Saint Dunstan of Canterbury Orthodox Church

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

Saint Osmund's Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9JG

Parish priest: Fr Chrysostom, tel. 01202 602628;
Assistant priest: Fr Filip, tel. 01308 868543

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Welcome to the web site of St. Dunstan's Antiochian Orthodox Church, Parkstone. We are a community of Orthodox Christians gathered under the pastoral jurisdiction and spiritual care of the ancient Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, originally founded by the Apostles Peter and Paul (See Acts. 11:26). Our parish is part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland. We share the faith of the one, holy Orthodox-Catholic Church of Jesus Christ, following the Tradition of the Apostles and the dogmas of the seven Ecumenical Councils. As a local worshipping community, we are in full communion with the other ancient Eastern Orthodox patriarchates and all other local Orthodox churches that trace their provenance and faith, unchanged, back to the Apostles themselves.

We proclaim this Christian faith as we have received it from Holy Tradition, calling all to repentance and striving to live out our faith in the holy, consubstantial, life-giving and undivided Trinity. We seek the kingdom of God through the liturgical worship of the Byzantine rite, through prayer and the ascetic struggle and in the fellowship of the gospel, bearing one another’s burdens, till we reach the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our faith, and our life in Christ. We also invite you to join us on the Lord’s Day to experience the mystery of the gospel through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy as handed down from the ages. We worship on Sundays with Orthros (Matins) at 8.45am and The Divine Liturgy, served at 10.30am.

Our church building is a structure of considerable architectural interest and is owned by The Bournemouth-Poole Orthodox Christian Foundation (reg. charity 1140071).



Vespers is normally served on Saturdays at 5.00pm and on Wednesdays at 6.00pm. Fr. Chrysostom is available for Confession afterwards or by appointment. Orthros is served before the Divine Liturgy on Sundays at 8.45am.

For other services, etc., you can use the download button below to see our current Newsletter for all services this month

A reminder about how you should act during Holy Communion. Please use the button below to download our Parish Etiquette Booklet

Statement Concerning the COVID-19 Virus

The outbreak of COVID-19, known as Corona Virus, continues to be widely covered in the media, causing feelings of anxiety among certain people. We do not have to take extreme measures at present but it is important that, as a community that worships together, we should be vigilant and observe the rules of hygiene, as we would normally, in order to avoid the spread of any seasonal disease.

The symptoms of the current virus are fever, cough, shortness of breath. Anyone with these symptoms should self-isolate immediately for at least seven days, and NOT attend the Divine Liturgy. You should ONLY seek medical advice if the symptoms grow worse. In that case DO NOT go to your GP but telephone the NHS on 111. To prevent the spread of the virus, again, we should all follow common-sense practices.

These include the thorough and frequent washing of hands and being sure to cover any cough and sneeze. Any tissues that we use should be disposed of quickly and personal items should not be shared. There is nothing difficult in this and, of course, such behaviour is appropriate and necessary at any time.

We shall, as ever, follow common-sense measures at church. All items frequently used, such as icons or the blessing cross will, as ever be thoroughly cleaned.



Saint Dunstan’s Church, a splendid Grade II* listed building, declared of national and international architectural and artistic importance by Heritage England, has embarked on a long series of restoration works. A first step is to make the roofs watertight in order to avoid further damage to the structure and interior of the church. The costs for this, some £162,000, will be partly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Future work will include the restoration of the unique windows, with their individual coloured glass panes handmade under a patent of the renowned architect E.S. Prior. The UK’s foremost stained-glass windows specialists, Salisbury Cathedral Glaziers, have surveyed the windows, and some windows have been prioritised.

We need to keep our fundraising activities going for this. If you are a parishioner, please review what donations are possible within your means. We need this building, in good shape, to continue the life of the parish.

We also appeal to all non-parishioners to help us keep this splendid building in good shape. The unique building is a landmark in Parkstone, Poole, and is the only Arts & Crafts Free Byzantine style basilica in the United Kingdom.

Donations, anonymous or otherwise, can be made through the “Donate now!” button below, or in person, in the church, in the collection box for this purpose. Cheques can also be sent, made out to BPOCF Renovation Fund. As the letterbox at the church is not secure, cheques or money should be sent to BPOCF c/o 42 Coventry Close, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3UP, United Kingdom.

Thank you for your help and support.

For direct donations to the Restoration Fund, click on the button below


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