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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:


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 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!


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.


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.


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.

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 6/4/2020

by Emma Capps

Last Week we sent out St. Mary’s news via email. If you didn’t receive this and would like to, please email Emma at the office From the Vicar, Dear St. Mary’s, As we enter the second week of the ‘lockdown’ I wonder if we have got used to it now, and is there even […]

Sunday 5th April 2020 – Lent 5

by Emma Capps

As we work on a new digital format for our weekly notices during the coronavirus outbreak, please find below the prayers for this week, any events and readings. Collect for today: Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 4/4/2020 and 5/4/2020

by Emma Capps

Lots of great videos for Palm Sunday this weekend! The Parish Eucharist from St. Mary’s Vicarage, Portchester Celebrant: Rev Ian Meredith Vicar   Junior Church at Home This week Emma talks about The Great Parade 🐴🌿🎉   Later Morning Service This week Justin is singing: Song of Hope, Our God, Hosanna and Mighty to Save. […]

Junior Church at Home – The Great Parade

by Emma Capps

Junior Church at Home Here is our second, we hope that you enjoy watching this together. It’s for all ages and the songs, readings and activities are based around The Great Parade. You can let us know your response to the questions by emailing us at

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 3/4/2020

by Emma Capps

DAILY WORSHIP FROM ST MARY’S, PORTCHESTER Connecting today particularly with our Friday morning Eucharist at the Parish Hall. Each Friday at 10.00am the Rev James Hair and his wife Ann, will celebrate the Eucharist at their home and will remember us. Any prayer requests can be e-mailed to Rev James on TODAY’S GOSPEL READING […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 2/4/2020

by Emma Capps

DAILY WORSHIP FROM ST MARY’S, PORTCHESTER Today’s inspiration comes from the life of the German Reformer, Martin Luther. During the turbulent early days of the Reformation, Luther was in danger of his life. Having been excommunicated from the Catholic Church, he was now a target. His friend and protector, Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony, […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 1/4/2020

by Emma Capps

In today’s worship we join with the Lee Abbey community in Devon. We have links with Lee Abbey as Trevor and Samia were Wardens of their International Students Hostel in London, and several of our members have been on retreat or attended conferences at Lee Abbey. Today’s song was written by Jon Pocock their musical […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 31/3/2020

by Emma Capps

Today we ask your prayers for those MEMBERS of ST MARY’S CHURCH who are serving on the front line in medical care and to keep essential services going: DOCTORS: Damian Mayo, Jenny Mayo, Charlotte Cox NURSES: Caroline Frost, Penny Hensman, Ruth Tunski, Jenny Olding POLICE: Tom Wrenn, Scott Brodrick (RN) SAINSBURY’S DELIVERY: Chris Jones NURSING […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 30/3/2020

by Emma Capps

  There are some good links out there for daily prayer. Here are a few recommended by you, and if there are others you’ve discovered, let us know and we will share them here. Tell us what you think of some of these: THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND This is a variety of resources from […]