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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.

Mental Health Group

by Church Admin

Are you or someone you know struggling with mental health issues? Perhaps this new group may be what you’re looking for. It’s run by the Richmond Fellowship who are a mental health charity. It’s not a religious group but as a church we are supporting the work they do by being the main contact point […]

Contemporary or Contemplative ?

by Church Admin

We’re doing both this Sunday 10th June! We are starting a new contemporary service at 11.30am and there will also be a Healing Service in the evening, if you are perhaps looking for something more contemplative. Everyone is welcome, so why not come along and join us?

What is Truth ?

by Church Admin

Mmmm not sure then why not come along to our Theology Group to reflect with Rev Ian on this very question. Refreshments are provided.

Sunday 27th May – Trinity

by Church Admin

It’s Trinity Sunday this week! Come along to our 10am All Age Service and find out more or why not try our 6pm Celtic Service followed by teaching on radical discipleship! Everyone’s welcome 🙂

Sunday 29th April – Power Hereos

by Church Admin

This Sunday is our All Age Service with the theme of ‘Power Heroes’ to link up with the event in the Castle Grounds. The event is in aid of ‘Children with Cancer UK’ so we will be having a collection for this extremely worthwhile cause after the service. As this is a Non-Eucharistic service, there […]

What is Prayer?

by Church Admin

Want to find out the answer? Then why not come along to our new series of evening services starting at 6pm this Sunday.

Easter is coming!

by Church Admin

Come and join us at St. Mary’s this Easter, we have lots of different services going on, for all tastes and ages!

*** IMPORTANT PLEASE READ***

by Church Admin

Sorry everyone but unfortunately English Heritage have asked us to keep the Castle grounds closed again today (19/03/2018) due to the weather conditions.  

Services on Sunday (18th Feb)

by Church Admin

This Sunday at 10am we are holding a Praise Service with a visiting Speaker. Our Eucharist Service will be at 6pm which will mark the start of a new series of Evening services for Lent.

Lent

by Church Admin

Come and join us at St. Mary’s this Lent, but what’s it all about? Sister Joan Chittister says:- “Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.” Tuesday 13th February, 6pm  – Shrove Tuesday worship & pancake party. Wednesday 14th February, 7.30pm – […]