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The Cross of St Aldhelm 2023

On Sunday 5 November, Bishop Stephen gave out 3 St Aldhelm Crosses in a service at Salisbury Cathedral. In 2005, on the 1300th Anniversary of the consecration of St Aldhelm as the first Bishop in this part of Wessex, Bishop David Stancliffe established a diocesan award, the Cross of St Aldhelm, to give to people whose contribution to the life of the Church and the Diocese goes far beyond the normal call of duty. This award is presented to a small number of Church members who have made an especially significant contribution to our shared life.


Storm affected communities ask for prayer

Communities in the Channel Islands have asked for prayers as Storm Ciaron wreaked serious damage with trees down, buildings battered and graves ripped out of the ground. Parts of Dorset have also suffered damage, including extensive flooding in rural and coastal areas.

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St John's Parish, Jersey Harvest Fun!

Over the past few weeks, St John's Parish, Jersey have been celebrating Harvest Festival and prepping donations, ready for Christmas.


Paul Wheatley, previous Archdeacon of Sherborne has passed away

"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of The Venerable Paul Wheatley."

Ordination of new deacon first by woman bishop in diocese

Ordination of Rev Belinda West a time of affirmation, celebration and hope

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Baptism celebration in new church congregation

A new congregation in Weymouth offers intergenerational worship and a place for everyone to share their story

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A celebration of ministry in Ramsbury

On 16 October, Bishop Andrew, Archdeacon's of Wilts and Sarum, Clergy and LLM's gathered to celebrate all their hard work in well-being activities.


The cost of being Church - our budget for 2024

Synod approved the budget for the diocese for 2024, which for the first time in years does not plan for a deficit


How are we going to respond? Bishop Stephen's challenge at Synod

“Our nation is going to become more fractious, more polarised, less generous, and less honest as the next election approaches. As Christians, we have a higher calling. Do we respond with our own divisions, or do we model Gospel values to our desperate nation?”


Bishop’s senior staff visit to La More Prison in Jersey

Bishop’s senior staff visited La More Prison in Jersey on 10 October during their annual residential meeting, which also coincided with the national ‘Prisons Week’ initiative.   Senior staff were led in worship by prisoners in the prison chapel, based on theme of Prisons Week this year which is: Look up”, using Psalm 19 as its focal point. (The heavens declare the glory of the Lord) 

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