Note that for parishes with no website at all, you can find contact phone numbers by working from links on the following pages: Diocese of Christchurch, Diocese of Nelson, Diocese of Dunedin ...
SOUTH ISLAND - island to the north is "south" on this post!
Diocese of Christchurch
Christchurch city and surrounds
Transitional Cathedral, inner city, Christchurch
St Michael's and All Angels, inner city, Christchurch.
St Luke's, inner city, Christchurch
St Saviour's Sydenham and St Nicholas' Barrington
Holy Trinity Avonside
St Barnabas' Fendalton
St Paul's Papanui
St Mary's Merivale and St Matthew's St Albans meeting at St Margaret's College Chapel or, better information, here on Facebook
St John's Latimer Square BUT most services at Mairehau High School
St Timothy's Burnside and St James Harewood
St Christopher's Avonhead
St Peter's Upper Riccarton and St Luke's Yaldhurst
St Columba's Hornby, St Saviour's Templeton, St Paul's West Melton
Fairlie and Tekapo
St Philips and All Saints Marchwiel Timaru
St John's Highfield Timaru
Christmas Eve Children's Services (interactive) 4pm and 6pm
Christmas Eve Midnight service, beginning at 11.15pm
Christmas Day service at 9am
Temuka and Pleasant Point - link is to general service information
Pre Christmas, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at St Peter's Temuka
Thursday 18th Christingle @ 7pm - a Candlelight Service for Children and the Young at Heart (30th anniversary of this service!)
Saturday 20th 4 pm Remembrance service to remember loved ones or for people suffering grief of any kind
Christmas Eve 10 pm Service
Christmas Day 10 am Service
Diocese of Nelson
Nativity church, central Blenheim
St Luke's Spring Creek (north of Blenheim) - scroll down this Facebook page
Nelson cathedral, central Nelson city
St Barnabas' Stoke
St Stephen's Tahunanui - just a walk from the beach!
Holy Trinity Richmond
Motueka (including Riwaka, Ngatimoti) - Anglican churches closest to Kaiteriteri
Brightwater and Waimea West
Diocese of Dunedin
Dunedin city and environs
St Paul's cathedral, central city
St Matthew's corner Hope and Stafford Streets, central city
All Saints Dunedin North / University
St John's Roslyn
St Peter's Caversham
Warrington (coastal village north of Dunedin city)
Queenstown and Arrowtown
Balclutha and Clinton
St John's Invercargill
The following does not represent systematic research into each and every parish listed on diocesan websites. As time permits I am trying to add some info/links re major cities and towns.
Te Manawa o Te Wheke
St Faith's Ohinemutu Rotorua
Diocese of Auckland
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland city
St Columba Grey Lynn, Auckland city
St. Matthews-in-the-City, Auckland central city
St Margaret's Hillsborough, Auckland city
Church of the Good Shepherd Massey, Auckland city
St Chad's Meadowbank, Auckland city
St Oswald's One Tree Hill, Auckland city
St George's Church Papatoetoe, Auckland city
Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki
St Andrew's Cambridge
St Mark's, Te Aroha
St John's Waihi
St Mary's Cathedral, New Plymouth
Diocese of Waiapu
St John's Cathedral, Napier
Holy Trinity, Tauranga
St Andrew's, Taupo
Diocese of Wellington
St Paul's Cathedral, central Wellington
St John's Johnsonville and Holy Trinity Ohariu Valley
All Saints, Haitaitai, Wellington
Introduction to above links
It can be difficult when travelling to relatives for Christmas to know where to go to church ... at least when relatives are unreliable guides to local worship times. So as a free service to readers in search of a Christmas service in a strange city here are some possibilities ... BUT I NEED YOUR HELP to enlarge the offering. Thanks for those who have been sending links/info ...
I have been able to survey my own diocese (Christchurch = Canterbury and Westland) and the dioceses to our north (Nelson = Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman, Golden Bay, Buller, Grey District) and south (Dunedin = North, Central, South Otago, Dunedin, Invercargill). As time permits I may be able to do more this week.
