I've not been to every church on the Isle of Wight. However, I can offer a little bit of insight for someone looking for somewhere to worship whilst on holiday.
If you want to recommend anywhere in the comments section, please do. This list isn't intended to be exhaustive.
Details change from time to time, so please check things like service times before making a journey.
We've been to Castlehold Baptist Church quite a few times over the years. Back in the day, I went to Boys Brigade at Castlehold and made a very poor effort of cleaning my uniform each week.
It is in the middle of the Isle of Wight, so you are unlikely to be further than 20 minutes away whilst on holiday.
There is some good kids' work going on and plenty of children attending (last time we visited). We were once invited to write prayers on a paper aeroplane and send Prayer-o-planes flying around the church.
The music is modern songs rather than hymns, but not wacky Jesus-Is-My-Boyfriend songs. There was a 90s and noughties vibe to the songs, with an occasional vintage barnstormer for good measure ("We are marrrrching in the light of God, we are marrrrrrrrching in the light of God etc). Don't expect lots of liturgy.
They've got a balcony at Castlehold where you can hide away or you can sit downstairs if you are more inclined towards a long chat afterwards. We've always found people at Castlehold to be friendly.
There's a big pay and display car park nearby on Drill Hall Road or check out our guide to free parking on the Isle of Wight for more ideas.
Castlehold usually meet at 10.30am on Sundays. It is sometimes known as Newport Baptist Church.
My brother often visits St James' in Ryde when he is on the Isle of Wight. I went a few times many years ago, but haven't for a long time.
I would say it is towards the Conservative Evangelical end of things (please correct me if I'm barking up the wrong clerical tree). It describes itself as 'Evangelical Anglican' and is 'part of the Anglican Mission in England'.
There is kids' work at St James' which is split into three age groups.
Sunday services are currently at 10.30am and 6.30pm.
I have a family connection to Carisbrooke Priory, so wanted to give it a mention.
It is a non-denominational 'house of prayer and Christian healing' which was home to nuns until the 1990s.
They don't have a Sunday service, but they sometimes hold a Thursday service at midday (check the website).
Carisbrooke Priory is also a tea rooms so you can combine your faith with your love of home made quiche. There are gardens to explore as well as a chapel, cloisters and other curiosities.
True Vine Church, Newport
I've not been to True Vine Church in Newport, but it is pretty active with Youtube streams, social media posts and other modern stuff going on.
It has the added novelty of being held in Newport's former cinema building. I have fond memories of watching Goldeneye there in 1995.
I would put True Vine in the Pentecostal/Happy Clappy category of Isle of Wight churches based on the music and the presence of flag waving. The website says that 'the majority of our church stand to sing if able, but you can dance, clap, wave flags, raise your hands or whatever feels natural to you'.
As I said though, I've not actually been to True Vine and may have caused great offence.
A lot of people from True Vine were also involved in launching a new Christian festival on the Isle of Wight called Lionheart Festival.
It meets on Sunday mornings at 10.30am and has groups for children.
Catholic Churches on the Isle of Wight
I've not been to any Catholic Churches on the Isle of Wight, but I wanted to mention a few as a gesture of ecumenical love.
St Mary's Catholic Church in Ryde, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shanklin and Saint Thomas of Canterbury in Newport all have lots of reviews on Google reviews which is a good sign that they are active.
The reviews can be split into two categories. Some are commenting on the services ('you can feel the presence of our dear Lord') whilst others are commenting on the state of the building ('lots of damp').
If your interest is in church architecture and history, then there's an excellent selection on the Isle of Wight. You will find some of these don't hold weekly services as vicars are shared out between churches. You may find a sign saying something like 'we meet on the third Sunday of the month, unless it's a month ending in R or during Lent'.
Interesting old churches on the Isle of Wight include:
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