The Parish of Hythe St. John the Baptist St. Anne
THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S, HYTHE We are delighted that there has been some easing of lockdown restrictions. This has enabled us to open for individual private prayer on Wednesdays. Since 5 July Sunday morning worship has been held at St John’s at 10:30am with restricted numbers due to Social Distancing Restrictions. This worship is also being livestreamed via Zoom so that all of our church members can come together virtually. From 2 August, the first service of the month will be held at St Anne’s. Please contact Sue Blomley if you would like your name added to attend a service or join the Zoom list. We will continue to open for private prayer from 9am to 12pm on Wednesdays. Covid-19 restrictions will apply. Other acts of 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-Youth-172652072776655/
On the website, simply click on the ‘Coronavirus’ tab on the black bar and a new menu will appear. Jo and Sue have been posting recordings of daily services of morning prayer and weekly Sunday services have also been uploaded. 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. During the shutdown 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 I 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 email@example.com for details. Thank you!
THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S, HYTHE
VICAR’S LETTER Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Coming out of lockdown has certainly been a strange experience. Whilst some restrictions have been lifted life is still very different. There are still a number of things that we’re not able to do, like hug our family and friends or sing in church as well as a number of things that we’re required to do like wear face coverings and social distancing. To me being unable to go into our church building has felt like being exiled from our spiritual places of worship. It has been wonderful to be able to join together both physically and remotely to worship once more. It is often during times of exile that we discover what helps us to flourish and what is harmful. When Babylon conquered Israel in battle in 588 BC, thousands of Jews were deported 500 miles east as slaves. In their captivity they carried their knowledge of God with them, and many Gentiles (nonJews) learned of the Lord. Psalm 137 was written during this exile. In the psalm the Jewish slaves living in a pagan land lament: "By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered thee, Zion. On the willows we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs ... how shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" Since this time many disciples of Christ have been led to foreign
VICAR’S LETTER lands. Some went willingly; others went as captives. During their time in foreign lands they evangelized the Gospel to those holding them in captivity. One of these exiles was a Welshman named Maewyn Succat who was abducted by pirates in 403 A.D. The sixteen-year-old Christian lad was taken to Ireland and enslaved for five years by the cruellest of Irish chieftains. Eventually he escaped and joined a monastery in Southern France. There he changed his name to Patrick. He intended to live out his years as a monk in the monastery.
Then in 432 AD, at the age of 45, the Holy Spirit called Patrick to return to Ireland and carry the gospel to his former tormentors. This Patrick did, investing the remainder of his life in the Irish. During the next 31 years he baptized more than 120,000 people. Still today the Irish say of Patrick, "He found Ireland all heathen. He left it all Christian." During lockdown many churches were forced to use technology to keep connected with their members. In doing so they discovered that technology enabled them to proclaim the good news of the gospel in a strange land. Many who were either unable to come to worship in our Church buildings or who had not previously attended worship in our church buildings learned about the Lord. Now we are back in our Church Buildings, social distancing has meant numbers who attend our Services have been restricted. In Isaiah 42:10 the prophet says: “Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth.” Technology has enabled us to use new ways to sing our song of praise and to worship together both physically
VICAR’S LETTER and remotely. A new way of proclaiming the gospel has flourished in the parish, thanks to those who’ve risen to the challenge to enable us to livestream and record our worship. This time of lockdown has revealed many opportunities for us to step out bravely, in a new direction. The prophet Micah in the 8th century BC asks ‘What does the Lord require of you?’ He answers – “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
As we return from exile, we must proclaim the gospel in both our words and in our deeds – we must continue to serve our communities in the name of Christ and to love our neighbour. We must speak out against and actively discourage injustice, racism, all forms of inequality, abuse of power and of our environment, greed and all that goes against the will of God. We must seek to live peaceably with others so that through us God’s Kingdom will Come, and His will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Amen. With love in Christ
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PHOTOS FROM OUR FIRST ZOOM SERVICE AT ST JOHN’S
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Behold the servant of the Lord! I wait thy guiding eye to feel, To hear and keep thy ev'ry word, To prove and do thy perfect will; Joyful from my own works to cease, Glad to fulfil all righteousness. Me if thy grace vouchsafe to use, Meanest of all thy creatures, me, The deed, the time, the manner choose, Let all my fruit be found of thee; Let all my works in thee be wrought, By thee to full perfection brought. My ev'ry weak, though good design, O’er-rule, or change, as seems thee meet; Jesu, let all my work be thine! Thy work, O Lord, is all complete, And pleasing in thy Father’s sight; Thou only hast done all things right. Here then to thee thy own I leave, Mould as thou wilt thy passive clay; But let me all thy stamp receive, But let me all thy words obey: Serve with a single heart and eye, And to thy glory live and die. Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 Photos from Lincoln Cathedral ©PrestonPics
PARISH OF HYTHE MONTHLY PRAYER LIST In August we pray especially for: Peter & Kate, Colin & Barbara, Kayleigh & Charlotte, Jenny, Anne, Debbie, Nancy, Colin, Jill, Gary, Marion and Phil B. We pray for everyone we know who is unwell, and we pray for those who have lost loved ones especially the family and friends of Geoff Bellinger and Irene Pearson. This month we pray especially for those who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 Crisis. We pray for the continued containment of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, for people infected by the virus and the families of virus victims. We also pray for people who are suffering financially. May our church family be united in our worship of God, in fellowship with one another, and in ministry to the community.
