Trip to Israel

Some of you will know that I am going to be in Israel for the first two weeks in April. The PCC has very kindly agreed to my going and, more than that, have also contributed very significantly financially to the cost of the trip. The trip is being led by a friend of mine, the Revd Andrew Cornes, and with Andrew’s experience and enthusiasm it promises to be a fantastic time. Victor, Stephen, and Alistair are very kindly covering services for me here during the time I’m away and I expect to be back with you bright-eyed and enthusiastic for our services on Easter day! Thank you for letting me go – I look forward to sharing my experiences with you in due course.


Lighthouse and Solid Rock

Parents, please note the venue change…
Lighthouse and Solid Rock youth groups are on this Wednesday at St Stephens Church.
Lighthouse 5.45 – 7pm for school years 3 – 5
Solid Rock 7 – 8.15pm for school years 6 – 8
All are welcome, £1 subs.
Contact Alistair for more info 07780 875837 or

Katrina Walker – Lay reader in training

I am delighted to say that Bishop Mark has given his blessing for Katrina Walker to continue her training with us and, in due course, to begin her licensed ministry here in the Benefice. After consulting others – including Bishop Martin – the Bishop feels that it is very appropriate for Katrina to make this move and is pleased to be able to make it possible. Everybody at Immanuel Church, where Katrina has been a member, has also been very supportive and understanding of Katrina’s desire to relocate and so she begins this new chapter with everybody’s blessing. Katrina will be saying her goodbyes at Immanuel on March 26th and will then be with us from the beginning of April. I’ve asked her to write a brief letter of introduction for us for the May magazine!


Marriage event in Portsmouth on March 16th

Care for the Family is running the ‘It takes two’ course. A number of us went for the Care for the Family’s Mums/Parenting Evening a few years ago and found it very helpful but also relaxed and enjoyable.

Venue: Cosham Baptist Church, Portsmouth, PO6 2QZ
Date: 16/03/2017 Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Telephone 029 2081 0800 Email