Highlights of the Week
Advent Sunday marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, a time when we start to hear again the story of God’s love for all his people, including each one of us, shown through Jesus Christ. The year begins with the excitement of Advent and awaiting the coming of Christ, both as a baby at Christmas and ultimately as our eternal King.
Over recent years at Portsmouth Cathedral Advent Sunday has become even more exciting as it is when we launch our annual theme, the focus for our programme of lectures, workshops, and events. For 2017, our theme is “All Things Bright & Beautiful…” – an opportunity for us to explore issues around ecology and the environment, and to learn more about the wonders of God’s creation and our role in taking care of it, both now and for future generations.
We have a full programme of events, the details of which are available on a separate leaflet (please do make sure you take one with you today), and will be updated over coming months as we add some more surprise speakers and events.
As I have spent time preparing this programme I have been struck by the urgent need to address this issue and how little prepared we are for the impact which changes to our environment and climate will have on us all but particularly the poorest in the world. We read in Genesis 1.31 “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” We must play our part in keeping it that way.
The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard
Welcome to the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtham, Lord Bishop of Salisbury and Church of England spokesman on the environment who will be preaching at the 10.30am Eucharist as we launch our Annual Theme. The service is followed by a Congregational Lunch cooked by Foodcycle and Cathedral Volunteers. Details of events linked to our Annual Theme, including the first of our Advent Lectures, are available in the Cathedral and on the website.
The List and Events Listing Details of our services and events are available in the Cathedral and on the website. Details of our Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany services and events are in a separate booklet.
Cathedral Sing The Music and Education Staff visited Alverstoke Junior School and St John’s Primary, Gosport on Friday as part of our music programme which consists of classroom workshops and community-based events for children and teachers in primary schools. The programme highlights the potential cross-curricular outcomes of music, using it as a means to explore different languages, history, geography, mathematics or all these subjects together. In the next fortnight they will also visit Cottage Grove Primary, Southsea and then host all three schools at the St Nicholas Workshop on the 6th December in the Cathedral.
Chapter The agenda for the meeting on Tuesday is on the noticeboard and here: chapter-agenda-29-nov-16.
BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast of Choral Evensong 3.30pm this Wednesday. The Cathedral will be closed after Midday Holy Communion until 2.45pm. If you wish to attend please be seated by 3.15pm.
Decorating the Cathedral for Christmas If you would like to contribute towards the cost of our decorations, donations for poinsettias can be made through the Cathedral Shop or Offices. The Flower Guild would also welcome help to decorate on the morning of Wednesday 21st December. All welcome – no experience necessary. Please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the Cathedral Offices for more details.
Christmas Day Lunch We will be working with Foodcycle again to provide a Christmas lunch in Becket Hall. If you know someone who might be alone on Christmas Day, please let Sarah Lovatt know their details and an invitation will be sent to them.
Craft and Chat Group Meets on Tuesday in the Bishop Kenneth Room at 2.30pm. All Welcome.
Churches Homeless Action Churches across the city are collecting supermarket gift vouchers (£5 value please) to be distributed through charities which support the homeless. The cards will be presented at a special service at midday on Friday 16th December St Mary’s, Fratton. Donations can be handed into the Cathedral Offices or Shop.
Lunchtime Live Many thanks to all those who have supported this season’s recitals. Lunchtime concerts start again on Thursday 12th January.
Advent Lecture 7.00pm this Tuesday in the Nave. In May, South Downs National Park became an International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). Dan Oakley, a ranger at the park, will share with us what this means together with projections to help us appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Free with donations for drinks.
Monteverdi Vespers 7.30pm this Thursday. Performed by singers and players of the Bishop’s Consort, directed by David Stancliffe. Free with retiring collection in aid of the Salisbury/Sudan Medical Link.
Christmas Fair 11.30am-2.00pm this Saturday 3rd December. Gifts, decorations and food for Christmas and Santa’s Grotto (£1.00). Lunch and refreshments available. Entrance 50p. Raffle tickets are now available from the Cathedral Shop. China and glass, collectibles, jewellery, scarves, preserves, cakes and baking, Christmas decorations, plants and other items are needed for sale and can be brought to the Cathedral on Friday. (Please note there is no bric a brac this year.)
Advent Lecture – Film showing of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ 7.00pm Tuesday 6th December in Becket Hall.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 10th December. An hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and a special Christmas afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Silver Screen Film ‘White Christmas’ 2.00pm Tuesday 13th December in Becket Hall. Free event, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.
Carol Service on board HMS Warrior 1860 6.00pm Tuesday 13th December. Tickets required for entry. These will be available from the Cathedral Shop from Wednesday.
Advent Lecture with Dr Joanna Preston 7.00pm Tuesday 13th December. Talk on reintroducing native oysters to the Solent, in Becket Hall.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Dennis, Aidan, Jen, John, Gillian and family, and Bishop Michael.
and those who have died: Ian Anderson, Jeremy Deller, John Fisher, David Fry, Jamie Herbert, Basil Maltin (priest), Alan Mouncher, Michael Paton (priest), Rachel Stone, and Sandra Thompson RIP.
Click on the following link to view the full notices: notices-27-november-2016