The Archbishop of Canterbury is to visit the Isle of Wight’s only joint faith school and bless its new chapel during a three day pastoral visit to the island.
The Most Rev Justin Welby will meet churchgoers and non-churchgoers from across the Church of England’s Diocese of Portsmouth for three days from 13th-15th October. The visit will start at Christ the King College in Newport – a joint Church of England/Roman Catholic secondary school – where he’ll meet staff and governors, bless the new chapel, and spend time with students of all ages at three different sessions.
He’ll then travel to The Bay C of E School in Sandown, where he will hear the school choir sing, tour the school with School Pastors, take part in two conferences with students, and meet parents and staff.
The Archbishop will share his faith in Jesus at a mission event at Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge that evening. The event will also feature his favourite hymns and worship songs, led by a choir and worship group.
On the morning of Saturday 14th October, he’ll meet those who minister in the island’s churches over breakfast, before a visit to inmates, staff and chaplains at HMP Isle of Wight.
Archbishop Justin said: “I’m really looking forward to my trip to the Diocese of Portsmouth, to meeting people who are serving God in local communities, and seeing how the Holy Spirit is moving in churches, schools, care homes, and beyond.
“I know the people of the diocese are sharing the good news of the Kingdom in new and exciting ways, so more and more people might know the love of God in Jesus Christ. It will be a privilege to be alongside them in October.”