Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories

  • Archbishop tells prisoners and community leaders about transformation

    Archbishop Justin visited inmates in HMP Isle of Wight to talk to them about transformation, before heading across the Solent to meet community leaders from across Portsmouth to talk about the transformation of our society. He visited a family fun day held to celebrate the sixth anniversary of a church plant, before rounding off his day with ratings and officers in HM Naval Base. Read more

  • Island schoolchildren and churchgoers quiz Archbishop

    Isle of Wight schoolchildren and churchgoers quizzed the Archbishop of Canterbury during visits to two C of E schools and one church. He answered questions about crowning the King, how he came to faith, and how he has been sustained during difficult times in his life. It was Day 1 of his three-day visit to our diocese. Read more

  • New priest appointed for South Wight

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev Rob Marsh as the new priest-in-charge of South Wight. He’ll be licensed to this post, covering the parishes of Niton, Whitwell, Chale and St Lawrence, in January. Rob is a former TV cameraman and also ran a photography business. Read more

  • New vicar for St James, Milton

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed a new vicar to the parish of St James, Milton. The Rev Darren A’Court, who is currently parish priest in Amesbury, Wiltshire, will be licensed to his new role in January. Read more

  • Creationtide celebrated in rural parish

    Worshippers at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon, celebrated the season of Creationtide with a range of services and activities designed to mark care for God’s creation. These included a pet service, a Harvest tea and Communion celebrated in a farmer’s barn. Read more

  • Michaelmas cohort ordained at cathedral

    Seven new deacons were ordained at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 30th September. Read more

  • MY FAITH: Transforming lives by teaching dance

    Dance teacher Summer Reber leads a unique dance school for those with special needs – and it happens in her home church. The Identical School of Dance has been meeting in St Alban’s Church, West Leigh. Read more

  • New Passion Play scheduled for Easter 2024

    Amateur actors will once again stage a Passion Play in Havant. The production will tell the story of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection, this time in a promenade performance in Havant town centre. The actors will come from local churches of all denominations. Read more

  • Children’s Week celebrates 50th anniversary

    Around 70 children from Soberton, Newtown and beyond enjoyed Children’s Week, based at Soberton Village Recreation Ground. It was the 50th anniversary of the annual event, and the vicar who first dreamt it up, the Rev Roger Moseley, was back to see how it had developed since its inception. Read more

  • Meon Valley boy returns as priest

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev Andy Davis as interim Priest-in-Charge of Swanmore, Soberton, Newtown and Hambledon, and the Meon Bridge benefice. He’ll be in charge of a team of clergy and lay people who will minister in those parishes. He was born and raised in the Meon Valley, so will be returning home. Read more

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