St Thomas à Becket Church

Introduction

St Thomas à Becket lies at the heart of Warblington Conservation Area, between Emsworth and Warblington.  The oldest parts of the church were built by the Saxons.  It was extended during the thirteenth century and the Victorians made significant changes in the nineteenth century.

Our style of service is traditional, complementing the more contemporary worship services offered at our sister church, St James, Emsworth.

The church is a popular choice for baptisms, weddings, and funerals.  When it is not being used for services, it is normally open to the public between 10:00am and 4:00pm (except Fridays).

Our Sunday Services

8:00am

Holy Communion

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

A quiet said Holy Communion service.  It offers time for reflection and personal prayer as well as Bible teaching and Communion.

11:00am

Matins

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

Our main Sunday morning service at Warblington is traditional and dignified in style.  Matins is from the Book of Common Prayer.  The language of this service is beautifully crafted, helping us to connect with God.  Traditional and popular hymns are sung, supported by the church choir.

11:00am

Holy Communion

On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Our main Sunday morning service is traditional and dignified in style.  Our Holy Communion service includes traditional and popular hymns with a supporting choir.

6:30pm

Evensong

On the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Our Parish has a Sunday evening service pattern in partnership with Emsworth Methodist Church.  On the 3rd Sunday of each month Evensong, following the Book of Common Prayer, is held at St Thomas à Becket.

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History

The oldest parts of St Thomas à Becket has been standing for nearly 1,000 years, so summing up its history in a few paragraphs is a challenge!  Visitors to the church can pick up a leaflet about the church and the Conservation Area in which it stands, and a guide to its history is on sale inside the church.

The Churchyard

The churchyard was closed to burials in the late 1890s (when the adjacent cemetery was opened).  A record of all the burial plots (created by NADFAS volunteers) is held at Portsmouth City Library.

The Church

Anyone keen to find out more about the history of the church – and individuals associated with it – should visit the Spring Arts Centre, Havant.

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