Cross Border Newsletter, July/August 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. 

Mr Ben Kuevidjen of USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) arrived in Menton Monday 09 July to meet the council members, tour the church and sign documents giving the church structure to the church Members. The building had been held by USPG.

See below for some photos from the day.

We welcome our

new locum

Canon Barbara Moss.


Canon Barbara Moss was the Chaplain at St Andrew's, Gothenburg, in Sweden for 10 years.  For part of that time, she was Area Dean of the Nordic and Baltic, a member of Diocesan Synod, editor of the Diocesan Prayer Diary, and an Assistant Director of Ordinands.  She has continued in the last capacity since her retirement at the end of 2015, helping with the interviewing and preparation of candidates exploring their vocation to ordained ministry.  She is a keen pilgrim and walker, and looks forward to some good walks around Menton this summer - suggestions welcome!

Gardening is so good for you

Never mind if you feel a bit stiff after gardening all afternoon – did you know that gardening is actually keeping you young? Gardening helps older adults to be more active, feel younger, and have more of a 'zest for life' than those who do not garden. A recent study also found that over-50s who enjoy their gardens are also more likely to be optimistic and eat more fruit and vegetables than non-gardeners.

Gardening is also good for your brain. A session in your garden will leave you more mentally alert than doing puzzles indoors. Gardeners, it seems, tend to be better at planning, organising a diary, and score higher on general 'life satisfaction'. So – go on – get out there and reconnect with nature!

If you haven't got a garden but would like to join St. John's 'Gardening Team' – It's never too late to start! Please contact Barbara Corry, click HERE for more information.

Memorial Service for

Yvonne Molinari

What an enjoyable day spent with family and friends as they remembered Yvonne Molinari at her Memorial on 16 June. It began in the chapelle Saint Roch with a service to commend her to God's keeping, to remember before God her life, and to comfort those who mourn. The prayers led by Revd Ray Andrews, with readings from the Bible, and hymns, were particularly meaningful. Although remaining a devout Catholic, Yvonne often read the Lesson at services in St. John's, amazing all by reading without glasses. She was also frequently present at services in the Chapel in Bordighera.

The congregation listened with delight to the addresses given by Jonangelo Molinari, Sara Molinari, Lucy McCormick, and Wanda Gaynor. She was known as a warm, friendly hostess, accepting all who turned up to stay. Yvonne's driving skills were specially vivid in many memories.

During lunch in the Royal Westminster Hotel, it seemed Yvonne was present, passing from table to table, as photographs of her life were projected onto the wall of the dining room. They were from her childhood in London and Maidenhead, in South Africa and Paris as a young woman, in Ventimiglia in her latter years, and on holidays with her family in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. So many places visited. They provoked comments of surprise, interest and laughter and, of course, other memories shared with those sitting at table.

Yvonne had such a full, long life, only partly shared by each of those at her Memorial, but what a wonderful example.

God never takes away

something from your life without

replacing it with something better.

Billy Graham

Margaret Picchiotti Margaret was a member of St. John's for several years before her return to the UK. She was a friend of Margaret Turner and enjoyed painting. You may remember their pictures hung on the walls in the Gibraltar Room. At one of the Braderies they were snapped up by an enthusiast and almost sold by mistake!

News of Margaret has been received from her son, Walter Tomlin. “ .... she is still at Camelot Care Home (now aged 103!) although finding hand writing difficult - she is able to read books and letters – plus her eyesight is OK – I am sure she would be pleased to receive further Menton news. She was fond of St. John's and took an active part being on the P.C.C. for instance..... My mother is not ill in herself – just immobility and confined to her bed.”

 Fr Lawrence MacLean

St Paul's Church Monaco

Rev. Ray Andrews, Valerie

Aucouturier, and Suzanne Prince attended the licensing of Father Lawrence MacLean at St. Paul's Church Monaco on 23 June. He was the Anglican Chaplain at Saint Mark's Church in Florence for many years, where he earned the moniker "Lawrence of Florence"!

Holiday time! Have you saved a good book to read – many people do. You might consider the Good Book – take a pocket edition of the Bible and read and concentrate on one of the books you do not know very well. It could be life- changing - certainly enriching.

Here are some quotable quotes about the Bible:

The Bible contains the vitamins for a healthy soul

Dusty Bibles makes for dusty lives

Don't just know the book of the Lord, know the Lord of the book

The person who merely samples the word of God never acquires much of a taste for it.

