Newsletter 3rd January 2021

3rd January 2021. No.1911
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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 3rd January 2021
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY COMMUNION
11.15am St Paul’s, East Boldre MORNING PRAYER

Sunday 10th January BAPTISM OF CHRIST
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY COMMUNION
11.15am St Katharine’s, Exbury MORNING PRAYER

Tuesday 12th January
** Deadline for the February magazine articles **

Sunday 17th January EPIPHANY 2
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY Communion
11.15am St Paul’s, East Boldre Holy Communion

The Abbey Church will be open for personal prayer for one hour between 10am-11am, on Friday mornings.

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

THANK YOU to the churchwardens, Elizabeth, verger, choir and musicians, servers, flower arrangers, decorators, readers, sidespeople, and all who have undertaken extra responsibilities over the Christmas period. FJ

THANK YOU - Thank you for your Christmas cards, good wishes and gifts. Fr John.

Sunday 27th December was Peter's last Sunday as churchwarden. During the morning's service we presented Peter and Annie with a watercolour of the Abbey Church, painted by Carol Mileusnic, which highlights the cross on the north elevation which Annie and Peter kindly had made, replacing the decayed and dangerous one. A cheque was also presented to them. In the service we prayed for them, giving thanks for their friendship, and for the enormous contribution that they have both made to our church life. Among many other things, we shall miss their warmth and humour, positivity, and sense of perspective. We wish them well, and every blessing, as they prepare to re-locate to New Zealand. 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.

Air flow during services
Following 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 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 operating 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. for more information.

Items required – tinned vegetables, 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.

Dates are being booked to illuminate the exterior of the Abbey Church to mark an anniversary, a family event, or in memory of a loved one. January – March 2021, 7pm – 10pm. £25 donation in Aid of Church Funds. Please email the office to check date availability Fr John.

ABBEY CHURCH CHRISTMAS CHARITY   As you know our charity over the Christmas period at the Abbey Church was Church Army. Thank you for supporting it. FJ.

Unfortunately due to a technical hitch with the timer, we were unable to illuminate the church last weekend in thanksgiving for Peter and Annie Melhuish. Enlightenment will soon take place on 30th & 31st January 2021. Fr John.
7th January, the Abbey Church will be illuminated in memory of the late Margaret Jackson for her birthday.

This, being a 5th Sunday, will be a 10am Combined Benefice Service at the Abbey Church.

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette Southward, David Kelso, Helen Matcham, Manfred.
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.

Anniversaries of death: Christine Bentall (02/01/2019)

Thank you
Annie and I would like to send our most heartfelt thanks to Father John White, and to all the congregation of the Abbey Church, for the gifts which we received last Sunday. For both of us, it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to be a member of this special group of people. We wish each and every one of you good health and happiness in the future. Peter J Melhuish