Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 1st April 2018


The child still lurking somewhere inside me loves the Easter Egg Hunt on the Cathedral Green following the 10.30 Eucharist on Easter Day. 300 eggs and usually over 100 children adds up to a real excitement, and not a little chaos.

We can celebrate the good news of Jesus’ Resurrection in so many ways, and this is appropriate because the reality of the resurrection is complex and multi-layered. On one level is the simple truth that new life arises from death – it’s something which we see all around us in Spring, and the Easter bunnies and eggs are part of that recognition. But as we journey further into the empty tomb, so we discover more of the implications of this astonishing event. The historical effects of the resurrection – however, we understand it – are momentous. A new faith swept across the world and is the main spring of life for many billions of people world-wide even today.

What we are celebrating today is, however, much more than a historical event. Easter is the confirmation that the life and teaching of Jesus are at the heart of God’s plan for his creation and for us as individuals.

David Brindley
Dean of Portsmouth

Canon Peter is at St Mary’s, Fratton, Canon Anthony is at St Alban’s Copnor, and the Revd Matt Bray is at Harbour Church, Portsmouth this morning.
The List the new edition is available in the Cathedral or on the website. Details of our Holy Week and Easter services are available in a special leaflet.

The Cathedral Choir will be singing Evensong at Westminster Abbey at 5.00pm on Easter Monday.
Congratulations to this year’s Choral Scholars and Organ Scholar on news of their university choices for next year. Ben B moves to be Organ Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford reading Music there. Alfie and Sam will sing and study at Royal Holloway. Maxim moves to be a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James will study music at Cardiff University. Joe will study at the Royal Northern College of Music and Ben H will study at King’s College, London.
The Education team A total of 400 children from local primary and secondary schools, St Nicholas’ Rainbows, and from a German school have learned about Lent, Holy Week and the joy of the resurrection at Easter. As always, huge thanks go to the volunteers who support the activities, without whom we would not be able to run them.

Electoral Roll The Electoral Roll is on display in the Welcome Area and being revised until 6th April. Changes can be notified on the amendments slips supplied. Application forms (for those wishing to join the roll) are available in the Welcome Area. Please contact the Electoral Roll Officer, Nick Speller with any queries. Annual meetings, including the Election of Churchwardens, will take place on Sunday 22nd April. If you would like to know more about the role of the Cathedral’s Churchwardens please speak to one of the clergy or contact the Chapter Clerk.
Repairs and Conservation The final repairs and conservation work funded by grants from the First World War Cathedrals Repair Fund have now been completed. Public notices for works to the south side of the Cathedral are on display. This work will be funded by the Chapter and further details are available from the Chapter Clerk.
Thank you to all those who have helped to prepare the Cathedral for Easter.
Easter Home Communion If you know of anyone who would like to receive Home Communion please contact the Cathedral Offices.
Cathedral Shop will be open on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday and closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The Meaningful Chocolate Company’s Fairtrade Easter Eggs are in stock price £3.99.
Easter Carols The Sisters of Bethany House would like to invite you to sing carols on Saturday 7th April at 2.30pm, followed by tea. Please contact them if you wish to attend on 023 9283 3498 or ssb@sistersofbethany.org.uk.
A Quiet Afternoon 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 18th April. A time of guided reflection on the theme of “Who is my neighbour?” with the Revd David Stickland. Booking essential please contact the Cathedral Shop. For further details including transport see website or fliers in the Cathedral.
Living Faith Course -The New Testament 7.00pm Wednesdays from 18th April. 10-week module which gives an overview of the formation and theology of the New Testament, and includes a study of the Gospels, Jesus as a teacher, signs of the Kingdom, and an introduction to Paul and his first letter to the Corinthians. For further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.

Chocolate Workshop this Tuesday. Chocolatier Fiona Sciolti will be holding children’s workshops in the morning and a workshop for adults in the afternoon. Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite. Details on website and in the Cathedral.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm this Tuesday. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for dedicated space and time.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Tom Baker 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 24th April at The Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite. For further details see leaflets in the Cathedral.
Craft and Chat Group Thursday 5th April at 2.30pm in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members welcome.
Silver Screen Film – “Calamity Jane” (1953) 2.00pm Tuesday 10th April in Becket Hall. Tickets free from the Cathedral Shop.
Cathedral Clock Tour and Talk with Derek Frampton 10.00am & 12.00pm on Saturday 14th April. Please join Derek, the Diocesan Clock Advisor, for a talk about the inner workings of the Cathedral Clock followed by a tour of the Cathedral Tower and a closer look at the clock mechanism. Booking essential through the Cathedral Office.
Lunchtime Live The next concert will be at 1.10pm on Thursday 19th April with Rebecca Toal (trumpet). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Portsmouth Festivities 15th - 24th June. Details of this year’s events are in the brochures available in the Cathedral and at www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Wayne, Brian, Mark, Marion, Graeme, Richard and Margaret.
And those who have died: Mary Barnard, Peter Stevenson, Peter Bolt, Margaret Spirer (funeral Portchester Crematorium 11.15am Monday 9th April), Trevor Owen, Colin Younger (funeral Portchester Crematorium 2.30pm Thursday 26th April) RIP.

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