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Diocese of Winchester

The Parish of Bishopstoke is in the Deanery of Eastleigh in the Diocese of Winchester.  Within our Deanery we are in a ‘cluster’ partnership with St Thomas’, Fair Oak & Horton Heath.  The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, currently Bishop of Truro, will be joining us in the autumn as Bishop of Winchester, and the Acting Diocesan Bishop and our Suffragan Bishop (for the southern part of the Diocese) is the Rt Revd Debbie Sellin, Bishop of Southampton.  


The Diocese is committed to ‘Living the Mission of Jesus’ and our Strategic Priorities to enable this are:

  1. We grow authentic disciples, going out as individuals passionately, confidently and courageously sharing their faith, and coming together as creative church communities of prayer and worship that live out Kingdom values. 

  2. We re-imagine the Church, intentionally connecting and engaging with our local communities in culturally relevant ways.  We will rejoice in the richness of the “mixed economy” of all ministry and proactively promote vibrant parochial and breathtaking pioneering ministries amongst ‘missing’ generations, e.g. children, young people, under 35s.

  3. We are agents of social transformation, using our influence as a Diocese to transform public and personal life.  We will demonstrate loving faith at work in local communities and across the globe bringing healing, restoration and reconciliation, e.g. through education, social enterprise, health care, spiritual care teams. 

  4. We belong together in Christ, practising sacrificial living and good stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us.  We will combine radical generosity, care and capacity building with a clear focus on directing finance into the mission of Jesus.  Sharing and multiplying local good practice, using people, buildings and other resources wisely, we will seek to boldly prune, plant and invest in building for the Kingdom.


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