Worship during the
We want to reassure you that our commitment to praying and caring as the Body of Christ remains as strong as ever; our daily pattern and rhythm of prayer will continue through these difficult times.
Please pause to pray with us at 9am and at 5pm. We will also share a LIVE service ‘Christ in our homes’ Eucharist and Daily Reflection each day. If you need any support or offer help please let us know.
With best wishes and prayers
Kindness Challenge for June
For the month of June we’ll be reflecting on how we practice kindness and putting our thoughts into action. In this document there is a suggested challenge for you for each week of June.
Christ in Our Homes
Stop to pray at 9am for Morning Prayer, and 5pm for Evening Prayer daily Monday to Saturday at the same time that those in St Mary’s are praying. You can read the daily prayers 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 download the Simple Morning and Evening Prayer from this website where you will also find the readings for 26th April to 16th May here.
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.
Stop to pray and reflect at noon daily Monday to Saturday when the daily Eucharist is celebrated and you can then listen to the daily reflection here.
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.
For announcements and guidance on how COVID-19 affects St Mary’s view the articles in Parish News.
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.
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
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:
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