From Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Why Education in 2013?
In today’s world many things are claimed for Christianity. Some are accurate, many aren’t. How do we know the difference? There are many excellent opportunities for Anglican Christians to better educate themselves about their faith, God and the Church. Wellington Cathedral offers some specific opportunities in 2013.
Sunday by Sunday
The sermon remains the basic teaching tool in our Cathedral. Sermons aim to be
• lectionary and Bible-based
• drawing on contemporary ideas for illustration
• by no means the last word
Sermons are usually available in print form before the service; and are generally loaded on to the web page within a day or two. You are welcome to speak to the preacher to clarify ideas, check what you heard is correct, engage in discussion.
For Children on Sundays
A children’s programme operates most Sunday mornings (10.00am) – in the Worship Centre, which is in the Crypt. Children go out to their space with their adult helpers after the 1st hymn and return in time to share in Communion with their family.
Short Courses for Adults in 2013
- The Journey
Since ancient times, people have taken time to reflect on Sunday worship and readings as a way of deepening and growing their faith. The Journey invites people to begin where they are, and travel a little further along the road. For some this may take them to baptism/confirmation and beyond. Speak to one of the clergy if you are interested.
University students and people in their twenties meet most Sunday evenings for food, study, discussion and friendship. For more information, or if you would like to come along, then look for the group of young adults at the end of Evensong, or email:
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Sign on for a year at a time (February-November) for this intensive and stimulating exploration of the Bible and life today in the context of worship. A challenging and rewarding study with others of the Scriptures, Church History and thinking of Christians. This four year course in total can be taken a year at a time.
Small groups meet weekly. Readings to study in your own time at home. Trained mentors: Sue Woodhouse, Jenny Wilkens, Ailsa Cornell, Sarah Beattie, Janet Warren, Alister Hendery, Wilbur Dovey.
EfM 2013 began on February 12th.
For information about EfM see www.efm.org.nz or 
Formal Theological Study
Speak to one of the clergy if you want to pursue a formal course in Theology. They can help with advice and resources.
Thinking Theologically about Cathedral Ministry
In 2010 Dean Frank Nelson completed an M Min with a thesis entitled "Benedict, Balance and the Deans", an examination and reflection on Benedictine Spirituality as a tool for a dean of a cathedral. It can be accessed online here - http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1800
Getting Married at the Cathedral
Cathedral clergy offer thoughtful marriage preparation, and guidance with your wedding service, either in the Cathedral, or the Lady Chapel (seats 60 max.). Further information about weddings at the Cathedral: Weddings brochure (pdf)
Confirmation for Young People
Please contact one of the clergy team for more information.
Regular opportunities are offered to parents of babies and young children to explore the meaning and implication of baptism (christening) which is always done in the context of public worship. Speak to Revd Alison Camplin, Chaplain to Families & Choristers. For more information please email Alison Camplin.
Adults wishing to make a formal commitment to Christ through Baptism/Confirmation/ Renewal should speak to one of the clergy team. Also see The Journey above.
As part of the RSCM chorister training scheme Cathedral Choristers are expected to have an increasing knowledge of Christianity and the Church. A system of coloured ribbons marks progress. Christian training is given by the Cathedral clergy team.
Diocese of Wellington
The Wellington Institute of Theology Library is housed at the Anglican Centre, Eccleston Hill, just behind the Cathedral. Anyone can join, access is during office hours. http://wn.anglican.org.nz/index.cfm/Education_and_Church_Schools/Wgtn_Institute_of_Theology
Diocesan Education Opportunities
Throughout the year opportunities for discussion, education and training are offered. These vary from courses aimed specifically at Lay Ministers to days of special focus and interest. Keep an eye on the notice boards, weekly Today Sheet and monthly Cathedral News. Also the Diocesan website: http://wn.anglican.org.nz/index.cfm/Ministry/Lay_Ministry
Called to Ministry
God calls people to live out their baptismal commissioning to ministry in many and varied ways. Some are called to specific ministries as lay or ordained people. Speak to one of the Cathedral priests to talk about this further.
Click here for more details on the Diocesan Ministry Discernment Process Ministry discernment process guide (pdf)