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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Welcome to St. Mary's Church in Portchester. Due to COVID-19 most of our services are on hold. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our facebook page or check out our website with links to our blog. 

We currently have a number of services that we are posting to YouTube. This includes a Eucharist, a contemporary service and often a junior church session. These can all be found on our YouTube Channel

A Church of England Parish Church, part of the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth. We attempt to balance traditional with contemporary worship. We would be described as ‘middle of the road’, but rather than something a bit bland, we combine evangelical, charismatic and catholic elements in worship and spirituality (which we think makes us quite unique around here!). 

We are intentional about outreach and encouraging people to become disciples of Jesus. The Alpha Course is our main Christian basics course.

We are a congregation of about 350 adults and around 20 children (not all attend at once, or even the same service!) 

“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.”

Rather than keep describing us, it would be easier if you just came along and met us, and see what you think; but we’re not a perfect church, still just ‘a work in progress.’



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 service is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. Each Sunday we add a Parish Eucharist service to our YouTube channel which can be viewed by clicking the "more about this event" tab below.
    If you have a prayer request, please contact the Church Office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com

    A quiet reflective service in traditional language.

    Every 2nd , 3rd , 4th and 5th Sunday at 8 a.m. for 45 minutes

    Common worship, Church, Prayers, Recorded_service

  • 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

    This service is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. Each Sunday we add a Parish Eucharist service and junior church session to our YouTube channel they can be viewed by clicking the "more about this event" tab below.
    If you have a prayer request, please contact the Church Office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com

    Sung Parish Eucharist with Sunday School and Creche.

    Every 1st , 2nd , 3rd and 5th Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 90 minutes

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

  • All Age Family Service

    This service is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. Each Sunday we add a Parish Eucharist service to our YouTube channel which can be viewed by clicking the "more about this event" tab below.
    If you have a prayer request, please contact the Church Office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com
    A fun Eucharistic service for all ages, followed by cappuccino and cake!

    Every 4th Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 90 minutes

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

  • Outdoor Eucharist

    Please join us for our outdoor Parish Eucharist.
    This is weather dependent. Please check our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stmaryschurchportchester) to make sure it is happening each Friday. If it has to be cancelled then the service will be recorded and added to our YouTube channel.

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

    Family friendly, Communion, Green, Recorded_service

  • Later Morning Service

    This service is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. Each Sunday we add a Later Morning service
    and Junior Church session to our YouTube channel which can be viewed by clicking the "more about this event" tab below.
    If you have a prayer request, please contact the Church Office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com

    For those who like a lie-in on a Sunday morning, but also the chance to go to church!
    The worship consists more of contemporary songs, or traditional hymns to a modern setting. The music is led by our music group of several musicians.
    It is child-friendly, relaxed and informal. There are activities for children at each service and also a creche.
    Holy Communion is part of the service on the second Sunday of each month.

    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

    This group is currently not meeting due to Coronavirus. If you need and support, please contact the office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com
    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!

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

    Coffee, Prayers, Coffemorning, Town, Communitygroup

Monday


  • Morning Prayer

    A quiet reflective service of Morning Prayer

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday 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


  • Morning Prayer

    A quiet reflective service of Morning Prayer

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday 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.

Wednesday


  • Morning Prayer

    A quiet reflective service of Morning Prayer

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday 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

    This service is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. Each Sunday we add a Parish Eucharist service to our YouTube channel which can be viewed by clicking the "more about this event" tab below.
    If you have a prayer request, please contact the Church Office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com
    A quiet mid-week Eucharist.

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

  • 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


  • Morning Prayer

    A quiet reflective service of Morning Prayer

    Every Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday 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.

Friday


  • Morning Prayer

    A quiet reflective service of Morning Prayer

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

    Common worship

  • Eucharist

    This service is currently on hold due to the current lock-down situation. However the Rev James and Mrs Ann Hair will celebrate the Eucharist at their home at the usual time. The will be remembering in particular the members of the Friday congregation who worship in the Parish Hall. If you have a prayer request, please contact the Church Office on 02392 321380 or stmaryoffice@btconnect.com
    A quiet mid-week Eucharist followed by coffee. This service takes place at Portchester Parish Hall and is particularly convenient for those who find the Parish Church difficult to get to.

    Every Friday at 10 a.m. for 1 minutes

    Coffee, Private

  • CONNECT YOUTH GROUP

    CONNECT is currently on hold due to Coronavirus. We are uploading a Junior Church session to YouTube each week that can be view by clicking the "more about this event" tab below.

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

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

    Family friendly, Youth, Space

Saturday


  • Men's Breakfast

    Due to Coronavirus this event is currently on hold.

    An informal group which gathers each month for a cooked breakfast and a chance to reflect on the scripture readings set for the following Sunday.

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

  • 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