Portsmouth Cathedral Notices 23rd September 2018


For the last two terms Becket’s Bunch have been time travelling back to the stories Jesus would have heard as a boy, beginning with Creation and ending in July with Jonah.  This has been quite a challenge but using ideas from Godly Play, we have been able to involve even the smallest children in listening and responding. It is of course, the power of story itself which makes this possible.

Canon Peter told us (on 9th September), that it’s possible to learn more about God from film than the Bible! I agree but know that we can learn more about  God, ourselves, the world around us and our relationship to it from story, especially from the novel which as DH Lawrence remarked is the ‘one bright book of life’.

If you belong to a book group you will appreciate not only the advantages of sharing insights and reflections on the novels you read together, but also, through this process, of getting to know your fellow readers in ways not possible in the ordinary day to day exchanges. For our ‘Time theme’ we have therefore included an invitation to join a one off book group where we can share the reading of ‘How to Stop time’ by Matt Haig.  

The narrator is old. “I was born well over four hundred years ago on the third of March 1581”. He is still alive because he has a condition which means he ages much more slowly than normal. That might sound like an attractive proposition and this novel explores what it would be like to live such a life. It is an easy read, a love story and a bit of a thriller but it raises important questions about time, ageing, and even the gift of death itself.

Do join us. Details of place and timings are in the notices. 

Carole King


Canon Anthony is at St George’s, Portsea and Canon Nick is attending the morning service at St Nicholas’, Wickham for the celebration of the 50th  anniversary of Canon David Isaac’s ordination this morning.

Harvest Festival The Harvest gifts from today’s service will be taken to the Roberts Centre and to the All Saints’ Drop-in.

Harvest Lunch  If you haven’t booked for today’s lunch but would like to join us please speak to Churchwarden Sheila Picton before the 10.30am service.  Lunch will include an opportunity to take part in the first stage of our Development Plan evaluation.  If you are not able to be here today but would like to be involved please contact liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk, 023 9289 2963.

Cathedral Consort is singing at the Isle of Wight Songs of Praise 4.00pm today at Cowes Enterprise College. Tickets are £4.00 on the door or online at www.isleofwightday.com/songs-of-praise.

The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Safeguarding The annual renewal of the Cathedral’s Safeguarding Policy and Policy Statement was carried out by Chapter when it met on 10th September. Copies are on Cathedral noticeboards and the website. Our Safeguarding Representatives are Canon Jo Spreadbury and Canon Peter Leonard.

Do you have the Will Power to resist an hour or so over a glass of wine talking about wills and legacies? Have you considered leaving a gift to the Cathedral in your Will? We are launching a legacies leaflet in November but would like your input. You are invited to drinks and conversation with Tim Sledge, Head of Fundraising, after Choral Evensong tomorrow evening, 24th September, 6.45pm in the Cathedral. All welcome!

Planned Giving For those who give using the weekly envelopes, new sets are now available for collection in the Cathedral.  If you would like more information about regular donations to the Cathedral including through the Parish Giving Scheme please contact the Finance Officer Nicky 023 9289 2965 or nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Time Theme: One off Autumn Book group at 12 Hartford House, Blount Road either: 10.00am-12.00pm Monday 29th October; 3.00-5.00pm Thursday 1st, November or 7.00-9.00pm Wednesday 7th. If you would like to attend please indicate a session by 10th October sarah.lovatt@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Quiet Afternoon 2.00-4.00pm this Wednesday in an Emsworth home and garden. “Where is the wind blowing? Paying attention to where God is in this phase of our lives and how God might be leading us”, with Revd Max Millett.  All welcome, transport available, booking essential through the Shop.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Ka Wai (clarinet) and Kate Burrows (piano). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. Edda Rea: “My 15 years in local tourism – part 2”.  Donations welcome. Refreshments provided.

TIME: Talk “Time in Literature” 7.00pm this Thursday with Dr Ben Davies in Becket Hall. Ben is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth. He coordinates the undergraduate teaching units: ‘Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction’, as well as 'Unpacking Texts: Introducing Critical Theory’. Free to attend, all are welcome.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 10.00am-11.45pm this Friday in the Nave.  Come along as we help Love Southsea raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the annual event.  Offers of baking welcome!

Flower Arranging Demonstration and Workshops 10.00am-11.45pm and 2.00-4.00pm this Friday.  Join the Flower Guild for demonstrations and workshops with the opportunity to arrange your own small display to take home with you. Please contact the offices if you would like to attend.

Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 29th SeptemberJoin us for an hour of fun and craft activities (children must be accompanied by an adult) followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.

Patronal Festival Eucharist 10.30am Sunday 30th September.  David Carpenter will be installed as a Lay Member of Chapter during the service.

Friends AGM and Lunch meeting at 12.30pm next Sunday in Becket Hall.

Vacancy - Director of ‘Choir Church’ A new role based at St James’ Milton.  The Director will set up choirs for children and young people  The role includes exciting opportunities to work with schools and to create a vibrant community of young families that integrate into the life of St James’ through their involvement in music.  Applications through https://bit.ly/2pqVaio.


All those attending Diocesan Conference this week.

All those in need including: Frank, Brian, Margaret, Roger, Derek, Stuart, Tricia, Eric, Jane and Gita.

And those who have died: William Covington, Jeannette Hayward (Deacon) and Ben Wilson RIP.

Sunday 23rd September, Harvest Festival

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Harvest Festival Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir

                          Preacher: The Acting Dean

                          Readings: Joel 2.21-27; Matthew 6.25-33

1800       Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

                          Preacher: The Revd Matt Bray (Cathedral Curate)

                         Readings: Exodus 19.10-end; Matthew 8.23-end

This Week

Monday         0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Layclerks and Choral Scholars

Tuesday         0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday  0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion           1200   Holy Communion

               1400   Baby and Toddler Group

                         1800   Evening Prayer said

Thursday       0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

     1800   Choral Evensong sung by Cantate

Friday             0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion           

                         1200   Holy Communion

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Layclerks and Choral Scholars

Saturday        1400   Messy Cathedral

                         1700   Choral Evensong attended by the Old Choristers

                                                                   Association sung by the Cathedral Choir

Sunday 30th September, Patronal Festival

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist with installation of Lay Chapter Member attended by the

                         Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral sung by the Cathedral Choir

                          Preacher: The Bishop

                          Readings: 1 Kings 19.9-13a; Matthew 10.28-33

1230       Holy Baptism

1800       Choral Evensong sung by Cantate

                          Preacher: The Revd Canon Christopher Irvine

                          Readings: Ecclesiasticus 51.1-8; John 11.5-16

2000                 Taizé-style Night Prayer

Portsmouth Cathedral