LONG TERM PRIORITIES
All our proposals and activities are considered ecumenically and in
partnership with other agencies and bodies. The group also form the Anglican
membership of Churches Together in Central Portsmouth Group.
This is an underlying concern and focus of all we do. We have established a
Spirituality Group which seeks to give awareness and publicity to the
diverse spiritual events across the cluster. Some of these are activities,
resources, guided and accompanied prayer, quiet days and sacred space
experiences and others are being developed.
The Diocese’s current Kairos drive concerns buildings, their use and
development in relation to the local communities and their needs, and their
sustainability financially, and numbers in congregation. The pooling of
expertise and a common approach on this is invaluable. St. Faith’s Church in
Crasswell Street, Portsmouth in the Parish of St. Mary, Portsea, underwent a
very successful and attractive major re-ordering in 2006 and the adjoining
community centre has been completely rebuilt and re-opened in 2009 with café
facilities too. There are now strong relationships between both buildings,
staff and visitors and working practices.
Finance and Funding
Pooling expertise, advice and support across the cluster on administration,
day to day management of finances and freeing up time for clergy and others
in individual churches is the focus here. By the setting up the Inner City
Portsea Parishes Office in 2006 the process has progressed well.
Work has already been undertaken on looking at the most effective way to use
resources to develop a shared ministry across St. George’s, St. Mary’s and
All Saints. We are now seeking to extend this across all cluster churches.
Furthermore consideration is being given to the pattern for ministry and
relationships with School Chaplaincy, University Chaplaincy, surrounding
sector ministries e.g. Naval Base, Port Chaplain. Training and support for
“discipleship” within the area are other discussion points.