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APRIL 2018


The Parish of Hythe St. John the Baptist St. Anne

Deuteronomy 32:2

THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S SUNDAY: 8.00am Holy Communion at St John's 9:00am Holy Communion at St Anne's (3rd Sunday 3.30) 10:30am Parish Eucharist at St John's (2nd Sunday of the month)

10:30am ‘Open House’ - All Age Worship at St John's (1st Sunday of the month) 5:00pm Jubilatte Café Church Fellowship, Worship, Discussion and Refreshments (2nd,3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays) 6:30pm Sung Evensong at St John's TUESDAY: 9:00am Holy Communion at St John's 10:00-11:30am Coffee and Pause for Thought at St John's FRIDAY: 10:00am Holy Communion at St John's (1st Friday of the month] 3:30-5:30pm Messy Church at St Anne’s Fun, Activities, Crafts, Worship and a Meal

WHO’S WHO VICAR: Revd. Jo Elvidge (023 80845615) The Vicarage, 14 Atheling Road, Hythe SO45 6BR LICENSED LAY MINISTER: Sue Blomley (023 8084 9482) CHURCHWARDENS: David Blomley (023 80849482) Martin Deadman (023 8178 2640) CHILDREN & FAMILIES MINISTRY COORDINATOR: Chris Stubbington via Hall Office (023 8084 4336) ST JOHN’S HALL: (0238084 4336) ‘CONTACT’ EDITORS: Phil & Catherine Preston (or contributions to the parish office) ADVERTISING: via Hall Office (023 8084 4336) DISTRIBUTION: Maureen Curtis (023 8084 6861) For Weddings and Baptisms please phone the Hall Office 023 80844336

(NOT THE VICAR’S) LETTER Dear Friends, As you know our vicar is away recovering from her operation which went well and she is in good spirits. She will be recovering for the next four weeks, in the meantime we continue to pray for her full recovery. Which explains why I’m writing this letter to you all. It came about in a conversation with Phil, when I was asked to submit the letter and I said, ‘What shall I write about?’ and he said, ‘Pray and ask the Lord’. My immediate reply was ‘When I don’t ask God about something he makes sure I know how he feels about it, but when I really need an answer I don’t seem to be able to hear him’. ‘Write about that.’ Phil said. So I prayed. It struck me that when I hear the Lord speaking to me in the clearest possible way is when I’m not fretting or under pressure. Indeed when he wants me to do or say something and I’m not fighting to hear him he leaves me in no doubt what he thinks. When I am anxious or worried and feel I need to hear him, then I don’t, and perhaps that’s because I haven’t been coming to him with an open mind and heart, rather I’m so occupied or busy worrying, and fretting about what I need his guidance for, that I fail to hear him answering me. During those quiet times each day which we put aside for time with Christ, we also need to put aside the worries and anxieties of the time. Whether you call your quiet time contemplation, meditation, mindfulness or something else, what we have to do is to come before God in a state of quietness and calm, leaving behind all those cares and worries which cause us so much stress and fretting. Do you remember when Moses was called by God to go to Pharaoh and Moses was so reluctant that he had the courage to argue with God (brave man!)? (Exodus 4:12), God said to him ‘I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’

(NOT THE VICAR’S) LETTER That’s as true for us as it was for Moses, if we can still ourselves so that we can hear God’s word, then he will help us to speak and will teach us what to say. We need to carve out for ourselves that time during the day, a time set apart for just listening to God. Our minds are used to flitting about so it takes practice to gently bring our minds back to listening for his voice, but the more we do it the better we get at it. We can retrain our minds, strengthen our brains just by repeating an action, so every time our mind wanders and we draw it back we strengthen it. We can never empty our minds but we can, more intently, listen to God. There is a lovely story told by Max Lucado in his book ‘A Gentle Thunder’ Once there was a man who dared God to speak. Burn the bush like you did for Moses, God. And I will follow. Collapse the walls like you did for Joshua, God. And I will fight. Still the waves like you did on Galilee, God. And I will listen. So the man sat by a bush, near a wall, close to the sea and waited for God to speak. And God heard the man, so God answered. He sent fire, not for a bush, but for a church. He brought down a wall, not of brick, but of sin. He stilled a storm, not of the sea, but of a soul. And God waited for the man to respond. And he waited… And he waited …. And he waited. But because the man was looking at bushes, not hearts; bricks and not lives, seas and not souls, he decided that God had done nothing. Finally he looked to God and asked, ‘Have you lost your power?’ And God looked at him and said, ‘Have you lost your hearing?’

