St Ambrose, Westbourne, Bournemouth

ST AMBROSE - the parish church of Westbourne
An Anglican parish church in the catholic tradition of the Church of England, St Ambrose provides a peaceful sanctuary for reflection, prayer, devotion and spirituality. St Ambrose Church grew from the Oxford Movement reviving ceremonial, colour and drama in worship (incense is used) and the Eucharist is central to its worship. It is a member of the Forward In Faith movement and The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda. Whilst part of the Diocese of Winchester, St Ambrose Church has been granted episcopal oversight by the Bishop of Richborough as Provincial Episcopal Visitor. The Rev Adrian Pearce was licensed as Priest-in-Charge on 25th April, 2013, by the Bishops of Southampton and of Richborough; and inducted as Vicar on 28th June, 2022.


8:00 a.m. Said Mass (Book of Common Prayer)

10:00 a.m. Sung Mass (Common Worship)

4:00 p.m. Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) followed, on the second Sunday of the month, by Benediction


8:45 a.m. Said Mass (Common Worship) is offered daily in the Lady Chapel.
There are occasional variations (such as when a Society is hosting a mid-morning public Mass) but these are well advertised. For full details see the noticeboards or the Facebook Page.

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer (Common Worship) is said daily in the Lady Chapel. On Wednesdays this is preceded by the Rosary at 5 p.m.

For more details contact the Vicar, Fr Adrian Pearce, on 01202 911569 or [email protected].

Bible Reading Fellowship - currently in abeyance
A group meets every Thursday, at 10 a.m., at a member's home for bible study and refreshments.
For more details contact the Vicar, Fr Adrian Pearce, on 01202 911569 or [email protected].

Study Group - currently in abeyance
A group meets on alternate Wednesdays, at 3 p.m., at a member's home for discussion and refreshments. Members read one or two chapters of the current study book and discuss issues arising. Recent study books have included The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri Nouwen), The Secular Terrorist (Peter Mullen), Epiphanies of the Ordinary (Charlie Cleverly), The Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis), The Dignity of Difference (Jonathan Sacks), The Gospel and the Catholic Church (Michael Ramsey, former Archbishop of Canterbury), Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis) and Nativity (Geza Vermes). Our current book is The Universal Christ (Richard Rohr) from 4th March, 2020. The current venue is Mrs Wendy Rall's home: Flat 10, Mayfair (next block west from the church), 74 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8BG.

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The Rev Adrian F Pearce

St Ambrose Vicarage
72a West Cliff Road

Rev Adrian F Pearce
01202 911569
Parish Office answerphone
01202 766772
What's on

Evening Prayer (CW)

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at for 20 mins
St Ambrose, Westbourne, Bournemouth
(72) West Cliff Road Bournemouth, BH4 8BE, United Kingdom

Evening Prayer (Common Worship) is said on weekdays in the Lady Chapel - all are welcome.
Evening Prayer on Wednesdays is preceded by the Rosary at 5:00 p.m.
On Sundays Evening Prayer (BCP) is sung in the chancel.

There is no weekly recorded message this week because Fr Adrian is recovering from emergency eye surgery.



Our parish of Bournemouth, St Ambrose is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese of Winchester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the PSO, Alwyn Ladell (Churchwarden), or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services.

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