Lower Parkstone is a delight. The Parish is largely residential and, on the whole, pretty prosperous, though there are some pockets of deprivation. It runs from the edge of Poole Harbour to the busy shopping street of Ashley Rd and centres around the ‘cafe/bar culture’ of Ashley Cross Green.
We have three schools: our own Church junior school; another new and growing junior school and an infant school. There is also an FE college and the Poole Civic Centre. Other agencies based within the Parish include Poole Refuge, a Cheshire Home, Robert Gabriel House which cares for homeless and troubled youngsters and a number of Care Homes and Nursing Homes. Looking slightly further afield we are involved with ‘Routes to Roots’ which serves homeless people and we are working on developing services for incoming refugees.
We also look after St Mary’s, Brownsea Island where we work closely with the National Trust who own the island. There is a service at St.Mary’s Church on the island each Sunday through the summer and occasional Weddings and Baptisms and Carol Services.
We are a liberal catholic Parish which rejoices in the ministry of women and strives to include all without reference to gender, sexuality or ability. The Sacraments are at the centre of our life, the main Sunday worship is always Eucharistic and the Eucharist is celebrated during the week and on Saints days and Holy days.
A major event in our parish life is the Poole Passion when we join with other churches and comunity groups in Dorset’s largest community theatre project, dedicated to dramatically recreating the final days of Christ. The event takes place every 2 years and the next one will be in 2018, during your time with us.
We are involved in a range of outreach activities to a variety of agencies within and beyond the Parish and we have a number of lay Pastoral Assistants who visit the sick and care homes.
Within the life of the Church we have groups for children and young people; a number of prayer groups and home learning groups and a few activities which primarily serve older people.
We have two full time stipendiary Clergy: the Rector and Curate and two self supporting Associate Priests. Ministry is also supported by a small number of retired Clergy. We have a parish strategy built around six visions of ourselves as prayerful, learning, outward looking, giving priority to children and well resourced. Our basic purpose is conceived of as being “Focused on God: Speaking of Jesus: Caring about people”.
Ministry opportunities around the parish include:
- Care homes
- The Grange Cheshire Home
- Poole Refuge
- A Homelessness charity (Routes to Roots) and a house for homeless and troubled young people
We would welcome you to join with us in ministry, and you can find out more from our parish website: