Private prayer in church buildings

Private prayer in our church buildings is now possible. Prayer slots must be pre-booked through the website at least 24 hours in advance. One session will be available each day.

Please do not book a slot if you have a fever, a cough or have loss of taste or smell. We do not recommend that people advised to ‘Shield’ book slots.

Fri 24

Private prayer – bookable

Fri July 24 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm BST

Booking is done on this website using the events diary. All you have to do is use the RSVP function on the slot you are interested in, and provide your name and email address. If you later realise that you will not need your prayer slot please message the website so we can make the slot available for others.

Revd Victoria said ‘I am pleased that we can now offer limited access to our buildings for private prayer. While prayer is no more valid offered in a church building than anywhere else I know many of our congregation value the space and peace of our church buildings as a place for prayer’

Our church buildings will be open in rotation, Slots will be released each week on the website events calendar. St John the Baptist, St Denys and St Mark will be available. The nave and chancel of each will be available. No other facilities will be open.

Frequently asked questions

I can’t book online…

If you do not have web access, please ask a neighbour or friend to try to book using your details. They will need to be willing to pass on two emails to you. Failing this phone the vicarage for advice: 023 8178 8031. Booking this way will be slower than direct booking and our lovely Vicar is in many ways busier than she was before coronavirus.

Must I go alone?

Each prayer slot may be used by an individual, a ‘household’ or a ‘Covid support bubble’ Initially we are offering one slot per day. This reflects the advice we have on risk management and our capability as parishes.

Where else can I pray in a church building?

If you would like to pray on the spur of the moment in a sacred space Winchester Cathedral is offering open access prayer. Romsey Abbey is now also open for private prayer.

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