Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 15th April 2018
As always there are many things which I could highlight from this notice sheet. It could be the clock tours, as part of Heritage Open Days in September, the new Living Faith course module which is about to start or the next Doctor Who evening focusing on Tom Baker and led by the Reverend Canon Will Hughes, Vicar of Petersfield.
However I want instead to mention next week’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting – maybe not the most exciting of topics or indeed what any member of any church might describe as a highlight! But perhaps we need to pause and consider what is done at those meetings.
We will need to elect Churchwardens who bring a congregational voice to Chapter meetings and help with the running of services. We need to confirm the lists of Sidespeople who are the public face of the Cathedral at all services and the first point of contact for many people. We receive the report and accounts which detail what we have achieved over the past year, what we have spent and where that money has come from.
These meetings, far from being a chore or unexciting, are really at the core of who we are and what we do. So I want to encourage you to come but also I want to encourage you to pray. To pray for those who volunteer at our Cathedral, for those who take up responsibilities such as Churchwarden, Sidesperson, Welcome Team member or the whole host of other roles there are. I also want to ask you to pray for the Cathedral staff and clergy as they play their part, alongside you, in ensuring that this is a place where people can “Encounter God through transformative worship, challenging discipleship, generous hospitality and prayerful engagement.”
The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard
Canon Nick is at St Andrew’s Eastoke, and Canon Anthony is at St Mary’s Hayling Island this morning.
Welcome to the choir of St Paul’s Church Canterbury singing at our services today whilst the Cathedrals Choirs are on holiday.
The Rowans Hospice Annual Memorial and Thanksgiving Service 3.00pm. For those of all faiths or none and providing space and time to remember and reflect.
Stations of the Resurrection in the South Ambulatory. Also known as the Stations of Joy or the Way of Light (Via Lucis) is a meditation for Eastertide that complements the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) a traditional devotion in Lent.
The List the new edition is available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Refugees Welcome The Cathedral Tower floodlights were yellow last Thursday in support of 'Welcome', an Aspex Gallery project to assist Portsmouth's refugee and asylum seeker community which has been short-listed for People’s Project Funding. For more information or to support www.aspex.org.uk. If you would like details of having the floodlights lit for a special occasion please contact the Cathedral Offices.
Annual Meetings and Electoral Roll The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and meeting to elect Churchwardens takes place next Sunday at 12 Noon in Becket Hall. Apologies can be sent to Liz in the Cathedral Offices. Our thanks to Mike Purvis, who is not seeking re-election, for his six years’ service as Churchwarden. If you would like to know more about the role of the Churchwardens in the context of the Cathedral please speak to one of the Chapter Clergy or contact the Chapter Clerk. Nomination forms are available from the clergy or through the Cathedral Offices. The 2017 Financial Statements are on display and on the website and Annual Reports will be available at the meeting. The updated Electoral Roll is now on display in the Welcome Area. New applications will be added after the APCM.
College of Canons The Annual Meeting of the Residentiary, Honorary and Lay Canons takes place this Thursday.
Moonlit Memories Walk The Cathedral will be open on the night of Saturday 9th June for the annual walk in aid of The Rowans Hospice. If you would like to help welcome people please contact Liz Snowball in the Cathedral Offices.
Living Faith Course - The New Testament 7.00pm Wednesdays from this week. 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.
Retirement of The Dean We will be saying farewell to David and Gill on Sunday 10th June. David’s final service will be Choral Evensong which will be followed by a reception - all welcome. Donations for a leaving present can be sent, clearly marked please, to the Cathedral Offices c/o Nicky Taylor or Liz Snowball.
Dementia Awareness Training 2.00-3.00pm this Wednesday with Jill Phipps our Older Person’s Advocate in the Bishop Kenneth Room. If you would like to attend please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.
A Quiet Afternoon 2.00pm this Wednesday. A time of guided reflection on the theme of “Who is my neighbour?” with the Revd David Stickland. Details on the website and on fliers. Booking essential.
Cathedral Clock Tour Further tours will be offered during Heritage Open Days.
Tough Mudder 2018 David Price, Canon Peter, two of the Choral Scholars and some other members of the Cathedral Choir will be running the Tough Mudder on Saturday 19th May to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. You can sponsor them via JustGiving: https://bit.ly/2GT5IBs and https://bit.ly/2GyroDm.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Rebecca Toal (trumpet). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Tom Baker 7-9pm Tuesday 24th April at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 26th April in Becket Hall. Canon Peter Cotton will give a talk on his recent trip to Bali. Free, small donation for tea or coffee.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 28th April. Join us for an hour of fun and craft followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Organ Concert 8.00pm Friday 4th May. Andrew Lumsden, Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral. The programme includes Reger, Bach, Mozart, Ridout, and more. Tickets £10.00, (£8.00 concessions) booking via Eventbrite.
Beating the Bounds Sunday 6th May following the 10.30am service. If you would like to join us as we mark out the parish boundary, including a boat trip down the harbour, please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area. Donations towards the cost of transport welcome.
Hampshire Festival of the Mind – It’s About Time 10.30am-3.30pm Monday 14th May. Free event, for further information please see posters in the Cathedral and Eventbrite page: https://bit.ly/2Jx7kPC .
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Brian, Mark, Marion, Graeme, Richard and Margaret.
And those who have died: Michael McCall, Margaret Spirer, and Colin Younger (funeral Portchester Crematorium 2.30pm Thursday 26th April) RIP.
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