This last week the Cathedral has been filled with hundreds of children and dozens of colourful sheep. The church schools in the Diocese, of which there are thirty nine, have all brought the pupils who are leaving at the end of this academic year to the Leavers’ Services. Workshops, activities, prayers in the willow dome, and excited chatter have filled the building. The Cathedral’s work with children and young people is at the heart of what we do.
This week also sees the end of our choir year, and this evening we say farewell to our Choral Scholars and some of our Choristers. It is too easy to take for granted the huge commitment of time and talent which the sixty or so young people who make music give. And it is also easy to underestimate the impact it has on their lives long term – being deeply embedded in the music and liturgy of the Christian faith is a gift they carry with them throughout their lives.
Today is an opportunity to thank them and to say farewell to some of them.
Dean of Portsmouth
Canon Peter is at General Synod in York; Canon Anthony is preaching at the Good Shepherd, Lake and at St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin; and the Revd Dawn Banting is at QA Hospital this morning.
‘They Called it Passchendaele’ – an exhibition by Portsmouth Poetry is in the Ambulatory until Friday.
Changes to services Holy Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing will be at 12.00pm this Wednesday 12th July. Today is the last day of the Choir Term; Evening Prayer replaces Choral Evensong on weekdays. Details are on the website and given in The List.
Fundraising Members of the Music Department and Choirs will be attempting a mad sporty thing on 19th August for Prostate Cancer. They can be sponsored through http://bit.ly/2tYKLPe.
Chris Richardson Our former Shop Manager writes ‘Many thanks to all who contributed to the memorable service and celebration last month and to everyone who sent presents and cards full of good wishes. It was a memory to treasure and I will always recall my years with the many friends I have made at the Cathedral with great warmth and pleasure. Leaving was a difficult decision but I am already looking forward to seeing some of those friends in Somerset.’
Vacancies Interviews for Administrative Assistant/PA (Liturgy and Music) and Sub-Organist take place this week. Seonaidh Woad and Stephen Crookes both leave the Admin staff this month. Until a new Administrative Assistant/PA is in post queries regarding concerts and Liturgy and Music should be sent to email@example.com. Applications for Assistant Verger (40 hours) close on Monday. Full details and application form on the website.
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 Drilling for cabling will take place in the week commencing 17th July. If you would like to see the blowers which were installed at the end of June, please contact the Chapter Clerk. 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.
All’s Well That Ends Well 6.00pm Sunday 16th July at Rowans Living Well Centre Gardens. For further details see poster or http://bit.ly/2u7P4Uo
City Prayers for Older People 1.00-3.00pm Wednesday 19th July in the Garden Room at St Jude’s Church, Southsea. Bring your own lunch; cake and tea/coffee provided. To book contact Jill Phipps on 07710 394 351 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do-Something-Different Days Fun, food, and friendship for older people in Portsmouth. All between 10.00am-3.30pm. Tuesday 1st August at All Saints Church, Commercial Road; Thursday 10th August at St George’s Church, Gunwharf; Tuesday 15th August at St Luke’s Church, Greetham Street; Wednesday 23rd August at St Mary’s Church, Fratton. All days cost £5.00 (payable on the day) to include activities, refreshments, and lunch. Places must be booked through Jill Phipps, contact details above.
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.
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ Our Annual Theme exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts:
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 Café, crafts for children and families, expert speakers and lots more! Free entry and all welcome!
University of Portsmouth Geography Students’ Exhibition of flood defence schemes 15th-22nd July. In the ambulatory and Nave. All welcome.
Talk on Portsdown’s wildlife – Richard Jones, Portsdown Hill Countryside Officer. 7.00pm Tuesday 18th July. The evening talk will be accompanied by a daytime walk on Saturday 22nd July between 10.00am-12.00pm. Meet at the eastern end of the main viewpoint car park grid ref SU 66180 06418. For further details see our website or contact the Cathedral Offices.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Those who have recently been ordained or licensed.
All those in need including: Martin, Jill, Brian, Tim, and Graeme.
And those who have died: David Legood, Geoffrey Rowell (Bishop), and Sylvia Sanders RIP.
The full notices are here: Notices 9 July 2017