St Mary the Virgin, Rowner Parish

Welcome to Rowner

Parish Church: dedicated to   St Mary the Virgin.

Since the time of the Roman settlements, there has been a place of worship on this site in Rowner.  Over more than 1600 years later in 2014, we are still worshipping and meeting here today!  
In addition to the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer and Mass, the Church is open every day from dawn till dusk and all are welcome to come in and sit quietly and pray or light a candle.
The Church Centre complex is available for private hire by groups and individuals and there is always a lively programme of events and activities to involve all of the local community.There is somebody here every day to meet you and perhaps talk to you.
We also host groups from other faiths and churches. On Friday, Muslim Prayers are said in the Church Hall. On Wednesday evening, we host the Indian Christian Community. We welcome any group, contact us if you would like to host your gatherings here. All are welcome.
So, whether you are here to worship with us, pray alone, come to a party, or just enjoy this beautiful building we are very pleased to welcome you.  If you would like to know more about the Church History please see our History page.

A word from the Rector, Canon John Draper

Welcome to this website. We are here to serve you. In this place the Christian message of love and welcome is lived out each and every day.  Rowner Parish Church tries to be a place of inclusive living and worship, which means that we welcome everyone's contribution to our life.  If you feel that we can help you on your Christian Journey, then please do come along and meet us; remember, each one of us came once for the first time, so we have all been anxious about being "new."
You might have searched us out because you want to celebrate an event in your life, in which case we can talk together to see how we can do that.  We love Celebrations! 
You might be looking for help and advice on a particular local issue or something in Christian Teaching that you do not understand or even agree with: come and see us.  We are all seeking God together in this place.  We are all members of the Church which is founded in the Love of Jesus Christ.
                                                                                                 Fr. John 


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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Rowner Lane, Gosport, Hampshire. PO13 9SU 
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St Mary the Virgin Parochial Church Council is a Charity registered in England No. 1134344