Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories


  • Churches prepare to mark Queen’s historic achievement

    Our churches are throwing parties, hosting services and organising special events to mark 70 years since HM the Queen became our sovereign. The events are taking place before, during and after the four-day Bank Holiday weekend. Read more

  • Focus on environment prompts Eco-church award

    Portsmouth churchgoers are celebrating after being given an Eco-church award, to mark their commitment to the environment. St Mary's Church, Fratton, has put green issues at the forefront of their agenda, installing bike racks, buying an eCargo bike, and hosting events with an environmental theme. Read more

  • First Anna Chaplain licensed on the mainland

    The first of a network of Anna Chaplains to minister to older people has been commissioned on the mainland. Dr Coleen Jackson, who was already a Reader, was licensed as an Anna Chaplain by Bishop Jonathan, who has already announced his desire for an Anna Chaplain to serve in every parish, benefice or cluster of our diocese. Former Meridian TV presenter Debbie Thrower, who created Anna Chaplaincy in Alton, preached during the service at St Michael's Church, Chalton. Read more

  • First host to be linked with Ukrainian refugees

    More than 70 people across our diocese have offered to host Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict that has seen homes and livelihoods destroyed. The first of our hosts to be linked with a Ukrainian family is Judy Walker. She talks about her motivation for offering rooms within her house to those who are desperate for safety. Read more

  • Vicar to climb mountain to fundraise for hospice

    Isle of Wight vicar Amanda Collinson plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak – to help raise money for her local hospice. Her inspiration to do so comes from the care the hospice has given to friends, as well as her Christian faith. Read more

  • Church hosts refugee hub helping those in need

    Portsmouth City of Sanctuary runs a weekly Refugee Hub at St Luke’s Church, Southsea, helping those who have come to the UK, fleeing conflict and persecution. Each Monday morning, they help with support and advice in the church hall. Read more

  • Teenagers discover more about God on activity weekend

    Fifty teenagers from churches across the Portsmouth area spent a weekend on the Isle of Wight learning more about God. They are from the ecumenical High Tide group - in which church youth groups join forces each month for worship and teaching. They headed to the Westbrook Centre near Ryde, for paintballing, swimming, bushcraft, making tie-dye t-shirts, worship, testimony and creative prayer. Read more

  • The 93-year-old who makes an eight-hour trip to play the organ

    This is 93-year-old Geoffrey Holroyde, who makes an eight-hour round trip each time he plays the organ at a historic Gosport church. He'll be stepping down as a regular organist on Easter Sunday after playing a significant role in restoring the organ in Holy Trinity Church, which was once played by Handel Read more

  • Hundreds of Easter eggs donated for families in need

    More than 600 Easter eggs and some gardening equipment has been donated to help vulnerable and needy families from local charities. Kind-hearted members of our churches and communities - plus councillors from Portsmouth City Council - donated as part of a Lent appeal run by St Mary's Church, Fratton Read more

  • Bishop offers us roadmap for 2022

    Bishop Jonathan outlined his thoughts about the future of our diocese - and offered us a roadmap to help us to negotiate the rest of 2022. He was speaking to our Diocesan Synod, which welcomed his emphasis on building renewed confidence in Jesus Christ. Read more

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