Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 29th April 2018


A number of choral scholars past, present and future together with David Price and myself are currently training for Tough Mudder. The Tough Mudder website describes it as a “10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.”

Whilst I run and exercise quite a bit this is very much out of my comfort zone. I was invited by David and members of the Choir to join them last year but had a wedding to officiate at. Alas this year no such excuse and so here I am mid-training and somewhat daunted by what lies ahead!

So why do it? Three reasons: firstly because it is for an excellent cause – we are raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. With deaths from this particular form of cancer set to soar in the UK it is more important than ever that we fund research into this condition. Secondly, because it is always good to stretch yourself and take yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time – if you don’t then you will never know what you are actually capable of achieving. Thirdly, because this is a team challenge and is about working with a group of friends to help each other achieve.

I don’t want to stretch an analogy too far but as we read The Acts of the Apostles during Easter in our services I am reminded that they too were called out of their comfort zones to work as a team for an amazing cause.
Please pray for us, and if possible please sponsor us – the links to the websites are included in these notices. Thanks so much.

The Revd Canon Peter Leonard
Canon Chancellor

Canon Peter is at St George’s, Portsea and Canon Anthony is at St John’s, Fareham this morning.
Welcome to those attending the Ecclesiastical Law Association Conference joining us this morning and the families and friends of recipients of the St Thomas Award which will be presented by the Bishop during Evensong. The service is followed by a reception in the Nave. All welcome.
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.

Chapter The Bishop has appointed Emma Broome as a lay member of Chapter with immediate effect. There will be an opportunity to welcome Emma at her installation during the 10.30am service on Sunday 27th May.
Churchwardens At our annual meetings last Sunday Sheila Picton and Sue Ward were both elected to serve as Churchwardens. Copies of the Annual Report and Financial Statements remain available on the website.
Staff News Following interviews Tim Sledge has been appointed to the new post of Head of Fundraising. We look forward to welcoming Tim to the staff next month.

Consultation - Appointment of Dean There will be an opportunity to meet with the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments at 7pm following Choral Evensong on Thursday 17th May. Please make time to take part in this important consultation. All welcome. Details of the appointment process can be found on the following link https://bit.ly/2Khx1UD
Christian Aid Week 13th -19th May. Please consider joining the House-to-House collectors, or organising a fund-raising event to help the world’s poorest in ongoing emergencies and in developing real self-sufficiency. Contact Sue Ward: sueandterryinpk@yahoo.com or 023 9287 7239.
Breakfast Sunday 27th May between services. More details to follow.
“Uprooted” 11th to 21st May in the Ambulatory. An exhibition of powerful images and individual accounts from Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq depicting the global crisis of displacement.
Sisters of Bethany Sister Gwenyth, SS.B. who was Reverend Mother 1994- 2009 died on Tuesday at the age of 85 and in the 40th year of her Religious Profession. Please remember her and the Sisters in your prayers.
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 19th May to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. You can sponsor them via https://bit.ly/2GT5IBs and https://bit.ly/2GyroDm.
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 10th June. The service will be followed by a reception. All welcome. Donations for a leaving present can be made c/o Nicky Taylor.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Musicians from Portsmouth High School. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm this Thursday in the Bishop Kenneth Room.
Organ Concert 8.00pm this Friday. Andrew Lumsden, Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral. Music by Reger, Bach, Mozart, Ridout, and more. Tickets £10.00 (£8.00 concs) via Eventbrite or on the door.
Beating the Bounds next Sunday 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 this week. 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 .
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Peter Davison 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 22nd May at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Brian, Kay, Mark and Margaret.
And those who have died: Sister Gywneth SSB, John Hill, Michael McCall, David Tamcken and Colin Younger RIP.

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