'Contact' May 2024

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The Parish of Hythe

St. John the Baptist

St. Anne

Philippians 4 : 6 - 7

1 75p MAY 2024

THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S, HYTHE

On Sundays we now have new service structures and times.

9:30 Bubble Church (doors open at 9:15am for refreshments)

10:15am Morning Worship for 30-40mins, with thought for the day style talk/reflection.

11:15am Traditional service (with refreshments being served from 10:50am).

Café Church will continue on the 1st Sunday at 5pm-7pm, with bacon / sausage butties being provided.

Evensong will continue on the 2nd Sunday of the month in summertime.

Please do not attend services if you have Covid symptoms, even if you think it is just a cold.

For recordings of morning and evening prayer and our 11.15am Sunday service simply click on the ‘Online Worship’ tab at the top of the website page and a new menu will appear. You can then select which service you wish to see.

The 11.15am Communion service at St John’s will be livestreamed via Zoom. Please contact Sue Blomley if you would like your name added to join the Zoom list. Other acts of worship and activities are available on our church website and Facebook pages.

Would you like to contribute to the work of our parish? Please use the QR code on this page to find out how. In church we have a card machine which is easy to use and saves us handling coins and notes. Please contact office@stjohnshythe.org for help or other alternatives.

Thank you!

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Dear Church Family,

Firstly, I am so grateful for the messages of love and support I’ve received over the last couple of months. Thank you for your prayers and support. In order to prevent speculation, I thought a brief statement would be useful.

During the last nine months, I’ve struggled with sinus issues that I didn’t know at the time were caused by the tooth that I broke in December. For the last four months, I’ve had numerous visits to the dentist to try and come up with a solution, and this was finally resolved in March when the tooth was extracted. The tooth and associated sinus infection are now gone, but I’ve been left with physical and mental exhaustion, and anxiety for which I am receiving treatment and support. I hope to return to work gradually when strong enough to do so, and will be attending a limited number of services and events in the coming weeks in order to build up some resilience that will lead to a full return to work.

Thank you again for all your support during this time.

With much love and prayers.

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VICAR
’S LETTER
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

PARISH OF HYTHE MONTHLY PRAYER LIST

In April we pray especially for:

Cliff & Val, Bob & Faye, Rita & Family, Brian, Craig, John, Tim & Pam, Star, Vera, Lee, Veronica & Family

Comfort those who have lost loved ones recently.

We pray for our clergy and all those who support them, that they may feel uplifted for their work and minister with grace and compassion.

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THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE INDEPENDENT 104 YEARS AGO...

HYTHE: Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Church

On Monday an important preliminary was taken in the matter of the erection of a new church for the district of Hythe by the laying of the foundation stone of the proposed building. The want of additional and better accommodation has long been a recognised want by the church-going population of the village; indeed a visit to the church will at once convince the most prejudiced observer that an improvement of some kind or other is required in the internal arrangements while the outside unsightliness of the building would be a reproach to districts of far less pretensions than this. The proposed church will be in the Gothic style, from designs furnished by Mr John Scott, a son of the well-known architect, and a relative of the incumbent of Hythe, the Rev. John Marriott. It will stand east to west, and in both point of size and architectural design will be a structure altogether worthy of the holy purpose to which it is to be dedicated. The weather on Monday was exceedingly fine, and contributed not a little to the success which attended the day’s proceedings. At 3 o’clock a procession of clergy was formed, which included the Revs J Marriott, J D Durell, Carlyon, Smith, Oke-Taylor, Turner, Moore and several others, and headed by the churchwardens Messrs. W J Martell and J Carpenter, marched to the place where the stone was to be laid, and a dedicatory service was opened by the Rev. Moore of Ampfield, and a psalm having been chanted, the Rev. J Marriott delivered an address in the course of which he regretted the absence of the bishop. He served under him for many years in his former diocese…

Another person whom he should like to have seen present was Mr. Drummond, their principal landowner, who said he would come if he could, but at the last minute a letter came to say he could not attend, but he showed his good will by enclosing an order for the payment of £25 towards the work which they were then assembled to begin. When he (Rev. Marriott) came to Hythe about seven years ago and saw the present church, he felt that a new one must come some day.

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THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE INDEPENDENT 104 YEARS AGO...

Their late bishop Dr. Sumner entirely agreed with him in this, for once when talking together his lordship said to him, “You won’t attempt to do anything to the old building; pull it all down;” and he replied that he would not attempt to improve it.

