WANT TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING?Join our mailing list to receive the latest news, updates and events at Portsmouth Catherdal. SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! We hate spam as much as you do. We'll never share your details. The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral President The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth Chairman of the Friends Captain Andrew Slater Royal Navy General Information The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral were established some twenty years ago to develop links between the parishes of the Portsmouth diocese and the Cathedral. It is now an active organisation with a growing membership and committed fully to: Supporting, financially and otherwise, the maintenance and development of the Cathedral, and its ministry and mission Encouraging links between all who share an interest in or who support the Cathedral, whether within or outside the Diocese Membership of the Friends Membership of the Friends is open to all who wish to support the Cathedral by their prayers or their interest in its life and ministry, and we should be delighted to welcome you. For membership details and an application form, please see below. Friends are invited to the Annual General Meeting. They receive each summer a copy of the Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral Yearbook which contains articles about the life of the Cathedral as well as reports on the work and activities of the Friends’ Council. There is also a Spring and a Christmas newsletter which aims to publicise events for the following year. Projects supported by the Friends The Friends have also contributed greatly to the fabric and work of the Cathedral and recent donations have included a Altar Vestments, the doors of the West Great Organ Case, new Choir Stalls and robes for the choristers, bike racks a new donations box, altar frontal chest and noticeboards. The Friends also support School Workshops held in the Cathedral. More Info & Join If you would like to know more about the Friends’ work or membership then please email the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org : Name, address, contact number, contact email and your message. Friends Events Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery – 23rd February 2017. For more details download the flyer Bombay Sapphire 23 Feb 17. Visits – The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral enjoying hosting other ‘Friends’ groups at the Cathedral and can help to organise joint visits to other Portsmouth attractions as well. Please contact the Cathedral office for more information. Close The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral Becket's Bunch Becket’s Bunch – the God Detectives Meets during the 10.30am service, usually twice each month, in the Bishop Kenneth Room in the Cloister – please check the newsletter to see if it is happening. The children are invited to come for a blessing during the Administration of Communion and then to stay for the remainder of the service. There is a family area in the Catheral with books and quiet toys for families who prefer to stay in the main service or for the Sundays when Becket’s Bunch is not on. We are currently looking for people to help run Becket’s Bunch each week – please speak to Canon Peter if you are interested. Close Becket’s Bunch (Sunday School) Messy Cathedral A monthly session at 2:00pm on a Saturday afternoon in the Cathedral Nave open to everyone. An hour of fun activities followed by a short worship service and then afternoon tea together. A great way of families worshipping together without worrying about children making noise or a mess – in fact it is almost obligatory! Look at our calendar or events page for future dates. Close Messy Cathedral Intercessions Group Every day many people visit the Cathedral to look around, to light a candle and to pray. They are invited to leave prayer requests and these are offered up as part of our regular pattern of worship. On Monday mornings at 10:00am an intercessions group meets in the Chapel of Healing and Reconciliation and spends 30 minutes praying specifically for each prayer request. Please do join them. More details are available from the Cathedral Offices. Close Intercessions Group Cathedral Annual Theme Each year we focus on a particular theme which informs our preaching, discipleship programmes, lectures and other events. The themes run from Advent and our current one, “All Things Bright & Beautiful”, explores ecology and the environment through faith, science and the arts. More details can be found here. Next year’s theme will be “Time”. More details to follow. Close Annual Theme Parish Lunch Club For many years the Cathedral has run a parish lunch club. It meets at 12:30pm on a Tuesday in Becket Hall, Cathedral House. A delicious two course lunch is prepared and served by a dedicated team of volunteers and only costs £2:00. A great time to enjoy good food and good company. For more details please contact the Cathedral Offices. Close Parish Lunch Club Discipleship & Spirituality Courses During the year we run a range of courses on discipleship, prayer, the Bible, Christian living and issues of social justice. We also run preparation courses for Baptism and Confirmation. There are all run in a relaxed, friendly and informal way enabling productive group discussion and learning. Please see our events page for courses currently being offered or contact The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard. Close Discipleship & Spirituality Courses Spiritual Needs and Prayer Requests If you would like to see a members of our clergy team or have a prayer request then please do contact us either via the email addresses on our Meet Us page, using our Contact Us page or through the Cathedral Offices. Close Spiritual Needs & Prayer Requests Volunteer Opportunities Portsmouth Cathedral has operated very successfully over many years due to the team of committed, enthusiastic and talented volunteers. Some are “Holy Dusters” (cleaners!), others welcomers of guides, others work in the Cathedral shop and some act as vergers. There are many other roles which they fulfil as well. If you would be interested in volunteering at the Cathedral then please do contact the Cathedral Offices and we can put you in touch with the relevant person. We look forward to hearing from you! Close Volunteer Opportunities The Cathedral Club This friendly informal club meets once a month on Thursdays at 2.45pm in Becket Hall, dates as published. Talks and/or slide-shows are given, on a wide variety of subjects, with speakers from round and about the Portsmouth area. All welcome. Close The Cathedral Club The Flower Guild The Cathedral Flower Guild needs more recruits: Could this be you? Arranging flowers is part of our offering of service and worship. It is also a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a