Church Notices

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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Christmas Services 2018

The following services will allow us all to celebrate the birth of our Lord:

Sun 23rd December   8.00am     Buckler’s Hard                             Holy Communion

Sun 23rd December   9.30am     Abbey Church                              Sung Communion

Sun 23rd December   11.15am   St Katharine’s Church, Exbury      Carol Service

Sun 23rd December    6.00pm    Abbey Church                               Carol Service

Mon 24th December    4.00pm    Abbey Church                              Crib Service

Mon 24th December    6.30pm    St Paul’s, East Boldre                  Carol Service

Mon 24th December    11.30pm   Abbey Church                             Midnight Communion Service

Tues 25th December   8.00am     Buckler’s Hard                            Holy Communion

Tues 25th December   10.00am   Abbey Church                             Combined Benefice Service, Short Holy Communion and Carols.

Sun 30th December   8.00am      Buckler’s Hard                            Holy Communion

Sun 30th December  10.00am     Abbey Church                             Combined Benefice Service, Holy Communion.

Beaulieu Village remembers World War 1

The following Press Release was prepared by a member of the Beaulieu Parish Council, and is reproduced here by permission

Beaulieu Commemorates the One Hundred Year Anniversary of the end of the First World War

The village of Beaulieu is commemorating the one hundred year anniversary of the end of the First World War with a stunning display of poppies in the Twinning Garden, situated in the High Street. The Parish Council have arranged for the children at the Village School to each make a poppy which are being planted in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th so that they will be in situ during the week leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday November 11th.

The children have made 109 poppies which are designed to turn the Twinning Garden into a Garden of Remembrance for the week and we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It will also have importantly involved local children who will gave gained an understanding of the sacrifices made by previous generations. Twenty six of the poppies will have a plaque on them with the names of those who died during the First World War taken from the East Boldre and Beaulieu War Memorial. One poppy will be dedicated to ‘the fallen of Hautvillers’, the French village twinned with Beaulieu. The plaques have been beautifully written by the older children from the school who will then plant them in the Twinning Garden on Monday November 5th.

The Beauileu Twinning Association have very kindly sponsored the cost of making the poppies which has only been made possible by the hard work that Councillor Lindy Shanks has put into the project from designing the poppies to helping the children construct them.

We hope that as many of you as possible come during the week to view what should be a memorable sight.

Click here to see three photos taken on the opening day, November 5, 2018