St. Mary's Church, Portchester

Welcome to St Mary's Church, Portchester

A very warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Church, Portchester.  

In 2028 we will be celebrating 900 years of service to the community of Portchester.  

You are very welcome to join us for any of services, or to visit the church for private prayer. 

Don't forget to visit our Tea Room, a warm welcome awaits you.

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St Mary's Church Office

Portchester Parish Hall,
Assheton Court,

PO16 9PY
Chris Hayes (Parish Administrator)
(02392) 321380
Rev Dr Ian Meredith (Vicar)
(02392) 375422

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8am Holy Communion

Every Sunday at for 45 mins
St. Mary's Church, Portchester
Portchester Castle, Castle Street Portchester Portsmouth, PO16 9QH, United Kingdom

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.

Classical Guitar Concert

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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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