We are in a month when several events of civic significance take place in the Cathedral. Last Monday we held the service for members of the legal profession, next week is our annual Civic Service attended by the new Lord Mayor and the City Council, and today is our annual service of remembrance for the Rowans Hospice. Next week also sees the ancient ceremony of beating the bounds.
These events are all symbols of the importance of acknowledging the Christian roots of our civic and charitable institutions. Celebrating the link between City and Church, acknowledging that our laws are derived from Christian principles and supporting local charities are all central to the ministry of the Cathedral.
These events remind us that our primary focus as a Christian community should be outwards – we are not here primarily for our own benefit but to engage with the whole community in acknowledging God’s presence in everything. So it is good to welcome friends and colleagues from across the City and beyond to worship with us and to set their work in the context of faith.
The Very Revd David Brindley
Dean of Portsmouth
Canon Anthony is at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake and St Saviour’s, Shanklin this morning.
Christian Aid Week begins today! Welcome to the Big Breakfast which will be served between 8.45-10.15am and after the 10.30am Eucharist service. Look out for your envelope and please give generously. If you don’t receive one please use the ones in the Cathedral.
Welcome to all those attending the Rowans Hospice Annual Memorial Service this afternoon.
Service and Events Listings The new current editions of both are on the website and in the Welcome Area.
Pompey Chimes The May edition of the Diocesan Newspaper is available in the Cathedral and on the website http://bit.ly/2pCfsaN.
Congratulations to Layclerk Stephen Crookes and Organ Scholar Rupert Jackson on their appointments as Organ Scholar to Blackburn Cathedral and St Davids Cathedral in Wales respectively. They have both been an invaluable asset to the Music Department this year, and we wish them all the best for next year and beyond.
Stewardship If you were unable to pick up an envelope last week, please take one after the service today and, after reflection and prayer, return the form to say how you will support all that God wants to make possible at the Cathedral.
Beating the Bounds next Sunday after the City Service. If you would like to join us as we mark out the parish boundary, including a boat trip down the harbour, please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area.
Finance Officer Following interviews Nicky Taylor has been appointed as permanent Finance Officer. Nicky can be contacted by email at email@example.com or on 023 9289 2965.
The Finance and Investment Committee meets on Monday. The agenda is here FIC Agenda 15 May 2017 and on the noticeboards.
Georgian Tea at The Deanery to support Christian Aid. 3.30pm Saturday, 27th May. Limited number of tickets priced £7.50 available at the Cathedral Shop. Georgian costume optional.
The Revd Chris Richardson, Assistant Curate of St Mary’s, Alverstoke, is on his two week post-ordination placement until Sunday 21st May.
Chapter At its meeting earlier this month, Chapter agreed to go out to tender for repair works on the south side of the Cathedral. Details of the works, which are due to take place this summer and have been approved by the FAC, are available from the Chapter Clerk.
Elections Mike Purvis and Sheila Picton were re-elected to serve as Churchwardens for a further year; Nick Speller and Shirley Grayson-Smith were both re-elected to serve for a further term of four years on the Cathedral Council; and Kitty Price, June Purvis, and Marion Syms were re-elected as Deanery Synod representatives. 25 sidesmen were also appointed. Full details are on noticeboards. The Annual Reports and Accounts, which include a list of the membership of the Cathedral Council, are available in the Welcome Area, on the website, or from the offices.
Cathedral House A consultation meeting for neighbours, regarding a revised Planning Application for alterations to the west end of Cathedral House, will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 22nd May in the Nave following Choral Evensong.
Christian Aid photography exhibition: I Witness: images of hope from Haiti until 25th May at St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road during church opening hours. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 18th May: Elin White (Violin). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Family Tree Art Exhibition Closing Reception 7.00pm Thursday 18th May. A final opportunity to speak to artist Rafael Klein and view his sculptures in the Cathedral, and prints at Jack House Gallery. All welcome. More details at http://rafaelklein.com/familytree/.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Spirituality Day 11.00am Saturday 20th May. Join us for this day of prayer with Bishop Christopher. This event will precede a 10-day prayer movement across the parishes of the Diocese of Portsmouth. More information from the Diocesan website: http://bit.ly/2lNEM9g and the leaflets available in the Cathedral.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Aidan, Vic, Martin, Jill, Brian, and Tim.
And those who have died: Norman Barber (Cathedral funeral 1.30pm Friday 26th May), Samuel Barnard, Eileen Leach, Aileen Manning, Mary MacVicar (priest), Michael Perham (bishop), and Lillian Rogers RIP.
The full notices are on the following link Notices 14 May 2017