(NOT THE VICAR’S) LETTER God doesn’t always answer in the way we think he will, or should, but if we write down the things we ask God to do for us over time we will be amazed at how he answers our requests, our questions and our needs. We’re very good at talking to God, so this Easter, the time of new life, let’s all renew our resolve to give God time each day so that he can talk to us, and we can hear him.

Yours in Christ


Editorial note: St John’s is blessed in having Sue Blomley as our Licensed Lay Minister. Previously known as Lay Readers (the oldest Lay public ministry in the Church of England), LLMs are: ‘called to serve the Church of God and to work together with clergy and other ministers. They are to lead public worship, to preach and teach the word of God, to assist at the eucharist and to share in pastoral and evangelistic work. They are to encourage the ministries of God’s people, as the Spirit distributes gifts among us all. They are called to help the whole Church to participate in God’s mission to the world.’ (


We pray that our church family will be united in our worship of God, in fellowship with one another, and in ministry to the community.

In April we pray especially for: Ken Hailstone Val Wright

Jean Shorter Annabel Spurgeon

Audrey Jones Jo Elvidge

We give thanks for the lives of all those known to us who have died. In particular we remember Brenda Bull, Mervyn Bishop, Keith Hobbs, Mike Bithell and Eileen Ruffell; and we pray for their families and friends. We continue to pray for our Rwandan family and their community.

Editorial note: We’ve been asked ‘How does the prayer list work?’ People normally remain on this prayer list for 6 weeks before being moved to the long-term prayer list. Those on the long-term prayer list will be prayed for twice a week by the Parish Prayer Group.


The Stone Rolled Away When the broken come to wholeness, when the wounded come to healing, when the frightened come to trusting, the stone has been rolled away. When the lonely find friendship, when the hurt find new loving, when the worried find peace, the stone has been rolled away. When we share instead of taking, when we stroke instead of striking, when we join around the table,

The stone has been rolled away. The stone has been rolled away! In you, Christ Jesus, love breaks through hatred, hope breaks through despair, life breaks through death. Hallelujah, Christ is risen!

Acknowledgements: Francis Brienen, The Prayer Handbook, URC, London. Contributed by Margot Lewis.


What We Said 100 Years Ago Taken from The New Forest Magazine for St. John’s, Hythe April; 1918

(Actually, we didn’t say anything this month. Our entry was blank! However, I found the following entry by the Editor of the New Forest Magazine, regarding the oft quoted Prisoners of War Fund). HAMPSHIRE PRISONERS of WAR FUND The New Forest branch of this fund was started in June 1917, and all who are interested in our prisoners will be glad to hear that since that date, over £360 have been subscribed by this branch, enabling the committee to send up substantial sums each month for the use of Hampshire prisoners in the Army, Royal Navy and Merchant Service. The Secretary received within the last fortnight six postcards and a letter, all from prisoners in this district, acknowledging parcels and saying how very much they appreciate what is being done for them. It is most satisfactory to know that the parcels reach the men regularly and it is to be hoped that this will be an encouragement to all to subscribe liberally to this most deserving cause. Since August 1917, £45 have been paid out each month, and the Secretary would very much like to see this amount increased to £50. When we know how much the receiving of these parcels means to these brave men in captivity, surely it is not asking too much. Space will not permit of extracts from cards etc, being inserted here, but one and all are unanimous in their gratitude for what is being done, and ask that all may be thanked for helping to send the parcels. We learn from a returned prisoner that without the parcels of food sent out, many men would have starved. We are very pleased to hear that one of our prisoners has recently been transferred to Holland. Subscriptions to the N.F.S. Branch P.O.W. Fund will be gladly received byMrs. Peyton Beale, Sec. Oaklands, Hythe, Southampton


‘I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.’ – Archbishop Justin Welby Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost (10 – 20 May 2018). What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England, has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The wave of prayer culminates with celebration beacon events on Pentecost Sunday around the world. If you have been inspired by what you experienced as part of Thy Kingdom Come in previous years, why not find out how you can get involved?

Do you have any personal VHS videos you are unable to watch, i.e. weddings, holidays, precious memories? For a small donation to our Rwandan fund, I will transfer your videos on to a DVD Contact Sue Wood 02380842320

IN A MINUTE.. Regular readers of ‘Contact’ have said that they’d like to get to know some of the lovely people at St John’s and St Anne’s a little better. Let’s see what we can find out in just 60 seconds! 60 seconds with Sue Wood, Regular worshipper at St Anne’s and fund-raising co-ordinator for our Rwandan family for many years.

Tell us about some of the people you’ve met at St Anne’s Little did I know that when I joined the congregation at St Anne’s I was joining a family. Everyone cares for each other. They are the best friends I have ever had. What’s your personal motto? Ever optimistic. What might we be surprised to know about you? In my 20s I sang in a large dance band: The Pete Madsen Band, which used to be the resident band at Southampton Pier. A very glamorous time of my life. My husband was my groupie! What job would you have been good at given the opportunity? I think I would have made a good judge as I always look at all sides of a person before I make judgement. I am not influenced by other people’s points of view.

