Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 21st April 2019

Heard on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this week: ‘The French people could have seen the Notre Dame fire as a story of despair and destruction, but instead are seeing it as a story of resurrection and renewal.’ This was not a ‘Thought for the Day’ by our Holy Week and Easter preacher Canon Angela Tilby (to whom grateful thanks are due for her profound and eloquent series of addresses) but the comments of a secular reporter.

I find it intriguing that in a supposedly secular age, crises and destruction so often evoke a response in tune with the events at the heart of the Christian faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. It is as though we live in a world that at some deep level knows that acts of destruction can be dealt with and responded to: they are not the last word.

And this is exactly the point: the resurrection we celebrate on Easter Day speaks of something more fundamental than our personal beliefs and opinions; it tells of a new world and a new future and a new life. The emptying of the grave has done something and achieved something. Death and destruction need not overwhelm us, because they have been overwhelmed by the love seen in the cross of Jesus. Something has changed, resurrection has started, and we are all invited to live in the light of it.

When Archbishop John Sentamu was asked (on that same Today programme) if the money being raised for the rebuilding of Notre Dame might not be better spent on the needs of starving children, he responded by saying that we need to do both. The new world of the resurrection finds expression both in iconic cathedrals, and in generous human response to those in desperate need.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Anthony Cane

The Dean


Welcome to those attending our Easter services.

Canon Nick is at St Peter and St Paul Hambledon, Canon Peter is at St Mary’s Fratton and Canon Anthony is at St Hubert’s Idsworth and Holy Trinity Blendwort.

Becket’s Bunch Our Sunday group for young children will meet in the Bishop Kenneth Room during the 10.30am Eucharist.

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


Thank you to all those who contributed to the Christian Aid Cyclone Idai appeal. A fantastic £360 has been donated to the appeal.


Annual Meetings, Elections and Electoral Roll The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and meeting of Parishioners will take place next Sunday 28th April at 12 noon in Becket Hall. This year for the first time there will be an opportunity to elect lay members of Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body. Elections will be for one Churchwarden who will also be a lay member of Chapter, one other churchwarden and one further lay member of Chapter. A Role Description and details of eligibility for Lay Chapter and all nomination forms are available from the Cathedral Offices or the clergy. The 2018 Financial Statements, agreed by Chapter and received by Council and minutes of the 2018 APCM and the Annual Reports are on the website and noticeboard. The Electoral Roll is now on display in the Welcome Area. New applications will be added after the APCM.

Pastoral Care If anyone has a pastoral concern and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Precentor 023 9275 2335 or the Dean 023 9282 4400.

The Cathedral Offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Christian Aid Week 12th - 18th May

• Fundraising Please consider joining the House to House collectors, or organising a fund-raising event to help the world’s poorest in ongoing emergencies and in developing real self-sufficiency. Further details from Sue Ward sueandterryinpk@yahoo.com or 023 9287 7239.

Christian Aid Breakfast Sunday 5th May with Fairtrade products, between services and after the 10.30am service in the Nave. Donations to support Christian Aid.

Living Faith Course Module 5 - Exploring the Bible Old Testament, a 10 week evening course will start on Wednesday 24th April. Please contact the Cathedral Offices for further details.

Lunchtime Live We are looking for volunteers to make and sell sandwiches and hot drinks at our term-time weekly recital series on Thursdays. For further information or to volunteer please contact Tim Burnett in the Cathedral Offices.

Community Groups Toddler and Baby Group starts again this Wednesday and Lunch Club restarts on Tuesday 30th April.

Food Bank Donations Thank you to all those who continue to support The Roberts Centre and the All Saints Asylum Seeker and Refugee Drop-in with food donations. Both are currently short of baby wipes, toilet cleaner, tinned meat and fish, breakfast spreads and toothpaste. Donations can be left in the North Cloister.

Canon Peter Donations towards Canon Peter’s leaving present can be made via the Cathedral Shop or offices clearly marked please, by Friday 26th April. There is a card to sign in the Welcome Area. If you would like to make an electronic transfer please contact nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. Peter’s final services will be next Sunday and there will be a reception and presentation following Choral Evensong.

Vacancy If you would like to join the staff team as a Choir Matron, part-time during Choir Term please contact liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk for details and an application form. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm Tuesday 23rd April. Join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral. Everyone is welcome. Whether you’ve been before or just want to try it out.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 25th April. Gary Sieling (organist). Free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 25th April in Becket Hall. Theresa Bailey – Celebrating 25 years of Rowans Hospice. Donation £1, free tea/coffee and biscuits.

Evening Organ Concert 8.00pm Friday 10th May. The third organ concert in our 2019 series, given by Anthony Froggat, former Organist and Master of the Choristers. Tickets £10, (£8 concession) through Eventbrite, on the door and from the Cathedral Shop.

Portsmouth Cathedral ‘Rumfest’ 6.30-10.30pm Saturday 11th May. A wonderful event 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. A joint partnership between Portsmouth Cathedral and Portsmouth Distillery Company. Tickets £25.00 via Eventbrite.

Choral Evensong with commemoration of the WW1 Centenary ringing by Winchester and Portsmouth Bellringers 6.00pm Sunday 12th May. Exhibition 7th- 12th May.

Dying Matters Awareness Week 1.00pm-4.00pm Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. Come and explore the BIG QUESTION! What do you want to do before you die? What would you say to a relative or friend if you’d only got five minutes left? Good Life, Death and Grief – write a poem, draw a picture or explore ideas and take part in the Drop-in Grave Talk café style discussion in the Cathedral. An Annual Theme event.


All those in need including: Roger, Stuart, Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert, Lizzie, Laurence, Poppy and Michael.

And those who have died: Jeannette Freake, Marilyn Lee, Michael Purvis (Cathedral funeral 12.45pm Wednesday 1st May) and Francois RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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