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From the Vicarage: March

by Matthew Doe

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.” (Joel 2:12-13) This year Ash Wednesday falls […]

Lent Course: The Mystery of God

by Matthew Doe

This five-week course will be followed by the Christ Church Portsdown home groups. Additionally, Rev Andy Wilson will lead a group at The Vicarage on Thursday afternoons. Anyone from either church is welcome to join any group. Monday 10.30am – Leader: Dave FowlerMonday 7.30pm – Leader: Pauline LettersWednesday 2.00pm – Leader: Jacqui WilsonWednesday 2.00pm – […]

Electoral Role

by Matthew Doe

This year there will be a completely new church electoral roll. If you consider yourself a member of Christ Church, are baptized and aged 16 or over, please pick up a form at the back of church and return it to Graham Olway or the Vicar by Monday 18th March.

From the Vicarage: February

by Matthew Doe

After ten months of exile in Denmead (not a bad place to be exiled to), Jacqui and I have finally moved back. Except that we haven’t. As many will know, in January, I was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Purbrook, and instead of moving back into our old home at Portsdown Vicarage, we are now living […]

Mission of the Month: School Pastors

by Matthew Doe

School Pastors is an initiative from the Ascension Trust, which is a Christian-based Charitable Trust, operating a successful national initiative known as Street Pastors since 2003. School Pastors was set up with the desire to assist schools with pupils who were experiencing difficulties with their school life. Established initially through a pilot scheme in South […]

From the Vicarage: January

by Matthew Doe

At the start of a new year it is natural to look ahead and wonder what the new year will bring. We may have some plans that we are looking forward to seeing come to fruition. There may be some things that we’re less certain of, but are hoping for. Equally, there may be some […]

Can you help?

by Matthew Doe

For Open the Book Team, as we are down to 4 people now. We rehearse on two Tuesdays then act the Bible story at Purbrook Infants  School on Wednesday morning, once a month. Please contact either Pat or June. Could you consider taking on the job of looking after the 13 War Graves in the main […]

From the Vicarage: November

by Matthew Doe

Each November at Christ Church we remember. We remember loved ones lost and we remember lives given. On Sunday 4th November at 3pm we hold a quiet service which we simply call ‘In Loving Memory’. This provides us all with the opportunity to remember family members and friends who have died. Some who come to […]

Mission of the Month: Simeon’s Trustees

by Matthew Doe

The trustees take their name from Charles Simeon who was born in Reading in 1759.  He became a zealous evangelical Christian whilst studying at Kings College, Cambridge University.  Cambridge was very different from today.  It was a county town, poorly appointed, with no street lights and carriages could only move with some difficulty even on […]