Diocese of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Diocese is the 133 Church of England parishes in south-east Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

The Church of England's Diocese of Portsmouth covers 139 parishes in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, from Bramshott in the north to Ventnor in the south, from Botley in the west to Emsworth in the east. It's a geographical area of the C of E led by the Bishop of Portsmouth. Our cathedral is in Old Portsmouth and is also a parish church. A small team of diocesan officers helps administe

Operating as usual

Photos from Diocese of Portsmouth's post 19/06/2024

We said a fond farewell to the Portsmouth Pathway with a get-together for current and former students and tutors at St Luke's Church, Southsea. The Pathway was our diocese's course for training clergy and lay ministers, mixing academic study with spiritual formation and practical experience. It has come to an end at the end of this academic year. The party and act of worship was also the send-off for this year's cohort of students.

Read more on www.portsmouth.anglican.org/pathway


Please pray for the parish of Southsea St Luke and St Peter, its clergy Annie McCabe, Jan Fuller and Dominic Jones, and PtO clergy Phillippa Mills.

Photos from St Faith's, Lee-on-the-Solent's post 18/06/2024
Photos from Diocese of Portsmouth's post 18/06/2024

St Mary-the-Virgin Church, Brading, was packed for a hustings event hosted by churches in East Wight. Around 180 people attended to hear the views of the six candidates for the new Parliamentary constituency of Isle of Wight East. The event was chaired by the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, the Ven Steve Daughtery.

Questions put by members of the audience covered the shortage of affordable housing, child poverty, the care sector, the dumping of raw sewage, and mainland travel for crucial hospital appointments. Candidates were also asked why they wanted to be an MP, and how they understood the ‘common good’.

For details of other hustings events and how churchgoers are praying for our nation during the General Election campaign, see: www.portsmouth.anglican.org/generalelection

Photos from Diocese of Portsmouth's post 18/06/2024

Our cathedral hosted the launch of our city's involvement in Refugee Week 2024. Organised by Portsmouth City of Sanctuary and 432 Nomads, the launch was a riot of colour and music, as we celebrated the fifth birthday of Portsmouth City of Sanctuary. It was also an occasion to celebrate the contributions of refugees and people seeking sanctuary to our culture. It included food, music, dancing, poetry and performance. Read more about what happened here: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0

Discover more about what's happening in Portsmouth for Refugee Week here: https://portsmouth.cityofsanctuary.org/our-projects/creative-community


Marriage Thanksgiving Service

On Sunday 23rd June at 3pm at St Thomas a Becket, (after the end of the Marriage Memories exhibition), all welcome to attend a special Marriage Thanksgiving Service as part of our Parish's centenary celebrations. You don’t need to have been married in one of our churches (or indeed any church!) we would love you to join us at this special service of thanksgiving for all marriages, past and present.


Read more about our prayers for the nation and hustings events ahead of the General Election on www.portsmouth.anglican.org/generalelection

Today, let us pray for our own government and the leaders of the world, that they may set the wellbeing of the earth and of nature at the heart of public policy.

Ahead of the General Election, follow our 21 day journey of prayer and reflection at cofe.io/PrayYourPart.


Tonight marks the end of training for Matt Lockwood, Kathryn England and Lindsey Crowhurst, who will be licensed as Lay Ministers in the Church of England on Saturday 22 June, 10.30am at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Also known as 'Readers', lay ministers undergo a vocations process, sensing a call from God to be trained and licensed by the Church, to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.

We are excited for Matt, Kathryn and Lindsey as they finish their training and prepare for licensing. You are welcome to support them at the Cathedral on 22 June. Please pray for them!


Please pray for the parish of Southsea St Jude, its clergy Adam Tams and Neil Smart, LLMs Ruth McCabe and Rowena Pearson, Children’s Ministry Enabler Bethan Fogell, Youth Minister Jack Cross, and PtO clergy Nigel Bennett and Colin Towner.

Photos from St. Michael & All Angels, Paulsgrove's post 17/06/2024
Photos from Diocese of Portsmouth's post 17/06/2024

Dads from St Jude's Church, St Jude's C of E Primary School, St Swithun's RC Primary, and Christ Central Church in Portsmouth took their children away for the annual Bears Camp weekend in the New Forest. The camping trip included sport, barbecues, a paddle in the river, karaoke, and the chance to hear more about God.

