Diocese of Portsmouth

St. Mary's Church, Portchester, PO16 9QH


Church
St. Mary's Church, Portchester, Portchester: St Mary
Address
Portchester Castle, Castle Street, Portchester, PO16 9QH
Deanery
Fareham
Website
http://www.stmary-portchester.org.uk
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Openly evangelical, gently charismatic in theology, with a dose of liberal openness. By ‘liberal’ we mean we are generous, seek to be culturally relevant, and open to truth from surprising places and people, and realise we don’t have all the answers.

We are the present stewards of a 900 year old priory church and want to maintain the monastic tradition of daily prayer, weekly worship, hospitality, healing, learning and study, welcome for the stranger and marginalised – basically doing what Jesus did, in a way which honours the past but serves the present.

We are intentional about outreach and encouraging people to become disciples of Jesus. The Alpha Course is our main Christian basics course. We like the principles in James Mallon’s book, ‘Divine Renovation’ as a model of renewal and good church practice.

We are a congregation of about 350 adults and around 40 children and young people (not all attend at once, or even the same service!) Like many other Anglican congregations, we are more on the ‘mature’ side in age, but are getting younger as new folk join us. We are slowly growing in numbers, and we hope in spiritual maturity and love. We’d love you to come and help us, and to see if we can help you.

“We are pilgrims on a journey,

fellow travellers on the road;

we are here to help each other

walk the mile and bear the load.”


The parish of Portchester: St Mary 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.

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Sunday


  • 8am Holy Communion

    This is a quieter and more reflective service lasting around 45/50 minutes. There are not usually hymns sung, apart from on special times of the year such as Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.

    The words used are more traditional, and the service is based on the Book of Common Prayer first published in 1549. Although these prayers may be considered by some as ‘traditional’ they were very innovative and daring when first introduced! They were the first prayers ever said in English at parish churches in England. Previous to this, the service would have been said in Latin.

    The service is attended by around 40 people. Although children are of course welcome, it is not particularly ‘child friendly’ and there is no Sunday School or special provision for children.

    Every Sunday at 8 a.m. for 45 minutes

    Common worship, Communion, Church, Prayers

  • Matins

    This is a non-Eucharistic service unless it falls on a Saints Day or other special occasion.

    Every 1st Sunday at 8 a.m. for 45 minutes

    Common prayer

  • Parish Eucharist

    Sunday 9:30am Parish Eucharist
    This is the main service on Sunday. ‘Eucharist’ is the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’ and refers to the Holy Communion (another word used for it) as a service of thanksgiving for the gift of God’s eternal life through Jesus.

    It is from the Church of England’s services called ‘Common Worship’ and usually lasts an hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes it is called a ‘Sung Eucharist’ which means that some of the prayers are sung rather than said. Hymns are also sung at this service: a mixture of traditional well known hymns along with contemporary hymns we are still learning. There are three readings followed by a sermon which explains what the readings are about and applies them to God’s word for today.

    The children stay in with us for the first ten minutes or so, then go out for their own groups, and join us later when we take Communion.

    On the 4th Sunday of the month we have an ‘All Age Service’ when the children stay in for all the service. It is a bit shorter and lighter with songs, readings and a talk which we hope will speak to children as well as adults.

    After the service we have tea and coffee in the New Room, and spilling out in to the church, or outside if the weather is nice.

    Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 90 minutes

    Family friendly, Coffee, Creche, Sunday school, Communion, Choirevent, Singingevent, Hymnsevent, Live_stream, Recorded_service

  • Sunday Service

    Please join us each Sunday at 10.30 for our combined Parish Eucharist and Later Morning Service. We will alternate each week between the Parish Eucharist and Service of the Word. Each week the service will be recorded and be available on here and our youtube channel
    Face masks must be worn at these services and you will need to leave your details for Track and Trace purposes.
    There is Junior Church for children over the age of 5 and activity trays for those under 5 to sit in with the congregation.
    Our services are recorded each week and are then ready to view on our YouTube Channel on Monday.

    Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Family friendly, Communion, Allages, Church, Recorded_service

  • All Age Family Service

    A fun Eucharistic service for all ages!

    Every 4th Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for 90 minutes

    Family friendly, Coffee, Creche, Allages, Choirevent, Singingevent, Hymnsevent, Live_stream, Recorded_service

  • Later Morning Service

    This service is more informal than the Parish Eucharist, the minister’s don’t wear robes, and there is a minimum of liturgy. The songs tend to be more contemporary, although we also sing traditional hymns to modern arrangements. Rather than accompanied by the organ, we have a music group to lead the singing.

    The service lasts for about an hour and we have a children’s activity during it. Tea and coffee are served at the end.

    Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Family friendly, Creche, Sunday school, Communion, Allages, Singingevent, Musicevent, Worship_band, Live_stream, Recorded_service

  • Baptisms and Thanksgivings

    Due to Coronavirus Baptisms are currently on hold. Please contact the office for more information.
    Christenings are held on the first Sunday of the month. Please contact the office for more information.

    Every 1st Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for 30 minutes

    Baptismchristening

  • Tea and Company Bereavement Support Group

    A group which meets monthly for fellowship and support. Members may have been bereaved recently or many years ago - all who value friendship are welcome!
    Held at the Parish Hall and refreshments served.

