District Training Day
Raising and Lowering
Saturday 3rd March 9:30am to 12:30pm
Portsmouth Cathedral HighStreet, OldPortsmouth, PO12HH
If you are learning to raise or lower come and have a go
Please let your tower captain know to book you a place .
Annual District Meeting 3rd February
16:00 – 17:00 General Ringing
17:00 – 17:45 Service
17:45 – 22:00 Annual District Meeting
followed by Chilli con carne / vegetarian
option and a quiz.
High Street, Old Portsmouth,
Sundays: Sunday Ringing: 9:45am – 10:30am, evenings by arrangement
Practices: 7:30pm – 9:00pm (3rd Thursday 7:15pm start)
Carol Service 22nd Dec: 6:15 – 7pm
Christmas Day: 9:45 – 10:30am
How about Graveler in the graveyard … no?
Churches and Cathedrals are making the most of the biggest web game released in the last few years.
With the mighty connective powers of smartphones, GPS, and virtual games Niantic have created Pokemon Go.
Pokemon, short for Pocket Monsters is a hugely successful game brought out 2 decades ago by Satoshi Tajiri a Japanese man who as a child loved catching bugs and insects and decided to try and find a way of duplicating that excitement.
When the electronic game was first launched in 1996 it took a few months to get going then 6 months later the cards were developed. Adults and children went crazy buying,collecting,swopping and fighting their Pokemon very much like the old football cards but the genius of Pokemon is that every creature has strengths and weaknesses and in order to do ‘battle’ to capture (win) each others creatures the player has to think very carefully. Each Pokemon belongs to an element or realm IE fire, water, electricity, woodland, day, night etc, there are normally 3 evolutions that can occur, I like to think of them as infant, junior and adult with each growing in strength, power and guile. Carefully thought out battles in Gyms strengthen the Pokemon but if there is a miss-match they are weakened and made easy to capture and are lost to your adversary. See Bulbapedia for more info
With places of interest and landmark areas having a good supply of virtual Pokemon churches are cashing in on the extra footfall by registering to become a Pokestop, a place where people can gather, chat and replenish depleted stocks. A Birmingham church, for instance, has now placed a sign encouraging fans of the game to come back for Sunday mass. “You are welcome, visit us again for Sunday morning worship at 11am,” the sign reads.
“Join us for a cup of tea after the service at 12.15. Jesus cares about Pokemon gamers.”
Portsmouth Cathedral were very quick off the mark with their Facebook and Twitter feeds posting pictures of caught Pokemon very early on.
With so many youngsters gathering in churches and Cathedrals the C of E was very fast in bringing out ‘Best Practice‘ guidelines and rules.
Here is what the BBC had to say;
Pokemon Go: Churches encouraged to welcome visiting players
19 July 2016
- From the section UK
Anglican churches have been urged to welcome players of Pokemon Go who use their premises as Pokestops.
The online game – which is attracting millions of new players – involves finding virtual Pokemon characters in various real locations. Several churches have been designated as Pokestops, which players visit to collect items during the game.
The CofE has said the game gives church communities a chance to meet more local people. It has issued guidance to churches around the country, encouraging them to welcome players who visit them as part of the game.
Church locations which have been registered on the game as Pokestops include St Stephen’s in Rednal, Birmingham, Hope Church in Islington, north London, and St Mary’s Episcopal cathedral in Glasgow.
The Church of England’s digital media officer, Tallie Proud, issued guidance to churches on Thursday. In it, she said: “Pokemon Go is therefore giving churches around the country a great opportunity to meet people from their area who might not normally come to church.
“You might also spot people standing outside the church on their phones who may be playing the game and at your ‘PokeStop’.”
Church communities have been encouraged to place welcome signs outside and hold so-called “Pokeparties” for players – one is planned for Christ Church in Stone, Staffordshire, on Friday evening.
One Pokemon player, Matthew Newbold, 22, from Peterborough, tweeted: “Pokemon go makes me such a better person. Had a charity coffee on my hunt for Pokemon at the church.”
“Whilst we would encourage churches to engage with those playing the game, be they adults or children, we also understand the concerns that the NSPCC have raised with regards to keeping children safe.
“Our first priority as a Church should be to provide a safe place for children and vulnerable adults with regards to Pokemon Go,” said its guidance.
Not only Anglican churches are involved. Earlier this week, City Road Methodist Church in Birmingham signed up to become one of the real-life locations used as “gyms” in Pokemon Go, where users can train virtual monsters.
So there we have it! Like it or loath it there a thousands more people of all ages outside wandering around our lovely churches and landmarks. How you choose to engage with them.or not, is up to you.
Happy hunting. Gotta catch em all!
Now that the bells are back in action after several months of tower repairs, the monthly ’special’ 12 bell practice will recommence this coming Thursday (21st) at the slightly earlier time of 19:15.
Access is via the north door of the Cathedral which will be manned until approximately 19:45. To gain access after that, please ring the bell at the north door in between touches and someone will be dispatched to let you in.
We will endeavour to ring some/all of the following:-
Stedman, Erin, Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol & Avon.
This will be my last 12 bell practice as Tower Captain so I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come along for this occasion.
As part of the CC2016 weekend’s events there will be a special Songs of Praise Service at Portsmouth Cathedral. Everyone is invited to come along at 4pm on Sunday 29 May and join in the service. Central Council members will be ringing the Cathedral bells beforehand so you will hear some amazing ringing!
As many of you will know, ringing at Portsmouth Cathedral is currently suspended whilst repair work is carried out on the tower and cupola.
There is currently no ringing at Portsmouth Cathedral.
Portsea are holding a weekly Tuesday night practice until things are back to normal.
There is no estimate as yet for the end of the works. Please contact the Portsea Tower Correspondent or the Cathedral Correspondent before you plan your ringing in Portsmouth!
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