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The Parish of Hythe St. John the Baptist

St. Anne

Jeremiah 17 : 7

THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S, HYTHE This info may be subject to change during January! Sunday morning services have been held at St John’s at 10:30am with restricted numbers and no congregation during Lockdown. Please note: the first service of the month takes place at St Anne’s. Worship at our churches is being livestreamed via Zoom so that church members can come together virtually. Please contact Sue Blomley if you would like your name added to attend future services or join the Zoom list. We have reopened for private prayer from 10am to 11am on Wednesdays. Covid-19 restrictions will apply. Other acts of worship and activities will continue via our church website and Facebook pages (see next page for screenshots). Please note: If you enter church buildings you must wear a mask. Both St John’s and St Anne’s are now displaying a QR code for the NHS Test and Trace App. The app is free from the App store or Google Play. Ctrl + click: https://www.stjohnshythe.org/ (our website) https://www.facebook.com/stjohnshythe/ https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-St-Annes-Youth172652072776655/ We have been uploading recordings of morning prayer and weekly Sunday services. On the website, simply click on the ‘Online Worship’ tab on the black bar and a new menu will appear as shown on the screenshot. You can then select which service you wish to see. On the ‘Coronavirus’ tab you will find other useful resources related to the Covid19 crisis. On Facebook, simply click on the relevant section to find out more or scroll down the page to access recordings of services. During the Covid 19 crisis we have and continue to have a big reduction in our income. Every contribution will help. If you feel you can support us as we support you through our virtual groups, please may we ask you to donate as generously as you are able through the link to our online giving scheme: https:// www.give.net/stjohnshythe/oneoff Alternatively you may donate via bank transfer or by cheque. Please contact office@stjohnshythe.org for details. Thank you!


NOT THE VICAR’S LETTER Cliff and Valerie Wright invite you on a trip down Memory Lane, to the parishes where the hymns we sang helped us on our journey of life and faith. I was the newly-ordained deacon, and curate in Stevenage's splendid new Parish Church. The Consecration Service began with "All people that on earth do dwell" - organ, trumpets, massed choirs and congregation in the setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams. We were recently married, and this was our first home. Stevenage became home to thousands of families from overcrowded London. Stevenage was a Team Ministry, and a few years later we moved to Shephall, within the Team, a new-town neighbourhood with a traditional village church. We planned a Parish Holiday, and with several families we spent a week in a quiet seaside town. Our hymn for the week was the newly-published "Lord of the Dance". As the week went on, we could hear it hummed and whistled as we went to the beach. Back in Shephall, Steve and Gill started their school-days. Decades later, Lewis Hamilton lived in Shephall, and went to the same school. We moved next to Inner London. Massive urban renewal reduced our congregation to single figures, and we lived in a council flat some distance from the parish. Years later, living on the North Peckham Estate, we visited the newcomers to the Estate and parish life was slowly renewed. It was a rainbow congregation, gathered from other parts of London, from waves of refugees, other cultures and other Christian traditions. "Kum ba Yah", with words chosen to catch the mood of the day was a favourite. So was "One more step along the world, I go", by local folk-singer and composer Sydney Carter. But, Valerie has

NOT THE VICAR’S LETTER chosen this one - a rare urban hymn ,"Come let us remember the joys of the town!" to a popular traditional hymn tune. I adapted the words from its original, time and again. As a family, we made good use of much of what makes London special, but we also shared our love of London with the congregation, with visits, experiences, visitors and festivity. Sadly though, one name later became a symbol of North Peckham - Damilola. Basingstoke next. A team ministry parish, not unlike Stevenage, but with a fine ancient Parish Church, and a lively musical tradition. Peter Murphy was Vicar of the other Town Centre Church. Here, I began to write hymns, and my friend and team vicar Peter Gilks wrote tunes. We invited Patrick Appleford to visit the parish; he wrote both words and music of the hymn that we have chosen. It's "Living Lord" - "Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us, you are one with us, Living Lord....." a Communion hymn. In our retirement years in Hythe (twenty so far), Jo encouraged me to "publish" my hymns, and adopted one of them to be sung on St John the Baptist's Day each year: "John the Baptist, Child of Promise" Our final choice is the most famous hymn of all time, "O God our help our help in ages past" which was written by Isaac Watts, of Southampton. We affirm that God is also "our hope for years to come", for 2021 and beyond.

