Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 8th July 2018
One of the oft quoted lines in Romeo and Juliet is “parting is such sweet sorrow” – can you relate to that? I certainly can. Why am I being pretentious and quoting Shakespeare this morning? It is because it is this time of year for goodbyes. University terms have ended, school terms are about to end and today the choir year at the Cathedral comes to an end. I have found it particularly difficult to let go of my current year 13 students, but I don’t have a choice. They are about to fly off to universities near and far and that is how life should be. Time moves on, even if we struggle to keep pace.
If the parting is sorrowful, it means there must have been some meaningful interaction, friendship, and fellowship. And don’t forget that you can’t have a goodbye unless you’ve had a hello. And if you have filled the time in between with happy memories, then however inevitable the goodbye is, it is difficult. During the last choir year there has been the opening of the new organ stop Trompete de Maris, a Cantate tour to Cyprus, a Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars’ tour to Lapland, singing at the launch of HMS Queen Elizabeth and a recent broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3. There is much to be thankful for and I hope the memories of those events will give provide sweetness.
Today we say a small goodbye, an ‘au revoir’ to most of the musicians who will return in September; today we say a larger goodbye to some choristers and choral scholars, as they prepare to leave Portsmouth and head off to pastures new. We thank them for their musical ministry at the Cathedral of the Sea and hope that they will visit us and keep in touch. We also give thanks for the eternal presence of God, described by St Augustine as years that “neither come nor go.” And to quote the final lines in one of my favourite hymns, “thy time is now and evermore, thy place is everywhere.”
Canon Peter is attending General Synod.
Choral Evensong with Valedictions This evening we say farewell to the scholars and choristers leaving the Cathedral Choir and to James Priory, Headmaster of The Portsmouth Grammar School who moves to be Headmaster of Tonbridge School from September.
Annual Theme: “Timepiece - Monolith” by Chris Jenkins, an installation exploring our Annual Theme. The new commission marks the third of a trilogy of sculptures created in religious spaces over the last seven years exploring memory, ceremony and now time. https://bit.ly/2It11zQ.
The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Diocesan School Leavers This week, nearly 1200 children visited the Cathedral to attend the Church School Leavers’ Services. 750 took part in morning workshops on the theme of Heroes. A total of 29 schools came, including 10 schools from the Isle of Wight. Each school brought with them a chair, now displayed in the Ambulatory over the next couple of weeks, dressed for an ‘everyday’ hero. The workshops included singing with the Cathedral Sing team and designing Heraldic Shields. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who made this possible.
Appointment of Dean Following Dean David’s retirement the vacancy will be advertised over the summer with interviews on 10th and 11th October.
Cathedral Working Group Report The report, set up by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to ensure the future of England’s cathedrals will be debated at General Synod on Tuesday. It can be read on the Church of England website https://bit.ly/2rlaqRX.
Repairs and Conservation Scaffolding is in place at the west end of Cathedral House whilst repairs to the flat roof and walls are carried out. The work is due to be completed by mid-August. There will be scaffolding in the Navy Aisle and externally to the south side of the Chancel from 16th July. Further details if required from the Chapter Clerk, Peter Sanders, 023 9289 2961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Neighbours Volunteer Network is hoping to start a new group in Old Portsmouth. The group will support local residents who are isolated and would appreciate some company and support. Please talk to Canon Nick or email Debbie Sutton at email@example.com.
Gender Inequality in Choral Singing A passionate article written by Cordelia Hobbs, one of our choristers, in Portsmouth Point https://bit.ly/2NtiuXG.
Jam for the Christmas Fair We would like to request all jam preserves to be sold at this year’s fair which will be held on Saturday 1st December.
Living Faith Course - Module 3: Questions of Faith A 10 week course about Christian doctrine: what Christians believe about God and why, starting on Wednesday 12th September. For further details and to book your place please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 12th July in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members welcome.
Time Talk “How to measure time?” with Peter Whibberley 7.00pm Thursday 12th July in Becket Hall. Peter from the National Physics Laboratory will give a special presentation. Free event. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Eucharist attended by the Mary Rose Trust 10.30am Sunday 15th July. We welcome members and supporters of the Trust as they commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of Henry VIII’s flagship in 1545.
Family Activity Day: Time and Travel 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday 21st July. “Back to the Future” themed activities including: the ‘Delorean’ time machine as seen in the classic film, an organ recital of music from the film at 12 noon, a screening of the film at 2.00pm (tickets via Eventbrite), and a full scale 18” model railway in the Nave built by the Victory Model and Railway Club. For further details see our website and leaflets in the Cathedral. All activities are free, donations welcome.
Silver Screen Film “Slum Dog Millionaire” (2008) 2.00pm Tuesday 24th July. Our bimonthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall. Free event, but please pick up a ticket from the Cathedral Shop.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Sylvester McCoy 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 24th July at the Dolphin. Free event. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
General Synod at it meets in York.
All those preparing for baptism: Maya and Matthew Hatter, Alan and Liam Wright.
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, Brian, Mark and Margaret.
And those who have died: Anthony Banks, Judy Howard and Brian Hay (funeral at St. Mary the Virgin, Rowner Lane, Gosport, 3pm Friday 13th July) RIP.
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