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



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 TUESDAY:

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 At St Anne’s Fun, Activities, Crafts, Worship and a meal. VICAR:

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

(Tel: 023 8084 5615) E-mail:


Sue Blomley

(Tel. 8084 9482) E-Mail:


David Blomley

(Tel. 8084 9482) E-mail:

Barbara Griffiths

(Tel 07833105099) E-mail:

ST. ANNE’s PRO Wdn. Sue Harvey

(Tel 8084 2333)


(Tel: 8084 4336) E-mail:


Olivia Pearce

via Hall Office

(Tel 8084 4336) E-mail:

Maureen Curtis

(Tel: 8084 6861)

For Weddings, please ring the Hall Office 023 8084 4336

For Baptisms, please see our website


Dear Friends, This Olympic games has been a wonderful celebration of talent. As we enjoy and reflect on the success of Team GB and other legendary athletes from around the world, one of the things that has been wonderful to witness has been the sportsmanship. In our ruthlessly competitive world, it has been wonderful to observe the significant role that compassion and concern for others has in one of the pinnacles of competition, “The Olympic Games.” From this we can be encouraged in our journey of faith by the ideals that they symbolise. Not only did we see athletes of different nationalities congratulating one another on their achievements, in the heats for the women’s 5000 metre race we witnessed the true Olympic Spirit. Following a collision on the track between Hamblin of New Zealand and D’Agostino of USA the runners completed the race together, finishing last. As Hamblin lay on the track D’Agostino got up and helped the New Zealander to her feet. Moments after the two athletes had started running again, D’Agostino began faltering, her right leg injured as a result of the fall. D’Agostino was unable to run on her own and so Hamblin helped her to complete the race. In this we witnessed concern for a fellow competitor being put ahead of the individual’s desire to win. Whilst neither qualified for the finals on Friday their display of sportsmanship has been rewarded - they have both been given a place in the final. St. Paul writes in his 1st letter to the Corinthians “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.” At the time of writing this, it remains to be seen whether Hamblin or D’Agostino will receive the winner’s wreath for the 5000 metres in this Olympics, however, their actions on the track will go down in history and will be remembered and applauded forever. The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games in which the winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. Whilst D’Agosino and Hamblin may not win a medal their demonstration of concern for the other means they certainly finished the 5000 metre qualifying race with their torches still lit. I pray that we may all complete the race, with our torch of faith in Christ lit, in order that we may inherit the imperishable prize that is kept in heaven for us. (1 Peter 1:4) God Bless you. With love in Christ Jo



Vicar’s Challenge Throughout August and September Jo is running a challenge to see who can raise the most money from a starter loan of £10 (to be returned 25/09/16) for mission work. Successful last year were things such as marmalade and jams sold on Sundays in church but you can do whatever you think will raise most. If you would like to find out more or sign up please contact David Blomley on 8084 9482 or If you are organising an event please contact Barbara Griffiths at the office to ensure dates don’t clash. Thank you


Food for thought ‘The Atheist’ An atheist was walking through the woods. ' What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals! He said to himself. Suddenly, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look and saw a 7 foot grizzly bear charging towards him. He ran as fast as he could along the path but looking over his shoulder saw that the bear was closing on him. He carried on as fast as he could but looking over his shoulder again the bear was even closer and afraid he tripped and fell. Rolling over to pick himself up, he found the bear was right on top of him reaching towards him with its left paw and raising the right paw to strike. At that instant the Atheist cried out, 'Oh my God!' Time Stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. A bright light shone upon the man, and a voice came out of the sky "You deny my existence for all these years, you teach others I don't exist, and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? "Am I to count you as a believer?" The atheist looked directly into the light "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now ... but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?" There was a pause before the voice came again "Very well," The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed, the bear dropped his right arm, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke; "Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive. Amen." Author unknown. Kindly submitted by Sue and Frank Wood

