Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories


  • City-wide Harvest campaign will feed the needy

    Christians from across the city of Portsmouth are launching a Harvest campaign to help feed those in need this autumn. Churches, schools and libraries will be collecting donations from churchgoers and non-churchgoers to help vulnerable families, the homeless, those who have suffered domestic abuse and asylum seekers. Read more

  • PHOTOS: Prayers at the foundations of new school

    Bishop Christopher led a short, socially-distanced service of prayer at the foundations of the new Cornerstone C of E Primary School site in Whiteley. He was joined by Rev Philippa Mills, vicar of Whiteley Church, as well as local councillors, school governors and teachers, representatives of Midas Group, the construction company, and local MP Flick Drummond. Read more

  • Bishop to pray over foundations of new school

    Bishop Christopher will pray over the foundations of a new C of E school being built to cater for hundreds of families who will move into new homes in Whiteley. The prayer will happen on August 25,on the site of the new Cornerstone C of E Primary School. Read more

  • Church repairs clock on spire

    Worshippers from St Jude’s Church in Southsea have repaired the clock on the spire of their historic church. The timepiece now allows those shopping in the nearby Palmerston Road shopping centre to tell the time. Read more

  • Worshippers meet for Matins in the churchyard

    Worshippers from St Thomas a Becket, Warblington, met outside their church for a service of Matins, as one way of coping with the current restrictions on public worship Read more

  • Peace Pole project draws together Year 6 pupils

    Year 6 pupils from church schools across the diocese have been taking part in a project to create Peace Poles during this academic year. Normally they would gather at our cathedral for a Leavers' Service, when they would take part in workshops and worship around the same theme. This year, they were unable to gather, but shared in a video that will be available for all pupils to watch, at home or at school, at the end of this term. Read more

  • Worshippers delighted to be back in church

    Churchgoers have expressed their delight at being able to worship inside their churches again for the first time in more than three months, as restrictions continue to be eased. They practised social distancing as they tried to keep each other safe from the pandemic. Read more

  • Ambulance workers thank church for reorganising their wedding

    Steph Little and Tom Martin were due to get married on July 4. The coronavirus pandemic meant their wedding day had to be postponed for a year. But when the Prime Minister said that small weddings could go ahead from July 4, they had 11 days to reorganise their big day. They wanted to thank St Faith's Church, Lee-on-Solent for moving heaven and earth to help them to make the arrangements. Read more

  • Lottery funding to develop heritage and culture in Portsmouth

    National Lottery funding will help to pay for a range of community activities focussed around the restoration of a historic organ in a Portsmouth church. The Organ Project, based at St Mary's Church in Fratton, has been given a grant of £764,000 towards a three-year project to deliver engaging and inspiring activities associated with 130 years of music-making in the heart of Portsmouth Read more

  • Church hosts first drive-in worship service

    St Barnabas Church in Swanmore will host our diocese’s first drive-in worship service – with the vicar leading hymns, songs and prayers in a village car park Read more

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