If you were to offer additional information via comments I could keep enlarging the scope of the post. My preference is for a weblink to your local parish(es)/cathedral service times but failing that send the times/places and I will publish.
The criteria below where I publish a link is that the parish has an identifiable page with 2014 Christmas service times on it. No link, no publication unless times are sent to me via comments!
No order of priority here, but some attempt is made to group parishes by geography. For Diocese of Christchurch parishes I have worked from the AnglicanLife site to connect with each parish website listed there. If your parish is not listed below then either I have not researched well enough or your parish is not displaying Christmas service times on or around 14 December.
The observation needs to be made quietly but firmly that in an e-information age, it is most unfortunate that there are many parishes with websites which do not display Christmas service information.
In 2014 people look up websites to find out when services are on. They do not ring contact phone numbers as a first means of finding out.
In my research for above I observed the following:
Many sites do not contain Sunday service information on their 'front page.' Do people go to a church's website to find out what is great about the church or to learn when they can meet for worship at the church (to then find out in person how great the church is)?
Some websites are not functioning because some kind of trojan something or other has affected/infected their site. One site was in Chinese, another site told me about a publishing venture! Do we check our sites regularly for functionality?
One site had so much "byte" content that it took ages to download - so I gave up! It is good to have a superb site re web aesthetics but the essence of a website is that it is the e-newsletter and e-noticeboard of the church, not one of its glorious stained glass windows reproduced in gigabyte detail.
Some sites used to exist and now do not; other sites were maintained by someone ... until 2012. (That is also a comment which reflects on links held on diocesan websites. Every South Island link above I got to via the 'parishes information' page on each diocesan website).
There are many parishes without a website at all. I do not want to criticse those parishes because I do not know what struggles they have to do what they do without adding to their burdens the establishment and maintenance of a website. (As a blogger and as one of the administrators of the Theology House website I understand how much work a website involves and would want parishes to have website presences they can sustain or no presence at all). Nevertheless is there not an issue for our church as a whole in the e-information age about how we might assist parishes in the development and sustaining of basic parish websites?
For the Housebound ...
Here are some of the services being broadcast over Christmas
All times are London time unless otherwise stated - deduct 5 hours for Eastern Standard Time, 8 for Pacific or use this time converter:
Nearest UK Christmas services can be located here
and in New Zealand here
Handel's Messiah from the Temple Church - BBC Radio 3
Alpha Carols 2014
Hymns on Sunday - Radio New Zealand
24 DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS EVE
3 pm GMT (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST) Service of Nine lessons and carols from Kings’ College Cambridge directed by Stephen Cleobury – BBC Radio 4
and on BBC World Service [3pm]
also broadcast at 2pm on Christmas Day 25th December on BBC Radio 3
more details and service booklet
3:30 pm archived recording of Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey in 2002 with the Exon Singers
5:25 pm Carols from Kings – BBC 2 TV [UK only - check local networks if viewing outside the UK]
7 pm 1954 Carols from Kings digitally remastered - BBC 2 TV [UK only]
11 pm Eastern ST Christmas Eve Service from St Helena's Beaufort, South Carolina [4 am London Time]
11:45 pm Christmas Celebration - BBC 1 TV [UK only]
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Someville Choir
25 DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS DAY
8 am Christmas lessons and Carols from Exeter Cathedral - BBC Radio Devon
9 am Naval Christmas Service from Portsmouth Cathedral - BBC Radio 4
10 am Christmas Day Service from St George's Church Leeds – BBC 1 TV [UK only]
1:45 pm 60 Years of Carols from Kings - BBC2 [UK only]
3 pm The Queen’s Christmas Message – BBC Radio 4
and on BBC 1 TV [UK only]
The twelve days of Christmas - Rutter - Somerville Choir
Christmas with Premier Christian Radio
What does Christmas mean to you? - Diocese of Bristol
Sussex Carol [arr Ledger] - Choirs of the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul Charleston
Merry Christmas from Trinity College Choirhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEns6ZxQjnI