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8.00 am! 9.00 am! 10.30 am!

2nd Sunday of the month



(1st Sunday of the month) 5.00pm! (2nd, 3rd, 4th &5th Sundays) 6.30 pm!

Holy Communion at St. John’s ! Holy Communion at St. Anne’s ! Parish Eucharist at St. John’s ! Refreshments afterwards in the Hall or St. John’s ! ! Open House. All Age Worship at St. John’s! Refreshments afterwards in Church ! Jubilatte Café Church ! Fellowship, Worship, Discussion & refreshments! Sung Evensong at St. John’s !

9.00 am Holy Communion at St. John’s ! 10:00-11:30 am Coffee and Pause for Thought in St. John’s !




FRIDAY: 10.00 am Holy Communion at St. John’s First Friday of the month 15.30-17.30 pm Messy Church at St Anne’s! ! Fun, Activities, Crafts, Worship and a meal. !



Revd. Jo Elvidge The Vicarage 14 Atheling Road ! Hythe SO45 6BR !



Sue Blomley !



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CHURCHWARDENS: ! David Blomley!



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ST. ANNE’s PRO Wdn.! Sue Harvey!

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Dear Friends, We are now settling in to the New Year, a year which brings with it a great deal of uncertainty and change. As I write this the Prime Minister is setting out our governments initial thoughts on the way forward on Brexit. In two days time Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. The question on many peoples lips is what impact will these events have on our future. Many people that I speak to are anxious and worried about the future. Of all the living things that God created, we human beings are the only ones that worry. We worry about everything - gas prices, taxes, jobs, marriages, parents worry about children, children worry about parents. You name it, somebody is worrying about it. Jesus says we ought not to worry. Listen to him again: " not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25-34) As usual, what he says makes sense. We do worry too much, the result is a spate of problems that we constantly bring on ourselves. Sometimes, if we will just wait, problems take care of themselves. J. Arthur Rank, one of the early pioneers of the film industry in Great Britain, who was a devout Christian found that he couldn’t push his worries out of his mind completely; they were always slipping back in. So he finally made a pact with God to limit his worrying to Wednesdays. He made himself a little ‘Wednesday Worry Box’ and he placed it on his desk. Whenever a worry cropped up, Rank wrote it on a slip of paper and dropped it into the Wednesday Worry Box. He discovered to his amazement that when Wednesday came and he opened the box that only a third of the items he’d written down were still worth worrying about. The rest had managed to resolve themselves. If you have a troubled heart, ask God to give you a new perspective. Also ask him to give you patience so that you don’t jump ahead and worry about a problem that may never come. Most important of all, ask God for more faith. Faith in God is the best remedy for all our problems. Jesus put it plainly, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14 verse 1) I pray that God will be with you through this time of change and that you will be able to hand your worries over to God. Yours in Christ Jo



HELP URGENTLY REQUIRED Could you be the Refreshments Manager we are looking for? Lyndhurst Deanery are urgently searching for a capable volunteer to head up the Refreshment Team at the 2017 New Forest Show. We need someone who can spare us a week of their time at the end of July for an intense burst of activity, organising the work rota and setting up the Refreshment Area ready for an influx of up to 1000 thirsty people each day. People give by donation only so there is a minimum of cash handling. There is a keen and a happy team of volunteers to welcome you and to assist you in the provision of drinks from 8am until 5.30pm for the 25th, 26thand 27th of July. One day either side will be needed for setting up and closing down the team activities. A Work Handbook containing details of the complete operation is available to the right person. PLEASE contact Barry Kent (Church Tent Organiser) if you feel that you are being called to this very worthwhile and important project. Telephone 01425 611348 mob; 07999504388 or Email


