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The parishes of Beaulieu, Exbury and East Boldre in the New Forest lie between the outskirts of Lymington and the communities along Southampton Water, bordering the north shore of the Solent on both sides of the Beaulieu River. This is a beautiful and peaceful part of Hampshire full of bees and butterflies, ponies and partridges. Here one can surely see the works of God.

There are three churches and a private chapel within the Church of England Benefice, a Baptist Chapel at East Boldre, a primary school at Beaulieu to serve the area, several halls and community centres, sporting clubs, two museums, an arboretum, several shops, three hotels, various farms and rural businesses, river traffic, a nature reserve, ancient monuments, yachting, bird sanctuary, wildfowling, managed forest, heathland, two garden centres, bicycles for hire, two farm shops, two medieval barns, two garages, five pubs, a lively resident community and plenty of tourists.

Reverend John C. White, known as Father John  The Rectory, Palace Lane  Beaulieu SO42 7YG  tel: 01590 612183

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From the Rectory Study

This is a particularly busy month in the Benefice. Among the social events taking place is the Rectory BBQ on Sunday June 19. This will be my first such occasion here, and I look forward to welcoming you to my home. You will find further details on the pew sheets.

On 11-12 June we shall be marking Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, a tickertape trail, recording events during the last 9 decades, and a birthday cake at the Abbey; a tea with entertainment at Exbury, and a tea and Songs of Praise at East Boldre. 

This edition appears just before our EU Referendum Question Time at the Abbey Church. To date all 200 tickets have been taken, and we are looking forward to an informative evening with an excellent panel chaired by Sir Anthony Evans.

It seems that Religion and Politics are among the top ten topics to avoid at a dinner party. It’s often said that religion and politics don’t mix, that Christians should keep out of politics, and leave it to the politicians. There’s no doubt that our responsibility is to obey the nation’s laws and be good citizens. Throughout the centuries Christians have lived, and even flourished, under repressive regimes, managing to sustain their faith in the face of great pressure, bearing witness to the Gospel imperative to be lights of the world, and the salt of the earth. It’s impossible to neatly compartmentalise our human life, including the religious and the political.  If we believe in the Incarnation - that God truly became human in Jesus Christ - then the whole of human life has been sanctified and matters to him.

In September 2015, the Church of England and the Church of Scotland launched “Reimagining Europe” - a multi-disciplinary blog aimed at encouraging Christian reflection and debate ahead of the EU referendum. Its working premise is that many of the issues that shape Britain’s relationship with the EU require a wide-ranging debate of comparable depth, seriousness and intensity to that which took place in Scotland prior to their referendum. To that end, it draws upon experts from a range of theological and political backgrounds from around the UK and Europe. Reimagining Europe’s only editorial requirement is that whatever the chosen topic, its contributors must be able to write articulately and persuasively from a Christian ethical perspective, and to keep in mind that the blog exists to help others to think through the presenting issues ahead of any referendum. As we reflect and consider carefully in these last weeks before we vote on 23 June, may I commend to you this prayer from the Winchester diocesan website.

Church Notices

  • Sing Joyfully

    SING JOYFULLY -  Derby Cathedral Choir   On May 1st at the Abbey Church there was a 45- minute recital including music by Byrd, Bruckner Read More
  • In Need of Repair

    Exbury’s Parish Church St Katharine’s, like many other churches across this land, is in need of repair. Read More
  • The Splintered Messiah

    I don’t want a splintered Messiah in a sweat-stained, greasy grey robe I want a new one I couldn’t take this one to parties people Read More
  • Not an April Fool

    After many years of meeting on Saturday mornings, the choir will change  their choir practice time to Friday evenings after Easter 2016. Read More
  • Save the Date

    SAVE THE DATE  SAVE THE DATE   EU REFERENDUM QUESTION TIME At Beaulieu Abbey Church Friday 3rd June at 7pm. Sir Anthony Evans PC.QC.RD. presiding. Read More
  • Charabanc to Chichester

    Friday 29th April.2016.   Proposed starting time from the Church Meadow is 9.30am.Arrive Chichester at 10.45am. The estimated cost of travel, morning visit to Pallent Read More
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Morning Prayers -  8.30am
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Evening Prayer - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - St Paul’s, East Boldre
Wednesday - Abbey Church
Thursday - St Katharine’s, Exbury
Friday - Bucklers Hard
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Coming Soon

Sun Jul 03 @08:00 -
Holy Communion
Bucklers Hard Chapel
Wed Jul 06 @10:30 -
Holy Communion
Beaulieu Abbey Church
Thu Jul 07 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Benefice Office Open
Vicar's Vestry, Abbey Church
Sat Jul 09 @19:00 -
Glyndebourne At Beaulieu
Beaulieu Abbey Church