Church Notices

Sea Sunday

"For those in peril whilst at sea"
Sea Sunday was 13th July
We held our Sea Sunday a month early due to the approaching interregnum. We support the Mission to Seafarers by holding an open air service on the banks of the Beaulieu river. We are usually supported by the Beaulieu band and are often joined by visiting tourists.
Thousands of seafarers are abandoned on ships every year. They are left to fend for themselves, cut off from the world, unpaid and without food or water. In many ports the Mission to Seafarers is the only help at hand.
Hopefully this time next year will find us again on the banks of the Beaulieu river celebrating Sea Sunday in the right month!
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A Little Prayer

Whilst scrolling through twitter following the C of E Synod debate came across this little prayer.

Teach me, my God and King, In all things Thee to see, And what I do in anything To do it as for Thee.
George Herbert Priest Poet 1633

A Prayer To Ponder

At this time of change in the Benefice and making ready a prayer to ponder from Thomas Merton.

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that I have the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen 

Three Wishes

Three Wishes. Sunday 20th of July will be the last chance to write your three wishes on a postcard. Cards will be collected after the 8am at Buckler's Hard and 9.30am at Beaulieu Abbey.

Women Bishops

Dear Friends

I'm delighted to say that General Synod has voted to introduce women bishops.

Synod's decision has sent out a clear and joyful message. At last, gifted women leaders will be able to serve as bishops. I’m delighted, and I hope this decision will release energy, allow for reconciliation and enable all to flourish in the church’s life and mission.

For so long, including in our own Diocese of Winchester, the Church of England has benefited greatly from the outstanding ministry of both women and men working together. Now, we can look forward to working together in our mission as bishops as well.

This has been an emotional journey for many. That applies as much for those who have campaigned steadfastly for this day, as well as those whose traditional views have been challenged by the process. All should continue to have an honoured place both in our Diocese and across the Church. Importantly, this has been properly reflected in the legislation that Synod has passed.

Yours in Christ