St Faith's Church
St Faith's Church is one of the two daughter churches in St Mary's Parish. It is in the Landport area, not far from the shopping centre in Commercial Road, at the end of Crasswell Street where the road turns a corner into Charles Street. It is easily recognised by its small ‘minaret-style’ bell tower, and its curved glass entrance right on the street.
The church was built on this site in 1956/7 after a previous St Faith’s was damaged beyond repair by wartime bombing. In 2005/6 a building project re-ordered the church, creating a very up-to-date building with a spacious and light-filled worship area, a large meeting room, excellent kitchen and toilet facilities, and full disabled access throughout. The newly-built office near the entrance serves both St Faith’s and the wider Parish, and the PA to the Area Dean, Julie Chapman, also works there every weekday.
St Faith’s has strong links with the local community, and with the nearby Arundel Court Schools (infant and junior,working as one federated school). We have very close connections to the Landport Community Centre which is next door, and share a courtyard between the two buildings. The community centre is run by a local association made up of residents and representatives of local organisations, including St Faith’s. We have close links too with the residents in sheltered accommodation at Nicholson Gardens, where we hold a service every month on a Sunday afternoon, and with the Roberts Centre working with vulnerable families.
As well as our main service at 9.30am on a Sunday morning, we have midweek services on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9.30am and on Friday evenings at 7pm. These services are centred on the Eucharist. Worship with an emphasis on healing take place on several Sunday afternoons throughout the year at 4pm. We have a small choir at our Sunday morning Eucharist and new members are always welcome. St Faith’s is the parish venue for a number of other acts of worship or group activities, such as Advent and Lenten Reflections with Night Prayer, our exploring faith groups, The Journeys Prayer Group, and a Litany and Lunch Group. The British Orthodox Church meet for worship once a month on a Saturday morning. Evening Prayer is said at St Faith’s each weekday at 5pm.
Children’s activities take place during the Sunday morning service in Sunday Club, with the young people joining the main congregation for the beginning of the service, and coming back into the church from the Barnabas room to be part of Communion. Once old enough, children are encouraged to become altar servers if they wish, and all children and young people over the age of 8 can be part of the Parish Youth Group, the Three Saints.
The 48th St Faith’s Scouts Group, including Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet weekly in the Community Centre on Wednesday evenings in term time, and the 38th Portsmouth Rainbows and Brownies meet in the Barnabas Room at St Faith’s every Tuesday evening in term time. Once a month the Sunday morning Eucharist includes Church Parade with the uniformed groups playing an active part.
St Faith’s Church
Tel: 023 92827322
Clergy contact: Revd Charlotte Hetherington Tel 023 9282 6892
The Barnabas Room
This room is used for meetings, church coffee mornings and lunches, fellowship groups, gatherings after services, school and uniformed group activities, workshops etc. It can be hired out for gatherings after Baptisms and Funerals and for other occasions by arrangement with the clergy.