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Christchurch Priory

A message from the Vicar:

Welcome to our parish website. There has been a church on the site of Christchurch Priory for over 1300 years, from the first Saxon building to the glorious Priory Church we see today.

Throughout the centuries, the worship of God, through Jesus Christ his Son and inspired by the Holy Spirit, has been at the heart of the Priory’s life and has fuelled its service to the local community. Very rarely has the voice of praise been stilled within these walls: once during the reign of King John, when the country was under Papal censure; once, at least, because of bubonic plague; and since March 23rd this year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Which is why the news that the Priory is open again for public is so to be warmly welcomed – with just a little caution. The caution is because we want to take every step to ensure that those attending services are safe. Details of which services will be happening and when can be seen here: Regular Services  The Sunday morning Eucharist at the Priory will be held at 10.00am.

We shall publish an edited version of the Sunday service online later in the day. Other services and sermons that have been posted in recent weeks can still be found by clicking on the blue ‘Services archive’ button.

Please continue to keep yourselves and others safe.  We never went away. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Priory, to worship, to pray and to visit. God bless you all.  

Canon Charles Stewart



With Covid-related regulations severely restricting our operations, our income is currently considerably reduced while our outgoings remain unchanged. If you are able to make a donation to help us through these difficult times, that would be received very gratefully.

Please either post a cheque made out to PCC of Christchurch to The Administrator, Christchurch Priory, Priory House, Quay Road, BH23 1BX; or make a direct payment by online banking to PCC XCH Freewill, sort code 52-21-34, account number 52428036; or use the  ‘DONATE’ button below to make a donation using a debit card. Thank you.

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If you pay income tax, please contact the F.W.O Secretary/Treasurer via our contact page to discuss how you can Gift Aid your donation.


10am  Sung Eucharist Sunday 27th September 

The order of service can be viewed here: Sunday 27th September

An edited recording of the service can be viewed here 



Previous Sunday and midweek services and sermons are available in the archive using the buttons above. 



Sunday Sermon

Preached by the Revd. Jonathan Evans on 27th September


A YouTube playlist of previous sermons can be accessed here 

Previous editions of Pause for Prayer and a Prelude can be viewed via our Services Archive page


Daily Prayer

Morning Prayer: We say Morning Prayer daily (Mon-Sat) at 8.30 am, using Common Worship Daily Prayer. The text is available as a free download from the Church of England website : just go to: Daily Prayer 

For now, we are hosting Morning Prayer via Zoom from our homes; for further information please contact  'Conference' via our contact page for details. 


Evening Prayer: You are welcome to join us for Evening Prayer, which takes place daily in the Great Quire at the Priory Church, at 5.00 pm (if you do come to this service, it would help us if you were able to download the Daily Prayer app on a tablet or phone and ring that to use). If you would like to say this office at home, you can find it at:Daily Prayer


Night Prayer (Compline): If you would like to end your day with a quiet and reflective service of Compline (night prayer), you can do so using this link: Daily Prayer 



Prayer Requests

If you would like prayers to be offered for someone or something, please email your request via our contact page and your prayer will be offered during Evening Prayer at 5.00pm. 

Our weekly prayer list contains suggestions for prayers each day, including prayers for people in our parish. You can view it here: Prayer List 27 September 2020 

'All occasions invite God's mercies,

and all times are his seasons"

(John Donne)




Foodbank logo 

Our local Foodbank requests donations of the following this week:

UHT milk, pasta sauce, toilet rolls, tuna, tins of hot dog sausages and tinned fruit.

There is a collection point for food donations in the Priory Church.

Alternatively, please support them by making a direct donation by bank transfer to 40-52-40 a/c 00015300 using the reference CFBFood.