Church Notices

Church open for private prayer

Beaulieu Abbey Church open for private prayer

Churches have been closed since the beginning of lockdown. However, some churches are being allowed to open for private prayer only.

Beaulieu Abbey Church will be open Monday - Friday, 10am - 12noon with social distancing measures in place. Access will be via the main door and exit via the hall door.


There will be a steward on duty.  If in the event a steward cannot cover a particular day then the church will be closed until the next week day.


This is for private prayer only, please only visit the church for this reason.

No other services can take place in churches at present.

Plans to open St Katharine's Church, Exbury and St Paul's Church, East Boldre for private prayer are still being decided due to how social distancing measures can be implemented in these buildings.

Benefice Zoom Services

Benefice Zoom Services

The Benefice Sunday morning Service is a Zoom service at 10am.

If you are a visitor and would like to access to this, please contact the Administrator via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Telephone Service info from the Diocese

Dear Friends, 

This week Archbishop Justin launched Daily Hope, a free national phone line offering music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services by telephone. As much of our ministry has moved online due to the closure of churches, we know that many of you have concerns for those members of our communities who do not have access to the internet, and may be most isolated at this time.

The new free phone line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19. We hope that you will be able to offer this phone line to members of your community who may benefit from it, and that it will be a useful tool in support of your own ministry, offering hope and encouragement to those in your communities who are struggling. Further information about the phone line is available here.

It remains vitally important that we all remember to take time to care for our own wellbeing even while we are busy responding to the needs of our communities. As part of St Luke’s Clergy Wellbeing Programme, Kate Wiebe has offered some useful advice on how to deal with the ongoing emotional impact of a crisis and attend to your own wellbeing in a time when ordinary healthy rhythms have been lost. We recommend you read her thoughts on how to make a start on long-term recovery from crisis, available here.

With our prayers for you all,   

Bishop Tim, Bishop David and Bishop Debbie  


And the Bishop’s Staff Team:   

Andrew Robinson, Diocesan Chief Executive    

Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester   

Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth   

Richard Brand, Archdeacon of Winchester   

Mat Phipps, Bishop’s Chaplain   

Sunday morning worship

May 3 will be the sixth consecutive Sunday in which our churches have been closed.  There is as yet no indication when this unhappy state will be replaced by our normal Sunday habits.  For many of our congregation, attending their Parish Church (Beaulieu Abbey Church, St Pauls in East Boldre or St Katharine's in Exbury)  is an important social event as well as an act of joiint worship.

As an alternative means of worship, from last Sunday (April 26) we have arranged that a service is 'broadcast via Zoom' on Sunday mornings at 10.00 am.  This means that, provided you have a computer with camera and microphone, and you have connection with the Internet, you can be part of the group of people worshipping together.

Full details of this service (the Order of Service, the means of connection via your computer to Father John in the Rectory Dining Room, and all timings) are given in the News Sheet, called 'Locked In', which we have published for the last five weeks, and intend to circulate electronically until the end of the period of Church closures.  If you are reading this Church notice, but are not on the mailing list of Locked In AND you would like to attend the virtual service on Sunday, please email me, (Peter Melhuish) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. simply asking to be put on the Locked In mailing list.

Take care and keep safe in these troubling times


An Easter Garden in the Abbey Church

Following the Christmas Crib, parishioners Mike Dawkins and Derek Hewitt have created an Easter Garden in the space under the Altar.

In an eerily empty Church, it looks mysterious and awesome.  Many thanks to Mike (overall design and construction), Derek (populating with figures and other props) and Father John for co-ordination.

 rsz 21the abbey church at easter tide