From Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
Why Education in 2012?
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 2012.
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 2012
Term 3: July 16 to September 28
Church: Wharenui of Hope
- Living & Believing Today: 2012 Winter Study Series in Wellington Cathedral with: Revd Dr Raymond Pelly, Priest Associate
I Ancestor/Tipuna: The Co-Passionate Christ
The Ridge-pole & the ‘Ribs’: five Links with the Easter Jesus
II Link I: Standing (Faith); Uprightness (Ethics)
III Link II: Touching the Mutilated Body
IV Link III: Communing & Communicating
V Link IV: Remembering & Recognition
VI Link V: Prophesying/ the Wake-Up Call
VII Optional: Reflections on Method in Theology
- Wednesdays 18 & 25 July; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August
- The Brian Davis Room, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm
- Koha: $25 waged; $10 unwaged
- From St Peter’s to St Paul’s
- Sundays 22nd, 29th July and 5th August
- 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm
Join Waldemar Januszczak on this ABC DVD presentation on Sunday nights in The Brian Davis room.
- 22nd July - Begin at St Peter’s in Rome and discover the birth of the Baroque tradition as it bursts forth in Italy.
- 29th July - Travel the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela [Velazquez, Caravaggio and Zurbaran] and on to Belgium and Holland [Rubens and Vermeer].
- 5th August - Explore the English Baroque tradition which finds its climax in Christopher Wren and the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral.
Light supper provided. Koha. Contact: Canon Jenny
Term 4: October 15 to December
- 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. Beginning sometime in October/November 2012.
- EFM Education for Ministry continues
An information evening for 2013 will be held on November 27th (date to be confirmed), 5.45–7.00pm in the Brian Davis Room. This is an opportunity to find out more about this 4 year course covering the Old and New Testaments, church history and theology, linking them in to the life and world of today. You can take 1 year at a time! Talk to current students. Experience worship and group time - and food and fellowship together!
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. Intensive study at home. Trained mentors: Frank Nelson, Sue Woodhouse, Jenny Wilkens, Ailsa Cornell, Sarah Beattie, Janet Warren, Alister Hendery.
An information evening prior to 2013 will be held on November 27th (tbc), 2012, 5.45–7.00pm in the Brian Davis Room.This is an opportunity to find out more about EfM and meet some current students. 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.
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 in Term 4 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 in many and varied ways. Some are called to specific ministries as lay or ordained people. Speak to one of the Cathedral priests.
Click here for more details on the Diocesan Ministry Discernment Process Ministry discernment process guide (pdf)