WORDS OF WISDOM "The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” - Billy Graham “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.” - Corrie Ten Boom
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ONE WORLD AROUND THE WORLD CHURCH IN TWENTY FOUR HOURS! While the last few months have been a global tragedy on one level, there have also been some remarkable new “learnings” for all of us… not least in the creative ways of using modern technology. Shopping on line has boomed, but so has church online! And it's been exciting to see how local initiatives are allowing new enquirers to discover church for the first time. Globally too, the church has been responding to the crisis. USPG, one of our oldest and most far-reaching Anglican Mission Agencies, has been re-doubling its efforts to stay connected with the worldwide church
Rev Duncan Dormor, the General Secretary of USPG ‘Zoomed around the World’ over a 24 hour period on Sunday 3 May 2020. Travelling “virtually” to 33 countries, he covered well over 60,000 miles, all from his study in London! Duncan said, “At a time when the world is facing a common threat, albeit the impact of Covid-19 varies in different in parts of the globe, now is a really important moment to reach out and express our global solidarity as sisters and brothers in Christ. As a global mission agency, USPG was able to bring greetings to churches and offer biblical reflections whilst preaching across the world. I “virtually attended” services around the world, over 24 hours on Sunday 3 May, and during this time shared some 16 messages and
ONE WORLD sermons with our cherished global partners and encountered several languages including Bangla, Korean, Portuguese, Sinhala, Tagalog and Tamil. USPG supports climate justice initiatives, and it was exciting to see just how connected we could be with judicious use of technology, whilst sharing Christ’s love for one another.” Starting his virtual journey on Saturday 2 May at 2330, Duncan connected with USPG partners in American Samoa, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cook Islands, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, India, Liberia, Korea, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Samoa, Senegal, The Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Tonga and the Windward Isles. Duncan’s world-wide congregation numbered in the thousands in less than 24 hours, and all without any Air Miles! USPG believes this is a ‘first’ for virtual preaching and very possibly a world record too! Edgar Ruddock
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EWE MATTER—REVISITED! Well, back in 2017 under the ‘Ewe Matter’ Diocesan project we presented a life size model of a sheep to Waterside Primary School for the Year 6s to design and decorate. They produced ‘Penny-Joy’ who came to the Leavers’ Service at St John's along with Hythe Primary School’s sheep, and since 2017 they have both stood proudly in the respective schools. This year, due to the very different times we are experiencing, Waterside Primary School decided to revamp ‘Penny-Joy’ and update her, so the current Year 6’s have made her into ‘’Lock’lan’.
Emma Moakes the Head of Waterside Primary said, “The children completed it to recall this time and to celebrate the community spirit and sense of hope.
We had all but one Year 6 come back to see out their time at Waterside and to revisit friendships before moving on to 'pastures' new!” Chris McMahon
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Thou that from the heavens art, Every pain and sorrow stillest, And the doubly wretched heart Doubly with refreshment fillest, I am weary with contending! Why this rapture and unrest? Peace descending Come, ah, come into my breast! Wandererâ€™s Night Song by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In Toddlie Winks we have thought about God’s amazing creation, and heard the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, together with these crafts and games suggestions: blowing the caterpillar along with a straw, making a butterfly out of filter paper, felt-tips and water.
