About us

Loving Jesus, Loving Southsea

Welcome to St Jude's! Whether you're asking questions about the Christian faith or looking for a church to join...

St Jude's is an Anglican Church in the heart of Southsea. We are about 300 people of all ages, so there should be someone similar to you!


At St Jude's we believe that everyone has been made by God to know Him and love Him. 

Our aim is for everyone to encounter Him in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, and discover His love, forgiveness, healing and life’s purpose for themselves. Our desire is to be an exciting place where we encounter God, see lives transformed and to be a haven in the heart of Southsea, where you can find a safe port in the storms of life, and get rebuilt, re-provisioned, re-equipped and re-commissioned for a new voyage of adventure!  To ensure the safety of those to whom minister we follow all Diocesan Safeguarding guidelines.  We hope you’ll join us in our journey and we hope you’ll find some good friends here too!

our team:
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Adrienne Bridger
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Sam Douglas

Worship & Communications Lead

sam.douglas@sjs.church

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Sally Marshall
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Ruth McCabe

Lay Reader/Pastoral Team Co-ordinator

ruth.mccabe@sjs.church

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Rowena Pearson

Lay Reader/Baptism Co-ordinator

rowena.pearson@sjs.church

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Rev Neil Smart

Associate Vicar

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Philippa Dawson
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Pat Jolly
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Dominic DeBoo 

Children, Youth and Family Ministries Co-ordinator

dom.deboo@sjs.church

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Sonam Langdon

Administrator

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Jos McCabe
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Andrew Minter

Operations Manager

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Suzie Platt
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Rev Adam Tams
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Jan Parkins

Children & Youth Safeguarding Officer

jan.parkins@sjs.church

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Ali Simpson

Assistant Administrator & Safeguarding

ali.simpson@sjs.church

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Davita Vrolijk

Gap Year Student

davita.vrolijk@sjs.church

St Jude's Nursery

St. Jude's Church Nursery was established by the church in the 1960s, Children of all faiths and cultures are welcomed. The teaching staff also reflects the diversity of the local community. At the same time, we aim to preserve the Christian ethos that has been fundamental to the school since its foundation. Members of the St. Jude's clergy team visit the children regularly and many families from St. Jude's Church are involved in the life of St. Jude's Nursery. 

St Jude's C of E Primary School

Originally much closer to the church (situated where the Waitrose car park is now located), St Jude's School was rebuilt in the 1960s at the end of St. Nicholas Street, Old Portsmouth. School and Church have strong links. Children visit the church for their end of year service, for a Harvest celebration and for their Carol service at Christmas. Our schools' team regularly takes collective worship at the school. There are further links provided by the children from the school who attend the children's groups at church on a Sunday, or are part of Rainbows or Brownies that meet at the church nursery. One of the school's key aims is to be an active part of the wider community and together with the church provide a welcome and a place for parents and children to thrive.