Diocese of Portsmouth

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  • Ryde pupils prove themselves to be global citizens

    Pupils from Oakfield C of E Primary School in Ryde have shown they have what it takes to be global citizens. They've worked hard on projects such as recycling, beach cleans and welcoming Ukrainian refugees. Read more

  • Churches throw open doors to offer food and warmth

    Churches across our diocese are opening their doors to those who need food and warmth – to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis this winter. They are offering hot drinks, meals and company for those who might otherwise feel isolated, or who may struggle to find the money for both heating and food. Read more

  • ‘Sunday School prompted me to join church school’

    It was partly Sharon James’s experience of teaching at Sunday School in her church that prompted her to teach in a church school. Now, after 17 years at St Alban’s C of E Primary in West Leigh, she’s pleased she made that choice. Read more

  • ‘I’ll take my memories with me – but it’s time for our church to close’

    The final two deputy wardens at St Wilfrid’s Church in Fratton have shared their memories of the church as it prepares to close its doors. Bishop Jonathan will process on Sunday with the congregation from St Wilfrid’s, back to St Mary’s in Fratton Road – the church it was originally planted from 115 years ago Read more

  • MY FAITH: Ordination confirmed God’s call for me to plant new church

    It was only when the Rev Fran Carabott was ordained at our cathedral that he felt he was truly part of the Church of England. It marked the culmination of a journey of faith that began after a tragedy, and included a strong sense of calling to plant a brand new church. He’s now leading St Margaret’s Church in Southsea, reaching to those in the local community in multiple ways. Read more

  • Teacher loves to see children’s progress through school

    As a Year 6 teacher, Tamara Goddard loves to see the progress that pupils make as they journey through Cornerstone C of E Primary School. The former dancer explains why she loves teaching, in our series in which we talk to those who teach in our church schools. Read more

  • Teaching in church schools is a vocation

    Teaching is a vocation, and teaching in our church schools is often a specific vocation. Among those who spoke in our recent diocesan magazine about why they went into teaching was Elizabeth Chambers, now headteacher at Bembridge C of E Primary School, on the Isle of Wight. She talks about what makes a C of E school different. Read more

  • Comprehensive review aims to keep people safe

    The Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) is the most comprehensive safeguarding review our diocese has ever carried out. We asked reviewers who were independent of our diocese and the Church to sift through decades of paperwork to help us to deal appropriately with any outstanding safeguarding concerns from previous years.

    That review has now been completed, recommendations have been made, and any outstanding safeguarding concerns are being dealt with. Read more

  • Anna Chaplaincy takes off on island

    One of our bishop’s priorities is to provide practical and spiritual support for the more elderly members of our communities via Anna Chaplaincy. This will involve a network of Anna Chaplains working in parishes, benefices and clusters across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The first of our Anna Chaplains to be commissioned, Anne Powell, is already going into care homes and visiting individuals at home. Read more

  • Readers licensed at cathedral

    Bishop Jonathan licensed three new Readers at the cathedral on Saturday 24th September. Read more

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