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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, In Matthew’s Gospel the first visitors we hear about are the wise men from the East who ask Herod, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him" (Matthew 2:2). We sing in the words of the well known carol: We three kings of Orient are 
 Bearing gifts we traverse afar
 Field and fountain, moor and mountain
 Following yonder star O Star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light. The annual observance of the birth of our Saviour is almost over Epiphany, recalling the visit of the wise men, is celebrated on January 6 and ends the liturgical celebration following the "Twelve Days of Christmas." No gifts of turtle doves, French hens, or partridges in pear trees; rather the more traditional gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Lots of legends have grown up around this story of the three kings, one of which is that they were "three kings." scripture calls them "magi," which translators have rendered "wise men" or "astrologers." And what about that star? Astronomers, theologians, and historians for hundreds of years have been trying to determine exactly which star might have inspired the biblical writing. There are two general theories. Some believe the star was made especially for that first Christmas.

Others have been convinced that there was a very special juxtaposition of heavenly bodies to produce a spectacular unique brilliance, never seen before or since. There are plenty of strong opinions about this subject. This brief story has been described as the entire gospel crammed into a few short paragraphs. It could be described simply as the gospel by starlight? It begins with God getting the attention of people who wouldn’t be likely candidates to become models of faith. God uses something within their own unique frame of reference - planetary alignment - to make them take notice. They are led across a vast geographical expanse by an ancient forerunner of GPS navigation technology. They learn quickly that generally accepted social pecking orders (kings on top, everyone else in a descending scale underneath) are no longer operative. They meet the divine in the form of a young child. They bring something of themselves in worship - gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Epiphany the name of this date on the liturgical calendar; means literally an appearance of God.) Finally it brings changes; they went home "by another route" (Matthew 2:12). As we begin this New Year the questions for us are: Do we still meet God in Jesus? Are we still called to worship? Are we still changed? I pray that the answer to all these questions is yes. Happy New Year. Yours in Christ,



Food for thought ‘An Obituary’ The church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else. Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it." Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group." It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference. Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? When you are asked to help this year, remember -- we can't depend on Someone Else anymore. Author unknown, submitted anonymously.


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

Anne Beckerleg Jo Dalton Reg Hall and for the lives of those we loved who have died. Waterside Foodbank: with the coldest months of the year upon us, those needing the support of foodbanks will be even greater than normal. On the back of this edition you will find a shopping list outlining the most important food products for those clients. Foodbanks provide three days of emergency food as well as offering things such as debt advice and a warm safe environment.


Hythe 2000 Christmas Tree Festival A huge thank you to all who contributed to making the eighth Christmas Tree Festival such a great success this year. The festival has certainly become a much loved community event and brings hundreds of people into the church during the two weeks. The church looked amazing and had such a warm and friendly atmosphere and the volunteers who gave up their time to meet visitors, have a chat and make a coffee were very much appreciated by all. We had two excellent concerts, with musicians and singers who gave freely of their time and talents. As the Rev Jo said to the audience, we had a 'rave in the Nave' which was enjoyed by all. We have already had enquiries from people wishing to donate trees next year so hopefully this will enable the festival to continue growing. Thank you everyone. Christine Richards

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 Hythe URC Atheling Road SO45 6BR

For more information contact Sally on 02380843560 or email

Hythe and Waterside Dementia friendly Group


Parish of Hythe Monthly Prayer List – January 2017 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 Barbara Scriven Val & Cliff Wright

