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Christchurch Priory

Christchurch Priory will be closed to Visitors on Saturday 3rd March from 10.00am to 3.00pm

This is due to "Be a Chorister for a day" which is open to any young person from the age of 7 to 11. Everyone will be welcome to attend Evensong at 3.00pm. The service will finish at 3.30pm. The Church will then re-open for viewing.

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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 (Last Sunday of the month)
  • 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.

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 Weekly News

St George's Diary

25 February 9:30am Sung Eucharist
4 March 9:30am Sung Eucharist
9 June 12:30pm Duo Dolcissimo, Oboe & Piano Recital. Free admission, retiring collection.
Full list

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

16 June 12:30pm Harp Recital: Stephanie Liney. Free admission, retiring collection
Full list

Priory Forthcoming Services and Events

1 March 12:30pm Lunch Time Organ Concert Mark Brafield (London) Admission Free, Retiring Collection. Lunches & Light Refreshments available 10.00am - 4.00pm
3 March 11:30am Be a Chorister for a day - For young people from 7 - 11 years old. To book your place e.mail: . Prior booking essential
8 March 12:30pm Lunch Time Organ Concert George Castle (Winchester Cathedral) Admission Free, Retiring Collection. Lunches & Light Refreshments available 10.00am - 4.00pm
15 March 12:30pm Lunch Time Organ Concert Andrew Wyatt ( Chester Cathedral) Admission Free, Retiring Collection. Lunches & Light Refreshments available 10.00am - 4.00pm
17 March 7:00pm Concert Series 2018. Bournemouth Bach Choir: J S Bach, St Matthew PassionClick to download informationBuy tickets
22 March 12:30pm Lunch Time Organ Concert Simon Earl (Christchurch Priory) Admission Free, Retiring Collection. Lunches & Light Refreshments available 10.00am - 4.00pm
22 March 5:00pm Evening Song with the Boys and Men of Christchurch Priory
22 March 6:30pm Evening Tour of Christchurch Priory. Ground Floor and Roof Space including seeing the medival paintings (does not include the Tower) 113 Steps. Tickets £7.50 each avaliable from Christchurch Priory Box Offive from 1st March
26 March 7:30pm Stations of the Cross
27 March 7:30pm Stations of the Cross
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