Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 24th March 2019

Ten years ago a small group of us met with Lord Adonis huddled in the Junior Library at Salisbury Cathedral Choir School. The meeting managed to release government funds for cathedrals to take choristers out into local primary schools, to share their love of singing to a lost generation of young singers. Out of this meeting came Sing Up! which ran for four years from 2007 with a government investment of £4,000,000.

Although we are very proud of all that has been achieved in Portsmouth over the years, we’ve always tried to ensure that the project does not only consist of one-off trips, but to enable children to continue singing beyond our initial contact. This has worked where we have been able to work closely with churches and their schools, to connect the children with parish choirs where youngsters are welcomed. We have helped a number of churches with recruitment to their own choirs. Just a few days ago our Sub-Organist Sachin, Adrian and our music team worked with 70 children at St Mary’s Rowner.

And now, we have established ‘Choir Church’ led by Ally Ross. To build new congregations around the founding of new choirs at St James Milton with support and help from musicians and staff at the Cathedral. Many charismatic churches are used to the idea of ‘Church Plants’ and this is a similar idea, though to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through singing and musical engagement.

As you can see, the Portsmouth project has developed a good deal from the initial promises in that meeting, huddled as we were on school chairs with a government minister and his staff. Crucially for me, we have moved from a scheme which simply offers good singing to one that also tries to play a part in building the Kingdom of Christ on earth through the power of good church music. Somehow the Church has, in so many places, managed to forget that traditional church music opens a window to the divine, and that one of the best ways to inspire and evangelise young people is through their participation in choirs. The Church of England is very keen to support and encourage new church growth initiatives. We must seize this moment and remind ourselves of the gifts of church music to grow faith, to gather and to inspire worship.

David Price (Organist and Master of the Choristers)


Welcome to those attending the 10.30am Eucharist with the installation of Caroline Hewitt, the newly appointed Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee as a lay member of Chapter, and to those who will be joining us for our congregational lunch in the Nave with Anthony and Clare.

St Thomas Awards All are welcome to join us at Choral Evensong this evening when the Bishop will be making his annual presentation of the St Thomas Awards. The service will be followed by a reception in the Nave.

Cyclone Idai There will be retiring collections today for Christian Aid’s appeal to the crisis in Mozambique. Christian Aid donation envelopes are available in the Cathedral or donations can be made online at https://bit.ly/2WgYNFV .

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


Thank you! Since moving into The Deanery just two weeks ago, Clare and I have really appreciated how welcome we have been made to feel. From cards to flowers to personal greetings, to the wonderful Installation Service and my first set of Sunday services, so much has been done to help us settle in quickly and to launch me into my new ministry as your Dean. I look forward to consolidating my learning of names, and getting to know you better over the coming weeks and months. As I said in the opening words of my Installation sermon, ‘Lord, it is good to be here!’ With my prayers and best wishes, Anthony.

Value, Place & Purpose The symposium held early this month explored mental health and spirituality, seeking to understand more about these two aspects of our humanity and how they are linked. The event was attended by a diverse range of people including counsellors, staff from Highbury and Portsmouth Colleges and local chaplains.


Earth Hour We will be lighting the Cathedral lantern green and switching off for one hour from 8.30-9.30pm on Saturday 30th March, in solidarity with global efforts to highlight climate change and biodiversity loss.

Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls – Octo’ A video of the conversations in the Dome as part of the Art Residency funded by the Arts Council can be seen at https://youtu.be/szTTxISk-5Q .

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 from the Cathedral Shop or printed from our website. Last day for inclusion is Palm Sunday 14th April.

Skittles Evening 7.30pm this Friday at the Royal Maritime Club. Tickets £12.00 available from the Cathedral Shop until Wednesday.

Mothering Sunday If you would like to help make posies to be handed out next Sunday please join the Flower Guild on the morning of Saturday 30th March in the Bishop Kenneth Room from 9.30am.

Annual Accounts Due to a change in the auditors’ availability last week’s meeting of the Chapter and FIC was postponed. The accounts will now be considered on 1st April.

Electoral Roll and Chapter Membership 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. This year there is a full revision of the Electoral Roll and completed forms must be returned by Tuesday 2nd April for names to be included on the roll for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which will be held on Sunday 28th April. The new roll will be on display in the Welcome Area by Saturday 6th April.

Portsmouth Festivities 14th – 23rd June. Brochures are now available in the Cathedral or visit https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/.


Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30–8.00pm each week after Evening Prayer on Wednesdays. Also on Thursday afternoons 2.30-4.00pm.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 28th March. David Stevens (organist), free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

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

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

Organ Concert 8.00pm Friday 5th April. Christopher Stokes, Organist and Master of the Choristers at 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 bi-monthly film screening in Becket Hall. Free, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.


All those affected by natural disasters

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

And those who have died: Frank Reid and Jeannette Freake RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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