Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 8th April 2018
Over the last 25 days our Cathedral choirs have undertaken 30 events from regular Evensong to Messiah, three CD recording sessions, Holy Week, Easter and an Evensong at Westminster Abbey.
The clock was always against us in rehearsals and preparation time for all these services, concerts and recordings. Marshalling singers, small and large, young and older; instrumentalists and artists all takes time. And there is rarely enough of it.
This week however, time takes a different form for some of our Choir. We are singing services and concerts in Norway and Finland. We may have had some early morning starts for flights, but we have gained hours as we crossed country borders travelling ever northwards toward the Arctic circle; it does not get dark until about 10.30pm which makes our days seem longer and even early mealtimes give space in the day where we normally do not expect it.
And of course our trip gives space and time for thought and prayer; new experiences like a skidoo safari; glimpses of the Northern Lights and shared time both with colleagues but also with fellow Christians in this part of the world. Time for thankfulness for God’s creation; for snow, for warmth, for light and for music.
Organist and Master of the Choristers
The List the new edition is available in the Cathedral or on the website.
The Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars are singing Eucharist this morning at TromsØ Arctic Cathedral. The Cathedral Choirs return from post-Easter break from Monday 16th April.
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. By using the resurrection appearances as a focus for reflection, with a Bible passage and a prayer given for each, we have an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the Easter mysteries of the resurrection of Christ – and the personal encounters of his friends and followers with the Risen Lord can provide the opportunity for an encounter of our own with the living Lord Jesus.
The Education Team A total of 400 children from local primary and secondary schools, St Nicholas’ Rainbows, and from a German school, Mariengymnasium Arnsberg, 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.
Annual Meetings and Electoral Roll The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and meeting to elect Churchwardens will take place on Sunday 22nd April at 12 Noon in Becket Hall. 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 for Churchwarden are available through the Cathedral Offices. The 2017 Financial Statements are on display in the Cathedral and on the website and Annual Reports will be available next Sunday. The updated Electoral Roll is now on display in the Welcome Area. New applications will be added after the APCM.
Cathedral Council The agenda for Monday’s meeting is on the noticeboard and website. The congregational representatives are Nick Speller and Shirley Grayson-Smith who can be contacted after services or through the offices.
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.
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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.
Tuesday Lunch Club starts again this Tuesday in Becket Hall.
Cathedral Clock Tour The tours on Saturday 14th April are fully booked. Further tours will be offered during Heritage Open Days 7th - 9th September.
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.
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 assault course on Saturday 19th May to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. The assault course includes ice and electrocution! You can sponsor them via their JustGiving pages: https://bit.ly/2GT5IBs and https://bit.ly/2GyroDm.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Silver Screen Film – “Calamity Jane” (1953) 2.00pm this Tuesday 10th April in Becket Hall. Tickets free from the Cathedral Shop.
Rowans Hospice Annual Memorial and Thanksgiving Service 3.00pm Sunday 15th April. Rowans Hospice remember patients who have died in its care. The service is open to those of all faiths or of no faith and provides space and time to remember and reflect.
Lunchtime Live The next concert will be at 1.10pm on Thursday 19th April 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.
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) via Eventbrite.
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 .
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Brian, Mark, Marion, Graeme, Richard and Margaret.
And those who have died: Peter Bolt, Margaret Spirer (funeral Portchester Crematorium 11.15am Monday 9th April), and Colin Younger RIP.
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