The small St. Edmund’s church dates from the 12th century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. St. Edmund’s is located on the outskirts of Stubbington village, indicating how the centre of the community has moved over the years. St. Edmund’s is often referred to as Crofton Old Church.
There is a range of styles of services and meetings at the parish’s two churches, which we hope will allow you to worship God and learn more about Him in a setting you are comfortable with. Regardless of style, all the services aim to help you find out more about what the Bible tells us about Jesus and how He enables us to find peace with God the Father and the joy of knowing the Holy Spirit present with us, and to respond to this love with praise and thanksgiving. If you would like to find out more about the beliefs and aims of the parish click here>>
There is one service each Sunday at St. Edmund’s. These are of a traditional style following one of the Church of England’s order of services. There is normally a sermon. Sung worship is led by an organ. The monthly programme is:
1st Sunday – 8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)
2nd Sunday – 9:30 am Morning Worship (CW with hymns)
3rd Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion (BCP)
4th Sunday – 9:30 am Morning Worship (CW with hymns)
5th Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion (CW with hymns)
The congregation at the 8:00 am service is about 30 and at the 9.30 am services 50 – 60, so it is easy to feel part of the fellowship and make new friends in the congregation.
St Edmund’s has been substantially renovated over the last twenty years. The renovation and upkeep of St. Edmund’s is supported by the Friends of Crofton Old Church (FOCOC). They organise a variety of fund raising events. For more information see the FOCOC website here>>
There is no dress code at any of our services, come wearing what you find comfortable! An offering is taken to allow church members to give back something in remembrance of the blessings God has given them. We do not expect visitors to contribute, just pass the offering basket on; many others who give by bank transfer will be doing the same!
St. Edmund’s does not have a car park. There is some parking outside the church, but we ask that you only use this if you have limited mobility. You can park on the neighbouring roads but please be careful not to obstruct any drives.
The Church is normally open to visitors from 10.00 am till 12.00 noon on the 18th day of each month and is also open to visitors from 10.00am until 4.00pm every Friday in March, April, May, June, September & October.
We have only been able to give an overview of the services here, and have not attempted to explain the great welcome and friendship you will experience – the best way to understand that is to come and experience it one Sunday! So whether you have lived in the area for a long period and are interested in what goes on at the Old Church, if you have moved to the area or if you are just visiting, we offer you a heartfelt invitation to join us at any of these services!