St Mary the Virgin, Rowner Parish

Communication update regarding COVID-19

25th March 2020


The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.

The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning:

Karen Mitchell (Area Dean) 07834 322943

Cathy Juniper (Churchwarden) 01329 313408 

Richard Evans (Churchwarden) 07766 903377


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” 

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

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Contact information for St Mary the Virgin Church, Rowner

The Revd. Canon John Draper -Has now retired.
We are in interegnum, we hope to be able to welcome a new priest soon.

The Revd. Mother Margaret Hay (Honorary Deanery Priest)
Tel: 07812 378 436 Email:

Mrs. Sheila Sharpe (Honorary Lay Minister)
Tel:07938 530 450  Email:
Parish Administrator: Mrs Sam Walters Office Telephone Number: 02392 528 111
Office Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am-12pm
Churchwardens: Mr Richard Evans (07766 903 377) and Mrs Cathy Juniper 01329 313 408
Both can also be contacted via The Parish Office. Email:

Other Churches in the Deanery: Just click on the church to go to their website.

St. John the Evangelist , Forton - Vicar:  Mthr Carrie Thompson 
Holy Trinity &  Christ Church , Gosport - Vicar: Fr. Andy Davis
St. Faith's , Lee-on-the-Solent  - Priest in Charge: Rev. Paul Chaimberlain
St. Mary's , Alverstoke (with St. Faith’s and St. Luke’s) - Rev. Andrew Norris
St. Thomas' , Elson with  St. Matthew's , Bridgemary - Priest in Charge: Rev. Karen Mitchell

For more details about churches in the Gosport Deanery, or elsewhere in the Diocese of Portsmouth please see the  Diocesan Website 


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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