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

Matthew 2: 1-11


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

VICAR’S LETTER Dear Friends, On the front cover of a Saturday Magazine supplement of a well -known newspaper a headline caught my eye. It said “Oh no! 20 things about 2018 you should worry about right now.” Isn’t there enough to worry about today, without adding to the list! What I wondered did the author know that I didn’t – what should I be worrying about? According to the author of the article Ben Machell, it’s never too early to start worrying and whilst things might have been bad in 2017 things in his opinion are likely to get worse. In summary the things we should start worrying about are: 1. Meghan’s ‘tabloid secrets’. 2. The mysterious tomb recently discovered deep within one of the pyramids of Giza. 3. The on-going evolution of Silvio Berlusconi. 4. Artificial intelligence. 5. The World Cup in Russia. 6. You Tubers. 7. The marriage of Princess Mako of Japan 8. Andrea Pirlo’s retirement. 9. Wellness. 10. The Night Manager, series two. The list continued …. 20. North Korean Missile Tests. Whilst some of the items on the list might be extremely worrying, the words of my father came to mind “There’s no point in worrying, if you can do something to solve the problem do it… if not worrying will not change anything.”

VICAR’S LETTER “Jesus said - “Here is the bottom line: do not worry about your life. Don’t worry about what you will eat or what you will drink. Don’t worry about how you clothe your body. Living is about more than merely eating, and the body is about more than dressing up. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not store food for winter. They don’t plant gardens. They do not sow or reap—and yet, they are always fed because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are even more precious to Him than a beautiful bird. If He looks after them, of course He will look after you. Worrying does not do any good; who here can claim to add even an hour to his life by worrying? ... So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today. (Matthew’ 6:25-34-The Voice translation) In our New Year’s resolutions let’s take the advice of our Lord and Saviour and stop worrying for as St. Peter writes, “Blessed is God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Because He has raised Jesus the Anointed from death, through His great mercy we have been reborn into a living hope.” (1 Peter 1:3) I wish you all a hope filled and happy 2018. Yours in Christ


CHILDREN’S SOCIETY CHRISTINGLE SERVICE 2017 We are pleased to report that the annual Children’s Society Christingle Service on Sunday 10 December raised £208. St John’s Junior Choir sang beautifully and Rev Jo Elvidge gave a lovely illustrated talk. Thank you to everyone who supported us on the day! If you would like to support us further, you can have a collecting box at home for odd change. Remember, every penny counts! Please contact Sue Harvey (023 80842333) or Trish Murphy (023 80893243) and we will be happy to bring a box to you. Many thanks



We begin the New Year with a corporate Communion Service on Friday 5 January at 10.00am at St John’s Church. All are welcome to the service, and to our meeting on Thursday 11 January at 2.30pm in St John’s Hall. Our speaker will be updating us on the role of Women’s Refuges. Happy New Year to all from the Mothers Union! PARISH OF HYTHE MONTHLY PRAYER LIST

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.

Today, we pray especially for: Amanda Blomley Sheila Bolwell Harry Went Val Wright Ann Cowburn Kenny Sweetman Pamela Bird Sheila Kendrick Janet Papworth Greta Wall Margaret & Bill Fulcher

Keith Bolwell Michael Whittington Henry Bird Pat Hill Nicholas

We give thanks for the lives of all those known to us who have died. In particular we remember Frances Short and Kathy Wells and pray for their family and friends/ We continue to pray for our Rwandan family and their community.

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

My dear friends, The general Editor of the N. F. Magazine has warned us that there must be strict economy in space and matter if the magazine is to be published and sold at the usual price. I feel that this being so, I must do my best - as indeed I have been doing for some time, to make our news as short as possible., and I am therefore obliged to omit something that would in ordinary circumstances be mentioned. On Sunday, Nov 25, sermons were preached on behalf of the S. P. G. in the morning by the Rector of Freemantle and in the evening by the Rev. R. H. Donovan: the collections were, I am sorry to say, less than last year. Will some of you this year, take a Missionary box and in this way do something to help the great cause of Foreign Missions? Boxes may be had from Mrs. Manning or from me. I am asked to say that the amount contributed in November by our branch of the prisoners of war fund was ÂŁ45. As you know, the first Sunday in the year, which is the feast of Epiphany, Jan 6th. is to be kept as a day of solemn supplication to Almighty God for our country and its needs in this very difficult and critical time. The Holy Communion will be celebrated at 7, 8 and 12. Do let us all try and unite in making that day one of real prayer in which we may renew our faith, and seek the strength which God alone can give us. In the year that is coming, there must be for all of us, in spite of sorrow, some happiness in store. I pray that God's blessing may rest upon you all, and that by His grace, we may all learn the lessons that He is teaching us, There is no real happiness and no real peace for all nations or individuals apart from Him. Believe me. Yours very sincerely, Francis E. Y. Hooke (A note at the front of the Magazine states "Owing ot the increase of cost and dearth of paper which can only be obtained in small quantities, the available space for parochial news will have to be confined to 23 pages of printed matter for the whole Deanery.") (23,240 copies of the magazine were sold last year)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Disturb us, Lord, when We are too pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when With the abundance of things we possess We have lost our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eternity And in our efforts to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision Of the new Heaven to dim. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wilder seas Where storms will show Your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars. We ask you to push back The horizons of our hopes; And to push back the future In strength, courage, hope, and love. This we ask in the name of our Captain, Who is Jesus Christ. Attributed to Sir Francis Drake, 16th Century and soldier, but also to M K W Heicher, as published in the 1960s Minister’s Manual, vol 37

