Newsletter 29th November 2020


29th November 2020, No. 1906


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Father John 01590 612183, The Office 01590 612242 (currently working from home)

Please note: Monday is Father John's rest day. Urgent enquiries on this day should be directed to the Benefice Office. Details above.

The Bulletin & Magazine are a good source of information for Services & activities in the Benefice, please take a copy of each. Any articles for the Magazine need to be sent to the Office by the 12th of the month.

Sunday 29th November ADVENT SUNDAY

10.00am Via Zoom from the Rectory HOLY COMMUNION

No other services in the Benefice


Wednesday 2nd December

10.30am Via Zoom Comfort and Joy Advent Group

Sunday 6th December

9.30am Abbey Church HOLY Communion

11.15am St Paul’s, East Boldre MORNING PRAYER

Wednesday 9th December

10.30am Via Zoom Comfort and Joy Advent Group


Benefice Administrator: Elizabeth Field. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm working from home, and Friday available for 1 hour from 10.30am by appointment – please email the Office to arrange appointment.


As it stands for the current Government directives, Christmas Services are as follows:

Sun 20th December

10.00am, Christmas Carol Service at the Abbey Church.

2.30pm, Christmas Carol Service at St Paul’s, East Boldre.

Thurs 24th December – Christmas Eve

4.00pm, Christmas Holy Communion at St Katharine’s, Exbury.

Fri 25th December – Christmas Day

10.00am, Combined Christmas Holy Communion at the Abbey Church.

Attendance WILL be limited, and registration will be required for the 'non-Zoom' services. The website will publish details of how this is to be achieved, as things become more clear. However, we intend that priority will be given to our regular congregation. Social distancing, masks and hand sanitiser will still need to be in operation during services. Fr John

Reminder: Covid precautions for Abbey Church

The kitchen is CLOSED for everything, if you need a drink bring it with you. The single lavatory is open only for emergencies. The disabled toilet will only be opened by a steward. The Hall may NOT be used unless booked via the office. These rules are in place to keep EVERYONE safe.


Wednesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th December there will be a discussion group via zoom, 10.30am for approx 1 hour.

Week 1 - Living in Love & Faith. John the Baptist – The Candle of Love.

Week 2 - Action on Racism. God’s people - The Candle of Hope.

Week 3 - The Clergy Covenant. Comfort and Joy - Mary the Mother of Jesus - The Candle of Joy.

Please email the office if you are interested in joining in and the link will be sent to you nearer the time.

Air flow during services

Following best practice and Government recommendations, it is essential that there is an effective flow of air through our churches during services. This is more acceptable when the weather is warm, but less so on colder Sundays! Please wear more or fewer layers as appropriate. FJ.



The Ashley Larder is a mobile larder service providing both fresh and ambient foods provided by Fareshare which can be accessed by those on low incomes by paying a small subscription which will not exceed £5.00 for a family of 4. The service is starting on December 8th at 9.30 - 11.30 at the Ashley Baptist Church, 3 Lower Ashley Road, New Milton, BH25 5AA.
Please contact Sara Steele on 01590 612216 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested so the organisers can gain some idea of numbers.


Items required – tinned carrots (very low stock), tinned rice pudding, sponge puddings, 500g bags of sugar, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, soap, small packets of washing powder/detergent.

Eggs – The Foodbank are continuing with their egg fund. This is to enable them to purchase boxes of eggs to include in food boxes that are given to families in need. For more information or to donate contact the Foodbank first on 07768 713329.


Items required - tins of meat/meat balls/chicken in white sauce/Irish Stew/chicken, tinned mince, Fairy Liquid, J clothes, Shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes & toothpaste. For more information and to check someone can receive donations, please contact 01590 610008 Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm.


Friday 4th December and every Friday thereafter, the Abbey Church will be open for Private Prayer only, 10am – 11am.


Proving to be popular and enjoyable we are arranging anther Quiz via Zoom for Friday 18th December, 7.00pm. Sarah Jacques is putting together the questions and will be Quiz Master on the night. Please email the Office to indicate your interest and the link for this event will be emailed to you nearer the time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to James Elliott who is 4 years old on 29th November. Fr John.


Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette Southward, David Kelso, Nicola Higgins, Philip Joint, Helen Matcham.

Please help us to keep this up to date*. We respect the circumstances of the above named and leave it to them to disclose any personal details.

*If you would like a name added to this list, please speak to Fr John.

Recently departed: Bryda Maughan

Anniversaries of death: Marjorie Whiting (28/11/1999)