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Our diocese is a great place to be a Christian. It’s made up of 142 Church of England parishes in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You’ll find lots of information about our diocese, the Church and the Christian faith on these pages.

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NEWS: Brand new church launches in city centre

We've just launched a brand new church in the centre of Portsmouth. Around 200 people squeezed into a refurbished department store on Commercial Road to launch Harbour Church. Bishop Christopher was there to pray for the fledgling congregation and dozens of newcomers came along to see what it was like. Read about it here and see our selection of photos here.

NEWS: Archbishop helps Sisters mark 150th anniversary

The Archbishop of Canterbury helped our diocese's only religious community, the Sisters of Bethany, celebrate its 150th anniversary. He led a service in Portsmouth Cathedral, preaching and celebrating the Eucharist - and then he served soup to worshippers as they shared a simple lunch. All the photos from the event are here, and get an insight into what the Sisters do here.

Changes to insurance arrangements

Click here for detail of changes to insurance arrangements with Ecclesiastical Insurance - action to be taken before Sept 30.

POMPEY CHIMES: October edition out now

The Pompey Chimes edition for October is now in your churches. You can read about the firm created by worshippers to get the jobless back into work; the 8-year-old who raised money to help a toddler in her church; the alternative worship that gives a safe space to those who are hurting or grieving; the student who found authentic community abroad; and you can re-live the first service at Portsmouth's newest Anglican church. It's all here.

NEWS: Royal tea party to mark 40 years

HRH Princess Alexandra was the guest of honour at a royal tea party outside Winchester Cathedral to mark 40 years of the Good Neighbours Support Service. Representatives from this network of care groups across Hampshire came together for this special event. All the photos are here.

NEWS: Biblical musical staged on Island

One of our churches joined forces with the Wight Strollers to stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in July. A talented cast presented an ambitious show at Medina Theatre, and raised vital funds for St Peter's, Shorwell. Details here.

NEWS: Bishop's award for faithful worshippers

Bishop Christopher launched a brand new award by honouring 14 faithful worshippers for their devotion to serving others. The first St Thomas Awards were given to these stalwarts at Evensong in our cathedral. Click here for details.

NEWS: Headteacher commissioned in our cathedral

The new headteacher of St Jude's C of E Primary School in Old Portsmouth was commissioned in our cathedral in front of pupils, staff, governors and parents. Rachael Osborne, who had been acting head at the school, has been given the job on a permanent basis. Full story here.

NEWS: Churchgoers to support pupils as School Pastors

Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth will offer support to city pupils by becoming School Pastors. They'll volunteer to spend time during lunchtimes in Charter Academy from September. For details, see here.

NEWS: Generous churchgoers give more than 800 Easter eggs to needy families

Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth have donated more than 800 Easter eggs, which will be given to some of the city's neediest families. Their generosity came after an appeal co-ordinated by St Mary's Church, Fratton. Canon Bob White presented the chocolate eggs to staff from two deserving charities, so they could pass them on to their clients. Read more here:

NEWS: Guests see cathedral repairs

Our cathedral's tower and cupola are currently being repaired to prevent rainwater seeping through them and damaging the building. Dignitaries were invited to see the progress of the repairs at close quarters at a 'topping off' ceremony. Click here to read the full story and here to see all the photos.

STRATEGY: Launch of live | pray | serve

OUR new strategy has just been launched. live | pray | serve will be our motto for the foreseeable future, as we aim to live as disciples of Christ, pray for the transformation of ourselves and our society, and serve those in need. Read more about it here.

NEWS: First Dean of Pioneer Ministry and three new Cathedral Canons appointed

A Vicar has spoken of his excitement at being appointed as the first Dean of Pioneer Ministry in our Diocese. The Rev Peter Hall, Priest in Charge of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn, will develop, encourage and support pioneer ministry across the diocese. Click here to read the full story.

NEWS: Basics courses can help you

Interested in knowing more about Christianity, but don't know where to start? Find out more about courses examining the basics of Christianity, and some local people who have experienced them here.

You can also find out more from our website about Jesus, stories of other people's faith, frequent questions about Christianity, and how to pray.

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Stories of faith 

There are amazing stories from Christians across our diocese of how faith in God has helped them, inspired them and given their lives meaning. Click here to read about dramatic healings, unlikely conversions and real answers to prayer.