Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 7th January 2018

“You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you. Basic stuff first. Never be cruel, never be cowardly. And never ever eat pears! Remember – hate is always foolish…and love, is always wise. Always try to be nice and never fail to be kind. Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.”

The final words of Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who at the end of the Christmas Day episode prior to his regeneration into Jodie Whittaker. If you were a Time Lord who had lived thirteen lives and was about to regenerate into your fourteenth I wonder what words of advice you would give yourself? I suspect you couldn’t go far wrong with the words above, the basics of life perhaps? Well maybe not the bit about pears! Never be cruel or a coward. Hate is always foolish and love is always wise. Try to be nice and always be kind. Laugh hard and run fast. Be kind: that is clearly really important as it is mentioned twice.

At the beginning of a new year people make resolutions, attempt to get fit and a whole host of other life changes they feel will make them a happier, better person. There is something about the perceived passing of time, from one year to the next which encourages us to reflect on ourselves and our lives.

In both services today we are launching our annual theme “Time” – during this year we will be thinking about “How the exploration of time can deepen our understanding of ourselves, our spirituality and our engagement with the world around us?” Please do take a leaflet with some of the key events listed.

The Cathedral has been over 800 years in the making, we are part of that timeline. How will we use the 365 days of 2018 to deepen our relationship with God, have a healthier understanding of ourselves and our place within the world around us?

Peter Leonard
Canon Chancellor

Canon Anthony is at St George’s, Portsea this morning.
The Chapter and Cathedral Staff would like to thank all those who have contributed towards our services and wish everyone a blessed New Year.
Services and Events The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Sub-Organist Welcome to Sachin Gunga, our new Sub-Organist who joins us from Wakefield Cathedral where he was Assistant Organist. Sachin is also a former chorister of Derby Cathedral and will be installed during the Epiphany Carol Service next Sunday.

Fabric Works The Nave and Crossing paving is being repointed and the North Cloister door refurbished. There may be alterations to access between the Cathedral and Cathedral House between Monday and Friday. The windows in the Heath Harrison Aisle will be removed this week for repair. The scaffolding in the aisle will remain in place until the windows are returned in March. The works are funded by a grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund. Further details from the Chapter Clerk peter.sanders@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.
Oliver Hancock’s installation If you would like to travel by coach to attend Oliver’s installation Warwick on Sunday 21st January please contact Tim Burnett in the Offices or sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Area.
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.
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Baby and Toddler Group 2.00pm Wednesday 10th January. The first session after the Christmas break will take place in Becket Hall.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 11th January. Peter Stevens (organ). Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection.
From Darkness to Light – Dolphin Consort 7.30pm Saturday 13th January. A musical journey from Advent to Epiphany. Free entry, refreshments served from 7.00pm
Quiz Night 7.00pm Friday 19th January. Tickets £12.00 including Fish and Chip supper (vegetarian option available) from the Cathedral Shop. Raffle. Proceeds in aid of The Roberts Centre.
A Journey Through Time 9.00am-7.00pm Saturday 20th January. It takes 800 years to travel from one end of the Cathedral to the other, but other natural elements travel through time as well. Join us for a unique exploration of time and space featuring projections and other natural elements to evoke the passage and marking of time, and using the entire Cathedral as a map for our journey. Programme of events now available at the Cathedral and online.
Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Faith: William Hartnell 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 23rd January upstairs at the Dolphin. Each session involves watching an episode, a short presentation and time for discussion. Booking essential via Eventbrite. For further details see leaflets in the Cathedral.
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, the Cathedral Shop or on the door.
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 Dickinson, 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. Profits to support the Cathedral Choirs’ tours and events.

All those in need including: Martin, Alex, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Joan, Rachael, Val, John and Wayne.
And those who have died: Sylvia Kingswell (Cathedral Funeral Service 2.00pm Wednesday 10th January), and Roger Devonshire (Priest) (Cathedral Funeral Service 2.30pm Monday 15th January) RIP.

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