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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, When we listen to the news from around our world there’s so much violence and uncertainty today it seems there’s very little to celebrate. Yet at Easter Christians celebrated the gift of life in all its fullness. A life and future filled with hope, given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Life in all it’s fullness… what does that mean? You might respond my life is already so full … I don’t have time for anything else! Many people today don’t even have time to think! We rush blindly from one thing to the next. We buy all sorts of gadgets to give us more time, yet our lives just seem to get busier. The questions that people often ask are ‘There must be more to life than this?” “What is the meaning and purpose of my life?” “What does the future hold?” yet we often don’t have time to seek the answer. In his book ‘Finding Sanctuary’ Christopher Jamieson OSB asks the question of those who are stressed due to the daily pressures and demands of life “How did you get into this mess?” and recommends making some time to be still and to seek the answer to the question of what the meaning and purpose of our life is? We all have questions, we all have doubts, on that first Easter when the other disciples told Thomas "We have seen the Lord!" Thomas, said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger in the mark of the nails, and my hand in his side, I will not believe"

A week later Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” (John chapter 20 verses 24-29) Do you have more questions than answers – join us on Thursday evenings as we seek to find the answers together. We will begin with a meal and then in small groups we’ll explore the answers to the important questions of life. To find out more call 023 8084 4336. Yours in Christ, Jo

Alpha Course Dates Thursday 27th April - Is there more to life than this? Thursday 11th May - Who is Jesus? Thursday 18th May - Why did Jesus die? Thursday 25th May - How can I have faith? Thursday 1st June - HALF TERM - no session Thursday 8th June - Why and how do I pray? Thursday 15th June - Why and how should I read the Bible? Saturday 17th June - AWAY DAY - The Holy Spirit Thursday 22nd June - How does God guide us? Thursday 29th June - Why and how should I tell others? Thursday 6th July - Does God heal today? Thursday 13th July - What about the Church? Thursday 20th July - How can I make the most of the rest of my life?


Food for thought As we celebrate our risen Lord The Glory of Light Lord of glory and holiness I bow in wonder before you I cannot capture the sunrise How can I contain you? I am unable to grasp the wind How can I hold on to you? Nowhere near touching the stars How can I reach out to you? God of deep mystery Beyond our imagining You reach out to us You touch our lives Still my mind and heart That I may reflect your glory Written by David Adam Kindly submitted by Margot Lewis.


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

Terry Dowell Alan Pointer Patrick Walsh and for the lives of those we loved who have died. Messy Church We are looking for some more helpers to join our wonderful crew as we have lost a couple due to other commitments, it is held on the 1st Friday of the month at St Annes, 3.30pm. A planning meeting is held for us to discuss the theme and activities we would like to do, which all helpers are invited to. If you feel lead to join us in this fantastic outreach work please prayerfully consider this and talk to myself or Jo, many thanks Chris.


See you at St John’s Church May Fair in the hall on Saturday 13th May 9.30am- 12.30pm Come and join in the fun! All the usual stallsCakes and savouries Flowers and stationery Bottle and packet tombola Fruit basket Gardening Gifts Jewellery and scarves Books and jigsaws Name the rabbit Raffle Wine draw Refreshments NO BRIC A BRAC THANK YOU.

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 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

Ann Cowburn

Michael Whittington

Val Wright

Samantha Dowell Bailey Kenny Sweetman

Harry Went

Mehar Chawla

Bishop Jonathan

Sheila Kendrick

We continue to pray for our Rwandan family and their community

A Huge thank you! To everyone who helped with the shoebox appeal, we were able to send 58 shoeboxes to disadvantaged children in Ukraine for Christmas.

Little Footprints

The Little Footprints group would like any donations of scrapbooking materials, the mums are making scrapbooks about their babies’ development within the group and we would appreciate any materials and embellishments to create and decorate the pages to start them off. Please give any donations to Chris or hand in to the office – many thanks.

PART OF THE FAMILY! The Anglican Church in Malawi The third in a series of articles highlighting the work of the Anglican Communion around the world, by Edgar Ruddock.

Working to improve the future for young girls

Malawi is one of the jewels of Central southern Africa. It is a small country by African standards, stretching largely along and around Lake Malawi, which is 365 miles long, and in places just over 50 miles wide. Malawi has a current population of some 16 million, who speak both English and the indigenous language of Chichewa. It remains, sadly, one of the poorest countries in the world, ravaged by the HIV epidemic, frequent droughts or floods, and a history of troubled governance. The Anglican Church grew around the work of Bishop McKenzie leading a mission from the south, and the work of David Livingstone, coming in from the East. As it became established, it was supported by the Universities Mission to Central Africa, which later merged with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, to become USPG as we know it today. But today of course, the churches are self-governing, and form part of the Anglican Province of Central Africa, along with Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. Within Malawi itself, there are four dioceses today, which are Northern Malawi, Lake Malawi, Upper Shire (pronounced ShirĂŠ), and Southern Malawi. Like most countries in Africa, Malawi is a land of great contrasts. It is economically very poor, with most of its resource being in agriculture for subsistence farmers. Many of the minerals have been extracted by international companies with little gain coming back to the local economy. Yet, it is developing at a fast rate, with huge growth around the cities of Lilongwe, the capital, and Blantyre in the south, which was the former colonial administrative capital.

