Posts by Matthew Doe

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Mission of the Month: Mission Aviation Fund

by Matthew Doe

In today’s ‘connected world’, the irony is that never have so many people been so isolated. Flying onto desert and jungle airstrips, lakes and rivers, tracks and roads, MAF’s light aircraft and their mission pilots go the extra miles to provide a lifeline. Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations MAF enables […]

From the Vicarage: June

by Matthew Doe

The first week of June will be a busy one at Christ Church. We will be marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with two services. On Tuesday 4th June (7.00pm) we will hold a service that will echo the Eve of Battle Dedication Service held in the church on 4th June 1944. We will sing […]

D Day 75 – Christ Church Portsdown and its legacy in history

by Matthew Doe

The timeline is late May 1944, 75 years ago this month, in the lanes, fields and woods around Christ Church Portsdown and the countryside and rural villages of Southern Hampshire, unbeknown to the local inhabitants, highly secret and classified plans were being activated that were to culminate in the largest and most audacious sea invasion […]

Mission of the Month: Barnabas Fund

by Matthew Doe

“On 14th March we passed seven years of war in Syria, which is a longer period than the Second World War. During those 2,555 days, more than 360,000 foreign fighters, from 90 countries all over the world, gathered in my land to fight us who were living in peace. More than half a million people […]

From the Vicarage: April

by Matthew Doe

I recently met with church leaders from across Waterlooville – a meeting to which I was invited as Priest-in-charge of Purbrook. (Christ Church is just outside the catchment area, so I haven’t been before!) We were talking about our various services for Good Friday. There’s quite a variety across the area. There are Easter Egg […]

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 […]