Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories

  • Colourful church history explored in talk

    The fascinating history that links Portsmouth’s ‘Circus Church’ and a modern church on a Fareham housing estate will be explored this Sunday. Self-confessed geek Charlie Stevenson will explain how a popular Victorian church on the site of a former circus eventually became St John the Evangelist Church in Fareham, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Read more

  • Called as a teenager to serve God

    Richard Shurmer was an RE teacher for 36 years and has been a Reader for 37 years. He’s now responding to God’s call to be ordained. He’ll be one of seven people ordained deacon as part of our first Michaelmas cohort of ordinands. Bishop Jonathan will ordain him in our cathedral on September 30. Read more

  • New pioneer minister in Gosport

    Matt Gatt has been appointed as Pioneer Minster in the parish of South Gosport. He’ll be based at St John’s Church, Forton, with the plan to reestablish a worshipping community there, as well as working with young adults and creatives in the area. Read more

  • Senior teacher among those being ordained

    Senior teacher Clare King fitted in her ordination training around a busy job leading a school department. Now she’s one of eight people preparing to be ordained by Bishop Jonathan at our Michaelmas ordination service on September 30. She’ll be serving in Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge, where she’s already part of the congregation. Read more

  • Island school welcomes Bishop Jonathan

    Bishop Jonathan met staff and pupils on a visit to The Bay C of E School in Sandown, on the Isle of Wight. He was given a tour of the secondary school site and was quizzed by pupils on a variety of subjects. Read more

  • Church celebrates first baptisms by immersion

    Hope Church, Whiteley, celebrated their first ever baptisms by immersion over the summer. Three children, one young person and one adult were baptised in a paddling pool outside Cornerstone C of E Primary School, where the church now meets regularly. Among those baptised by the vicar, the Rev Amy Adeniran, was her own daughter, Talitha, aged six. Read more

  • Archbishop to visit our diocese for three days

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will visit our diocese for three days in October. His focus will be on mission, sharing the good news of Jesus and visiting churches, schools and communities across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He'll be visiting over the weekend of October 13-15, spending one day and night on the Isle of Wight and two days on the mainland. Read more

  • Bishop appoints new team vicar for Ryde

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev David Morgan as the new team vicar for Ryde. The new benefice will consist of five churches – All Saints, St John’s, St Michael’s in Ryde, as well as Holy Cross, Binstead, and St Peter’s, Havenstreet. David will be primarily responsible for traditional worship in these parishes as part of a wider team Read more

  • The team who keep Rowner’s churchyard looking beautiful

    This is the team who help to keep the churchyard and church grounds beautiful at St Mary the Virgin, Rowner. The men and women of ‘Eden’ volunteer to mow grass, pull out weeds, creosote fences and keep graves tidy. Some are members of the congregation, some have friends or family buried in the churchyard. They also support each other, and those who come to grieve. Read more

  • Teenagers deepen discipleship on summer trip

    Eleven to 18-year-olds from across our diocese spent five days on a summer residential organised by the team behind their High Tide youth services. They enjoyed mountain-biking, archery, baking and pottery, plus a murder mystery, water slide, paint party and silent disco. And there were regular sessions of worship, prayer and discussion based on the Christmas, Easter and Pentecost stories. Read more

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