Over recent weeks it has been a joy to welcome some of you back to our services. There are still limits on how many of us can meet together and what we can do. Not being able to sing leaves a big gap in a shared worship, but we have been encouraged by being together.
We have continued our online services and will do for as long as there is a congregation to serve in that way. The service is pre-recorded, and I miss not being able to join others on Facebook as we watch and worship together.
There are those who are not able to join us either in person or online. You remain very much part of our church and are not forgotten.
What we do as a church is under continual review, and there will be further changes as and when that becomes possible.
In the meantime, we are facing major challenges with the Church Hall. Work to resolve problems with the floor uncovered some old asbestos which needs to be safely removed. This has to be done by a specialist company and will take place soon. Unfortunately, it will cost us not much under £10,000 to do this, which puts our already-stretched finance under huge pressure.
Alongside all this, we also face change as the Diocese has proposed a major review of the parish structure, which you can read about at portsmouth.anglican.org/our-strategy.
The plan is to group parishes together in Team Ministries. For Christ Church this could mean a merger with the parishes of Purbrook, Crookhorn, Waterlooville and Hart Plain to form one large parish, with one PCC and one Incumbent. The exact details of how this will work, including how clergy will be allocated, are as yet unclear.
I have arranged a meeting for the PCCs of Christ Church and St John’s to ask questions of the Diocesan leadership team (including our Archdeacon). This will take place on 11th May. Do pray for this process and do contact me or any member of the PCC if you wish to discuss it or ask any questions.
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC