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Journey to building a sustainable church: All Saints, Harnham

As part of the diocese's commitment to climate justice, we are sharing stories of parishes and communities seeking to live and worship more sustainably. Today Joanna Woodd describes her five-year experience in developing All Saints, Harnham as an environmentally friendly church. Joanna thought it would be easy, but she discovered that the journey would be a process of "discovery, frustration and enrichment". frustration and enrichment". 


More than 50 children awarded for their leadership skills 

A Dorset primary school is encouraging children to be the change they want to see, with more than 50 awards being presented by Bishop Karen for their leadership skills. 

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At Home with God- Retreat and Relaxation

Exploring the themes of Sanctuary, Vocation, Belonging at St James Church Poole. Covering Worship, Silent Reflection, Interacting with the themes with clay.

Island wide Pilgrimage honouring Jersey saint

An island wide event that re-launched after a two-year pause saw a pilgrimage to St Hellier in Jersey. Among those who trekked from Town Church to the Hermitage where St. Helier lived and died were Bishop Stephen and his wife, Carol, Dean Mike Kerl and The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. 


Stained glass turned churches into the IMAX cinemas of mediaeval England

Last Sunday Bishop Andrew spoke with BBC Wilts about #StainedGlassSummer. Listen to it here. Talking about the history of stained glass windows, Bishop Andrew explained: "Stained glass turned churches into the IMAX cinemas of mediaeval England. Cascades of kaleidoscopic colour and light onto the people gathered inside"  

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Dorset pupils walk 47 miles for the Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage

Pupils from All Saints School in Weymouth, Dorset, embarked on a three-and-a-half-day walk this week. Accompanied by members of the staff and with the Archdeacon of Dorset and diocesan Youth and Children's Adviser in tow. They began their adventure early Sunday morning at Durdle Door before walking 47 miles to St Wite's shrine at Whitchurch Canonicorum.


Consultation with families and children at Monkey World!

Last weekend, families across Dorset, along with Bishop Karen, our Diocesan Secretary David Pain, Rector of Bride Valley, Revd Jane Williams and Community Hub Advisor, Hannah Tarring, enjoyed a day at Monkey World! The heart of the visit was to spend time in consultation with families and hear their views on the future of the church, and get the children's perspective. 14 children (aged between 2-12 years) and 11 adults participated in the consultation. 


Deadline for submitting your 2022 Parish Statistics data

The deadline for submitting your 2022 Parish Statistics: Finance and Energy Footprint Tool data is approaching. Find support here.

A joyous Dorset clergy and LLM day

The day was filled with fun and well-being activities as a thank you to clergy and LLMs for all the work they put into our parishes. This included; magic and comedy from Steve Legg, as well as his testimony and his trust in God, a drumming workshop from Drumbus and poems and music from Revd Ruth and Nick Wells.


Welcome to four lay ministers to be licensed on 30 September

On Saturday 30 September four new lay ministers will be licensed in Salisbury Cathedral by Bishop Karen as Warden of Readers, and many more will renew their promises, as they do each year in a service that celebrates this essential ministry.

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