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Christchurch Priory

A message from the Vicar:

Welcome to our parish website. A few days ago I wrote that the Priory Church is now open for individual prayer. I know that many of you have taken advantage of this and have come into the Priory to pray in the stillness.

Yesterday we were told that churches and other places of worship may hold services from July 4th. As yet there has been no information from the Government or the Church of England as to how this can happen, or what we may be permitted to do. Pending this, we shall prepare to open when circumstances seem right, though this may be a little while off.

Until then, please do join in one of our online services. The most recent 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 pastoral letter written weekly by one of the clergy team. From the front page you can also access the 'Daily Reflection', or ‘Pause for Prayer and a Prelude’, which features organ music played by our Director of Music.

For now, I join with the parish family to thank you for your virtual visit. Please continue to keep yourselves and others safe.  May the blessing of the risen Christ be with you all and bring you his peace.  

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.


9.30am  Eucharist,  Sunday 5th July

The order of service can be viewed here: Sunday 5th July


Midweek Eucharist, Wednesday 1st July

The order of service can be viewed here: Midweek Eucharist 1st July


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

'Looking Ahead'

Our small group discussions have now resumed online, using Zoom. They take place on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings (it is also possible to participate by telephone). Click here for details: Looking Ahead  


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

New Article by Will Howard - a homily on Luke 14:1-11

Find it here :The first shall be last



Pause for Prayer and a Prelude

2nd July


Previous content can be viewed via our Services Archive page


Daily Reflection

A reflection from Rev'd. Richard Partridge 

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(Photo: copyright C. Merrivale, 2020)



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: The clergy say Evening Prayer together daily (Sun-Sat) at 5.00pm. If you would like to say this office yourself, 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 28.06.20



'All occasions invite God's mercies,

and all times are his seasons"

(John Donne)




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. There is a collection point in the Priory Church.

NOTE: Christchurch Foodbank + is currently advertising for a part-time deputy manager for the Foodbank. Details here: Advert and Job description