This is my new friend at 'Little Footprints’. Sonia kindly knitted him for me. My favourite story I love to read to them is ‘Monkey and Me’ and this little fellow is just like the monkey in the story even down to his little red jacket. We are also now running weekly ‘Zoom’ sessions with the mums and babies. All the babies loved seeing each other again even if only on screen.
Sunday Club - Here are a couple of pictures from when we explored how we tell stories, and how Jesus used them too. We looked at the 'Parable of the Sower', My sunflower has started to grow; it must be in fertile soil!
We have also given all the Year 6 students in Hythe and Waterside Primary Schools a copy of the book ‘Its Your Move'. This is a Secondary School Survival Guide produced by Scripture Union. We would usually present these to them at a special leavers’ service we hold for them in St John’s, but unfortunately were unable to this year. Chris McMahon
MISSION TO SEAFARERS APPEAL Appeal from ‘The Mission to Seafarers’ Last week I attended a ‘Mission to Seafarers’ Southampton committee meeting by Zoom. As you can imagine, restrictions within the port are very tight, with many ships not allowing their crew members to go ashore and the Chaplain and other ship visitors are currently only allowed to go to the head of gangways and no further. Cruise ships have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic and the health and travel restrictions that have followed. None of them are operating commercially at the moment and, in addition to ©PrestonPics vessels laid up alongside in Southampton, Tilbury, Dover and Avonmouth, a number of ships are currently being held at anchor off the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Weymouth. Although crew replacements and repatriations have taken place, these have not always been easy to achieve because of the quarantine requirements and transport difficulties in many countries. A lot of seafarers have had their contracts extended because of this and John Attenborough, the Chaplain, has come across several crew members recently who have been away from their families for over a year. This sense of isolation, coupled with the uncertain nature of the cruise industry in the near future, with ©PrestonPics
MISSION TO SEAFARERS APPEAL many redundancies already being declared amongst shore staff, has not been good for morale and John has asked the committee to encourage people to donate small items that he can give out to crews on ships to show that the people of Southampton are still thinking about them. His experience to date is that even minor items have been greatly appreciated by the seafarers that he has come into contact with and he would like to extend the scheme. Minor toiletries, such as toothpaste and hair shampoo, are popular, as are sweets, chocolate bars and other snacks, although I am sure that people can think of other things as well. The faithful knitters in our congregation will be pleased to know that scarves and woolly hats are still in demand. I have already received donations from people within Hythe Marina and have placed a black plastic container, marked ‘Mission to Seafarers’ outside my front door at 54 Velsheda Court, Hythe Marina Village for this purpose. If people in our church congregation would like to donate items, via this box, the gifts would be very welcome. If there are any difficulties, I would be happy to pick up items from people’s homes – my mobile telephone number is 07483 232186. I am afraid that we are not allowed to leave items at church at the moment. Maureen and Norman Curtis would also be happy to receive gift donations for the Mission to Seafarers. As you may know, they live at 28 Atheling Road and will put a black box outside their door. Their location may be more convenient for those people living closer to the centre of Hythe who do not want to come out to me in Hythe Marina. Many thanks for your support! Bob Joughin
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DAILY HOPE Daily Hope is a free national phone line offering a new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
VACANCY FOR PCC SECRETARY In September 2020, Peter Lawson will be stepping down as PCC Secretary after many years of loyal service, meaning we will need a new Secretary from after the APCM. The person appointed must be on the Electoral Roll of St John’s / St Anne’s. This is an important role within the church leadership team. Details of the role and responsibilities follow:
PCC Secretary – Role & Responsibilities The Secretary is an integral part of the Parish Management Team (The Standing Committee) which assists the Incumbent to run the Parish within the laid down rules and regulations of the Church of England, civil law, local authority conditions, and Charity Commission requirements. Main tasks : Organise and oversee the arrangements for the Annual Meeting (APCM). This involves collating reports, issuing forms, PCC (Parochial Church Council) management, taking Minutes, liaising with our Finance section to ensure the Annual Parish report is submitted on time, and completing the Diocesan PIF (Personnel Information File) return. Prepare a written report of Parish activities for the past 12 months for presentation at the APCM. Arrange Standing Committee meetings, take meeting notes and circulate in a timely manner. Liaise with the Incumbent on dates for PCC Meetings and agree the Agenda. Act as a contact point for correspondence (mainly e-mails) from the Diocese, Deanery and outside bodies and organisations.
