ST AMBROSE - the parish church of 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; 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 Covid-abeyance
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 Covid-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.
You are very welcome at our Advent and Christmas services and events – bring your family and friends or come along on your own. Whether it will be your first time at church or you have been before, we look forward to welcoming you!