Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 24th September 2017


The Eucharistic readings this morning talk about humanity’s difficulties, even indignation, at God’s mercy. That should give us pause to treat others with equal mercy and compassion. It should be the case in the whole of our lives including the Cathedral. Sometimes we can be least patient with those we know well.

Next week, after waiting patiently for some time, we have the joy of hearing properly the newly installed organ stop, in a concert with Gordon Stewart, as part of the Patronal festival celebrations on 30th September. If you listen carefully, you may hear some short bursts of sound from it at other times as well. If you happen to be in the Nave at the time, it will be very clear. It will dedicated next Sunday morning (1st October) during the 10.30am Eucharist.

It is worth noting that these two morning services, this week and next week, will be the last ones to the normal pattern for three weeks as we then enter the October zone, with Royal Marines Band Service Memorial Service (8th), Seafarers Service (15th) and then the day of the Great South Run (22nd). Please sponsor those taking part, there are some from the Cathedral! I will be enthusiastically supporting by sponsoring and waving hard! The Cathedral Eucharist will be in the evening on all three of those Sundays including for Harvest Festival on 8th October. Donations of food can be brought to the service and will be distributed through the Roberts Centre.

Canon Nick Ralph

Residentiary Canon


Canon John Shepherd is presiding at the 10.30am Eucharist this morning to mark the 50th Anniversary of his ordination as priest. Cynthia and John hope you will stay for celebratory drinks in the Nave after the 10.30am service.

2018 Annual Theme Consultation Sharon Court, our Annual Theme Curator and Canon Peter hope that you will join them in the Nave after both morning services to find out and more and contribute opinions about next year’s Annual Theme which will be Time.

Welcome to the Denmead and Fareham Living Faith course who will be presented with their certificates for completing this two‐year course at the Michaelmas Carol Service this evening.

Services and Events Details are available on The List and Events Listing both of which are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Congratulations to Matt and Fiona Bray on the birth of their son Bezalel Edward. The name means in the shadow ‘protection’ of God (Exodus 31).

Patronal Festival We celebrate our Patronal Festival next weekend with a number of events including: Choral Evensong on Friday which will be followed by a reception funded by Choralevensong.org; the first of our monthly Evening Organ Concerts on Saturday when the new organ en‐chamade will be played in concert for the first time; and a Community Lunch on Sunday. Tickets for the latter events are available through the Cathedral Shop and for the concert through Eventbrite.


Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The Annual General Meeting will be held next Sunday after the Community Lunch. Membership details are available in the Welcome Area or the website.

Planned Giving New Envelopes If you give weekly using the small numbered envelopes, you will need a new set from Sunday 8th October. These are now ready for collection in the Cathedral Shop.

Cathedral Kitchen pots and pans If you have borrowed any, in particular the bottom half of the steamer, or know where they are please return them urgently or contact the Cathedral Offices.

Vacancies We have three vacancies advertised:

Administrative Assistant (Liturgy and Music) and Cathedral Diary Administrator 35 hours per week,

Administrative Assistant (Outreach and Education) 14 hours per week,

Cleaner part‐time six hours per week.

Details are available on the website.

Living Faith Course ‐ Module 6 Challenging Choices Christian Ethics. Ethics and living a good life is a key theme in Christianity. This module consider the way in which we make those decisions. For further details contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.

Do Something Different Day 10.00am to 3.30pm Friday 29th September at St Mary’s Church, Fratton. Coffee, chat and activities in the morning. Lunch, and a service to celebrate International Day of Older People in the afternoon, followed by tea and cake. Contact the  Older Persons Champion, Jill Phipps on 07710 394 351.

Do you have a warm heart and a four‐door car? Would you be able to give up an afternoon a month to take older guests out to a tea party? Jill Phipps is looking for more volunteer drivers to join her team. More information from Jill as above or Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Portsdown Archdeaconry Consultation Meeting 7.00pm Wednesday 4th October at St Luke’s Church, Southsea, to discuss the development of the Diocese’s Live, Pray Serve implementation plans. The meeting is open to all.

Coffee Morning 10.30am, Friday 6th October in Becket Hall. The Craft and Chat Group invite you to a Coffee Morning with sale of needlecraft, homemade cakes and preserves, raffle and more. Entry 50p with proceeds in aid of the Memorial Garden.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 21th September. Baroque Ad Hoc ensemble. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.

Make a Fish – Make a Wish Clay Residency drop in. Use porcelain paper clay to make individual fish on which you can write your wishes and messages: 11.00am‐5.00pm on 25, 27, 29 and 30 September & 2, 4, 11 and 18 October. The fish will be installed in the Cathedral as a shoal later in the year. An Annual Theme event in partnership with Claystation and funded by Awards for All.

Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 30th September. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea.

An evening with Alan Titchmarsh 7.30‐9.00pm Thursday 5th October. Alan will share his thoughts and views on ecology and the environment and in particular our impact on and stewardship of it. Free event with a retiring collection for a charity of Alan's choice. Tickets available through Eventbrite or the Cathedral Shop.



All those in need including: Martin, Graeme, Alex, Helen, Frank, John, Christine, Roger, and Amanda.

And those who have died: Simon Daykin, Michael De Lara, Trish Locke, Richard Lofthouse and Doreen Waterworth RIP.

For a complete listing of this week's notices click here.

Portsmouth Cathedral