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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. Our Wider Church community includes the parishes of  Bradford Peverell, Stinsford, Stratton, Frampton, and Sydling St Nicholas, with whom we are committed to sharing fellowship and worship.

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.

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?


Weekly Update from the Clergy.

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

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