Community

Groups at The Priory

There are many fellowship, Christian education and interest groups operated by the Priory Church and you are warmly invited to try and maybe join one or more of them.

Welcome Group, House Groups, Junior Church and Little Church, Youth Group - 'ithink', Alpha Course, Church Mice, Mothers Union, The Priory Bells
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Priory Bell ringers
Shop

Shop and Bookstall

The Priory Church has a bookstall inside the church and a shop with a wide range of gifts just outside the West door
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The book stall
Music

The Priory Choirs

The Priory has a long choral tradition. This tradition is continued today with our thriving and expanding music programme. The basic aim of all the choirs is the same: to be able to lead and enhance the worshipping life of this church.

Regular Sunday services are led by the Priory choirs: the boys choir and the girls choir, who each sing together with the dedicated team of volunteer choirmen.
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Priory Choirs
Fabric

Fabric and History

The Priory Church was founded in 1094 as an Augustinian Priory and has significant surviving Norman architecture and a fine Jesse screen in the Great Quire. The church survived the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII and was given to the town of Christchurch
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The Jesse Screen
The Priory Church does not receive any grants to maintain this magnificent building and its Christian mission and is entirely reliant on the generosity of its congregation and visitors. We would be very grateful if you could make a donation using the button to the left. Thank you. To view a video of an external view of Christchurch Priory please click the picture to the right.

Welcome to Christchurch Priory

Father Christopher Mann

Welcome to Christchurch Priory, home to a thriving Christian community, set on the southernmost edge of the town on the confluence of the River Avon and the River Stour as they flow into Christchurch Harbour.

Prayer and worship have been offered on this site for more than 1,300 years, and in this Priory Church for over 900 years, by people who have left behind a testimony to their faith in the architecture of this magnificent parish church which dates back to Norman times. We are open every day of the year, and welcome a large number of visitors from across the world.

A wide range of services is on offer in the Priory, many of them involving our choirs which are among the best parish church choirs in the country. As a Christian community, we set out to be welcoming and inclusive, and so the Priory is also used by the people of Christchurch for weddings, funerals, baptisms, and other significant events in both local and national life.

We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us, to enjoy the beauty and peace of this building, to take time for prayer and reflection, to light a candle, or to join us in any of our acts of worship which take place regularly in this remarkable church hallowed by centuries of prayer and worship.

The Reverend Christopher Mann, Priest in Charge


Christchurch Priory Vistor Centre Proposals

Forthcoming services and events

20 April 6:30pm Easter Sunday - Festal Evensong
24 April 7:30pm APCM - Priory Hall
27 April 9:30am Parish Eucharist
27 April 11:30am Baptism
27 April 3:00pm Tower Tours - Weather permitting, adults £2.50 and children under 16 £1.00. Children under 8 are not permitted to go up the Tower.
29 April 6:30pm Christchurch Priory Special Guided Tour, Tickets £10.00 available from the Vergers Office.
1 May 12:30pm Lunchtime Organ Concert Martyn Noble (Southwark Cathedral) Admission free - retiring collection, refreshments available 10.30am -1.30pm
3 May 7:30pm Charity Concert in Aid of Meningitis now. Tickets £10 in advance from the Regent Centre or at the door.
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Regular Service Times

  • Sundays
  • 8.00 am - Holy Communion (BCP)
  • 9.30 am - Sung Eucharist and Sermon
  • 11.30 am - Choral Matins and Sermon
  • 11:30 am - Baptism Service (4th Sunday)
  • 6.30 pm - Choral Evensong and Sermon
  • Weekdays and Saturdays
  • 8.30 am - Morning Prayer
  • 9.00 am - Eucharist (except Thursday)
  • 11.00 am - Holy Communion (BCP) (Thursday only)
  • 5.00 pm - Evening Prayer

For a full list see the Services and Special services pages.

Opening times

Monday-Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm

Sunday 2.15pm - 5.30pm subject to services