Cross Border Newsletter, September 2018


awaiting restoration


Chapelle Saint Roch, Place Saint Roch, Menton

(see location page)

St. John's Church Progress report

The work continues on the Church, stone by stone progress is made. Please continue to keep St. John's in your prayers. 

The stonework is coming into place and the new exterior wood doors should be fitted soon. The exterior work must be completed and approved before the interior work can begin.

We welcome our

new locum

Revd Mary Strømmen.


Mary is here until 23 September with her husband, Einar. Mary recently retired from the Anglican Church in Norway. She was based in the Ancient City of Trondheim, where the congregation meets at the Cathedral.

The Revd Neville Griffiths arrives for Sunday service on 30 September.


Please join us in Bordighera, Italy on Wednesday 12 September at the

English Cemetery.



As usual in summer, I went down to our little beach for a swim. Nobody else there yet, but what was this laying on the beach? A strongly built windsurf with an equally strong sail and equipment fixed on the surf board bearing a notice in two languages – Spanish and French - “This has not been abandoned – it is part of an Expedition”.

I went for my swim and coming out of the water saw a man munching a sandwich and talking to the only other couple arrived on the beach; German friends. They beckoned me over and the newcomer was speaking English – he was English. He said he was going round Europe on his windsurf. I asked where he had started the journey and he replied 'Norway'. 'Norway? When?'. The answer 'May 2017'. It was now 20 July 2018! I wanted to know if he was doing it for a reason, a charity, or such like. He pointed to the sail - WWF was written there. Of course I wanted to know more and he again pointed to the sail 'you can follow me on that website' he said. We exchanged names – his is Jono – short for Jonathan Dunnett. (It made me think of Jonah and the whale).

Jono said: “I am proud to be supporting World Wildlife Fund for this Expedition. I am looking for quiet, unspoiled, natural spaces and the message of WWF is:- stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.”

Now of course, I think - if only I'd known, we could have welcomed him, given him some food, a bed for the night (he'd slept on the beach – being a quiet, unspoiled, natural space), but these things happen and now it's too late, except .................. ???

The last I saw of him he was on the sea going round the far headland. It all looked very hard work to me, as there was very little wind.

Do look at his website. There are photos and explanations of his experiences. When I last looked, he had arrived in the very south of Calabria, preparing to tackle the Strait of Messina. If you live on his route you, or friends, may be able to help him in some way. He expects to complete the expedition in 2019.

(Elizabeth Cordone)

God never takes away

something from your life without

replacing it with something better.

Billy Graham



Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be on Sunday 26 September in the Chapelle Saint Roch. A retiring collection will be made after the Service and food will be bought and given to the Association 'Primo Fiore' in Sanremo, which provides a meal every day for those who are in need.

The building is in the centre of Sanremo. It was donated for use as a kitchen to serve meals to the poor and needy. Volunteers prepare the evening meal and serve them at beautifully set small tables. There is a certain dignity about the whole place, with its possibility of having a shower or wash, of entering a little chapel to pray a moment, of sitting in the library and reading a christian book, before enjoying the meal.

Thoughts on Reading in Church

Chris Huband has begun reading at St. Michael's Macclesfield and has kindly written down

his thoughts on reading in church:

As readers at St. Roch, we have a certain advantage in that there are no pew bibles. This means that if we pre-read the passage we are assigned at home, then provided we make it clear from which version of the bible we are reading then, hopefully, the priest in charge will not object to us using our own bible rather than the printed sheet so kindly provided. In this way we will be potentially more comfortable with the text.....

* Think about personalizing the passage by saying what the passage is about before reading it.

* A tip I picked up on public speaking at business school was that eye contact towards the audience/congregation is vital. It is best to choose an object at the back of the chapel, such as the door, and focus on that. In order not to lose your place, try running your finger along the text so you know where to return to when you pause.

* Try to speak a little slower than you would in ordinary parlance. I find it is easy to over-run the passage, so you could place a post-note at the end to prevent this happening.

