Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 19th August 2018
For some of us, August is a time when we can get a break, and in some cases get away on holiday and have some r & r – rest and recreation. If you are able to do that, that is great but we should not assume that because we can, it is true for others. Some have had time off at home. For some families, though, particularly those on low incomes, the summer break is a time of acute financial stress. They don’t have the option of going away but even being at home has challenges for them.
According to the Trussell Trust, 3 million children are at risk of hunger and food bank use actually spikes in the summer months. Some churches have set up holiday lunch projects for children as a response to this. Although we don’t have one here, we do still have a collection point for some local food banks which support those who struggle to feed themselves and their families in Portsmouth. Some of it goes to the Roberts Centre in Fratton which supports troubled families, and some to the Asylum drop in at All Saints church.
In recent months, donations have dropped but the needs have not gone away, in fact, if anything, they have increased. Donations that work best are things like cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat or vegetables, tea and coffee.
Thank you for your continued thoughts and care for those who are often the most vulnerable.
Reverend Canon Nick Ralph
Welcome to the In Spiritu Chamber Choir who are leading the music at services this weekend.
Refreshments Fresh homemade lemonade will be served on the west front after the 10.30am service weather permitting.
The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Cushions Many of you will have noticed that the cushions in the stalls are in need of replacement. A design has been agreed and thanks to a very generous donation the materials have been purchased. If you are proficient at tapestry and would be interested in working on one of the cushions, please contact Canon Jo or Liz Snowball in the Cathedral Offices. Full instructions will be provided and it is hoped to have the cushions complete by the New Year.
Repairs and Conservation A site office will be located in the compound on the North side of the Nave this week. The windows in the Navy Aisle are at Chapel Studios for repair and the South Path is out of use whilst repairs to the flat roofs and masonry are carried out. The works are due to be completed by early November.
Job Opportunity Due to the retirement of Jill Phipps, Portsmouth Deanery is advertising for an Older Persons Pioneer Minister to coordinate a project supporting older people and those who work alongside them both spiritually and practically. 21 hours p.w., £14,500 p.a. two year fixed contract with possibility of extending. Closing date 24th August. Full details from email@example.com.
Do Something Different Days 10.00am–3.30pm. Dates include Tuesday 21st August at St Faith’s and Wednesday 29th August at St Mary’s Fratton. Cost £6 per person. Places must be booked in advance 07710 394351 or Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.
Explore the BIG questions and break the taboo hosted by Carol Gully, Spiritual Care Chaplain. 1.30-3.30pm Thursday 23rd August at the Rowans Living Well Centre, PO7 5RU. Join us for tea, cake and a chance to talk. Please ring 023 9224 8011 to let us know you are coming.
Pantomime Lunch The 13th annual lunch will be held at Abarbistro on 21st September, to raise funds to give children from the EC Roberts Centre a wonderful time at the Kings Theatre pantomime ‘Cinderella’. All tickets have now been sold, BUT, we are always grateful for any donations, towards the children’s Christmas party, that we also help fund. Enquires to Gerry Chilton.
Open Church Project in conjunction with the Society of St James. Some of the churches in Portsmouth are planning to provide overnight accommodation, an evening meal and breakfast for up to 12 rough sleepers every night between 7th January and 4th March 2019. If you would like to volunteer please contact Revd Adam Denley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9275 0442.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Visiting Choir Services this week will be sung by the choir of St Francis Church. Do come to the 6pm weekday Evensong throughout the week.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Paul McGann /John Hurt 7-9pm Tuesday 21st August at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
“Timepiece - Monolith” All are welcome to a reception with the artist Chris Jenkins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 22nd August. https://bit.ly/2It11zQ.
RSCM Voices South Lunchtime Concert 1.10pm Friday 31st August. Free entry with a retiring collection.
Fossil and dinosaur exhibition with Dinosaur Isle Saturday 1st to Saturday 29th September. Visit and explore a special collection of fossils and prehistoric artefacts installed in the arches and the Ambulatory of the Cathedral Nave.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7-9pm Tuesday 4th September. All welcome to join Sharon Court to be creative and reflective in Portsmouth Cathedral.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 6th September. Adam Parrish: piano. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Heritage Open Days Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. Opening hours 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday. Enjoy indoor and outdoor tours with our Cathedral Guides including a special tower and clock tour and a tour of the new organ stops, ‘Trompete de Maris’. Rare documents and artefacts will also be on display from our archives and collection.
Meet Bishop Matthias from Ho 3.30pm Sunday 16th September in Cathedral House. Hear the latest news from Ho, try the “Ho Quiz”, with freshly cooked Ghanaian food. Tickets £5 available from David Power at 023 9282 7071 or email@example.com. Followed by Choral Evensong with installation of four new Canons at 6.00pm.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those being baptised: Isla Heath-Peckham.
All those receiving exam results
All those in need including: Frank, Brian, Margaret, Roger and Tricia.
And those who have died: Phyllis Batten, Peter Care, Joan Compton, Arthur Dean (priest), Anthony Caesar (priest) and John Ratcliffe RIP.
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