St Ambrose, Westbourne
Maintaining an Anglican ethos in a gently catholic atmosphere, St Ambrose Church 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.
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.
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.
For more details contact Fr Adrian Pearce, Priest-in-Charge, on 01202 911569 or [email protected].
Bible Reading Fellowship
A group meets every Thursday, at 10 a.m., at a member's home for bible study and refreshments.
For more details contact Gillian Tankard on 01202 911981 or [email protected].
A group meets on alternate Wednesdays, at 2 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) and Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis). We started Nativity (Geza Vermes) on 16th October, 2019.