VACANCY FOR PCC SECRETARY Requirements : Good organisational skills and time management. Good communication skills. Good people skills. Flexibility. PC skills and comfortable with e-mails, Word files etc. Some knowledge of Church of England systems and procedures.
Peter has very kindly volunteered to support the new PCC Secretary during his / her first year in office. Please do consider this role prayerfully and if you would like further information, contact Jo or Peter himself.
JUST A THOUGHT... There are different ways in which people experience isolation: socially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Who do you know who is isolated in these ways? Remember them (in thought or prayer) each day, as an affirmation that they – and you – are not alone. From ‘Supporting Good Mental Health’ by Chris Cook and Ruth Rice Full document available: https://www.stjohnshythe.org/content/ pages/documents/1585734857.pdf
UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER Advice on face coverings Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport. Government guidance encourages people to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as church buildings. The House of Bishops’ Recovery Group has produced ‘Advice on Face Coverings’ to help ministers and their congregations to understand how this applies in churches. The advice strongly recommends that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship where there may be other people present. The advice highlights that face coverings are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing. Racism and equality in the Church Bishop Tim recently recorded a discussion with the Reverend Canon Yemi Adedeji, Director of the One People Commission at the Evangelical Alliance, and a former colleague at CMS. Bishop Tim and Canon Yemi discussed his experience as a Nigerian Christian working in the Church and living in the UK. Bishop Tim and Canon Yemi discuss the need for change across all parts of society including the Church, and how Christians can approach this emphasising greater ethnic integration within churches, organisations and communities. You can find out more and watch the full conversation on the Diocese website. Companion Links Following the very sad death of the Bishop of Goma, Kadhoro Desire Makanirwa, from COVID last week, Archbishop Masimango has asked us to pray for him and the Church in the DR Congo as they come to terms with this loss, make arrangements for the Diocese and try to raise funds for the cost of hospital treatment. This is a very difficult
UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER time for our brothers and sisters. Please pray for God’s comfort and peace to be with Bishop Desire’s wife, Claudine, and his family through their grieving. As you will know from new stories, South America has been very badly impacted by the COVID pandemic. Our friends in Chile tell us the country is still in lockdown, with an increasingly uncertain political situation. Please pray for the Province, churches continue to meet regularly online but they are facing some financial difficulties during this pandemic with one parish already in financial crisis. 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
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I love my horse. We’re in a stable relationship.
There was a tap on my door this morning, which was really strange. It was definitely a handle when I went to bed last night.
My friend is always raising a few eyebrows at work. He’s a Botox surgeon.
Our local Rambling Association has had to be disbanded after a disappointing walk out.
Towels are the biggest cause of dry skin.
Today I heard that Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic!
Rats are underrated. It says so in the dictionary.
I like to sleep with the bedside lamp on, even though my wife says it’s weird. I don’t see how, I think it make a great hat.
I just got a great deal on a broken hifi. A bargain at only £2. I couldn’t turn it down.
I was at a wedding the other day and got hit by a tennis ball. It was a lovely service!
I’ve developed a taste for brake fluid. It’s ok though, I can stop at any time.
I’ve just bought my friends a new boiler and a central heating system. They were a house warming present.
My cousin has just bought some fertiliser for his potatoes. He’s odd, I prefer butter on mine.
ANGEL MAKING During this time of staying at home can I make a plea for people to make angels? Knitted or sewn are lovely, or angel shapes cut out of wood and painted, or shapes made out of wire, shells, etc. We had 620 last year by November. I’m trying to beat that for this year, if we’re able to give them out, if not we’ll have double for next year. If you need ideas or patterns just let me know. My number is at the front of the magazine. With many thanks, yours
Sue Blomley PARISH OF HYTHE ZOOM QUIZ Our parish Zoom quizzes started in May and will continue every fortnight on Saturdays at 7:30pm during lockdown. They last about 90 minutes and the questions are on a variety of topics. Here are some questions from the last quiz in July. The next quiz will take place on Saturday 8 August For more information and to be sent your Zoom invitation please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Phil
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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 80849482 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 Peter Lawson 80866794 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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The parish magazine of St John the Baptist and St Anne's Churches, Hythe, Hampshire