There are hymns which will come to mind as you travel down Memory Lane, with words and tunes which have moved you, helped you, and enabled prayer and praise. Your hymnbooks are good places to go for inspiration; hymns which are memorable, accessible, hum-able and singable. And the choice is yours. Rev Cliff Wright

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Give me the faith which can remove and sink the mountain to a plain; give me the childlike praying love, which longs to build thy house again; thy love, let it my heart o'er-power, and all my simple soul devour. I would the precious time redeem, and longer live for this alone, to spend and to be spent for them who have not yet my Saviour known; fully on these my mission prove, and only breathe, to breathe thy love. My talents, gifts, and graces, Lord, into thy blessed hands receive; and let me live to preach thy word, and let me to thy glory live; my every sacred moment spend in publishing the sinner's Friend. Enlarge, inflame, and fill my heart with boundless charity divine, so shall I all my strength exert, and love them with a zeal like thine, and lead them to thy open side, the sheep for whom the Shepherd died. Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Photos from Garmisch Partenkirchen & Botley Parish Church ŠPrestonPics

PARISH OF HYTHE MONTHLY PRAYER LIST In January we pray especially for: Kate H, Colin and Barbara G, Kayleigh B, Jenny, Ann C, Nancy G, Jill J, Gary M, Phil B, Charlotte B, John and Val, Sylvia M, Melanie P, Toni, Debbie F, Tyler C, Pam W, Soraya, Phyllis C, Peter J-B, Irene and Brian R, Carl and Elisha F, Veronica C, Peter Y and Jill R, We pray for everyone we know who is unwell, and we pray for the family and friends who are mourning the passing of Rik Glanville, Colin Richards and Peter Horne

This month we remember the parish of Uwinkomo in Rwanda, as they use the donation from our parish to repair their chapel’s roof and to purchase extra chairs for their church. We pray for the sad and lonely, and especially for everyone who has lost family members and friends this year during the Covid 19 pandemic. May our church family be united in our worship of God, in fellowship with one another, and in ministry to the community.

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ONE WORLD: BUILDING HOPE TOGETHER A major new report by the Anglican Alliance provides an overview of how Anglican churches around the world have remained “a committed, loving and active presence in their communities” during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report says that even churches facing lockdowns have continued “praying, comforting, informing, connecting, feeding the hungry, promoting dignity in need, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick and affirming gospel hope.” The report, Building Hope Together, highlights many examples of how churches across the Communion are putting their faith into action and making a positive difference amidst the trauma of Covid-19. “These actions build on the gifts and assets of churches: their sustained community presence and relationships, their trusted leadership, their networks of volunteers and professionals, especially young people”, the Anglican Alliance said. “They also draw on their skills in counselling and community mobilisation, their knowledge of the local areas to identify the most vulnerable, as well as their church buildings, schools and health facilities. Despite their buildings in many places being closed, churches are finding innovative ways of continuing to serve the most vulnerable in their communities.”

The report gives several examples, including that of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, which has commissioned garment workers laid off because of the pandemic to sew personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers – working from their homes and building on their existing skills. The Church has also developed a voucher system – called Dignity in Need – whereby the poorest receive money in exchange for a commitment to repay this grant

ONE WORLD: BUILDING HOPE TOGETHER through work on the church’s social and building projects once the pandemic is over. The Anglican Alliance was launched following a request by bishops at the Lambeth Conference in 2008. It works to connect, equip and inspire the worldwide Anglican family of churches and agencies to work for a world free of poverty and injustice and to safeguard creation. The Anglican Alliance provides a mechanism for Anglicans to work together in the areas of development, relief and advocacy. Since the start of the pandemic, the Anglican Alliance convened an on-going Global Covid-19 Task Force to identify emerging issues. It holds regular regional and global consultations to share learning and hosting thematic consultations on key issues, such as migration and domestic abuse. The Anglican Alliance has also built an online Covid-19 Resource Hub in four languages to provide technical, spiritual & pastoral resources; and has been mapping appeals from provinces with potential partners. “While the whole world has been affected by the pandemic, the impact has been felt most acutely in fragile and marginalised communities”, Canon Rachel Carnegie, the Executive Director of the Anglican Alliance, said. “Covid-19 has revealed and exacerbated the inequalities between and within countries. The suffering and anxiety are immense – and yet . . . we continue to hear from across the Anglican Communion of churches sustaining hope in their support to the most vulnerable. “This Advent we are called to reflect on our global interdependence and how we can be good news to one another across the world in this time of pandemic.” ACNS, 14 December 2020

