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. Tots is for 3 yrs and under, and Sunday Club for 4-7 yrs and 8yrs and over.

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 , Magdalen Rees and Ellie Phipps.

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

The Church at St Cross where the Parish of St Faith worship is the private chapel of the Brothers, therefore the standard Church of England ‘rights to marry’ or ‘qualifying connections’ do not apply here as they might elsewhere.  However, there are three ways that you may become eligible to marry here:

Option A:  You live in the Parish and join the Electoral Roll (you must be baptised)

Option B:  You don’t live in the Parish and join the Electoral Roll
To join the Electoral Roll we would expect to see you for worship at least once a month for six months before applying to join the Electoral Roll and before we read your banns.  Only one of you needs to be on the Electoral Roll – but you must be baptised.  There is some form of worship here every day in addition to Sunday services (Brothers Matins at 10am every day bar Sunday) – and couples will find a warm welcome at all of them.

Option C: Apply for The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Licence
The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury will consider favourably any applications from those who can demonstrate a ‘strong connection’ to the Church at St Cross.  This includes being baptised here, family connections with The Hospital of St Cross and any other strong connection.  This is not a straightforward process, incurs separate costs and the final outcome is entirely at the discretion of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop.

Wendy Jones in the Parish Office will be very happy to talk to you more about any of the above:  office@parishofstfaith.org

or see this document for more wedding information: The 2019 St Cross Church Wedding Guide

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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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