Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th February 2018

In my sermon at the Ash Wednesday evening service I publically laid out what I was intending on doing for Lent. In essence I said that firstly I shall be attempting to receive the love of God afresh and as fully as I can every day. That will involve not being hard on myself and giving myself some space and time to listen to God. Secondly I shall be attempting to share that love with others – yes even, perhaps especially, the people I find difficult and thirdly I will be looking for opportunities to practice the fast outlined in Isaiah 58:6-12 (look it up – it is worth it!) either by prayer or actions.

Whatever you have decided to do to mark the season of Lent there are some opportunities over the coming weeks to engage in activities to help each of us in our endeavours. There is the book group starting tomorrow evening looking at “Becoming Friends with Time” led and hosted by Sue and Terry Ward. We are holding a creative spirituality evening on Tuesday 20th February, the chance to enjoy being creative and reflective in the wonderful peace and space of the Cathedral. Monday 26th February sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight and the opportunity to impact the wider world for good with the shopping choices we make.

We are fortunate in this Cathedral community to have opportunities to make our Lenten pilgrimage in a variety of ways both by being active and by being still. I am grateful for this support in working on my three priorities above and hope that we can all support one another on the journey towards Easter.

Canon Peter Leonard
Canon Chancellor

The Cathedrals Working Group draft report A working group convened by the Archbishops to consider the governance and sustainability of cathedrals reported last month. The group is encouraging a wide consultation and feedback. Anyone wishing to discuss the report and its recommendations isinvited to a brief meeting at approximately 11.45am in the Bishop Kenneth Room today. The report is at: http://bit.ly/2DoaaqO and a copy is in the Welcome Area.
Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal Refugee and Neighbour Gift Aid envelopes for this year’s appeal, which supports Christian Aid and local charities are available in the Cathedral. Details here.
Lent Book Club 7.00-8.30pm on Mondays between 19th February to 26th March at Terry and Sue Wards’ home. ‘Becoming Friends with Time’ by John Swinton is available to purchase from the Cathedral Shop at a discounted price. For a summary of the book contents: http://amzn.to/2BIu9Li. If you would like to attend or for further details please contact Sarah Lovatt.
Christmas Fair (Saturday 1st December). Linda Swinburne has offered to take on the co-ordinating role this year and in the coming months will be getting in touch with potential stall holders, cake, and preserve makers. Seville oranges are still available so although the fair is some way off please could marmalade makers consider making some extra so we have plenty this year! Thank you.
Lunchtime Live We are looking for one or two volunteers to help provide sandwiches, snacks, and hot drinks at our term-time Thursday recital series. For further information or to volunteer please contact Tim Burnett.
Ghana Link Please take a look at the Ghana display material in the Cathedral and update yourself on our Diocesan link with the internal Province of Ghana and our Cathedral’s link with Bishop Festus and Sunyani Cathedral and diocese. The IDWAL Newsletter can be read on the Cathedral’s website.
Fairtrade Fortnight 26th February-11th March. Events include Wine tasting at the University’s Dennis Sciama Building 7pm Monday 26th – tickets £6.00 from Sue Ward 023 9287 7239. Fairtrade Breakfast at the Cathedral between and after morning services on Sunday 11th March. Details on posters or www.portsmouthfairtrade.org.uk

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm this Tuesday. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with the Churcher’s College Musicians. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Entrance free with retiring collection.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. Dr John Stedman, Archivist at Portsmouth Libraries and Archives, Portsmouth rebuilt. Free, small donation if staying for tea/coffee.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 24th February. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea.
Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Faith: Patrick Troughton 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 27th February 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.
Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 1st March in the Bishop Kenneth Room. All Welcome.
Messiah 7.30pm Saturday 17th March. An authentic performance of Handel’s oratorio by the Cathedral Choirs and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra. Tickets £20, £16 (concs £18 and £14), school children £5 from Eventbrite or the Cathedral Shop.
Skittles Match against Gunwharf Quays Residents. 7.30pm Friday 23rd March at the Royal Maritime Club Queen Street. Tickets £10.00 to include a basket supper. Please put the date in your diary.
Friends Visit to Salisbury Wednesday 25th April by coach. Itinery includes a visit to Mompesson House, a guided tour of the Cathedral and cream tea in the Refectory. Cost £26 (non-NT members who wish to visit Mompesson House £33). All welcome. Details and booking form in the Cathedral and on the website.

All those in need including: Martin, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Rachael, John, Wayne, and Brian.
And those who have died: Alex Findlay, Natalie Hastings, Bruce Miller, Vivienne Pittard, Alex Robertson, Val Voaden (Cathedral Funeral Service 1.30pm Monday 19th February), Joan Russell (Cathedral funeral midday Monday 5th March), Geoffrey Thorpe (Cathedral funeral 10.30am Friday 2nd March) RIP.

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