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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) 11/5/2020

by Emma Capps

This amazing red sky was seen over Portchester on Tuesday 5th May at 5.00am. Today’s reflection has been chosen by Nell Wycherley. It is a hymn which has meant so much to her during these times. Lord, you are the light of life to me Lord, you are the light of life to me; when […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 10/5/2020 Sunday Services

by Emma Capps

Sunday 10th May (EASTER V) THE PARISH EUCHARIST Celebrant and Preacher: Rev Ian Meredith Reading: Colleen Webster Prayers: Valarie Agar Our NEW Later Morning Service Welcome – Carol Gay Music – Justin Capps Reading – Holly Brodrick Sermon – Pauline Gennings Prayers – Zoë Capps Junior Church There was no Junior Church this week, but please […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 9/5/2020 – St. Mary’s News #45

by Emma Capps

ST MARY’S NEWS #45 Click Here   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 […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 8/5/2020

by Emma Capps

PRAYERS FOR VE DAY Lord today as we celebrate VE Day I thank you for our service men and woman, today and in the past. So many of them don’t make it home Lord and I lift up their families to you and thank them for risking their lives for the greater good of your […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 7/5/2020

by Emma Capps

Today’s reflection comes from JULIA JENNINGS Photo by Trevor Harman: Portchester Castle. The moat by the Sailing Club. What a beautiful spot we live in. How many rush by this scene and never really appreciate it, or even realise it is there! CONTENT TO BE IN THE PAUSE In a recent St Mary’s Newsletter, Ian […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 6/5/2020

by Emma Capps

Today’s reflection is a poem written a few days ago by Rev Celia Jones. Celia has recently retired from ministry in the Church in Wales and is a member of our congregation. She enjoys a walk along the shore each day, and was inspired to write this based on the recent Sunday Gospel reading from […]

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

by Emma Capps

Today’s reflection was submitted by Dr John Tudor It was written on a Facebook posting by his cousin David. “I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world!” (Song sung by Louis Armstrong) When we have an eye test […]

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

by Emma Capps

Today’s reflection was sent to us by Jennifer Jackson. An amazing musical contribution – A Blessing on our nation from the Churches of the UK . You can watch it here on YouTube The Lord bless you and keep you. the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you…. May […]

Daily Blog (COVID-19) 3/5/2020 Sunday Services

by Emma Capps

Sunday 3rd May (EASTER IV) THE PARISH EUCHARIST Celebrant and Preacher: Rev David Simpson Reading: Bryan Jerrard Prayers: Liz Nice Our NEW Later Morning Service Welcome – Emma Capps Music – Justin Capps Sermon – Colin Chalmers Prayers – Jeff Gennings Junior Church Emma, Zoë, Ashby and Ezra bring us Junior Church at home today. […]