All Saints Church

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Church Lane
Minstead
Hampshire

SO43 7EX
United Kingdom


All Saints Church is part of the United Benefice of Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead.

WEEKLY BENEFICE NEWS 21 MARCH 2021

This Sunday we have services running at St Michael’s and All Saint’s. Please take a moment to book your place on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/new-forest-benefice-31895209465

In addition to the Services happening in Church, each Sunday Reverend David will LIVE stream the service via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/benefice.newforest

Details for the Easter Services can also be found at the bottom of this email and will be shared each week on the run up to Easter.

Readings for this week. Psalm 51.1-13 and John 12.20-33.

St Michael’s with Reverend David

21st – 8am BCP Holy Communion

21st – 9.30am Service of Hope and Healing with Holy Communion

21st – 6pm Taiźe Service

Open Wednesdays for prayer 9:30-12:30.

Christ Church

No Service this Sunday

Open for prayer from Good Friday – 2nd April where we will be open midday to 3pm and after that date every Wednesday 1pm – 4pm.

All Saints’ Church with Linda Mead

21st – 11am Parish Holy Communion

Open Wednesdays for prayer 8-12 and Sunday 10:30-12:30

Other Services

Wednesday Holy Communion

Wednesdays – 10:30am, Holy Communion at St Michael’s – *No booking required for these events*.

Zoom with a View – Becoming a Matthew 25 Church’

Remaining date – Wednesday 24th March – 7:30pm

This weeks question for discussing/reflection before next Wednesday’s Group – ‘Where are the sick in our Community?’

Meeting ID: 230 576 5983 Password: Matthew25

Still Prayer Meeting

Thursday – 9.30am Zoom ‘Still’ Prayer meeting – https://www.zoom.us/join ID: 774 5029 4172 PW: still

Other News

Garden Praise 2021

We are planning the year ahead and intend to continue to try to resume our ’new normal’ for 2021. This includes hosting events such as Garden Praise in August / September. Thank you to those who have offered up ’their gardens’ so far. We are looking for 3 more gardens that could host up to 40 people for the 22nd and 29th August and the 5th September. If you’re able to help, please contact Kate communications@newforestparishes.com

Benefice Events Committee
As we plan our events this year we want to do all we can across the Benefice to bring us all together again, safely for events. There are many things that we would love to do this year and it takes planning, time and resources. Do you have time to spare that you could help your Church on an events committee?

Fundraising Committee at St Michael’s
We currently have a small fundraising committee for St Michael’s and we are really in need of additional people to step up to help. This would involve supporting the fundraising for the flooring project and any future projects for St Michael’s.

As they say, ‘many hands make light work’ so the more, the merrier. Thank you. If you’re able to help with any of the above, please contact Kate communications@newforestparishes.com

Easter Services 2021

Sunday 28th March

St Michael’s
Palm Sunday 8am Holy Communion
Palm Sunday 9.30am Service of Word

Christ Church
Palm Sunday 11am Parish Holy Communion

All Saints
Palm Sunday, Funday Sunday at 9:30am

Monday 29th March
Said Compline – Monday, 7pm St Michael’s

Tuesday 30th March
Said Compline – Tuesday, 7pm Christ Church

Wednesday 31st March
Holy Communion – 10:30am at St Michael’s
Said Compline – 7pm St Michael’s
Said Compline – 7pm All Saints’

Thursday 1st April
Maundy Thursday – 9:30am – STILL Prayer Meeting at St Michael’s
Maundy Thursday – 7pm – Silent Holy Communion at St Michael’s
Maundy Thursday – 8pm – Midnight – Easter Vigil at St Michael’s

Friday 2nd April (Good Friday)
Holy Communion – 8am at Christ Church
Hour at the Cross – 10am at St Michael’s
Hour at the Cross – 2pm at All Saints’

Saturday 3rd April (Holy Saturday)
Holy Saturday, Service of Light – 7pm at Christ Church

Sunday 4th April (Easter Sunday)

St Michael’s
Easter Sunday – 8am Holy Communion BCP
Easter Sunday – 9:30am Family Holy Communion

Christ Church
Easter Sunday – 11am Family Holy Communion

All Saints’
Easter Sunday – 11am Family Holy Communion


 

CONTACTING REVEREND DAVID

To have a chat with Reverend David or to make an appointment to see him, you are warmly invited to contact him on 07468 527820.

FABRIC FUND APPEAL

As you may be aware our much loved Church is in need of funds to keep this beautiful building in good repair.

Do you have any unwanted possessions, in reasonable condition, which you would be willing to donate to the Fabric Fund Appeal?

If so either Helen Bennett or Sylvia Dibben (details below), authorised by All Saints Church PCC, will visit you with their identification.  You will be asked to give written confirmation of your gift.  the process will be confidential and, if you wish, anonymous.  Items will be sold or, as appropriate, auctioned, using reputable local auction houses

Anything suitable for sale/auction will be acceptable, for example, Pictures, Paintings, Rugs, Ornaments, Crockery, Small Furniture etc etc

On behalf of All Saints Church Minstead PCC please contact:

Sylvia Dibben tel 02380 812967 ​ e.mail
Sylvia@dibben.net

or

Helen Bennett tel 02380 812358 e.mail helen.bennett160@yahoo.com

All Saints History

In the 12th century a Norman Church was built and various additions have since been made. Although the present church building is not mentioned before 1272, the list of Rectors dates from 1279 and parts of the church are definitely of an earlier period.  The 17th century three decker pulpit is one of the most interesting features in the church. The lowest ‘deck’ was used by the Parish Clerk and was entered from the Nave, where he sat and was responsible for saying the ‘Amens’.  The Parish Clerk today is responsible for the maintenance of the Parochial Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths, but is no longer required to participate in services.  The middle and top levels were entered from the Chancel and were used respectively for the reading of the Scriptures and Preaching of the Sermon, as they are today. This type of pulpit is very rare and few examples exist.  The Font is possibly Saxon. In 1893 Henry James Abbott, who was doing some gardening, dug it up in the Old Rectory garden. He wheeled it up to the Church in his wheelbarrow and it was placed where it belonged.

Three Tier Pulpit and Saxon Font                               ACD Headstone

Three Tier Pulpit and Saxon Font                                                 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s headstone
 
 
There are two galleries; the first was for the Church minstrels to play their instruments and the second was possibly for the poor of the Parish or for the children of the Charity School.  There are two private pews, one for the occupants of Castle Malwood and the other, which now houses the organ, for Minstead Lodge. The extra long hat pegs were for the accommodation of the tall stovepipe hats that were worn by many men who attended church.There are six bells, the first was cast in the 15th century and is inscribed ‘Sancta Maria’. The second is inscribed ‘Love God R.B.1604’. The third is inscribed ‘In God is my hope 1638 J.H’. The fourth and Fifth were cast in 1980 by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and inscribed ‘By Subscription’. Following a successful fund raising effort by the Minstead bell ringers a new treble to augment the ring to six bells was installed in June 2013 and is inscribed ‘Taylors of Loughborough 2013’.
 
A key attraction in the Churchyard is the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

 

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