We've just launched a brand new church in the centre of Portsmouth. Around 200 people squeezed into a refurbished department store on Commercial Road to launch Harbour Church. Bishop Christopher was there to pray for the fledgling congregation and dozens of newcomers came along to see what it was like. Read about it here and see our selection of photos here.
The Archbishop of Canterbury helped our diocese's only religious community, the Sisters of Bethany, celebrate its 150th anniversary. He led a service in Portsmouth Cathedral, preaching and celebrating the Eucharist - and then he served soup to worshippers as they shared a simple lunch. All the photos from the event are here, and get an insight into what the Sisters do here.
Click here for detail of changes to insurance arrangements with Ecclesiastical Insurance - action to be taken before Sept 30.
The Pompey Chimes edition for October is now in your churches. You can read about the firm created by worshippers to get the jobless back into work; the 8-year-old who raised money to help a toddler in her church; the alternative worship that gives a safe space to those who are hurting or grieving; the student who found authentic community abroad; and you can re-live the first service at Portsmouth's newest Anglican church. It's all here.
HRH Princess Alexandra was the guest of honour at a royal tea party outside Winchester Cathedral to mark 40 years of the Good Neighbours Support Service. Representatives from this network of care groups across Hampshire came together for this special event. All the photos are here.
One of our churches joined forces with the Wight Strollers to stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in July. A talented cast presented an ambitious show at Medina Theatre, and raised vital funds for St Peter's, Shorwell. Details here.
Bishop Christopher launched a brand new award by honouring 14 faithful worshippers for their devotion to serving others. The first St Thomas Awards were given to these stalwarts at Evensong in our cathedral. Click here for details.
The new headteacher of St Jude's C of E Primary School in Old Portsmouth was commissioned in our cathedral in front of pupils, staff, governors and parents. Rachael Osborne, who had been acting head at the school, has been given the job on a permanent basis. Full story here.
Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth will offer support to city pupils by becoming School Pastors. They'll volunteer to spend time during lunchtimes in Charter Academy from September. For details, see here.
Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth have donated more than 800 Easter eggs, which will be given to some of the city's neediest families. Their generosity came after an appeal co-ordinated by St Mary's Church, Fratton. Canon Bob White presented the chocolate eggs to staff from two deserving charities, so they could pass them on to their clients. Read more here:
Our cathedral's tower and cupola are currently being repaired to prevent rainwater seeping through them and damaging the building. Dignitaries were invited to see the progress of the repairs at close quarters at a 'topping off' ceremony. Click here to read the full story and here to see all the photos.
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.
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.
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