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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 22nd March 2020

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. Dates for this week: Monday 23rd March MPR: Psalms 77/Hebrews 9.1-14 2:00pm Church funeral of Emilia Lopez Tuesday 24th March MPR: Psalms 79/Hebrews 9.15-end Wednesday 25th March—The […]

Coronavirus Update 20/3/2020

by Emma Capps

UPDATE REGARDING WEDDINGS AT ST. MARY’S Weddings should be limited to 5 people during Coronavirus outbreak, says Church of England ITV Website Thursday 19th March: “Church of England weddings during the coronavirus outbreak should be limited to a maximum of five people, including the bride and groom, new guidance says. And apart from the couple […]

Coronavirus Update 18/3/2020

by Emma Capps

St Mary’s Tea Room Update We have made the difficult decision to close the Tea Rooms for the foreseeable future. With the current guidelines around social distancing we feel that this would be best. Thank you to everyone that frequents the Tea Rooms and we hope to see you all again soon. The church building […]

Coronavirus Update 16/03/2020

by Emma Capps

Following the announcement from the Archbishop of Canterbury today, all services in the Church of England are to be suspended immediately, and for the foreseeable future.This will also include all smaller mid-week groups like house groups, youth, courses, wedding preparation, PCC etc. Weddings and funerals may still go ahead but with restrictions: maximum of 10 […]

Coronavirus Update – 17/03/2020

by Emma Capps

The present advice is that church services and the Tea Room can continue, although many will want to stay away. However, this may change very suddenly. The Bishop will send an e-mail if and when this is to happen, and we will update as we find out. Certain events organisers have decided to cancel or […]

Coronavirus Guidance

by Emma Capps

St. Mary’s will be following guidance from The Church of England which draws on advice about best practice from the NHS and Public Health England this includes: 1. No physical touch at welcome or departure. 2. No physical touch at the Peace 3. No passing round collection baskets – we will have baskets on plinths […]

Christmas 2019 – Something for everyone!

by Emma Capps

Our Christmas services start on Sunday 8th at 4:00pm with our Children’s Christingle service. The uniformed organisations will be taking part, and we will be played in and out by the band of TS Tenacity (Sea Cadets). There will be a retiring collection for the Children’s Society. Our all age service on Sunday 22nd at […]