The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Christchurch

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The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity (Christchurch Priory) stands between the town and the harbour where the rivers Stour and Avon merge.  Prayer and worship have been offered on this site for more than 1,300 years, and in this Priory Church for over 900 years, by people who have left behind a testimony to their faith in the architecture of this magnificent parish church which dates back to Norman times. We are open every day of the year, and welcome a large number of visitors from across the world.  Christchurch Priory is the longest Parish Church in England and is larger than 21 English cathedrals.

A wide range of services is on offer in the Priory, many of them involving our choirs which are among the best parish church choirs in the country. As a Christian community, we set out to be welcoming and inclusive, and so the Priory is also used by the people of Christchurch for weddings, funerals, baptisms, and other significant events in both local and national life.

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Ian Penny
Parish Office, Priory House, Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BX
01202 485804 [ 6] (Parish Administrator)

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Sung Eucharist and Sermon
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Choral Matins and Sermon
Every first second third and fifth Sunday at 11:30 AM for 1 hour
Baptism Service
Every fourth Sunday at 11:30 AM for ¾ hour
Choral Evensong and Sermon
Every Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour


Every Monday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Every Monday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour


Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Every Tuesday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour


Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Eucharist with hymns
Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Every Wednesday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour


Holy Communion (BCP)
Every Thursday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Evening Prayer
Every Thursday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour


Every Friday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Every Friday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour


Every Saturday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Every Saturday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome


Other information
Priest in charge: The Revd Charles STEWART
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18418
Style of worship: Broad church
Archdeaconry: BOURNEMOUTH (412)
Deanery: CHRISTCHURCH (41202)
Benefice: Christchurch (41/058 J)
Parish Legal Name: Christchurch (410196 )
CofE Church Info: (641196 41/196)
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The current editor is: Bob Savage

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This page was last updated on Thursday 4th May 2017
The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity : Church Street / Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BX - Town Centre

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