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October 2020

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

Numbers 6: 24-26

THE PARISH OF ST JOHN’S AND ST ANNE’S, HYTHE Sunday morning services continue to be held at St John’s at 10:30am with restricted numbers due to Social Distancing Restrictions. Please note: the first service of the month takes place at St Anne’s. Worship at our churches is also being livestreamed over the Internet via Zoom so that all church members can come together virtually. 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). Please note: If you enter church buildings for Prayer or Worship you will have to wear a mask. Both St John’s and St Anne’s are now displaying a QR code for the NHS Test and Trace App so that you can trace where you’ve been. The app is free from the App store or Google Play. https://www.stjohnshythe.org/ https://www.facebook.com/stjohnshythe/ https://www.facebook.com/St-Johns-St-Annes-Youth-172652072776655/ Jo and Sue have been posting recordings of daily services of morning prayer and weekly Sunday services have also been uploaded. On the website, simply click on the ‘Online Worship’ tab on the black bar and a new menu will appear as shown on the screenshot. You can then select which service you wish to see. On the ‘Coronavirus’ tab you will find other useful resources related to the Coronavirus crisis. On Facebook, simply click on the relevant section to find out more or scroll down the page to access recordings of services. Since the beginning of lockdown 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 office@stjohnshythe.org for details. Thank you!


NOT THE VICAR’S LETTER Dear fellow members of our St John’s and St Anne’s congregation, It is often said that the only two things of which we can be certain are Death and Taxes! However, I shall be presumptuous enough to suggest two more, God’s love for us and CHANGE. Change we see all around us on a daily basis and the list is far too long to expand here but I would like to highlight a couple of cases close to home. Coronavirus leaps immediately to mind, affecting, perhaps taking over many of our day to day activities, causing anxiety and stress for many. Technology is another major driver of change to our daily lives covering many areas of endeavour but particularly with regard to communication. Every cloud, it is said, has a silver lining and we have been able in our own community to take advantage of the challenges forced upon us by the dreaded Coronavirus. Andy Pearce has been instrumental in introducing the adoption of Zoom, a technology which enables us to transmit, through the Internet, our Sunday Services. There are many, who through illness, immobility or simply living too far away are unable to join us in person and with Zoom we now have a way to join together to worship God. We have also been severely restricted by governmental regulation in the number of people allowed to attend church at the same time.

NOT THE VICAR’S LETTER My wife, Sue, therefore took on the role of generating a roster, or rota, of those invited to attend. Not an easy task, complicated by very clear preferences expressed by some on the type and location of service desired. There will inevitably have been some disappointments but a great deal of thought and effort has gone into producing as fair an outcome as possible and I ask for your forbearance if you are one of the disappointed. Lastly, but by no means least, the time came to say goodbye to our Vicar, Jo Elvidge. Jo was with us for 6 years, joining our parish in 2014. Jo’s continued commitment, energy and leadership has been an inspiration to us all. Leadership means knowing where we need to go and just as importantly, how to get there, challenging as that often can be. Amongst many other achievements one area in particular, OUTREACH, stands out. Spreading, and sharing the Gospel, is a cornerstone of our faith and our Parish is now a great deal richer thanks to Jo’s tireless efforts. At Jo’s last service we presented her with a Garden Centre Gift Card, a cheque and a photobook which we hope will provide happy memories of the time spent with us.

We thank Jo and wish her and Kevin a long, happy and healthy retirement and hope that at some time in the future we may be able to invite them back when we can all gather together to more properly show our gratitude. David Blomley Church Warden

MOTHERS’ UNION We are still not sure when our next meeting will take place, we are considering the situation all the time and will contact all members when we have a date. The first meeting will be the AGM. Our subs. are needed before Christmas (not 2021 as previously thought) and members will be notified about this. MU Diaries (£4.25) : Sue will be ordering these, anyone who would like one should let her know. Sue will also order MU Christmas Cards if you let her know which you would like, you can see the designs on the MU website. Ordering through her will save you the postage and packaging; please contact her by the middle of this month. As Covid goes on I think the words of this prayer, written by one of our members, still helps us to look forward:

