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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.

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 09/07/2020

by Emma Capps

Did you know that we love to do family shout outs for special days on facebook? If you would like to have your family member recognised for something they have done or for their special day please let us know. Today – 9th July THIS IS A SPECIAL MONTH FOR ELLIS AND JACQUI WHEATLEY. Special […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 08/07/2020

by Emma Capps

QUESTION: “I’ve been thinking about the verse in Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to what is unholy and do not throw your pearls before swine …” It sounds a bit harsh and judgmental calling people ‘dogs, swine, unholy’ and refusing to give to them, and seems to contradict verse 1 ‘Judge not’ […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 07/07/2020

by Emma Capps

Today’s reflection is from Julia Jennings IT CAN BE HARD TO TELL OTHERS I’M A CHRISTIAN A few weeks ago, the Dismissal at the end of the Eucharist included these words: “send us out in the power of your spirit to live and work to your praise and glory”. I found faith only a short […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 06/07/2020 – St Mary’s News #53

by Emma Capps

St Mary’s News #53   ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS DOCTORS: Damian Mayo, Jenny Mayo, Charlotte Cox NURSES: Caroline Frost, Penny Hensman, Ruth Tunski, Jenny Olding, Stephanie Smith POLICE: Tom Wrenn, Scott Brodrick (RN) FUNERAL DIRECTORS: Ian Parker NURSING HOMES: Jemma Frizelle RETAIL AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Chris Jones (Sainsbury’s home delivery driver), Christine Horton (BP Garage, Portchester), […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 5/7/2020 – Sunday Services

by Emma Capps

The Parish Eucharist   The Later Morning Service       ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS DOCTORS: Damian Mayo, Jenny Mayo, Charlotte Cox NURSES: Caroline Frost, Penny Hensman, Ruth Tunski, Jenny Olding, Stephanie Smith POLICE: Tom Wrenn, Scott Brodrick (RN) FUNERAL DIRECTORS: Ian Parker NURSING HOMES: Jemma Frizelle RETAIL AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Chris Jones (Sainsbury’s home delivery […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 4/7/2020

by Emma Capps

Welcome back St Mary’s Tea Room Hope to meet old and new friends again this weekend. Please support us as we start upon again in these challenging and still restricting circumstances.

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 3/7/2020 – Friday Reflection

by Emma Capps

Friday 3rd July: THE FEAST OF ST THOMAS, THE APOSTLE Reflection by Rev James Hair READINGS: Ephesians 2:19-22 John 20:24-29. It is interesting to see how Covid has given us different spectacles for reading Holy Scripture. For instance: “The doors were shut…….” “Stay at home” we were told. Close the places of worship, to set […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 2/7/2020

by Emma Capps

Thursday 2nd July. Today’s reflection is a song recommended by JUDITH KERBY called ‘In the presence of Jehovah’ Judith writes, “A few days ago a good friend recommended this song to me. It has had such a calming effect and been such a blessing to me that I thought, why not share it?” In this […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 1/7/2020

by Emma Capps

Wednesday 1st July TODAY’S REFLECTION IS FROM JULIA JENNINGS Response to the Blessing Song The internet, I have always thought, can be both wonderful and terrible but I do believe that there is a reason why this pandemic has happened at a time when we can connect online with people from all over the world. […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 28/6/2020 – Sunday Services and Junior Church

by Emma Capps

The Parish Eucharist   The Later Morning Service   Junior Church at Home ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS DOCTORS: Damian Mayo, Jenny Mayo, Charlotte Cox NURSES: Caroline Frost, Penny Hensman, Ruth Tunski, Jenny Olding, Stephanie Smith POLICE: Tom Wrenn, Scott Brodrick (RN) FUNERAL DIRECTORS: Ian Parker NURSING HOMES: Jemma Frizelle RETAIL AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Chris Jones (Sainsbury’s […]