Midwives on a Mission As a result of my long association with USPG, I had the privilege of being involved in advising the BBC over some of the details for the "Call the Midwife" Christmas special, set in a rural hospital clinic in South Africa's Eastern Cape. As Annette and I had lived and worked there for some years during the 1980's I was able to connect the team with various people who had worked in clinics during the 1960's. I was naturally apprehensive as the screening approached, as to how accurately they managed to capture the context and challenges of a mission hospital during those days. Overall, I was impressed with how authentic a feel it managed to develop as the programme moved along. Inevitably there were some few necessary dramatic assumptions and liberties that had to be taken, but the setting, the conditions, the commitment of the staff, and the quiet determination of the patients all had a very familiar and authentic ring. I thought they did a great, and very professional job! The loneliness and isolation of the lead doctor were deeply moving; the sinister backdrop of the ubiquitous apartheid security police had a sadly realistic timbre to it. The willingness of the local staff and work force to do anything to make the clinic and its water supply work, was impressive. I did find it a shame, however, that all the good things that must have been happening prior to the arrival of the team (our heroes and heroines!) were a bit lost in the narrative, and then the place was suddenly transformed in a matter of a few weeks. Missionary life never was, and certainly isn't now, anything like that! It would have been good, too, to see a little more

evidence of the local support staff in the clinic than we actually did. A good docu-drama about mission hospitals today would be very instructive of a changing approach to mission, and could also make excellent television! The heroes and heroines would be local people, or South-toSouth Partners, the transformation would be slow and deliberate, and probably a lot less dramatic. The involvement of outsiders would be focussed around developing local skills and leadership, and encouraging the local church in its support for, and care of, its own mission hospital and clinics. With the help of ordinary church communities up and down the UK, USPG today supports this very different model of community based medicine. I wonder what would happen if local congregations here in the U.K. began to explore how they could help transform their own local hospitals and clinics in these days of stress and pressure on the NHS? We would surely have things to learn from our partners in Africa. That said, the witness of the "Call the Midwife" sisters and midwives, both in London and in South Africa, is a great reminder of the call to sacrificial service to others, inherent in our gospel of God's love being revealed as we become the hands and feet of Christ himself, in the 21st century. Bravo BBC! Kindly submitted by Edgar Ruddock


Parish Philanthropy Christian Aid at Christmas

Many thanks to those who gave so generously to our Christmas appeal. The total raised including Gift Aid was £375.00. Waterside Food Bank I have received a letter from Foodbank stating that the demand for Emergency Foodboxes in 2016 was up by 30% on the previous year. December was the busiest month they had ever had and they provided the equivalent of 7,421 meals. Foodbank would still appreciate our support but with fewer, more specific items owing to limited storage space. The new list can be found on the back of this month’s edition.


Food for thought Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13: 1-2 On life’s busy thoroughfares We meet with angels unawares – So, Father, make us kind and wise So we may always recognize The blessings that ours to take, The friendships that are ours to make If we but open our heart’s door wide To let the sunshine of love inside – For God is not in far distant places But in loving hearts and friendly faces. Father, to have friends of my own, remind me that I must first reach out and be a friend. Taken from “Daily Stepping Stones” Kindly contributed by Margot Lewis

Joyce’s Jumble Sale Joyce is holding a Jumble Sale in the church hall from 9:30 – 12 on February 11th. Could any donations be brought to the hall 3-4pm on the 10th please. 10

! From the registers. ! We give thanks for the lives of:-! Janet Caulton! Barbara Scriven! David King! Ken Stapleton! !

and for the lives of those we loved who have died. ! !


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NEWS FROM OUR RWANDAN FAMILY Dear Family, I thank God for this opportunity to talk to you again. I hope you continued to feel better and totally healed and it is my wish. For us we are doing well with many effects of climate changes. We have much rains as we suffered a lot from of flu and cough. Children are well, getting used to the new life which is good. Linda finished her secondary school and she is applying to one training of 8 months in leadership and discipleship while waiting for the results. Herve is still doing internship. Sylvie continued with her Master degree. She got a school there and started. We pay for her food and home rent. God also helped me , we had graduation last Saturday. It went well and I am going to concentrate on the work and family life as I have little ones to care for. I know that you are in a very cold season but I wish you good life and joy while preparing for Christmas and new year. I once again thank you for your support and pray that may God continues to provide and bless your lovely work. Let me finish here wishing you Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2017. Faithfully Jeanne If you would like to donate to this cause by direct debit The Bank details are as follows: Barclays Bank Lymington Branch, A/C No. 83002152. Sort Code 20-53-53 (Account in the name of Mrs G V Wall & Mrs S Wood.) You can also place any loose change in the box at the back of the church. If everyone donated just ÂŁ5 per year it would make my job so much easier. I have managed to collected in excess of ÂŁ1000 from my transferring videos to DVD service. Thank you all for your continued support. Sue Wood 12

