This week sees the next in our series of lectures under our annual theme banner “All Things Bright & Beautiful”, and for this one we are keeping it local. Richard Jones, will be joining us on Tuesday to talk about his work as Portsdown Hill Countryside Officer – a beautiful area north of the city which we will all be familiar with. It seemed silly to just talk about an area so close to us without visiting it, so next Saturday Richard is also offering a follow up guided tour of Portsdown Hill. You can find details of both events on the Cathedral website and book places for the guided tour as well.
I fell in love with the city of Portsmouth shortly after arriving and after over three years here now I am still amazed at the variety of environments which we are privileged to live near, from green areas like Portsdown Hill to beaches which provide a whole different array of wildlife.
As the summer holidays arrive and the weather (hopefully!) remains pleasant it is the ideal time to get out and explore them. Walks, swimming, sunbathing, runs, cycles, picnics and cream teas are all wonderful ways to enjoy this magnificent city and the surrounding area – and of course it is only a short drive up the A3 to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
Throughout all of this the remainder of the verse of the hymn which provides our annual theme title is worth remembering:
“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”
The Revd Canon Peter Leonard
Canon Nick is at Holy Trinity, Fareham this morning.
Welcome to members of the Mary Rose Trust attending this morning’s Eucharist as we mark the anniversary of the sinking of the ship in 1545.
University of Portsmouth Architecture Students’ Exhibition of flood defence schemes until 22nd July.
The Revd Amy Webb Assistant Curate St John, Locks Heath is with us on post-ordination placement.
Changes to services We look forward to welcoming visiting choirs whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on holiday. Please see the List for further information.
Fundraising Members of the Music Department and Choirs will be attempting a Tough Mudder on 19th August to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. They can be sponsored through http://bit.ly/2tYKLPe.
Cathedral Shop We are looking for volunteers to help in the Cathedral Shop. Please speak to our Finance Officer, Nicky Taylor for more information. Nicky.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0239289 2965.
Parking on Sunday mornings is available at the West end for members of the congregation in need who are not eligible for a blue badge. During the week, parking for volunteers is available on request and subject to operational requirements. All parking requests must be made in advance to the Cathedral Offices and permits displayed. It is also possible to park at the St George’s Building and Ravelin car parks at weekends for £2 per day.
Organ Stop Drilling for cabling will take place this week. If you would like to see the West End trumpet blowers which were installed at the end of June, please contact the Chapter Clerk. Contributions to this exciting project can be made through http://bit.ly/2pwOGga or one of the leaflets.
City Prayers for Older People 1.00-3.00pm this Wednesday 19th July in the Garden Room at St Jude’s Church, Southsea. Bring your own lunch; cake and tea/coffee provided. To book contact Jill Phipps on 07710 394 351 or at email@example.com.
Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The 2017 yearbook will be published and posted to members at the end of this week. If you would like to know more about membership of the Friends please pick up a leaflet or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do-Something-Different Days Fun, food, and friendship for older people in Portsmouth. All between 10.00am-3.30pm. Tuesday 1st August at All Saints Church, Commercial Road; Thursday 10th August at St George’s Church, Gunwharf; Tuesday 15th August at St Luke’s Church, Greetham Street; Wednesday 23rd August at St Mary’s Church, Fratton. All days cost £5.00 (payable on the day) to include activities, refreshments, and lunch. Places must be booked through Jill Phipps, contact details above.
Living Faith Course – Module 6 Challenging Choices Christian Ethics Bookings for the revised and improved discipleship course are now being taken for the September 2017 term. The course is tailored for anyone wishing to learn more about Christianity, an ideal follow-up to the Bishop’s Foundation Course or as preparation for theological and vocational training. If you know of anyone who might benefit from the course, please encourage them to enrol http://bit.ly/2t7tdjW
Jam Making It is now the season for jam and conserve making so please think about making some now for our Christmas Fair on Saturday 2nd December.
Portsmouth and Hampshire Arts Society Art exhibition Saturday 29th July-Friday 11th August. Free display, all are welcome.
Omega Printmakers Exhibition Friday 25th August to 7th September. The exhibition will include examples of screen printing, woodblock, lino cut and monoprint, as well as various forms of etching. Free display, all are welcome. For more information visit http://www.omegaprintmakers.co.uk/
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ Our Annual Theme exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts:
Talk on Portsdown’s wildlife – Richard Jones, Portsdown Hill Countryside Officer. 7.00pm Tuesday 18th July. The evening talk will be accompanied by a daytime walk on Saturday 22nd July between 10.00am-12.00pm. Meet at the eastern end of the main viewpoint car park grid ref SU 66180 06418. For further details see our website or contact the Cathedral Offices.
Family Activity Day 10.00am to 3.00pm Thursday 17th August. Come along and join in with our craft activities based on our Cathedral Annual Theme. At 1.00pm, we will screen the film WALL.E. Spend just a couple of hours or the whole day with us. Bring a packed lunch to eat on the Cathedral Green. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Those who have recently been ordained or licensed.
All those in need including: Martin, Jill, Brian, Tim, Graeme and Alex.
And those who have died: Geoffrey Rowell (Bishop), Sylvia Sanders, and Walter Walden RIP.
For the full notices Notices 16 July 2017