Diocese of Portsmouth - Events 17/06/2024

Coming up on Wednesday: your chance to quiz the candidates standing for the General Election in Portsmouth North about their policies. It's organised by Churches Together in Cosham and will be happening at Church of the Resurrection, Drayton. Details here:

Diocese of Portsmouth - Events Churches Together in Cosham have organised hustings for candidates standing for the Parliamentary constituency of Portsmouth North. Come and meet the candidates and have an opportunity to ask them questions. It follows on from their regular midweek Communion:


Come and sing. It's free. It's fun. It's great for your mental health. Enjoy!!! Diocese of Portsmouth HIVE Portsmouth Ark Charter Academy ARK Ayrton Primary Academy Cottage Grove Primary School


SATURDAY 6 JULY, 2-3.30pm
Come along for fun, craft, activities and loads to do for families with primary-aged children and younger. Part of the afternoon includes a short time for Family Church which creates an accessible and friendly atmosphere with a Christian focus.

Family Fun Afternoons have become such an important way of being 'the heart of God at the heart of our community'. If you’ve never been before and would like to know more, please email [email protected]. All are welcome!


Please pray for the parish of Southsea Holy Spirit, its clergy Russell Lawson, and PtO clergy David Barlow and Ian Rutherford.


Update: sadly, the Conservative Party Candidate, Alan Mak, has sent word that he is unable to attend this hustings - a pity, since he was also unable to attend the recent Hayling Hustings. ALL the other parties seeking your vote for the Havant constituency seat WILL be present. So please come and hear their offers to the electorate.

The Hustings will be live on our page, AND also on our website at www.stfaith.com. (Comments will only be possible on the Facebook feed).


Join us in a journey of prayer and reflection ahead of the General Election.

Today's reflection is centred around words from Psalm 15.1-2.

Follow along at cofe.io/PrayYourPart.

Photos from High Tide - Youth Service's post 16/06/2024

Here are the photos from Friday’s High Tide youth service. Lots of 11 to 18-year-olds gathered at Church of the Good Shepherd in Crookhorn, for food, games, worship, activities and a talk. Some of the young people from the hosting church played some of the instruments for the worship time:


Exciting! Congrats to St Philip’s Cosham. Find out more about Eco Church at http://portsmouth.anglican.org/ecochurch.

Thanks to the work of our Church Warden, Roger, St. Philip’s now has a Bronze Eco Church Award! We’re already silver and even gold in some areas and so will be working towards our next award 😊

Diocese of Portsmouth


Please pray for Portsmouth Cathedral: The Dean, Anthony Cane; Residentiary Canons, Harriet Neale-Stevens, Nick Ralph, Anthony Rustell and Jo Spreadbury; clergy, Catherine Edenborough; LLMs, Kitty Price and Chris Nicol; and PtO clergy, Godfrey Hilliard, Richard Owen, James Percival, David Stickland, Angela Tilby and Ian Woodward.

Pray also for IDWAL, Sunyani Diocese, +Festus, and St Anselm’s Cathedral, Dean Timothy.


Please pray for the Sisters of Bethany: Mother Mary Joy; Sisters Rita Elizabeth, Joanna Elizabeth, Elizabeth Pio, Mary Paul, Heidi Marie; Postulant Sarah; Alongsider Ian; Chaplain General Norman Boakes; Visitor +Jonathan Frost.


Tonight we were privileged to sing Evensong at the beautiful All Saints Church, Portsea. The first time these choir stalls have been used for a number of years.

Photos from St Matthew & St Thomas - North Gosport's post 14/06/2024

Live Lunchtime Music on Tuesday 9th July 2024, starting at 1.00pm.

Singer Songwriter Alistair Goodwin will be preforming a range of folk songs.

Tickets at £5.00 in advance and £7.00 on the door are available from St Mary's Tea Room, Parish Office or online at: https://stmarysportchester.churchsuite.com/events/zqxqznrp


Today the Cathedral Choir is singing 5.30pm Evensong at All Saints Portsea (top end of Commercial Road)

Join us.


Lots of events are being rained off this weekend - but NOT St Faith's Summer Fete! We've moved as much as possible indoors, so do join us tomorrow - 10am-2pm Saturday 15 June, at St Faith's.

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The Filipno Fan Dancers in action. Details: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0
Here's some of the performance from the El Salvador dancers. Details: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0
The Filipino Fan Dancers perform in our cathedral. Details: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0
The Bolivian dancers showcase their moves at the launch of Refugee Week 2024. Details: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0
Yamir Rodriguez and Victor get the crowd going at the launch of Refugee Week 2024. Details: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0
A sample of the dancing from Portsmouth's Chinese Dance Group. Details: https://bit.ly/3RyGaN0
Toasting marshmallows on the fire
A new thing for Bears Camp this year: an open mike night meant that dads and children could show off their talents
Children lose out to adults in the tug-of-war
Lunchtime barbecue
Bishop Jonathan experiences worship in Asante-Mampong Cathedral on his 10-day visit to Ghana Details: https://bit.ly/44N...





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