Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories


  • New Archdeacon of Portsdown is appointed

    The bishop has appointed the Rev Jenny Rowley to be the next Archdeacon of Portsdown. She will be responsible for Church of England clergy and parishes in the deaneries of Havant and Portsmouth. Read more

  • Church launches 900th-anniversary celebrations

    Worshippers are preparing to mark their church’s 900th-anniversary with a year-long programme of events. Read more

  • Becket anniversaries will prompt pilgrimages

    Two significant anniversaries relating to Thomas Becket will prompt a series of pilgrimages within our diocese and to the site of his burial in Canterbury. The events, which happen throughout the year 2020, are particularly important for our cathedral, which is dedicated to him as St Thomas of Canterbury Read more

  • Christmas funding boost for St Helens Church

    A much-loved Isle of Wight church is to share in a £520,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust. Read more

  • Community pantomime thrills audiences

    A cast of 50 actors thrilled their audiences with performances of “Dick Whittington and his Cat” over the weekend. The Leigh Park and Warren Park Community Players presented their traditional pantomime to more than 300 people over three performances in St Clare’s Church, Warren Park. Read more

  • Sunday Suppers offers food, hugs and smiles

    For almost 30 years, a Portsmouth church has offered hot meals and authentic relationships to the homeless, isolated and other vulnerable people. Sunday Suppers at St Simon's Church is one of the ways in which worshippers offer genuine support to the most marginalised in our society Read more

  • Life-size Advent calendar inside a shed

    Worshippers and community groups in Bedhampton are all contributing to a novel, life-size Advent calendar. Each day from December 1-24, they are creating a scene inside a shed, based on a Christmas carol. The doors to the shed will be opened at 5pm each day, and visitors invited to pop in for the next 90 minutes to see what today's scene is. Read more

  • Camels parade through shopping centre

    Three camels paraded through Leigh Park shopping centre as part of a pre-Christmas festival organised by the local church. The Starlight Festival was taking place at St Francis Church, Leigh park, aiming to help the local community to prepare for Christmas festivities Read more

  • Friday Fridge offers support to regular guests

    Worshippers offer help to those who are homeless, isolated, living with mental health issues or addictions, at their regular Friday Fridge event at St Jude’s Church, Southsea. The late-night drop in started as a place where those leaving pubs and clubs could pop into for a spiritual chillout. Now it’s a place where regular guests can feel at home. Read more

  • Homeless people will sleep in churches again this winter

    Churches of all denominations in Portsmouth will throw open their doors to homeless people for the third winter in a row. And this year, churches in Gosport will also run a similar scheme. It's part of our concern for those who are left marginalised and need help with food and accommodation. Read more

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