Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Worshippers to tell Easter story on streets of Havant

    Worshippers from churches around Havant and Leigh Park will dramatise the Easter story on the streets of Havant. It will be the fourth Passion Play staged by this ecumenical group, and will take in Jesus’s final days, including his trial, death and resurrection. The Havant Passion Play is a brand new telling of the story. Read more

  • Our donations to Foodbank will help those in need

    Our donations towards the Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2024 will help those in need who use Foodbanks across our diocese. Among them is the Portsmouth Foodbank based at King’s Church, Southsea, which helps scores of needy people each week. Read more

  • Lent Appeal supports people in Lebanon

    Claudette has volunteered through her local church to give out mattresses, blankets, food boxes and other essentials to people who have lost everything. Your generous support of this year’s Bishop’s Lent Appeal will help this work to continue. Read more

  • Bishop makes two senior appointments

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed an interim Archdeacon of Portsdown and a permanent Diocesan Secretary. The Ven Ian Jagger will be our interim Archdeacon, and Philip Poulter has been appointed to the permanent role of Diocesan Secretary Read more

  • Pioneering is theme of Readers’ Conference

    Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) from across the diocese gathered for a weekend of teaching, worship, crafting and good food on the Isle of Wight, with guest speakers from CMS’s Pioneering Parishes team. Read more

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