Diocese of Portsmouth

High Tide youth service, Portchester Castle, July 2022

High Tide youth services

High Tide is what we call the monthly get-togethers of church youth groups from across the Portsmouth area. Initially begun in 2018, this involved bringing together those aged 11-18 from churches for a youth service that would include games, worship, teaching and prayer. It was a chance to deepen people's discipleship, and help strengthen bonds between young people in different churches. 

It was also ecumenical, including youth groups from churches of different denominations, from Emsworth to Southsea and from Crookhorn to Stubbington. Church youth groups in Fareham and Gosport have now created their own monthly youth services, now called High Tide West. Both groups came together for a special summer event in the grounds of Portchester Castle in July 2022.

Fu on the waterslide at the summer High Tide residential, August 2022

High Tide residential: April 2022

In April 2022, the first High Tide residential took place in the Westbrook Centre on the Isle of Wight. Fifty 11 to 18-year-olds enjoyed paintballing, swimming, creating tie-dye t-shirts and learning bushcraft - as well as learning more about God through worship, teaching and prayer. Read more about that here, watch the video below, and see all the photos here.

High Tide residential: August 2022

They enjoyed their weekend in April so much that a summer High Tide residential was arranged for August 2022. Almost 30 young people from nine churches went to Luckley House School in Surrey for a four-day break based around TV game shows. It included Bake Off, Hunted, Taskmaster, Repair Shop and Million-Pound Drop activities, plus lasertag, a silent disco, worship, teaching and discussion. You can read more about it here, watch the video below, and see all the photos here.

Autumn 2022

The two programmes of monthly youth services (one for the Portsmouth area, one for Fareham/Gosport) will continue in the autumn. The details are below.

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