Newsletter - 16th February 2014


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It's tempting to imagine that the radical Jesus is asking us to make the Christian life a matter of morality in this section of the teaching on the mount. Yet his concern is not the law, but the kingdom of God, the kingdom that is here and not yet, the kingdom that is made manifest in his life and death. Jesus reveals here that the kingdom is not constituted by obeying laws, but by holding the welfare of our neighbour close to heart.


in ST THOMAS’S CHURCH, LYMINGTON due to the closure of the Abbey Church. It will be a chamber orchestra, some 11 musicians from various EU countries, called Kammerphilharmonie-Europa
Saturday 8th March 7.00pm £10
Tickets can be purchased in the usual way from our box office with a stamped addressed envelope and cheque made to Music at Beaulieu to PO Box 84 Lymington SO41 3ZA or from the


Thursday 27th Feb depart 9.30am £35
32 people are committed to going on the trip. There is still room for a few more. At least two more would be good, but more than two is fine. I will collect money on Sunday 23rd February or pay on the coach. Cheques made payable to beaulieu Abbey Church PCC. Please let me know of special dietary requirements a.s.a.p Contact me on 01590626209 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Work in the church is now underway and there will be no access to the church for any members of the congregation. If you need access for any special reason, please contact Tony Norris 01590 611317 or Sally Brearley.01590 612287 The heating in the hall will be affected but hopefully this will be kept to a minimum. However there may be times when the only heat in the hall will come from the convector heaters.
We ask for your understanding.
Of course, services will continue as usual in the Church Hall


Monday 17th March 12.30pm £8 in Beaulieu Abbey Church Hall
Welcome glass of Sherry;
Irish Crockpot (lamb) with Crushed new potatoes;
Bakewell Tart and cream; Coffee/tea and mints
Followed by a sing-a-long of Irish songs with Rosa at the piano(Yes, Rosa is the lady who played for us at the
'Songs of Yesteryear' in November)
Tickets from Margaret Marshall 02380 892469
and Gillian Field 02380 892394


If you would like to make a donation to the Heating Fund, please place a cheque made payable to Beaulieu Abbey Church PCC (Heating Fund) in the offertory bag. Cash should be in an envelope marked Heating Fund and gift aided cheques or cash should be placed in a gift aid envelope with the details completed and mark the envelope Heating Fund.

Sunday 16thFebruary

  • 8.00am Bucklers Hard HOLY COMMUNION
  • 9.30am Abbey Church Hall HOLY COMMUNION
  • 11.00am St Paul's, East Boldre HOLY COMMUNION

We pray for the sick:

Betty, Pat, Jill, Minna, Dennis, Tom, Jean, Millie, Mona, Alan and Adele, Davina, Sue, Veronica, Ginny, Chris, Christopher, Felicity, Geoff, Eloise, Nora, Ann, Harriet, Sheila, Tim, Brian, Pat, Tom, Mary and another Mary.
(To keep this list up-to-date and relevant, please let us know the names of those we should continue to hold in our prayers)

Those who have died:

We pray for Jenny Baillie whose funeral will be in Boldre Church on Monday 17th February at 11am. We pray for the family and friends of David Price whose funeral was in St Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Hythe on Thursday 13th February and also for the family and friends of Ian Holloway whose funeral was in St Katharine's Church, Exbury on Friday 14th February.


We pray for Jack Benjamin Jesty who was baptised last Sunday in St Katharine's, Exbury.


Tuesday 18th February

  • 7.30pm The Rectory Exbury PCC
  • Wednesday 19th February
  • 10.30am Abbey Church Hall HOLY COMMUNION

Thursday 20th February

  • 10.00-12noon Rectory Office
  • 10.00-12noon Abbey Church Hall Mothers' Union

Sunday 23rd February


  • 8.00am Bucklers Hard HOLY COMMUNION
  • 9.30am Abbey Church Hall HOLY COMMUNION BCP
  • 11.00am St Katharine's, Exbury HOLY COMMUNION
  • 4.30pm St Paul's, East Boldre EVENSONG

Readings for Sunday 23rd February


First Reading Genesis 1:1 – 2:3
God creates the world and everything in it in six days and rests on the seventh.

Second Reading Romans 8:18-25
Paul compares the "sufferings of this present time" with the "glory about to be revealed", not only in creation itself, but in Christian faith, hope and experience.

Gospel Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus compares the serenity and beauty of creation with the anxieties which can dominate our lives and our outlook on life. Instead, he urges us to "strive for the kingdom of God".


Morning Prayer 8:30am
Tuesday to Saturday – Abbey Church

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Tuesday - St Paul's, East Boldre
Wednesday - Abbey Church
Thursday - St Katharine's, Exbury
Friday – Bucklers Hard
Saturday - Abbey Church

From the Rectory Study February 2014

I want to share with you elements of a message which I together with a number of other people received from the bishop of Winchester at Christmas.

Bishop Tim wrote "The past year has been remarkable. To me, it feels a bit as if the glory of the Lord has appeared among us. At the Diocesan Synod Conference in September, I realised that it had been two years to the day since my appointment as Bishop of Winchester was announced. So much has happened already as we have sought and seen the Holy Spirit at work among us. What lies ahead may appear daunting; but don't be afraid, it's good news.

In September, through our synodical representatives, we listened to the Holy Spirit and agreed what we are trying to achieve:

Under God, delighting in His grace and rooted in the Diocesan rule of life, we will be a Diocese in which:

  1. We grow authentic disciples;
  2. We re-imagine the Church;
  3. We are agents of social transformation;
  4. We belong together in Christ, practising sacrificial living and good stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us.

Now we are beginning to plan for how we go about achieving these four strategic priorities.

Working with the Bishop's Staff Team, the Rural / Area Deans and the Lay Chairs of Deanery Synods, we have begun to map out what this might look like in the year ahead. We have already begun to make some structural changes, getting our framework right. We've started drawing up role descriptions for all existing senior posts, and we've created some new ones too. We're hoping, very soon, to appoint an Archdeacon for Mission Development, an innovative new position heading up five areas of responsibility:


  1. The School of Mission, the Bishop's seat of teaching for all forms of lay and ordained mission and ministry;
  2. 'Sodal' ministry and communities, including pioneers, evangelists, chaplaincies and some fresh expressions of church;
  3. Social enterprise, working in collaboration with key partners to transform our communities;
  4. Education, including our schools and the colleges and universities in the Diocese;
  5. World mission partnerships, including our links with the five Anglican provinces and the Diocese of Newcastle.

We're also hoping, in the next year, to take some practical next steps. I'm hoping that, in one way or another, we'll all be taking part in the Diocesan Lent Course 2014, exploring together what we are being called to do and how we are going to do it. We're also going to begin to develop a Diocesan Rule of Life, inspired by our deep Benedictine heritage, which will help to resource our new vision and mission. Professor Sarah Foot of Christ Church College, Oxford, an Ecclesiastical Historian with a particular interest in the Benedictine movement, is going to help and inspire us with her Lent Lectures.

We're hoping to have a social enterprise company established as a subsidiary of the Diocesan Board of Finance by early in 2014, while Deaneries and Parishes will be exploring how Mission Action Plans can help to deliver the key priorities in the variety of local contexts across this Diocese.

There is plenty going on – and we're all part of it. Inevitably some of this will be uncomfortable. We will be stretched and challenged; some things will be revitalised, other things will need to change. But we pray for the glory of the Lord to shine around us, and through us, and out into the communities we represent.

Is this wonderful, or terrifying? Don't be afraid; it's good news!"


Picking up on the Lent course, I am going to run two in parallel – one on Tuesday evenings in the Church Room at East Boldre and a second after the Wednesday morning Holy Communion Service in Beaulieu. Last year this was followed by a bread and soup lunch which went down very well and so will be repeated. Further details will be in next month's magazine.

Finally, the Abbey Church Heating Project is cranking into action. With regard to the fund raising, with the £30,000 which the PCC had reserved and a further £21,000 so far collected we still have some way to go towards the £90,000 target.

On Palm Sunday Jonathan, Bishop of Southampton is coming to re-open the Church and also dedicate the Cross in the Niche. Just as the latter has been generously paid for without any recourse to the PCC's funds so it will a mark of the responsibility which the parish takes for it's church if the same can be said of the heating improvements by the time the work is complete.

Bishop Tim is not the only one who puts his trust in God and believes in the goodness of people – as Parish Priest here for the past seven years I share that faith.