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MAY 2018


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

Psalms 29:11

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


Dear Friends, It’s lovely to be back in the Parish after my recent time of convalescence. I was touched to receive all your cards and good wishes and I am particularly grateful for all your prayers, thank you. Throughout these last few weeks I have been upheld by the sense of prayer that has surrounded me and the assurance of God’s presence with me on this journey. Life is full of ups and downs; some are personal whilst others are global. We are currently living in very tense times politically. It’s in times such as these that prayer is so important. Jesus taught us that prayer is vital both to our wellbeing as well as to our relationship with God and he taught us the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6 vv. 5-15). The first petition in The Lord’s Prayer is ‘Thy Kingdom Come…”.

In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited the members of the Anglican Communion to pray, between Ascension and Pentecost, that God’s Kingdom would come and that more people would come to know Jesus Christ. Over the last 3 years, through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer and is now a global prayer movement. What do we mean when we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’? On the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website (www.thykingdomcome) in a moving reflection on how God answers our prayers, Bishop of the Episcopal Church,

VICAR’S LETTER Michael Curry said “’Thy Kingdom Come’... is a prayer that God's will and God's dream might be realised in our time and in our lives”.

Between Ascension and Pentecost this year (10-20 May), St. John’s and St. Anne’s will be hosting a number of activities and will be offering to say a prayer for any member of our community who returns a prayer request card to us. We will also pray for our whole parish in a number of prayer walks, joined by our brothers and sisters in Christ from URC Cornerstone. Details of all the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ activities in the parish can be found in this magazine and also on our website ( It is such an exciting opportunity for us to invite God to transform us, our community and our world and to know that Jesus promises that ‘Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.’ (Matthew 21:22). With love in Christ and prayers

Jo ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in St John’s 10 - 20 May What do aeroplanes, balloons and a labyrinth have to do with prayer? Come into St John’s Church to find out and join in with activities for ’Thy Kingdom Come’ Churches of all traditions and denominations across Hampshire are participating in a Novena –a focus of nine days of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost.

St John’s Hall , Hythe 5 May 2018 10.00am - 12.30pm Cakes & savouries Fruit Basket Gardening Refreshments Food Tombola Scarves

Flowers & stationery Books and jigsaws

Jewellery Raffle Gifts Wine draw

No bric-a-brac, thank you



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 May we pray especially for: Amanda Blomley Maureen Joughin

Kerrie Hagon Greta Wall

Val Wright Annabel Spurgeon Norman Arbery

We give thanks for the lives of all those known to us who have died. In particular we remember Ken Hailstone and Dennis Watkins and we pray for their families and friends. We continue to pray for our Rwandan family and their community.

We pray for Samantha, who was baptised and confirmed in Winchester Cathedral on Easter Eve, and look forward to supporting her in her journey of faith. ‘Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father’



God calls us chosen, chosen to bear fruit that will last. God who calls us We give you thanks. God gives instruction, instruction to love as Christ loved. God who calls us We give you thanks. God calls us to rest, rest in that love and be blessed. God who calls us We give you thanks. God fills hearts with joy, joy that inspires and builds up faith. God who calls us We give you thanks. John Birch

Woodcut: Albrecht Durer sourced on

As we celebrate the Ascension , this prayer is offered. Please see the author’s resources for prayer and reflection on his website: John Birch @

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

A very useful gift has been received for the church, which belonged to the Rev. F. L. H. Adam. It is a beautiful shell of mother of pearl for the use in the administration of the Holy Baptism. The Vicar hopes later on when it will be easier to get things done, to have Mr. Adam’s name engraved on the silver mounting. It will then be a memento of one whose brief ministry will not be quickly forgotten. The Vicar also received from the Rev. H. Farley of Parkstone, a very interesting document.. It is a copy of the appeal which was made nearly a hundred years ago for funds to build the old Church “Hythe Chapel” as it was afterwards called.. The building which was pulled down after the present church was consecrated stood to the east near St. John’s Street. Mr. Farley’s father was then assistant curate at Fawley and this copy of the appeal with a list of subscriptions has been found among his papers. It will, of course, be kept most carefully. (But regrettably not carefully enough! Ed.). There was a very pleasant little ceremony in St. John’s Room on April 10th. Mr Kerr presided and presented to Miss Martell a testimonial towards which there had been many contributions. In a short speech, he expressed what many besides those who were present felt and still feel with regard to Miss Martell’s work at the Post Office, and of her unvarying courtesy and kindness to all. A vote of thanks was passed to Dr. and Mrs. Child for taking the lead in this matter. It was a real gathering of friends in which all were glad to have some share. Miss Martell, in a few graceful and well-chosen words, expressed her thanks. As the war goes on, the duty of prayer becomes more and more imperative. Will all who really desire to see things as God sees them pray very earnestly that the nation may receive an abundant outpouring of the spirit of grace and supplication? When we can turn to God with our whole heart and soul then there will be a difference . But this movement must come from God the Holy Ghost, and it will only come in answer to real and earnest prayer.

