Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories


  • Refugee Week 2024 launched at our cathedral

    Our cathedral hosted the local launch of Refugee Week 2024, with an evening of colour, food and music. The event included performances by those who had sought refuge and asylum in this country, and celebrated the contributions they make to our life and culture. Read more

  • Young people given taste of parish ministry

    Are you aged 18 to 24 (or do you know of someone who fits the bill)? You could get some valuable experience of parish ministry via a diocesan-wide scheme that aims to give young people a flavour of what it is like to be involved in church leadership. Read more

  • D-Day Memorial dedicated in Gosport

    Bishop Jonathan dedicated a new D-Day Memorial in Gosport, on the day we marked 80 years since the start of the Normandy invasion. Among those present was a 98-year-old D-Day veteran, George Carpenter, who broke the ground to mark the start of the creation of the memorial Read more

  • Portsmouth hosts national D-Day anniversary event

    Our city hosted the UK’s national commemorative event to mark 80 years since D-Day – the pivotal moment in the Second World War. A 90-minute presentation from D-Day veterans, military musicians and city schoolchildren was watched by royalty, politicians, dignitaries and thousands of city residents. Among those involved were members of our churches and schools Read more

  • Equipped for a new role as ‘the Reverend’

    Tom Cooper’s call to ordained ministry came fairly quickly after his conversion to Christianity. He has been a Reader for seven years and will now become ‘the Reverend’ at an ordination service in our cathedral on June 29. Read more

  • City children will sing as part of D-Day 80 event

    A specially-formed children’s choir will sing in front of HM the King and a national audience as part of the events marking 80 years since D-Day. They’ll be on Southsea Common as part of the D-Day 80 national commemoration on June 5. Among them will be Luca Shaw, who will also read a description of what life was like for one teenage boy in the run-up to D-Day. Read more

  • Headteacher commissioned for new role

    The new headteacher at St George’s C of E Primary School in Portsea has been commissioned at a service at nearby Harbour Church, based in St George’s Church, Portsea. Izzy Lewis has been a deputy head at another C of E school in Portsmouth: St Jude’s C of E Primary. Read more

  • Churchwarden marks 40 years of service

    Churchwarden Peter Lambert has marked 40 years as churchwarden at St John the Baptist Church in Northwood. He was presented with a cake and gifts after a Sunday service. Read more

  • Grants enable work to take place at Idsworth

    Grants totally £18,500 have been made to allow conservation and repair work to take place at St Hubert’s Church, Idsworth – the ‘church in a field’ that has become a popular South Downs tourist destination Read more

  • Two girls baptised at Messy Church service

    Two girls, Nina and Bethany, were baptised during Messy Church at St John’s Church, Ryde. They have been regulars there for the past two years, so the Rev David Morgan performed the baptism in the worship setting with which they are most familiar. Read more

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