All in all I think we already do a pretty good job as readers at St. Roch. The above suggestions are just refinements which will prepare us well for when we finally return to our own church of St. John's.

Chris Huband


Canon Barbara Moss
, who was our Locum Chaplain in Menton during July and early August, writes about a new project for the Diocese in Europe.

“Where are you going next?",  I am often asked. In October, I shall be one of the first pilgrim priests working as a seasonal chaplain in Santiago de Campostela.

This ancient pilgrim destination has attracted growing numbers in the last half- century, with more than 40,000 pilgrims claiming their Campostela (certificate) in Santiago in a summer month. They will have walked at least 100 km, and often much more. Last October saw over 30,000 pilgrims claiming certificates. About 1 in 6 was from an English-speaking country, the majority from the USA.

Many, especially those who walk alone, reach the end of the journey wondering “what now?”. The chaplaincy provides a place for English-speaking pilgrims to meet, worship together, and share their experiences. In this pilot project, an Anglican priest will be available from September 2 to October 23, with Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and refreshments Monday to Friday, and Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays. We shall work closely with Roman Catholic and Free Church colleagues.

The plan is to offer an extended season next year, and to add another style of pilgrim priest, those who are themselves walking part of the Camino.

This chaplaincy is based at Egeria House (, the home of the coordinator, Sybille Yates.

Canon Barbara Moss

Thank you Canon Barbara for the above. Hopefully, it will encourage those, who have often thought of doing the walk, to decide and perhaps meet up with you at Santiago.


O Father, Your power is greater than all powers

O Son, Under your leadership we cannot fear anything

O Spirit, Under your protection there is nothing we cannot overcome.

Kikuyu prayer, Kenya


Life at St. James-the-Least

The Rectory, St. James-the-Least

My dear Nephew Darren,

On war between parishes

So, now you have enjoyed your first Summer Fete, don't say I didn't warn you. It may be small consolation, but remember that they only happen once a year - although in your case, you still have another 40 to endure before retirement.

I negotiated our own last week. As usual, the band from our neighbouring parish of St. Eusebius played. There has been much bad blood in the past between our two villages. The trouble started on the day that St. James the Least of All never told St. Eusebius that the Vikings were coming up the river. We may have long since buried the hatchet, but both sides remember where they put it.

Tension between the two communities down the centuries has moved on from occasional slaughter to something a little more refined. Just as I began my opening speech to crown the Rose Queen, the band struck up with the National Anthem. When the hog roast started, they played “smoke gets in your eyes” and when it came to the necessary music for the maypole dancing, they all disappeared into the beer tent.

With great Christian charity, we shall bide our time. In September we have the annual football match between the two church's Servers. Last year, in addition to winning the match, the St. James' boys sent three of their side off with concussion. Naturally, I visited them in hospital.

Miss Prendergast, as always, played Gypsy Rose Lee. If the tall, dark, dear lady tells me one more time that I am about to find romance with a tall dark lady, while she flutters her eyelashes at me, I swear I shall throttle her with a bell rope. Besides, I already have a beautiful dark lady in my life - and my Labrador is devoted to me. The only real hiccough came when I bought 12 packets of fudge from Mrs Masheder to present to our choirboys. Yet again, she had misread salt for sugar in the recipe. After I presented the packets at Mattins the following day, a formal complaint was rapidly made by a parent to the police that the Rector was attempting to poison their son. But as I explained to the officer, if I had intended to poison anyone, I would have done it far more discreetly - and infinitely more efficiently.

I toy with that possibility for Mrs Masheder before next year's Fete.

Your loving uncle,



Heavenly Father,

Eternal God, you crown the year with goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season; grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need, and for our own well-being, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen


Week 1

'he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey'

(Deuteronomy 26.9)

Help us to protect your creation by being careful about how we use your resources that there will be clean water, clean air and plenty of wild birds, mammals and insects to maintain the ecological balance of our countryside.

