Newsletter 1st December 2019


1st December 2019, No. 1871


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Please note: Monday is Father John's rest day. Urgent enquiries on this day should be directed to the Benefice Office 01590 612242, where messages may be left. 

Sunday 1st December  Advent Sunday

8.00am  Buckler’s Hard  HOLY COMMUNION

9.30am  Abbey Church  SUNG COMMUNION

11.15am  St Paul’s, East Boldre  MORNING PRAYER

4.00pm  Abbey Church Advent Carol Service

Monday 2nd December

10am  - 12noon  Benefice Office

Tuesday 3rd December

10am  - 12noon  Benefice Office

Wednesday 4th December

10.30am  Abbey Church  HOLY COMMUNION

Thursday 5th December

10.00 – 12noon    Benefice Office

2.00pm – 3.00pm  The Rectory  Advent Preparation – A Prayer Walk 

Friday 6th December

12.30pm for 1pm   Abbey Church Hall  Turkey & Tinsel

Saturday 7th December

8.30am   Turfcutter’s Arms, East Boldre  Men’s Breakfast

Sunday 8th December

8.00am  Buckler’s Hard HOLY COMMUNION

9.30am  Abbey Church  SUNG COMMUNION

11.15am  St Katharine’s, Exbury  MORNING PRAYER

No Evensong today due to Advent Carol Service on 1st December.

ST KATHARINE’S  CHRISTMAS  FAYRE.  Thank you for supporting our Christmas Fayre. Despite indications that the approach road was closed, folk found their way to St Katharine’s and were not disappointed! It proved a very happy and worthwhile occasion. Thank you to those who organised it, ran stalls, cooked and provided refreshments, cleared and tidied away at the end. And thank you for supporting on the day. I am delighted to say we raised £1500. FJ

MEN’S BREAKFAST The next one will be: Saturday 7th December 8.30am at the Turfcutters’ Arms.

ADVENT FOODBANK COLLECTION. Please bring any food items for the Advent Foodbank collection to the 11.15am service at St Paul’s, East Boldre, on Sunday 15th December. For more details please contact Graham Sterling 01590 612378.  Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference. Food is donated, is sorted and stored by the volunteers, professionals identify people in need, and the clients receive the food. The Foodbank is short of the following items: powdered milk, sugar, tinned cold meats, sponge puddings, tinned fruit, 500ml long life milk, 100g coffee, toilet rolls, tinned vegetables, tinned soup. 

THE CROSSINGS LINKED WITH ST JOHN’S CHURCH, HYTHE.  A charity initiated by churches in the New Forest. Providing support to those who are homeless (including those in temporary accommodation) or at risk of being made homeless or otherwise vulnerable or marginalised. This is done by means of a drop-in centre which provides: access to WiFi and use of a laptop on the premises, opportunity to charge mobile phones, support to engage with statutory and other voluntary services in order to secure accommodation, an opportunity to talk about their concerns in a confidential and accepting environment, refreshments including a simple meal and facilities to wash.

ADVENT PREPARATION. These will be held on Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th December, between 2pm – 3pm at the Rectory.  During Advent we will be exploring worship in different ways. The Revd Lynda Mead will lead us.  Session 1 - A Prayer Walk - using the rooms of the Rectory - no umbrellas or stout walking shoes necessary!   Session 2 - The Advent Journey.   Session 3 - A Silent Communion Service.   You are welcome to join us for any or all of these sessions. Simply turn up on the day, but if you would like further details, please speak to Lynda.  FJ

TURKEY AND TINSEL LUNCH    Beaulieu Abbey Church Hall. Friday 6th December, 12.30pm for 1.00pm.  THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.


Sun 1st December. 4pm Beaulieu Abbey Church ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

Sun 22nd December.  11.15am  St Katharine’s, Exbury   CAROL SERVICE.   6.00pm  Abbey Church  CAROL SERVICE

Tues 24th December   CHRISTMAS  EVE.  4.00pm  Abbey Church   NATIVITY SERVICE AND  BLESSING OF THE CRIB.  6.30pm  St Paul’s, East Boldre CAROL SERVICE.  11.30pm  Abbey Church   MIDNIGHT COMMUNION SERVICE

Wednesday 25th December  CHRISTMAS DAY. 8.00am      Buckler’s Hard      HOLY COMMUNION.  10.00am  Abbey Church  COMBINED BENEFICE SERVICE SHORTENED HOLY COMMUNION WITH CAROLS

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:   Veronica & David House, Ruth Willrich, Ann & Bruce Wallace, Paul Humphries, Dorothy Alston, Charlotte Hammond, Valerie Wright, Leonard &  Joy Taylor, Joyce Creamer, Sydney Jackson, Marigold Jordan,  Pat, Andrew & Isabel Tyrrell, Tricia Spells, Denise Abell-Parker, Ginny French, Anne,  Jane B-C, Liz Francom.  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.  FJ                                                     

Those who have died: Jane Downes