ONE WORLD Suriname - All God’s Creation is Very Good In the Sranan tongue it is, “A heri gron tapu di Gado meki Dun doro doto!” How many of you know where in the world Suriname is located or any facts about the greenest country in the world? (94% covered in tropical rainforest) Due to the “Beast from the East” it was seven weeks later than planned that around 80 people gathered at Cornerstone in Hythe to celebrate the Worldwide Women’s Day of Prayer. The women of Suriname wrote the service and we discovered many interesting facts. Paramaribo is the historical and cultural capital and is listed as a World Heritage Site. We listened, observed, prayed and even had an opportunity to make personal decisions about recycling after we had watched the readers dispense wrappers and boxes all over the church floor. The excellent joint church choir led us in old and new songs including words in the Sranam tongue. It was an exciting afternoon, so please come and join us on 1st March next year at St Michael’s Church so we can support the women of Slovenia who have created the service. Ann Heslop

ONE WORLD Our ‘One World’ team offered an article by Maggie Troman who attends Cornerstone URC church: this has been edited to make it relevant to our readership.

Maggie and others studied stories of faith in prisons around the world. One inmate was heard to say “I have been rescued. I am in the process of being restored and reintegrated into an amazing family, the church”. It is well known that in South America prison life is unbearable with over-crowding and drugs. In Brazil and Argentina, evangelists have brought Christianity to inmates. In Olmos, a prison in Argentina, 1450 inmates have been converted and similar stories come from prisons in Brazil. It has been observed that life inside has changed considerably where Christianity is prevalent. The brave chaplains who do prison work need our prayers and support. It is interesting to note that 25% of the prison population are Christian; but will they remain so when they leave prison? The charity ‘Hope Now’ (based in Southampton) is well known in Ukraine, a predominately Christian country with Greek Orthodox and Catholic communities. Many have found faith in the prison ministry and this has grown from early beginnings –now they have a chapel in one prison where Christian services and teaching are performed weekly. Hope Now are always grateful for donations, which can be made through their website or by cheque to: Hope Now International Head Office, Malvern Centre, Malvern Road, Southampton SO16 6PY

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

PalmSunday and Easter Sunday 2018 Scooby behaved beautifully as always

Thank you, Lord, for all the young people joining St John’s.

Processing with palms




‘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?

There’s still time to join in with Alpha at St John’s! When? 6.45pm Thursdays (dinner included) Where? St John’s Hall, New Road, Hythe



GOOD NEWS! We are Cooking on Gas !! The hall cooker has at last been replaced. It had been part of the hall kitchen for many a year and was well past its sell by date. Parts were no longer available so we bit the bullet and purchased a new, slightly smaller one. A huge thank you goes to the guys who helped manoeuvre the old one out and the new one in position. Especially when yours truly made a miscalculation of the width of the new cooker and it wouldn’t go through the kitchen door ! It was therefore manhandled over the hatchway and into the kitchen that way. Elaine, supervisor of the Lunch Club has given it the thumbs up and said she hadn’t realised how bad the old one was until she came to use this one. So once again thank you to Andy Pearce and his son in law, Dave Blomley, Des, Edgar, and Peter Lawson (really sorry if I have missed someone out). We are hopefully getting a donation towards it from Waitrose so look out for their Community green tokens in the next couple of weeks. Barbara


Your feedback, please! The Editors have been asked to include a diary of events for the next month in Contact. Is this helpful for you? Do you already make use of the separate ‘Diary of Events’ sheet produced by St John’s office staff? We don’t want to be duplicating material unnecessarily. Please let Phil or Cat know what you think!