THE CROSSINGS St John’s has been closely involved with The Crossings since it began three years ago, offering support to homeless and vulnerable folk along the Waterside. Jo Elvidge and Sue Blomley were amongst its founders, and currently Edgar Ruddock chairs its Trustees, and Annette is a volunteer support worker. After earlier use of the Jordan Room, we are currently using the Covid-secure space in St John’s Hall. At the start of the pandemic an extraordinary thing happened. Local Authorities accommodated an estimated 90% of the homeless community, UK wide, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Government made £433 million available for rough sleeper services. Subsequent 'move on' plans continue being implemented for these estimated 15,000 people. Many of these people need help so that they don't return to the street. Having been set up by the Waterside Churches Together, in many ways we are your response to this situation in our area. Pandemic fallout The Crossings is not just for those who've been on the street. As a society we're anticipating the effects of the pandemic will sadly be seen in job losses and evictions; those affected don't have the income they are used to and, more concerning, are facing homelessness. For some an online search and a solution can be found without any outside help. However, others may have challenges that make that difficult. We offer not only practical support but also a listening ear that can make a huge difference if someone is affected by isolation and/or mental health issues. For one of our clients, we'll call her Helen for her anonymity, whom we met

THE CROSSINGS sleeping rough, our support has meant she has been able to move on with her life. On her first visit to us since reopening our Hythe Drop-In Centre in September, she achieved online in one visit what she had been trying to do over the last 18 months. She feels safe and accepted coming to us- that's success in our book!

A visit to our website (see below) shows the practical and relational support we offer. Primarily this is found at our weekly Drop-In in Hythe run by our Project Leader Andy and our friendly trained volunteer team. Beyond the Drop In A new initiative we're excited about is the establishment of an outreach service supporting rough sleepers across the Waterside. Partnering with the NFDC, clients are referred to us and we make contact assisting them as they choose to engage. Also, supporting those recently off the street to stay in their accommodation. Another venture from November is the opening of our 2nd Drop-In Centre at St John’s in Marchwood, making us more visible and accessible across the Waterside. Whether it's for someone you know who's struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic, or for any of the unknown faces we pass in the street, The Crossings is here seeking to be Christ's hands and feet, serving alongside all of us at St John’s and St Anne’s. It’s a vital part of our parish outreach to the wider community. After all, we need each other now, more than ever.

Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm, St John's Hall, Hythe, SO45 6BP. Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm, St John's Hall, Marchwood, SO40 4XF. website: http://thecrossings.org.uk/ mobile: 07486 551272

Facebook: @TheCrossingsWaterside email: info@thecrossings.org.uk

Eds: Thank you, Edgar, for submitting this insight into ‘The Crossings’.

CHRISTINGLE VIA ZOOM The annual Children’s Society Christingle Service took place via Zoom on Sunday 6 December. Many thanks to Chris McMahon for leading a joyfully interactive service!

ADVENT CAROLS VIA ZOOM Many thanks to everyone who took part in our Advent Carol Service on Sunday 13 December. Sue led the service and also sang along with Peter and Pamela. The tech team did a fantastic job using lots of different camera angles.

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS The 12 Days of Christmas (and a recognised interpretation) On the first day of Christmas my true sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree. The partridge in the pear tree represents Jesus, the Son of God, whose Birthday we celebrate on the first day of Christmas. On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, two turtle doves. These twin birds represent the Old and New Testaments. On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, three French hens. These birds symbolise faith, hope and love.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, four calling birds. The four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, five gold rings. The gift of the rings represents the Torah - the first five books of the Old Testament.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, six geese-alaying. These lyrics can be traced back to the first story found in the bible. Each egg is a day in creation.

