Highlights of the Week
This week is all about putting fire in the belly: – fire in the belly and heart of the first believers with the coming of the Holy Spirit on that first day of Pentecost; and fire in the belly of our mission today as we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and work out what that means in our time. We might be approaching the end of the global period of prayer as called by the Archbishop of Canterbury, but that simply gives way to the next period in which we have a responsibility to work to see those prayers answered, in the empowering strength of the Holy Spirit.
The collection for Christian Aid, which includes the collection during Christian Aid week and the various events which have taken place, has so far raised £2,941. It would be great to put fire into that by reaching the £3,000 mark, that it may better aid those in the greatest need.
Pentecost also marks the day by which we were asked to return our renewed stewardship pledges, if possible, making use of the new Parish Giving Scheme. This is about putting fire in the belly of the Cathedral’s mission with the resources to deliver it well and responsibly.
It might be stretching the ‘fire in the belly’ analogy slightly too far to link it to the General Election this week. Doubtless there will be plenty of smoke and heat in the debate; whether there is fire and light, we may only find out later, but we can pray for the candidates taking part; for openness, fairness and truthfulness in the process; and for wisdom, integrity and compassion in the outcome for the next five years.
Welcome to the D-Day and Normandy Fellowship attending this morning’s service as we mark the 73rd anniversary of D-Day on 6th June.
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Stewardship The responses to our Stewardship Appeal will be presented and dedicated at this morning’s 10.30am Eucharist. Thank you to all who have responded in support of the ministry and mission of this Cathedral Church and the whole community it serves. If you have not already responded please send in your pledge form in the next few days.
Christian Aid Week Sue Ward is really happy to announce that we have so far raised £2521.29 for Christian Aid. £400.20 was from the Breakfast, £117.00 from the Georgian Tea, and the rest from envelopes (House-to-House and in the Cathedral). There was a very high Gift Aid take up which will enable us to claim another £420.26, giving a current total £2941.55, and there is still a little more to come! We might even make £3000!
Father Darcy Chesterfield-Terry, Curate of St Mary’s, Fratton, is on the second week of his post-ordination placement with us.
Chris Richardson We will be saying farewell to Chris our Shop Manager after the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 18th June. Contributions towards a present should be handed to the Churchwardens or the Cathedral Offices.
Chapter The Bishop has announced the appointment of Richard Smout as a Lay Member of Chapter and he will be installed during the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday 18th June. Richard has been a member of the Cathedral Council since last year, he is a Lay Reader and lives on the Isle of Wight where he is the IW Council Heritage Services Manager.
Fabric works Minor internal works to relocate the cleaners’ cupboard in the Cloister and install a kitchenette facility in that space will take place 5th-15th June. The works also include the fitting of a drop-down baby change table in the accessible toilet. Stone Technical will be carrying out an abseil survey of the Cupola on Wednesday. Details are available from the Chapter Clerk,
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 8th June: James Kirby (Piano). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Art Exhibition – Hampshire Calligraphers: ‘Planet Earth – a Calligraphic Celebration’, from Monday until 15th June in the Welcome area. www.hampshirecalligraphers.co.uk.
Portsmouth Festival Choir Summer Concert 7.30pm Saturday 10th June. Tickets: £16; Concessions £13; Students £5; Students and under 18s free from http://bit.ly/2mZhOhW.
Silver Screen Tuesday 13th June 2.00pm. “My Fair Lady” (1964). Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ Our Annual Theme exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts:
Guided Walk of 100 Acre Wood with Dr Sara Collins 10.00am Saturday 10th June. All welcome. Meets in the West Walk car park, finishes with a picnic lunch. Spaces limited, so please register at: http://bit.ly/2qfaf4y or contact the Cathedral Office.
A Quiet Mid-Summer Afternoon in an Emsworth home & garden. 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 21st June 2017. ‘The Wounded Healer – letting Jesus touch your life’ led by the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling. Drinks and strawberries provided. Suggested donation £5. Transport from the Cathedral can be arranged. Places limited, please contact the Cathedral Shop.
Portsmouth Festivities 16th-25th June 2017. 10 days of arts, culture and heritage for all. Events at the Cathedral include:
Opening Gala Concert: The Maggini Quartet featuring Peter Donohoe 8.00pm Friday 16th June.
Seafood on the Green Saturday 17th June 12 Noon – 2:30pm. The Annual Seafood Lunch Under Canvas. Live music, bar, seafood tastings. Tickets available from the Cathedral Shop. Proceeds in aid of Fishermen’s Mission and the Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs Association.
Parkour Workshops Saturday 17th June.
The Angels Cry 8.00pm Tuesday 20th June. A performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele. Poetry, dance, music and projections. ‘They called it Passchendaele’ an exhibition marking the centenary continues until 14 July.
Gala Organ Concert: Wayne Marshall 8.00pm Saturday 24th June. Pre-concert talk 5.00pm.
Details www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or in the booklets. Tickets from 023 9282 8282.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those affected by the act of terrorism in Manchester
All those in need including: Aidan, Vic, Martin, Jill, Brian, Tim, and Graeme.
And those who have died: Norman Barber, Aileen Manning, Elizabeth McCutcheon RIP
The full notices are here.