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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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The July/August edition of our diocesan newspaper is available here

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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.

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


NEWS: Vicar trains as barista for church coffee shop

Worshippers at St Barnabas Church in Swanmore - including the vicar - are training as baristas to staff the village's first proper coffee shop. They have refitted a room in their church hall with atmospheric lighting, comfy chairs and proper coffee machines ahead of their launch weekend. Click here to find out more.

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.

NEWS: Services remember First World War

A CENTURY after the outbreak of the war that was supposed to end all wars, we remembered and thanked God for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Click here to read the full story. Click here to read Bishop Christopher's sermon given at Portsmouth Cathedral at a solemn commemoration service.

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: Bishop welcomes historic 'yes' vote on women Bishops

OUR bishop, Bishop Christopher, has welcomed the vote by the General Synod that will pave the way for the first women bishops in the Church of England.

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NEWS: Two senior posts announced

Our bishop has appointed two new senior positions within our diocese. The Rev Anthony Rustell will take over from Canon David Isaac as Head of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry and Residentiary Canon at our cathedral. And the Rev Jeff Williams has been appointed Director of Education for Portsmouth and Winchester dioceses. Click here for more.

NEWS: Cathedral hosts leavers' service

Our cathedral welcomed almost 1,000 schoolchildren who are moving on from their C of E primary school to secondary school in September - to two separate Leavers' Services. Children from Botley to Sandown, and from Yarmouth to Blackmoor packed into the cathedral. Click here for photos.

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.

D-DAY: 70th anniversary events

Our diocese hosted a variety of events to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day - from the Drumhead Service on Southsea Common to a weekend of 1940s-inspired activities at Christ Church, Portsdown. Click here to read more and to see photos from all those events.

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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.