Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories

  • Generous worshippers create happy Christmas for those in need

    Churches across our diocese helped to make it a happier Christmas for families and those in need. Several provided food or Christmas hampers for those who might otherwise have gone without. Read more

  • Cathedral’s Midnight Mass broadcast on BBC1

    Our cathedral’s Midnight Mass was broadcast live by the BBC as we began our Christmas Day celebrations. The service was led by the Dean and the sermon was preached by Bishop Jonathan. It was one of many carol services held during December as we celebrated Advent and Christmas. Read more

  • Community panto leaves audience in stitches

    Hundreds of locals turned out to watch the Leigh Park and Warren Park Community Panto Players perform ‘Snow White’ in St Clare’s Church, Warren Park. The large cast included the vicar, the Rev Jonathan Jeffery, performing as Dame Dotty Dumpling, plus members of the congregation and community. Read more

  • Portsmouth church hosts Radio Solent carol concert

    BBC Radio Solent came to St Mary’s Church in Fratton to record their annual Christmas carol concert. Worshippers donned Santa hats and Christmas jumpers as they sang traditional carols and listened to some pop classics. Radio Solent presenters Lou Hannan and Alun Newman introduced the carols and interviews with listeners who had made a difference in their local communities. Read more

  • Cathedral choir to premiere new carol on BBC

    Our cathedral choir will give the TV premiere of the Church of England’s new Christmas single. They’ll sing a new version of ‘The First Nowell’ at Midnight Mass, which is being broadcast live on BBC1 on Christmas Eve. This version of the popular carol has been written by renowned composer Bob Chilcott, and is being sung at our cathedral’s carol services and across the country – as well as being released on music streaming services. Read more