Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 1st October 2017


Sunday 1st October 2017

Patronal Festival

Anglicans have a complex relationship with the idea of celebrating church buildings. At one level, we love our medieval country churches that speak of stability and continuity with the past. Yet the Reformation contained a critique of identifying God’s presence with particular things or places.

Dedication festivals were one of the things that were attacked by Henry VIII’s reforms: dedication festivals had to be held in October rather than on actual holy days during the summer, so that they would not get in the way of harvesting crops. Even more problematic has been the result of the Reformation’s assertion that God’s holiness was not to be found and communicated in particular places, ceremonies or material items, but rather that God’s presence was known purely by mental effort and spiritual experience. This pushed Christianity towards regarding corporate worship as being about instruction, and participation in public worship as being an option on the grounds that ‘it was what you believed in your heart’ that was important.

Yet these arguments seem strange from a scriptural perspective. The Old Testament is very concerned that the correct worship of God is manifested in an appropriate form and place. Jerusalem and the Temple are seen as the place in which the presence of God and his name were to be found. The New Testament finds its central message in the idea that God comes to dwell with humanity not by proclaiming knowledge, but through the incarnate presence of God made man. Christians believe that they have seen God through the material life of Jesus Christ, and they continue to see God through the presence of Christ’s body on earth, the church. Christianity claims that the invisible life of God is grasped through the visible life and community of the church, so our building, worship and community life here at Portsmouth cathedral do matter. In this place our awareness of God is formed and refined by music, symbol, sacrament and teaching. It is right then that we celebrate God’s presence with us here every time we mark our patronal festival. The events, activities, worship, ritual and music of this festival form our awareness of the presence of God.

Canon Anthony Rustell

Residentiary Canon


Welcome to all those joining us this morning during our Patronal Festival and to the Friends of Portsmouth holding their AGM at 2.00pm. There is an exhibition of images from the completion of the Cathedral in the Nave.


Pantomime Lunch Very many thanks to all those who came to the Abarbistro, and to those who donated the wonderful sum of £730.00. The total amount raised at the recent lunch for the children at the Roberts Centre who will visit the Panto in December, and for their Christmas party, was £1,641.00.

Malina Wyzykowska and Adrian Green are getting married in the Cathedral on Saturday 14th October at 2.00pm. They would be delighted if members of the congregation and community would like to attend the service.


Stewardship Thank you to all who responded in support of the ministry and mission of this Cathedral Church and the whole community it serves. If you would like to know more about the Parish Giving Scheme please pick up a leaflet in the Cathedral. For those who give weekly using the small numbered envelopes, the new sets start from next Sunday. These are now ready for collection in the Cathedral Shop.

John Bingham The funeral of John Bingham, who for many years helped refugees and asylum seekers in Portsmouth through a number of organisations including Haslar Visitors Group, Friends without Borders and the All Saints Drop‐in, will be held at All Saints’. Denmead at 2.00pm on Thursday 5th October.

October Services Please note changes to our regular pattern of Sunday Services this month when our service of Eucharist is at 6.00pm on the next three Sundays. Details of our services and Events are on The List and Events Listing both of which are available in the Cathedral or on the website.

The Great South Run The Cathedral Clergy and staff will again be running this year. They can be sponsored through the links on the following page: http://bit.ly/2wWjsSN or donations can be handed to the Dean or Canon Peter.

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

Portsdown Archdeaconry Consultation Meeting 7.00pm this Wednesday 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.

Harvest Eucharist Donations of food can be brought to the service next Sunday evening. They will be distributed through the Roberts Centre.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 5th October. Olive Murray (Voice). Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.

Craft and Chat Group Thursday 5th October at 2.30pm in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members welcome.

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 2nd, 4th, 11th and 18th 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.

An evening with Alan Titchmarsh 7.30‐9.00pm this Thursday. 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.

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

Vintage Messy Cathedral 3.00‐5.45pm Friday 6th October followed by Choral Evensong at 6.00pm. All over 60s are welcome to join us for Craft activities in the Nave followed by tea in Becket Hall and Choral Evensong, as part of Portsmouth City Council’s 60 Plus Festival.

Modern Slavery in the Shipping Industry 12.30‐4.30pm Monday 9th October. The isolation of those who work on ships leaves them at risk of modern slavery. If you would like to learn more about the issue and how you can help. Please register for the event: http://bit.ly/2wVpBnd.


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

And those who have died: John Bingham, Trish Locke, and Richard Lofthouse (Cathedral Memorial Service 2.30pm Thursday 12th October) RIP.

A complete listing of this week's notices may be found here.


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