Worship after the

2nd Lockdown

People of worship

The importance and the value of ‘Christ Present in our Lives’ for many is recognised and the need to sustain this for those unable to be at Church or share in public worship, and to sustain it for those for whom it has become part of their life of prayer and worship.

St Mary’s will be open for Private Prayer every day (including weekends) from 9am to noon – a place to be still, to light a candle and to be aware of Christ’s presence with us in our daily lives

You are invited to pause and pray with us at 9am and 6pm each day. Please note the evening time is part of a national call to prayer from the Archbishops for us all to pray for our communities and country.

Resources for daily prayer can be found online at the Church of England website and you can follow with a recording on SoundCloud here, or download the Daily Prayer app on to your phone. Or simply be still, light a candle and offer to God in prayer all that lies in your hearts and say the Lord’s Prayer.

Resources for Advent: You can download an Advent Calendar to be coloured,  or the Church of England Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar.  On the subject of #ComfortAndJoy you can download information on how to be involved in our voucher scheme caring for those on the margins this Christmas.

We will stream a celebration of the Eucharist – reflecting on Christ’s presence in our lives – at noon Monday to Friday and a 10am service on Sunday.  On Saturday at noon we will stream Advent Reflections with music, a reading and prayers by the clergy and a reflection by Fr Bruce.

You can pick up live streams on our portseaparish.co.uk/live-services, our Youtube Channel,  or if you have a facebook account on the St Mary’s Facebook page at facebook.com/PortseaParish.
The service sheet for Sundays is “Looking for Light – Sunday Advent in our Homes“.
The service sheet for the Daily Eucharist is available at “Looking for Light – Advent in our Homes“.
Service sheet for Advent Music and Readings on 29th November at 4pm.

Until 3rd December: There will be no services nor public worship during the lockdown, but St Mary’s church will be open for private prayer from 9am to noon every day including weekends.  If visiting St Mary’s please enter by the West Door (or if needed via the ramp at the side door). Please wear a face mask (unless you are in an exempt group), sanitise your hands and go straight to a seat and observe safe distancing from other people.

From 3rd December: There will be public worship allowed in Church.

  • Sunday 8am Book of Common Prayer Communion St Mary’s Church
  • Sunday 9am said Eucharist at St Faith’s Church
  • Sunday 10am Eucharist with choir at St Mary’s Church
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Noon said Eucharist at St Mary’s Church
  • Sunday 4pm said Eucharist at St Wilfrid’s Church

For those wishing to attend the service in Church, as guidance on safety reduces the number of seats available it will help our planning for each service if you could email vicar@portseaparish.co.uk to indicate you wish to attend, and observe instructions on social distancing and hygiene when you arrive.  We request that all who attend public worship in our Churches wear a face covering unless they are in a group which is exempt from wearing them (see Government guidance or contact one of the Ministry team for details).

For special services see the Events List.  Join the Events Email List here.

We hope you will continue to pause to pray with us at 9am and at 6pm.  There is also a Daily Reflection each day. If you need any support or can offer help please let us know.

With best wishes and prayers
Father Bob

Daily Prayer

As well as stopping to pray at 9am for Morning Prayer, and 6pm for Evening Prayer daily you may also want to share in Night Prayer (or Compline) the traditional way of reflecting on the day past and entrusting ourselves to God’s care through the night. The Church of England resources are available online using the same links shared above, or you can follow our Compline service here set to some beautiful music.

Funeral Liturgy at Home

You can find a simple liturgy for funerals to do at home for funerals you can’t attend available here.

Personal Faith Journey Project

Find an invitation and instructions on keeping a journal during the lockdown in our Personal Faith Journey Project.

Latest News

Our latest newsletter can be read here.

We welcome you

The Parish of St Mary consists of three Churches and a wide cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds.

We welcome people who wish to explore their faith with us through the various groups and discussions that take place here. We also enjoy meeting together in relaxed and informal occasions and at special events and celebrations. The great thing about the Parish is the variety of ways in which we come together and I look forward to meeting you at some of them!

Whether you are a visitor, or a newcomer to one of the Churches, or are enquiring about Baptism or Marriage then I hope that you will visit us again for one of the services or activities listed here.

If you have any questions or want more information then please do get in touch with one of the clergy or other people listed on the contacts page.

With best wishes and prayers.

— Bob White – Vicar

Parish Vision

The vision is of a Parish which seeks to value and affirm the gifts of all people and to provide a place of prayer, worship and welcome for all in the Parish. The desire is to develop ‘centres of excellence’ both of worship and of community involvement and use. The need is for the 3 Churches to recognise their interdependence and yet value their independence. To try to strike a balance between acknowledging the value of our common life, yet also valuing the qualities and style of the 3 Churches. The Trinity is being reflected on as a model for this. The Priorities are about building up the life of each Church and of the Parish and looking at how each Church needs to be developed as a resource for its local community. Each Church has a potential and these are being explored. In addition there is a need to build up the spiritual life of the whole Parish and to encourage people in their journey of faith.

A place of prayer, worship and welcome for all in the Parish

Parish Safeguarding

The Parish of Portsea is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and creating protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice. More information can be found here.

If you have a safeguarding concern about an adult or child, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Representative:

Jenny Stemp
jenny.stemp@portseaparish.co.uk | 07341 569 238

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