Bishop Christopher joined forces with satirical comedian Hugh Dennis to relaunch one of our diocese's schools. St George's C of E Primary School was re-opening after a £1.2m project to transform the building. The day-long celebration happened, appropriately enough, on St George's Day. Read more about it here.
The Easter story was brought to life for schoolchildren through a series of interactive workshops. Year 3 pupils from Horndean C of E Junior School visited All Saints’ Church in Catherington over two days to find out more about the significance of Holy Week and Easter. Click here to read the full story.
Waterlooville churchgoer Ted Turner, who stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day received the highest honour the French government can give. Ted, 89, who goes to St John’s Church, Purbrook, was awarded the Legion d’Honneur at a ceremony at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea. Click here to read the full story.
Read about the launch of a new project to help us talk about death; plus the Isle of Wight centre giving young people high-octane adventure holidays; and the vicar who saw God working powerfully in India here.
Bishop Christopher visited one of the C of E academies in our diocese, to lead two assemblies and meet pupils, staff and governors. He spent the morning at Hook-with-Warsash Academy. For more details, click here. For more photos, click here.
A GRANDFATHER who uses his love of chess to connect with young people in Portsmouth has scooped a top award at the Christian Youth Work Awards. David Stemp, 75, was named joint winner of the Volunteer of the Year award at the ceremony held in London. Click here to read the full story.
Does your church need help with publicity? Do you know the best ways to create effective posters, must-read parish magazines, interactive websites and thriving social media outlets? A new book can help you to make the most of all the possibilities for publicity in today's modern world. Click here for details of '100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed' and here to watch the accompanying video.
DECEMBER's edition of our diocesan newspaper explains how you can offer practical help to children in West Africa who have survived ebola, introduces our gap-year interns who are working with parishes this year, and explains what's happening in our churches for Christmas. Read all about it here.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid announced a grant of almost £600,000 for repairs as he visited our cathedral. He was given the chance to look at where the repairs will be carried out as he climbed the steps to the top of its 17th century bell tower. The cash will be spent on the tower, cupola and south transept. For details, click here.
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