Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • Bishop blesses newly-planted fig tree at nursing home

    The Home of Comfort Nursing Home in Southsea was visited by Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Portsmouth, who planted and blessed a fig tree donated by Hampshire Tree and Garden, replacing another tree that was causing problems. Despite the cold weather, several residents and their families attended the ceremony, which concluded with the bishop sprinkling holy water on the tree and leading everyone in prayers. Read more

  • Toddler group helps towards achieving EcoChurch award

    St George’s Church, Waterlooville, is working towards an EcoChurch bronze award and has made its grounds more bird-friendly. The church’s Eco Church Group and Toddler group collaborated to put up four bird boxes and six bug hotels. Read more

  • New Archdeacon of the Meon appointed

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed Canon Kathryn Percival to be the new Archdeacon of the Meon, it was announced today. Kathryn, who is Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean at our cathedral, will be responsible for supporting the ministry of parishes in the Gosport, Fareham, Bishop’s Waltham and Petersfield deaneries. Read more

  • Conference inspires parishes in mission

    Clergy and lay leaders from across our diocese came together for a day conference on growth. They took part in a conference on ‘Leading Your Church Into Growth’ (LYCIG), held at St George’s Church, Portsea. Canon Robin Gamble, director of LYCIG led the session, which helped parishes think about practical ways to develop their mission and outreach. Read more

  • Schools take part in Lights of Hope project

    Church schools across our diocese were involved with a project based on a ‘Light of Hope’ art installation, which was suspended above Winchester Cathedral’s nave between October and January. It inspired pupils across Hampshire to create their own miniature lights of hope. Read more

  • Re-dedication of historic Lawrence Monument

    Following its conservation, a century-old work of art monument to Dorothy Marshall Lawrence, the heiress to the Marshall and Snelgrove Department Store fortune, was re-dedicated by the Rev Canon Anthony Hulbert, at a special service held on Sunday 12th March at Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke. Read more

  • Village church honoured for its commitment to caring for animals

    St Michael and All Angels, Chalton was chosen by the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals as joint winners of the Animal-Friendly Church Awards for 2022. Read more

  • New priest appointed for Sheet

    The Rev Bruce Deans has been appointed as the new priest-in-charge of Sheet. Bruce, who is currently vicar of St John’s, Fareham, will have an additional deanery role, inspiring others in mission and evangelism. Read more

  • New person to lead Portsmouth’s fastest-growing church

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev Lewis Dean to be the new rector of Harbour Church, based in Portsmouth. Lewis is currently a curate at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton. He’ll take over the leadership of a church that was originally launched in September 2016, and now welcomes 500 people to four services in three different locations in the city. Read more

  • New parish priest appointed for Liss

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev Clare Welham to be the new priest-in-charge of Liss. Clare is currently part-time incumbent of the benefice of Ropley, Bishop’s Sutton and West Tisted. Her new role includes some responsibility for Growing Faith around the Petersfield deanery. Read more

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