New year: New shape of morning services.
Advent is the start of the new church year, so we are taking the opportunity to alter the pattern of early weekday services to a new shape. For several years now, the residentiary clergy together with others who join us either regularly or occasionally have said a combined version of Morning Prayer and Holy Communion starting at 7.45am.
From Monday we will be saying Morning Prayer at 7.40am and celebrating Holy Communion together at 8.00am. As before, people are more than welcome to join us.
The reasons for the change include wanting to say a full form of Morning Prayer with the readings that the majority of other churches and ministers are using. Otherwise Cathedral clergy can find that we are out of step with clergy and parishes if we go to meetings during the day (often mention of the scriptures in the daily readings comes up). Also some people want to join us to pray but don’t necessarily want a daily communion service (although others love the opportunity to receive communion every day!). The new pattern means people are free to come for either Morning Prayer or Holy Communion or both. There will be time for anyone who wishes to arrive or leave between the two services. Finally the two services together will mean we spend a little longer together with God at the start of the day, which can only be a good thing!
It was Martin Luther who is reported to have said, ‘I have so much to do today that I need to spend longer in prayer before I start.’
The Reverend Canon Jo Spreadbury
Advent Carol Service 6.00pm. A sequence of music and dramatic readings foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ into our world.
Services and Events The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Pompey Chimes The final edition of Pompey Chimes is now available for collection in the Cathedral and at http://bit.ly/2pCfsaN.
Chapter At its meeting on Tuesday Chapter agreed the 2018 budget.
The Reverend Andrew Goy, Curate of Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn, finishes his two week post-ordination placement with us today.
Volunteers to serve tea after the Dementia Friendly Carol Service 3.00pm this Wednesday. Jill Phipps, the Older Persons Champion, is anticipating that there could be up to 300 people attending the service, hence the need for volunteers! If you are able to help please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices or Jill at Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk
Evening Prayer replaces Choral Evensong on Tuesday this week as the Cathedral Choir will be singing at the Naval Base Commander’s Carol Service on board HMS Victory.
Decorating the Cathedral for Christmas If you would like to contribute towards the cost of our decorations, donations for poinsettias can be made through the Cathedral Shop or Offices. The Flower Guild would also welcome help to decorate on the morning of Wednesday 20th December. All welcome - no experience necessary. Please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the Cathedral Offices for more details.
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.
Lunchtime Live: We are looking for volunteers to help provide sandwiches, snacks, and hot drinks at our term-time weekly recital series on Thursdays. For further information or to volunteer please contact Tim Burnett in the Cathedral Offices. The new series starts on Thursday 11th January at 1.10pm with an organ recital by Peter Stevens.
Friends trip to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and The City Mill Thursday 14th December. Cost £20.00 (NT member) £24.00 (Non-NT member). If you would like further details or to join the group please contact the Cathedral offices or email@example.com.
Oliver Hancock’s installation St Mary Warwick 4.00pm 21st January 2018. If you are interested in attending Oliver’s installation please contact Tim Burnett in the Cathedral offices or sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Area before Friday 15th December.
Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 7th December in the Bishop Kenneth Room. All welcome.
A Solo Dramatisation of Mark’s Gospel 7.00pm Sunday 10th December by Stefan Smart in an up-to-date setting. Free, with retiring collection.
Silver Screen ‘A Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947) 2.00pm Tuesday 12th December. Our bimonthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall. Free but please pick up a ticket from the Cathedral Shop.
Messy Cathedral A special Messy Christmas session will be held 2.00-4.00pm on Saturday 16th December in Becket Hall. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by the telling of the Christmas Story and a special Christmas themed tea. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Nelson Consort 7.30pm Saturday 16th December. “Silent Night”. The eight singers of the Nelson Consort, under Director Oliver Hancock, offer a programme of music for Christmas with seasonal refreshments. Tickets £10.00 (£8.00 concessions) from the Cathedral Shop.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Alex, Frank, John, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Vic, Ayu, Joan, and Rachael.
And those who have died: Judith Gibbon, Gwendoline Hamilton-Swann, Diana Mitchell, and Alan Lihou (Funeral 1.30pm Monday 11th December at St Luke’s Church, Greetham Street, Southsea, PO5 4LH) RIP.
For a complete listing of this weeks notices click here