Prayers for contemplation (kindly submitted by Margot Lewis) Before Holy Communion God of Compassion have mercy on me as I come to your altar in obedience to the command of Jesus. God of succour feed me with the Bread from heaven and the Wine from heaven. God of hope enter my life and help me grow into the person you want me to be. After Holy Communion God of wonder and love, I thank you for giving me the risen power and strength of Jesus your Son when I receive his Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Keep me faithful and help me to proclaim your glory as I go about my daily tasks fortified with this heavenly nourishment. Author unknown. Found in Sherbourne Abbey


From the registers. We give thanks for the lives of:-

Lester Farrelly Fred Knowles Roger Bartlett and for the lives of those we loved who have died. Children’s Society Founded on Christian principles the Children’s society is a national charity working to end the 3.7 million cases of child poverty in the UK. Last year they directly helped 18,000 vulnerable children and young people with their campaigns indirectly affecting 5.6 million children positively.


St John’s and St Anne’s Harvest Supper OCTOBER 8TH 2016 October is getting close and so is our Harvest Supper. This is our chance to come together in fellowship and celebrate our congregation’s talents. If you have a talent you’d love to share we’d love to hear from you! (please sign up at the back of church or contact me on if you don’t think you have a talent, you don’t have to miss out, contact me and see how you can help!

Dementia Drop-in Support Group Meet first Wednesday of each month 2:30 to 4:30pm Come when you can, leave when you must For carers & Those living With dementia Held at Cornerstone (Hythe URC) Hythe, SO45 6BR

For more information contact Sally on 02380843560 or email

Hythe and Waterside Dementia friendly Group


Parish of Hythe Monthly Prayer List August 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

John Madgwick

Mary Moat

Amanda Blomley

Michael Whittington

Val Wright

Barbara Scriven

Kenny Sweetman

Ray Ricardi

Veronica Clasby

Penny Pomeroy

David Taylor

Arnold Wride

Eileen Catling

Pat Gibbs

Roy German

Edgar Ruddock

Sheila & Keith Bolwell

Samantha Dowell Bailey

We continue to pray for our Rwandan family and their community

What We Said 100 Years Ago Taken from The New Forest Magazine for St. John’s, Hythe September 1916 DEDICATION FESTIVAL and Harvest Thanksgiving. We hope to keep this, as is our custom in Hythe, on the first Sunday in October. The Holy Communion will be celebrated (D. V.) at 6, 7, 8, 12, and if possible, there will be a Choral Celebration at 9. The Rev. Canon J. J. CookeYarborough, lately Vicar of Christchurch, and previously of Romsey, is very kindly coming to preach both morning and evening. His visit is of special importance and interest to us as he will be the “Messenger” sent to us by the Bishop on Sunday, November 12th, and the days immediately before and after. That Sunday is the day fixed in the Deanery of Southampton for the national Mission of Repentance and Hope: and it is very fortunate for us that our “Messenger” is able to come and pay us a visit beforehand and make with the Vicar the arrangements for November 12th and the days before and after. It is hoped there will be other meetings and services grouped around the Dedication Festival, in preparation for the Mission, a meeting for men on the afternoon of the Sunday and two special services for Communicants at 3 and 8 on Monday, October 2nd. Notices of all services will be issued later. Meanwhile, all members of the congregation are asked to make a special point of being at Church and attending one or other of the services and meetings.

The Dedication Festival is our thanksgiving for spiritual blessings, as the Harvest Thanksgiving is for material ones: and our best thanksgiving is to receive, after careful preparation and with humility and devotion, the Holy Communion. That is our Lord’s own service and our Eucharist or Thanksgiving: It is the memorial of His Cross and passion, and in it, our worship and intercession on earth are linked with the worship of heaven and with our Lord’s perpetual intercession for us. The Vicar apologises for a mistake not corrected in proof in the report of the Churchyard Fund. The total was correct, but there was a mistake in the amount of one subscription. It may perhaps be well to mention that during the year from Easter 1915 to 1916, there were 40 private celebrations of Holy Communion for sick persons. It is well that this should be known, for many people do no think about the ministrations of the Church to those who are unable to attend public worship. We offer our congratulations and good wishes to Miss Maton on her marriage and take this opportunity of thanking her for all her work in the Sunday School.

