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Welcome

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

Musings for May

I have just had the unexpected pleasure of judging a children’s poster competition in celebration of HM the Queen’s 90th birthday. All the pictures were colourful and beautifully designed. Among them two particularly caught my eye: one showed her majesty snorkelling, complete with mask, crown, and flippers; the other showed her poised at a well provisioned tea table – the guests including two horses, hooves delicately resting upon the table...

The month of May is traditionally known as the month of Mary. The humanity of Jesus was fashioned by God in the womb of Mary; his flesh was her flesh. The Angel Gabriel, God’s messenger, hailed Mary as “highly favoured”, and her cousin, Elizabeth, greeted her as “blessed among women”. Mary’s faithful and trusting response was “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word”. Mary stands out in the tradition of the poor and humble of Israel, who confidently expect and receive salvation from him. Against all human expectation God chooses the weak, apparently powerless, to demonstrate his faithfulness to his promises.

Thursday 5th May is Polling Day and some Mayoral, Local Councillor and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be taking place across the UK. In the church’s calendar it is also Ascension Day. Falling as it does midweek, this day is quite often overlooked, and yet the event is absolutely essential to our understanding of the work of God in Christ. We shall be marking the feast of the Ascension on the Sunday, when we will sing some of our most joyful and uplifting hymns. Without the Ascension, the full implications of the Resurrection are never reached, and so our redemption is left hanging on the cross.

Sunday 15 May is the Feast of Pentecost, (“Whitsunday”) when we not only commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, sometimes called the birth of the Church, but also dedicate ourselves to our own renewal in the power of that same Spirit. Sunday 22 May is Trinity Sunday. The doctrine of the Trinity has inspired thousands of words from great theologians. Jesus told his disciples to baptise their new converts in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In our worship we pray to the Father, through the Son, and in the power of the Spirit. Thus we settle into the long season of Trinity known as “Ordinary Time”, and characterised by green vestments and altar hangings; green the colour of nature, of life and growth, the colour of things reaching out to the light.

Sadly, we record the deaths of Edward Dubois, Sue Reavell, Sylvia Witt; and the honourable Mary Clare Horn, sister of the late Lord Edward Montagu. As we give thanks for their lives and pray for their souls, so we also pray for their relatives. With my love and prayers. Fr John

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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The Daily Offices

Morning Prayers -  8.30am
Tuesday to Saturday - Abbey Church

Evening Prayer - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - St Paul’s, East Boldre
Wednesday - Abbey Church
Thursday - St Katharine’s, Exbury
Friday - Bucklers Hard
Saturday - Abbey Church

Coming Soon

25May
Wed May 25 @10:30 -
Holy Communion
Beaulieu Abbey Church Hall
26May
Thu May 26 @10:00 - 12:00PM
Benefice Office Open
Vicar's Vestry, Abbey Church
29May
Sun May 29 @08:00 -
Holy Communion
Bucklers Hard Chapel
29May
Sun May 29 @10:00 -
Combined Benefice Holy Communion
Exbury Church
01Jun
Wed Jun 01 @10:30 -
Holy Communion
Beaulieu Abbey Church