“Time is nature's way to keep everything from happening all at once.” John Archibald Wheeler (13th April, 1911)
Another year goes by and as we celebrate Christmas we will no doubt hear people talking about “how quickly time passes” or that they “don’t know where the year has gone”.
During 2017 we have been concentrating on “All Things Bright and Beautiful” – exploring ecology and the environment through science, the arts, and faith. This work will continue but 2018 sees us focus on a new annual theme, “Time”, and specifically the question “How can the exploration of time deepen our understanding of ourselves, our spirituality, and our engagement with the world around us?” We have a series of workshops and seminars given by cosmologists and clock experts, a planned exhibition with Dinosaur Isle, art installations, and a monthly series focusing on Doctor Who. We will also be exploring two books, one fiction and one non-fiction, during Lent and Advent and our Shrove Tuesday Community Day in February will feature an inflatable planetarium in the Nave!
We will officially launch our annual theme at our 10.30am and 6.00pm services on Sunday 7th January 2018 and we will follow this up with a series of interactive installations in the Cathedral on Saturday 20th January. There are more details of these events and many others in the leaflets which will be available soon and on the Cathedral website in the New Year.
The Chapter and Cathedral Staff thank all those who have contributed towards our services and wish everyone a very blessed Christmas.
Crib Services 2.30pm and 4.00pm. Children are invited to come in costume or arrive half an hour before the services if they would like to use the Cathedral’s costumes. Presents to go under the Christmas tree can be brought to the service and will be distributed through the Roberts Centre.
The Cathedral will be closed between 8.00-10.30pm this evening in preparation for the Midnight Eucharist.
Services and Events The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Farewells On Christmas morning we say farewell to Oliver Hancock, our Sub-Organist, and to George, Ben, Serena, and Sebastian from the Cathedral Choirs. If you would like to travel by coach to attend Oliver’s installation as Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick on Sunday 21st January please contact Tim Burnett in the Offices or sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Area. Sachin Gunga will be installed as Cathedral Sub-Organist during Choral Evensong on Sunday 14th January.
Christmas Fair Thank you to all those who helped raise the fabulous total of £6,000.39 for the Cathedral and its associations. A meeting will be held at midday on Sunday 14th January to discuss how to build on this success.
Churches Homeless Action Many thanks to all those who responded to the appeal for supermarket gift vouchers. Over 90 £5.00 vouchers have been passed on for distribution through charities which support the homeless.
Tree of Memories If you would like to remember a loved one at Christmas please write a message on a star and hang it on the tree in the Welcome Area. If you would like to donate to Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal, please use an envelope and put it in one of the Cathedral collection boxes.
Cathedral Offices The offices will be closed between Christmas and New Year, re-opening on Tuesday 2nd January. Voice messages and emails to email@example.com will be monitored by staff on duty.
Cathedral Shop The Shop will re-open on Wednesday 27th with seasonal reductions.
Bereavement Drop-In 11.00am-12.30pm Saturday 30th December in the Bishop Kenneth Room. A monthly group for those who are recently bereaved, know someone who is terminally ill, or are still experiencing grief, pain or anger from loss. Members of the Cathedral bereavement team will be there to listen and offer support and encouragement. Tea and coffee provided.
Living Faith Course-Prayer and Spirituality 7.00pm Wednesdays from 17th January. 10-week module exploring how we pray to the Christian God, and how this has been informed by spiritual traditions. For further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.
Christmas and foreign stamps Used stamps, especially Christmas and foreign ones can be donated to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance through the box in the Cathedral Shop.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 11th January. Peter Stevens (organ). Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection.
Epiphany Carol Service 6.00pm Sunday 14th January.
Quiz Night 7.00pm Friday 19th January. Tickets £12.00 including Fish and Chip supper (vegetarian option available) from the Cathedral Shop in the New Year. Raffle. Proceeds in aid of The Roberts Centre.
Organ Concert with Adrian Lucas 8.00pm Friday 26th January. The next of our regular series of evening concerts will be given by Adrian Lucas formerly Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral. The programme includes Bach, Elgar, Rachmaninov, and Whitlock. Tickets £10.00, (£8.00 concessions) through Eventbrite, on the door, and the Cathedral Shop.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 27th January. An hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Wine Tasting 7.30pm Friday 2nd February in the Nave. Join local expert, David Dickenson, to learn about the art of wine tasting and how to match your food to deliver a wine at its best. Tickets £20.00, including refreshments, available in the New Year. Profits to support the Cathedral Choirs’ tours and events.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Alex, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Vic, Ayu, Joan, Rachael, Val and John.
And those who have died: Alan Lihou and Diana Mitchell RIP.
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