‘Smashing China’ If you are getting rid of any china - chipped or not, we need it for a ‘game’ at the September Fair - Saturday 3rd. Please contact 02380 841189. Come and have a go - it is good for releasing frustrations!

“Your trust goes a long way” From Christian Aid magazine Charitable trusts and foundations provide our partners with vital support. One trustee explains how the process makes their donations go a long way… The trusts we work with – from well-known organisations such as The Band Aid Trust to family foundations - - support lots of different areas of our work, including the Syria and Refugee Crisis Appeals, and Christian Aid Week. Richard Todd is Trustee of the James Trust, which is based in Southampton and has supported Christian Aid since 1987. We asked Richard to look back over our long relationship. How did your association with Christian Aid begin? ‘As a teenager I went door to door for Christian Aid Week, and on starting work I continued to support Christian Aid. Our giving through our charitable trust has continued for over 40 years.’ What have been the highlights? ‘Christian Aid has made us feel very connected with what the organisation does. Ten years ago I visited projects in India to see rural development activities first-hand. Then, for seven years, I made regular visits to Bangladesh and met dedicated partners, some of whom became friends.’ What role has your faith continued to play in your continued support of Christian Aid? ‘My faith is the motivation for practical concern and giving. We have been blessed in many ways and a re inspired to share our resources for God’s service among the poor. Giving is more than signing cheques; it involves a deeper spiritual concern for God’s purposes and our part in them. We want our giving to honour God and, to this end, believe that Christian Aid can be trusted in what it does.’ How might the support continue? ‘We will continue regular giving to general funds, and when emergencies arise we support Christian Aid through our church. This year, we started three years’ extra giving with the In Their Lifetime initiative for a tea-growing garden project in Bangladesh.’

Dear readers, the church has been gifted a bike which is in very good condition to be sold in order to contribute to church funds. Make: Saracen Model: 7005 Flare Frame: Aluminium Condition: Very Good Further information: Cost: new was ÂŁ250 Would like ÂŁ250 or near offer Contact or 02380 849482

Poetry Corner St.George Reforne, Isle of Portland Released from the still chill of their coaches, trippers feel in their hair The summer winds on top of the Isle. ‘Before our next stop for tea, there’s time for you to see St.George’s. ten minutes should do.’ The church seems as mysterious as henge; Portland blocks, hacked from great cliffs of whiteness, carved by fastidious masons to shape pedimented transepts, a city tower, and a reasonable dome, beneath which they and their families thronged on Sundays, square pegs in their square pews, listening straight-backed to the discourse, measured from these perched pulpits. ‘That green’s a funny colour’ say the visitors and retreat to the path. The churchyard is thick with pillars of vines and angels, swags of poetry and cherubs covering the sleep of masons and mariners. Waves of ivy surge over the wall, and the pagan rocks of the quarry jostle to reclaim their own. Pamela Gilson (with acknowledgements to Simon Jenkins)

Folk Tale Prayers like gravel Flung at the sky’s window, hoping to attract the loved one’s attention.But without visible plaits to let down for the believer to climb up, to what purpose open that far casement? I would have refrained long since but that peering once through my locked fingers I thought that I detected the movement of a curtain. R.S.Thomas Kindly submitted by Margot Lewis Gardening for September Plant spring flowering bulbs.Collect and sow seeds from perennials and hardy annuals. Cover any leafy vegetables to protect against birds and later frosts.Prepare cold frames and greenhouses ready to bring plants in when necessary. (courtesy of RHS website)

Are you part of our prayer chain? If so, please would you come to the vicarage at 3pm on Wednesday 7th September to discuss with Reverend Jo how we can make this vital prayer link more effective. Thank you, Margot Lewis. St John’s Coffee and Christmas Cards 9:30 – 12pm Saturday 5th November Come and buy your Christmas cards and stop for a coffee and a chat. (this will replace the coffee in church on this particular day) PR vacancy: We all know how important it is to publicise events and outreach and would like to take this opportunity to thank Norman Curtis for his years of service in this role. He is stepping down but would be willing to liaise with anyone who would like to take on this role to show them the ropes. Contact the office for more information or see notice at the back of church.

