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The Lantern The Parish Magazine of S. Andrew’s, Deal

SAINT GEORGE and the DRAGON

APRIL, 2013 visit us at www.dealstandrews.org.uk

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Who’s Who in the Parish Parish Priest: Father Stephen Young SSC 01304 447947

Honorary Assistant Clergy: Father Ian Shackleton SSC 01304 379773 Father Roger Marsh SSC 01304 362851

Churchwardens: Peter Gibson 01304 380860 Waveney Brooks 01304 367961

PCC Officers PCC Secretary: PCC Treasurer: Electoral Roll:

Ali Robertson Mike Carey Bryan Evans

Director of Music: Tim Woodhead Lantern editor:

Peter Gibson

Editorial adviser:

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The Parish Office: S. Andrew’s Church, West Street, Deal CT14 6DY (01304) 381131 - Email: Office@dealstandrews.org.uk The Parish Office is not manned full-time but mail and telephone messages are checked every day. The Parish of S. Andrew, North Deal, is in the Diocese of Canterbury in the Church of England. 2


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In Church each week at S. Andrew’s Matins is said at 8 am on Saturdays; otherwise at 9 am. on weekdays. Evensong is said at 6 pm. Sunday

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Please note the change of time for weekday Masses. Mass will be said at 9.30 am each day except for Saturday which remains 8.30 pm. A priest will normally be available for spiritual counsel after Evensong on Fridays or otherwise by appointment. On Festivals and Holy Days, service times may vary - please see our Notice Board or website. Holy Baptism, Weddings and Funerals Please contact Father Ian Shackleton on 01304 381131 for inquiries about any of these services.

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Father Stephen Writes .......... Why lilies? One of my first memories of Easter is the evocative perfume of lilies in church. Lilies invoke the spiritual essence of Easter, promising hope of new life. It is no accident that Easter occurs in the spring time, nor is it purely for decoration that we adorn the church with such beautiful flowers. At St Andrew’s we take flowers seriously and they are especially important at Eastertide. Easter connects us with the deep mystery of nature, and human life is part of that mystery, we do not know why we come into this world, and we do not know why we leave. The Easter Mystery tells us that Jesus died and rose from the dead. It is not an easy story for many people today. Yet it is a truth about every one of us. It tells us that we are created by a God who cares; nothing is wasted in his creation. He will not let us go at death, and we, with the whole of the natural world, are destined for renewal. This is the meaning of resurrection, and it is the meaning of life. This is why we use lilies for remembrance at Easter time, to remind us that if we trust God, both we, and our departed loved ones will live again in God’s good time and in God’s presence. It is a good and loving practice to pray for our dead. With this in mind may I ask you to invite someone who does not normally come to church but wishes to remember a departed relation or friend to attend a service with you during the Easter season? (Continued on next page) 5


There is also another Easter tradition, the Risus Paschalis, or Easter Joke. In many churches during the Easter Day Mass the sermon begins with a story to make the congregation laugh. It is a way of expressing the joy and happiness that the Easter Faith brings to the soul. The Easter Mystery is a celebration that moves our deepest spiritual feelings. It is the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection, and it is the mystery of all human life that comes from God, and is returning to God. If we open ourselves up to that Mystery, if we trust God as our loving Father, then we too will know the endless joy of the risen life. Christ is risen. We are risen. May I wish you all a very joyous Eastertide. Fr Stephen

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Comings…. We are very pleased to greet our new Archbishop Justin and assure him of our constant prayers. He is a lively and engaging character with plenty of experience, not least of the business world. Such experience will be a great asset in his pastoral oversight of our diocese and leadership of the Anglican Communion. We eagerly look forward to welcoming him to St Andrew’s in due time. ….and Goings It is with respect that we wish Pope Benedict well in his retirement. I would describe his pontificate as one of radical traditionalism. He has achieved much in a relatively short term of office, and his innovative decision to step down shows a wisdom and humility that is typical of the man. Greetings also to Pope Francis, whose name promises a new approach to the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. They will be very much in our prayers. Fr Stephen.