Parish of Hythe Monthly Prayer List - October 2016 Lord God, you have taught us that we are all members one of another; we thank you for the community of which we are part; for those who share with us in its activities and for all who serve its varied interests. Help us to make our own contribution to the community and to learn to be good neighbours, that by love, we may serve one another. Today, we pray especially for:-

Frances Short Amanda Blomley Kenny Sweetman

John Madgwick Michael Whittington Harry Went

Mary Moat Val Wright

Samantha Dowell Bailey

We continue to pray for our Rwandan family and their community


What We Said 100 Years Ago What We Said 100 Years Ago Taken from The New Forest Magazine for St. John’s Hythe February 1917 (Ash Wednesday then falling this month) LENT. This year the holy season of Lent coming so soon after the call of the National Mission makes a tremendous claim upon us. A Lent well kept is the greatest of all spiritual blessing. It makes us think. It trains us in habits of devotion and self-denial. It sets before us quite plainly and .clearly the three divisions of Christian devotion, prayer almsgiving and fasting. It leads us by the grace of God along the road of penitence to the Cross of Jesus Christ, to the forgiveness which we need so sorely but only obtain when we ask for it in real humility and penitence. All Church-people should re member that the Prayer Book tells us quite plainly that the forty days of Lent are days of fasting or abstinence, and it was John Wesley who said “The man who never fasts is as bad as the man who never prays". George Herbert said of Lent "The Bible says fast, the Church says now”. Let no one dare to treat this holy season with contemptuous indifference: but let everyone make a definite rule of prayer, almsgiving and selfdenial beforehand. This can only be done after earnest prayer, and much prayer will be needed if our rule is to be kept. This year Lent comes with a special call to us to apply to ourselves individually the message of the National Mission. It bids us examine, as in the sight of God, the basis and foundation of our life, calling us to test it by the light of God the Holy Ghost who convicts us of sin, in order that we any learn the lesson of penitence. 14

We all ought to try during Lent to study day by day some portion of God's Holy Word. Take for instance one of the Gospels, S. Mark or S. John and pray earnestly and read a portion every day: this will teach us the meaning of the Psalmist’s words "thy word is a lantern unto my feet, and a light unto my paths". In the gospel story we see our blessed Saviour at work among men, and learn that He deals with us personally as individuals, just as He did with others in the days of His flesh, with infinite compassion and wisdom and tenderness. Some of the small books at the end of the Church, especially those dealing with penitence will be found useful. On Ash Wednesday, February 21st, the services will be as follows: Holy Communion 6.45, 7.45, & 11: Matins & Litany 10.30: Evensong 3.30: Commination Service with address 7. The Vicar is sorry that he is not yet able to announce the special Lent week-day services: he hopes to preach on the Sunday mornings on the Atonement.

CHRISTMAS. There were not so many communicants as last year. This was due first to the Confirmation which last year was immediately before Christmas, and secondly, to the fact that more than forty of our regular communicants were away or ill. The Church was nicely decorated: many thanks to those who sent flowers and evergreens, and helped. The Choir did their part very well. There was a very useful and interesting discussion at a meeting of communicants on January 10th.

MOTHERS’ UNION. The members who have been transferred to the new Dibden branch wrote a very kind letter to Mrs. Hooke thanking her for her work during the last four years.

