Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Colourful church history explored in talk

    The fascinating history that links Portsmouth’s ‘Circus Church’ and a modern church on a Fareham housing estate will be explored this Sunday. Self-confessed geek Charlie Stevenson will explain how a popular Victorian church on the site of a former circus eventually became St John the Evangelist Church in Fareham, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Read more

  • New pioneer minister in Gosport

    Matt Gatt has been appointed as Pioneer Minster in the parish of South Gosport. He’ll be based at St John’s Church, Forton, with the plan to reestablish a worshipping community there, as well as working with young adults and creatives in the area. Read more

  • Church celebrates first baptisms by immersion

    Hope Church, Whiteley, celebrated their first ever baptisms by immersion over the summer. Three children, one young person and one adult were baptised in a paddling pool outside Cornerstone C of E Primary School, where the church now meets regularly. Among those baptised by the vicar, the Rev Amy Adeniran, was her own daughter, Talitha, aged six. Read more

  • Archbishop to visit our diocese for three days

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will visit our diocese for three days in October. His focus will be on mission, sharing the good news of Jesus and visiting churches, schools and communities across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He'll be visiting over the weekend of October 13-15, spending one day and night on the Isle of Wight and two days on the mainland. Read more

  • Bishop appoints new team vicar for Ryde

    Bishop Jonathan has appointed the Rev David Morgan as the new team vicar for Ryde. The new benefice will consist of five churches – All Saints, St John’s, St Michael’s in Ryde, as well as Holy Cross, Binstead, and St Peter’s, Havenstreet. David will be primarily responsible for traditional worship in these parishes as part of a wider team Read more

  • The team who keep Rowner’s churchyard looking beautiful

    This is the team who help to keep the churchyard and church grounds beautiful at St Mary the Virgin, Rowner. The men and women of ‘Eden’ volunteer to mow grass, pull out weeds, creosote fences and keep graves tidy. Some are members of the congregation, some have friends or family buried in the churchyard. They also support each other, and those who come to grieve. Read more

  • New priest for Buriton is actor, author and therapist

    The new self-supporting priest who will be working at St Mary’s Church, Buriton, has trained as a mental health nurse, a psychotherapist, an actor and for ordination. The Rev Andre Radmall was ordained in 2008 and was part of a Fresh Expressions house church, and now runs a business coaching network. He has written books on addiction and well-being, has acted on stage and in film, and has hosted podcasts. Read more

  • Young pilgrims enjoy trip to Taizé

    Young adults from across our diocese spent a week with thousands of others across the world at the ecumenical Taizé Community in France. They experienced reflective worship, community living and prayer in a pilgrimage led by Bishop Jonathan. Read more

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