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St Mary's is a Parish Church, serving the communities of Charminster, Charton Down, Forston and Wrackleford. We belong to the Church of England and are a member of Salisbury Diocese

We welcome everyone who walks through our doors, unconditionally, just as Jesus did. We are here for you, so please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns or prayer requests.

Our services are open to all and range in style from modern and informal to more traditional.

Our Sunday services include:

Main Service - 9.30am Holy Communion with Children's Ministry (Sunday School)* except for the 2nd Sunday each month which is Breakfast Church*.

Also on Sundays:

Messy Church* -  4pm on the 4th Sunday of each Month

Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion - 8am every Sunday

Book of Common Prayer Evensong - 6pm on 1st and 3rd Sundays


* Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Breakfast Church, Messy Church and Children's Ministry are on hold. Please check back soon or sign up for futher updates.

What we believe

As Christians we believe in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We focus our worship around praising God, reading and understanding God's word, breaking bread together, lifting the concerns of our community up in prayer, and sharing fellowship and friendship. All are welcome at St Mary's Church. 

Our focus as a community and as part of Salisbury Diocese is on renewing the hope that we all have in God: hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ, and hope that the Holy Spirit can and will work through our everyday lives to transform us and our community as we pray, serve and grow together.



God our Father, renew our hope,

by the Holy Spirit's power strengthen us

to pray readily, serve joyfully and grow abundantly,

rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Lord,



As we reflect on our hope in God. We ask ourselves these questions:

What do you pray for?

Whom do you serve?

How will you grow?


Thinking of coming to St Mary's with your family?

Here's a family perspective on what life at St Mary's is like:



SAFEGUARDING:     St Mary's Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.     If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns, you can contact:

  Parish Safeguarding Officer

  Rev'd Pene Kennedy 

  01305 251422 or 07952913374,

  email:   revpenekennedy@yahoo.com   


If you would prefer to contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, please contact either:      Mrs Suzy Futcher (via mob 07500 664800) 9am-5pm, Monday-Wednesday inclusive.


Mr Jem Carter (via mob 07469 857888) 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday inclusive.

Service provider ‘thirtyone:eight’ provides cover from 5pm on Friday until 8am the following Monday –                Tel 0303 0031111

To view Safeguarding Policy click here   SAFEGUARDING - POLICY - July 2018 - Promoting a Safer Church -Jun 2017[3479].pdf