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The Alto’s Lament

by Bob the Organist

It’s tough to be an alto when you’re singing in the choir The sopranos get the twiddly bits that people all admire, The basses boom like loud trombones, the tenors shout with glee, But the alto part is on two notes (or if you’re lucky three). And when we sing an anthem and we lift our hearts in praises The men get all the juicy bits and telling little phrases. Of course the trebles sing the tune – they always come off best; The altos only get three notes and twenty-two bars rest. We practise very hard each week from hymn-book and the Psalter, But when the conductor looks at us our voices start to falter; “Too high! Too low! Too fast! – you held that note too long!” It don’t matter what we do – it’s certain to be wrong! Oh shed a tear for altos, they’re the Martyrs and they know, In the ranks of choral singers they’re considered very low. They are so very ‘umble that a lot of folk forget ‘em; How they’d love to be sopranos, but their vocal chords won’t let ‘em! And when the final trumpet sounds and we are wafted higher, Sopranos, basses, tenors – they’ll be in the Heavenly Choir. While they sing ‘Alleluia!’ to celestial flats and sharps, The altos will be occupied with polishing the harps. Quoted from: Classic FM’s One Hundred Favourite Humorous Poems collated by Mike Read; Hodder & Stoughton (1998)

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What’s On at Eastertide and in April and May. Tuesday 26th March - The Bishop of Richborough’s CHRISM MASS 12 noon In the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral. Thursday 28th March - MAUNDY THURSDAY 7.00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper Friday 29th March - GOOD FRIDAY 10.30 am Children’s Liturgy, Egg Hunt and Hot Cross Buns 1.00 pm Stations of the Cross 2.00 pm The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion Saturday 30th March - HOLY SATURDAY 8.00 pm Paschal Vigil and First Mass of Easter Sunday 31st March - EASTER DAY 8.00 am Low Mass 10.00 am Procession and Parish Mass 6.00 pm Evensong and Benediction EASTER WEEK - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm the Church will be OPEN. Do drop in to see the flowers and light a candle for loved ones. Saturday 6th April - KIDS’ FILM SHOW 2.00 pm Church Hall - free admission Thursday 11th April - CHILDREN’S FUN DAY - no charge. 10.00 am Sports and games on the North Deal Recreation Ground. 12 noon Treasure Hubt at the church followed by lunch 1.30 pm Film Show in the Hall Saturday 20th April - KIDS’ FILM SHOW 2.00pm Church Hall - admission free. Saturday 4th May - BLESSING OF THE SEA 2.00 pm Procession from the church to the sea front opposite the end of Farrier Street where a short ceremony will be held, followed by return to the church and tea. ALL WELCOME!

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Madagascar Link As you may remember from February’s Lantern, the Bishop of Antsiranana, the Rt Revd Oliver Simon, visited St Andrew’s in February. There is a formal link between the Anglican Church in Madagascar and the Diocese of Canterbury and we at St Andrew’s wish to create our own link with one of the parishes. In his letter below, Bishop Oliver introduces a parish where such a link might develop.

The Parish of Anivorano Nord*, Diocese of Antsiranana, northern Madagascar The ecclesiastical scene in Madagascar has a kind of fluidity which would surprise English Anglicans. We are not an established Church, though we have a legal identity as the Eklesia Episkopaly Malagasy. But ‘parishes’ are relatively flexible entities waxing and waning according to local energies and commitments. A process of active evangelisation, perhaps led by the Scouts (no question here of Scouts or Guides forsaking confessional identities!) can lead to the establishment of a local congregation; then later the initial enthusiasm can run dry and the faith community fades away into the background culture of animistic practices which are always present. The parish of Anivorano Nord came into being, I understand, in 2000. Before that village congregations were served as frequently as possible but in limited ways by priests from the major city, Diégo, some 85 kms or a couple of hours by road to the north (the French colonial name is still preferred over the national name, Antsiranana). The decision to create a new parish and to establish a priest there was a courageous one. The parish covers an enormous area. Rather than thinking of a geographical entity with clearly demarcated boundaries as one might in England, its better to think of a network of villages which have Anglican congregations. There are seven such villages in the parish+.

