This weekend we gather to remember and pay tribute to all seafarers. As the Cathedral of the Sea we have constant reminders of the heroic actions of so many brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring us essential fuel, food, and adornments. But like so many unsung heroes, seafarers remain buried at the back of our minds until there is a threat, a disaster or a shortage, but their tireless work continues never the less.
As part of a global network we depend on seafarers to enable our international trade. The job of a seafarer is therefore vital but hazardous, necessary but squalid, ruthless, and incredibly dangerous. But how often do we think of these people or the quantities of food, goods, and services they provide? The hundreds being held captive by modern‐day pirates, those living in smaller quarters than allowed in a British prison, with no one to help or rescue them from oppressive lives, over two thirds not having any form of communication with their families, and only twelve percent with internet access.
Are our wants and needs for the goods they transport worth their sacrifice of basic living conditions? Maybe as we order online, or use the latest technology, or heat our homes, we can stop and consider them. Perhaps we can think about just how much of the food, energy and goods in our homes was transported by sea and seafarers, and at what human cost?
Humanity has drawn its battle lines and the sea and waterways of the world have inadvertently become valuable possessions. Whilst often stunningly beautiful to look at they can indeed be perilous. But it is for our convenience, our peace of mind, our latest must have items, that one hundred thousand ships are seaborne and that thousands of seafarers go unpaid and are poorly treated.
May God bless, protect, and keep them safe, and may we be ever thankful to all of those who have, and will continue to make sacrifices for us all.
The Reverend Dawn Banting
Canon Peter is at St George’s, Portsea and Canon Anthony is at St Columba’s, Fareham.
Services and Events The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Staff News Following interview we welcome Tim Burnett to the permanent staff as Admin Assistant and PA (Liturgy and Music). Tim is in office Monday to Friday and will be the main point of contact for the Liturgy and Music Department, Cathedral Diary bookings, and concerts. He can be contacted through email@example.com, 023 9282 3300 extn 225.
Congratulations to Malina (neé Wyzykowska) and Adrian Green who were married in the Cathedral yesterday.
One World Week 22nd‐29th October. The theme “Good Neighbours My World Depends On Us” reminds us that our personal world is directly affected by what we do, purchase, read, say, consume and how we vote. For further details of events in Portsmouth see http://bit.ly/2hMdGRN.
There will be a meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up an Old Portsmouth Good Neighbours Group 3.00‐5.00pm Tuesday 24th October in the Bishop Kenneth Room. All those interested in discussing options and helping to get something going are welcome.
Chapter The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting is on the noticeboard and website, or can be downloaded here. The Cathedral Council meets with Chapter on Monday 30th October. The Congregational representatives are Shirley Grayson‐Smith and Nick Speller who can be contacted after Sunday morning services or through the Cathedral Offices.
Cathedral Choirs Cantate is touring in Cyprus from Thursday. The programme includes concerts and services at Agia Kyriaki, Paphos and St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia.
Open Church Information Evening 7.30‐9.30pm Thursday 19th October at St Simon’s Church, Southsea. Open Church is a pilot project when some churches will take it in turns to host 10 homeless people overnight, providing food and shelter in the coldest part of the year. If you would like to volunteer, to pray for the project, or to support it in some other way please attend the evening. Further details: http://bit.ly/2fXUpZB
Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow 19th‐20th October in Commercial Road. Free information and advice to anyone with queries about the condition. The roadshow will also help to promote the benefits of an early diagnosis. All welcome.
Bereavement Drop‐In 11.00am‐12.30pm Saturday 28th October in Becket Hall. A new monthly group for those who have been recently bereaved, know someone who is terminally ill, or are still experiencing grief, pain or anger from loss in the past. Members of the Cathedral bereavement team will be there to listen, to offer support and encouragement. Tea and coffee provided.
Finding Peace Exhibition Monday 16th–Sunday 29th October. Exhibition of contemplative images taken around the Cathedral, an interactive electronic installation “Being Present” in the Welcome Area, and free workshops on Saturday 21st October and Saturday 28th October 9.00am‐ 12.00pm Booking essential via Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2yS6Uy4.
Make a Fish – Make a Wish 2.00‐5.00pm on 18th October is the last opportunity to make an individual fish from porcelain clay on which you can write your wishes and messages. The fish will be installed in the Cathedral as a shoal at a reception on Friday 17th November at 7.00pm, all welcome. An Annual Theme event in partnership with Claystation and funded by Awards for All.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 19th October. Robert Patterson (piano). Light refreshments from 12.30pm.
Journeys Festival International Thursday 19th‐Sunday 29th October. Raising awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers and featuring the Container Project. An art installation on the South front created by refugee artists inside a shipping container. The outside of the container will be decorated by other refugee artists. For further details of events at the Cathedral and in Portsmouth see http://bit.ly/2kggPdt.
Solent Symphony Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert 7.30pm Saturday 21st October. Music by Copland, Vaughan‐Williams, Dvorak and Saint‐Saëns Carnival of the Animals narrated by Patricia Routledge. Tickets £17.50, £15.00 and £5.00 (students), Kids for a Quid and concessions, on the door, 01730 601074, or from the Cathedral Shop.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 26th October in Becket Hall, Cathedral House. Louise Daniels will be giving a talk on the Work of the Alzheimer’s Society. Free with donation if staying for tea/coffee.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those being baptised including: Avery and Miel.
All those in need including: Martin, Graeme, Alex, Helen, Frank, John,
Christine, Roger, Amanda, and Vic.
And those who have died: John Bingham, Henry Lees, and Richard Lofthouse RIP.
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