David Taylor

Maddy Lawrence

Samantha Dowell Bailey Kenny Sweetman Harry Went 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 January 1917 (Actually, Revd. Hooke said rather more than usual and that which follows is somewhat condensed!) My dear friends, I think that this month it will be better for us to say what I wish to say to you in the form of a letter. First of all, those of us who heard the “Message” of the National Mission from Canon CookeYarborough in November will desire to offer to him our very hearty and sincere thanks for coming to us and to assure him that he helped us a great deal and made us realise not only the wide need for this movement but also the ways in which we can all individually recognise more clearly the message of the Church, and then help to make that message a reality to others. All that he said to us, and said so plainly and yet with such tact and insight and gentleness, about our faults as members of the Church must have come home to us with great force and conviction. I think it would be useful if I reminded you of the scheme of his addresses in order that we may think over them quietly by ourselves. He began by sounding the note “Christ comes”, a note which ought to be ringing in our ears during the holy season of Advent. On Sunday morning, he spoke about the form of the “Message” as sent to us by the Bishop, after having at the Holy Eucharist spoken of the place in our worship that the Lord’s own service ought to occupy. In the afternoon, he spoke to the children of the warfare of the Christion life and in the evening, of the task of rebuilding which is laid on us members of the church at the present time, illustrating it from the work of Nehemiah. On the weekday afternoons, he spoke about the presence of Jesus Christ in our home life, our church life and our social life: and in the evenings about penitence, witness and the real effort that is needed if any progress is to be made.

The “Message” as we heard it, certainly left us with and enlarged vision and a quickened understanding: and there could be no doubt that God was speaking to us. (Revd Hooke than arranged numerous Mission follow up meetings with a plea for improved attendances). He continued: Some time ago, there was placed on the table, at the end of Church, a little book of prayers for use in war time, intended for use in Church. It has disappeared, so would the person who borrowed it kindly return it to its place: it was clearly marked “For use in Church” and ought not to have been removed. Before the magazine is in your hands, the Christmas Festival will be over. I trust that for all of us, in spite of the sorrow and suffering which are constantly present to our minds, it will have brought to each one of us real joy and gladness. Christmas means the assurance of the presence our dear Lord and Saviour: and we need more than ever this year to grasp and hold fast its message of the unspeakable love of God our Father. Nor need we shrink from wishing one another a happy New Year; for that wish if it is genuine will be closely associated with a prayer for a righteous and abiding peace in which the sacrifices of the war will have their fruition.The love of God is the one thing that can give us true happiness. If only we can abide in His presence, it will surely bring us such happiness as perhaps we have never known before. That, my dear friends, is my earnest prayer and wish for each one of you who reads these lines. Yours Very Sincerely Francis E. Y. Hooke Kindly submitted by Roy German

On Wednesday 7th December the Wednesday Lunch Club in St John’s Hall were treated to their annual Christmas Dinner. Over 45 people took their seats to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings followed by Christmas Pudding, mince pies with cream and tea and coffee, ably served by volunteers and 4 Partners from Waitrose Hythe. The music was beautifully supplied by Gillian James who skillfully played the piano accordion to the delight of the diners. Our grateful thanks go to Waitrose Community Matters who allowed the Partners out of work to help, also for donating funds towards the meal as well as supplying the vegetables readily prepared - much to the relief of the cooking team who were expecting to spend hours in preparation! A huge thank you to Trish, Sue and Lesley for cooking the meal for us. An extra special thank you goes to our resident volunteers, Elaine, Sheila, Mary, Joyce, Julia and Geoff who give their time and talents tirelessly every week to provide a lovely meal and conversation to our Lunch Club attendees. A Happy and Peaceful New Year to everyone.

Poetry Corner - Old Years and New – by Albert Guest Old years and new years, all blended into one, The best of what there is to be, the best of what is goneLet's bury all the failures in the dim and dusty past And keep the smiles of friendship and laughter to the last. Old years and new years, life's in the making still; We haven't come to glory yet, but there's the hope we will; The dead old year was twelve months long, but now from it we're free, And what's one year of good or bad to all the years to be? Old years and new years, we need them one and all To reach the dome of character and build its sheltering wall; Past failures tried the souls of us, but if their tests we stood. The sum of what we are to be may yet be counted good. Old years and new years, with all their pain and strife, Are but the bricks and steel and stone with which we fashion life; So put the sin and shame away, and keep the fine and true, And on the glory of the past let's build the better new. Foodbanks – the reality of life as a foodbank client Having worked in the police force for six years, followed by 12-years in the Royal Military Police, Richard, 49, from New Milton, had always considered himself fit and healthy. However, this all changed when a chest infection quickly developed into a heart condition and he suffered from two major strokes followed by 19 mini strokes, leaving him unable to work. Richard’s situation deteriorated further when he separated from his wife and moved out of their family home, where, unfortunately due to this change of address his Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was delayed. As a result of his serious heart condition Richard needs 35 tablets a day, but the cost of travelling to collect his prescriptions left him without enough money for food, and his local Citizens Advice Bureau referred him to the foodbank. Although Richard admits he never expected to be in this situation, on arrival he was put at ease straight away. “The volunteers were fantastic, offering a chat and a shoulder to cry on. I suffer from depression as well and without the foodbank I don’t think I would be here today,” he said.


One World A prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving taken from the Children’s Society Christingle Service Sheet. A prayer of praise and thanksgiving Generous God, How glorious is your name in all the world! We give thanks for the earth, our home: for the seasons, with their many gifts and fruits, so varied in different parts of the globe. We give thanks for night and day, a time for rest and sleep, and a time for play and work. We give thanks for people, all so wonderfully different, yet each created in your image. We give thanks for Jesus, our Saviour, at whose birth in Bethlehem a star lit up the sky, who died on a cross to set us free from sin and death.

Gardening for January: All tips taken from the RHS website Water poinsettias sparingly as overwatering can damage plants. As a rule of thumb, only water when the surface of the compost has begun to dry out. The flowering life of plants is extended by humidity, so mist plants regularly. Dig over any soil that has not been dug over ready for replanting. Prune Apple and Pear trees and apply a grease band to prevent larvae and grubs from spoiling fruit. Check stored tubors of Begonia, Canna and Dahlias to ensure they are not drying out or rotting. Recycle your Christmas tree by turning it into mulch or at a local collection point. Reshape lawn edges. Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds,

Revised Household Refuse collection: Black and clear sacks Wednesday 21 December 2016

Normal collection day

Thursday 22 December 2016

Normal collection day

Friday 23 December 2016

Normal collection day

Monday 26 December 2016

Next collection on Monday 2 January

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Next collection on Tuesday 3 January

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Normal collection day

Thursday 29 December 2016

Normal collection day

Friday 30 December 2016

Normal collection day

Monday 2 January 2017

Normal collection day

Glass Recycling Box Monday 26 December

Earlier collection on Saturday 24 December

Tuesday 27 December

Next collection on Saturday 31 December

Monday 2 January 2017

Normal collection day

Christmas tree recycling A collection point will be set up in New Road car park (next to St John’s) from Monday 2 January to Monday 9 January 2017. Trees will be chipped and used as mulch. Medical Matters Put in any repeat prescriptions in good time. For non urgent medical issues seek the advice of your local pharmacist or telephone NHS Direct 111 you can also telephone your GP’s out of hours service. Annual Checks Please check the battery in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms

Comedy Corner (these are taken from various parish newsletters)

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. Potluck supper: prayer and medication to follow. During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit. The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church. The third verse of Blessed Assurance will be sung without musical accomplishment. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience. The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, "Break Forth Into Joy. Due to the Rector's illness, Wednesday's healing services will be discontinued until further notice. This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa. Applications are now being accepted for 2 year-old nursery workers. Let us join David and Lisa in the celebration of their wedding and bring their happiness to a conclusion.



Mothers’ Union

Please come to our Corporate Communion Service on Friday January 6th at 10.30am. A good way to begin the new year. All are welcome. On Thursday January 12th at St Johns Hall at 2.30pm Petra Abercosis will be taking us through the techniques of Resuscitation. It should be an interesting and informative afternoon. All are welcome.


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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

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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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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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 Tinned meat / fish Tinned fruit Tinned vegetables Biscuits or snack bars


Chocolate / Yule log Christmas cake Long life cream Box of biscuits Children's selection box Nibbles, crisps, peanuts etc Box of chocolates Mince pies Christmas crackers Large bar of chocolate

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