Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth Portchester

St. Mary's Church, Portchester

Following the announcement from the Archbishop of Canterbury today, all services in the Church of England are to be suspended immediately, and for the foreseeable future.This will also include all smaller mid-week groups like house groups, youth, courses, wedding preparation, PCC etc. Please see our news announcement below for more information or our website for the most up-to-date information 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 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.

Get in touch

St Mary's Church Office

Portchester Parish Hall, Assheton Court, Portchester, Hampshire PO16 9PY

Our website


Every Friday at 10 a.m. for 1h

Portchester Parish Hall
Assheton Court
PO16 9PY

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 [email protected]
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.

Refreshments Event held in a Private Home

All services are currently suspended

17 Mar 2020, midnight
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