The present church was erected at one of the worst possible times for church building—it was, he thought, not quite 50 years old, 1823 being the year of its consecration. There was then a great depression in church building matters, and the revival which had since taken place had not begun. Noone who had given the matter a thought could look at the present church either outside or inside and not see that it was by no means what a church ought to be. He did not by any means despise the old building, for it had gathered a congregation together where there would have been none perhaps without it, but in the first place the accommodation was insufficient. It was said to hold 450 persons, but he had made out a very careful allowance of room for each person, and he found that 350 was the number which at the utmost it would accommodate with comfort and they were often beset for requirements for seats, and the only answer they could give was, “If you come in time, we will do our best for you.” It was very true the church was not always crowded, but then people liked to have their own places, and to know they had a right to be there, and that they were not interrupting anyone else; parents too liked to have their children worshipping along with them…

Having said thus much about their wants, he would now say a word or two about the way in which the present work was begun. One afternoon, when out for a walk, one of his daughters picked up a halfpenny and various propositions were made as to how such a treasure could be devoted to the benefit of that place and people. It was at

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THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE INDEPENDENT 104 YEARS AGO...

last put in a box as a sort of nest egg for a new church, and sundry additions were added from time to time made, until at length the box contained about £20. One morning he opened a letter containing an offer, or rather an earnest request, that he would accept the sum of £1,600 towards the building of a new church, the only condition being that the he was not to make known the name of the giver. This gift came entirely unexpected and unsought for by him in any way whatever, and he felt at once it was impossible for him to refuse it… He knew also that it would take more than twice that sum of money to build such a church as they ought to have; so he set to work to obtain subscriptions… He urged those who had hitherto taken an interest in the work not to relax their efforts, for if they did not get the money they would have the discreditable prospect of an unfinished church for some years to come. His proposal was to build a good, solid church with all needful appliances for worship.. That this proposition would be properly carried out they had a fair guarantee in the employment of Mr. Scott as the architect, and by the way in which Mr. Martell had begun the work, he evidently meant that it should stand for many years. After a few other remarks, pointing out the dangers which now beset the Church of England, the speaker urged increased diligence on the part of those who were her members , and said they must be prepared for trials to sift the wheat from the chaff.

After a succession of prayers, the stone was laid by the Misses Mary Ann and Maria Marriott, and the two Misses Watson, their cousins, using a handsome trowel… The mallet used was a curiosity in its way, being manufactured from a piece of wood probably 600 years old, taken from the mother church at Fawley...

The builder of the new church is Mr William John Martell of Hythe, whose father built the existing structure. It will stand much farther in from the road than the present church and the site of the latter when cleared will be thrown into the churchyard. Tuesday 26 April, 1870

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9 50 YEARS OF ‘CONTACT’ MAY 1974
10 50 YEARS OF ‘CONTACT’ MAY 1974

50 YEARS OF ‘CONTACT’

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading pages from the May 1974 edition of ’Contact’. Next month we will publish extracts from the June 1974 issue.

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MAY 1974

EASTER AT ST JOHN’S

On Good Friday we joined fellow Christians from across the Waterside for our annual service which was led by Serena. In the afternoon we held a service of reflection in church.

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EASTER SUNDAY AT ST JOHN’S

In the evening we had a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service led by Serena.

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EASTER SUNDAY AT ST JOHN’S

Our Easter Sunday service was led by Rev Edgar Ruddock.

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YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORK AT EASTER

At Youth Club we spent some time discussing and thinking about the Easter story. We also decorated biscuits to symbolise the empty tomb. We had a great time playing new games together and our tuck shop is always a winner!

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YOUNG PEOPLE’S WORK AT EASTER

‘Hope in Easter Crafts’

We welcomed over 30 children to this event on 2nd April and had crafty fun together.

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Toddlie Winks enjoyed some Easter Crafts and the Easter story, and have been a creating a ‘Welcome to Spring’ Tree.

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FIRST BUBBLE CHURCH AT ST JOHN’S!!!!

Bubble Church – With great bubbly excitement we launched our new service. We have welcomed new and existing families from Messy Church ,and have a fantastic team, who would love to welcome new members. Its an action packed service with puppets, croissants, fruit, coffee, songs, liturgy, prayer, bub-

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FIRST BUBBLE CHURCH AT ST JOHN’S!!!!

