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At St Mary’s you’ll find a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year. Some of our regular activities can be summarised under the following five headings – do contact us if you’d like to know further details:

PASTORAL CARE

The church family at St Mary’s is a loving one and we seek to care not only for each other in times of need, but also for those in the wider community who may be going through difficult times. Our Bereavement Support Group (‘Tea and Company’) meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2.15pm in Portchester Parish Hall; our Pastoral Visiting Team regularly visit the sick and housebound and take Communion to them if requested; we pray each day for those who have asked for our prayers, remembering especially those who have left prayer requests on the prayer board in church.

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

Children and young people are welcome at all of our services and events, but there are some which are arranged especially with them in mind. We’ve already mentioned the Family Eucharist at 10am on the fourth Sunday of the month, but you might also like to find out more about the Junior Church which meets during the 10am service on other weeks. We also have two lively Youth Groups which meet regularly throughout the year and a Toddler Group (‘St Mary’s Lambs’) which meets at 10.30am on a Wednesday morning. Special events and services take place for young people at various points in the year, especially around Christmas and Easter, so do watch this space for further details!

NURTURE & COURSES

At St Mary’s we know that there is always more to learn about our faith. For this reason we offer a variety of courses for those who are new to the Christian faith, and also for those who have been growing in the faith for many years. Several House Groups meet each week; a Men’s Breakfast Group meets monthly; and courses are held each year during the season of Lent and occasionally during Advent. We hold many different types of courses such as Alpha, Christianity Explored, Emmaus plus others using our own materials for those who are new to the church or who want to find out more. The Alpha Course also serves as an ideal way to prepare for Confirmation. Younger children prepare to receive Communion for the first time by joining one of our ‘Belonging’ courses. We also regularly run Parish Quiet Days and Pilgrimages.

SOCIAL EVENTS & GROUPS

At St Mary’s we enjoy each other’s company and are always delighted to welcome new friends to any of our social events. The social calendar for the year can range from Pub Quiz Evenings and Mediaeval Banquets to Parish Pantomimes and Barn Dances. A variety of groups and clubs meet on a regular basis too – the Choir, the Craft Group and the Drama Group to name but a few. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in church life at all levels, from arranging the flowers to helping out at the Christmas Fayre. There is even a programme of musical concerts throughout the year, with performances ranging from the Hampshire County Youth Choir to the St Petersburg Choir.

OUTREACH

The congregation at St Mary’s seek to reach out into the wider community with the joy and hope of our faith. We regularly lead assemblies and lessons at each of the six local schools, visit and lead worship in local Care and Nursing Homes, and support a variety of local and world-wide charities. Over the past few years we raised £3000 for the charity ‘Send A Cow’, we regularly raising funds for the local Hospice and we give to many local and national charities. We also run a Café to help welcome the many visitors and tourists which come to explore the Castle and Church site. The church building is open daily 9am-4pm in the summer months, and 9am-3pm in the winter months. You are welcome to pop in at any time to say a prayer, to light a candle, or simply to find a place of quiet and peace.

Sunday 23rd July – All Age & Parish Pilgrimage

by Church Admin

It’s our All Age Service this Sunday and everyone is welcome! Come along and find out what we get up to! Then in the afternoon we will be walking over the hill to Southwick in commemoration of the monks who built St. Mary’s then moved! There’s even the opportunity to dress up as a monk!

Free Summer Lunchtime Concerts

by Church Admin

Our popular Summer Lunchtime Concerts have started and YES they are free (with a retiring collection) Our Tea Room will also be open serving hot & cold food and drinks. For more details of these and other upcoming musical events see our Music Page  or click below to read more about the lunctime performers

Family Skittles Night (Free event)

by Church Admin

There’s still plenty of spaces for the skittle night on Friday 30th June. This is a FREE yes FREE event, all you have to do is bring some food to share with everyone. Location : St. Mary’s Church Time:6.30pm It’s also an opportunity to say Goodbye to our curate and his family, Rev Mark Williams, […]

Portchester Gala

by Church Admin

It’s the annual Gala this Saturday, don’t forget to come and visit us in and around the church for fun, food and fare too!

Celtic Week – 5th June to 9th June

by Church Admin

Our weekday services will be in a Celtic style next week in celebration of St. Columba of Iona, who’s feast day is on Friday. Why not come along for something a little different ?

Fancy a bit of exercise ?

by Church Admin

Come and join us for our annual Rogationtide Walk, this Saturday meeting on the shore at Beachway at 10.30am. What’s it about ? Asking God’s blessing and protection for us and our community. (and a bit of exercise & fellowship !)