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Mission of the Month: The Bible Society

by Matthew Doe

A new beneficiary appears as our Mission for August. The Bible Society is a long-established organisation; which seeks to reach out to some of the most vulnerable and poorest communities around the world and spread God’s word, by providing a Bible to anyone who wants one. The story behind the Society’s recent appointment of a […]

From the Vicarage: August

by Matthew Doe

A few weeks ago I passed the 20th anniversary of my ordination. On 3rd July 1999, in the Cathedral at Chichester, I was ordained by The Right Reverend Eric Kemp, Bishop of Chichester. On such anniversaries it is natural to look back at the past. My ordained ministry began with eight years in a parish […]

Mission of the Month: Mission to Seafarers

by Matthew Doe

This time last year I wrote that the Brexit negotiations were swirling back and forth – and here we are, 12 months on, a lot more fed-up but no nearer to a resolution. And how will it all end? Who can tell at this stage but, as last year, one thing is certain? No matter […]

From the Vicarage: July

by Matthew Doe

At the June meeting of the Diocesan Synod, Bishop Christopher spoke of the importance of our churches growing in impact. We often speak about our desire to see numerical growth in our church (more people coming to our services) and to see spiritual growth within the church (individuals drawing closer to God). Growth in impact […]

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 […]