Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 12th May 2019

Christian Aid Week starts today, so I thought I would highlight the work the charity has done over the last 70+ years. The charity was founded in 1945 by British and Irish churches, with the aim of helping refugees after WWII. Since then they have provided short and long-term aid relief, raised awareness of the injustice in our world, and championed people’s rights.

Christian Aid Week was started in the 1950s to raise extra funds to widen their support network to worldwide. They established the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), which gave professionals a chance to make a huge difference to communities with very little. In the following two decades they encouraged political campaigning, and highlighted the dangers of racism, poverty and consumer culture. They were instrumental in caring for the hungry in the Ethiopian famine and the drought in Mozambique and pushed for fair trade in the 1990s, whilst supporting those living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. They were part of the Make Poverty History campaign, and their current focus is to warn about the effects of climate change which will affect the poorest on our planet the most.

The website defines Christian Aid as “a partnership of people, churches and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide.” Last week’s Christian Aid Breakfast raised £393.82 – well done to Sue and her team. This week Christians all over the country will be pounding the streets to request donations. Perhaps we could help by highlighting the work of this awesome charity to at least one person. In the words of a large supermarket chain, “Every little helps.” Or in the words of Amos the Prophet, “Let justice roll down like rivers.”

Kitty Price

Cathedral Reader


Canon Anthony is at All Saints’, Ryde this morning.

Welcome to all those attending our services and to the families and friends of Rose Barnard, Grace Slaughter and Josh and Isabelle Thompson who are being baptised today.

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


Christian Aid Breakfast Thank you to all who helped, attended and donated so generously to the Christian Aid breakfast which raised £393.82. This is a great start to our Christian Aid collection total.

Portsmouth Cathedral Carbon Footprint As part of our responsible stewardship goals we have created a dedicated page on the Cathedral’s website.


Huntingdon’s Disease Awareness The Cathedral Tower will be lit green on Monday evening in support of this.

The Dean will be attending Mayor Making on Tuesday and will be one of the Lord Mayor’s Chaplains for 2019/20.

Licensing of the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight 5.00pm Saturday 18th May at Newport Minster. If you are hoping to attend Canon Peter’s licensing please fill in the sheet in the Welcome Area in order to give an estimate of numbers to the Minster. A list with ferry and bus options is available in the Cathedral.

Christian Aid Week 12th-18th May. 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 on 023 9287 7239 or sueandterryinpk@yahoo.com.

A Requiem Mass for Michael Yorke, who was Provost of Portsmouth between 1994-1999, will be held at 11.00am on Friday 24th May at Norwich Cathedral. “Frances and family would like to thank all those who have sent letters and cards with thoughts about Michael. We have been very touched and it has been a great comfort to us. We loved our time in Portsmouth, and all of you. Thank you.”


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 16th May. Margot Carter and Andrew Cleary (recorder & piano). Free with retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

The Big Question - Dying Awareness Week 1.00pm-4.00pm Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. What do you want to do before you die? God, Life, Death and Grief - drop in to write a poem, draw a picture or explore ideas and take part in the Grave Talk café-style discussion in the Cathedral.

City Service 10.30am Eucharist Sunday 19th May. Attended by the Lord Mayor, Councillors and City Officers. There will be a cake sale after the service organised by the Choristers to raise money for Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs’ Association.

Creative Spirituality Quiet Day 10.00am-2.00pm Saturday 18th May. Journeys: reflecting on what we learn along the way, what we take with us and what we might choose to leave behind. Tea and coffee from 9.45am and throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch. There is no charge for the day, suggested donation of £5.00 per person (or whatever you can manage). Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Silver Screen: Roman Holiday (1953) for Dementia Awareness Week 2.00pm on Tuesday 21st May in Becket Hall. Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Free event, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.

Beating the Bounds Sunday 26th May following the 10.30am Rogationtide service. Join us as we walk the parish boundary: route includes the seafront, a picnic in Guildhall Square, a train ride and ends with a boat trip on a Thames barge round the harbour and back to Gunwharf. Please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area. Due to cost, we have to ask for a donation of £20 for the boat trip: numbers limited so put your name down now!

The Hampshire Calligraphers’ Exhibition: ‘Inspired by Books’ is in the Welcome Area from 27th May until 10th June. For more information please visit http://www.hampshirecalligraphers.co.uk/.

Thy Kingdom Come 30th May - 9th June. A global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. The Big Prayer Picnic 1.00pm-4.00pm 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/.

Friends’ of Portsmouth Cathedral trip to The Vyne near Basingstoke Tuesday 23rd July. Places are still available. The coach leaves the Cathedral at 10.00am and returns around 5.30pm. Cost £24.00 (NT members) or £35.00 (non-NT members). Application forms are available in the Cathedral and on the Cathedral’s website. Closing date Tuesday 28th May.


All those being baptised: Rose Barnard, Grace Slaughter and Josh and Isabelle Thompson.

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

And those who have died: Vishwamrit Gunga, Michael Purvis and Michael Yorke (Priest) RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral