Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 4th November 2018


As we draw to the end of a liturgical year, the church turns to matters of life, death, holiness and the world to come. November presents the church with the opportunity to ask what life is all about before the hectic preparations of Advent and Christmas begin.

There was a time when Advent was dominated by the theme of the last four things: death, judgement, heaven and hell. However, if we are honest with ourselves, modern society imposes a different list of four things for December: shopping, cooking, cleaning and wrapping. The sheer busyness of December means we tend not to think much about spiritual preparation before Christmas.

The Sundays in November give us a chance to think more profoundly about the purpose of life and our call to holiness. This week we will celebrate the worship of the saints in heaven. Next week we will think about war and peace, and rejoice to remember the peace that ended four long years of war a century ago. On the 18th November we will be thinking about how we use our resources and finances to support that which matters to us. Later in the month we will remember that Christ is the Prince of Peace who reigns over all things.

On the 6th November Sharon Court will be leading a creative spirituality evening. I encourage you to come to this event if you can to create space for some spiritual reflection. If you cannot be there on the 6th, try to find some time this month to think about the priorities for your own life.

The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

Residentiary Canon


Welcome to Lorna Sandland, Community Development Worker at St Simon's Church Southsea, who will be with us at the 10.30am service and afterwards to tell people a bit more about the Open Church Project. This year eight churches in Portsmouth opened their doors to give shelter to the homeless in the worst of the winter. They are planning to do it again next year, (January to February) and are looking for volunteer helpers from local churches and the Cathedral to help. Please find her in the Nave after the service.

Standing in Silence Art Exhibition by Hampshire photographer John Farnhill in the South Ambulatory until 11th November. The culmination of a two-year project to document some of the key sites of conflict from the First World War. For more information see http://www.johnfarnhillphotography.com .

The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Honorary and Lay Canons The Bishop has announced the appointment of The Revd Kevin Arkell, Vicar of Newport; The Revd Canon Tom Kennar, Rector of Havant and The Revd John Owen, Vicar of Steep as Honorary Canons and Robert Solomon; Graham Salter; and Bradley Albuery as Lay Canons. They will all be installed during Choral Evensong on Sunday 18th November. The service will be followed by a reception.

Ringing to Remember Chris Cockel has written a blog on the connection of his family history with bell ringing https://www.big-ideas.org/chriscockel/ Chris has been learning to ring at the Cathedral and will be taking part in Ringing to Remember next Sunday when bells across the country will ring to mark the centenary of the Armistice.


Poppies for Remembrance Everyone is invited to make a free poppy for an outside display around the War Memorial on the South Front. Materials and instructions are in the Cathedral Shop until Remembrance Sunday.

Constitution and Statutes The Cathedral Council wishes to revise the Constitution and Statutes using the authority invested in it by the Cathedrals Measure of 1999. The amendments are in respect to the appointment of Honorary Canons, Lay Canons and Canons of Honour together with changes to the lay membership of Chapter; this includes an increase from four to six lay members, two of whom would be elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Please take time to read the full details which are in the Welcome Area and on the website. Comments should be submitted by Friday 23rd November to Peter Sanders, chapterclerk@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk and will be considered by Cathedral Council on Tuesday 27th November.

Finance and Investment Committee Meeting The agenda for this week’s meeting are on the noticeboard and website.

Friends of Portsmouth The Autumn Newsletter has been posted to members. If you haven’t received yours or would like to know more about the Friends please contact friends@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Part-time Cleaner We are looking for someone to join the Cathedral team. Six hours per week 9.00-11.00am Tuesday and Friday and 8.45-10.45am alternate Saturdays/Sundays plus occasional overtime. Details and application forms on the website or from Liz Snowball in the offices, 023 9289 2963.

Christmas Fair Saturday 1st December. Please leave donations of china, toiletries, books, DVDs, CDs, preserves (jams, marmalade and chutney), jewellery, scarves, clothing (unworn with label), bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates for the Tombola in the Cathedral Shop. Please also start baking cakes (these need to be marked if they have been frozen or contain nuts). Raffle Tickets are on sale at the Cathedral Shop. A4 and A5 posters will be available on Sunday. Please take one if you are able to display them in a public place to advertise the Fair.


Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30-9.30pm Tuesday 6th November. Join Sharon Court to create a unique advent calendar filled with different mindful activities in the Cathedral. Free event, booking essential via Eventbrite .

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 8th November with Dr David Price (organ). Retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Remembrance Day Concert 8.00pm Sunday 11th November. A concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice with the world premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo jointly commissioned by the Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets available at https://bit.ly/2O5QZ9W.

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Matt Smith 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 13th November at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite .

Vintage Kilo Sale 10.00am-3.30pm Saturday 17th November in the Nave. Seven tonnes of handpicked vintage men’s and women’s clothing from the 60s-90s. Clothing priced at £15.00 a kilo. Free entry, pay for what you buy.

Stand Together 3.30-5.30pm Sunday 18th November in Becket Hall. An event for everyone interested in the work of Christian Aid. Featuring inspiring stories, campaign updates and cake. Sarah Roure, who heads Christian Aid’s Brazil country programme, is the guest presenter. Please register in advance at 023 8070 6969 or southampton@christian-aid.org .


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Richard, Jenny and Alan.

And those who have died: June Pepin RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral