Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 10th February 2019


We have choristers progressing to the next stages within our Cathedral Choirs this week. Tonight Jacob, Rafferty, George, Thomas, Nick and Eli are receiving their medallions as Senior Choristers and Eddie receives his Chorister medallion. In addition, James Lomas will be installed as a new bass Lay Clerk – although he has been singing here in fact since October. Also, with the Cantate Choir tour to Iceland coming up at half-term from 19th to 24th February, two of our Choristers, Lily and Miranda, will have been installed and vested in their surplices at a Cantate Evensong in the week. The choristers arrive to rehearse at 8.00am on school days, some of them attending Cathedral services four times a week to sing.


Last Sunday’s Living Well sermon encouraged us to think how we look after our mental health. I would like to encourage you to think about coming to an additional choral service here from time to time.  A wonderful rhythm of song and chant and prayer and praise is offered here at 6pm at least five times a week by our Choirs. People attending are encouraged to stand for parts of the singing so we participate with our bodies as well as our minds and hearts, and it is not simply a concert - but if you come, feel free to sit for as much as you need. Music benefits our pulse and our breathing and hence our biochemistry and our brain. God is good in giving us health benefits as we worship! Evensong - and Lunchtime Live as a daytime event if evenings are still too dark for some - are available to all as a free supplement to boost both physical and spiritual health. Enjoy regularly for best results!

                                                                                      The Reverend Canon Jo Spreadbury

                                                                                                          Canon Precentor


Canon Peter is at St John the Evangelist, Langrish and All Saints, East Meon this morning.

Cathedral Outward Giving A brief on the Cathedral’s Outward Giving is available this morning and on the website. If you would like to take part in the discussion about the principles and the recipients, please join Canon Nick Ralph after the 10.30am Eucharist in the Bishop Kenneth Room. 

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


Canon Peter The Bishop announced Canon Peter’s appointment as the next Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight. There will be an opportunity to say farewell to Peter before he takes up his new role after Easter, please include him and Mark in your prayers as they prepare to move. For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2GcHUaK.


Electoral Roll and Election of new lay members of Chapter Every six years we are required under Church Representation Rules to completely revise the Electoral Roll. The renewal is due this year and everyone who wishes to be on the roll has to apply.  Individual letters for those already on the roll and spare copies are in the Welcome Area to collect. At this year’s APCM to be held on 28th April, there will be an opportunity to take part in the election of two lay members of Chapter. Chapter is delighted this will give the Cathedral Community a greater voice in the governance of the Cathedral. If you would like to know more about the process for election and this important role, please join Canon Peter after the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 3rd March.

Electoral Roll Officer Nick Speller, our Electoral Roll Officer is standing down this year. If you would be interested in this important elected role please contact Canon Peter or the Chapter Clerk through the Cathedral Offices.

Portsmouth High School Gala Concert 7.30pm this Tuesday. Tickets £6 from http://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/events or 023 9282 6714.

Do Something Different Day 10am-3.30pm Wednesday 20th February at St Faith's Church, Crasswell Street, PO1 1HT. Come along for a day of fun, friendship and a fish and chip lunch. Cost £5 per person, payable on the day. Please contact Jill Phipps to book your place on 07710 394351 or Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .     

Vacancy St Luke’s Church have a part-time vacancy for a Co-worker Pioneer Role. The closing date for applications is the 10th March.  For further details please contact Rev Annie McCabe at vicar.stlukeandstpeter@gmail.com .

A Reflective Afternoon 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 13th March in an Emsworth house and garden. An afternoon of guided reflection with poetry and art on the theme of ‘A Meaningful Life’. Led by the Revd Edwina Fennemore. All welcome. Transport available. Booking essential through the Cathedral Shop.

Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 29th March at the Royal Maritime Club, a return match between the Cathedral and Gunwharf Quay Residents. Please contact Ann Wilson for details ann.wilson6@ntlworld.com .


Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls’ The dramatic exhibition of ‘Time’ themed charcoal drawings by Pete Codling, who spent time in the Cathedral last year during the Arts Council funded residency has been extended to the end of March.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Musicians from The Portsmouth Grammar School. Retiring collection.  Refreshments from 12.30pm.

Silver Screen showing of ‘Hampstead’ starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson at 2.00pm on Tuesday 19th February in Becket Hall. Free event, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.

Fairtrade Breakfast will be available between and after the morning services on Sunday 24th February. For further details about Fairtrade Fortnight events in Portsmouth see https://bit.ly/2SrfVe7 .

Handel’s Messiah 7.30pm Saturday 2nd March. Tickets for the performance by the Cathedral Choir and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra are now available from the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite .

Living Well – Please join us as we continue to explore wellbeing and mental health through a range of events and services including:

·         Symposium: Value, Place & Purpose 10.00am-2.00pm Monday 4th March in Becket Hall. For practitioners and professionals working in the field of wellbeing & mental health, of all faiths or none.For further details and to book see https://bit.ly/2QORVfT .

·         Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30pm–8.00pm Wednesdays from 13th March.  A five week course led by Canon Angela Tilby, the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling and Canon Jo Spreadbury following Evening Prayer in the Cathedral. May also run on Thursday afternoons between 2.30-4.00pm from 14th March.

Installation of Dean of Portsmouth If you would like to attend the installation of the Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane on Saturday 16th March at 4.00pm please email installation@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or contact Liz in the offices.  We hold Anthony and Clare in our prayers on their last Sunday in Chichester.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Jenny, Freya, Donald, Mandy and Robert.

And those who have died: Reginald Morris, John Varney (Cathedral funeral 1pm Monday 18th February) and Daphne Nicholson (Portchester Crematorium 11.15am Tuesday 19th February) RIP.

Sunday 10th February, Fourth Sunday before Lent

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir

                         Preacher: Canon Nick Ralph

                         Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8; Luke 5.1-11

1800      Choral Evensong with installation of choristers sung by the Cathedral Choir

                         Preacher: Canon Anthony Rustell

                         Readings: Wisdom 6.1-21; Colossians 3.1-22

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

                         1400   Portsmouth High School Birthday Service

                         1800   Evening Prayer said

Saturday         1000   Peal

                         1700   Choral Evensong sung by the Wessex Chamber Choir

Sunday 17th February, Third Sunday before Lent

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Wessex Chamber Choir

                         Preacher: The Acting Dean

                         Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-10; Luke 6.17-26

1230      Holy Baptism

1800      Choral Evensong sung by the Wessex Chamber Choir       

                         Preacher: The Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling

                         Readings: Wisdom 11.21-12.11; Galatians 4.8-20

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