St Clement’s was built in the 1870’s as a sister-plant to St Swithun’s, out of St Peter’s in the Town Centre. It is a Grade-One listed site, iconic within the Boscombe community. It serves two church schools, of St Clement’s Infant’s and Bethany Juniors, and also hosts a pre-school nursery.
During 2016 a deep friendship emerged between the congregations of St Swithun’s and St Clement’s. This has deep roots in history, both churches having been built as sister-plants from St Peter’s in the town centre during the 1870’s. The building of St Clement’s is the work of celebrated architect, J.D. Sedding, who wrote in Arts and Handicraft (1893) that his aim was, ‘to fill its recesses with such an air of mystery and stillness that you get a strange thrill of expectancy as you enter, and say, involuntarily, “Surely the Lord is in this place”.’
In January 2017 St Swithun’s planted in to St Clement’s, partnering with the small existing congregation and the parish’s two church schools, to relaunch St Clement’s as a new community of hope, enacting God’s mission in the local area, with a mix of traditional and contemporary services and a range of transformational ministries, we aim to reach the broadest local community.
We welcome you to join with us. Like Sedding’s intention, (and like Jacob in Genesis 28:16 who he quoted), may we look back in years to come and exclaim, “Surely the Lord is in this place!”