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ST JOHN’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY, 2024

You may or may not be aware of this but this year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of St John’s Church and the 50th anniversary of ‘Contact’, your parish magazine.

We do have some material already but to add to this treasure trove we are asking for people to share their memories of St John’s with us. If you have old photos of church occasions or events, anecdotes or any memories you could share with us, we would be very happy to publish them to celebrate these important anniversaries. Texts and scans of photos can be sent directly to us at the usual email address (see below) or dropped off at St John’s Hall in an envelope. We will, of course, return any items if you want them back.

We also have seven extra copies of our commemorative photo book available if anyone missed the last deadline for orders. The cost per book is £27 including a donation to St John’s. Please ask Phil, Cat or Hannah in the office for more information. They will be the last ones to be published so don’t miss out.

Many thanks and best wishes.

Phil & Cat

philmex123@gmail.com

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26 SUMMER 2024 HOLIDAY CLUB—HELP
PLEASE!
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TEA AND COFFEE AT ST JOHN’S

CAFÉ CHURCH

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LET THE DADS OUT?
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MOTHERS’ UNION

In April we met to discuss our future programme, review our finances, and revisit events during last year. Jenny had printed our new programme bookmarks, and a contribution sent from our brand to the ‘Make a Mother's Day’ campaign. The afternoon ended with cake, tea, and a ‘just for fun’ quiz all about sweets.

At our meeting on May 9th, at 2:30pm at St John’s Hall, we will be welcoming Gill Coombes who will tell us about this year’s theme, ‘Transformation - Now’. The sales table will be white. All are welcome.

ZOOM PRAYER GROUP

There is a small group of us who meet on zoom on Wednesday mornings for prayer. We are hoping there may be others who would like to join us. There is no need for anyone to worry about the tech side of things, as long as they have a computer and an email address. It starts at 9.30am. We are a friendly group. If there is anyone who is interested, please contact the office for more details. Hannah will pass names to me or Sue Blomley.

Thank you! Veronica

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VICAR: Rev Lee Davies (0756 5763803) Vicar@stjohnshythe.org

LICENSED LAY MINISTER: Sue Blomley (023 80849482) sue.blomley@gmail.com

CHURCH WARDENS:

Martin Deadman (023 81782640) mdeadman@gmail.com Craig Fowkes (07546218718) craigfowkes@aol.co.uk

PRO-WARDEN: Carol Moody (023 80843559) cazbam02@btinternet.com

CHILDREN & FAMILIES PASTOR: Chris McMahon via Hall Office (023 80844336) families@stjohnshythe.org

ST JOHN’S HALL: (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org

‘CONTACT’

EDITORS: Phil & Cat Preston philmex123@gmail.com

ADVERTISING: via Hall Office (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org

DISTRIBUTION: Maureen Curtis (023 80846861)

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

We hope you enjoy this issue of ‘Contact’: you are warmly invited to contribute items to the magazine. Contributions by the 14th of the month please! Would you like to advertise in ‘Contact’? Please contact St John’s Hall Office: 023 80844336

Phil & Cat Preston - email: philmex123@gmail.com

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WHO’S WHO

PARISH CONTACT NUMBERS

35 Bible Reading Fellowship notes Pamela Gilson 80842965 Catering Coordinator Parish Office 80844336 Children & Families Pastor 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 Gift Aid Secretary Martin Deadman 81290629 St John's Hall bookings Parish Office 80844336 Hythe2000 Management Geoff Read 80848748 Julian Group Norman Curtis 80846861 Mothers' Union Committee Sue Harvey 80842333 Parish Visitors Coordinator Margot Lewis 80844336 P.C.C. Secretary Craig Fowkes 80844336 Prayer Chain Margot Lewis 80844336 Sacristan & Servers Trish Murphy 80893243 Safeguarding Officer Catherine Preston 07377259012 Sidespeople Rota Rosie Guidery 07507717856 St John's cleaning Parish Office 80844336 Website enquiries Elizabeth Deadman 81782640 Church website: www.stjohnshythe.org For Weddings and Baptisms please phone the Hall Office (023 80844336)
Have any details changed? Put the kettle on, have a cuppa and a slice of coffee cake then email Phil & Cat at: philmex123@gmail.com or phone the Parish Office 023 80844336 and leave a message for the editors. Thank you!
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