Diocese of ChichesterDiocese of Chichester

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Welcome from the Bishop of Chichester

A presence in every community

A diocese is first and foremost a group of people who have a strong sense of being called together by Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The most important things about us provide some answers to a simple question:

Why bother?

First, because we believe in God. This compels us to speak about the nature of creation, the purpose of life, our values, being human with dignity and justice, and our utter conviction in the reality of life beyond death.

Second, because we take spiritual things seriously. That prompts us to worship and to pray. Beauty, love, goodness and all things that enrich life: these form the atmosphere of our worship. Come and see for your self on any Sunday in one of the many churches we use for our weekly - and daily - worship.

Finally, because we have pledged to be a presence in every community, and to promote the common good there. Our ancient buildings tell the story of your ancestors and over a thousand years of our nation's history. Our schools have been providing children with free education for over 200 years. Our priests and others who assist them baptise your children and will care for you in illness, death and grief; they will celebrate your marriage, bless your homes and simply be available in times of distress or festivity.

Very simply, we are the Church of England in Sussex. Come and explore.

And may God show you the path to life in its perfection and glory.

+Martin Cicestr:

Bishop of Chichester