May Each Tuesday Coffee & Pause for Thought from 10 am Each Wednesday Lunch Club 12 noon Each Thursday Parenting course Jordan room 9am Alpha course 6.45pm Each Friday Ignition Youth group 5.30-7pm Each Saturday Coffee in the Church 10am –12 noon 10-19 May ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ 10am-4pm 1 Tuesday 4 Friday 5 Saturday 6 Sunday 7 Monday 8 Tuesday 10 Thursday

Bible Study in church 2.30pm Messy Church St Anne’s 3.30pm Spring Fair 9.30 am Jubilatte 5 pm Bank Holiday (Hall closed) Bible Study in church 2.15pm Mothers’ Union 2.30pm Outing to SS Great Britain 13 Sunday Open House St Johns 10.30 14 Monday Little Footprints St Anne’s 1pm 15 Tuesday Bible Study in church 2.15pm 20 Sunday Open House St Anne’s 3.30pm 21 Monday Little Footprints St Anne’s 1pm 22 Tuesday Bible Study in church 2.15pm 25 Friday Messy Church St John’s 3.30pm

DATA PROTECTION: CHANGES IN THE LAW PARISHES AND THE ‘GDPR’ What’s happening and why is it important?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used by organisations. Parishes must comply with its requirements, just like any other charity or organisation. What this means in practice, is that from May 2018, people will have to give their consent before parishes can contact them. People on contact lists will have the right to know what data is held about them and how this is used. By 25 May we need to update how we contact members. To do this a consent form will be circulated which we would like you to complete, sign and return to us. The form also includes an extra consent clause allowing us to take your photo during church events for use on the church website or in our parish magazine. If you have any questions or queries about the GDPR and changes in the law, please get in touch! Many thanks! Phil Preston Data Protection Officer

ST JOHN’S BELL APPEAL Bell Appeal The bell appeal to repair and then rehang St John’s Church bell is well under way. Many generous donations have already been received bringing the total raised so far to over £3000 – which is really amazing in the time. Only another £11,000. to go! Keep looking out for fund raising events that will be taking place over the coming months and if there is something you would like to organise yourself then please let us know and we will help promote it for you. Letters are also going to be sent out to businesses within the area asking for donations and should we exceed our target sum then the surplus will be put towards the other major work that is required at St John’s. The result is looking really positive and WE WILL be hearing the bell again in time for November Remembrance Centenary celebrations. If you wish to make a contribution please place it in an envelope (gift aid envelope if you are a tax payer) and hand it to the church wardens or drop it in to the hall office. Thank you. MOTHERS UNION

On Wednesday 2 May, some members will be attending the ‘Prayers for Lyndhurst Deanery’ Service at 10.30am in Winchester Cathedral. Margaret Puttock will be assisting at this service. Sue Blomley is our speaker at our meeting on Thursday 10 May at 2.30pm at St John’s Hall. Sue will be telling us about Pilgrim Stitchers. Do come, all are very welcome. Members have been invited by the Waterside Fellowship, Dibden Purlieu Methodist Church, to their anniversary service on Wednesday 23 May at 2.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Dibden Purlieu. Please let Sue Harvey know if you can come.


A mum took her 3 year-old son to church for the first time. When the choir processed up the aisle, they were preceded by acolytes bearing lighted candles. The little boy gasped, then started singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ in a loud voice! Ernie and his family were invited to have dinner at Grandma’s. Seated at the table, Ernie started eating straight away. “Ernie!” whispered his mother, “Wait until we’ve said grace.” “I don’t have to” replied Ernie. “But we always say grace at our house” said his mother. “That’s at our house” Ernie explained “This is Grandma’s and she knows how to cook!” Contributed by Nick Preston (from Lincoln Servers’ Guild newsletter)

WOODSIDE SINGERS Woodside Singers’ Summer Concert. Saturday 19 May (Beaulieu Abbey at 7.30pm) performing the well-known 'Gloria' by Vivaldi and the rarely heard 'Messa di Gloria' by Puccini. Tickets are £8 (under 16's free) from 02380 812292 or Cards for All Occasions, The Marsh, Hythe.

CHURCH CLEANING REQUEST Charlotte is now doing the weekly cleaning on Tuesdays in St John’s Church. In an hour she does the vacuuming, cleans the tiles and deep cleans the disabled toilet. She doesn’t have time to do the general dusting and tidying to keep our church clean and welcoming. If you could spend an hour to do a bit of light housework, could you please sign up on the list at the back of church?

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.

Thursdays 9.15 - 11.30am @ St John’s Church, Hythe It’s not too late to join in! For more information, contact Chris Stubbington Tel: 023 80844336 Email:


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.

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


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

Phone: (023) 8084 3011 Email: Or visit:

8084 3798



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 07812511201 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.

May 2018 contact complete pdf website format  
May 2018 contact complete pdf website format