Church Notices

Prayers for Mothering Sunday March 22

Editors Note!  These prayers would have been read out as our Intercessions on Mothering Sunday, March 22.  Due to the national emergency caused by the outbreak of Corona virus, all Church Services throughout the United Kingdom have been cancelled.  We hope you will find these prayers a comforting alternative, as you pray away from the Abbey Church


The Fourth Sunday of Lent Mothering Sunday


As we begin our time of prayer, as we come into your presence O lord, wherever we are at this time of great concern for the wellbeing of all humanity,

Let us pray for the Church and for the world. Giving thanks for Justin Archbishop of Canterbury, praying for all faith leaders, and for the leaders of the nations. We pray that we may be strengthened by the knowledge of your unending love for us, knowing that in the most challenging of times, you are with us always.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

We pray for our health services, for the NHS and Public Health England in their efforts to contain the coronavirus. We give thanks for Nurses and Doctors as they seek to care for those who become unwell. We pray for those who are especially vulnerable, those self - isolating at home, those who feel anxious or afraid. Comfort them and give them courage.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

We pray for those working to stock our supermarkets, giving thanks for delivery drivers.   Let us be mindful of others needs, knowing that you provide enough for all of us. We pray for all students and teachers, for schools, colleges and universities, that those who have been revising for final examinations, that they will have understanding and acceptance that ensure their efforts are rewarded and grades attained. We pray for businesses, for those facing employment uncertainty. We give thanks for the provisions that our Government is making to support our nation. This is a global emergency and so we pray that countries may be united in their efforts. Lord, bring healing and wholeness to all peoples and all nations.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord we thank you for being with us, for our homes and for our families, help us always to remember that you have triumphed over death and pain, and that in your power and strength, we can overcome all our fears.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

We pray for the sick, for those who suffer in body or mind, may they know your presence, may they feel your love upon them, may their pain be eased, their fever stilled, and their heart be at peace. And for those who will de this day, into your arms we commend them, where there is no more death or sorrow or pain, but only eternal peace. And in humble trust we place ourselves and all peoples with Mary, Paul, Katharine and all the Saints into the care of your unceasing love.

Merciful Father Accept these prayers for the sake of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Message from Father John


'Wesley' accompanying me at Evening Prayer on Wednesday. Note the bell rope in the background - the Abbey bell is tolled before Morning and Evening Prayer, a reminder to the community of the Church's rhythm of prayer, continuously offered here since the time of the Cistercian community.
If you would like me to include anything during these times of prayer, do let me know.

Every blessing,

Fr John & Wesley

Cessation of Public Worship effective immediately


Following my earlier communication to you today, the Archbishops have issued this guidance Tuesday 17th March at 1.30pm.


In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. 

The churches of the benefice will be open but no public worship services will take place. I shall continue to say Morning Prayer every day at the Abbey Church, and toll the bell, a sign to the community and to all of us that the Church's rhythm of prayer continues.

As John Ellerton puts it in his beautiful and well-known hymn,  "As over each continent and island the dawn leads on another day, the voice of prayer is never silent, nor dies the strain of praise away." If you wanted to me to include anything specific in my prayers during this time, do please let me know.

In the meantime, I commend these prayers to you from the Church of England website:

Prayers about the outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From one who is ill or isolated

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me 
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

With my love and blessing, FJohn

Benefice APCMs



Please note, the APCMs around the Benefice due to take place on;

Friday 20th March, 6.30pm Abbey Church Hall - Beaulieu

Sunday 29th March, 11.30am Exbury Church - Exbury

Thursday 2nd April, 6.00pm St Paul's - East Boldre

have been postponed.


Revised dates for these meetings will be organised in due course.

Father John.


Choral Concert Postponement

The Choral Concert at Beaulieu Abbey Church with members of CRYPT CHOIR 2008-2012 of THE KING’S SCHOOL CANTERBURY which was to take place on Saturday 28th March is, with regret, having to be postponed to a later date due to the threat of the coronavirus. Anyone who has purchased tickets will be contacted and receive a refund.
If you have a ticket but not been contacted please speak to Lucie Lewis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07702 022067.