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The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral

The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral were established 20 years ago to develop links between the parishes of the Portsmouth diocese and the Cathedral. It is now an active organisation with a growing membership and committed fully to supporting, financially and otherwise, the maintenance and development of the Cathedral, and its ministry and mission. The Friends link all who share an interest in or who support the Cathedral, whether within or outside the Diocese.

Projects supported by the Friends

The Friends have also contributed greatly to the fabric and work of the Cathedral and recent donations have included a Altar Vestments, the doors of the West Great Organ Case, new Choir Stalls and robes for the choristers, bike racks a new donations box, altar frontal chest and noticeboards. The Friends also support School Workshops held in the Cathedral.

Membership of the Friends

Membership of the Friends is open to all who wish to support the Cathedral by their prayers or their interest in its life and ministry, and we should be delighted to welcome you. For membership details and an application form, please see below.

Friends are invited to the Annual General Meeting.  They receive each summer a copy of the Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral Yearbook which contains articles about the life of the Cathedral as well as reports on the work and activities of the Friends’ Council.  There is also a Spring and a Christmas newsletter which aims to publicise events for the following year.

Get more info and join the Friends

If you would like to know more about the Friends’ work or membership then please email the following details to friends@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk : Name, address, contact number, contact email and your message.

Becket’s Bunch

All children aged 3–11 years are welcome to attend Becket’s Bunch, which meets during our 10:30am Eucharist service, during term time, in the Bishop Kenneth Room in the cloister.

There is a family area in the Cathedral with books and quiet toys for babies, younger children, and families who prefer to stay in the main service. For further details about Becket’s Bunch, please contact the Cathedral Offices.

Intercessions Group

Every day many people visit the Cathedral to look around, to light a candle and to pray. They are invited to leave prayer requests and these are offered up as part of our regular pattern of worship.

On Monday mornings at 10:00am an intercessions group meets in the Chapel of Healing and Reconciliation and spends 30 minutes praying specifically for each prayer request.

Please do join them. More details are available from the Cathedral Offices.

Messy Cathedral

A monthly session at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons in the Cathedral Nave open to everyone. An hour of fun activities followed by a short worship service and afternoon tea.

A great way for families to worship together without worrying about children making noise or a mess — in fact, it is almost obligatory!

Portsmouth Cathedral Flower Guild

The Cathedral Flower Guild needs more recruits: Could this be you?   Arranging flowers is part of our offering of service and worship.   It is also a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a morning.   Most of us are complete amateurs and with help from our team we have managed to produce some pretty good work (or so we have been told!). If you can only arrange at Easter, Harvest and Christmas – welcome. If you can be a member of one of the three teams who arrange flowers every six weeks or so – even better.

The Easter Lily book and donations in memory of loved ones enables us to fill the Cathedral with lilies and visitors come specially to see (and smell) them.   If you would like to remember an anniversary during the year, a floral arrangement can be made specially – contact the Cathedral Office.

During the summer we hope to use flowers from around the world – look out for some pretty unusual flowers!

Parish Lunch Club

For many years the Cathedral has run a parish lunch club. It meets at 12:30pm on a Tuesday in Becket Hall, Cathedral House. A delicious two course lunch is prepared and served by a dedicated team of volunteers and only costs £2:00. A great time to enjoy good food and good company. For more details please contact the Cathedral Offices.

Discipleship & Spirituality Courses

During the year we run a range of courses on discipleship, prayer, the Bible, Christian living and issues of social justice. We also run preparation courses for Baptism and Confirmation. There are all run in a relaxed, friendly and informal way enabling productive group discussion and learning. Please see our events page for courses currently being offered or contact The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard.

Spiritual Needs & Prayer Requests

If you would like to see a members of our clergy team or have a prayer request then please do contact us either via the email addresses on our Meet Us page, using our Contact Us page or through the Cathedral Offices.

Cathedral Guides

The Guild of Guides is now over 50 years old. The Guides are the first point of contact for many people who visit our historic building.   They work closely together to give the visitor a friendly, helpful and memorable experience.

The Guides give a friendly welcome and direct visitors to the appropriate office or into the church where they may light a candle, reflect quietly, or say a prayer.    Visitors who would like to learn more about the Cathedral are handed a leaflet which is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese; it shows dates of the major events which influenced the building.

A “4th Edition – 2004” of “The Guides’ Guide” was funded by a generous donation from a charitable trust which covered the entire production costs. Published by the Portsmouth Cathedral Chapter, this edition has been completely revised by the Research Group who are continuing their important work by issuing in-depth papers on specific artefacts or developments within the Cathedral.

Generous hospitality is an important and vital part of the daily life of the Cathedral. All the volunteers are fully trained.   If you enjoy meeting people and would like to know more about becoming a volunteer Guide please contact the Cathedral Office.