Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th August 2019

There are only a few days left to have a final look at the imposing ‘Soup of Souls’ artwork by Pete Codling in the Nave. These images have drawn in a number of people and have influenced the atmosphere and the impact that the Cathedral has had for many visitors and worshippers as they arrive, through the changing liturgical seasons they have been with us for over the past six months. The Nave will feel very different at first once they go.

It is an interesting juxtaposition that we will continue to have ‘The English Cathedral’ exhibition of photos by Peter Marlow here in the Nave for a further three weeks. We are profoundly influenced by our environment and the space around us, at both a conscious and subconscious level. Comparing the space and ‘feel’ or our sister cathedrals has made me reflect once again what an inviting and inspiring space our Cathedral is: the brightness and harmony of the different centuries, and the scale which allows us to be both intimate and impressive.

With the third sermon in our ‘Living Well’ series on mental health next Sunday at 6pm, we can reflect perhaps on how to boost our own mental health, as the year begins to turn past full summer. Making space to pray, to breathe, and to get a new perspective: this Cathedral of the Sea, and the seafront that bounds much of the parish, gives us much to lift our souls with the rhythm of worship and the waves and tides to pattern our lives.

The Reverend Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Canon Precentor


Welcome to all those attending our services today and visiting choir Stag Montem Chorem who are singing for us whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on holiday.

Refreshments Homemade Lemonade will be served after our 10.30am services, outside if the weather permits, until the end of August. Many thanks to all those who help with our Sunday morning refreshments throughout the year.

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


Care of Cathedrals Measure The Chapter has applied to the Fabric Advisory Committee for approval to investigative and carry out survey works of the South Transept, internally and externally, and the Flower Room internally. Details of the proposed works can be viewed in the Cathedral Offices during working hours and any representations made by 27th August.

Feeding the 5000 Saturday 7th September 11.30am to 4.00pm on Castle Field, Southsea. Local churches are working together to recreate the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with bread and fish. This is a free family event with live music, kid’s zone and free refreshments. 5,000 battered cod baps will be given away for free. Further information from St Jude’s Southsea at www.sjs.church.

Choral Evensong with the Installation of the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight Following his licensing, collation and installation at Newport Minster, the Venerable Peter Leonard, will be welcomed at the Cathedral during Choral Evensong at 5pm on Saturday 7th September. The service will be followed by a reception. All are welcome.

The Pantomime Lunch to be held at the Abarbistro on Friday 20th September is now sold out, but donations in support of the event and the Roberts Centre Christmas party can be given to Gerry Chilton.

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

Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November. Please put this date in your diaries. If you would like to volunteer or help then please send an email to fair@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. If anyone is making jams or chutney over the coming months please consider adding an extra jar or two for us to sell at the fair.


Choral Evensong this week will be sung by the visiting choir Naylor Singers. Further details available on the service list.

Living Well - “Lighten Our Darkness” – sermons on aspects of Mental Health Sunday 25th August. ‘Caring for the people in the community’ with the Revd Jen Holder, Honorary Chaplin for Southern Health NHS Trust. Please join us at 6.00pm Choral Evensong.

‘The English Cathedral’ by Peter Marlow until Sunday 8th September. An exhibition of photographs taken by Peter Marlow between 2010 and 2012, of the naves of all 42 of England’s Anglican cathedrals. Further details at https://bit.ly/2YSCZ8Q. All are welcome to join us at the closing reception in the Nave on Thursday 5th September at 6.30pm. Please confirm your attendance to outreach@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Cathedral Lunch Club will restart on Tuesday 3rd September and Baby and Toddler Group on Wednesday 4th September.

Silver Screen: An American in Paris (1951) 2.00pm Tuesday 3rd September in Becket Hall. Free event, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.

Craft and Chat 2.30pm Thursday 5th September in the Bishop Kenneth Room. All Welcome.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 12th September with Isabel Nisbet and Rhidian Jones (contralto & piano). Free with retiring collection. Light refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Harvest Celebration Barn Dance Saturday 21st September 6.30pm till 10.30pm. Adult £15.00 (includes hog roast or vegetarian cheese ploughman option with a free drink and dancing), Child £6.00 (includes hog roast). Free water, squash and cheese and biscuits. There will be a paid bar providing wine, beer, G&T and snacks. Tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.

25 Years Heritage Open Days Saturday 21st September 10.00am – 4.00pm and Sunday 22nd September 12.00pm – 4.00pm. Areas of the Cathedral not normally accessible will be open and special talks arranged during this year’s event. Further details available soon.

Harvest Festival Eucharist 10.30am Sunday 22nd September. All welcome to join us as we celebrate this annual service.

Taizé-style Night Prayer Our next service will be at 8.00pm on Sunday 29th September. All welcome.


All those receiving exam results

All those in need including: Donald, Robert, Poppy, Barry, Tim, Stuart, Derek and Maureen.

And those who have died: Elisabeth (Lis) Richards (Cathedral funeral 1.30pm Wednesday 21st August) RIP.

For a complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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