CONFIRMATION. The Vicar would be very glad to prepare any candidates for the Confirmation at Fawley on April 2nd. Kindly submitted by Roy German 15

LADIES WHO LUNCH. A group of 50-year- old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food there was very good, the wine selection was good also, and the waiters were cute. 10 years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they could eat there in peace and quiet, the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean, and the waiters were sweet boys. 10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the restaurant was wheel chair accessible, they even had an elevator, and the waiters were kind. 10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before. Very kindly submitted by Sue Blomley


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One World

As we struggle to maintain our own ferry service in Hythe, we bring this heart-warming story from ‘Inspire’ magazine. Is this the World’s Wettest School Run? Sailor’s Society is making a huge difference to the daily life of school children in the Philippines.

Packing the school bag, battling the traffic, making sure everyone has the right uniform – the school run can be pretty exhausting at the best of times. But spare a thought for Ramie and his school friends, who until now have had to wade, and sometimes even swim, two kilometers just to get to class. Ramie is 16 and has disabilities, including breathing difficulties. He and his siblings, like dozens of other children in five tiny islets in the Philippines, are separated from Sulangan Integrated School by a stretch of sea. The children risked being washed out to sea just to get to class, and their books would sometimes get wet or pulled away by the water. Ramie’s brother, Marvy, is only six, so their dad Ramone had to carry him on his back to keep him safe. At high tide, they often couldn’t get to school at all – or they would be trapped for hours after class until Ramone could borrow his neighbour’s boat to collect them. Now, they are celebrating, because Sailor’s Society, a charity which helps seafarers and their families around the world, has funded two boats to take them to school. The motorised boats, which carry up to 30 children each, will make a massive difference to their education. 17

Ramie’s parents didn’t get to finish school, but Ramie is determined he can graduate and build a better future for himself and his family. “The school boat project brings us, and other families like us, so much joy because at last we won’t be late and won’t miss going to school ever again,” he says. “This will serve as a stepping stone for me to become a seafarer someday.” Sandra Welch, from Sailor’s Society, says: “The worst thing most of us face on the school run is a bit of traffic, so it’s hard to believe that there are children who have to swim through the sea just to get an education. “Thanks to these boats, the children of Sulangan Integrated School no longer face an exhausting, dangerous journey every morning and arrive at school safe, dry and ready to gain the schooling they need.” Sailor’s Society aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress. To find out more about how you can support Sailor’s Society, please visit or call 02380515950. J. Shewry 02380846282

J. Smith 02380848201

Gardening tips for February (all taken from the RHS website) Prune wisteria and winter flowering shrubs that have stopped flowering. Prepare vegetable seed beds and plant some vegetables such as lettuce and radishes. Protect new growth and blossom on fruit trees from frost with netting, particularly Apricots, Peaches and Nectarines. Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, daffodils and lilies to increase their number. Allow stored Dahlia tubers to start sprouting, occasionally misting with water, before later planting out.

Poetry Corner Night Stop

Written and submitted by Olivia Pearce

Stop for the night A gesture from old friends When the road is dark and long Stop for the night To the expectant mother On her way to Bethlehem Stop for the night Those caring words Take some rest in our care Stop for the night When there is nowhere else But the Father’s cold hard earth Stop for the night The light of shelter A fleeting glimpse of rebirth Stop for the night A grateful cup of soup To warm the coldest bones Just for the night Before turning out once more Onto a cold, hard earthen floor.

Mothers’ Union


Our meeting this month is on Thursday 9th February at 2:30pm in St John’s Hall. Rev Linda Mead will be exploring with us on ‘Being Dementia Friendly.’ If you would find this topic of interest, please come and join us. All are welcome!





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Tuesday*31st*January*–*St.*Johns,*Marchwood* Wednesday*1st*February*–*Waterside*Methodist,* Fawley* Thursday*2nd*February*–*St.*Johns,*Hythe***



Please*come*to*any*one*of*these*meetings*to*find*out*about*this* exciting*new*Project*and*how*you*can*be*involved!*

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SPARKES PODIATRY and CHIROPODY SERVICES Clair Sparkes Health Professions Council Registered Members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Established in Hythe since 1998 Appointments available Mon. Tues & Thurs mornings 8.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. Clinic based within Waterside Physio Clinic 1st. Floor, South Street Centre South Street, Hythe, SO45 6EB Lift access available For appointments/enquiries call 07825 794923 or 07863 396856 or visit 24

PRAYER NET Did you know that 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 your name and any other information you may like to share on one of the paper fish.

