Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 25th February 2018
Chaos Theory includes the Butterfly Effect, which states that the smallest change in one system can have a huge impact on other, larger parts of the system. So, if a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian rainforest, this could affect the weather in another part of the world. How do our actions impact the world around us, both near and far?
I fully appreciated that the way we shop and carry out business had ethical consequences when I was, aged eight or nine, my parents told us we were moving banks. The reason? Our current bank was investing in companies in South Africa that supported Apartheid. For my folks, this was a deal breaker, and so we duly switched.
Fairtrade Fortnight starts today, and this made me think of the Butterfly Effect. With increased globalisation, dominance of large multinational firms and production located all over the world, we as consumers are removed both physically and emotionally from the various stages of production. This means we can have an emotional detachment from those who have made our goods, so we may make decisions based on price – the cheaper, the better – rather than ethical trading. Our decisions might be different if we were faced with trading face to face with a worker living in poverty.
airtrade Fortnight is an annual event that aims to highlight the importance of trading fairly, that how money is spent has an impact on the lives of farmers and workers. Availability of fairly traded goods is much more widespread now, but did you know that the concept of fair trade was pioneered by Christian groups? Because of a belief to love your neighbour – whether next door or the other side of the world. Who says Christianity isn’t prophetic? On the Fairtrade Foundation website, it says “With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day. Fairtrade opens doors.” Let’s open doors this Lent!
Canon Anthony is at St Hubert’s Idsworth and Canon Nick is at Forton this morning.
Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website. Details of our Holy Week and Easter services are available in a special leaflet.
Sunday Morning Coffee The surplus of £70 from donations for coffee has been added to the funds held by the Cathedral to help the homeless. With great thanks to the Sunday Morning Coffee Team.
Confirmation Classes Canon Jo and Canon Peter will be running confirmation classes in preparation for the Diocesan Baptism and Confirmation Service on Easter Eve, 31st March. Classes for children in year 6 upwards, and we will also be running a course for adults on Sunday afternoons from today. If you, your child, or anyone else you know would be interested please speak to Canon Jo or contact her 023 9282 3300 extn 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter The agenda for Chapter’s meeting on Wednesday is on the noticeboard and 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.
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. Bishop Festus’ Newsletter can be read here.
Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The Spring Newsletter will be sent to members next week. The mailing includes details of the 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 of membership and and the Salisblury booking form are available in the Cathedral and on the website.
Mothering Sunday Posies The Flower Guild are looking for volunteers to help make posies on the morning of Saturday 10th March. If you would like to help, please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the Cathedral Offices.
Skittles Match 7.30pm Friday 23rd March at the Royal Maritime Club. Join us in a friendly competition against Gunwharf Quays Residents. Tickets £10.00 (including basket meal) are now available from the Cathedral Shop.
Easter Lilies If you would like to donate the cost of a lily (£2.50) in memory of a loved one, forms are available in the Cathedral and on the website. Names will be entered in the Lilies in Memoriam Book that will be on display in the Cathedral during Easter. Please return completed forms to the Shop before Sunday 25th March.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Fairtrade Fortnight 26th February-11th March. Events include a Big Mother’s Day Fairtrade Breakfast at the Cathedral between and after morning services on Sunday 11th March. Delicious Fairtrade Food and drinks. Donations welcome! If you would like to help please contact Sue Ward at email@example.com. Brief meeting for helpers after 10.30am service on 4th March. Details on posters or www.portsmouthfairtrade.org.uk.
Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Faith: Patrick Troughton 7.00-9.00pm this Tuesday at The Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite. For further details see leaflets in the Cathedral.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Laurence Long (organist). Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Entrance free with retiring collection.
Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm this Thursday in the Bishop Kenneth Room.
Annual Theme Talk - “Time in the Bible” 7.00pm Thursday 8th March in Becket Hall. Free event, all welcome. Booking not required. Further details on the website and Annual Theme booklet.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30-9.30pm Tuesday 13th March. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral.
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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
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 Naylor, Trevor Owen, Trevor Pritchard, Val Voaden, Geoffrey Thorpe (Cathedral funeral 10.30am Friday 2nd March), and Joan Russell (Cathedral funeral midday Monday 5th March), RIP.
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