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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.

The service will be livestreamed (see the link below under 'Services') and 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



10am  Sung Eucharist Sunday 25th October 

The order of service can be found here: 25th October

To view the live version on YouTube via our Live Stream page - click HERE

An edited recording is available below:


A video of the sermon will be available from Monday and can be accessed here 

YouTube playlists of previous services and sermons are available by using the buttons above. 

(Pause for Prayer and a Prelude archive can also be viewed via the Services button)



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.

Make a donation using Payacharity

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.

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 bring 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: Weekly Prayer List 25 October 2020

'All occasions invite God's mercies,

and all times are his seasons"

(John Donne)




Foodbank logo 

A message from our friends at Foodbank+:

We are already starting Christmas preparations and with this year being interrupted by Covid we are planning for the need to increase as jobs are uncertain, furloughing ends and the possibility of a local lockdown unknown.

In the midst of all that is going on around us there is so much to be thankful for. To many, the foodbank being there gives them hope and lets them know they are not on their own in this. 

Thank you for helping us help those in our community. God Bless - Tracy, Sarah, John and the Team

Reverse Advent Calendar 2020:

Start collecting items, from 1st Nov, one a day for 25 days, pop in a decorated box or bring just as they are (all items must be best before dated past boxing day) and then drop off at Christchurch foodbank around the 1st December, so we can bless a family in need this Christmas 💙 

We will publish the list for the reverse Advent Calendar here towards the end of October

There is also 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.