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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, The Christmas Tree Festival has been a wonderful event enjoyed by our community as well as visitors to Hythe. “I cannot believe it’s that time of year again …….” is a comment that I’ve heard more than once in the last few weeks. What time of year? I ask myself. The answer is “Well Christmas of course and the stress” How sad and ironic that the time when we celebrate the birth of the Saviour of the world who said “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11 verse 28) should be a time that causes us so much angst. The truth is He doesn’t … the cause of our angst is that we allow ourselves to be sucked in by false promises of consumerism. The gospels tell us that a messenger from God, ‘an angel’ announced the arrival of Christ with these words “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:…… And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!” Luke 2 verses 914. This is a vast contrast to Christmas today, which has become a time of gluttony and waste. According to a report in the Independent in December 2015: ‘Food, drink and gifts going to waste;’ Last year, 4.2 million Christmas dinners were wasted across the United Kingdom, according to Unilever. The figure is the equivalent to 263,000 turkeys; 7.5 million mince pies; 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding; 17.2 million Brussels sprouts; 11.9 million carrots and 11.3 million roast potatoes. Adults in the UK receive £2.6billion worth of unwanted gifts at Christmas, according to research published in 2014 by Triodos Bank. The study found that 32 per cent of people receive at least one unwanted present every year with an average value of £155. Of those who received unwanted goods, 14 per cent said they were worth at least £500 while 3% of the men questioned admitted being given an unwanted present with a value of £1,000 or more. Traditionally Advent was celebrated with prayer and a time of fasting – which was also known as the Nativity Fast. It was a time spent watching and waiting for the coming of the Saviour…. Jesus, God’s Christmas present to us, rather than a time spent stressing and straining – straining our energy and our bank balances. I would like to wish you all a calm and stress free advent as we prepare to receive the gift of the Christ Child. Yours in Christ, Jo

Parish Philanthropy Christmas Shoeboxes: many thanks to all those who donated time, money and effort to the shoebox appeal, together we collected 53 shoeboxes which have been sent off to children who would have otherwise gone without anything this christmas. FoodBank: I am pleased to report that both October and November food bank totals have risen dramatically; with 213 items being donated last month. With Christmas coming I urge you to take the festive shopping list with you and keep an eye out for those Buy One Get One Free deals that are part of your normal shop and consider their donation to the FoodBank. As the most financially taxing part of the year as heating bills rise and children are home from school it’s really important that we come together as a community to support those in our parish who are less fortunate than ourselves.


Food for thought

As we Prepare to Celebrate The Nativity….

When God decided to be bones and skin and blood like us He didn’t choose a palace, nothing grand - no frills and fuss. He slipped in through the back door, with the straw and hay and dust. He just became a baby with no choice but to trust. And love us without question, as every baby must. But Creation knew the wonder of this tiny newborn King. The crystal depths of space were touched, the air itself would sing. The Word is &esh. The silence of the glittering stars is shattered. Heaven rings. The sky blazed wild with angels, whose song was (re and snow. When God lay in his mother’s arms two thousand years ago . From Poems by Gaby Morgan Kindly contributed by Margot Lewis.

Jewels and Scarves A huge thank you to every one who has given me jewellery and scarves to sell at the fairs this year. Please keep them coming! It's probably best if you leave them for me in the church hall. Special thanks to Mary Porter,Mary Cooper and Veronica Clasby for their help. Thank you, Jill James


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

Doreen Andrewartha Kathleen Cooper Herman Mumpher June Parker and for the lives of those we loved who have died. Shyira Trust Exists to serve the people of Rwanda by helping in the advancement of education and medical services. Its work has been based around Shyira in the North West, but is now moving to a slightly wider area. By working with one quite small but important community it has been possible to make a real difference to people's lives.

Christian Aid at Christmas As usual, there will be Christian Aid envelopes in Church at Christmas. Also a pin board for anyone who would like to attach a greeting card to other members of the congregation. Please give generously. Thank you. The Christian Aid Team. 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 URC Atheling Road Hythe, SO45 6BR

For more information contact Sally on 02380843560 or email

Hythe and Waterside Dementia friendly Group

Parish of Hythe Monthly Prayer List December 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

11AM – 12PM

What We Said 100 Years Ago Taken from The New Forest Magazine for St. John’s, Hythe December 1916

Advent is not like Lent, a time of self-examination and self-discipline, but rather for careful, earnest thought and instruction with the prominent idea of the ‘presence’ or ‘unveiling’ as it is called in the New Testament, of our Lord Jesus Christ. We shall not need to go beyond what we have heard and read in connection with the National Mission. That will give us all the help and guidance we need. Perhaps the best thing that Church people could do this Advent would be to get and read ‘The Christian Religion ; a Manual of Membership’ by the Bishop of Oxford. It is published by Mowbrays at 1s (paper) and 1/6 (cloth). It has been specially written for the needs of the present time and most people would find it of the greatest help in teaching them what they ought to believe and do.Please note there will be no celebration of the Holy Communion on Sunday December 17, but there will be a celebration at 11 on S. Thomas’ Day, Thursday Dec. 21. CHRISTMAS. It is always a great help when Christmas Day falls, as it does this year, on a Monday. It does away with the rush on Christmas Eve and gives us the Sunday as a day of quiet preparation for Christmas Communion and for keeping the great festival of our Saviour’s birth. There ought to be a very large congregation on Christmas Eve this year; and Christmas Day itself is surely the one festival which above all others is of obligation on all those who call themselves by the name of Christ.

