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 this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Our prayer and worship continues, but in new ways.
Our services on Sunday 29 November will be available online only. Details will appear further down this page.
From Sunday 6 December, we will once again be able to hold public worship in church. Some of the services will also be available online. Details appear on the 'Regular Services' page here
We will publish details of our Christmas services here shortly, including carol services and Christingle services and a Crib service.
The Priory Church will be open for private prayer only between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm daily, while circumstances permit.
Please continue to keep yourselves and others safe. God bless you all.
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Culture Recovery Fund Grant
'Christchurch Priory receives lifeline grant from Government's £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund'
Read the full press release for details of the wonderful news about the successful bid for a grant from this government fund: Press Release
Advent Sunday, 29th November - online services only
Celebrate Advent Sunday with us online, as we still closed for public worship.
This recorded service will be available to view at 10am
6.30pm Advent Meditation
10am Eucharist Sunday 22nd November
This recorded service will be available to view here from 10am. The order of service is available here
A video of each Sunday's 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.
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.
Parenting for faith
Morning Prayer: We say Morning Prayer together daily (Mon-Sat) at 8.30 am, using Zoom. We use Common Worship Daily Prayer. The text is available as a free download from the Church of England website, just go to: Daily Prayer . If you would like to join us on Zoom, please contact 'Conference' via our contact page for details.
Evening Prayer: 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
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 29 November
'All occasions invite God's mercies,
and all times are his seasons"
Admissions to the Priory CE VA Primary School
Applications to join Reception Class in September 2021 must reach the local authority where you live by Friday 15th January 2021.
If you are submitting a Supplementary Information Form to support your application, this must be signed by an authorised Church official and returned to the School Office as soon as possible and before the deadline of midnight on Friday 15th January 2021.