Your time is up! Thank you, Sue, for chatting with ‘Contact’


St John’s Bell A-PEAL Please help to get our bell ringing again in time for the Centenary Armistice Day in November Donations towards cost of renovation will be gratefully received If you would like to Gift Aid your donation please place in a gift aid envelope. Cheques should be made payable to St John’s PCC, Hythe Please take donations to St John’s Church Hall Office or pass to a Church Warden. Thank you!

THANK YOU! Elizabeth and I would like to thank Jo and many of the congregation for their prayers and blessings in celebration of our Golden Wedding.

We were overwhelmed by the number of cards and messages we received. It has been a long journey however it only seems like yesterday since we were married at St. John the Baptist church at Elmfield, Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Alan and Elizabeth Ausden


List of Food Needed Urgent Coffee Sponge Puddings Dried Milk Powder Tomatoes (tinned) Sugar (500g) Toilet Rolls No Baked Beans or Soup please

April 2018

Supplies low Meat (tinned) Pasta Sauce Fish (tinned) Custard Instant Mashed Potato Potatoes (tinned) Rice Pudding Vegetables (tinned)

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MOTHERING SUNDAY 2018 A few photos taken at our Mothering Sunday service.

Friday 27 April 2018

Also at St Anne’s Church on the first Friday of each month!


CAN YOU HELP? Coffee Shop needs extra helpers! The Tuesday morning coffee shop in St John's Hall would love to have some extra helpers. Could you spare a couple of hours once or twice a month to join our friendly team? Help is needed to serve coffee, tea and snacks, or to wash up. The coffee shop is an important place for many people to find reasonably priced refreshments on Market Day, and it also helps to keep the Indoor Market going, which contributes to Church income. If you think you could help, please contact Barbara in the hall office 023 8084 4336, or Rosemary Watson 023 8084 1189. Church Cleaning Update: Dusting Rota Charlotte, our cleaner, is doing the weekly vacuuming, toilet cleaning and mopping the aisle tiles. We still need volunteers to do a bit of dusting of pews and checking on general tidiness etc each week - ideally in pairs to make it easier for you. It would be up to you when you do it – at your convenience. Please sign up on the form at the back of church if you would like to help with this. Thank you. Delivering ‘Contact’ If you enjoy reading ‘Contact’ every month, please do consider joining our team who deliver to regular subscribers. More info from Maureen Curtis (023 8084 6861) Thank you!

Phil & Cat

FINAL REMINDER! Friday 30 March Good Friday 11.00am United Service at Waitrose (meet in car park by the library at 10.45am) 12-3pm ‘Into the Abyss’ - Reflections, hymns and prayers at St John’s Sunday 1 April Easter Sunday Dawn Eucharist at St John’s Easter Day - Said Holy Communion at St John’s Easter Day Service - Holy Communion at St Anne’s 10.30am Easter Day Service– Family Communion at St John’s 6.30pm Easter Songs of Praise at St John’s 6.30am 8.00am 9.00am

Looking forward to seeing you!

ADVERTISEMENTS Please note that we are working with our advertisers to update you with good quality adverts. New advertisers are always welcome!

Would you like to advertise in this space? Please contact Barbara in St John’s Hall office: 023 80844336

CHRISTIAN AID Christian Aid at Christmas. Thankyou to those loyal supporters who donated a total of £200. Gift Aid will add another £45 making a final total of £245. The C/A team. PRAYER NET In St John’s church we have a prayer net in the Lady Chapel. If you would like us to pray for you, or someone you love, please write details on one of the paper fish and tie it to the net. We will pray as requested each evening and the fish will be offered up to the altar at the 10.30 Eucharist on Sunday.

DEMENTIA DROP-IN Dementia Drop-in The Dementia Drop-in runs alongside our Tuesday morning coffee from 10:00- 11:30am on the first Tuesday of each month. There is a local advisor from the Alzheimer's Society available for advice and support.


Jill's Silky Scarves After the great support that I had at the Christmas Fair I have decided to continue to sell silky scarves. Now would be a good time to sort out your scarf drawers ready to restock at the May Fair! I need more scarves to sell! Thank you!


Where will you be in two years’ time? I don’t know. I don’t have 2020 vision. Does February like March? No, but April May A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number. I asked my daughter if she’d seen my newspaper. She told me that newspapers are old fashioned. She said that people use tablets nowadays and handed me her iPad. The fly didn’t stand a chance.

