Church Notices

The Crossings; a United Church initiative

The Crossings Drop –in ….. an update

The Waterside Churches Together has now established the Drop-In.
It is open on two half days a week (Wednesday and Saturday mornings) and is based in the Jordan Room in St John’s Church, Hythe.
It is hoped that those who are homeless, lonely, or otherwise marginalised, in the Waterside and nearby areas; can find a warm safe place to come; to talk and be listened to, to receive help applying for benefits, to have access to free wi-fi, to warm food and drink.
The Drop-in is staffed by a full time organiser, Sarah and by other volunteers.
Sarah would love to meet you and explain what the Crossings does in more detail.

How can you help ?
We do need volunteers to help staff the Drop-In.  A commitment of just two hours a month would be most welcome…. Especially men !
We would also welcome donations to the charity ( will explain how this can be done.
And of course we need your prayers as we seek to bring something of God's love into the margins and shadows of our busy world.

John Hughes

14th February 2019





More Volunteers to help in the Abbey Church, please!!!

We are going to need volunteers to assist in a number of jobs in the Abbey Church from April this year.  One such task involves operating the Sound Desk, and the following copy will appear in the Weekly Newsletter this week.  Please do contact Tony Norris, if you feel that you could help.

Many thanks;  Peter

Operating the Sound Desk
For each service where sound amplification is used (which is almost every service in the Abbey Church), we need some one to be responsible for setting up, operating and tidying up the equipment. This is not an onerous job, but it is important. Could I please ask for volunteers for this task? Tony Norris will provide training. which we hope to arrange in early March. As well as training, we will ask that each 'trainee' sits alongside an experienced operator (either Tony or Sally) for at least one service. Ideally, we are asking for at least six people willing to share this task. Please contact Tony as soon as practicable to indicate your interest. Many thanks.
Peter Melhuish Church Warden.

Help for the Homeless

The Waterside Churches Together

Christian care in action on the Waterside……. ‘The Crossings Project ‘

You may recall the work done by a small group of Christian volunteers who prepared and ran a night shelter for the homeless during last winter in the Waterside area.

It was brave initiative by churches in the Waterside and volunteers from the Beaulieu Abbey Church were among those who helped.  For a number of reasons it was not successful in attracting the homeless to make use of the offer. Those who were involved in last winter’s project have been re-evaluating the project in order to develop a more realistic alternative.

What is now planned is a drop-in Centre for the homeless and marginalised, run initially from the Jordan Room at St John’s in Hythe on two mornings a week. Volunteers are being trained to offer a welcome, a listening ear, a referral service to other agencies, computer help in accessing on-line support as well as tea, coffee warm clothing and practical help.
In the longer term it is hoped to find alternative accommodation that can be open every day, and can offer a wider range of services including a washing machine, showers and warm meals.

The new name of the project is ‘The Crossings’ – and that is now the registered charity name.
This is surely a vital part of the church’s outreach mission, seeking to bring God’s love in very practical ways to those who so often remain unnoticed and in the margins and shadows of our busy world.

A Crossings project web site is in development which will provide details of how you can help.

John Hughes

Please Note

There will be no service at Beaulieu Abbey Church on Boxing Day ... December 26th.

A Demonstration of Flower Arrangement

The Flower Team enjoyed an inspirational demonstration by Fin from Belle & Blossom. She taught us how to make Christmas wreaths and a very special kind of posy. These pictures give a taste of the quality of the process and the finished product.  Many thanks to Fin.


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