Godshill (All Saints), PO38 3HY
Our historic church is open everyday of the year from 10am-4pm. Regular services take place at 11am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. All Saints church was built on the site of Pagan worship on top of the hill of the gods. The main entrance of the parish church is at the intersection of Church Hill and Church Hollow, past “The Old Bell”, once the village pub, now a private house. It is one of the most visited country churches in England. It possesses a medieval wall painting of Christ crucified on a Lily in Saint Stephen's Chapel, one of only two remaining in Europe, depicting the co-incidence of Good Friday and The Annunciation. (Tradition holds that the Creation of Man, the Re-creation of Man in the Womb of Mary, and the Salvation of Man on the Cross all took place on the same day of the year; this calendrical coincidence actually happens a couple of times every century) It is a fine example of medieval art, and a rare example of the use of green pigment from that period. All Saints church is a Grade 1 listed building. Limited Parking is available on Church Hill.
The church has six bells and a dedicated band of bell ringers that allows us to ring for Sunday services throughout the year. The church tower has been floodlit since the church's anniversary year of 1992 and is now as much a beacon of the faith at night, as it is by day.
The parish of Godshill: All Saints is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Portsmouth’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
This is our regular weekday Thursday communion service, held by Father Tony Lawrence in the Lilley Cross side chapel of the main church. It starts at 10am and is normally followed by light refreshments in the village. All welcome. We are a dog friendly church.