- Published: Sunday, 29 December 2019 16:55
The Christmas period was a busy one at the Abbey Church. Here are the main five events.
The Beaulieu Village Primary School Christmas Play Two days of practising in the Church preceded the Dress Rehearsal and the Performance on Wednesday, December 18. Despite truly awful weather, and remote parking in the Beaulieu Estate Arena, over 300 parents, relatives and children packed into the Church.
The Service of Lessons and Carols This traditional service took place on Sunday evening, December 22. Again the weather was dreadful, but parking was on the hard standing around the Church Meadow, and an estimate of 117 folk attended a memorable, candleleit service.
The Nativity / Crib / Christingle service Fast forward to Christmas Eve. In the Nativity / Crib service, 100 children were joined by another 165 parents and relatives in a performance and service.
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass Later that evening, the traditional Midnight Mass attracted a congregation of 150. Happily, the weather had improved, and parking on Chuch Meadow itself was possible, due mainly to the new drainage system recently installed by the Beaulieu Estate.
Christmas Day Celebration Finally, on Christmas morning, a shortened Holy Communion service, with Carols, attracted another 226 souls away from the traditional sherry and mince pies. A word of abject apology! In the Monthly Magazine, unaccountably, the start time of this Service was given as 10.30 am. Clearly nonsense, the service started at 10.00 am, but some folk did come late. Many apologies to those who were misinformed, and whom the corrections did not reach.
Although no doubt some folk came more than once, that is still well over 1,000 attendances within the 10 days leading to Christmas Day. A joyous time for us all.