Diocese of Portsmouth

News Stories


  • Worshippers meet for Matins in the churchyard

    Worshippers from St Thomas a Becket, Warblington, met outside their church for a service of Matins, as one way of coping with the current restrictions on public worship Read more

  • Worshippers delighted to be back in church

    Churchgoers have expressed their delight at being able to worship inside their churches again for the first time in more than three months, as restrictions continue to be eased. They practised social distancing as they tried to keep each other safe from the pandemic. Read more

  • Ambulance workers thank church for reorganising their wedding

    Steph Little and Tom Martin were due to get married on July 4. The coronavirus pandemic meant their wedding day had to be postponed for a year. But when the Prime Minister said that small weddings could go ahead from July 4, they had 11 days to reorganise their big day. They wanted to thank St Faith's Church, Lee-on-Solent for moving heaven and earth to help them to make the arrangements. Read more

  • Lottery funding to develop heritage and culture in Portsmouth

    National Lottery funding will help to pay for a range of community activities focussed around the restoration of a historic organ in a Portsmouth church. The Organ Project, based at St Mary's Church in Fratton, has been given a grant of £764,000 towards a three-year project to deliver engaging and inspiring activities associated with 130 years of music-making in the heart of Portsmouth Read more

  • Church hosts first drive-in worship service

    St Barnabas Church in Swanmore will host our diocese’s first drive-in worship service – with the vicar leading hymns, songs and prayers in a village car park Read more

  • Chaplain to Pompey FC sends cardboard cut-out to game

    The chaplain to Portsmouth Football Club will be there for the vital Division 1 play-off game against Oxford - but only as a cardboard cut-out. The coronavirus restrictions mean that the Rev Jonathan Jeffery will be unable to watch the game in person. Read more

  • Healing adviser raises funds in seafront cycle

    Our diocese's healing adviser is raising funds for a project to build new classrooms in a school in Uganda. Retired GP David Pearson is cycling 100 laps of Southsea seafront during the lockdown to raise the money Read more

  • Churches open their doors for private prayer

    Churches around our diocese are opening their doors to allow individuals to pray privately. It’s the first time members of the public have been allowed in our churches for three months. For some people, it’s a welcome easing of the lockdown restrictions. Read more

  • New vicar for three island villages

    A new priest-in-charge has been licensed for the villages of Newchurch and Arreton. The Rev Kath Abbott was already priest-in-charge of Wroxall and will minister across all three areas after a socially-distanced licensing service with the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight Read more

  • Cathedral to re-open for private prayer

    Our cathedral will re-open for individuals and households to pray privately from 11am-2pm on Tuesday. That's after the government relaxed the restrictions that have seen church buildings closed during the coronavirus pandemic Read more

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