Highlights of the week
One of the things which has developed considerably over recent years at the Cathedral is our creativity. We have always been creative in terms of our music and engagement with the arts but now we are also being creative in encouraging people to come and be creative, whatever their background or experience.
As part of our All Things Bright & Beautiful theme we have another opportunity for this creativity on Wednesday when our Annual Theme Curator, Sharon Court, will be leading a Lent workshop using natural materials in creative ways to help us reflect on our journey towards the death and resurrection of Christ.
“Oh but I’m not arty!” will come the reply – well it isn’t about being ‘arty’, it is about using our God given creativity which we ALL have. It is about trying new things, maybe outside of our comfort zone, to deepen our discipleship and encounter God in new ways.
As a child I was told I couldn’t draw – I believed it and so never did. When I trained to be a teacher in an art lesson a very patient art lecturer told me everyone could draw and she taught me how. On my office wall there now hangs a picture of a teddy bear drawn by me during that lesson with the words “I can” written alongside it.
We all can, so come along on Wednesday at 7.00pm and enjoy reflecting with others in a creative way.
The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard
The Reverend Dawn Banting is presiding at the morning Eucharist at Queen Alexandra Hospital in her role as a Hospital Chaplain.
Service and Events Listings Please pick up a copy of The List for this month, the Events Listing, and the Annual Theme booklet.
Parish Giving Scheme Those who give through the scheme are invited to pick up a token from the basket in the Welcome Area to place into the offertory plate during the service. If you would like details of the scheme which allows you to give regularly, with or without Gift Aid and anonymously if desired, please pick up one of the booklets or contact the Cathedral Offices.
Annual Meetings Chapter formally approved the 2016 Accounts this week. Copies of the accounts will be available in advance of the Annual Meetings on Sunday 30th April when elections for Churchwarden (elected by those on the Electoral Roll or resident in the parish) and two congregational representatives on the Cathedral Council and three Deanery Synod Representatives (all elected by those on the Electoral Roll only) will be held. 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.
Revision of Electoral Roll The Electoral Roll will be reviewed between 2nd and 14th April. Those wishing to go on the Electoral Roll should fill in the application forms which are also available in the Cathedral.
Fabric The scaffolding in the Nave will be taken down on Tuesday. The agenda for the Fabric Advisory Committee meeting is on the following link FAC Agenda 29 March 2017
Parking The current two hour parking in the residents’ parking areas is due to be reduced to one hour early in April. Parking for those with disabled blue badges remains unchanged and paid parking is available on meters 8am-6pm (free at other times). A limited number of spaces will normally be available on the west front for volunteers and those in the congregation with mobility issues who do not have blue badges. Please contact the Cathedral Offices if you would like to park there.
Memorial Garden From the ‘Adams’: ‘There is currently an abundance of flowering spring bulbs in the garden. For some, they will refresh cherished memories, as many of the bulbs have been brought here 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.’
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.
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
Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 31st March at the Royal Maritime Club. Tickets £10.00 including basket meal available from the Cathedral Shop.
Quiet Day 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday 1st April at the House of Bethany, 7 Nelson Road, Southsea, led by the Revd Dawn Banting. Cost £6.00. Please bring a packed lunch, drinks and tea provided. Please let the Sisters know if you wish to attend at: 023 9283 3498 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral Shop Meaningful Chocolate Easter Eggs are in stock price £3.99. One Bird Flying, a new book of poetry by Monica Ditmas, is also available priced £8, of which £6 will go to the Friends of the Cathedral.
Kitty Price I’m coming to the end of a (very boring) month without chocolate to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. If anyone would like to sponsor me they can follow the link or give me money in person. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dechox2017kittyprice.
Vacancies We are looking for a Finance Officer (24 hours per week) and an Assistant Verger (20 hours per week) to join the staff team. Full details are on the website, closing date Wednesday 19th April.
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.
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 at the Cathedral and in Portsmouth available at: http://www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/.
Lent Workshop 7.00pm, this Wednesday. Sharon Court, the Curator of our Annual Theme, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts, will be helping us to use natural materials as a way to reflect during Lent. No booking required.
Lunchtime Live The new series starts on 20th April.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Dennis, Aidan, Jen, Caroline, Graeme, David, Allan, Julian, Vic, and Susie.
And those who have died: Marion Aldridge, Linda Brooks, Philip Haskell (Cathedral funeral 2pm Wednesday 29th March), Bob Higgins, Gillian Purcell, Malcolm Savage, and Stuart Wilson RIP.
This week’s notices are on the following link Notices 26 March 17