Community Spirit and Communication in the Parish of the Resurrection, Alton including St Peter’s Church Beech.
Vicar: Revd. Andrew Mickelfield (01420 88794)
Associate Vicar: Gordon Randall (01420 549567)
Assistant Priest: Revd Lynn Power (07850232995)
Church Warden in Beech: Sarah Neish (01420 565696)
St Peter’s Church and the community of Beech are very much part of the Parish of the Resurrection Alton. You are invited to participate in the many services and events run throughout the year at St Peter’s and within the whole Parish of Beech, Alton and Holybourne. There is a lot happening in the Parish; exciting, entertaining and informative events are taking place all the time. Please keep an eye on noticeboards (outside St Peter’s Church in Beech), Sunrise (the Parish magazine) and the Parish website. Our Churches are now open again and we welcome you all to come, share and assist where you feel able.
Repainting and repairs at St Peter’s
In 1902, on land donated by him, a Royal Navy Commander built this little church in Beech. It has been in constant use by the villagers and others, since then. We are so lucky to have such an active church in the village. Two Baptisms in August were a delight to be part of.
The “Tin Tabernacle”, as it is sometimes called, is one of about 30 such unusual churches in the country. It needs, however, occasional refurbishment. Inside it is quite sound and dry. Outside it needs repainting and repairing of some of the windows and doors together with roof and wall sheeting.
We are looking at a total cost in the region of £8,000 , the majority of which will have to be raised from donations but we also hope to obtain grants and funding from the Parish.
Whatever you are able to give will help us keep this special church safe and sound so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do. If you are able to contribute towards that cost or if you would like to donate by cheque or via BACS, please contact Sarah Neish directly at [email protected], and if you are able to sign up to Gift Aid your donation will increase by 25%.
Thank you for looking at this and please come and have a look around the church any time or come to one of the services, held at 9.15 every Sunday. We are also looking to young families and the young at heart to help us with a service to suit their needs. I would love to meet you, please come to Beech Coffee and Cake, on Fridays in The Village Hall. I hope to catch up with you there or please do call me.
Parish Re-organisation with Bentworth, Lasham & Shalden
As many of you will know, the parishes of Beech, Alton and Holybourne have been asked to have conversation with the parishes of Bentworth, Lasham and Shalden in the overarching re-organisation within the Diocese. This follows the effects of Covid-19 on Diocesan finances and with the agreed reduction of 22 paid clergy posts.
The proposal is to find ways in which we can become one single parish across all the churches involved and cover ministry and mission. This is a big task and there have been a couple of meetings so far to begin to get to know each other.
Four workstreams have been outlined, which will be starting soon.
- Service patterns
- Focal ministry
- Church of England Primary Schools, especially St Mary’s inBentworth
Different people will need to be involved in these workstream areas with the hope that the parish can have something to report back initially by the end of July. This is unlikely to be the finished piece of work and further conversations will be necessary.
Please contact me if you would like further clarification on this or any other issues regarding Services, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals or pastoral visits.
Pre Covid – Lunch Club – Second Monday of the Month in the village hall. Numbers for this hover between 25 & 30 . Please be sure to book before you come.
Sarah Neish, Church Warden for St Peters Church. Beech
Old Park Farm, Beech
[email protected] 07761 933031