As you enter the Cathedral from the South door you cannot help but notice the impressive installation of over 400 fish in two arches of the North Ambulatory. This is a collaboration between Claystation and the Cathedral as part of our annual theme for 2017 “All Things Bright & Beautiful” which has been focused on ecology and the environment. Each fish has been hand made by a member of the Portsmouth community and has an individual prayer or wish on it. They are each precious and special in their own right but together I am sure you will agree they make an impressive sight and represent beautifully the way that both individuals and their thoughts, prayers and wishes come together in this sacred space.
At Evensong this evening we have two of the priests in our diocese being made Honorary Canons by Bishop Christopher. Honorary Canons are priests appointed by the Bishop and are part of the College of Canons of the Cathedral who ensure a strong link between the Cathedral and parishes around the diocese. It is good to celebrate with them and their families and parish communities.
Both of these ‘highlights’ help to grow our Cathedral community and of course with the baptism this morning of Canon Anthony and Georgianna’s third child, John, and next week of John and Sacha’s fourth child, Helena, we grow the number of disciples as well! Many congratulations to them and to their friends and families who will be celebrating with them.
All reasons to celebrate the life and ministry of Portsmouth Cathedral!
The Revd Canon Peter Leonard
Welcome to all those joining us today including those attending John’s baptism this morning and the Installation of Mike Duff, Vicar of St Jude’s, Southsea, and Hugh Wright, Vicar of Ventor and Bonchurch, as Honorary Canons this evening. Choral Evensong is followed by presentation of the Bishop’s Lent Appeal and a reception in the Nave.
Services and Events The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
'Make a Fish~Make a Wish' The finished installation is now on display in the Nave. These unique shoals of over four hundred handmade clay fish were created by visitors, and members of the Cathedral community over a three week period. The project, funded by Awards for All, was led by Ginny Topp of Claystation, supported by Sharon Court our annual theme curator, and installed by Gavin & Sam from The Makers Guild. We are grateful for their help in bringing the vision for this work to life!
Committee Meetings The Fabric Advisory Committee and the Cathedral Council meet on Tuesday. The agendas for both meetings are on the noticeboard and website. The congregational representatives on the Cathedral Council are Nick Speller and Shirley Grayson-Smith who can be contacted after services or through the Cathedral Offices.
Fabric Works Scaffolding on the north side of Saint Thomas’s Chapel will be removed this week as repair works funded by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund continue.
Armed Forces’ Covenant On Tuesday 28th November the Bishop will be signing our Diocese’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant during Choral Evensong at 6.00pm. All are welcome.
Annual Sidespersons’ Meeting 12.00-1.30pm Sunday 26th November in the Bishop Kenneth Room. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Sidesperson please speak to one of our Churchwardens: Mike Purvis or Sheila Picton
Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The autumn mailing including details of the planned visit to Winchester on Thursday 14th December for the Cathedral Christmas Market has been sent to members. If you would like to know more about membership or the visit please pick up a leaflet in the Cathedral or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral Shop Advent candles and calendars and Cathedral Christmas cards are now in stock. The cards which feature detail of the Madonna and child from the stained glass window in Saint Thomas’s Chapel cost £2.50 for five with proceeds in aid of the Cathedral and the Friends and are also available by mail order.
Churches Homeless Action Churches across the city are collecting supermarket gift vouchers (£5.00 value please) to be distributed through charities which support the homeless. The cards will be presented at a special service at midday on Friday 15th December St Mary’s, Fratton. Donations can be handed into the Cathedral Offices or Shop.
The Roberts Centre Pennies from Heaven Appeal Please could all collectors bring their takings to Muriel Allen ASAP.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Organ recital by Ian Harrison. Free entry, with retiring collection. Light refreshments from 12.30pm.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. Talk by David Dickinson about HMS Warrior 1860. Free, donation for tea/coffee.
Evening Organ Concert 8.00pm this Friday. The second of our new evening series will be given by Portsmouth-born Roger Sayer the Organist and Director of Music at The Temple Church, London. He is also Deputy Chorus Director and Accompanist to the London Symphony Chorus. The programme includes music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Alain. Tickets £10.00 and £8.00 concessions are available through the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite.
Messy Cathedral 2.00-4.00pm Saturday 25th November. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. A special Messy Christmas session will be held 2.00-4.00pm on Saturday 16th December in Becket Hall.
Christmas Fair 11.00am-2.00pm Saturday 2nd December. Many stalls including china, collectables, toiletries, glass Christmas gifts, cakes, preserves, scarves and jewellery. Refreshments and activities for children. Pick up a flyer for details including donations of items.
PLEASE PRAY FOR All those in need including: Martin, Alex, Frank, John, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Vic, Alan, Ayu, Rachael and Joan. And those who have died: Bryan Day, Judith Gibbon, Gwendoline Hamilton-Swann, and Ian Tremlett RIP.
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