Events and anniversaries arrive at lightning speed and our diaries are ever full of them. This weekend we see the annual Armed Forces Day (Saturday 24th June). Armed Forces Day is a chance to recognise all of those who have served, who are serving and who are training to serve as recruits and cadets.
As with so many things it is easy to take our armed forces for granted and often only think about them when disaster strikes. But day to day life for these men and women is all about living by the military standards to protect and defend each and every one of us. But it is not just the service personnel but their families too who sacrifice so much in support of the defence of us and other around the world.
On 5th June the Cathedral welcomed The D-Day and Normandy Fellowship for their 73rd anniversary, and the following Sunday the Falkland’s Association, commemorating HMS Glamorgan’s 35th anniversary.
Yet no matter the anniversary, the pain and suffering are still raw and evident. A time to reflect and remember. A time of reunion and contemplation for the family, friends and colleagues and for the many who survived but have to live daily with the consequences of that survival.
It is a time when we can lift our prayers to God to ask for unity and courage, strength, and above all peace. Peace for nations, peace for communities, and peace for individuals from the hidden turmoil that torments from within.
The Revd Dawn Banting
Canon Nick is at St Mary’s, Hayling Island, and the Revd Dawn Banting is with the Army Training Regiment, Winchester this morning.
‘They Called it Passchendaele’ – an exhibition by Portsmouth Poetry is in the Ambulatory until Friday 14th July.
Oliver Hancock We are delighted to announce the appointment of our Sub-Organist Oliver as the Director of Music of The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick. David Price writes ‘Oliver has been an exemplary and expert member of our Music Department and we shall miss his skills, dedication and humour immensely. St Mary’s Warwick are truly blessed to have made this appointment’. Oliver will start this new job in January.
EC Roberts Centre Robert Bear Picnic Party Thank you to all those who were involved in this event which raised £2,083.49 for the centre. Thomas Cullen Roberts, a relative of the founder Eric Cullen Roberts, flew from America especially for the event and generously donated US$5,000.
Portsmouth Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School are delighted to have commissioned Ola Gjeilo to write a Missa Brevis for Remembrance 2018.
Changes to services There will be no midday Holy Communion Service on Wednesday 5th July due to a Diocesan School Leavers’ Service. Holy Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing will be on Wednesday 12th July.
Matt Bray Our Assistant Curate will be ordained Deacon next Saturday 1st July. Everyone is welcome to attend the service at 11.00am.
Vacancies Administrative Assistant (Liturgy and Music) and Cathedral Diary Administrator (35 hours), Assistant Verger (40 hours), and Sub-Organist and School Organist at The Portsmouth Grammar School. Full details and application forms are here: http://portsmouthcathedral.org.uk/vacancies/
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 The next phase of work on the en chamade solo will begin next week. A model of the stop is on display and contributions to this exciting project can be made through http://bit.ly/2pwOGga or one of the leaflets.
From Edwina Fennemore ‘Thank you to all who have continued to hold me in prayer as I approach my ordination as priest on Saturday, 1st July. I will be presiding at my first Eucharist at St Alban’s, West Leigh on Sunday 2nd July, at 10.00am. If you would like to attend, you will be very welcome.’
City Prayers for Older People 1.00-3.00pm Wednesday 19th July in the Garden Room at St Jude’s Church, Southsea. Come and join us to pray for our ministry with older people and share what is already happening in the city. Bring your own lunch; cake and tea/coffee provided. To book contact Jill Phipps at email@example.com or on 07710 394 351.
Ride & Stride Saturday 9th September. If you enjoy cycling or walking and would like to raise money for the Cathedral and the Hampshire & Islands Historic Churches Trust for grants to churches in need of help, please consider taking part in this year’s event. For further details contact Sarah Lovatt in the offices or see http://www.rideandstrideuk.org/
Lunchtime Live! 1.10pm Thursday 29th June. Alex Flood (organ). Free entry, with retiring collection. Light refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.
Concert: The Royal Marines Association Concert Band with The Portsmouth Grammar School Band 7.30pm Wednesday 12th July. For tickets and further details see http://bit.ly/2rQAf7j.
Portsmouth Cathedral Grassroots Festival 10.00am-2.00pm Saturday 15th July. A one-day event celebrating and promoting local groups and organisations who work within the field of ecology and the environment. The day features stands from local groups, a Green Cafe, crafts for children and families, expert speakers and lots more! Free entry and all welcome!
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those affected by recent events.
All those preparing for Ordination this Petertide. As Deacons: Matthew Bray, Samantha Cullen, Richard Hutchins, Mary Kells, Samantha Martell, and Dagmar Wilkinson (who will be ordained at Sheffield Cathedral);
As Priests: Ben Bryant, Adam Denley, Edwina Fennemore, Katy Garner, Mark James, and Richard Wharton.
All those in need including: Vic, Martin, Jill, Brian, Tim, and Graeme.
And those who have died: David Legood, and Geoffrey Rowell (Bishop), RIP.
The Full Notices are here: Notices 25 June 2017