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Welcome to our Church

We are a friendly, evangelical, Anglican church who have been serving the Widley, Purbrook and Cosham area on the edge of Portsmouth for over 130 years. Services range from contemporary band-led worship to the occasional prayer book sung evensong, with much in between.

The church has many historic military links and the annual D-Day memorial service is an important date in the year. There is a military cemetery in the churchyard.

Mission of the Month


In September our Mission of the Month is Church Army.



Find out more at the back of the church or >here.


For details of our Mission of the Month program or to find the name of our Parish mission partners see >here.

Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 27th September - Women's Breakfast at CoGS (8.45am)


Sunday 28th September - Joint Evensong at St John's Church (6.00pm)


Sunday 5th October - Confirmation (4.00pm)


Saturday 11th October - PCC Vision Day (9.30am to 3.00pm)


Saturday 11th October - London Women's Convention (more info at www.christianconventions.org.uk/lwc)


Saturday 18th October - 'Healing Day' at Portsmouth Cathedral


On-Line Magazine

Read our parish magazine "Portsdown Post" on line >more

Open Church

Our church is open mornings from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Monday to Friday. You may want to have a time of quiet reflection or prayer, find out something about the Church family or the Church building, or just join us for a cup of coffee and a chat. Whatever the reason you will be most welcome.

Make a Donation by Text

To make it easier to donate money to the Building Development Fund the team have added the ability to donate via a text message. Text CCWC11 followed by the sum in pounds (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10) to 70070 >more

The service is provided by the Vodaphone Foundation and 100% of your donation comes to the church. The only additional charge is a standard text message. If you have a text bundle it's included in that (even if you are not with Vodaphone). For more information, such as how to add gift aid to the donation, see >here

Looking for a Church?

If you want to find a church to visit while you are on holiday or away for a weekend then check out the Church of England "A Church Near You" website >more

Registered Charity

This site is owned and operated by The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Christ Church Portsdown - Registered charity number 1137597 >more 


Christ Church Portsdown is recognised as a "FAIRTRADE Church" >more


Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on products when you shop.  www.fairtrade.org.uk


RSS Latest news from the BBC >more

Latest Downloads

Notice Sheet: 31st August & 14th September

Magazine: September 2014

Rota: September 2014

Annual report to year end 2013

Year book to April 2014



We are looking for photographs of Christ Church activities that you have been involved in over the past couple of years to enhance our website.  Especially photographs of the people that are involved in the wonderful groups that we have running.

If you have any photographs that you have taken and wouldn't mind sharing them, please email them to our webmaster at webmaster@christchurchportsdown.org.


Thank you!


Summer Festival 2014


Thank you for being part of Summer Festival @ Christ Church 2014

Local expert Brain Kidd exchanged his garden spade for some scissors as he declared the Summer Festival @ Christ Church 2014 officially open accompanied by a fanfare from the Portsmouth City Brass Band. And what a fantastic fun day Saturday 12th July turned out to be! 

More than 700 people came to the Festival; more than 90 volunteers helped make it happen and thanks to the generosity of all who came, more than £3,300 was raised! You are amazing!

As well as the magic of brass, crowds were entertained by the effervescent sound of the Pompey Pluckers and the rhythmic beat of the Cowplain Zumba Drummers. Gardening enthusiasts had the opportunity to solve their planting and potting dilemmas in a “Gardeners’ Question Time” with Brian Kidd. There were plenty of bargains to be had in the market stall area and lots for families enjoyed the festival’s free family fun zone including the delightful Funky Fish Puppet Company.

There was something for everyone. The church was filled with local art and live music from the Purbook Junior School Choir and Voices in the Park. Making their first public performance, the Gospel Road Community Choir made a lasting impression. There was standing room only.

The Sunday before the event, people of Christ Church gathered to pray for God’s blessing over the festival and the community they live in. This year many people accepted the invitation to offer their own prayer as well….and the railings on the pathway to church were covered with red and gold prayer ribbons.

At the end of the festival, someone described Christ Church as the heart and hub of the community. It is our prayer that the community of which are a part may always feel that the church (its people and its buildings) is there for them. We want to share the generosity and hospitality of God with those with whom we live.


D-Day70 Events

What a weekend commemorating D-Day!!  A great schools visit on Friday morning, moving prayer vigil on Friday evening, fun at the community tea on Saturday, a full church for the D-Day service on Sunday, and visitors dropping in all weekend.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen and all who took the time to come along.



See what the News wrote about our prayer vigil >here.


Learn what it was like to remember D-Day eye-witness, Marian Avery >here.


See our flier >here.


Coffee Mornings

Why not come along to the church and enjoy a hot coffee and warm company with other like-minded people?


In addition to refreshments we have books, plants and delicious home-made jam for sale.


Feel free to join us on the second Friday in each month, from 10.00am to 12.00pm in the church, our next being on Friday 12th September.


Lighthouse Family Fun

Lighthouse is our Sunday morning group for children aged 3-7.  We usually meet on the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month during school term time.  We all start together in church and then about ten minutes into the service, meet at the back of the church and walk together to the Church Hall.  Children, parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome.  Our next meeting together is scheduled for Sunday 7th September.

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Praise for Portsdown Post

Congratulations to Ruth Fowler, our Magazine Editor, and her contributors who received praise from Portsmouth Diocese for their work on our parish magazine ‘Portsdown Post’. >more


If you would like to read our magazine, copies are available in the church, or you can find them on the website by using the link below.



Congratulations to Those Confirmed

From left to right: Jaimie Way, Ron Tweed, Helen Love, Callum Wheatley, Jonathan Hutchins, Bishop Christopher, Dave Cherrington, Richard Hutchins, Tracey Hawkins, Rachel Deane, John Hadley >more



Read everyone's story in the October edition of the Pompey Chimes available in church or online >here


A group from Christ Church Portsdown will be confirmed at Bedhampton in October.  Please speak to one of the clergy if you will like to join a preparation group.


Great Portsdown Bake-Off

Thank you to everyone who organised and took part in the bake-off.  So many people took part in the competition and even more at the party afterwards to try and eat all the entries. You can find some photo's of the event >here


Change 4 Change

This is an idea to be able to raise additional money for the church development project. All you need to do is simply empty any loose change from your pocket, purse or wallet at the end of the day and put it into a jar or pot. When we have our next fund raising event or when the pot is getting full, just empty it into a bag and bring it to the event or to church. If you qualify for gift aid don't forget to include your donor number in the bag so we can claim the gift aid.




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