Advent Sunday marks the beginning of a new ‘church year’ and we start to prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world at Christmas. It is a time of excitement and looking forward for many of us and Portsmouth Cathedral is no exception. This is partly because it is also the launch date for our new annual theme – the focus of our learning activities during 2017.
We are calling it “All Things Bright & Beautiful…” and will be exploring God’s creation and our place in caring for and protecting it. It seems appropriate that as we turn our faces towards celebrating God’s presence with us in the Christ child at Christmas so we also think about our place in God’s creation and role in caring for it.
We have a full programme of events including lectures, study groups, den building workshops, the creation of a “willow dome” chapel on the Cathedral Green, art exhibitions, guided walks, film shows and some special guests including Clive Anderson who is president of The Woodland Trust. We will be working with schools, colleges, universities and will even have ‘scientists in residence’ at the Cathedral! You can download a copy of the programme here
At our launch on Advent Sunday we are delighted to be joined by The Right Reverend Nicholas Holt, Bishop of Salisbury, the Church of England’s lead spokesperson on the environment. He will preach and present us with our Bronze Eco-Church award.
A full programme of events will be available on the website soon but here are some highlights to get into your diary now!
Tuesday 29th November – 7.00pm
Advent Lecture with Dan Oakley, Ranger from South Downs National Park and lead on the Dark Skies Reserve.
Tuesday 6th December – 7.00pm
Film Show – “An Inconvenient Truth” with discussion.
Tuesday 13th December – 7.00pm
Advent Lecture Jo Preston “The Reintroduction of Oysters to Langstone Harbour”
Wednesday 21st December – 10.00am
Morning guided walk with Dr Sara Collins in Hundred Acre Woods finishing with coffee and mince pies.
Wednesday 15th March – 7.00pm
An Evening with Clive Anderson – The Woodlands Trust.
Everyone is welcome to these events. For further information please contact he Cathedral Office on 023 9282 3300.