Church Communities That Give Back

Looking for a congregation to join in Portsmouth?

These churches in Portsmouth are doing their bit for the community.

St. Luke and St. Peter, Southsea

The Church of St. Luke and St. Peter is a vibrant one offering a safe, welcoming space to those with or without faith. Since early 2018 the building has been going through a series of redevelopments in order to bring the structure up to date for a new age of worshippers. The congregation is currently focused on raising money that should transform the shape of the building and how it’s used by the community. A bright entrance is being planned to welcome newcomers in addition to a new cafe and co-working space that should serve to make the church a more popular venue for local people in the neighbourhood.

St. John’s Cathedral

Built in 1882, St. John’s has been the home for an ever growing number of Catholics in and around Portsmouth ever since, although at one point it seemed like there would’t even be a chapel! Before 1791 English Catholics had not been allowed to have chapels within towns or cities, but that soon changed with the Second Catholic Relief Act of 1791. Reverend John Cahill was the first appointed Catholic priest in Porstmouth who opened a chapel in a private home. It wasn’t until 1882 that the Cathedral as we know it today was dedicated, since then the building has been adapted and renovated several times.

St. Jude, Southsea

Around 300 people of different ages and races congregate at St. Jude’s to celebrate and praise God. Made up of a dedicated team of individuals, St. Jude has a strong interpersonal structure that has made it an integral part of the community. A number of informal groups meet here each week spanning a wide range of ages. Young families can bring the kids along to children’s groups suitable from the youngest of toddlers to teenagers, there are also meetings for students, men women and older people. Check out their website for more details on these groups.

St. Simon, Southsea

Located just a few minutes from the seafront, St. Simon’s is an Anglican church that prides itself on its thrilling services and engaging talks. Bob Mason is the man in charge here and he’s supported by a team of passionate Anglicans who come from all over England. St. Simon is notable for taking part in a number of forward thinking schemes such as the Open Church project which aimed to give those affected by homelessness a place to stay over night, as well as a hot meal throughout February. After the success of this project they will be repeating and extending Open Church in early 2019.

Baptist Churches in Portsmouth

A strong Baptist community exists to this day in the city

New to the city and looking for a Baptist church to join?

Take a look at these vibrant, open communities that ready to welcome you to your new family…

Cosham Baptist Church

Simon is the Minister here at Cosham Baptist Church, an inclusive institution with a robust schedule of events for all ages. With the help of his wife Vanessa, Simon gets involved with all aspects of Church life including scheduling the roster of events. Their morning service is on every Sunday at 10:15, a Seniors Service (followed by tea) starts at 3pm on the third Sunday of each month and there are regular evening sessions held to focus on missions around the world.

North End Baptist Church

The congregation at the North End Baptist Church see each and every sermon as a journey. Together as one, the people at this church move forward in their embrace of God whilst making this journey the centre of their being. Modelling their faith in three directions, the people at North End look upwards to their God, outward to their neighbours and inward to themselves. Through worship, work within the community and deep reflection they aim to become better Christians.

Salem Strict and Particular Baptist Church

Don’t let the name deceive you, the folks at Salem are far from a severe bunch. Henry Sant has served as the Pastor here since 1996, following in a long line of Baptist pastors that goes back to 1814. The original Chapel was built a year after the formation of the church but was destroyed 100 years later during World War I. It wasn’t until 1959 that a new chapel was built which stands to this very day. Although their home and pastor has changed over the years their message remains the same: “For promoting the Christian religion as it is professed by Protestant Dissenters of the Denomination of Particular Baptists.”

City Life Church

The church family at City Life Church (formally Tangier Road Baptist Church) goes back an astonishing 375 years. Starting in 1640, a small group of believers would gather in a cottage in Old Portsmouth. Since then their numbers have grown immensely. Today City Life is one of the largest church communities in the city who share in God’s word and celebrate their relationship with Jesus together. People of all ages and backgrounds come to their services on Sunday at 10:30am, with evening services starting at 6pm.