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NEWS: Launch of new book to help churches with publicity

Does your church need help with publicity? Do you know the best ways to create effective posters, must-read parish magazines, interactive websites and thriving social media outlets? A new book, written by one of our diocesan staff, can help you to make the most of all the possibilities for publicity in today's modern world. '100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed' is being launched by Bishop Christopher in Emsworth on Nov 26. Click here for details.


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 November 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: Cabinet minister announces grant in our cathedral

Culture secretary Sajid Javid announced a grant of almost £600,000 for repairs as he visited our cathedral. He was given the chance to look at where the repairs will be carried out as he climbed the steps to the top of its 17th century bell tower. The cash will be spent on the tower, cupola and south transept. For details, click here.

POMPEY CHIMES: Latest news from parishes

NOVEMBER'S edition of our diocesan newspaper includes the story of teenage cancer victim Joe Ellis and plans to spend his trust fund to help others. Discover what happened on our Messy Great Outdoors day, read about the sausage-making mum who is becoming a vicar, and the grand opening of the coffee shop run by the church in Swanmore. Read all about it here.

NEWS: 300 at Messy Outdoors day

Around 300 children and families enjoyed outdoor activities as part of our Messy Great Outdoors day. It was designed to be a Messy Church-style day, but with the chance to experience den-building, fire-lighting and campfire storytelling. Click here for photos and read all about it here.

NEWS: Coffee shop opens in village

A vicar and some of her congregation trained as volunteer baristas ahead of the opening of a coffee shop in their village. The Rev Claire Towns and worshippers at St Barnabas Church, Swanmore, led a special launch weekend for Barnaby's, the coffee shop located in their church hall. Click here for details and to see a video of the opening, and click here for photos of the launch. 

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: 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.

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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.