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.
Services now take place with Covid-safe measures in place and the Sunday morning 10am Eucharist from the Priory will be live streamed. We also continue to meet online for Morning Prayer daily (except Sundays). For full details, see the panel on this page.
The Priory Church is now open for visitors as well as for private prayer - please ensure you follow the Covid-safe instructions. We look forward to welcoming you.
Please continue to keep yourselves and others safe. God bless you all.
Canon Charles Stewart (Vicar)
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
We will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with a special service on Sunday June 5th at 11am. (There will not be an 8.00am Service, nor the Sung Eucharist at 10am. Instead, we will hold a said Eucharist with hymns at 9am.)
Then there will be the opportunity to celebrate together with a picnic on the Priory Lawns, whether or not you have been able to attend the service.
Please bring your picnic (plus blanket or chairs etc - a limited amount of seating will be available for those who need it most) Jubilee-themed activities are available for all ages!
Unfortunately we are unable to provide any food or drink as the kitchen is not yet open.
Ascension Day, Thursday 26th May
We celebrate Ascension Day on Thursday 26th with special services at 11am and 7.30pm in the Priory and 10am at St George’s.
Sunday 22nd May
8.00am - Holy Communion at the Priory
9.30am - Eucharist at St George's with hymns (with Junior Church )
10.00am - Sung Eucharist at the Priory (also online)
6.30 pm - Choral Evensong at the Priory
Full details of all weekly services can be found on our Regular Services page here
Watch the latest online service
The order of service can be viewed here
YouTube playlists of previous services and sermons are available by using the buttons above.
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.