Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 17th March 2019


I looked at the calendar of events and it seems like we are journeying a lot at the moment, and because I am always thinking of songs to fit every occasion, a phrase from the hymn “Brother, sister, let me serve you” sprang to mind: “we are pilgrims on a journey, we are brothers on the road”. There’s a lot of journeying in Lent. We contemplate the temptation of Christ and journey with him to the cross. At the moment, people of all ages are preparing for baptism and confirmation, rituals that mark different stages in a Christian’s journey.

What is on offer that helps us to take risks, to help us take up our crosses and humbly follow after Jesus? (See the last hymn at the 1030 service!) There’s the “Living Well in the presence of God” course that explores different approaches to prayer and meditation. This should take your prayer life down new paths as you journey inwards, learning more about yourself, and journey towards God and our fellow brothers and sisters.

We can all spend time contemplating the temptation of Christ, then journeying with him to the cross during holy week. Dean Anthony and Clare have journeyed westward from Chichester, and yesterday Anthony was installed as our new Dean. This marks a new stage of the life in this Cathedral community, which is exciting as well as a little daunting.

And if this is a bit too intense, consider attending the skittles evening, and contemplate the journey of the skittle!

Kitty Price

Cathedral Reader


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

Welcome to our Dean, Anthony Cane who was installed on Saturday and to his wife Clare and their three children. There will be an opportunity to meet Anthony and Clare informally next Sunday at a Congregational Lunch after the 10.30 Eucharist. Please see the list in the Welcome Area for details.


Electoral Roll The Electoral Roll is currently being revised. If you have not completed an application form to join the roll which is fully renewed this year please take one of the envelopes from the Welcome Area. Completed forms must be returned by Tuesday 2nd April for names to be included on the roll in time for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which will be held on Sunday 28th April.

Chapter At this year’s APCM two lay members of Chapter will be elected by those on the Electoral Roll. One will also be a Churchwarden with another Churchwarden also to be elected. If you would like to know more about this important role in the Cathedral’s governance, please contact the Chapter Clerk. The Constitution and Statutes are on the website.

Chapter meets on Wednesday to approve the 2018 Financial Statements. The agenda is on the website.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal The focus of this year’s Lent Appeal is Mental Health, and the support of people, especially children and young people, with mental health difficulties. Envelopes for donations are available in the Cathedral.

Easter Lilies If you would like to donate the cost of an Easter lily (£2.50) in memory of a loved one, please complete a form available from the Cathedral Shop or can be printed from our website. Last day for inclusion is Palm Sunday 14th April.

@CofEPortsmouth Copies of the latest edition of the diocesan magazine are available in the Cathedral.

Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls’ Book A signed copy of this book £15.00 is available from the Cathedral Shop. Special offer, with the ‘Naivety Drawings’ book (RRP £7.50) buy both for £20.00. The exhibition continues.

Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 29th March at the Royal Maritime Club, a return match between the Cathedral and Gunwharf Quay Residents. Tickets £12.00 available from the Cathedral Shop.

The IDWAL (Inter-Diocesan West Africa Link) Newsletter Available from the Welcome Area. Please help yourself, it makes encouraging reading.

Canon Peter Canon Peter’s final services as a Residentiary Canon will be on Sunday 28th April. He will be licensed as Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight at Newport Minster on Saturday 18th May at 5.00pm.

Thy Kingdom Come 31st May to 8th June. Two weeks of prayer within churches, culminating in an open air ecumenical event at 1.00-4.00pm on Sunday 9th June at Portchester Castle. Further details https://bit.ly/2E36kAK.


Holy Week and Easter Service Leaflets are available in the Cathedral. The Revd Canon Angela Tilby will lead our worship during Holy Week.

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm Tuesday 19th March. Join Sharon Court for a session focused on our annual theme: Living Well. Free event, please sign up via Eventbrite.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday 21st March. Boundary Oak School and St John’s College Chapel Choir. Free with retiring collection, refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30pm–8.00pm Wednesdays until 10th April. Weekly sessions as part of our Annual Theme led by Canon Angela Tilby, the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling and Canon Jo Spreadbury following Evening Prayer. Also on Thursday afternoons 2.30-4.00pm.

Choral Evensong with presentation of St Thomas Awards 6.00pm Sunday 24th March. All welcome as the Bishop makes his annual awards followed by a reception in the Nave.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 28th March in Becket Hall. The Reverend Judith Swaine, Chaplain, HMP Isle of Wight, talking about her work. Donation of £1. Tea/coffee available.

Mothering Sunday Posies If you would like to help please join the Flower Guild on the morning of Saturday 30th March in the Bishop Kenneth Room.

Craft and Chat 2.30pm Thursday 4th April in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members welcome.

Organ Concert - Christopher Stokes 8.00pm Friday 5th April. The second evening organ concert in our 2019 series with Christopher Stokes, Organist and Master of the Choristers from Manchester Cathedral. Tickets £10, (£8 concs) via Eventbrite , the Cathedral Shop and on the door.

Silver Screen - “Up” (2009) 2.00pm Tuesday 9th April. Our bimonthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall. Free event, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.


All those in need including: Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Jenny, Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert, Lizzie, Mike and Laurence.

And those who have died: Graham Carpenter, Jan Jones and Frank Reid RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral