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APRIL 2020

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

Psalm 36 : 7


Please note: All services have been suspended until further notice due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on movement. Worship and our many other activities will continue via our church website and Facebook pages (see next page for screenshots) https://www.stjohnshythe.org/ https://www.facebook.com/stjohnshythe/ https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-St-Annes-Youth172652072776655/

On the website, simply click on the ‘Coronavirus’ tab on the black bar and a new menu will appear. Jo is posting recordings of daily services of morning prayer and weekly Sunday services. These are on the ‘Recorded Services’ tab. Also on this menu you will find other useful resources related to the Coronavirus crisis. On Facebook, simply click on the relevant section to find out more. As our churches are closed, we are taking a big hit to our income. Every little contribution will help. If you feel you can support us as we support you through our virtual groups, please contact Jo or the parish office. Thank you! vicar @stjohnshythe.org office@stjohnshythe.org


VICAR’S LETTER Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I do hope you are all keeping well and are keeping safe, by following the instructions regarding social distancing and other preventative measures that the Government have asked us to adhere to. These are unprecedented times and are very bewildering. One of the things that has been a result of this crisis is that it has made us very aware of what’s important, namely our health and our relationships. It has been particularly distressing not being able to see our family and friends, especially when they’re sick. It’s perfectly natural that many are distressed. However, it’s important that we should avoid panicking. At the same time there have been many wonderful examples of people pulling together to support others, many community groups have been set up, in our own community these include the Waterside Self Isolation Group, Butts Ash and Netley View Community Group, The Parish Support Hub and many others. When we witness folk caring for their neighbours in this way, we’re extremely thankful for their help and support. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our emergency services, especially to the police and all those in the NHS, our doctors, nurses, researchers, paramedics, ambulance workers, cleaners, catering staff, administrative support and all the others who are reaching out in compassion and sacrificial service to carry us through this. It was very moving to hear everyone express their thanks by clapping for our carers and the ships in Southampton

VICAR’S LETTER docks hooting at 8pm on 26th March. In John’s gospel (chapter 14), at supper with His friends the night before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke to them telling them ‘not to let their hearts be troubled by the events that are to take place.’ These words are applicable to us today as we face this crisis together - Jesus says to us “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. Do not be afraid. In verses 24b to 27 Jesus says: “These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV). Whilst there’ll undoubtably be difficult days, weeks, months ahead, at the end of it we’re assured of the resurrection, we’ll be celebrating the hope that this gives to us on Easter Day on 12 th April. I pray that you will know the Lord’s presence with you and His love for you at this time and I wish you all a blessed and happy Easter. With love in Christ


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IMPORTANT INFORMATION Archbishops and Bishops: say stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”. It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. It means all Church of England churches have closed in line with the Government’s instructions, including for private prayer. There will also be no weddings or baptisms. Funerals can still go ahead but within strict limits with only the closest family in attendance and essential physical distancing measures in place. In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”

For up-to-date information please visit the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/ more/media-centre/coronaviruscovid-19-guidance-churches#na


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LETTER FROM THE DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER Dear Friends, We are all trying to adjust to the new situation in which we now find ourselves. We thought you might find it useful to read some insights which David Ison, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, has shared from a group which worked on a three-year project on trauma and tragedy in Christian congregations: This crisis is traumatic for communities, the nation, the world. It’s not a shock-event like a fire or a terrorist attack, but a slow-building crisis – a crisis that shatters our assumptions that the world is generally safe and reliable, and that all that we’ve worked for in businesses, churches and communities will be fruitful. The loss of security and hope, the breaking down of supportive connections between people, and the fear that this crisis is overwhelming – all of these are characteristics of trauma. Some of the wisdom that has been gained about trauma recently can help: a) Our whole selves are affected – we may feel all sorts of strange symptoms, because our body is reacting to the fact that we don’t feel safe. Concentration and sleep may be difficult. We feel distracted, and find it hard to cope. Emotions will be all over the place in surprising ways. Knowing that in traumatic situations it’s normal to be up, down, energetic, exhausted, afraid – will help us to cope with it. b) People react very differently, depending on different backgrounds and experiences, including past traumas. We need to be kind and understanding to others, and also to ourselves. c) We respond best when we have clear, reliable information; when we have something practical that we can do; and when we can be connected to others, if not in person then by phone or through social media, T V and radio. d) We make sense of things by making them part of our story – the story of our own life, and the stories of our communities and of our world. But this takes time. While the trauma is unfolding and we continue to experience the pain of losing what we once had, it’s very hard to make

LETTER FROM THE DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER sense of it. We need to remember that holding on together is how we’ll eventually be able to come through and look back on what we’ve experienced. Communities (and individuals) typically respond to disaster by first going through a ‘heroic phase’, full of energy and self-sacrifice. This eventually burns itself out, and is followed by a ‘disillusionment phase’, which may contain much mutual blame and suspicion. Only as the disillusionment phase loses its force can realistic, hopeful rebuilding take place. This is a very confusing and draining time, a time when ordinary healthy rhythms are lost. We may be feeling in our minds and bodies the impact of trauma – feeling low and anxious one day when it’s hard to get your brain in gear, energetic the next day, and all at a time when we need to be able to change and adapt to unusual events. So taking care of ourselves and our own well-being is vital. That includes the basics of good rest, eating, and exercise. It also includes as far as possible having people we trust whom we can share with, and being in touch with them. We pray you will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit in this difficult time, and know more of the Father’s love for us. Thank you for all that you are continuing to do in your communities.

With our prayers for you all, Bishop Tim, Bishop David and Bishop Debbie And the Bishop’s Staff Team: Andrew Robinson, Diocesan Chief Executive Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth Richard Brand, Archdeacon of Winchester Mat Phipps, Bishop’s Chaplain

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ONE SOLITARY LIFE Here is a young man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He did none of those things we normally associate with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. While he was still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied knowing him, another betrayed him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, and that was his coat. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed tomb through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone and today he is the central figure of the human race, and the leader of the column of progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as has that one solitary life. Attributed to James Allen Francis ŠPrestonPics


In April we pray especially for: Colin and Sue, Ray, and Chloe We pray for everyone we know who is unwell, and we pray for those who have lost loved ones especially the families and friends of Ann and Jim. This month we remember the charities we support, in particular the Waterside Street Pastors, The Crossing and the Homeless Drop-In. We also thank God for the work of Christian Aid. We pray for the containment of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, people infected by the virus and the families of virus victims. May our church family be united in our worship of God, in fellowship with one another, and in ministry to the community.


The great thing with unhappy times is to take them bit by bit, hour by hour, like an illness. It is seldom the present, the exact present, that is unbearable. C S Lewis

Jesus promised the disciples three things - that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble. G K Chesterton

If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer. John Chrysostom

ONE WORLD: UNITED STATES Tributes paid following death of Barbara Harris – the Anglican Communion’s first female bishop Tributes have been paid to Bishop Barbara Harris after her death on 13 March in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Bishop Barbara, the first woman to be consecrated as bishop in the Anglican Communion, was admitted to hospital in Boston anglicannews.org on 29 February with serious gastrointestinal symptoms. She underwent surgery on 1 March but her condition continued to weaken. After several days being kept comfortable in hospital she was transferred to at Care Dimensions Hospice House, where she died, aged 89. The Presiding Bishop of the US-based Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, has led tributes to Bishop Barbara. “Bishop Harris was not large of physical stature. In fact, the opposite”, he said. “But she was larger than life.” “She was larger than life because she lived it fully with her God and with us. She did it by actually living the love of God that Jesus taught us about. She did it walking the lonesome valley of leadership, paving a way for so many of us whose way had been blocked. She did it lifting her voice for those who had no voice. She did it with a joke, a whispered word, a secret joy in spite of anything that got in her way, including death. No wonder she titled her memoir, ‘Hallelujah, Anyhow!’” Bishop Alan Gates, the Bishop of Massachusetts, a diocese she had served for more than three decades, said: “Our hearts are truly heavy

ONE WORLD: UNITED STATES at the loss of one who has been a faithful and altogether irrepressible companion, pastor and inspiration to us in the Diocese of Massachusetts for 31 years. At the same time our hearts are truly buoyed by the hope which she preached and the conviction she embodied for us throughout all these years.” The House of Deputies is the US-based Episcopal Church General Convention (synod) house for priests and laity. Its President, Gay Clark Jennings, said: “It is almost impossible to imagine the Episcopal Church without Bishop Barbara Harris. . . Barbara was fierce, faithful, and, as a journalist once called her, ‘memorably direct’ in her insistence that the Episcopal Church pursue justice for all of God’s people. "Barbara was always completely and totally Barbara. She never pretended to be anyone other than who she was, and she told the truth no matter what the cost. Often that cost was paid with the comfort and dignity of institutional leaders who were, in her view, insufficiently interested in standing with the marginalised and the vulnerable. They learned quickly that her passion for justice was matched only by her wicked and fearless sense of humour." Tributes were also paid by the Bishop of Indianapolis, Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows – the first black woman to serve as a diocesan bishop in the US-based Episcopal Church. “I have no experience of the Episcopal Church without Bishop Barbara Harris”, she said. “The year she became the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion – 1988 – I had just finished college and was preparing to be baptised. I had a subscription to Episcopal Life, our old denominational monthly publication, and I read with wonder its stories about her as I was studying what it meant to be a Christian, to be an Episcopalian. Later, as I prepared for ordination, my practical theology was shaped by ‘The Witness’, a publication where Barbara served as ..


..publisher for years. Her ministry quite literally helped form my faith.”

Barbara Harris was born on 12 June 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She worked as Head of Public Relations for the Sun Oil Company before her call to ministry. She was ordained a deacon in 1979 and a priest the following year. In 1998, bishops at the Lambeth Conference resolved that the question of the ordination of women commons.wikimedia.org to the episcopate was one for each province to make. Later that year, she was elected to serve as Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts and was consecrated on 11 February 1989, becoming the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion. The decision was controversial and Bishop Barbara received a torrent of abuse, including death threats. “I certainly don't want to be one of the boys”, she said at the time. “I want to offer my peculiar gifts as a black woman . . . a sensitivity and an awareness that comes out of more than a passing acquaintance with oppression.” She retired in 2003 and served as Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Washington until 2007 when she returned to Massachusetts, where – until recently – she volunteered one day a week at Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston. “I’m just grateful that I’ve had this opportunity to serve, in my lay ministry, which was active, and in all three orders of ordained ministry, as deacon, priest and bishop,” she said in a 2014 interview to mark the 25th anniversary of her consecration.

ONE WORLD: UNITED STATES Arrangements are being made for a public funeral service at Washington National Cathedral and a private graveside service in Philadelphia, followed by a memorial service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston. The services will be held at a later date because of current restrictions on travel and group gatherings caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Dear Friends, Due to the present crisis Waterside Foodbank has had to change the way it does things as 80% of the volunteers are 70+, including myself! So as from Monday 23 March the Foodbank premises in Blackfield will be closed to the public. However, Emergency Foodboxes will still be available to clients but on a delivery basis only. At present we are able to meet demand and donations are still coming in. However I realise that with congregations unable to meet, your essential donations will be missing. Could I ask you therefore to convey to your members the need to continue to donate (if and when they are able to go shopping) by putting donations in the supermarket Foodbins located at • Tesco, Dibden (Applemore) • One Stop, Fairview Parade, Hythe • Waitrose, Hythe • Sainsburys Blackfield • The Co-op, Holbury • The Co-op, Marchwood The Foodbank also needs used carrier bags so if these could be donated via the Foodbins too we would be grateful. Financial donations are also welcome and this can be done via Stewardship through the online giving platform Give.net (link on the Waterside Foodbank web site).


I will still be co-ordinating the Foodbank via email and the telephone as before, only from home! So please get in touch should you need any further clarification. Please would you pray for the Foodbank and especially for those volunteers who are enabling the Foodbank to continue to ensure that local people in financial crisis will receive the help they need, at least for the foreseeable future. Blessings Jan


SIDESPEOPLE Writing this at a time when people are staying as far apart as possible, it seems to be inappropriate to ask if there is anyone who would like to join our team of Welcomers/Sidespeople to meet and greet as many people as possible on a Sunday! Praying that the situation will be resolved quickly, this I now do. Please contact me by phone, when I shall be pleased to explain all that is involved. (Not a lot, really!) Roy German 80843198

PHIL’S PHOTO CHALLENGE How good are you with your camera? I’m holding photography competitions over the next couple of months for members and friends of St John’s and St Anne’s. Send me your photos and the winners will be published in future editions of ‘Contact’. This month’s topic is ‘Things around the House’ Looking forward to hearing from you! Phil



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THINGS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO DO AT HOME Hi Everybody! It looks like we’re going to spend a lot of time in our homes until the current situation improves so I thought I would come up with a few ideas of things to do that you might not have thought about. Hope you enjoy trying some of these things out! •

Create bookmarks using card, pictures from magazines and stickers if you’ve got some.

Start your family tree—phone a few relatives to expand it and look for free websites that can help you if you don’t want to pay.

Write / record a diary of your life so far—doesn't have to be a long document or recording—people will find it fascinating.

Play ‘Stranger for Dinner’ with your relatives. Have dinner with your family but pretend you’ve never met before. What would you talk about? How would you introduce yourselves?

Read a book of the bible all the way through.

If you have an e-book reader, try borrowing an e-book from Hythe Library.

If you can go online, several museums and galleries have online tours. Here are a few: Vatican Museums, J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Natural History Museum London, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Advanced Image search free to use


Watch an old film on YouTube. There are lots of golden oldies out there!

Marwell Zoo and Edinburgh Zoo have some live zoocams. Obviously best watched during daylight hours!

Check your wardrobe for clothes you don’t wear any more and put them in a charity bag—or save them for one of Joyce’s Jumble Sales!

Start a new collecting hobby—coins, stamps, bookmarks etc. Some online retailers are still doing deliveries.

Sort out those boxes that have been living in the loft for the last ten years.

Have your own evening concert by listening to full pieces of music with the lights down

Pick up that instrument that you’ve not played for years and see what you can still do!

Sort out all the old photos you have and put them in an album.

If you have a digital camera or a camera on your phone, take some photos of things you have around the house ranging from ornaments to things that are unique or photos of things from strange angles. See my challenge earlier in the magazine!

Any more ideas, do let me know via email, and I’ll share them via the church website. All the best to everyone and stay safe! Phil

BIBLE QUIZ: GENESIS All questions based on the book of Genesis. Answers next month! 1.

Name Adam’s third son.


Which four rivers watered the Garden of Eden?


Who ‘walked with God’ and was taken by Him?


Give the name and age of the oldest man in the bible.


Who was Nimrod?


Which famous tower was built in Shinar?


Which bird did Noah send first from the ark?


What was Abraham’s hometown?


To whom did Abraham lie about his wife?


Who was Hagar?


Name Hagar’s son.


What does ‘Jehovah Jireh’ mean?


What did Jacob see in his dream?


Why did Esau get angry with his brother?


Apart from Joseph, name all Jacob’s sons.


What price did Joseph fetch when he was sold by his brothers?


Who were Joseph’s companions in prison?


Pharaoh had two dreams: what were they about?


What did Joseph hide in Benjamin’s sack?


Where in Egypt did Jacob and his sons settle?



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