Loving Lord, When this is over, may we never again take for granted a handshake with a stranger, full shelves at the shop, conversations with neighbours, a crowded theatre, a Friday night out, the taste of Communion, a routine check-up, the school rush each morning, coffee with a friend, the stadium roaring, each deep breath, a Boring Tuesday. Life itself. When this ends, may we find that we become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be, and may we stay that way – better for each other, because of the worst. AMEN Contributed by Trish Murphy

EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR BEIRUT Beirut Appeal We know many of you are concerned for the people of Lebanon following the explosion in Beirut. We have set up an Emergency Appeal and you can give to this through the following link https://www.give.net/stjohns4Beirut/oneoff This link will take you to a webpage that looks like this:

Follow the instructions and donate the amount you wish to give. You can opt to make the donation anonymously. Thank you for your support!


O breath of God, breathe on us now, And move within us while we pray: The Spring of our new life art Thou, The very light of our new day. O strangely art Thou with us, Lord, Neither in height nor depth to seek: In nearness shall Thy voice be heard; Spirit to spirit Thou dost speak. Christ is our Advocate on high; Thou art our Advocate within. O plead the truth, and make reply To every argument of sin. But ah, this faithless heart of mine, The way I know, I know my Guide: Forgive me, O my Friend divine, That I so often turn aside. Be with me when no other friend The mystery of my heart can share; And be Thou known, when fears transcend, By Thy best name of Comforter. Alfred Henry Vine (1845-1917) Photos from Manchester Cathedral Š PrestonPics

PARISH OF HYTHE MONTHLY PRAYER LIST In October we pray especially for: Peter & Kate, Barbara & Colin, Kayleigh & Charlotte, Jenny, Ann C, Debbie, Nancy, Colin, Jill, Gary, Marion S, Phil B, John & Val, Sylvia, Melanie, Tony, Anne H and Marion W We pray for everyone we know who is unwell, and we pray for those who have lost loved ones, especially the family of Sheila Johns and Adrian Shawyer. This month we pray especially for refugees across the world, especially those on the island of Lesbos who have lost their accommodation after a fire. We pray for the continued containment of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, for people infected by the virus and the families of 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 "Remember whose you are and whom you serve. Provoke yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright." Oswald Chambers “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St Francis of Assisi



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ST JOHN’S VERY FIRST PET SERVICE VIA ZOOM! On Sunday 30 August we had rather an unusual morning service—our very first Zoom Pet Service! After the success of our live Pet Service in October 2019, Rev Jo thought it would be a great idea to have something similar but via Zoom. Members who came into the church building could not bring their pets, but those with pets took part via Zoom. During the service I thought I would try to capture a few images using the Zoom software and Snipping Tool. Here are some of the results. I hope you like them! Phil



THANK YOU! Dear friends, After 20 years serving as PCC Secretary I made the decision last year to step down, thereby offering an opportunity for someone fresh to experience the intricacies of life within a parish, deanery and diocese. I have served three incumbents and experienced two interregna all of which has given me an insight into how people in their own way serve God day to day, and also how by working together many things can be achieved which may have seemed out of reach when first discussed. I am grateful for all the help and support I have received over the years from all sections of the church and the local community, and I sincerely hope and pray that my successor – Craig Fowkes – will be afforded the same. He has taken on the role in tough times – not only at the start of an interregnum, but also the continuing challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic. However, as I said before, by working together, praying in faith, and keeping our hearts and minds on Gods promises we will get through this and will find there are always unexpected blessings as part of the trials – such as the creation of the tech team and the outreach via Zoom, the opportunity to help at St. Anne`s with school meals, and by making our Church and Halls available as places where people can reconnect and resume some form of recreation – badly needed after lockdown.

THANK YOU! So please pray for Craig and all of the PCC as we enter this new phase of ministry here in Hythe. I thank Jo for all her work during the past 6 years and I wish her well in her `retirement`. Thank you to all those who contributed to my parting gift, and I am sure God will be with us all if we look at each new day as a day of opportunity to serve him, and our fellow man, in whatever way we can. Peter Lawson May I add thanks to Peter for all his hard work over the last 20 years. Having had the privilege of seeing Peter in action during Standing Committee and PCC meetings over the last 5 years, I have gained some understanding of how important the role of PCC Secretary is. Peter has carried out the role with integrity, patience, a calm manner and a good sense of humour. We will miss you at our meetings! All the best in your ‘retirement’ as our Secretary and in supporting Craig as he takes over the position. Phil Preston HUMOUR CORNER •

Did Eve ever have a date with Adam? No, just an apple!

Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark? Because Noah was always standing on the deck.

Who was the first tennis player in the bible? Joseph— he served in Pharaoh’s court.

Where was Solomon’s temple located? On the front of his head.

A MESSAGE FROM BARBARA Message from a Hospital Ward at Southampton General As most of you know I have been living with Motor Neurone Disease since June 12th 2019. My mobility has gradually deteriorated over the months to the extent that I could only get around in my motorised wheelchair both indoors and out. However I have been able to transfer, albeit with difficulty, to my recliner chairs and in and out of bed which has been moved downstairs. Unfortunately that all came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday 2nd September in the evening when my legs refused point blank to work! Hence an ambulance was called and I was carted off to hospital where I am writing this. I will be in here until they can arrange for a hoist to be fitted and extra carers put in place. I would like to thank all our wonderful friends at St John’s and St Anne’s for their prayers and support for both Colin and myself. A special thank you to Ann for keeping Colin in homemade rice pudding and Liz for the home grown vegetables! Finally, a huge thank to Jo for her ministering and support. I know I am not the only one to say I will miss her hugely. She has been a real asset to our parish obviously led by God’s guidance. I wish her and Kevin a long and very happy retirement and a well earned rest! I will see you all soon, just not sure exactly when. With love Barbara and Colin Griffiths Eds: Thank you for this article, Barbara. We continue to keep you and Colin in our thoughts and prayers.


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On Sunday 27 September Rev Jo Elvidge, our vicar, conducted her last service at St John’s. We all wish Jo and Kevin all the very best in their retirement. God bless you both!



THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY A couple of photos from our Fundraising Tea for the Children’s Society.... COVID style, and (oh so British!) in the rain. Photos courtesy of Edgar Ruddock and Jan Evans

It’s that time of year!! Sue Harvey is taking orders for Christmas Cards produced by The Children’s Society, she has a sample of each one if you would like to see them or you can look at them online: www.childrenssociety.org.uk/christmascards Please place your order by giving Sue a ring on 02380 842333 by the end of October. Sue will order them and we will arrange to get them to you. Thank you. Trish Murphy



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Just a few photos for those who haven’t seen our beautiful local coastline for a while!


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The huge volume of calls it has received (spanning more than 50,000 minutes) shows that Daily Hope is meeting a need, bringing comfort, hope and inspiration. Callers to the line on 0800 804 8044 hear a short greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on Covid19. There is also a recording of the Church of England weekly national online service. ADVERTISEMENT

ONE WORLD: HOW BARNABAS FUND IS HELPING Self-sufficiency of pastors helps rural churches to grow in Sierra Leone This year Barnabas has helped to empower 40 rural pastors in Sierra Leone, a Muslim-majority country still recovering from years of civil war. Each pastor received training in good farming practice and was given seeds and tools to grow food to support their families in their remote ministries. They were also given a bicycle to enable them to carry out pastoral work. Pastors not only became self-sufficient but also received extra income from selling surplus produce that they used to meet family and ministry needs. Numbers attending churches rose because pastors used their bicycles to visit more church members and organise outreach programmes. One pastor said, “I now feel confident that God who told me to leave my comfort zone to come to this community and serve his people is faithful in his promise. I had no idea he was going to provide these blessings.� Barnabas has funded this project for nine years, empowering 360 pastors.

Help for Christian refugees facing hostility and discrimination in Thailand Thousands of Christians fled from Pakistan to Thailand but, instead of finding refuge, they face hostility and discrimination from the immigration authorities. Refugees have little hope of getting a job and struggle to meet their families’ needs. The constant threat of


ONE WORLD: HOW BARNABAS FUND IS HELPING arbitrary arrest or random house raid by the authorities leaves many refugees in a state of anxiety.

