Sunday 19th March 2017
Third Sunday of Lent
I have just been given a postcard from 1905 which shows the Cathedral, then St Thomas’s Parish Church. The building ends at the tower, and there are gates into the Churchyard on the south side, and the tram rails and wires can be clearly seen. There is also a ladder leaning against the wall – a reminder that following a collapse in the floor of what is now St Thomas’s Chapel, the Church had been closed for two years for extensive repairs – I suspect this photo was taken just after the reopening. It is a reminder that in a building such as this there is always work going on and always more to do. ‘The Church is forever building’, in the deliberately ambiguous words of T S Eliot.
The scaffold at the west end of the Nave, there for building work in preparation for the installation of the new organ pipes, will come down next week, ready for the pipes to be put in place at the end of the summer. The new sound system is mostly in place and operating, though there are still tweaks to be done till it is running smoothly. Both these developments will enhance our experience of worship, and already many generous people have contributed to one or both of these schemes – it’s not too late to contribute.
The Very Reverend David Brindley
Dean of Portsmouth
Canon Anthony is at St Swithin’s, Thorley and St Mary’s, Brighstone this morning.
Service and Events Listings Please pick up a copy of The List for this month, the Events Listing, and the Annual Theme booklet.
Revision of Electoral Roll The Electoral Roll will shortly be revised. Those wishing to go on the Electoral Roll should fill in the application forms which are also available in the Cathedral. The APCM takes place on Sunday 30th April with elections for Churchwarden (elected by those on the Electoral Roll or resident in the parish), two congregational representatives of the Cathedral Council and three Deanery Synod Representatives (elected by those on the Electoral Roll only). If you would like to know more about these roles please speak to one of the clergy. Nomination forms are available through the Cathedral Offices.
Chapter meets with the Finance and Investments Committee on Tuesday to approve the Annual Accounts 2016. Agenda 21 March 2017
Cathedral Staff Choir Matron Celia Veal retires from her paid post at the end of this month. We wish her well and look forward to her continued involvement as a volunteer.
Mothering Sunday Posies The Flower Guild are looking for volunteers to help make posies next Saturday morning. If you would like to help, please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the Cathedral Offices.
Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The Spring Newsletter has just been published. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your copy or would like to know more about membership.
Quiet Afternoon 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 12th April. The first of this year’s afternoons will be a guided reflection on the theme of ‘Working from a place of rest’. All welcome. Please see flyers for further details.
Memorial Garden From the ‘Adams’, our volunteer gardeners: ‘There is currently an abundance of flowering spring bulbs in the Memorial Garden. For some, they will refresh cherished memories, as many of the bulbs have been brought to the garden after they have finished flowering in homes. We encourage you to visit the garden and take a rest in this haven of peace and quiet. Have some precious time for yourself; just relax and enjoy the flowers, scents, and birds around you before you need to move on.’
Pat Abbot Our previous Head Guide would like to thank everyone who sent her good wishes for a speedy recovery.
Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 31st March at the Royal Maritime Club. Tickets £10.00 including basket meal available from the Cathedral Shop.
Easter Lilies If you would like a loved one remembered through the donation of a lily to be used in our decorations at Easter, please pick up one of the leaflets from the Cathedral or on the following link: Lily form
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Organ recital by Brian Moles. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection. Next recital 20th April.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday 23rd March. Mr Andrew Negus will talk about the History of Portsmouth. Free entry, donation of 50p requested for those people staying for tea or coffee and biscuits.
Lent Lunch 12.30pm Fridays in Becket Hall. All welcome after the midday Holy Communion to have a simple soup lunch provided by Foodcycle Pompey. Donations in aid of Foodcycle and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal.
Messy Cathedral 2.00 Saturday 25th March. All families are welcome to join in an hour of craft and worship followed by afternoon tea.
Portsmouth Festival Choir Concert 7.30pm to 9.30pm Saturday 1st April. Featuring a programme of sacred Czech and Russian Music. Tickets £16; Concessions £13; Students £5; Under 16s free. Tickets available through the Cathedral Shop or online at http://bit.ly/2mZhOhW.
Portsmouth Festivities 16th-25th June. Details of events are on the following link http://www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/.
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ our Annual Theme exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts. Lent Workshop 7.00pm, Wednesday 29th March. Our Annual Theme Curator Sharon Court will be helping us to use natural materials as a way to reflect during Lent.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Dennis, Aidan, Jen, Caroline, Graeme, David, Allan, and Julian.
and those who have died: Marion Aldridge, Philip Haskell, Bob Higgins (Cathedral Memorial Service 11.30am Monday 20th March), Tricia Inkpen, Gillian Purcell (Cathedral funeral 1.00pm Monday 20th March), and Stuart Wilson (Cathedral Funeral 11.00am Thursday 23rd March) RIP.
This week’s notices are on the following link Notices 19 March 2017