Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 31st March 2019
There is understandable uncertainty, insecurity and fear among many people at the moment on all sides of the multi-faceted Brexit debate. In the midst of it all, we cannot pretend that everyone agrees with us, and that makes it challenging not least in church, where people come together from a variety of backgrounds and opinions, and yet we still want and need to pray together. What better moment than Mothering Sunday to be reminded that families do not always agree, do not always even get along, and yet are held together by the act of mothering and being mothered?
We can give thanks for the good mothering we have experienced in our lives, past and present, from wherever that has come. At the same time, we might consider how good mothering is not about leadership in the sense of marching a reluctant family to unwelcome cliff edges, but rather is something which allows children to find full expression of who they are within loving and safe boundaries in a way that still allows them to live together, and learn to make compromises for the greater good and harmony of the family. That is, of course, more an ideal aspiration than a practical reality and we will never achieve it fully but it is good to have that hope and idea of what it is we want both within our own families and also within the family of the church.
As the Christian community in this place, whatever our opinions, our efforts might best be focussed on calm dialogue, cohesion, building a wide and generous hope for all, as we respect one another, continue to toil for truth, and safeguard and support the lost, the lonely, and the victimised, including reaching out in care and friendship to people who are frequently ‘othered’, as we say:
ALL are welcome in this place. Amen.
The Reverend Canon Nick Ralph
Welcome to those attending our services today, especially to the Consort Quartet and to the Choir of St Mark’s Church, North End who are leading the music at our services whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on holiday.
Mothering Sunday posies Many thanks to the Flower Guild and those who helped make the posies which are being distributed this morning.
The Service and Events Lists are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Chapter The Agenda for the Meetings of the Finance and Investments Committee and Chapter are on the noticeboard and website.
Easter Egg Appeal Please leave donations of Easter Eggs for children and young people supported by Home Start, the Southern Domestic Abuse Service and the Roberts Centre at the Cathedral Shop. Last day for donations Sunday 14th April.
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 Sunday 14th April.
Maundy Thursday anyone wishing to take part in the Foot Washing during the 7.00pm Eucharist of the Last Supper is invited to contact Canon Jo. Also people to sign up for the Watch of Prayer which follows the service – 30 minute slots from 9.00pm to midnight. Please contact Canon Jo for details.
Electoral Roll The final date for Electoral Roll application forms to be returned is Tuesday 2nd April. This year is a full revision of the roll with no names being automatically carried forward from the old roll. The new roll will be on display in the Welcome Area by Saturday 6th April.
Chapter Membership At this year’s Annual Meetings to be held 28th April 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 or speak to the Dean and Canons. The Constitution and Statutes are on the website. A Role Description and Nomination Forms will be available next weekend.
Installation of the Dean of Portsmouth Highlights of the Deans Installation can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhFyKEgn24E .
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.
Living Faith Course Module 5 - Exploring the Bible Old Testament, 10 week evening course will start on Wednesday 24th April. This module, with new material sourced for the Appendices, gives an overview of the formation and theology of the Old Testament, along with specialist themes such as prophecy. Please contact the Cathedral Offices for further details.
Thy Kingdom Come 31st May - 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
Portsmouth Festivities 14th – 23rd June. Brochures are now available in the Cathedral or visit https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls’ Exhibition until Monday 8th April. 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.
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.
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 following Cathedral Lunch in Becket Hall. Free, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.
Portsmouth Cathedral ‘Rumfest’ 6.30-10.30pm Saturday 11th May. A wonderful event in an amazing space featuring live music and plenty of rums to sample and enjoy – all included in the price. In addition there will be a ‘Rum Shack’ selling rum cocktails and food. Tickets £25.00 via Eventbrite will go on sale from Tuesday 2nd April.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those preparing for baptism and confirmation at Easter including: Ed, George, Sam, Emilia, Olivia, Brent, David and James
All those affected by natural disasters
All those in need including: Roger, Stuart, 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 .