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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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NEWS: Bishop highlights mental health issues among the military

BISHOP Christopher highlighted the issues of mental health and housing provision among the Armed Forces as he opened a debate in the House of Lords. The bishop was speaking about the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant on military and ex-military families. He praised some positive changes that the Covenant has brought about, but suggested potential improvements in other areas. Read about it here.

POMPEY CHIMES: February edition out now

February's edition of the Pompey Chimes launches our Bishop's Lent Appeal for 2017, which involves donating to help prevent human trafficking and domestic abuse. We're also celebrating 30 years since a former Bishop of Portsmouth helped set up the Roberts Centre to help the poorest families in the city; we meet the couple who God called to work with Bolton's Asian community; and discover which church hall has been transformed into a skate park. Click here.

NEWS: Camels and donkeys the stars of Leigh Park Nativity

Real camels and donkeys were the stars of a Nativity staged in Leigh Park. The wise man paraded down the road in the camels before the Leigh Park and Warren Park Community Nativity Play was performed in St Clare's Church, Warren Park. Local residents joined forces with churchgoers to rehearse and stage the play. You can see all the photos here

NEWS: Ewe Matter project to help C of E schools

Our new Ewe Matter project aims to help C of E schools to teach pupils about the Bible - using a life-size fibreglass sheep. Each school that takes part in the project can order their own sheep, and decorate it in a style appropriate to their school. Read more here.

NEWS: Brand new church launches in city centre

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. It is aiming to attract students and young people, and its congregation has a passion to help those marginalised by society. Read about the church here and see our selection of photos here.

NEWS: Archbishop helps Sisters mark 150th anniversary

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.

STRATEGY: Launch of live | pray | serve

OUR new strategy is live | pray | serve and this will be our motto for the foreseeable future. We will 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.

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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.