Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 25th November 2018


This last Sunday of the year - before the new Church year starts next week – was sometimes known as ‘Stir up Sunday.’ The Book of Common Prayer collect for today, which we still use as the post-Communion prayer, begins ‘Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…’ This image led to the idea that this week was when people should be stirring their Christmas pudding mix, or baking their Christmas cakes, to give them plenty of time to mature and improve before the Christmas feast. We hope this week many of you will be baking cakes and making sweets and looking out your contributions for our Christmas Fair next Saturday!

Again, before the Feast of Christ the King was made a firm part of our calendar by Common Worship, we sometimes referred to ‘the Last Sunday of Ordinary Time’ with its marvellously ominous overtones. Like the Jewish concept of the day starting at sunset, I think there is real sense in starting a new year while the days are still getting darker. We come through the shortest days into light and promise as the year unfolds, rather than the year ending at the darkest point.

Whether we are pleased or sorry that this year is nearly over, whether we are looking forward to the new Church year with apprehension or eagerness, there is always potential ahead in God’s wonderful providence. And our new Dean has been announced! This time of waiting reminds me of some favourite lines from a poem by Thomas Merton. Depicting John the Baptist waiting to be born, waiting on his future vocation, waiting on God’s purposes before he recognises the unborn Christ as Mary visits Elizabeth, Merton writes:

We are exiles in the far end of solitude, living as listeners

with hearts attending to the skies we cannot understand:

waiting upon the first far drums of Christ the Conqueror,

planted like sentinels upon the world’s frontier.

The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury,

Canon Precentor


Welcome to the families and friends of Betty, Amanda, Lisa and Indigo who are being baptised in the Cathedral today.

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


Appointment of Dean The Bishop announced last Sunday that the new Dean of Portsmouth will be The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane, currently Chancellor at Chichester Cathedral.

‘As I said when the news was made public, I am thrilled to be joining the Cathedral and Diocese as Dean of Portsmouth. It will be a real privilege to worship day by day and week by week in a building for which I already feel an affinity, having visited many times from my current base in Chichester. I look forward to getting to know the regular worshippers and volunteers, and to working with a gifted staff team in doing whatever I can for the flourishing of the Cathedral and its wider ministry, to the glory of God.’ With best wishes, Anthony Cane.

Anthony will be installed during Choral Evensong on Saturday 16th March, a service to which all are welcome. Please include Anthony and his family in your prayers as they prepare to move to Portsmouth and for his new ministry here.


Meetings The agendas for the meetings of the Fabric Advisory Committee and Cathedral Council both of which meet on Tuesday are on the noticeboard and the website. Chapter meets on the 4th December to approve the 2019 Budget.

A Gift in your Will – If you didn’t get one last week, please pick up a leaflet about legacies. If you have any queries or want to talk more about making a will or changing your will, please get in touch with Tim Sledge, Head of Fundraising tim.sledge@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .

Christmas Fair 11am-2pm Saturday 1st December Donations of Christmas decorations, china and glass, 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 can be left at the Cathedral Shop. Please also start baking goods for sale (these need to be marked if they have been frozen or contain nuts). Raffle Tickets are on sale at the Cathedral Shop.

Cathedral Shop Advent candles, calendars and Christmas cards are now in stock. The Cathedral cards which features the Madonna and Child from a window in Saint Thomas’s Chapel cost £2.50 for five. Selected items including Verbum Caro Factum Est – a CD of Advent and Christmas music by the Cathedral Choir are also available through our new online shop https://bit.ly/2RVl75V .

Repairs Internal and external scaffolding on the southside of the chancel is due to be removed on Monday 3rd December.

Open Church 2019 Volunteers Sign Up Evening 7.30pm Wednesday 28th November at St Jude's Church, Southsea. Further information is available in the Welcome Area or through the Cathedral Offices.

Churches Homeless Action Churches across the city are collecting supermarket gift vouchers (£5.00 value please) to be distributed through charities which support the homeless. Please hand any donations into the Cathedral Offices or Shop by Tuesday 18th December.

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.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 29th November with Paul Trepte (organ), free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 29th November in Becket Hall. Revd Judith Swaine, Chaplain to HMP Isle of Wight, will talk about her prison chaplaincy. £1 donation please, free tea/coffee/biscuits.

Advent Carol Service 6.00pm Sunday 2nd December. A sequence of music and dramatic readings foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ.

Change of Service Time Evening Prayer on Tuesday 4th December will be at 4pm.

Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 6th December in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members welcome.

Christmas Concert by Candlelight 7.30pm Saturday 8th December in aid of Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal. Join us for an evening of choral music and carols to celebrate the festive season with Portsmouth Cathedral Choir and The Renaissance Choir. Tickets https://www.rowanshospice.co.uk/our-events/.

Silver Screen Film “Meet Me in St Louis” (1944) 1.45pm Tuesday 11th December. Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Peter Capaldi 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 11th December at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite


All those being baptised: Betty Woolridge, Amanda Woolridge, Lisa Perry and Indigo Newton.

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

And those who have died: Mark Kay (Thanksgiving Service 2.30pm Thursday 29th November), David Banks (Cathedral funeral 1.30pm Thursday 6th December), Laughton Marchment, Elisabeth Nott, John Graveney and Noel Armstead. Also remembering Carlos Paradas on the first anniversary of his death RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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