Please take a new piece of wool and tie the fish firmly on to the net. The prayer fish are taken off of the net and prayed through each evening. They are then offered up to the altar at the 10.30 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday


Useful contacts Doctors Forestside Medical Practice 023 8087 1233 Hythe Hospital 023 8084 6046 Southampton General Hospital 023 8077 7222 Waterfront & Solent Surgery 023 8084 1841 Waterside Health Centre 023 8089 9119 Transport Bluestar (enquires & lost property) 01202 338421 Hythe Ferry 023 8084 0722 National Express 0871 181 8181 Railway timetable enquiries 0845 7484 950 Red Funnel (Isle of Wight) 023 8001 9192 Southampton Airport 023 8062 9600 Youth Groups Guides Scouts 02380 84 7847 Girls’ Brigade 023 8084 5005 Boys’ Brigade 023 8084 5005 Sea Scouts Local Authorities Hampshire County Council 0196 2841 841 New Forest Council (Switchboard) 023 8028 5000 New Forest Council (Hythe) 023 8084 1411 New Forest Council (Emergencies) 023 8028 5250 Other Services Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 9177 650 Blood Donation 0300 123 2323 Cancer Support Centre 023 8178 0409 Citizens’ Advice bureau 03444 111 306 Counselling (Christian organisation) 01425 618108 Hythe Library 0300 555 1387 Job Centre 0345 604 3719 Samaritans 023 8063 2888 Social Services (Adult Services) 0845 603 5630 Social Services (Child Services) 0845 603 5620 26

CONTACT NUMBERS Beta Group Ray & Ann Heslop Bible Reading Fellowship notes Pamela Gilson Brass cleaning June Smith Catering Coordinator Parish Office Children's Society Trish Murphy Choir master & organist

8084 2256 8084 2965 8084 8201 8084 4336 8089 3243

Christian Aid Church Treasury Team Clergy Secretary Electoral Roll Officer Fairs Committee Flowers (St Anne's) Flowers (St John's) Gideons Representative Gift Aid Secretary St John’s Hall bookings Hythe2000 Management

8084 7455 8084 2333 8084 4336 80846765 8084 2256 8084 9394 8084 2850 07833 105099 8084 4336 8084 8748

Intercessions Julian Group Mothers' Union New Road One World Group Parish Prayers Parish Visitors Coordinator P.C.C. Secretary Prayer Chain Registers Clerk Sacristan (St Anne's) Sacristan & servers (St John's) Safeguarding Officer St John's cleaning Sidespeople Rota Verger Team (Funeral & Weddings) Youth Work Co-ordinator

Ann Tong Sue Harvey Parish Office Elizabeth Ausden Ann Heslop Greta Wall Frances Short Barbara Griffiths Parish Office Geoff Read Ann Heslop Norman Curtis Committee Parish Office June Smith Ann Heslop Margot Lewis Peter Lawson Val Wright Mel Roe Brian Uglow Trish Murphy Trish Murphy Rosemary Watson Roy German Trish Murphy via Parish Office

8084 2256 8084 6861. 8084 2333 8084 4336 8084 8201 8084 2256 8084 4336 8087 3170 8084 5898. 07754 143149 8084 8157 8089 3243 8089 3243 8084 1189 8084 3198 8089 3243 8084 4336

Waterside Food Bank Shopping List Milk (UHT 500ml or 1l) Nappies (all sizes) Toilet Rolls Sponge Pudding Instant Mashed Potato Tomatoes (tinned) Rice Pudding Tea Bags Instant Coffee Tinned carrots Tinned peas Tinned sweetcorn No baked beans or soup please!

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