Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 22nd April 2018
Unusually for my overactive imagination and very busy mind, I have been struggling with what to say for today's highlights. Normally, I have far too much to say, but once the pressure was turned up, I started to panic, so I decided to do something else. Walking around the house I saw a copy of this year's APCM report, and a word caught my eye...’parochial’.
Dictionary definitions include "relating to a Church parish" as well as "having a limited or narrow outlook." Eureka! Here was my theme. Often when the term is used, the second, pejorative meaning is used: "Oh, it's so parochial." Well I think today (and beyond) is a good time to celebrate being parochial, because that is one of the many reasons why Portsmouth Cathedral is so absolutely fantastic - we are a parish church cathedral. Not only do we have responsibilities for the city and diocese, but we have a parish too. I think that is really important because this demonstrates to other parishes in the diocese that the cathedral does parish stuff too.
On Sunday 6th May there is the Beating of the Bounds, a chance to celebrate in travel and fellowship, the part of Portsmouth we serve. And how cool is it that it involves a boat ride?! The Church is often criticised for having a limited or narrow outlook, but I like that there are so many creative and unusual events happening: from an evening in The Dolphin and Doctor Who to floodlighting the tower to show solidarity with different causes; from a Festival of the Mind (no narrow minds here, please!) to Messy Cathedral. And we mustn't forget the other ways we serve - a warm welcome, the Cathedral Shop, Toddler Group and our daily services.
So let's embrace the term. I hope and pray that we never stop being parochial.
The Revd Matt Bray is at IME training this morning.
Annual Meetings The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and meeting to elect Churchwardens takes place today at 12 Noon in Becket Hall. The 2017 Financial Statements, APCM reports and minutes of the last meeting are on display and on the website. The updated Electoral Roll is on display in the Welcome Area.
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, together with our Events Listing, is available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Staff News Following interviews this week Tim Sledge has been appointed to the new post of Head of Fundraising. We look forward to welcome Tim to the staff next month.
Fabric Advisory Committee The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is on the website and noticeboard.
Living Faith Course -The New Testament 7.00pm Wednesdays. 10-week module which gives an overview of the formation and theology of the New Testament. For further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices this week if you would like to study this module.
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 the walkers please contact Liz in the Offices.
Retirement of The Dean David’s final service as Dean will be Choral Evensong on Sunday 10th June. The service 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.
Tough Mudder 2018 David Price, Canon Peter, two of the Choral Scholars and some former 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.
Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The trip to Salisbury is fully subscribed.
Christian Aid Week 13th -19th May. Please consider joining the House-to-House collectors this year, or organising a fund-raising event to help the poorest in our world in ongoing emergencies and in developing real self-sufficiency. Contact Sue Ward: 92877239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Tom Baker 7.00-9.00pm this Tuesday at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Samuel Ali (organ). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. Canon Peter Cotton will give a talk on his recent trip to Bali. Free, donation for tea or coffee.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm this Saturday. 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) on the door or 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.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30-9.30pm Tuesday 8th May. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral.
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: https://bit.ly/2Jx7kPC .
Portsmouth Festivities 15th - 24th June. Details in the brochures available in the Cathedral and at www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Brian, Mark and Margaret.
And those who have died: Kenneth George, John Hill, Michael McCall, Margaret Spirer, and Colin Younger (funeral Portchester Crematorium 2.30pm Thursday 26th April) RIP.
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