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POMPEY CHIMES: Read about Joe Ellis, Messy Great Outdoors and more

NOVEMBER'S edition of our diocesan newspaper includes the story of the Isle of Wight teenager Joe Ellis, who died of cancer, and the plans to spend his trust fund to help others. Discover what happened on our Messy Great Outdoors day, read about the sausage-making mum who is becoming a vicar, and the grand opening of the coffee shop run by the church in Swanmore.

And you'll love the photo-special centrespread, full of photos of pre-school children enjoying life at St Jude's Church Nursery in Portsmouth. Read all about it here.


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: 300 at Messy Outdoors day

Around 300 children and families enjoyed outdoor activities as part of our Messy Great Outdoors day. It was designed to be a Messy Church-style day, but with the chance to experience den-building, fire-lighting and campfire storytelling. Click here for photos and read all about it here.

NEWS: Coffee shop opens in village

A vicar and some of her congregation trained as volunteer baristas ahead of the opening of a coffee shop in their village. The Rev Claire Towns and worshippers at St Barnabas Church, Swanmore, led a special launch weekend for Barnaby's, the coffee shop located in their church hall. Click here for details and click here for photos of the launch. 

POMPEY CHIMES: Amazing healings and more!

YOU can read October's edition of our diocesan newspaper here. It includes amazing stories of how God heals people, as we prepare for our special Diocesan Healing Day on October 18, one woman's story of how the church rescued her from a nightmare, and joy as students at our church schools celebrate excellent exam results.

Three new Cathedral Canons announced

There are to be three new Canons installed in our Cathedral. The Rev Simon Sayers, Rector of Warblington with Emsworth, will be also an honorary canon and David Bennison and Stuart Forster will both be Lay Canons. The service of installation will be on Sunday 12 October at 6pm. All welcome.

NEWS: Ambitious plans for church to serve community

Lottery funding is to pave the way for a Portsmouth church to realise ambitious plans to serve their local community. St George's Church in Portsea is celebrating the award of a £158,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out how that will make a difference to the congregation here.

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