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.
⚠️ O V E R R I D I N G ▫ A N N O U N C E M E N T ⚠️
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 AND THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND'S TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP.
🛑 With effect from 17th March, 2020, following advice from H.M. Government, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York directed that public worship be suspended. As the country recovers from the pandemic restrictions are being lifted cautiously and stage by stage. Churches were allowed to reopen for private prayer from 19th June, and for public worship from 4th July. The lifting of restrictions is accompanied by stringent safety precautions which are frequently updated and adjusted in response to evolving conditions and changing data.
🛐 Following two weeks of opening for private prayer, when we offered a non-liturgical exposition of the Blessed Sacrament concluding with an unspoken Benediction, we are settling down to an interim pattern of Mass on Sundays (10 a.m.) and Thursdays (8:45 a.m.). We follow our normal Common Worship liturgy as closely as is safely practical given the current restrictions.
☣️ Following a safety audit with the Diocese of Winchester the Covid-19 measures we have adopted include
· separate entrance and exit doors,
· 21-day track-and-trace monitoring (via a register and/or livestream recording),
· sanitiser stations,
· an internal one-way system with floor signage,
· roped off rows,
· availability of facemasks (now mandatory unless exempted),
· recording everyone who visits for track-and-trace purposes (records kept for 21 days),
· a touchless thermometer-gun,
· no offertory procession or collection (please use the wallsafe or collection bucket),
· no corporate singing yet,
· the distribution of communion from the front of the nave, standing,
· Communion in one kind only, the host being dropped into the communicant’s hand to be consumed immediately,
· books and leaflets quarantined for 72 hours after use, and
· no refreshments afterwards (socialising is best done outdoors, weather permitting).
🌍 Whilst our normal regular services are still shown here, they are consequently on hold until circumstances permit their full resumption. Likewise, concerts and organised trips to Glastonbury, Hilfield, St Silas, etc. have been cancelled. The Priest-in-Charge, Churchwardens and PCC, had added new ways of electronic access with scheduled premiere messages and livestreaming from the church through Facebook, YouTube and A Church Near You, email updates, Twitter, and meetings via Skype and Zoom.
🧔 Fr Adrian Pearce, the Priest-in-Charge, continues to offer a weekly address (about ten minutes long) scheduled for 10 a.m. every Sunday - the time of our normal main Sunday Mass - which can be seen on Facebook and YouTube (including via the "A Church Near You" website). We are also livestreaming the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass on Facebook. Please do tune in if you are able, and join with other members of our congregation, for these few minutes every week. Fr Adrian, who can be contacted on 01202 911569 or [email protected] - continues the Daily Office and says Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. in the church. Prayer requests for inclusion at these times can be telephoned or emailed to him. You may wish to join him and others, communing spiritually wherever you are, in a network of prayer.
🧔🏼 The Rev Canon Roy Matthews is an active retired priest in Highcliffe who often assists at St Ambrose Church. Fr Roy draws on his long pastoral experience providing insights and guidance here, on our YouTube channel, and via WhatsApp. To join his email circulation list just drop him a line at [email protected]m and, to connect via WhatsApp, please include your mobile phone number.
🏪 Many thanks to all who have supported our local Food Bank with weekly transfers via the church. These were suspended while the church was closed have now begun again (so you can leave non-perishable food donations in the basket in the church if you are attending).
☎ Concerning ongoing, shared pastoral care (and whilst GDPR rules forbid disclosure of contact details without express consent), those who are already in possession of other's 'phone numbers are encouraged to keep in touch by telephone and to offer help, especially with the elderly, frail and lonely, and those known to be in need.
[Last updated: 9th August, 2020]
Normal SUNDAY SERVICES
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.
Normal WEEKDAY SERVICES
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
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 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.