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven swans-a-swimming. This gift represents the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. On the eight day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight maids-a-milking. This gift represents the eight Beatitudes. On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, nine ladies dancing. The ladies dancing represent the nine gifts of the Spirit. On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, ten lords-a-leaping. The 10 Commandments. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eleven pipers piping. The 11 faithful apostles. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, twelve drummers drumming. The 12 points of belief in the Apostles' Creed Contributed by Sue Blomley Images courtesy of Wikipedia


Many of you may have taken part in and enjoyed searching the shops in Hythe for the seven parts of our ‘Nativity Trail’.

Our thanks go out to the following shops: Jane Bidwell Flowers – Joseph Millie’s Tea Rooms – Angel Cards For All Occasions - Baby Jesus RJ’s Roomy Footwear – Shepherds Toys-Ahoy – Mary Bells Furnishing – The Star C A Parfitt – The 3 Kings

Also, a massive thank you to all the staff and pupils of both Hythe and Waterside Primary Schools for making our window displays.


POETRY CORNER Twelfth Night Last year’s tree was one of a crop, part of a truck-load sent to the shop. It stood up bravely in our room enjoying the tendrils of tinsel and globes of shiny false fruit, left us a ring of dead needles. This year’s tree had a vigorous trunk throbbing with the beat of lively sap. Glossy leaves on energetic twigs thrust away scarlet baubles but welcomed the glass angels and entwining starry lights. Now the winged dance has ended, electricity cut from dewdrop gleams, but in perky branches the power still runs. This tree will grow and thicken in the air of years after those that I will share.

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Pamela Gilson WORDS OF WISDOM 

Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present. Alexander MacLaren

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. Oswald Chambers

SUPPORT & CARE DailyHope: a free national telephone line from the Church of England.

The line, particularly for those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions, provides comfort and spiritual nourishment. “With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are." Archbishop Justin Welby

116 123 free on any phone, or 0330 094 5717 local call


GOODBYE MEL AND DES! Any church would be glad to have the help of two singers, two musicians, a conductor, an actor, an experienced caterer and cook, and a skilled needleworker. We have sadly had to say farewell to all these people because Mel and Des have moved away to Devon to be near their family. As bass and alto Des and Mel sang in St John's Choir and worked hard to keep music scores and the vestry under control. They were also founder members and performers with the Music Group. Des played guitar and kept the group cheerful with his jokes. Mel was the pianist and the group met up regularly at Des and Mel’s to organise arrangements and rehearse. Mel was always ready to play the piano for services if needed and occasionally conducted Choir Practice. Mel and Des were an essential part of ’Etcetera’, a group of musical friends who performed concerts to raise money for local charities both in Hythe and other parishes. Des would willingly sing and play any time he was needed, including 'Messy Church' and Tuesday mornings in St John's.

Many of the altar frontals and curtains in our churches were designed and made by Mel, who always seemed to have 'just the right bit of material' in her loft. Mel also worked as a professional dressmaker and tailor. Des has been an inventive actor in the 'Open the Book' group, while Mel's loft and skill produced many of the costumes. And Des had the perfect whiskers for Father Christmas - Ho! Ho! Besides all these activities Mel and Des have given friendship, hospitality and support to many people in and outside of the congregation. Often they seemed to spend more time in the Hall and the churches than they did at home. They will be much missed in all these places and activities. Imagine the grand musical party we would have held to say 'thank you' and to wish Mel and Des happiness and God's blessing in their new life! Pamela Gilson

A MESSAGE FROM JO AND KEVIN Thinking of you all and praying that you will know the Light of Christ breaking through the darkness. And that Christmas and that the New Year will be filled with blessings. With our love

Jo and Kevin x A NEW STOLE This stole has just been posted to a lady priest in Canada. She saw the cloth on my daughter’s Facebook page and said that she would love to have it made into a stole for Christmas. She asked around if there was anyone who knew who could make it for her. Katherine was pointed out to her. She said “ No problem". Katherine makes all sorts of things including masks for her one-woman business and came up with this beautiful creation which is winging its way to Canada. One very happy priest! Sue Wood

