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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 in Pastoral Letter of 5 July. The Sunday morning Eucharist 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 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.



10am Sunday 2nd August

Eucharist with Confirmation & Reception into the Church of England by the Right Reverend Debbie Sellin, Bishop of Southampton  

The order of service can be viewed here: Sunday 2nd August

An edited version of the service can be viewed below




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




Pause for Prayer and a Prelude

3rd August



Previous content can be viewed via our Services Archive page


Daily Reflection


Rev'd Angela Newton offers today's reflection: 'the heron and the kingfisher'