Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 10th March 2019


The next week marks an exciting new moment of adventure for the Cathedral, as we welcome Anthony as our new Dean. To use a metaphor from our Gospel reading today, the Cathedral has faced the wilderness period of vacancy, and we can now embark upon a new period of ministry.

However, one of the most significant features of Jesus’ ministry is that the temptations, trials and tests of the wilderness never go away during his earthly life: they are present from the beginning of the ministry to the end on the cross. Jesus’ ministry ends in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he faces the same trials and tests alone.

So, to extend the metaphor a little further, the questions and challenges of a period of a church vacancy do not simply vanish when a new incumbent arrives: no matter how talented the new cleric, the same questions of how to do appropriate mission in our context will always return. So Dean Anthony’s role is not about rescuing us from our questions and challenges, but about enabling us to see the questions in a new way that allows us to refresh our corporate life.

Please do pray for Anthony and his family as they prepare to join the Cathedral community.

Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

Residentiary Canon


Canon Anthony is at Holy Trinity, Blendworth this morning.

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

Sunday Morning Refreshments Tea and Coffee are served after the 10.30am service today and throughout Lent. Gita, whose grandson is being baptised this morning hopes that you will join her and the family for cake after the 10.30am service.


Congratulations to Cathedral Sing which has been awarded a grant of £5,000 spread over three years from the Friends of Cathedral Music and the Education Team awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Didymus Trust for our work with schools.


Dean of Portsmouth Our new Dean, Anthony Cane will be installed during Choral Evensong at 4pm on Saturday 16th March (access to the Cathedral from 3.00pm). Everyone is welcome at this service but it would help with arrangements if those who have not requested tickets could contact installation@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk . We look forward to welcoming Anthony and Clare next weekend, please include them and all those changing roles and homes in your prayers.

Confirmation preparation If you are interested in preparing for Confirmation at the Easter Vigil a group for young people is now meeting at 4.00pm on Tuesdays. A group for adults will meet at 4.00pm on Sundays (from 17th March). Please contact Canon Jo for details.

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

Frank Reid The funeral of Frank Reid, our former Churchwarden and Shop Manager will be held at the Cathedral at 1.30pm on Wednesday 13th March. Tracy and the family hope that past and present members of the congregation will join them as they celebrate Frank’s life.

Finance and Investments Committee The FIC meets on Monday with our auditors, haysmacintyre, to consider the draft 2018 accounts. The agenda is on the website and noticeboard.

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

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

Navy Aisle The newly repaired window panel is due to be returned on Monday.

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.

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.

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 Details of our Holy Week and Easter services are on the leaflets in the Cathedral. The Revd Canon Angela Tilby will lead our worship during Holy Week.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 14th March. Richard Dewland (organist), 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 from 13th March. A five week course as part of our Annual Theme led by Canon Angela Tilby, the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling and Canon Jo Spreadbury following Evening Prayer. Will also run on Thursday afternoons between 2.30-4.00pm from 14th March.

Congregational Lunch to welcome the Dean and Clare 12.00pm Sunday 24th March. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Welcome Area for details.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 28th March in Becket Hall. Donation of £1. Tea/coffee available.


All those being baptised: Benjamin Manohar

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