NEW CATHEDRAL FOR RWANDA ‘Holy Trinity’ Cathedral (Kibagabaga church of the Anglican Church in Rwanda) has been inaugurated by the outgoing Archbishop of Rwanda . It is a new £250,000 cathedral which will serve the people of Gasabo diocese. It is large enough to seat over a thousand worshippers and has been sound-proofed to meet local building regulations (hope they leave the doors and windows wide open!) We pray for the Archbishop-Elect of Rwanda, Dr Laurent Mbanda, who will be enthroned on 10 June. Article available on:

CONTACT ON THE WEB Have you missed a copy of Contact? Past issues of Contact are now available to peruse on the St John’s website ( Look under the ‘community’ heading and the drop-down menu shows Contact. MOTHERS UNION

Events in April begin with our corporate Communion Service at 10.00am on Friday 6 April at St John’s Church. All are very welcome. On Monday 9 April at 10.30am, Hythe Branch is hosting the Lyndhurst Deanery Lady Day Service at St John’s Church. Please come and bring a friend. There will be no official meeting in April due to these activities. A reminder for members to contact Sue Harvey if you need transport for the Prayers for Lyndhurst Deanery Service at Winchester Cathedral on Wednesday 2 May at 10.30am. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

St John’s Church Plant Sale 28th April from 9.30am Look on the back cover for details of this event We would welcome any donations of plants, seedlings, gardening tools and equipment in fact, anything even remotely garden related.

Donations can be brought to St John’s Hall either the evening before or in the morning. Janet has kindly offered to collect any if necessary - please contact her on 023 8084 8770 We are also looking for any willing volunteers to help on the day and for donations for the raffle. Thank you!


Steve’s Piano Tuning and Repairs Steve Robson 19 Depden Gardens, Dibden Purlieu SO45 4RX Tel: 02381843827 Mob: 07905 451131


Unit 4, 1-5 The Marsh Hythe Southampton Hampshire 023 SO45 6AJ

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NOTE FROM THE EDITORS Contact We hope you enjoy this issue of ‘Contact’. Your ideas and contributions are welcome: please send them to us by the 14th of each month. Please note that we cannot publish copyright images, texts or articles without the express permission of the artist or author! Phil & Cat Preston - email:


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Bible Reading Fellowship notes Pamela Gilson 8084 2965 Brass cleaning June Smith 8084 8201 Catering Coordinator Parish Office 8084 4336 Children & Families Ministry Coordinator Chris Stubbington 8084 4336 Children's Society Trish Murphy 8089 3243 Choir Master & Organist Philip Dowd 8084 4336 Christian Aid Could this be you? Church Treasury Team Sue Harvey 8084 2333 Clergy Secretary Parish Office 8084 4336 Data Protection Officer Phil Preston 8084 4336 Electoral Roll Officer Elizabeth Ausden 8084 6765 Fairs Committee Ann Heslop 8084 2256 Flowers (St Anne's) Greta Wall 8084 9394 Gift Aid Secretary Barbara Griffiths 07833105099 St John's Hall bookings Parish Office 8084 4336 Hythe2000 Management Geoff Read 8084 8748 Intercessions Ann Heslop 8084 2256 Julian Group Norman Curtis 8084 6861 Mothers' Union Committee Sue Harvey 8084 2333 New Road Parish Office 8084 4336 One World Group June Smith 8084 8201 Parish Prayers Ann Heslop 8084 2256 Parish Visitors Coordinator Margot Lewis 8084 4336 P.C.C. Secretary Peter Lawson 8086 6794 Prayer Chain Margot Lewis 8084 4336 Registers Clerk Elizabeth Ausden 8084 6765 Sacristan & servers (St John's) Trish Murphy 8089 3243 Safeguarding Officer Catherine Preston 8084 2666 St John's cleaning Parish Office 8084 4336 Sidespeople Roy German 8084 3198 Verger Team (Funeral & Weddings) Trish Murphy 8089 3243 Website enquiries Elizabeth Deadman 8178 2640

Church Website: Have you taken on a new role? Do you have a role we haven’t listed? Has your phone number changed? Please email: or phone the Parish Office 8084 4336 and leave a message for the editors.

St John’s Church

Plant Sale

28th April from 9.30am Refreshments


Do come along to our plant sale where you can: •

Buy plants for your garden, patio, allotment and indoors.

Pick up bargains for garden equipment and outdoor items.

Get lucky with the raffle.

Relax over drinks and cake throughout the morning. All proceeds to St John’s church.

Contact 023 8084 8770 for further information, offers of help, collection of donations (if needed) or bring along your plants to the hall from 6.30 on Friday evening or from 8.30 on Saturday.

April 2018 contact web  
April 2018 contact web