Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • HRH Prince Edward celebrates reopening of Newport Minster

    HRH the Duke of Edinburgh helped worshippers celebrate the reopening of Newport Minster after a final £2.6m project to complete its refurbishment. The royal Duke was shown around the building before a service attended by 400 people from across the island and beyond. Prince Edward read a passage from the Bible and thanked all those who had contributed to the refurbishment. Read more

  • Royal duke to visit as Newport Minster reopens

    HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Newport Minster to celebrate its reopening after a major refurbishment. Prince Edward will read a passage from the Bible during the reopening service on May 1. He will also thank island craftspeople, funders, staff and volunteers who have been involved in the seven-month refurbishment project. The idea is that the Minster becomes a valuable community venue at the heart of the island, as well as a spiritual hub. Read more

  • Drug addict’s life transformed by generous churchgoers

    Alison Cairns was homeless and addicted to drugs. She was also grieving from the tragic death of her partner. She was at rock bottom, but was offered a house to live in by the charity Hope into Action Portsmouth. Having a proper home and being supported by local churchgoers has helped her to kick the habit and turn her life around. Read more

  • Newport Minster to re-open after major refurbishment

    The historic Newport Minster will re-open on May 1 after a major project to refurbish the inside of the building. It has involved installing underfloor heating, better toilets, a new kitchen, new seating, and new meeting rooms. The minster will now aim to be a magnet for community groups, as well as a spiritual hub for the island. Worshippers will welcome up to 400 specially-invited guests for the formal re-opening service, and local community groups will start to use the building immediately. Read more

  • Diocese office wins Silver eco award

    The diocesan office at Peninsular House has been given the Silver Award by A Rocha for their work towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable work environment. Read more

  • Former Obama aide to deliver keynote lecture

    A former aide to President Barack Obama will deliver this year’s Dolling Lecture at Portsmouth Cathedral. Michael Wear will speak on ‘The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life’ on April 17 in our cathedral Read more

  • New cafe aims to foster community spirit

    A new café has opened in the church hall of St Luke’s Church in Southsea. The Host Café aims to attract those who live, work and study in the area, and increase the sense of community spirit. It’s all part of a large project to redevelop the church, hall, car park and garden to put St Luke’s at the heart of its local community Read more

  • Hundreds watch Easter story re-enacted on streets

    Shoppers and passers-by watched the story of Jesus’s arrest, trial, death and resurrection on the streets of Havant. Actors from Havant Passion Play told the story of Holy Week and Easter after a procession through the town’s market with a donkey. The 30-minute play was staged on scaffolding erected just outside St Faith’s Church. Read more

  • History made in Isle of Wight school

    For the first time, three female priests led Communion services for Holy Week in Christ the King College in Newport. It was appropriate, as we mark 30 years since women were first ordained as priests in the Church of England. Read more

  • New acting archdeacon and new area dean appointed

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed Canon Bob White to be the acting Archdeacon of Portsdown, and the Rev Annie McCabe to be area dean of Portsmouth. Read more

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