We are delighted to announce that The Bishop of Portsmouth has licenced the Revd. Leisa Potter as Priest in Charge in the Parish of Totland Bay.

Revd Leisa Potter and Rt. Revd Christopher Foster Bishop of Portsmouth

Also licenced were the Revd Linda Bushell and the Revd Linda Porter as Associate Priests in the West Wight Emerging Mission Community.

Revd Linda Porter, Revd Linda Bushell, Revd Leisa Potter and Rt. Revd Christopher Foster Bishop of Portsmouth

What is a Mission Community?

For some time now the parishes of West Wight have been seeking to work together more closely to share in mission and ministry across the West Wight. A Mission Community is a group of parishes who are seeking to work together to share the love of God across a geographical area.

This will involve a commitment to sharing in:

  • regular prayer and worship
  • pastoral care
  • evangelism and mission, often in collaboration with ecumenical partners
  • opportunities for learning, teaching, nurture and growth for disciples of all ages
  • youth and children’s work and worship
  • equipping members for ministry and the development of ministry teams
  • ensuring our churches are safe places for all God’s people
  • connecting with the local community
  • good administration and stewardship of time, resources and buildings

The parishes of the Emerging West Wight Mission Community are:

St Mary, Brighstone, St Mary the Virgin , Brook, All Saints, Calbourne, All Saints Freshwater with St Agnes, St Paul and St Peter, Mottistone, Holy Spirit, Newtown, St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, St Peter, Shorwell with Kingston, St Swithin, Thorley, Christ Church, Totland and St James, Yarmouth