morning. Most of us are complete amateurs and with help from our team we have managed to produce some pretty good work (or so we have been told!). If you can only arrange at Easter, Harvest and Christmas – welcome. If you can be a member of one of the three teams who arrange flowers every six weeks or so – even better. The Easter Lily book and donations in memory of loved ones enables us to fill the Cathedral with lilies and visitors come specially to see (and smell) them. If you would like to remember an anniversary during the year, a floral arrangement can be made specially – contact the Cathedral Office. During the summer we hope to use flowers from around the world – look out for some pretty unusual flowers! Further information from the Cathedral Office Close The Flower Guild Cathedral Guides The Guild of Guides is now over 50 years old. The Guides are the first point of contact for many people who visit our historic building. They work closely together to give the visitor a friendly, helpful and memorable experience. The Guides give a friendly welcome and direct visitors to the appropriate office or into the church where they may light a candle, reflect quietly, or say a prayer. Visitors who would like to learn more about the Cathedral are handed a leaflet which is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Japanese; it shows dates of the major events which influenced the building. A “4th Edition – 2004” of “The Guides’ Guide” was funded by a generous donation from a charitable trust which covered the entire production costs. Published by the Portsmouth Cathedral Chapter, this edition has been completely revised by the Research Group who are continuing their important work by issuing in-depth papers on specific artefacts or developments within the Cathedral. Generous hospitality is an important and vital part of the daily life of the Cathedral. All the volunteers are fully trained. If you enjoy meeting people and would like to know more about becoming a volunteer Guide please contact the Cathedral Office. Close Cathedral Guides Hand Bell Group A small group of seven meets every Monday morning in the Cathedral. It as played at Cathedral Coffee Mornings and at a founder member’s funeral – a great accolade. If you are interested in joining this group contact the Cathedral Office. Close Hand Bell Group Holy Dusters A group of faithful volunteers who meet regularly (usually Monday mornings) to polish, dust and generally tidy up the Cathedral. Our magnificent building would not look as good as it does without them! Although Monday is the regular day we are always look for new dusters and people can carry out their duties any day of the week, other events permitting. Please contact the Cathedral Office for more details. Close Holy Dusters Society of Ringers The Cathedral has an active Ringing Society consisting of people from all walks of life who regularly attend the Cathedral to ring the bells for Sunday service, weddings, blessings and for many other social occasions and national events. Bells have been part of Cathedral life since 1703 when a gift from Admiral Sir George Rooke, then Member of Parliament for Portsmouth, enabled the first ring of eight bells to be hung in the tower. Over the years additional bells hve been added to provide the fine ring of 12 bells that are in place today. We are always very pleased to welcome visitors to the tower, whether active ringers or those just interested in seeing what bell-ringing is all about. Sunday service ringing is from 09:45 until 10:30 and practices are held each Thursday from 19:30 when we meet outside the north door of the Cathedral. For further information about the bells, if you wish to learn or you have a specific request for the bells to be rung for a special occasion, please contact the Tower Captain, Ian Carey (email@example.com) who will be pleased to assist you. Close Society of Ringers Baby and Toddler Group We meet at 2:00pm every Wednesday afternoon in St. Thomas’s chapel in the Cathedral for a short 10 minute service designed to appeal to children and adults alike. Following this we head over to Becket Hall where the children can play with a wide range of toys and games in a safe space while the adults can enjoy a tea, coffee, biscuit and chat. Close Baby & Toddler Group Memorial Garden Gardeners ‘The Adams’ A team who meet on Tuesday mornings in the memorial garden to keep it as a place of beauty and tranquillity. Ashes are still interred with names inscribed on the stone path or on memorial stones. Close Memorial Garden Gardeners ‘The Adams’ Sunyani Partnership Link As part of the Portsmouth Diocese Inter Diocesan West Africa Link we are partnered with St. Anselm’s Cathedral in Sunyani in Ghana. It is an enormous privilege for the life of our Cathedral to be enriched by a link with another part of the Anglican Church family who are living out their Christian discipleship in a different cultural setting. For latest news please click on the following link Summer 2016 Sunyani newsletter For more information please visit http://portsmouth.anglican.org/what_we_do/the_world/idwal/ Close Sunyani Partnership Link Healing Group The Cathedral’s monthly mid-week Eucharist with a focus on prayer for Wholeness and Healing takes place in St Thomas’s Chapel and is attended by about twenty people. It provides a quiet opportunity to pray for those who are sick: members of the congregation, maybe our family members and friends or perhaps for ourselves. Following the intercessions there is opportunity, for any who wish, to receive the laying on of hands, either for themselves, or on behalf of a sick friend or relative. Following the tradition of the early church, a brief prayer is made that God will bring his ‘wholeness and healing’ into the person’s life and situation. Some find it helpful to be anointed with oil at this time. Others chose to remain quietly praying in their seats. The service can be a source of great strength and comfort, especially for those facing long-term challenges. After the service there is the opportunity, for those who have the time, to relax over a simple lunch in Cathedral House. Why not come along one month? Close Healing Group Craft & Chat Group This group meets once a month, usually the first Thursday, in Cathedral House from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The aim of these meetings is to extend the hand of friendship, welcoming new people to the group and exchanging ideas amongst those who enjoy sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet or any craft. For those who are unable to attend our meetings, we pass on and collect work. Without the generous gifts of material, wools, etc. from the congregation and kind friends, we would be unable to continue our work. Surprise bags are always being left for us – many thanks. Our prayers are for your continued support to make these events successful. 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