Distances between them are considerable – 60+ kilometres along tracks which are only seasonally open to vehicles. Not that the clergy have vehicles, only a bicycle and a pair of feet. So the role of the priest is 12


what has been termed (in the English contest) that of ‘bishop in little’. The priest needs to exercise pastoral oversight of the faithful in his parochial (episcopal) area and to visit as often as he is physically able, bearing in mind the vagaries of the climate and such matters as whether you can cross swollen rivers in the rainy season (December – April / May). In 2008 I set off to walk to one of the villages, Ankiabe, from Anivorano Nord with the then bishop. It was in October, the dry season. Malagasys are very fit – they have to be especially in the countryside. They can stride away at a great pace and so the distances get eaten up relatively quickly. With us vahazas (foreigners) it’s a different matter. The hours passed; it got dark and still we went on. At 2.00am we arrived in a small village. Someone was woken up – the catechist – and I have an abiding memory of being given a cup of well water which I shared with the Bishop, a potent sacrament of unity. We were still not there. An hour later, after some 15 hours en route, feet bloody, sore and blistered, we arrived, exhausted. But the people were there to greet us, singing their heads off in the church. It was a formative experience. The priest who was assigned to Annivorano Nord in 2004 hasn’t, it has to be said, been a huge success. He suffered the destruction of the church at Anivoranano Nord in a cyclone; his wife died leaving him with young children. His failure to energise a rural subsistence community led him to take up a full time teaching appointment in order to keep himself, which left little time to do all that trekking. The parish suffered and in a reshuffle last year he was replaced with an experienced priest who was also created the Archdeacon of the western side of the diocese, the civil region called DIANA. The Venerable MAHARAVO Jean Felix is quietly competent. He and his wife, Eugennie, and their teenage children left the relative comfort of the urban parish of Nosy Be where they had electricity and a well and a newly built block and mortar church for Anivorano Nord where there is no electricity and where they share the neighbour’s well and wash in the river, without a murmur. I am moved by their faithfulness. Already there is a new spirit moving in the place; plans have been launched to rebuild the church destroyed by the cyclone. This will allow the family to have back the house which was built when the parish was formed, half of which has been used as the church since the cyclone. Fr Jean Felix has been off to his outpost villages and is setting about their good ordering and direction. Complaints have dried up. 13


The Anglican Church and clergy house (the entrance on the right) is away from the main road in the countryside – you have to know where you are going to find it !

looking from the building over the land where the church formerly was and where it is planned to build the new one.

Here is Fr Jean Felix and looking on are his two daughters, the servers, in a rather fetching red ‘albs’. 14


The village of Ambondrifehy is on the main road (the only tarmacadam road which links Diego to the rest of the country) 10-15 kilometres south of Anivorano. Ambondrifehy is one of those villages that suddenly mushroomed 15 years ago when sapphires where discovered and there was a ‘gold-rush’. The village is no longer what it was; the more adventurous have rushed elsewhere. But Anglicans got hold of same land and built a church (which has yet to be formally consecrated – that will depend on when funds permit a feast) and more recently a primary school has been opened with encouragement from the Mothers’ Union. I visited Anivorano Nord itself on Sunday 24th Feb and during the visit spoke about the possibility of a parish link with you at St Andrew’s. The people were delighted, though they can have little understanding of what the link might mean – I think their pleasure is at least partly to do with the sense that someone has been thinking about them; some of the cannier ones might be asking whether it would bring material benefits. One of the things I’ve stressed as being essential in any friendship is good communication. I am preparing a little display of photos which I took while with you in January; we’ll have the sheet plasticated and then it can be displayed in each of the village churches as a focus of remembrance and prayer. And I am attaching some photos of the community at Anivorano nord itself for you which you will be able to use to nourish your prayer for the people of Anivorano Nord. I very much want them to try to produce something about themselves two or three times a year and have encouraged them to nominate one or two people who can do this. I have said I’ll be happy to act as the post person. Bishop Oliver February 2013