We are looking for someone to play the Piano or Organ at the 10:30 service on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month. Please contact the office to volunteer your services.


Mothers’ Union There is no Branch meeting this month due to the celebratory service at Winchester Cathedral, this is in recognition of 140 years of Mothers’ Union meetings since it was founded by Mary Sumner at Old Alresford Place. Twelve of our members will be attending the morning service at 10:30am. We meet for our corporate communion at 10pm on Friday October 7th at St John’s Church. Please come if you are able.

STAGE CREW FOR PRAIZIN' HANDS PUPPET GROUP Praizin' Hands Puppet Group are looking for people who would like to join their stage crew team helping with loading, unloading equipment, setting up puppet stage, operating lights and sound for their performances. Praizin' Hands have 3 teams who do different things on different days and times of the week all year through and are looking for people who can help in one of the 3 teams depending on your availability. Maybe you are retired or approaching retirement and would like to do something new with your time that will hopefully make a difference to the lives of so many. Training will be given. If you are interested and would like to find out more about what is involved please contact or phone on 07842142269. Many thanks Bev Eyres

livesimply Compassionate and loving God, you created the world for us all to share, a of world of beauty and plenty. Create in us a desire to live simply, so that our lives may reflect your generosity. Creator God, you gave us responsibility for the earth, a world of riches and delight. Create in us a desire to live sustainably, so that those who follow after us may enjoy the fruits of your creation. God of peace and justice, you give us the capacity to change, to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom. Create in us a desire to act in solidarity, so that the pillars of injustice crumble and those now crushed are set free. (kindly contributed by Margot Lewis)

Feeling creative? This year Contact is running‌. A Christmas Carol Competition. You will be given a tune to set lyrics to and the winning entry will not only be published in the magazine but also be performed in church during Advent. Look out for all the details in October’s edition!

New Forest Disability Service “Providing free, impartial, confidential information and advice to those of any age affected by disability. Related issues include: caring, access, blue badge, welfare benefit applications, volunteering opportunities, equipment, holidays, training, education and transport etc … We can advise if your daily living is affected by conditions such as: arthritis, bad back, spinal damage, dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, falls risk, hearing loss, learning difficulties, manual dexterity problems, mobility issues, sight loss, stroke, vertigo and many more conditions” Helpline: 01425 628750 Weekdays 10am - 5pm except Wednesdays 10am - 1pm Hythe Outreach Office The Grove, St John's Street, Hythe Hampshire, SO45 6BZ Wednesdays 12 noon – 4pm Hythe Library Drop In Tuesday 6 September 10am - 12 noon Tuesday 4 October 10am - 12 noon Tuesday 1 November 10am - 12 noon Tuesday 6 December 10am - 12 noon NFDIS also offer a large range of new and lightly used good quality second hand disability equipment for sale or hire. For more information visit

Waterside Food Bank Shopping List Milk (UHT or powdered) Sugar (500g) Fruit Juice (carton) Pasta Sauces Sponge Pudding (tinned) Custard (tinned or packet) Tomatoes (tinned) Cereals Rice Pudding (tinned) Tea Bags Instant Coffee Rice / Pasta Tinned meat / fish Tinned fruit Tinned vegetables Biscuits or snack bars


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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


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 847 847 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 Blood Donation Cancer Support Centre Citizens’ Advice bureau Counselling (Christian organisation) Hythe Library Job Centre Samaritans Social Services (Adult Services) Social Services (Child Services)

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