Tourism is under-developed at present, but has rich possibilities, . though wherever it happens in developing countries it brings raised hopes for many when they see the wealth of the west, but then find it is utterly unattainable - which causes many other problems. Youth unemployment is a global problem, but deeply affects countries in central Africa. The churches however, are vibrant, and growing. Their worship is exuberant, they have a rich spirituality, and a strong commitment also to social engagement. There has been a long tradition of church involvement both in healthcare, and education. The national schools and hospitals all owe their origins to the missionary movement of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Great Tree, at Nkotha Khota Anglican Hospital, under which David Livingstone made an anti slavery treaty. Today there is a special emphasis of encouraging education for girls. The programme takes a holistic approach to tackle a range of obstacles that keep girls out of school.

For example, one barrier in getting girls into school is a belief that girls will eventually become mothers and manual workers, so they have no need for an education. So the church is working with communities to change mindsets. In particular, after-school groups led by mothers teach girls the benefits of schooling, while peer groups enable the girls to support and encourage each other. Another challenge to girls' education is poverty, which puts the cost of uniforms, books and other school materials beyond the reach of many families, especially in rural areas. So the church has set up a scheme to provide these materials to those families that are most in need. A third issue concerns the lack of girl-friendly toilets at schools. Often, the only toilets available are communal ones – sometimes with no doors – and this lack of privacy is enough to deter girls from attending school. So the church has been funding the construction of girl-friendly toilets. Chimpango’s Story

Chimpango and some of her siblings

Chimpango, 14, lives with her mother and eight siblings. She attends Champhoyo School, in Kayoyo. She says: "I’m very pleased to be given a school uniform and school equipment. It used to be so difficult. We couldn’t afford books and noone would lend me any. And because we have to wear a uniform [on four out of five days a week], I was often sent home from school because I didn’t have one. My dream is to continue to work hard so I can become a breadwinner in my family and, if I get married, I will be able to educate my children. I’d like to be a nurse, or perhaps a doctor because I like the idea of operating on people! I’d also like to help develop my community. For example, the roads are poor, the water is not always safe to drink, and we have no electricity. I would like to change that. Please pray that I might have wisdom to be able to change my community." You can find out more about the church in Malawi by visiting USPG's website, at - Malawi is their focus for this year's Lent Appeal. Christian Aid Week May 14-20 Christian Aid was set up by British Churches in 1945 to support the hundreds of thousands of refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Christian Aid Week was launched in 1957 to raise funds for this vital work which is still desperately needed today. You will have read the stories of Theodor and Nejebar in the April Magazine. Please help us to provide food, shelter and above all hope to today's refugees wherever they may be. As usual, envelopes will be in church for your donations. Thank you. The Christian Aid team.


One World You spoke up, you took action From Paris 2015 to Marrakesh 2016, your campaigning has kept up the pressure on politicians and highlighted practical ways we can all help bring about a world in which all God’s people can flourish. For many years now, people of faith have been speaking out against the degradation of God’s earth and for the rights of our neighbours affected by a changing climate. Thousands of you signed the 1.8 million-strong global petition delivered to the UN climate talks by a group of committed pilgrims. And, spurred on by the historic Paris Agreement, Christians here in the UK have been taking up the challenge to lower their own carbon footprints by installing solar panels on church roofs, starting up community gardening projects, developing a culture of reduce, reuse, recycle and even launching local initiatives to act on climate change. The Eco-church Award scheme, launched just over a few years ago, has been a wonderful catalyst for such change. The scheme offers a free survey for your church to understand its own climate impact and suggests what you can do to express your commitment to environmental issues in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation. Find out more at Church leaders are also considering the sources of their energy supply. Since Paris, more than 3,500 churches across Britain have moved their electricity supply to renewables, or have registered to do so.

There are now lots of clean energy initiatives, including our own Big Church Switch, Find out more at and churches are leading the way in taking the call to our politicians too. Last October, thousands of us came together to Speak Up for our love of God’s Earth. Over the course of one amazing week of action on climate change, churches and groups across the UK invited their local politicians along to hundreds of events, ranging from visits to solar farms to kite-flying days to climate-focussed church services, all showing the breadth and depth of support for climate action. Your voices were heard and we expect a response early this year. This incredible campaigning was set against the backdrop of a political year filled with uncertainty and surprises. Christian Aid believes the UK’s decision to leave the European Union must not mean turning our backs on the world. The UK has long been a leader of global progress towards a world free from poverty and in tackling climate change There is no reason that should change now and we will continue to campaign, speak out and challenge those in power to help us bring about the kind of world in which all people can thrive.

Gardening for May: (All tips taken from the RHS website) Lift and divide any overgrown clumps of spring flowering bulbs. Plant out Cannas and Dahlias once the risk of frost has gone.Thin out direct sowings of hardy annuals and vegetables such as radishes. This is best done in two or three stages at fortnightly intervals. Mow regularly and continue adding clippings to the compost heap. Keep lawn edges trimmed.



Mothers’ Union There are three events to take note of this month. On Wednesday May 3rd at Winchester Cathedral at 10.30 am it is our Lyndhurst Deanery’s turn to lead the short Cathedral Prayer service. We hope some of us will be able to attend. Our meeting is on Thursday May 11th at 2.30pm at St John’s Hall when Don Naylor will give us an update about our Parish link with Rwanda. On Wednesday May 17th there will be a Diocesan Quiet Day at Wolvesey from 10.00am to 3.30pm. -----Please remember to bring items to support the Women’s Refuge to the meeting on May 11th .


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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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