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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

From Canon Michael Joint’s Study...                        

A time of mists and mellow fruitfulness is one of the sayings to describe the autumn month of October. Soon all the harvest festivals will have been held, and depending very much on the weather for a few weeks we shall once again see the glory of nature in flaming colours, until the frosts and winds come along to strip the leaves from the trees.


We read in St John’s gospel, that Jesus said “I am the vine and you are the branches, whoever remains in me and I in him will bear fruit, for you cannot do anything without me. My Father’s glory is shown by you bearing much fruit and this way you become my disciples. Remain in my love.” As always, Jesus is being very positive, and there can be no doubting in what he says. Without Him we can do nothing, also that He told his disciples that he was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one goes to the Father except by Him. For the Christian, Jesus is the only way, on this matter of being fruitful. We shall remember on the 18th of this month a man whose life certainly bore fruit in abundance. St Luke is the patron saint of the sick, doctors, nurses and all those who care for those who are ill.

St Luke’s life was an absolute example to us, of one who followed our Lord. The gospel which bears his name is an absolute gem. It presents Jesus as both the promised Saviour of Israel and the Saviour of all mankind. Luke records that Jesus was called by the Spirit of the Lord to preach the Good News to all those in need. St Luke’s gospel is filled with concern for people with all kinds of needs. Joy is also very evident in this gospel and St Luke carries it on in the Acts of the Apostles by recording the growth and spread of the Christian faith. We are indebted to Luke for his record of parables such as the ‘Good Samaritan’ and the ‘Prodigal Son’. He places great emphasis on prayer, the Holy Spirit, and the forgiveness of sins.

St Luke was also very much involved with St Paul as his constant companion on St Paul’s great missionary journeys and we know that among his many talents Luke was a doctor, St Paul refers to him as the beloved physician. His journeys and all that he had to undergo must have placed a heavy burden on Paul’s physical strength and no doubt Luke was at hand to tend immediately in keeping Paul fit enough to carry on. Luke must have had a remarkable nature for Paul would not have been the easiest of people to live and work with but Luke knew that nothing must get in the way of spreading the Gospel

Luke does give us an excellent example of being fruitful and to persevere. Perseverance is something we all need to cultivate, not only when all is well, but when things are not going so well in our lives. We should be encouraged by St Luke and his example to see our talents and to use them to the full, thereby realising our full potential so that our lives will bear much fruit; and we shall be amongst the branches rooted in the true vine, our Lord Jesus Christ.

With prayerful good wishes, Fr Michael.


Church Notices

  • Harvest celebrations at Beaulieu Abbey Church

    Sunday October 9th 20169.30am  Harvest Holy Communion 4.30pm  Harvest Choral Evensong Everyone is very welcome to join us as we celebrate Harvest in this rural Read More
  • Harvest Supper

    The Harvest Supper in the Domus will be on Monday 10th October at 7pm for 7.30pm The Menu: Welcome drink, Harvest pie and crusty bread, Read More
  • Sea Sunday

    Open air service was at Buckler’s Hard by the water’s edge on Sunday 10th July at 6.30pm.  Guest preacher was John Attenborough, Chaplain Port of Southampton. Read More
  • 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
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Morning Prayers -  8.30am
Tuesday to Saturday - Abbey Church

Evening Prayer - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - St Paul’s, East Boldre
Wednesday - Abbey Church
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Friday - Bucklers Hard
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Wedding Blessing
Beaulieu Abbey Church
Sun Oct 23 @08:00 -
Holy Communion
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Holy Communion
Exbury Church