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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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