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From the Vicarage: June

by Matthew Doe

Some of you will know of my passion for the ‘beautiful game’ of football. I usually try to keep it out of this column for the sake of those who aren’t interested, but this month I have given in. I hope you’ll bear with me for this occasional indulgence. The end of the football season […]

Mission of the Month: Mission Aviation Fellowship

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 […]

D Day Parade Service

by Matthew Doe

Next Sunday 10th June at 10.30am we will be holding our Annual D Day Parade Service in memory of General Sir Miles Dempsey and his troops of 2nd British Army as commemorated in the church D Day Windows. Wednesday 6th June is the 74th Anniversary of the D Day Landings on the beaches of Normandy.

From the Vicarage: May

by Matthew Doe

This month’s ‘From the Vicarage’ is more ‘news from the church’ than ‘views from the vicarage’, because there is a lot to report. At last month’s Annual Meeting, we said ‘thank you’ to Dave Fowler, who has completed seven years of service as our churchwarden, serving beyond the maximum time laid down in the Church […]

Mission of the Month: Christian Aid

by Matthew Doe

Adapted from the Christian Aid website. Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless […]

From the Vicarage: April

by Matthew Doe

A few weeks ago, at half past seven on a Monday evening, my wife and I were returning from a week away in Yorkshire. It had been a cold snowy week – we managed to coincide our week away with the visit of the Beast from the East, but it had been a good week. […]

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 Our Curate: A Holy Land Reflection

by Matthew Doe

From Our Curate: A Holy Land Reflection I recently embarked on a Pilgrimage to the land of the Holy one, Israel. Alongside my fellow Portsmouth Vicars I arrived physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. As well as my role Curate (Vicar in training) here at Christ Church I also have full-time secular employment, I run my […]

Mission of the Month: Tearfund

by Matthew Doe

TEARFUND IS A CHRISTIAN CHARITY CALLED TO FOLLOW JESUS WHEREVER THE NEED IS GREATEST They work tirelessly to help communities around the world escape the very worst effects of poverty and disaster. And they believe that the same people facing these troubles, also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them. Tearfund […]