Week 2

'Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.'
(James 1.17)

We are conscious of so much that we get wrong, so we give thanks for your grace and patience with us when we fail to look after your world as we should. Help us to change so that we become a new creation

Week 3

'He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. '
(Psalm 1. 2-3)

We thank you for the hard work of all those who grow our food,
and ask You to bless those who do not earn a fair day's pay for their work.

Week 4

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth (1 Corinthians 3.6)

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice; praise the Lord, praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice.

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son and give Him the glory, great things He hath done!

(from a Hymn by Frances von Alstyne, 1820-1915)

September 30

Waters shall break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35.6)

Walk Lightly, by Linda Jones CAFOD

Each leaf, each petal, each grain, each person,
sings your praises, Creator God.
Each creature on the earth, all the mountains and great seas,
show your glory, Spirit of love.
And yet the hand of greed has patented and plundered your splendour, has taken and not shared your gift,
has lived as owner of the earth, not guest. And so the ice is cracked, the rivers dry, the valleys ooded and the snowcaps melt. God our Father, show us
how to step gently,
how to live simply
how to walk lightly
with respect and love
for all that you have made.  Amen

Source of all life, and giver of all that is good, hear our prayers and

grant us all that is in accordance with your will.


is the period in the annual church calendar (from 1 September to 4 October) dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life.

On Friday, 31 August, Elizabeth Busmann-Morton will be representing the Diocese in Europe at the 'Assisi First Ecumenical Prayer for Creation Walking to COP24'. Elizabeth wishes us to pray together in our chaplaincies and during the whole Season of Creation. But perhaps particularly for those on the pilgrimage to Katowice in Poland, where COP24 will take place from 3-14 December 2018 praying particularly that at that crucial international event there will be a real upholding of the Paris Agreement and a sincere undertaking to implement that agreement.

For Anglicans Creationtide is also a time when we celebrate Harvest, give thanks for the food we have and take action for those in need


God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways,

and give us peace.


 General Synod – York 2018

From our diocesan website, some of the key points of interest to the Diocese from the July 2018 session of the General Synod of the Church of England held in York.

Ecumenical Relations Measure (and Canon 38) This is aimed at providing a greater degree of coherency in application and in particular now embraces all other Trinitarian Christian denominations (the previous version was limited to 'UK national' churches (URC etc), so this is of particular value to our diocese. This will now be presented to Her Majesty for adoption.

The Church Representation Rules The 'rules' have been updated and now provide greater flexibility. They are inevitably written around English parishes/dioceses and hence, as in the current 'Rules', there are a few rough edges insofar as we are concerned (but nothing that can't be 'fixed' by diocesan agreement as previously).

Points of particular interest to our diocese are:

> there is an opportunity to give a reason why someone applying for membership of an Electoral Roll does not meet the preceding 6 month regular attendance criteria – particularly important for chaplaincies where members of the congregation may not have been residing in the chaplaincy immediately prior to the application.

> there is greater flexibility in respect of determining members elected from chaplaincies to Archdeaconry/Deanery Synods which could be of assistance to very small chaplaincies.

> the new rules will give our diocese a special provision for elections of lay members to general Synod. Each Chaplaincy's Annual Meeting will nominate an Elector/Electors.

The new rules now enter the next stage of General Synod process – it will be some time before they can be enacted and used.


 Diocesan Database - GDPR  DATA PRIVACY NOTICE
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St John's Church, Menton
1. Your personal data – what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
2. Who are we?
The PCC of St John's Church, Menton is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
3. How do we process your personal data?
The PCC of St. John's Church, Menton complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.
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To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;
To administer membership records;
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The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of St John's Church, Menton holds about you;
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The Church of England invites to Holy Communion all baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and who are in good standing in their own church. Those who are prevented by conscience or the rules of their own Churches from receiving the Blessed Sacrament are invited to receive a blessing.

arrangements may be made by contacting the locum, or the churchwardens.
The Church of England invites to Holy Communion all baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and who are in good standing in their own church.  Those who are prevented by conscience or the rules of their own Churches from receiving the Blessed Sacrament are invited to receive a blessing.