From the Vicarage: August 2021

Welcome to this first shared magazine for the parishes of St John’s Purbrook and Christ Church Portsdown, another step in the growing relationship between our two parishes. Since the start of the pandemic we have not been able to distribute a printed magazine. Now, as...

Mission of the Month: Mission to Seafarers 2021

As we negotiate our way through the second year of Covid, I wonder how many might have planned a holiday cruise to some exotic part of the world? For those who did, the chances are it never happened or ultimately was so hedged with restrictions that either you or the...

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 2021

Christ Church’s APCM will be held on Wednesday 14th July at 7.15pm in the church and via zoom. Please email the Vicar for details of the Zoom meeting. We need to elect 2 churchwardens, 1 Deanery Synod member and 6 PCC members. If you would like a nomination form...

D-Day 77

The Normandy Memorial The Normandy Memorial stands just outside the village of Ver-sur-Mer overlooking Gold Beach, one of the two beaches where British forces landed on 6 June 1944 (D-Day). Amongst others, it records the names of all those under British command who...

Mission of the Month: Alabare 2021

Ken Completes The Pen Y Fan 150 Challenge Huge congratulations to Major Ken Hames who has completed 150 lifetime ascents of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, through extreme weather including hail, snow and gale force winds. Ken took on the last 10 of his ascents in...