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Christchurch Priory

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Welcome to Christchurch Priory, home to a thriving Christian community, set on the southernmost edge of the town on the confluence of the River Avon and the River Stour as they flow into Christchurch Harbour.

Prayer and worship have been offered on this site for more than 1,300 years, and in this Priory Church for over 900 years, by people who have left behind a testimony to their faith in the architecture of this magnificent parish church which dates back to Norman times. We are open every day of the year, and welcome a large number of visitors from across the world.

A wide range of services is on offer in the Priory, many of them involving our choirs which are among the best parish church choirs in the country. As a Christian community, we set out to be welcoming and inclusive, and so the Priory is also used by the people of Christchurch for weddings, funerals, baptisms, and other significant events in both local and national life.

We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us, to enjoy the beauty and peace of this building, to take time for prayer and reflection, to light a candle, or to join us in any of our acts of worship which take place regularly in this remarkable church hallowed by centuries of prayer and worship.

The Church Wardens

Regular Service Times

  • Sundays
  • 8am - Holy Communion (BCP)
  • 9.30am - Sung Eucharist and Sermon
  • 11.30am - Choral Matins and Sermon
  • 11:30am - Baptism Service (4th Sunday)
  • 6.30pm - Choral Evensong and Sermon
  • Weekdays and Saturdays
  • 8.30am - Morning Prayer
  • 9am - Eucharist (except Thursday)
  • 11am - Holy Communion (BCP) (Thurs)
  • 11am - Eucharist with hymns (Wed)
  • 5pm - Evening Prayer

For full list see Services and Special services and Events pages.

Music and Art Festival 2016. Christchurch Priory. 12th to 18th June 2016

St George at Jumpers

In the late 1890s at 4 Fitzmaurice Road (then called Church Road), the home of Mrs Whiteley, a Sunday School was started by Mrs Alicia Carter of Wick with the help of Miss Maud Druitt and Mrs Blair of Southbourne and the approval of the Vicar of Christchurch, Rev T. Bush.

On 4th August 1898 planning permission was granted for a 30ft by 18ft building to be built as a place of worship, which became known as Portfield and Jumpers Mission Church. This was built on land belonging to Mr John Preston where numbers 9 and 11 Fitzmaurice Road now stand. [Read more]

St George's Diary

2 June 10:00am Holy Communion
9 June 10:00am Holy Communion
16 June 7:30pm MUSIC FESTIVAL: Papagena (at St George's Church, Jumpers) an evening of unaccompanied choral music.Buy Tickets
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St John at Purewell

The foundation stone of the little mission church at Purewell Cross bears the inscription: 'To the Glory of God and in remembrance of her brothers - erected by Mary Long 1880'.

Four years earlier two messuages or tenements, workshops, fuelhouse and outhouses had been destroyed by fire and on September 23rd 1880, Miss Mary Long, a local benefactress, purchased the site for £200. When the building was completed with eight stained-glass windows, seating, reading desk and harmonium, the overall cost had risen by a further £800. [Read more]

St John's Diary

18 June 12:30pm MUSIC FESTIVAL: Terry Spooner, Guitar (At St. John's Church, Purewell Cross). Admission free, retiring collection
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Priory Forthcoming Services and Events

1 June 7:00pm Bible Study Group Priory House Room 7
2 June 12:30pm Lunch Time Organ Concert Admission Free, Retiring Collection. Lunches & Light Refreshments available 10.00am - 4.00pm
7 June 6:30pm Confirmation Service with Bishop of Southampton
9 June 12:30pm Lunch Time Organ Concert Admission Free, Retiring Collection. Lunches & Light Refreshments available 10.00am - 4.00pm
11 June 7:30pm Concert Series 2016 Bournemouth Bach Choir Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
12 June 9:30am Festival Eucharist and Sermon
12 June 11:30am Festival Matins and Sermon
12 June 3:00pm MUSIC FESTIVAL: Highcliffe Youth Choir - A special performance by the Highcliffe Youth Choir, under the direction of Simon Earl. Admission free, retiring collection
12 June 5:30pm Quarter Peal: A Quarter Peal on the Priory's ancient bells to celebrate the beginning of the Music and Art Festival
12 June 6:30pm Combined Festival Evensong The boys, girls, and men of the Priory Choirs will be joined by the choirs of Romsey Abbey, Wimborne Minster and St Peter's Bournemouth Preacher the Reverend Canon Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey Abbey
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