Diocese of Portsmouth

Come celebrate Christmas at Church

Celebrating Christmas differently this year

Christmas was very different this year. But we celebrated the birth of Jesus anyway.

Our churches were open for carol services before and on Christmas Day, but with restrictions on attendance in place. Those who turned up in person had to practice social distancing, wear face-coverings and were unable to join in the singing. Many more watching live-streamed or pre-recorded carol services at home were able to sing the carols. You can enjoy some of them by clicking on the Youtube clips below:

Carol services from around our diocese

Christmas Day: Celebration at St Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain

Christmas Eve: Christingle service, St John's Church, Locks Heath

December 21: Community carol service from St Luke's, Southsea (featuring readings from those who live, work and study in the parish)

December 21: Pompey Heroes carol service at Portsmouth Cathedral (city residents who helped others during the pandemic were invited)

December 20: Digital carol service from the parish of Newport and Carisbrooke

December 20: Nine Lessons and Carols, Crofton parish

December 20: All-age Nativity service, St Simon's Church, Southsea

December 20: St Mary Magdalen, Sheet