In Malagasy the last syllable of a word is (almost always!) aspirated – that is to say, barely expressed – so “Anivorano” is pronounced ‘Anivorānn’, and Antsiranana, ‘Antsirānn’. ‘Nord’ is the French term, North – the malagsasy word, which appears on the maps, is “Avaratra”, pronounced ‘Avaratch’. +Anivorano Nord, Ambondrifehy, Andromita, Ankarongana, Ankiabe, Antanadada, Matsaborimanga, 15


Parish Quiet Day For many of us who live alone, silence is an accepted way of life, unless of course it is punctuated by an occasional phone call. But to remain silent among friends who we would normally greet and gossip with is a different experience altogether. Our Quiet Day in Church on Saturday 23rd February was only interrupted at intervals by the teaching sessions of Fr. Roger, after each of which we sang a Lenten hymn accompanied on the organ by Fr. Ian. All the readings provided food for thought, dealing with subjects about which we could reflect and pray. The silence continued throughout our poverty lunch, which though simple proved to be very nourishing and enjoyed by all. It seemed that for a few hours we had left the busy, noisy world of every day outside as we soaked in the silence enclosed within the old stone walls. By the end of the day we all felt that our spiritual batteries had been recharged. And yes, it is true, Silence is Golden. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46.

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Something for younger people. Grandad is going back to school, again! Fifty years ago this summer I left school, but this month I am going back! My own children have asked “Why?” As one of them remarked “You don’t really get the idea of this retirement thing do you?” Well, as to just stopping work, no I don’t. I enjoyed school, at least most of the time. I suppose that is why I became a teacher and married one, though I also became a priest, I have spent the best part of the last forty years as either a student or as a teacher. I have been very lucky! School was fun because of the people who taught us, as much as for the friends we made and the things we did. We had some real characters, as I suspect you have now. In younger years there were no-nonsense lady teachers who made us read and write properly and chant our tables correctly. Many of the male teachers still talked about the Second World War. It was easy to side track them. A maths master had been a fighter pilot and a history master had been with Monty in the desert and they were admired role models. Though set some twenty years later, Alan Bennett’s “History Boys” play and film features a school just like mine. I am going back to school for just eight weeks to cover for another priest/teacher. I shall have to have spent some of the past few weeks mugging up on the philosophy of religion and other bits of religious studies in order to perform well in the classroom. So, my first tip for you is: don’t let your brain go dead during the holidays. Read a lot, go on visits and discuss things with your friends and the family. Ask questions about what is going on in the world too. Use the Internet but don’t get trapped behind the screen. That’s another thing I have got to do at the beginning of the term, to learn about their Mac system which they use for everything including registration! The second tip is you are never too old to learn even when you are a grandad! (Continued on page 20) 19


The summer term is the best term. Hopefully, there will be good weather and I shall watch plenty of cricket and frequent the swimming pool. There will be lots of exams for the pupils and I shall have to sit and watch them, that is invigilate and mark some of the papers. A good piece of advice I was given by a teacher was to get some exercise even while in the middle of exams, so we went swimming each day. That can be very good thinking time. Lastly, my term will be short and a one off. This maybe your last term in your present school with it being “big school” next term, or even university and going away from home to work, or to join the army. Or it just maybe the next year at the same school. The best tip is to enjoy it. School days, hopefully, won’t be the only happiest days of your life because you should always hope and strive to be happy, but they are very important ones and the more you enjoy them the better you will learn. You may even end up like me and never grow too old for school! Have a good summer term and do well. Fr Roger.

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April 2013  

The monthly magazine of the parish church of St. Andrew's, Deal, Kent