We are a local Church, active in serving and reaching our local community.

Pastoral Care


We have a pastoral care team who spend time praying with people and for people - as well as supporting those facing crises.

Food Bank (Thursdays)


Our food bank and drop-in is open on Thursdays from 12 noon - 2pm, to provide food parcels to those most in need (referral required).

This is part of the Portsmouth Food Bank run under the umbrella of the Tressell Trust.

How does it work?

The Foodbanks are non-judgemental and inclusive, providing assistance to people of all backgrounds and all faiths or none who are found to be in genuine need. All the food that is distributed by the Foodbank has been donated by people within the community and by various local churches and sorted by volunteers.

Who can receive food parcel?

Anyone in a crisis!

For example: • Unemployment • Benefit Changes & Delays • Refused Crisis Loan • Delayed Wages • Debt • Homelessness • Low Income • Sickness

Domestic Violence • Child Holiday Meals • Other problems


Who issues Food Vouchers?

Frontline care professionals such as doctors, council & social workers, Sure Start Children’s Centres & church pastoral workers identify people in a crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher.

How can I help?

Donate long-life & tinned food items:

Sugar • Cereals • UHT Long-Life Milk or powdered milk • Fruit juice (carton) • Soup • Pasta • Pasta sauces • Tomatoes • Rice • Rice packets •

Sponge pudding (tinned) • Rice pudding • Tea Bags • Instant coffee • Potatoes • Instant mash potato • Meat • Fruit • Vegetables • Jam • Biscuits or snack bars

Donate old clothing or material for recycling (scrap items not suitable for charity shops). These are sold to raise funds.

If you wish to make a donation please call us first! 023 9238 5047.

Connect (Thursdays)


This is the name for our drop in companionship group for adults. Between 11.00am and 2.00pm (term times only) we play games, chat, drink tea and coffee. Refreshments served from 11am. Bring a lunch with you so that we can eat together in a warm, supportive atmosphere.

Craft Club (Wednesdays)


Join us every Wednesday, 7-9pm for a fun time to make new friends and learn new skills:

  • Knitting

  • Parchment

  • Paper craft

  • Scrap booking

  • Needlecraft


Weekly subs payable. More details - email



We work with SAFE to provide the Choices course to help people in our community learn how to take control of their lives.


The Choices course normally runs in our church lounge. Groups are typically made up of 8-12 candidates with 2 trained facilitators, although often other volunteers sit in the group offering support with literacy or general encouragement.


Each day has a mixture of whole group, small group and individual activities. These might include:

  • team-building tasks such as building a LEGO model 

  • small group discussions following a video clip

  • individual questionnaires to discover different strengths

  • whole group thought showers to tackle a problem.

And each week, every candidate has the opportunity to sit down with a facilitator for an individual coaching session to talk more specifically about their personal progress.

On a practical note, we aim to remove any financial barrier that would stop a candidate participating in a course.

Complimentary refreshments and lunch are provided.

To find out more see our leaflet or to discover when the next course is please phone the Church office on 023 9238 5047.

Frontline Debt Advice (Thursdays)


Need help with benefit or other financial advice? Frontline Debt is a faith-based charity based at the church who can help you with budgetting, creditor negotiation, applications for debt relief orders or bankruptcy. If necessary we can even help you to respond to court action.

Frontline debt runs drop-in sessions on Thursdays betwen 12 noon and 2pm.


For more information see our leaflet or email

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