About Us

We are lively, diverse and inclusive community, privileged to worship in a beautiful church building situated within the grounds of Portchester Castle

Openly evangelical, gently charismatic in theology, with a dose of liberal openness. By ‘liberal’ we mean we are generous, seek to be culturally relevant, and open to truth from surprising places and people, and realise we don’t have all the answers.

We are the present stewards of a 900 year old priory church and want to maintain the monastic tradition of daily prayer, weekly worship, hospitality, healing, learning and study, welcome for the stranger and marginalised – basically doing what Jesus did, in a way which honours the past but serves the present. 

We are intentional about outreach and encouraging people to become disciples of Jesus. The Alpha Course is our main Christian basics course. We like the principles in James Mallon’s book, ‘Divine Renovation’ as a model of renewal and good church practice.

We are a congregation of about 350 adults and around 40 children and young people (not all attend at once, or even the same service!) Like many other Anglican congregations, we are more on the ‘mature’ side in age, but are getting younger as new folk join us. We are slowly growing in numbers, and we hope in spiritual maturity and love. We’d love you to come and help us, and to see if we can help you.

“We are pilgrims on a journey,

fellow travellers on the road;

we are here to help each other

walk the mile and bear the load.”

This description is probably inadequate, but rather than keep describing us, it would be easier if you just came along and meet us, and see what you think; we’re not a perfect church, still just ‘a work in progress.’ 

Donations

Our life together at St. Mary’s is funded by donations from regular worshippers, friends of the Church and visitors. If you would like to make a donation or set up regular giving that will be used to support a whole host of important aspects of Church life, please visit our donation page HERE.

 

Safeguarding

St. Mary’s takes its responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and their welfare is paramount in all areas of parish life.

Clergy, lay staff and volunteers who work within the organisation and/or as part of the congregation are required to follow good policy and practice to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually. High professional standards are maintained in all worship and all pastoral, counselling, educational, and recreational situations involving children, young people and vulnerable adults.

To facilitate this, all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and members of the congregation working with or seeking to work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults are properly recruited, screened, trained and supported.

St. Mary’s Safeguarding Officer is Jane Baker, who can be contacted via the office. An alternative safeguarding representative is the Reverend Ian Meredith, who can be contacted on irev@ymail.com or 02392 375422.

THE POLICY STATEMENT FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS AT THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY’S, PORTCHESTER MAY BE SEEN ON THE CHURCH NOTICE BOARD

Also as per the current Safeguarding Policy Document of St. Mary’s Portchester the PCC has formally adopted the House of Bishop’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ Policy.