As we leave Christmas and Epiphany behind, and begin to look towards the next season of the Church’s year, our rhythm of activities changes. Our ‘Time’ theme is well under way, with fifty people attending the first in our series of Thursday Lectures. Make sure that our Shrove Tuesday events are in your diary, and that you give some thought to how you might observe Lent - try to begin with our Ash Wednesday evening Eucharist.
Easter is the traditional time when those who have been exploring the Christian faith take a step of commitment and get baptised and confirmed. The Easter Vigil is a wonderful service which starts with darkness and a bonfire and ends with party poppers, lights and lots of rejoicing as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promise he gives of life over death. Please speak to Canon Jo or Canon Peter to find out more or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9282 3300.
The publication of the Archbishops’ Working Group on Cathedrals is provoking reaction across the Church. Have you read it yet? It’s implementation will mean significant changes in how Cathedrals – including Portsmouth – are run. There is an opportunity for everyone to hear about it and comment on Sunday 18th – see the notice inside.
Dean of Portsmouth
Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Retirement of The Dean We will be saying farewell to David and Gill on Sunday 10th June which will be the Dean’s final Sunday at the Cathedral before he retires. He will celebrate the Eucharist at 10.30am and preach at Choral Evensong which will be followed by a reception in the Nave. All welcome.
Thank you to all those who attended the Fish and Chip Supper and Quiz Night. A fabulous £354.25 was raised for the Roberts Centre.
Fabric Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday. The agenda is on the noticeboard and website.
The Cathedrals Working Group draft report A working group convened by the Archbishops to consider the governance and sustainability of cathedrals reported last week. The group is encouraging a wide consultation and feedback. Anyone wishing to discuss the report and its recommendations is invited to a brief meeting at approximately 11.45am, Sunday 18th February after the 10.30am Eucharist. The report is at: http://bit.ly/2DoaaqO.
Lent Book Club 7.00-8.30pm on Mondays between 19th February to 26th March at Terry and Sue Wards’ home. The book ‘Becoming Friends with Time’ by John Swinton is available to purchase from the Cathedral Bookshop 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.
Palm Sunday Crosses Please bring last year’s crosses to the vergers by Monday 12th February so that they can be burnt for use on Ash Wednesday.
Our Head Verger, Malina Green, will be cutting 12 inches off her hair on 17th February to donate to the Little Princess Trust and help raise funds towards their valuable work, providing wigs to children who have lost their own hair, due illnesses. For more details or to sponsor http://bit.ly/2F8l6Fk.
Verbum caro factum est - the music of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. If you would like to help fund our choirs’ latest recording, to be in the late summer, please visit http://bit.ly/2n4G9Ck.
Christmas Fair Coordinator Linda Swinburne has offered to take on the coordinating role for this year’s Christmas Fair and in the coming months will be getting in touch with potential stall holders, cake, and marmalade makers.
Marmalade for the Christmas Fair Thank you to all those who made marmalade and chutney for our last Christmas Fair. We know Christmas 2018 is some way off but could we give early notice to request marmalade makers to consider starting again soon so we have plenty for this year! Thank you.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Musicians from The Portsmouth Grammar School. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection. No Lunchtime Live on 15th February.
Annual Theme Talk - “Time in the Universe” 7.00pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. Free event, all welcome. Booking not required. Further details on the website and Annual Theme booklet.
Silver Screen 2.00pm Tuesday 13th February: Miss Potter (2006). Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall. Free but please pick up a ticket from the Cathedral Shop.
Shrove Tuesday Family Activity Day and Community Evening 13th February.
• 10.00am-4.00pm Did anyone say Planetarium and pancakes? Join us for our special themed family activity day, perfect for Half-Term. Pancakes will be available 10.30am-1.00pm and 2.30-4.30pm. Book a session in the Planetarium (essential via Eventbrite) and participate in a family activity trail.
• 7.00pm An opportunity to hear about our Annual Theme ‘Time’ and current conservation works. This will be followed by a question and answer session focussed on our Inter-Diocesan West African Link as Bishop Christopher is joined by Bishop Alex and Bishop Felix, who are visiting from Ghana following the New Bishop’s Conference at Canterbury. Drinks and pancakes will be served. Invitations available in the Cathedral or RSVP email@example.com.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 20th February. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Joan, Rachael, John, Wayne, Brian, and Ann.
And those who have died: Roger Devonshire (Priest), Brian Hammond (Priest), Alex Findlay (Cathedral Funeral Service 1.30pm Friday 16th February), Bruce Miller (Cathedral Funeral Service 2.30pm Monday 5th February), David Partridge (Priest), Alex Robertson, Val Voaden (Cathedral Funeral Service 1.30pm Monday 19th February), and Ronald Whiting RIP.
For complete listing of this week's notices click here