our cathedral community (and the world beyond) through their prayer life.
We are in the process of forming a prayer chain in the cathedral community (which will link a variety of individuals praying for the same person or situation on a short-term or need basis). Training on the process and issues that arise (such as confidentiality) will be part of its instigation.
It may be that we develop along-side this “at home” ministry, an intercessory prayer group who meet together and pray together.
We are currently looking at options in the vacated diocesan Office (the old Lady Chapel) to set aside some space as a prayer room.
Please do respond to Dean Helen’s invitation to discuss this further with her or me. The Cathedral Connection is a way we can bring this ministry to the attention of those confined to home or rest home, less physically active at this stage of their life, but often with a very active and vibrant prayer life.
Please PRAY for this developing ministry in our community.
Jan Tarrant, Cathedral Pastor