Newsletter 20th September 2020

20th September 2020, No. 1896
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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 your copy of each. Any articles for the Magazine need to be sent to the Office by the 12th of the month.

Sunday 20th September
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY COMMUNION

Sunday 27th September St Michael and All Angels
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY COMMUNION BCP

Benefice Administrator: Elizabeth Field. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm & Friday 1pm – 4pm. (Working from home)

Urgent 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.

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 les so on colder Sundays! Please wear more or fewer layers as appropriate. FJ.

Director of Music
Philip's final Sunday as our Director of Music will be next Sunday, 27th September. Fr John.

The Abbey Church is open to the visitors from the Museum 7 days a week from 2pm – 4pm. On some occasions over 100 visitors have been in to see our beautiful and historic church. We would like more stewards to join the team. Training will be given. Please contact Sally Brearley for more information.

● St Pauls, East Boldre, Thurs 24th September, 6.00pm in the Hall next door to the church.
● St Katharine’s Church, Exbury, Sunday 27th September, following on from the 11.15am service.
● Abbey Church, Tues 6th October, 6.30pm, in church.

Donations can be delivered to the front door of the Foodbank in Blackfield on a Tuesday & Friday, between 10am – 12noon. Please knock on the door and wait, and someone will meet you. 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. For more information contact the Foodbank on 07768 713329.

Eggs – please refrain from donating eggs for Harvest, but instead consider giving money for the Foodbank/Basics bank to purchase eggs for food boxes given to families.

The New Forest Basics Bank need particular items such as tins of meat/meat balls/chicken in white sauce/Irish Stew/chicken, tinned mince, Fairy Liquid, J clothes, Shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes & toothpaste. Items can be brought to the Basics Bank location in the Cannon Street East car park in Lymington. Please phone first to check someone can receive donations, 01590 610008 Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm.

The Electoral Roll of the Abbey Church must be revised before the coming APCM on 6th October, 6.30pm in Church. This means that anyone who is not on the Electoral Roll and who would like to come to that meeting must join. A notice with details about the Revision of the Electoral Roll, explaining who is eligible to join, is on both church notice boards. Enrolment Forms will be available from Margaret Marshall between 6th & 20th September, afterwards a full list of names will be displayed.

Sunday 27th September 11.15am Morning Prayer & Harvest Thanksgiving at St Katharine's Church, Exbury.

Sunday 4th October 9.30am Harvest Service at the Abbey Church.     **NB, For those wishing to make their communion on Sunday 4th October, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 11.15am at St Paul's East Boldre**
! Please note – There will be no fresh food items displayed in the churches during Harvest. Instead we ask for donations of tinned meat and vegetables, packets of rice, pasta, and cereal. All donated food will be divided between Foodbanks.

Usually any produce from Harvest is given to the Honeypot Charity, but sadly in these strange times they are unable to accept any harvest produce from us. Although the Harvest Supper cannot take place this year, you might consider donating what would have been the price of the meal ticket to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). This committee brings together 14 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis. We shall have a retiring collection during the course of the Abbey Church Harvest service. Find out more about the DEC at . Fr John.

Jane Barnicoat-Chongwe will be commissioned by Bishop Tim Dakin as Lay Minister (LLM) on Saturday 10th October, in his private chapel at Wolvesey. This is the culmination of a period of study and reflection and is a significant event in Jane’s life. Pray for her and her husband Reuben, and their family.


PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette Southward who is convalescing following recent accident.
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 Father John.

Recently departed: Yolanda Silvester, Sydney Jackson.

Anniversaries of death: Jane Bowdler (20/09/2018)