Diocese of Portsmouth

Parish stories: Live | Pray | Serve

This is where we'll embed videos and stories from our parishes, chaplaincies and schools which exemplify the vision behind Live | Pray | Serve.

Could you record a video showing the great work that is happening in your parish, chaplaincy or school to help grow the Church in depth, impact and number? You can upload it to your parish, school or chaplaincy social media account using the hashtag #liveprayserve, and we'll share it from there. Or you can upload it to your Youtube channel, let our communications team know, and then we can embed it onto this page:

Growth in Depth

  • sharing a prayerful RHYTHM OF LIFE where our Christian faith inspires all our relationships and actions;
  • celebrating an IDENTITY IN CHRIST, where we speak of what God has called us to be, and how our vocation fits alongside the calling of others;
  • offering a GENEROUS STEWARDSHIP of our time, resources and finances, and appreciation of the gifts and beliefs of others.

Here are some of the stories from around our diocese that illustrate what we mean:

Celebrating our identity in Christ, where we speak about our vocations, illustrated by Kate Lloyd Jones, a student on Portsmouth Pathway, who sensed God's call to ordained ministry:

The Rhythm of Prayer, illustrated by our bishop's senior staff in their daily prayers:

Working to develop the spirituality of children in our church schools, illustrated by Horndean C of E Junior School:

Learning from the skills and gifts of others, illustrated by the Lent Lectures organised by St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield:

The Rhythm of Prayer, illustrated by St George's Church, Waterlooville:

Growth in Impact

  • working towards the REPURPOSING OF OUR BUILDINGS in a way that serves our communities as the top priority, through Foodbanks, community wellbeing or artistic expression;
  • creating churches as the FOCAL POINT OF THE COMMUNITY, bringing people together in reconciliation;
  • empowering Christians to play a central role in PRESERVING GOD’S CREATION through environmental sustainability.

Here are some of the stories from around our diocese that illustrate what we mean:

The Rev Ali Morley illustrates our commitment to environmental sustainability by explaining how worshippers in the Haven Benefice are preserving God's planet

How rehearsing and performing plays and pantomimes can cement an authentic community spirit, illustrated by Havant Passion Plays and St Francis, Leigh Park, and St Clare's, Warren Park:

Feeding those in need, illustrated by St Margaret's Southsea, Harbour Church and St Jude's Southsea:

Church becoming the focal point of community, illustrated by St Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain:

Growth in Number

  • inspiring Christians to SPEAK VIBRANTLY ABOUT FAITH and share their experiences joyfully;
  • creating FRESH WAYS TO EXPLORE FAITH, through digital communities, pioneering communities and new ways of being church that fit the local context.

Here are some of the stories from around our diocese that illustrate what we mean:

Growth in the lasting impact of digital worship, illustrated by St Luke's Church, Southsea: