Highlights of the Week
With the current issues about over-hasty responses to situations on Twitter and elsewhere, and whether people with whom we disagree are perpetuating fake news or just have a different view, the gospel reading from Matthew 5, comes as an antidote with its simple, straightforward, if very detailed, rules. But these rules are not so much about doing this or that, and more about our inner motivation. It is very easy to externalise all our problems and blame others, perhaps even human nature, but Jesus challenges us every day, to do better, to overcome the knee jerk response, the desire for retaliation or retribution, and rather than looking for someone to blame, or judge, instead to look to our own hearts and do better.
Valentine’s day may no longer formally be a church celebration, but it is a good time to keep a moment to celebrate love and relationships, as we do this week. It is good as long as when we do that, we cherish those whom we love and are close to us, but we also remember those who feel alone, who are bereaved over the distance or loss of someone close, and who need our encouragement hope and support, and who find it all rather challenging.
‘God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them’. 1 John 4. 16
Reverend Canon Nick Ralph
Welcome to Wessex Chamber Choir who are singing at our services this weekend whilst the choirs take a half term break.
Bold and Belle A team of 6 girls from Charter Academy will be selling bath products after the 10.30am service for the Faith + Football charity as part of Faith + Football’s schools business challenge.
The List with details of our services and the new Events Listing together with an updated Annual Theme leaflet are available in the Welcome Area.
Cathedral Staff We send our best wishes to Brigid McGovern who leaves the staff this week to start a new job at Highbury College, but will still be involved in Cathedral life as a volunteer. Stephen Crookes replaces Brigid on a temporary basis as Administrative Assistant and Concert Coordinator from Monday 20th February.
Bishop Alexander Asmah the new bishop of Sekondi Diocese, Ghana, was invited to the recent Canterbury Conference for bishops from across the world-wide Anglican Communion in early years of episcopal ministry. Bishop Alex was then to have spent this last week in the Diocese of Portsmouth. Sadly his UK visa was initially refused and unfortunately the appeal and eventual granting of the visa came too late for his visit to take place. A large photo of Bishop Alex has been made and is spending this weekend in our Cathedral to remind us of our link with Ghana and to pray for Bishop Alex and his ministry.
Confirmation Classes Canon Peter will be running classes in preparation for the Diocesan Baptism and Confirmation Service on Easter Eve, 15th April. Classes for children in year 6 upwards will be held at the end of the school day, and we will also be running a course for adults on Tuesday evenings. If you, your child, or anyone else you know would be interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9282 3300.
Fabric Works Building works in the Nave clerestory for the new solo Organ Stop and the installation of the new Sound System continue this week.
Tuesday Lunch Club A volunteer team leader is needed to provide lunch for around 50 people on the first Tuesday of the month. Full training offered. For details please contact Mary McDermott 023 9307 7539.
Craft and Chat Group This informal group holds its next meeting on Thursday 2nd March at 2.30pm in the Bishop Kenneth Room when its members will be discussing future plans. New members very welcome.
Palm Sunday Crosses Last year’s crosses can be brought to the vergers by Tuesday 28th February to be burnt for use on Ash Wednesday.
Silver Screen Film – “The King and I” (1956) 2.00pm this Tuesday 14th February in Becket Hall. Tickets free from the Cathedral Shop.
Portsmouth South Older Persons’ Fair Hosted by Flick Drummond MP. 10.00am-2.00pm this Thursday 16th February. Free admission.
Solent Symphony Orchestra Concert 7.30pm this Saturday 18th February. Music by Sullivan, Binge, and Vaughan Williams. Tickets £12.00 and £5.00 (students), Kids for a Quid and concessions on the door.
Lunchtime Live the next recital will be held on Thursday 23rd February.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 2nd March. The Reverend Dawn Banting, Assistant Curate, will talk about her role including her work with the military and hospital chaplaincies.
Handel’s Messiah at St Mary’s, Fratton 7.00pm Saturday 18th March. Members of the Cathedrals Choirs are joining the University of Portsmouth Choir, St Mary’s Church Choir, soloists from the Royal School of Music and Solent Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s arrangement of the famous oratorio, as performed in Portsmouth in 1812. Tickets £15.00 regular, £13.00 concessions, £6.00 under 16’s, available from the Cathedral Shop, or http://bit.ly/uopmessiah. Proceeds in aid of local charities.
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts.
Community Evening 7.00pm Shrove Tuesday 28th February following Choral Evensong. Owen Devine, the creator of the Portsmouth environmental board game “Footprint”, will be speaking about why he created the game and there will be an opportunity to play it. There will also be an update on the First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund repairs and pancakes will be served.
Lent Lecture – Dr Ruth Valerio from A Rocha 7.00pm 8th March. Ruth Valerio holds a PhD for research into simplicity and consumerism, she develops the thinking behind A Rocha UK’s work, and with an expert team created the Eco Church award scheme.
Service of Celebration to mark the 30th Anniversary of the E.C. Roberts’ Centre 3.00pm Sunday 19th February. Preacher: The Bishop. All are welcome to this special service for the centre which works to improve the lives of children and families in Portsmouth.
Pompey Chimes The February edition is now available in the Cathedral and on the Diocesan website http://portsmouth.anglican.org/.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Dennis, Aidan, Jen, Alistair, Caroline, Graeme, and Pat.
and those who have died: Paul Donovan (priest), Joan Fordy, Peter Harris, and Nesta Vokes (Cathedral funeral 3.30pm Thursday 16th February) RIP.
This week’s full notices are on the following link: Notices 12 Feb 2017