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The Diocese of Southwark

The Diocese of Southwark is one of the 41 dioceses of the Church of England, which is the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church. We are in the Province of Canterbury and are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion which has nearly 70 million members. The Diocese of Southwark is twinned with three Anglican Dioceses in Zimbabwe.

Our mission


Population: 2,718,000

Area: 317 square miles

Parishes: 293 (63 of which fall into the top 10% of most deprived parishes in England using the 2010 Indices of Multiple Deprivation)

Churches: 357
(184 are listed buildings)

The people of God in Southwark Diocese - laity and clergy together - are called to:

Pray for the renewing power and love of the Holy Spirit in our worship, work and witness,

Seek the Kingdom - Seek the rule of God in our lives, our church, our communities, the life of the earth and the whole of creation,

Share the Faith - proclaiming the Good News, teaching and nurturing new believers, making disciples and equipping them for service,

Search for Truth - open to God's Word, exploring God's activity in different contexts and cultures,

Serve our Neighbour - responding to human need by loving service and by confronting the unjust structures of society

Follow Jesus - in his suffering love for the salvation of all people.

The Diocese, which was founded in 1905, covers South London and East Surrey. The area of London north of the River Thames is served by the Diocese of London.

The Diocese is divided into three Episcopal Areas - Croydon, Kingston and Woolwich - each with an Area Bishop, two Archdeacons and an Area Mission Team.

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral is on the River Thames near to London Bridge, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Visit the Cathedral website to take a tour of the building and learn about its work in the Community.

Please explore these pages for further details about the mission and work of the Diocese of Southwark, or to share news and views on activities of your Church, please contact our webmaster.