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Jun
16
Wed
Holy Communion @ St. Mary's Church
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesdays 6:30pm – Limited to 15 people

A thirty minute service of Holy Communion finishing just after 7.00pm, which allows you to do other things that evening.  The service is more quiet and reflective, and usually follows the Common Worship Communion Service, though sometimes we have Taize or Iona style Communions.  There is normally a ten minute homily and no hymns are sung. It is attended by about 14 people.

Jun
18
Fri
Holy Communion @ Portchester Parish Hall - Assheton Court
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Fridays 10:00am – You don’t need to pre-book, but there will be a sign in, and face coverings are still to be worn. 

At Portchester Parish Hall, Assheton Court. A service of Holy Communion from Common Worship attended by around 30 people.  It lasts around 40 minutes and includes a ten minute homily and a closing hymn. This service is particularly popular with those who find coming down to the castle on Sundays difficult.

Jun
20
Sun
Holy Communion @ St. Mary's Church
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am

Sunday 8:00am Holy Communion

COVID RESTRICTIONS – You won’t need to pre-book for this, as numbers are not likely in excess of 60, but please come to this if you can, to ease pressure on the 10.30am service.

This is a quieter and more reflective service lasting around 45/50 minutes.  There are not usually hymns sung, apart from on special times of the year such as Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.

The words used are more traditional, and the service is based on the Book of Common Prayer first published in 1549.  Although these prayers may be considered by some as ‘traditional’ they were very innovative and daring when first introduced!  They were the first prayers ever said in English at parish churches in England.  Previous to this, the service would have been said in Latin.

The service is attended by around 40 people.  Although children are of course welcome, it is not particularly ‘child friendly’ and there is no Sunday School or special provision for children.

Church Service @ St. Mary's Church
Jun 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Currently meeting at 10:30am this service will be alternating weekly between a Parish Eucharist and Service of the Word. –  Depending on numbers, this may have to be pre-booked, people encouraged to come once a fortnight, or to one of the other services.

This is the main service on Sunday.  ‘Eucharist’ is the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’ and refers to the Holy Communion (another word used for it) as a service of thanksgiving for the gift of God’s eternal life through Jesus.

It is from the Church of England’s services called ‘Common Worship’ and usually lasts an hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes it is called a ‘Sung Eucharist’ which means that some of the prayers are sung rather than said. Hymns are also sung at this service: a mixture of traditional well known hymns along with contemporary hymns we are still learning.  There are three readings followed by a sermon which explains what the readings are about and applies them to God’s word for today.

The children stay in with us for the first ten minutes or so, then go out for their own groups, and join us later when we take Communion.

Evening Service @ Portchester Parish Hall - Assheton Court
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evening Service 6:00pm – Held at the Parish Hall – Pre-booking is essential.

The evening services have their own special atmosphere.  They tend to be more reflective and quiet, and are often by candlelight or subdued lighting.  Sometimes recorded music is used along with occasional icons or PowerPoint graphics.

They are more appropriate for committed Christians who are looking for a bit ‘extra’, and this is reflected in the length and content.  The evening is normally divided into two parts: the first half is a worship service lasting around 30 minutes.  Worship is held in a variety of different styles, ranged from the formal and traditional Choral Evensong, to more informal charismatic type worship with music group.  In between there is worship in the Taize or Celtic/Iona styles, or special services created round the theme.

The second half is teaching rather than preaching, and often follows a series.

Jun
23
Wed
Holy Communion @ St. Mary's Church
Jun 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesdays 6:30pm – Limited to 15 people

A thirty minute service of Holy Communion finishing just after 7.00pm, which allows you to do other things that evening.  The service is more quiet and reflective, and usually follows the Common Worship Communion Service, though sometimes we have Taize or Iona style Communions.  There is normally a ten minute homily and no hymns are sung. It is attended by about 14 people.

Jun
25
Fri
Holy Communion @ Portchester Parish Hall - Assheton Court
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Fridays 10:00am – You don’t need to pre-book, but there will be a sign in, and face coverings are still to be worn. 

At Portchester Parish Hall, Assheton Court. A service of Holy Communion from Common Worship attended by around 30 people.  It lasts around 40 minutes and includes a ten minute homily and a closing hymn. This service is particularly popular with those who find coming down to the castle on Sundays difficult.

Jun
27
Sun
Holy Communion @ St. Mary's Church
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am

Sunday 8:00am Holy Communion

COVID RESTRICTIONS – You won’t need to pre-book for this, as numbers are not likely in excess of 60, but please come to this if you can, to ease pressure on the 10.30am service.

This is a quieter and more reflective service lasting around 45/50 minutes.  There are not usually hymns sung, apart from on special times of the year such as Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.

The words used are more traditional, and the service is based on the Book of Common Prayer first published in 1549.  Although these prayers may be considered by some as ‘traditional’ they were very innovative and daring when first introduced!  They were the first prayers ever said in English at parish churches in England.  Previous to this, the service would have been said in Latin.

The service is attended by around 40 people.  Although children are of course welcome, it is not particularly ‘child friendly’ and there is no Sunday School or special provision for children.

Church Service @ St. Mary's Church
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Currently meeting at 10:30am this service will be alternating weekly between a Parish Eucharist and Service of the Word. –  Depending on numbers, this may have to be pre-booked, people encouraged to come once a fortnight, or to one of the other services.

This is the main service on Sunday.  ‘Eucharist’ is the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’ and refers to the Holy Communion (another word used for it) as a service of thanksgiving for the gift of God’s eternal life through Jesus.

It is from the Church of England’s services called ‘Common Worship’ and usually lasts an hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes it is called a ‘Sung Eucharist’ which means that some of the prayers are sung rather than said. Hymns are also sung at this service: a mixture of traditional well known hymns along with contemporary hymns we are still learning.  There are three readings followed by a sermon which explains what the readings are about and applies them to God’s word for today.

The children stay in with us for the first ten minutes or so, then go out for their own groups, and join us later when we take Communion.

Evening Service @ Portchester Parish Hall - Assheton Court
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Evening Service 6:00pm – Held at the Parish Hall – Pre-booking is essential.

The evening services have their own special atmosphere.  They tend to be more reflective and quiet, and are often by candlelight or subdued lighting.  Sometimes recorded music is used along with occasional icons or PowerPoint graphics.

They are more appropriate for committed Christians who are looking for a bit ‘extra’, and this is reflected in the length and content.  The evening is normally divided into two parts: the first half is a worship service lasting around 30 minutes.  Worship is held in a variety of different styles, ranged from the formal and traditional Choral Evensong, to more informal charismatic type worship with music group.  In between there is worship in the Taize or Celtic/Iona styles, or special services created round the theme.

The second half is teaching rather than preaching, and often follows a series.