We are an Anglican church in the modern-catholic tradition located in Bridgemary, Gosport.  As part of the Church of England we are dedicated to the spiritual and pastoral care of the parish. We celebrate the full liturgical year. On the first Sunday of the month we have lunch together either in church as a Bring 'n Share meal or at a local pub. Come along and enjoy one of our Social Events and get to know us a bit better.  Please call regarding other matters and we shall be please to assist you. Please call Rev'd West if you wish to discuss your needs or questions.

St Matthews is part of the Gosport Deanery in the Diocese of Portsmouth in the Church of England.

We minister across the whole parish of Bridgemary irrespective of religious affiliation. The church is governed by the Parochial Church Council - PCC - and this meets about 8 times a year to manage the buisness of the church. 

Our Bishop is Christopher Foster   
St Matthews is part of the Gosport Deanery The Chapter of Clergy meet togethereach Wednesday to pray and have lunch.

St Matthews is a member of Inclusive Church and subscribes to the following statement of belief...

"We affirm that the Church's mission, in obedience to Holy Scripture, is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every generation.

We acknowledge that this is Good News for people regardless of their sex, race or sexual orientation.

We believe that, in order to strengthen the Gospel's proclamation of justice to the world, and for the greater glory of God, the Church's own common life must be justly ordered.

To that end, we call on our Church to live out the promise of the Gospel; to celebrate the diverse gifts of all members of the body of Christ; and in the ordering of our common life to open the ministries of deacon, priest and bishop to those so called to serve by God, regardless of their sex, race or sexual orientation"

more can be found out about Inclusive Church on the website www.inclusive-church.com

Currently the Church Council is made up of the following members .........

Parchial Church Council members
Chair: Reverend Karen Mitchell
Lay Chair : Pat Sears

Secretary: Philip Reynolds
Treasurer: Kathryn Brewer

PCC Members:-
         Allen Brewer, Jeal Curtis, Pat Goater,  Betty Hall,  Corinne Pattinson,
         Petica Tedbury, Valerie Tozer, Philip Reynolds,
Rev'd Sue West 
Deanery Synod Reps: Maureen Forseter, Corinne Pattinson

The other officers of the Church Council are:

Safeguarding Rep:
Disabilities Rep: Corinne Pattinson
Deanery Pastoral Committee Reps: Churchwardens
Health and Saftey Rep: Juleen Smith
Electoral Roll Officer: Corinne Pattinson

History of the Church

Bridgemary estate was built after World War 11 in part due to the post-war slum clearance of Gosport.  It was seen as a model for other local authorities.  Whilst the estate was under construction the Church authorities negotiated with the council for land on which to build a church and provide a community amenity.

The present church building was erected to be the church hall, lying on a north/south axis. The church was intended to be on our large lawn area, but this never came to pass.

It opened in 1955, and was known as the Hall Church of Christ the King.  At that time it was a daughter church within the parish of Rowner.  The main door to the building was at the north end, with cloak rooms on the south west side; curtains and glass screens separated the body of the hall from the entrance corridor.  There was a narrow sanctuary at the north end, curtained off from the body of the building except when in use as a place of worship.  Temporary vestries were at the south of the building.  The remainder of the hall, including the south end stage, was in constant use for community activities including clubs and as a clinic.

Pastoral care was in the hands of the Curates under the direction of the Rectors of Rowner.  Bridgemary later became a ‘Coventual District’ with a Priest-in-Charge rather than a Curate, and the building was licensed for weddings.  The church was re-dedicated to St Matthew, largely due to many members of the congregation had previously worshipped at the former St Matthew’s in Gosport.  A bell from the old church is kept in the foyer of the church.

During the time of Rev Keith Parfitt, Bridgemary became a parish in its own right, with its own Vicar, and independent of Rowner.  It was realised that the proposed separate church would never be built, so major rebuilding was under-taken.  The temporary vestries were replaced with the current community rooms, whilst the west of the building was adapted to provide a vestry, lounge (now office), kitchen and toilets.  The main entrance was re-situated in the west side.