St Ambrose, Westbourne, Bournemouth
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.
⚠️ CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 RESTICTIONS ENDED ⚠️
On 17th March, 2020, following advice from H.M. Government, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York directed that public worship be suspended. Churches were allowed to reopen for private prayer from 19th June, and for public worship from 4th July, but we entered a second lockdown between the 5th November and 2nd December, during which we were limited to private prayer again. The third national lockdown began on 4th January, 2021, and three days later - in the light of the rapid rise in infections locally - we suspended public worship until Ash Wednesday then resumed a twice-weekly pattern for Lent. We reinstated our daily offering of the Mass from Easter (Sundays at
10 a.m., livestreamed on Facebook; and Weekdays at 8:45 a.m.) with
Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m.
In accordance with the Government's "roadmap" all legal restrictions were lifted on 20th July, 2021, and all our normal services are now restored (notably the Sunday 8 a.m. BCP Mass and 4 p.m. BCP Evensong). While infection rates remain high we are urged to proceed with caution so, as a temporary measure until confidence builds, Holy Communion will be continue to be offered in one kind only. We welcome the return to normal congregational singing and there is no requirement to wear a facemask (though there is nothing to stop anyone from doing so who so wishes). We may now exchange the Peace, return to normal Offertory collections, and share in refreshments. Holy water stoups are now refilled but optional sanitiser stations will remain in place for the time being. Weekly livestreaming of services has now ended and we urge everyone (unless currently testing posititve) to attend church in person once again.
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. On Wednesdays this is preceded by the Rosary at 5 p.m.
For more details contact Fr Adrian Pearce, Priest-in-Charge, on 01202 911569 or [email protected].
Bible Reading Fellowship - currently in summer break
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].
Study Group - currently in summer break
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.