For The City

“Our society grows in justice and peace as we allow energies of love and concern for all to rise up in ourselves.”
— Jean Vanier

When Harbour Church opened its doors in 2016 we weren’t simply excited about being a church who grows in our relationship with Jesus together – we wanted to be a church who made a positive difference in Portsmouth together. We wanted to be a church that was In the City, For the City and responded to the needs of the people around us.


In our local area, 52% of children live in poverty. 47 men and women sleep rough. 200 asylum seekers live in the area. 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes – and that’s just for starters. We believe that the local church can be the hope of the world – we want to connect with the people around us to love, signpost, encourage and help with the situations they are in. 


In Isaiah 61: 1-3 it says ‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.’ We believe that the Holy Spirit is upon us to equip us, inspire us and direct us to those who are feeling broken for many reasons. And we believe that we can play a practical role in holding open a door of hope for those for whom hope has been lost.


We have three existing outreach ministries: Spa 61, Prison Ministry and Safeharbour Homeless outreach. But we believe we can do so much more with our combined skills, energy, time and compassion – plus the Holy Spirit! 


Join us on Wednesday 20 February, 7pm at Commercial Road to hear more, pray and worship for our City.

Jessica Elliott