Rector’s Message

Welcome to the website and thank you for visiting us!

Rev Andrew BaileyThe Parish of Milton (known as New Milton since the railway arrived in the late 19th century) is the largest Parish in the Deanery of Christchurch with a population of over 25,000 people. We have three church buildings, each with its own hall: The Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Milton; St. Peter, Ashley and St. John the Baptist, Bashley.

In recent years, the Parish has been modelled on a Team Ministry with one Parochial Church Council and committees. The PCC reflects strategically on the needs of the whole Parish and works on parish-wide projects and concerns. The committees take responsibility for the life and witness of each Church. There is a strong leadership team of clergy, readers and churchwardens.

There are groups of lay people carrying out important and effective ministries across the Parish. We have a Baptism team who prepare and work with families preparing for christenings; a welcome group arranging events throughout the year and a Pastoral team who take Holy Communion to residential care homes and individuals on a regular basis and maintain contact with the recently bereaved.

There are good relations with most of our ecumenical partners and a Ministers and Clergy Fraternal meets frequently for lunch and to plan united events throughout the year. This group is a constant source of support and encouragement. The Parish Church has a special relationship with Barton Methodist Church and a united service takes place on the second Sunday evening of each month.

The Parish of Milton takes its work with children very seriously. There is a Junior Church at St. Mary Magdalene’s and the Parish has adopted the policy of admitting children to Holy Communion before Confirmation. There are good relations with all the local schools and I frequently and willingly take assemblies, teaching and special projects.

The worship at all three churches is mainly Eucharistic (Common Worship Order One) but each Church has its own worship “style”. The Book of Common Prayer and traditional language is used for early services and Evensong.

If we can help you in any way,

The Rev Andrew Bailey