HOLIDAY HUNGER We at St John’s church are putting out a request for volunteers to help us with a project so we can help to feed struggling families during school holidays. This is becoming more of a problem as with each year that passes there are literally millions of families who struggle to provide meals for their children and often have to skip meals themselves so their children can eat during the school holidays. We have teamed up with TLG MAKE LUNCH to help provide meals for these families during the school holidays and we are hoping that we will be up and running by February 2021 half term, Covid19 permitting. We will be needing volunteers to help as kitchen assistants and to watch over the children; also to join in and help with the activities we have planned. There will be some training before we start. References will be needed and also a DBS check if you do not have one for working with children. We are looking for people to come and join us and feel they are part of a family. If you are interested, please contact us at families@stjohnshythe.org and we will send you an application form. If you would like to know more about what we will be doing, you can visit the TLG website tlg.org.uk and see what a difference this project makes to the families, or alternatively talk to either myself, Chris McMahon or Trish Murphy. Thank you! Craig Fowkes


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THANK YOU! Thank you everyone. We have 750 angels to distribute in the village this year. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed no matter how large, or small your contribution might have been. I am most grateful to you all, and so are 750 Christmas trees which will be adorned by our angels. Sue HUMOUR CORNER A husband and wife were talking about how little they were interacting, so they went to a seminar where the speaker was talking about how couples should communicate better. At the beginning the speaker stood up and said, ‘You might be surprised to hear that 84% of the men here couldn’t tell me what their wife’s favourite flower is’. Contributed by Sue Blomley ADVERTISEMENT



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Why did the scarecrow win a prize? He was outstanding in his field.

Why did the man get rid of his vacuum cleaner? It was just gathering dust.

Why did the invisible man decide to turn down a job offer? He couldn’t see himself doing it.

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WHO’S WHO VICAR: Our Vicar has retired, so we have a vacancy. Watch this space! LICENSED LAY MINISTER: Sue Blomley (023 80849482) sue.blomley@gmail.com CHURCHWARDENS: David Blomley (023 80849482) daveblomley@yahoo.co.uk Andy Pearce (023 80848540) andy.p22@hotmail.co.uk PROWARDEN: Carol Moody (023 80843559)


CHILDREN & FAMILIES MINISTRY COORDINATOR: Chris McMahon via Hall Office (023 80844336) families@stjohnshythe.org ST JOHN’S HALL: (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org ‘CONTACT’ EDITORS: Phil & Cat Preston (or contributions to the parish office) philmex123@gmail.com ADVERTISING: via Hall Office (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS We hope you enjoy this issue of ‘Contact’: you are warmly invited to contribute items to the magazine. Contributions by the 14th of the month please! Would you like to advertise in ‘Contact’? Please contact Soraya at St John’s Hall Office 023 80844336 Phil & Cat Preston - email: philmex123@gmail.com

PARISH CONTACT NUMBERS Bible Reading Fellowship notes Pamela Gilson 80842965 Brass cleaning June Smith 80848201 Catering Coordinator Parish Office 80844336 Children & Families Ministry Coordinator Chris McMahon 80844336 Children's Society Trish Murphy 80893243 Choir Master & Organist Philip Dowd 80844336 Church Treasury Team Sue Harvey 80842333 Clergy Secretary Parish Office 80844336 Copyright Information Norman Curtis 80846861 Data Protection Officer Phil Preston 80844336 Electoral Roll Officer Shadia Aazar 07834820541 Fairs Committee Jill James 80847283 Gift Aid Secretary Martin Deadman 81290629 St John's Hall bookings Parish Office 80844336 Hythe2000 Management Geoff Read 80848748 Intercessions Ann Heslop 80842256 Julian Group Norman Curtis 80846861 Mothers' Union Committee Sue Harvey 80842333 One World Group June Smith 80848201 Parish Prayers Ann Heslop 80842256 Parish Visitors Coordinator Margot Lewis 80844336 P.C.C. Secretary Craig Fowkes 07456218718 Prayer Chain Margot Lewis 80844336 Sacristan & servers (St John's) Trish Murphy 80893243 Safeguarding Officer Catherine Preston 07377259012 St John's cleaning Parish Office 80844336 Sidespeople Roy German 80843198 Verger Team (Funeral & Weddings) Trish Murphy 80893243 Website enquiries Elizabeth Deadman 81782640

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