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EASTER 2014: how we marked the most important time of the Christian year

Easter is the most important time of the Christian year, we mark Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection. Churches across our diocese gathered to remember his death on Good Friday, and then came together again on Easter Sunday to celebrate him being raised to new life. Listen to Bishop Christopher describe what Easter means to him here, and read his Maunday Thursday and Easter Sunday sermons here. Discover more about Jesus's crucifixion and what it means for us today. And read about his resurrection, and why that is important.


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.

Click here for information about our Ministry for Mission initiative.

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The April edition of our diocesan newspaper is available here

Keep them safe

The safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance for us. Click here if you have any concerns you would like to report.

Fairtrade Diocese

We are a Fairtrade diocese. Click here for details, including a list of all our Fairtrade churches.


NEWS: Messy Church celebrates 10 years

We're proud that the worldwide phenomenon Messy Church started in our diocese - at St Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain. It's now spread all over the world, with 2,300 Messy Churches registered around the world - and it's celebrating its 10th birthday this week. Why not join the party? Find out more here

NEWS: Bishops visit social action projects

Both Bishops of Portsmouth visited social action projects in the city as part of a national initiative to encourage care for the poor. They met staff, volunteers and clients at Advice Portsmouth and at the drop-in for asylum-seekers based at All Saints Church, Portsmouth. Click here for more details and here to see the photos.

NEWS: Bishop's first Lords speech

Bishop Christopher has delivered his maiden speech in the House of Lords. Click here to read his speech in full and listen to an interview with him about the speech here.

NEWS: Two priests named as archdeacons

Two priests from our diocese have been named as Archdeacons. The Rev Dr Paul Moore, from St Wilfrid's, Cowplain, will be the new Archdeacon for Mission Development for Winchester diocese. The Rev Dr Alex Hughes, vicar of St Luke's and St Peter's, in Southsea, is to be the new Archdeacon of Cambridge. Read more here.


So how does our diocese work as a network of parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, all helping each other? How do we as a diocesan family help to resource all the mission and ministry offered by the Church in this area? Click here to watch our new animated video which helps to explain.


Find a church 

If you are trying to find one of our parish churches, click here


What we believe 

Find out more about what Christians believe and the man behind the faith, Jesus Christ.


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.