HOLY COMMUNION on Christmas Day at 6, 7, 8, and 12 o’clock and, if possible, choral at 9. Matins and Sermon at 11, Evensong and carols 3.30, Holy Communion on St. Stephens’ Day, Tuesday Dec. 26 at 11; and on the two following days, the feasts of St. John the Evangelist and the Holy Innocents at 7.30.

The Vicar asks for white flowers for the altar, and holly and evergreens for the decoration of the Church on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 o’clock. Also for the help of many members on that morning. The NATIONAL MISSION. As the matter for the Magazine has to go to the Editor today, Nov. 14, while Canon Cooke-Yarborough is with us, it is impossible to say much. But the congregations have been good and there is evidence of real interest and enthusiasm. All this is the result of the quiet and systematic prayer which has been offered to God during the months of preparation. The Vicar would like to take this opportunity of recording his very real thanks to all those who undertook the task of calling on people and distributing papers. (This was followed by a half page of notes for the Bible Class with readings and comments which may have cost the parish at the following rates: first half page free, and further half pages free for every 50 copies circulated. Beyond this, 5s per page or 9d per inch) Kindly submitted by Roy German


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

February Jumble Sale Exchange unwanted Christmas gifts for some excellent bargains at the church Jumble Sale Feb 11th 9-12:30. For more information contact Joyce Dowell.

Gardening for December Check that greenhouse heaters are working and that any outdoor protectors are in a good condition. Insulate outdoor taps to prevent them from freezing. Prune back apple and pear trees, acers and birches. In winter, gradually reduce watering of houseplants until the compost is almost dry between watering and stop feeding, except where plants are growing vigorously or flowering (courtesy of RHS website) Poetry Corner: A nonsense poem Distracted the mother said to her boy, "Do you try to upset and perplex and annoy? Now, give me four reasons - and don't play the fool Why you shouldn't get up and get ready for school." Her son replied slowly, Well, mother, you see, I can't stand the teachers and they detest me; And there isn't a girl or boy in the place That I like or, in turn, that delights in my face." "And I'll give you two reasons ," she said, "why you ought Get yourself off to school before you get caught; Because, first you are forty, and next, you young fool, It's your job to be there. You're the head of the school." Written by Gregory Harrison Kindly submitted by Sue Wood


One World As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we think of other mothers giving birth in different places ‘I Was Paralysed With Shock’ Taken from INSPIRE magazine’. Jeanette Smith has been moved by stories of Rwandan women giving birth in desperate conditions led by Jane Morgan, an experienced midwife, to see for herself how best to help them. Jane had seen the pictures and heard the stories from a church lay reader, Alban Hobson, MBE. He had travelled to Rwanda in 2000 and reported how locals would peer through the broken windows of the maternity hospital and watch women giving birth in desperate conditions. Their plight so moved Jane, then Head of Midwifery Education at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, that in 2001 she decided to go with him and a group from the church, to see for herself. Arriving in the poor hilltop district of Shyira, she was distressed by what she found. “There was no running water and it was 2lthy,” Jane remembers. “I was absolutely paralysed with shock.” On her return home to Merseyside she spoke to her PCC at St Luke’s Formby and suggested they fundraise to improve the hospital conditions. The sum of £26,000 was raised, and in 2004 the Minister for Health in Rwanda opened the hospital and upgraded it to a District hospital. Two years later the charity Shyira Trust was set u with the purpose of eradicating poverty through education in the district. Jane went on to create scholarships for two local nurses to train as midwives as the maternity hospital didn’t have any. “If you had told me then that I was going to fundraise for a maternity hospital and set up scholarships for two midwives to be trained in Rwanda, I would have been amazed, but it was God-led,” she says. Since then there has been a huge reduction in maternal deaths at the hospital. It has become so popular that President Paul Kogame has sanctioned a rebuild to the tune of £300,000.

This small trust is now embarking on its greatest challenge ever. Jane, who is in her 50s and a trustee of the charity, has visited Shyira many times, along with her husband Pete, a software tester. “I could see how God was working through people to raise them out of poverty and despair. I had a niggling feeling I was being called to something but did not know what it was,” she says. “I spoke to my vicar, Harvie Nichol at St Luke’s and he suggested I explore ordained ministry. I did that expecting a door to close, but no doors did. “The support and involvement from the clergy, bishops and others in Rwanda was a big part in my hearing God’s call to ordained ministry.” Last summer Jane was ordained by Rt Rev Richard Blackburn in Liverpool Cathedral, much to the joy of congregations at St Luke’s and Holy Trinity, Southport, where she now serves as a part-time non-stipendiary curate. She is also a pastoral support worker at Woodlands Hospice, Aintree. “This is my ministry; it’s a privilege to be alongside people who are dying and offer support to them and their families,” says Jane. “You could say that I have gone from birth to death!” In 2013 Jane was awarded an MBE for her work in midwifery in the UK and Rwanda. “When I heard I felt like a fraud! I had been a midwife since 1983 and was just doing the work that God called me to do. But I was persuaded to accept it as people said it would show God’s glory in my work.” To 2nd out more go to

Mothers’ Union There are two events this month. The first is our members’ social gathering for Christmas at Tim and Pam Gibson’s home on December 8th at 6pm. Please bring a poem or reading to share. Our second event is the Deanery Christmas Carol service on Thursday December 15th 10:30am at St John’s Church to which all are invited. Coffee, tea and Mince Pies will be served after the service.

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


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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

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CONTACT NUMBERS Beta Group Bible Reading Fellowship notes Brass cleaning Catering Coordinator Children's Society Choir master & organist 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 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 Weekly News Sheet

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