WELCOME TO ST. CUTHBERT AND ST. AIDAN’S WEBSITE.
We are Church of England churches located in the North East corner of the ‘island’ of Portsmouth.
St. Cuthbert’s serves the community around the Baffins area and St. Aidan’s the Anchorage Park area of the parish.
The parish is a member of Inclusive Church and want everyone to feel welcome to join us on Sundays or at activities on other days of the week.
Do come and join us we will make you welcome.
May God bless you, today and in the future.
Revd. Allie Kerr, Vicar
INTRODUCING REVD. ALLIE KERR
I am delighted to be the new vicar of St Cuthbert’s and St Aidan’s and am really looking forward to getting to know all of you.
My husband Adrian and I have 4 daughters, Natalia 24, Bekah 22, Jess 21 and Iona 19, our family also includes Andy, Mat, Zena (our daughter’s partners) and Joseph our 3-year-old grandson.
I have been a vicar since 2009, first in Poole and for the last 7 years on the Isle of Wight. In addition to parish responsibilities I have been Area Dean, Associate Mission Development Officer and have served in various roles including Diocesan Synod, Bishop’s Council, and Homeless Shelter Co-ordinator. Before ordination I worked in retail management.
I discovered faith aged 17, my church background is eclectic including Roman Catholic, non-denominational churches, an ecumenical church and ranges from very informal to much more traditional. I became an Anglican when feeling called to ordination because of the mission opportunities and the privilege of supporting people for baptisms, weddings and funerals.
I am so looking forward to working with you all to share the good news of Jesus with our community through our words and actions. I am looking forward to seeing what God will do in St Cuthbert’s, St Aidan’s and our wider community in the next few years.
HOW TO FIND US
ST. CUTHBERT’S CHURCH is situated at the junction of Hayling Ave. and Lichfield Road, Copnor, in Portsmouth. PO3 6DE.
ST AIDAN’S CHURCH meets in The Lodge Community Centre, close to the Morrisons supermarket in Anchorage Park, Portsmouth, PO3 5UB.
Further details can be found in the “Services” Section of the website.
FROM THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Monday 26 Mark.6.1-13
Tuesday 27 Mark.6.14-29
Wed 28 Mark.6.30-44
Thursday 29 Mark.6.45-56
Friday 30 Mark.7.1-14
Sat 31 Mark.7.15-23
Sunday 1st September – St. Aidan’s Patronal Festival
9am – Ezekiel 34.11-16, 1 Corinthians 9.16-19
and Luke 5.1-11.
HARVEST CHARITY 2019
This year at St.Aidan’s and St.Cuthbert’s we are supporting BEES ABROAD working in Kenya. The Mothers Union in St.Andrew’s Parish Church in Nanyuki work with trainers from the charity to equip members of the church and others who live in the surrounding areas to keep bees and use the honey and other wax products to benefit their households. They are planning a 2 year project which will teach about keeping bees in hives, good pollination of the crops they grow and then harvesting and marketing and the added value of honey to support themselves.
Bees Abroad have worked with this Mothers Union group before to improve facilities at the church, the rectory and also raised funds for a minibus to help the needy in the community.
A traditional Kenyan greeting – “Bee Blessed”
COMMUNITY CAFE NEWS
Community Café Summer Closures
Please note that the Wednesday Café is now closed until Wednesday 11th September, the Monday cafe re-open on Monday 2nd September.
The Tuesday and Friday cafés will continue as normal.
ST. AIDAN'S PATRONAL FESTIVAL
St. Aidan’s Patronal Festival
Everyone is invited to celebrate St. Aidan’s Patronal Festival at 9.00am on Sunday 1st September at ‘The Lodge’, Anchorage Park.
Please note that there will still be a Communion service at St. Cuthbert’s at 8am that day but NO 10AM SERVICE.
Messy Church Saturday 7th September 2-4pm
Join us for craft, activities, games and refreshments and invite your friends, family and neighbours.
If you would like to help with the set-up, activities, refreshments or tidying away then please speak to Rachel Milne 02392822711.
NEW WORK BY MEL HOWSE
Mel Howse, who designed the Memorial mosaic, the Font and the Reredos as part of the reordering of St. Cuthbert’s, has recently completed a vibrant stained-glass window for Durham Cathedral, the Shrine of St. Cuthbert.
The ‘Illumination Window’ was commissioned in memory of Sara Pilkington, a Durham University student who tragically passed away at a young age.
The Durham Cathedral commission may be one of Mel Howse’s most significant church art pieces.
To Find out more about this stunning stained-glass window use this link to Durham Cathedral.
St. Cuthbert’s church is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and creating protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.
We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults of the Diocese of Portsmouth and Church of England policy and practice.
Our parish policy which includes Disclosure & Barring (DBS) checks on those who work with young people and vulnerable adults s administered by the Safeguarding Team which is a subcommittee of the Parochial Church Council (PCC.)
PARISH SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS:
Telephone: 07762 332226
Telephone: 07792 628478
Sue Wells, Bev Hill, Barry Day, Richard Shurmer & Churchwardens.
What I like about St Cuthbert and St Aidan’s churches is …
“… the warm, and friendly welcome from the “meet and greet” team at services and other church events”.
Every day – pray for the Clergy, Allie, Carol and Kate,
Lay Readers, Richard and Jane.
There is a prayer for each day in the ‘Upcoming Events’.
“Through our lives and by our prayers your kingdom come.”
Richard & Sheila Martin who run the Café on Wednesday mornings.
Open every week during the autumn!
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, there is a Community Café at the back of the church from 9am and 12.30 pm. (Nb. Not public holidays)
On Tuesdays the Community Café is in the Wells-Smith Room on the second floor from 9.15am to 12.30pm.
All the cafes serve a range of drinks, cakes, snacks and light lunches – we have a variety of teas; a selection of quality coffees and also hot chocolate! Cold squashes also available.