Church Notices

Generous God; generous giving

With Mick Wigfield, I recently attended a diocesan course on "Encouraging Generosity and Christian Giving in a Rural Setting".  In many ways it was an inspirational morning, with speakers sharing many examples of ways in which generous gifts followed prayer and generous acts.  The course was timely, as we face a deficit on our current 'annual income and expenditure account'  and your Finance Committee is discussing ways to address this.  We can, all of us, think and pray about giving.  I have some copies of an excellent Anglican publication, "Generous God; Generous People" (which is a five week set of Bible readings) and I am happy to let folk have them on extended loan.  Just ask! 

On a practical note, I have placed extra forms regarding the Parish Giving Scheme at the rear of the Abbey Church.  Do please consider becoming a member of that scheme.  Giving via the scheme has many advantages both for the giver and the receiver!

Peter Melhuish

An act of pilgrimage, modern style

John Hughes in Camino

For many years, pilgrims have travelled the Camino, the pilgrims' way to Santiago del Compostela, a town in Galacia in Northeastern Spain.  There are various routes, some starting from distant European cities, and all converging on Santiago, the city named after Saint James.  In earlier days, pilgrims walked, often taking many months.  Today, many walk the Camino in stages; their pilgrmage dictated by time availability, travelling by car or plane to their various starting points.  And some cycle!  John Hughes is away from Beaulieu Abbey for around three weeks as he cycles many hundreds of kilometres towards the famous city.  He started at Santander on the northern Spanish coast, and he joined the most popular and the oldest walking route which started from the Pyrenees near Bayonne.  God bless all travellers on the Camino!


Fifth Sunday of the Month East Boldre

A short note to remind all our readers that this Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in the month, and Holy Communion will be celebrated at St Pauls, East Boldre.

Father John hopes to see as many from the Benefice as practicable with us in that service.  Coffee and tea (biscuits also!!) served after the service.

Harvest Supper

The Benefice Harvest Supper will be held, as usual, in the Domus Building (thanks to the kindness of Lord Montagu) on the evening of Monday October 15, 2018.  There is ample parking in Church Meadow, and access to the Estate will be via a gateway close to the western wall of the Beaulieu Abbey Church Churchyard.  Final details are still to be decided, but we can be assured that there will be a welcome drink, a traditional 'harvest supper' meal, wine able to be purchased from the Bar, entertainment and a raffle.

The evening is regarded as one of the highlights of the Benefice' Social Calendar, and tickets (£16.50 from Margaret Marshall (by telephone on 02380 892469, or Thursday mornings in the Office.  Cheques payable to Beaulieu Church Social Committee) sell fast!  Seating will be in tables of ten persons, so perhaps you might like to arrange a table for yourselves??


Please note that Evensong will be held in the Abbey Church on Sunday 9th September at 6.30pm.