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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 February 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.

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


STRATEGY: Launch of live | pray | serve

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.

NEWS: New pioneer ministers appointed to serve communities in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport

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.

POMPEY CHIMES: February edition out now

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.

NEWS: Inspiration at Diocesan Conference

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.

NEWS: Hundreds watch Havant Passion Play

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.

NEWS: Brazilian students help us to rethink our buildings

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.

NEWS: First Dean of Pioneer Ministry and three new Cathedral Canons appointed

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.

NEWS: Work starts on historic church after grant

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.



ORDINATIONS 2015: Deacons and priests ordained

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.

NEWS: Catch the vision for our diocese

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.

NEWS: Growing church needs to expand

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.

NEWS: Cathedral launch for GraveTalk project

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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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.