It’s beautiful, but well hidden. It’s ancient, but modern and relevant. It’s mothered many local churches and is one of the largest parishes in the Diocese of Salisbury but few in Poole know where it is!
Canford Magna Parish church is located on the edge of the River Stour on the opposite bank from Wimborne and adjoins the main entrance of Canford School in the attractive conservation area of Canford Magna village. A modern Church Centre with meeting rooms and catering facilities adjoins the church.
The Parish Church of Canford Magna is in part nearly 1000 years old and reputedly the oldest building still in use in Poole, but its modern reality is as home to a congregation of 100 families in the village of Canford Magna on the northern boundary of the borough. The parish includes two Church plants, The Lantern on the Merley estate and St Barnabas at Bearwood, both with their own growing congregations.
The Parish Church congregation of all ages enjoy worship in a traditional format with services mainly from Common Worship, but with BCP Holy Communion and informal evening services. Worship includes modern teaching in a traditional context with both modern and traditional music in a wide variety of styles, but all with excellent quality and sympathetically and respectfully delivered. It is a church that takes joy in its faith in Jesus and likes to share this gently with its neighbours and visitors. Canford is not a church you can “pigeon-hole”, but is one where you can rely on the clarity of the teaching and preaching, the comfort of well known liturgy and the warmth of welcome.
There are many ministries and activities in the church which you may find described in the other pages of the web site, but all of them are best discovered by visiting one of our services or dropping by to see the building for yourself.