Meet Us

Ray Goddess

Rev Ray Goddess

Minister
Ray was born in Vereeniging, a small industrial town in Gauteng, South Africa. He completed his schooling at General Smuts High School and went on to become an electronics engineer. Having spent most of his career in management he ended up having his own business until answering a call from God to become a minister of Word and Sacrament.

 

In 2005 Ray and his wife spent a year in the near coastal town of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape after which they moved to Heidelberg, Gauteng where Ray served in the Heidelberg Methodist Church and his wife Elize served in the Nigel Methodist Church (15 Km away). Rays’ passion has always been to grow a church that included young families. By the grace of God from 2006 to 2017 saw Heidelberg Methodist growing in numbers and young people with the introduction of new ways of worship and service styles that were acceptable to both the younger and older generations.

 

During Ray’s time at Heidelberg Methodist the ministries in the church grew, including a ministry of healing, an outreach called Indawo Yosizo feeding 150 families a week, an outpatient addiction program, running various courses including Alpha and marriage enrichment courses. After retiring from Heidelberg Methodist Ray helped out at Nigel Methodist Church for two years before starting the process to move to the UK. Ray is very excited to be part of the East Solent and Downs Circuit and joins Portchester Methodist Church with an expectant heart, waiting to see what God has planned for His church and His people. Ray’s prayer is that people will come and see – and experience God in a very real and comforting way.
Lucy-Barnett

Lucy Barnett

Community Outreach Co-ordinator
Hi, I’m Lucy and I run and manage all of the outreach projects we have in church. We have tried over the past few years in particular to be a hub for the community running projects such as a food bank, community cafe and a toy and clothes bank. The community cafe is open weekdays except Wednesday 10-12 and prices start at just 40p! We would love to see you there!!

 

The clothes and toy bank is open every week day 9.30-12 and is free to use. Please keep your eyes on our facebook page for one off events and outreach projects. You would be very welcome to attend- we’d love to see you there!!
Emma Watkinson

Emma Watkinson

Little Lambs
Hello everyone!

 

My name is Emma and I will be helping out with future Little Lambs “stay and play” sessions as of Monday 9 September.

 

Originally, I am from Yorkshire and I moved to Portsmouth in 2012 for University. I have lived in Portchester for just over 5 years now and I honestly couldn’t have chosen a better place to settle down and raise a family.

 

I have two young children, Quinn and Alexis, who I will be bringing along with me to each session.

 

I am quite competitive so I have a huge passion for sports and staying active. Before babies, I played Roller Derby and competed in a few local triathlons. However, nowadays, if I have free time, I’m spending it trying to finish one of the many books I bought during lockdown!
Meet-the-Clothes-Bank-Team

Clothes Bank Team

Lucy our community outreach coordinator is helped by Saffron in the middle and `Charlotte on the end. These ladies run the clothes bank day to day and would be happy to see you weekday mornings from 9.30.
Meet-the-Little-Lambs-Team

Little Lambs Team

Pictured with Saffron and Charlotte form the clothes bank. Little lambs is a stay and play group which is held mondays during term time. We have crafts, toys snacks and singing each week 10-11.30. its free to attend and we would love to see you there!!
Gill Hughes

Gill Hughes

My name is Gill Hughes, I have lived in Portchester for almost 16 years with my husband Steve.

 

I am a retired Dental Nurse; my last job was as Senior Dental Nurse at the Dental Academy Portsmouth University.

 

I have recently become a steward at PMC where I am also a Pastoral Enabler and flower rota secretary.