    Every 1st Sunday at 2:15 p.m. for 120 minutes

    Coffee, Prayers, Coffemorning, Town, Communitygroup

Monday


  • Morning Prayer

    A few of us gather in the transept to pray the ‘Daily Office’ in keeping with the monastic tradition established in this building 900 years ago. Back then, the monks’ day consisted of seven such services known as ‘offices’. Today we have one – Morning Prayer from Common Worship or a Celtic liturgy. We pray for the needs of the world, the nation, our local community, the church, and also for individual prayer requests.

    Every Monday , Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. for 30 minutes

    Common worship

  • House Groups

    A variety of House Groups meet across the parish to reflect more deeply as they grow and discover more about their faith.

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday at None for 120 minutes

    Please contact the Parish Office to find a group that meets on a day and at a time to suit you.

Tuesday


  • House Groups

    A variety of House Groups meet across the parish to reflect more deeply as they grow and discover more about their faith.

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday at None for 120 minutes

    Please contact the Parish Office to find a group that meets on a day and at a time to suit you.

Wednesday


  • Morning Prayer

    A few of us gather in the transept to pray the ‘Daily Office’ in keeping with the monastic tradition established in this building 900 years ago. Back then, the monks’ day consisted of seven such services known as ‘offices’. Today we have one – Morning Prayer from Common Worship or a Celtic liturgy. We pray for the needs of the world, the nation, our local community, the church, and also for individual prayer requests.

    Every Monday , Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. for 30 minutes

    Common worship

  • 'St Mary's Lambs'

    St. Mary's Lambs is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. We currently post a mid-week video for younger children and a junior church video on Sunday. They can be found on our YouTube Channel by clicking the "more information about this event" link below. If you currently attend St. Mary's Lambs or are interested in joining they have a private facebook page to keep in contact with families. Please contact the office for more information.

    An informal, fun time for toddlers and their carers to get together. There are actions songs, stories, toys for the children plus coffee and biscuits for the carers!

    Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for 60 minutes

    Term time only

    Family friendly, Coffee, Creche, Parentstoddlers, Playgroup, Recorded_service, Parenting, Preschool, Shop

  • Holy Communion

    A thirty minute service of Holy Communion finishing just after 7.00pm, which allows you to do other things that evening. The service is more quiet and reflective, and usually follows the Common Worship Communion Service, though sometimes we have Taize or Iona style Communions. There is normally a ten minute homily and no hymns are sung. It is attended by about 14 people.

    Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for 60 minutes

    Common worship, Communion, Church, Taizé

  • House Groups

    A variety of House Groups meet across the parish to reflect more deeply as they grow and discover more about their faith.

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday at None for 120 minutes

    Please contact the Parish Office to find a group that meets on a day and at a time to suit you.

Thursday


  • Contemplative Prayer Group

    Half an hour of silent contemplation in the north transept. Not doing or speaking; but ‘being’, and in the silence, listening and being open to God’s Spirit. The prayer is preceded by a short reflection from one of the great spiritual writers.

    Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

    Church, Prayers, Morningworship

  • House Groups

    A variety of House Groups meet across the parish to reflect more deeply as they grow and discover more about their faith.

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday at None for 120 minutes

    Please contact the Parish Office to find a group that meets on a day and at a time to suit you.

Friday


  • Morning Prayer

    A few of us gather in the transept to pray the ‘Daily Office’ in keeping with the monastic tradition established in this building 900 years ago. Back then, the monks’ day consisted of seven such services known as ‘offices’. Today we have one – Morning Prayer from Common Worship or a Celtic liturgy. We pray for the needs of the world, the nation, our local community, the church, and also for individual prayer requests.

    Every Monday , Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. for 30 minutes

    Common worship

  • Eucharist

    At Portchester Parish Hall, Assheton Court. A service of Holy Communion from Common Worship attended by around 30 people. It lasts around 40 minutes and includes a ten minute homily and a closing hymn. There is tea and coffee served at the end. This service is particularly popular with those who find coming down to the castle on Sundays difficult.

    Every Friday at 10 a.m. for 1 minutes

    Communion, Space

  • CONNECT YOUTH GROUP

    For young people (10-13yrs)
    Please contact the office at stmarysconnectyouth@gmail.com for enquiries and registration.

    Every Friday at 6:15 p.m. for 75 minutes

    Family friendly, Youth, Space

Saturday


  • Men's Breakfast

    On the second Saturday of each month, from 8.00am – 9.45am in the New Room, around 20 men gather together for a light breakfast, a time of fellowship, short worship and a speaker. We’ve had speakers from a variety of churches and many different subjects: mission trips to Africa, Prison chaplaincy; Naval chaplaincy; being a Christian in the workplace, drug and alcohol recovery, bible study and much more.

    We give a warm welcome to all men. There is no charge, but there is a donation box to cover the costs of the food. Anything left over is donated to charity. You don’t need to book, just turn up and you will be made so welcome.

    Every 2nd Saturday at 8 a.m. for 120 minutes

    Meal, Shop, Men's_group

  • Kidz Klub

    A lively gathering of those aged 5-11, on Saturday morning (includes breakfast) a variety of activities and outings take place.

    Every 4th Saturday at 9 a.m. for 120 minutes

    Dates vary throughout the term - please contcat the office for details.

    Family friendly, Coffee