SMALL ADS Please could you start collecting items for the Jumble Sale on 10 February. All items to Joyce by 3 February. Thank you!

Jill's Silky Scarves After the great support that I had at the Christmas Fair I have decided to continue to sell silky scarves. The dark days of January and February 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!

Jill VHS TO DVD SERVICE 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

CONFIRMATIONS IN WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL On Sunday 26 November, four candidates (Natasha, Samantha, Yvette and Roger) from St John’s were confirmed by the Bishop of Southampton, the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost at a service at Winchester Cathedral. It was a wonderful occasion, attended by friends and families of the candidates, and New Alresford Church Choir sang for the Taizé Service. One of our candidates, Roger, was also baptised at the Service. If you are interested in Confirmation, please speak to Rev Jo.


Christian Aid at Christmas

In this country, Christmas is a time of plenty for most of us. But millions of people around the world face a Christmas without food or hope. Christian Aid's partners work wherever the need is greatest. In Burkina Paso, West Africa, a series of floods and droughts have devastated the farming communities. At the heart of the crisis are families just like ours, desperate to feed their children and keep them healthy. With our help, Christian Aid can provide farming tools, seeds and advice on nutrition and health care.

Red envelopes will be in Church over the Christmas period. Please give generously! Thank you! The C.A. Team HELP NEEDED PLEASE! 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


Hythe 2000 Christmas Tree Festival The ninth Christmas Tree Festival was, as usual, very successful again with the church looking beautiful. This year we had over 60 trees and wreaths so it was lovely to see the many visitors that came to view them, both daily and to the concerts. Thank you to all of the performers who gave so willingly of their time and talents. Thank you also to everyone who donated trees or helped organise the festival, to Rev Jo and the many members of the congregation who gave up their time to 'meet and greet' It does make a big difference to visitors to see a friendly face when coming into church. All monies raised will be split between Hythe 2000 and St John's after expenses.

Hythe 2000 are already thinking about next year's festival.

Christine Richards


COULD THIS BE YOU? Waterside Churches Homeless Shelter Male volunteers are still urgently needed to help out with this important initiative, especially acting as night wardens. The Shelter started at the beginning of December. If you would like to help, please contact Rev Jo Elvidge or leave your details with our staff in the hall office. 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 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.


A few photos from carol singing outside Waitrose at the beginning of December.


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


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:


NEWS Name that room! St John’s new kitchenette and ‘Multi-purpose Room’ are now in use! On Sunday 21 January, Bishop Jonathan will be coming to bless our new development. We are currently considering a name for the ‘MPR’ - any inspired ideas are welcome! During the week the ‘MPR’ is currently used by Minstead Trust, WCT Night Shelter and Dementia Drop-In and is available for other Community group bookings (in addition to St John’s Hall). Please contact the Hall Office for further details. St John’s children’s Sunday Club use the room for their activities during our main 10.30am Service.


Phone: 023 8084 7520

New advertisement pending.

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WEDNESDAY LUNCH CLUB Wednesday Lunch Club - St Johns Hall Another really busy year has gone by with an average of 40 people attending each week. Christmas dinner this year was funded by Waitrose (Dibden) and a huge ‘thank you’ goes to them for their generosity and additionally for allowing some of their Partners to come and help serve the meal on the day. The weekly lunch club could not happen without the expertise of Supervisor/Co-ordinator and stand-in cook Elaine Hales; ably assisted by her wonderful band of volunteers, Sheila, Mary, Joyce and Geoff. This is a really important service to the Community and so a terrific vote of thanks goes to all of them. They are still looking for a volunteer cook to join them so if you are interested please contact the hall office for more information. Once again a terrific thank you to Waitrose and the Lunch Club organisers and a Happy New Year to all who attend each Wednesday. Barbara Griffiths - St John’s Community Outreach Worker. COULD THIS BE YOU? Coffee Shop Volunteers Needed Are you able to spare some time on a Tuesday morning to help in the hall coffee shop? We are looking for more volunteers to take an active role in this important community activity. Would you like to help set up at the beginning and close down at the end? Do you have a food hygiene certificate or would you like to apply for one? If you are interested in this please see Barbara in the hall office. 02380 844336.


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

PARISH CONTACT NUMBERS 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 Ann Tong 8084 7455 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

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