St. Boniface Church
Church Lane, Nursling SO16 0YB
We are blessed in having our 13th century church in Nursling linked to the ministry of 8th century St. Boniface, and we are thankful for being able to continue the long history of Christian witness in this place. Services take place every Sunday at 10:45am and at 6:30pm on the first Sunday of the summer months (April to September). Check out the services page for more details
Many visitors from many parts of the world come to visit our church. The church is usually open on Friday mornings. If you are planning a visit at other times, do contact us in advance, and we can ensure the church is open for you.
Some background on the life of St. Boniface: He was born in Crediton Devon around 679AD and became a teacher at a monastery probably on the site of our church here in Nursling.
His father had a secular career planned for him, but Boniface was drawn to life of an evangelist by monks staying at his father's house when he was five. After many years at Nursling he was ordained at the age of 30, and set out for Friesland, northern Holland.
St. Boniface devoted his life to evangelising Northern Europe from 718AD until he was martyred in 754, aged 75. He converted some heathens by cutting down their sacred oak - as depicted on our church banner - and founded a monastery at Fulda on the Rhine where he is buried. He was martyred at Dokkum in the Netherlands. Canonized a Saint, it is said of St. Boniface that no Englishman had a deeper influence on the history of Europe.
The Collect for St. Boniface Day (5th June):
Almighty God, who called your faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in the lands of Germany and Friesland, and by his labour and suffering raised up a people for your own possession:
Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon your Church in every land,
that by the service and sacrifice of many your holy Name may be glorified and your kingdom enlarged;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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