OUR new strategy has just been launched. live | pray | serve will be our motto for the foreseeable future, as we aim to live as disciples of Christ, pray for the transformation of ourselves and our society, and serve those in need. Read more about it here.
Four new pioneer ministers have been appointed to serve communities in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport. They will work in the Cosham and Wymering area of Portsmouth, PO9 postcode area and the Leesland area of Gosport to reach those with no Christian background or who struggle with traditional forms of church. Click here for more details.
The February edition of our diocesan newspaper tells you all about the launch of the new Isle of Wight Deanery, which brought 300 worshippers to the Royal Yacht Club in Cowes for a celebration. You can also meet our new pioneer ministers, who will be doing innovative work in parishes, hear how a visit to Senegal inspired one woman to be an ambassador for World Vision, and read about the teenagers aiming for a life-changing trip of their own to Ghana. It's all here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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