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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: Launch of new 'Just Pray website

This weekend the Church of England launches a new website, giving you a new way to create and share prayers online. It's introduced with the video here, featuring the world's favourite prayer and the one Jesus taught us. See to see what we mean. Just start.

ZOMBIES VS ALIENS: weekend exploring how generational differences affect the Church

Ever wondered why different generations seem to think differently? The generation gap can make young people seem like aliens to older people, and old people seem like zombies to the young! That’s why ‘Zombies versus Aliens’ is the title given to a weekend looking at what has shaped the thinking of each generation, and how those generational differences might affect the Church. It's being led by International business speaker Dr Graeme Codrington. Click here to find out more.

POMPEY CHIMES: December edition out now

Our December/January edition of Pompey Chimes introduces our brand new live | pray | serve strategy, gives details of all the fantastic events happening leading up to Christmas, and speaks to a Christian foster carer about how she feels supported by God. You can read it all here.

NEWS: Inspiration at Diocesan Conference

Our Diocesan Conference 2015 heard from inspirational speakers such as the Rev Sam Wells, Loretta Minghella from Christian Aid, and the Rev Steve Chalke. You can see photos from the conference here, or read our full report (& download notes from the speakers) here.

NEWS: Hundreds watch Havant Passion Play

Hundreds of people flocked to Havant Park to see a cast of 70 performers, from churches of all denominations, stage Havant Passion Play. They re-enacted the last week of Jesus's life, including his death and resurrection. See all the photos and read more about it here. See our video highlights here.

NEWS: Brazilian students help us to rethink our buildings

Architecture students from Brazil, who were studying at the University of Portsmouth, spent six weeks helping us to rethink the way we use our church buildings, and their surroundings. Click here to read more about their innovative ideas.

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: We'll train our ministers here

From September, we'll be training clergy and lay ministers in Portsmouth for the first time -at the Portsmouth Pathway, based at St Luke's Church in the city centre. We've also now appointed the first director for the Pathway, the Rev Dr James Grenfell. Read more here.

NEWS: Work starts on historic church after grant

Delighted worshippers are celebrating after their church was awarded £120,600 towards a major refurbishment. The historic St George’s Church in Portsea was awarded the cash by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of its drive to serve the local community better. Click here to read the full story.



ORDINATIONS 2015: Deacons and priests ordained

Six candidates were ordained as deacons and six as priests at our cathedral. One of them, Amy Webb, was inspired to follow God's call after a horrific car crash in France. You can read Amy's story here and see photos from the ordination of deacons here.

NEWS: Catch the vision for our diocese

Clergy, churchwardens and parish officers came to three archdeaconry consultations to hear more about what our diocese does at the moment, and our vision for the future. Click here to read all about it and here to see photos taken at the events.

NEWS: Growing church needs to expand

A church in Sarisbury Green is growing so much that it needs to build an extension. Worshippers at St Paul’s Church, in Barnes Lane, are welcoming so many young families each week that they need to create new meeting rooms, toilets and a kitchen. Read all about it here.

NEWS: Cathedral launch for GraveTalk project

Our cathedral was the venue for the national launch of GraveTalk, a Church of England project to help people talk more openly about death, dying and funerals. Dozens of visitors were given the chance to use a pack of GraveTalk conversation starters at a giant free cafe, serving tea and cake throughout the afternoon and evening. To see the photos, click here and to watch the video, click here. For more details, click here

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