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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) 27/6/2020 – St Mary’s News #52

by Emma Capps

St. Mary’s News #52   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) 26/6/2020

by Emma Capps

Friday’s reflection by Rev James Hair PARISH HALL EUCHARIST from Bayly Avenue READINGS: 2 Kings 25:1-12 Matthew 8:1-4 History is in the news! The toppling of the statues of Colston and Rhodes and the caging of Winston Churchill seem to be about editing history. A dangerous path, it seems. Apparently there are a whole generation […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 23/6/2020

by Emma Capps

Reflection from Ann Hair A GARDEN IN LOCKDOWN We have been enjoying Rev James Hair’s reflections on Fridays. Today it is the turn of Ann Hair, who following yesterday’s blog, writes about ‘A Garden in lockdown’ ‘I pray that according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 21/6/2020 Sunday Services

by Emma Capps

Parish Eucharist Later Morning Service There was no Junior Church this week, but you can watch a Faith at Home episode. This has been created by the Church of England and continues to explore the theme of KINDNESS that we have been talking about in our videos. ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS DOCTORS: Damian Mayo, Jenny Mayo, […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 20/6/2020 St. Mary’s News #51

by Emma Capps

St. Mary’s News #51   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) 19/6/2020

by Emma Capps

  Today’s reflection from Rev James Hair remembering the Parish Hall congregation today with a Eucharist from his home in Bayly Avenue. THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS Readings: 1 John 4:7-16 Matthew 11: 25-30 Last Sunday’s Gospel contained the sentence, “Jesus saw the crowd and had compassion on them”. This Friday, the feast of Sacred […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 18/6/2020

by Emma Capps

Thursday 18th June Today’s Reflection is a POEM BY MALCOLM GUITE Which appeared a few weeks ago in ‘The Church Times’ Photo: Wicor Marina, Portchester (Trevor Harman) It reflects the early stages of the lockdown, so the atmosphere isn’t quite the same, and things are slowly getting back to normal with more people, and more […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 17/6/2020

by Emma Capps

Wednesday 17th June – Today’s Reflection. “KIDS BLESSING SONG” The song “The Blessing” first came out in the early weeks of the lockdown. It featured singers from 65 different churches in the UK and has gone viral, having over 3 million views so far. A few weeks ago, Justin and Emily from St Mary’s recorded […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 16/6/2020

by Emma Capps

ANSWERED PRAYER … Look at these two cuties – a couple of our youngest members at St Mary’s! Last year they were both very seriously ill and spent a lot of time in hospital at the start of their lives. On the left is baby REY (daughter of Jay and Carrie Lannon) and on the […]