From the Vicarage: July 2021

On the last Saturday of June it was a joy and a privilege to be at Portsmouth Cathedral for the ordination to the priesthood of our Curate, Matt. As I arrived, my phone helpfully advised me that it was two years since I had last been in that place – another symptom of...

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

St John’s APCM will be held on Sunday 4th July. This will now be included in the 9.30 service. We need to elect 2 churchwardens and 4 PCC members. If you would like a nomination form for any of these vacancies, or a copy of the annual report, please speak to the...

From the Vicarage: June 2021

Last month I wrote about a meeting that I had arranged for the PCCs of Christ Church and St John’s to meet with the Diocesan team who are leading the proposed parish restructure. I am sorry to say that the picture is not much clearer after that meeting than it was...

From the Vicarage: May 2021

Over recent weeks it has been a joy to welcome some of you back to our services. There are still limits on how many of us can meet together and what we can do. Not being able to sing leaves a big gap in a shared worship, but we have been encouraged by being together....

Christmas 2020

Attended church services are currently permitted, even in Tier 3 and 4. However, please note that if you attend a service, you must not interact with anyone outside of your household or support bubble whilst in the building. We expect to be able to find a seat for...

From the Vicarage: December

Christmas can’t come too early Every year it happens. I hear Christians lamenting how ‘Christmas comes earlier every year.’ Since this September (or before!) supermarkets, shops and garden centres have been selling Christmas jumpers, socks and pyjamas and all kinds of...