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Christchurch Priory

A message from the Vicar:

Welcome to our parish website. Our churches may be shut, but the people of our three churches – Christchurch Priory, St George’s at Jumpers and St John’s at Purewell – are still worshipping the risen Christ, serving our communities, and caring for the vulnerable, as we are able.

We look forward to being able to welcome you in person to one of our services, or as a visitor to the Priory Church, one of the great churches of England. For now, you can participate in one of our services:  the most recent online services can be found lower on this page; access to previous services is by clicking on the blue ‘Services archive’ button. The ‘Newsletters’ button takes you to the weekly pastoral letter from one of the clergy. From the front page you can also access ‘Pause for Prayer and a Prelude’, which features organ music played by our Director of Music, and the 'Daily Reflection'. The 'Articles' button takes you to a selection of articles that you may find of interest.

At the top of this page there is a link to our contact details during the coronavirus lockdown, including the email address if you need practical help, and phone number if you need to speak to one of the clergy.

Thank you for your virtual visit. I hope the further information about our churches and the life of our parish, which can be found elsewhere on this website, will be helpful in planning your actual visit to Christchurch when the time comes. Please continue to keep yourselves and others safe.  May the blessing of the risen Christ be with you all.

Canon Charles Stewart


With the Priory being closed for services and visiting, 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 yellow ‘DONATE’ button at the foot of this page to make a donation using a debit card. Thank you.

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.



Midweek Eucharist, Wednesday 27th May

Click here for today's Order of Service



7pm "Thy Kingdom Come", Sunday 24th May

Click here to view from 7pm 


9.30am Eucharist, Sunday 24th May

The order of service can be viewed by clicking here: Sunday 24th May

The service will be available to watch here from 9.30am



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


Use the button towards the top of this page to access a number of articles.

New Article: Rev'd Jonathan Evans writes about the life of Jesus in John's Gospel: Abundant Life

Prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost

click here to find out more


Pause for Prayer and a Prelude

28th May





Daily Reflection

Canon Charles Stewart offers a reflection on the Holy Spirit 






Daily Prayer

Morning Prayer: We say Morning Prayer daily (Mon-Sat) at 8.30 am, using Common Worship Daily Prayer. The best and easiest way to use this is as a download on your phone, iPad (or other tablet), or computer. It is available free of charge from the Church of England website: just go to: Daily Prayer At the moment, we are doing this online from our own homes, using Zoom. If you would like to join us, please contact 'Conference' via our contact page for details.


Evening Prayer: The clergy say Evening Prayer together daily (Sun-Sat) at 5.00pm. If you would like to say this office yourself, you can again find it for free 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 page: Compline



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.



The Holy Spirit


In the darkness and ignorance of this world the Holy Spirit is life: he is the light which enlightens the poor in spirit. he is the love which draws us to God, the sweetening presence, our very approach to God in prayer, the love we experience in loving, devotion and piety. He reveals to the faithful the justice of God which issues from faith and ends in faith.

(William of St Thierry, from his treatise 'The Mirror of Faith')




Foodbank logo 

Our local Foodbank is under real pressure during the current crisis, especially with most schoolchildren not at school and therefore those most in need not receiving free school meals. Please support them by making a direct donation by bank transfer to 40-52-40 a/c 00015300 using the reference CFBFood. If you are able and willing to shop and buy produce, there are Foodbank collection points in supermarkets. At present, the Priory is closed, so you cannot leave produce there. Thank you.