Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 10th September 2017


“In the beginning when God created...”

I have always been struck by the fact that the beginning is marked by God being creative. From God, from God’s imagination, from God’s resources, from God’s very being comes something new and original and beautiful.

It is perhaps a mark of God’s grace that this creativity is given to each of us as a gift and whether we are aware of it or not it, permeates every aspect of our lives. From the ability to speak new sentences, create new food, pictures, music, and text, all the way to being involved in the creation of new life through the miracle of birth. Now of course not all of us can do all of these things but all of us can do something.

Over the past few years in the Cathedral we have experienced a number of events which have given us the opportunity to be creative. Exhibitions, community evenings where anyone of any age who comes into the Cathedral can have a go at weaving, singing, drawing, filming, recording or some other creative activity.

From Monday 25th September to Sunday 15th October, artist Ginny Topp from community group Claystation will be in residence with a table in the Welcome Area for visitors to make clay fish. These will then form an installation which will be displayed in the Nave until Shrove Tuesday 13th February 2018. Please do come and take part.

“…and God saw that it was very good.”

The Revd Canon Peter Leonard

Canon Chancellor


Chapter at its meeting on Tuesday:


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. 

Fabric Advisory Committee The FAC meets on Tuesday the agenda is here.

The Cathedral Council meets with Chapter on Monday 18th September.  The congregational representatives are Nick Speller and Shirley Grayson-Smith who can be contacted after services or through the Cathedral Offices.

Scaffolding will be taken down this week following the installation of the new organ en-chamade and re-decoration of the west end of the Nave.

Ghana News Felicia Yeboah Asuamah, wife of Festus the Bishop of Sunyani, has been elected and installed as the National President of the Mothers’ Union in Ghana.  The Diocese is linked with Ghana and as a Cathedral we are linked with Bishop Festus and Sunyani Cathedral – so we uphold Mother Felicia in our prayers as she embraces this very responsible role to which she will bring her own energy and enthusiasm. Copies of the IDWAL Pompey West Africa Links are available in the Cathedral.

Pompey Chimes Copies of the latest diocesan newspaper are available in the Cathedral.

Vacancies We have three vacancies advertised due to staff changes, and to provide additional administrative support in the Education and Outreach department: 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 here.

2018 Annual Theme Consultation Sunday 24th September after the 10.30am service.  An opportunity to contribute to next year’s theme: Time.

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 and starts on Wednesday 20th September. For further details contact Sarah Lovatt .


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 14th September.  Jonathan Lilley: Piano. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.

Junior Sing 9.30-11.00am Saturday 23rd September in the Song School Cathedral House.  If your child is aged 7-11 and loves to sing please contact Oliver Hancock.  No audition required.

Claystation Monday 25th September to Sunday 15th October. Artist Ginny Topp will be in residence with a table in the Welcome Area for visitors to make clay fish.  Join in or observe these works of art in progress in the Welcome Area.

Evening Organ Concert 6.30pm on Saturday 30th September. The first of the series of monthly concerts will be given by Gordon Stewart, Resident Organist, Huddersfield Town Hall. Tickets £10, (concs £8) through Eventbrite, on the door, or the Cathedral Shop.

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.

Community Lunch Sunday 1st October in Becket Hall.  Tickets £10.00 available from the Friends, the Cathedral Shop during the week or from Churchwarden Sheila Picton on Sunday mornings. 


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

And those who have died: Pat Abbott, Simon Daykin, Michael De Lara, Finley Howells, Julian Linington, Molly Tranter, Jean Vernon-Jackson, Trish Locke and Doreen Waterworth RIP.