Our services

Join us on Sundays for our traditional and friendly services.

Church of St Cross - Winchester

Sundays

8.00am Holy Communion – every Sunday

9.30am Parish Eucharist – every Sunday with Holy Communion. Children are invited to attend activities during the service and are encouraged to follow their banner out of the church as they make their way to their respective groups. Please stay for coffee after the 9.30 service.

9.30am Parish Eucharist 2nd  Sunday – the second Sunday of each month with Holy Communion. It is an All Age Eucharist where babies and children are invited to take part in the service. Please stay for coffee after the 9.30 services.

11.00am Sung Matins – second and fourth Sundays

Weekdays

Wednesday 11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Thursday 8.00am Holy Communion
Monday – Saturday 10.00am Brothers’ Matins (open to all)

Children are welcome to play with the toy bags by the pews. Any questions? Ask a member of our Welcome Team (look for the badge!).

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Sunday Club and St Cross Tots

These children’s groups are run during the 9.30 Eucharist, except on the 2nd Sunday when we have our All Age Service. The babies and children explore the bible in a fun and creative way each week using the children’s bible, prayers, craft and songs. We have been known to bake and plant seeds! Snacks for the children, coffee for the parents! The children also help prepare the Christmas Crib scene and the Easter Garden.

Led by Valerie Carver and Magdalen Rees.

Join our closed Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/totsandsundayclub

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Weddings, baptisms and funerals

If you are interested in arranging a Baptism or wedding at St Cross, please come along one Sunday and find out more about us. We warmly welcome newcomers and a member of our Welcome Team can assist with information and introducing you to others. As The Chapel at St Cross is the private chapel of the Brothers of St Cross (a little different to a regular Parish Church), there are some important differences in eligibility. However, Wendy Jones will be happy to answer your questions. See below for further information and contact details for Wendy.

Join the choir

We are always keen to add to our numbers. Regular and part-time singers are most welcome and are vital in reinforcing our principal services. In return they will experience the satisfaction of performing in our wonderfully resonant building. We are a mix of male and female singers, practising every Wednesday evening, often taking part in special events in St Cross Church and sometimes further afield. We are led by Derek Beck, principal organist. Contact Derek.

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Lay Pastors – here to help

We support the clergy by offering pastoral care and support visits to members of the congregation and those living within the parish. We can bring Holy Communion to those who are house-bound, and we are able to give advice to couples who are planning to get married in St Cross. If you need our help or know of anyone who would like a visit from us, please contact Hilary Healey.

History

The Church at St Cross, situated in the heart of the beautiful Itchen Valley, is home to two distinct but united communities. The Hospital of St Cross & Almshouse of Noble Poverty is amongst the oldest charitable foundations in the country. Founded in the twelfth century, it still provides accommodation for twenty-five gentlemen, aged over sixty, known as Brothers. You may spot the Brothers in their distinctive gowns around Winchester! St Cross Church is also the home of the Parish of St Faith.

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Wedding eligibility

As the Chapel at St Cross is the private chapel of the Brothers of St Cross, and not a regular Parish Church, there are some important differences in eligibility.  In short, there are three sets of criteria for being eligible to marry at St Cross, and the bride and/or groom needs to meet one of them as follows:

  1. Live in the Parish
  2. Have a previous connection to the Parish but don’t currently live in the Parish.
    To become eligible you would need to join the parish electoral roll.  To do this we would expect to see you regularly at church – ideally once a month over the six months prior to your banns of marriage being read – which is usually in the three months preceding the wedding – so in total about 9 months – longer if possible. This isn’t quite as daunting as it sounds as there is some kind of worship on every day at St Cross in addition to the usual Sunday services (Brothers Matins at 10am every day bar Sunday) – so most couples who have a connection to the church tend to find a way, especially around festival times – Easter, Christmas etc to come and join in.
  3. If none of the above are an option for you, then you may apply for a Special Licence from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury if you believe you have what they call a ‘qualifying connection’.  
    An example of a ‘qualifying connection’ would be regular worship in the Church as a child (e.g. you may have worshiped here regularly with St Faith’s school, or were baptised here).  We have no power over their decision unfortunately – so if they deem your connection not to be strong enough, they may well decline the licence.
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Baptisms and funerals

During a christening your child will be baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family. Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:

  • Being there for your child to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
  • Praying for your child through the ups and downs of their faith journey.
  • Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life.
  • Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways. So it’s a commitment to start as you mean to go on.

For more information regarding baptisms and funerals please contact Wendy at office@parishofstfaith.org

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