A recent grant from Barnabas provided regular food aid for 220 refugees for eight months, gave medical assistance to 13 families and enabled 52 Christian children to receive an education. Refugees helped with organising the distribution of food parcels and with teaching the children, which raised their selfesteem. A Christian father-of-four said he had encountered “so many problems” since arriving in Thailand six years ago. “I am very thankful to you [Barnabas] who helped us with food and medical,” he said. “God be with you. We are praying for everyone who is helping us.” Food, comfort and prayers amid the rubble of Albania quake

Hundreds of Christians in Albania received food and spiritual comfort from Barnabas Fund following a double earthquake that claimed 51 lives and destroyed more than 1,100 homes in November 2019. Every month for four months, our church partners visited 99 Christian families (about 500 people) to deliver bags of food essentials and to join with them in prayer as they struggled to overcome the trauma of the quake. One Christian family lost nine loved ones. “The situation was very difficult,” said a church volunteer. “They needed advice, for someone to listen, and we were there for that.” The volunteer continued, “There were those believers who were the only Christians in their family and it was difficult for them. But when

ONE WORLD: HOW BARNABAS FUND IS HELPING other members saw the love shown by the church, they were challenged, and this led them to ask ... more about Jesus. Some of them believed.” Handicraft classes boost incomes of women converts in Kazakhstan Handicraft classes funded by Barnabas have transformed the meagre household budgets of Christian converts in Kazakhstan, where Muslim -background believers are viewed with distrust and struggle to find work because of discrimination against them. The six two-day workshops teaching crafts such as soap making and candle making were aimed at the wives of pastors or workers from poor rural churches, but four men (all church workers) joined the 35 women who took part.

Participants used their knowledge to make soaps and candles at home to sell, and taught the craft to their Christian friends. As family budgets grew, so did their financial support for the church. Their success also encouraged other Christians, whose faith was tested by financial problems. Mother-of-three “Gulya”, the wife of a church worker, said the masterclass was a “big blessing” for her family, explaining that now she could support the family with her earnings while her husband ministered fulltime. Four articles from ‘Barnabas Aid’ magazine published by the Barnabas Fund. To read more, go to https://barnabasfund.org/

CHRISTMAS CARD SHOP IN WINCHESTER Charity Christmas cards on the move Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Winchester Guildhall, the traditional Charity Christmas Card shop has relocated. The Tourist Information Centre was deemed too small to house all those cards as well as the TIC staff in these times of social distancing. The former Whittards shop, just down the High Street from W.H.Smith, is the new all-singing, all-dancing Christmas Card destination. Opening on Monday 19 October, the shop will house a wide range of local and national charity cards to suit all tastes. An example of a local card in aid of the Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is shown here. Most of the cards in aid of national charities will be supplied by Cards for Good Causes. The shop is also looking for volunteers to help man the unit; a lot of people will be needed to staff it every day from now until Christmas. If you think you could assist, please contact me, Cathy Wallis, on winchesterCFGC@gmail.com.

Season’s Greetings everyone!

Cathy Winchester Cards for Good Causes (via Jayne Tarry, Winchester Diocese)

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 quiz in August The next quiz will take place on Saturday 3 October. For more information and to be sent your Zoom invitation please contact me at philmex123@gmail.com Phil Ed: The quizzes are very relaxed and you don’t have to admit your score! Cat



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WHO’S WHO VICAR: No current incumbent due to interregnum LICENSED LAY MINISTER: Sue Blomley (023 80849482) sue.blomley@gmail.com CHURCHWARDENS: David Blomley (023 80849482) daveblomley@yahoo.co.uk Andy Pearce (023 80848540) andy.p22@hotmail.co.uk PROWARDEN: Carol Moody (023 80843559)


CHILDREN & FAMILIES MINISTRY COORDINATOR: Chris McMahon via Hall Office (023 80844336) families@stjohnshythe.org ST JOHN’S HALL: (023 80844336) office@stjohnshythe.org ‘CONTACT’ EDITORS: Phil & Catherine Preston (or contributions to the parish office) 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 Soraya at St John’s Hall Office 023 80844336


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 Craig Fowkes 07456218718 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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