From A Box of Delights by J. John and Mark Stibbs, Monarch Books

Life at St. James-the-Least

The Rectory, St. James-the-Least

My dear Nephew Darren,
A few weeks ago, some visitors to our church congratulated me on the decision they thought we had taken to let our churchyard run wild, so it could provide a natural habitat for the local flora and fauna. While assuring them that thoughts of rabbits and nettles were rarely out of our minds, I made a mental note that it was time for a working party to be drafted; our local flora and fauna needed reminding who is really in charge.

The request for volunteers produced the usual crop: those young farmers who saw it as an opportunity to compete with one another to prove who was the fittest, the recently retired who were determined to prove that they were just as able as those half their age and those whose main intention was to tell the rest how much better the job used to be done in their day.

I explained to them all that naturally I would have been only too delighted to help, but my poor back excluded me. I did, however, offer to sit in the sun and keep watch over their jackets. We all have our own particular ministries.

We were all more than a little surprised to see that Lord Euxton had put his name down on the list; the only exercise I have ever seen him doing is lifting a large whisky and soda. But on the day we found that his interpretation of offering his services meant sending round the under gardener.

I never realised that Dr. Tomkins could run so quickly until he accidentally scythed the top off a wasps' nest. Hotly pursued by several thousand irate insects, he cleared the churchyard, vaulted the wall and headed across the green to the village pond. Having spent the last three decades complaining about young people in the village diving into it, I suspect he will now be the first to contribute towards its upkeep.

The moment of high drama was when a tree stump was dragged up using a tractor. Such force was needed that if the chains had snapped, a substantial portion of the men of the parish would have been decapitated. When the stump finally gave up the struggle, it emerged with several long-forgotten headstones and a portion of the church's water main. The new feature of a churchyard fountain looked rather charming, until the water board arrived to cut us off.

During the lunch break, most had brought packs of sandwiches or flasks of soup – apart from Major Mitchell (retired) who dragged a picnic hamper from the car boot and set about a three course meal washed down with a bottle of chilled Chablis. His decision to have a little nap, empty hamper and bottle beside him, when all the others returned to work was not entirely surprising. Three hours later, with the job completed, we all left for home, with the Major still enjoying his siesta. I woke him up at 6pm when I returned to church to say Evensong.

Your loving uncle, Eustace. (not, of course, the case at St. John's - very well kept)

World Refugee Day - 20 June 2018

by bishopeurope

Some thoughts from me for World Refugee Day in light of the recent treatment of the Aquarius rescue ship, & a poem from the Revd Carolyn Cooke, from La Côte chaplaincy in the Diocese in Europe, written for today:

Migration is the biggest challenge facing the EU – bigger than Brexit. And it will be for years to come. The attitude of European authorities towards migrants has been increasingly geared towards proper management and security. In this they have been more successful than people generally realise. The number of irregular migrants arriving in Europe has fallen dramatically in 2018 compared with the period 2015- 2017. This reduction has been achieved by a variety of measures such as strengthening the border force, Frontex, and co-operation with frontline states, including Italy.

Italy does carry an unfair burden for welcoming refugees. However, arrivals in Italy via the central Mediterranean migration route fell from 181,436 in 2016, to 119,369 in 2017 to just 12,105 in the first five months of 2018. In that light, the refusal of the Italian authorities to allow the MSF and the SOS Mediterranean sponsored ship Aquarius to land is hugely upsetting. Those on board are human beings created in God's image. Both as a matter of faith and of human rights they ought to have been treated as precious human beings not as problematic cargo.

The Diocese in Europe is deeply committed to the welfare of migrants and refugees. We are involved in the care of refugees in Italy and Greece. We are part of a humanitarian corridor bringing vulnerable migrants legally into Belgium. We are partnering with the Diocese of Canterbury and USPG to sponsor a refugee projects officer in Calais. Our motivation is natural human compassion, the love of Christ, and a divine mandate to care for the stranger and the refugee.

Lord God, we lift to you our government leaders, officials of the European institutions and the United Nations. Please provide insight and wisdom to ensure an effective response to the refugee crisis and to solve the underlying causes of conflict.

We give thanks for all in the Diocese in Europe who are working with refugees. Give us understanding, compassion and generosity of spirit.

Help us all to be open to the gifts which refugees share with us and to be inspired by their courage and their faith.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

A Poem for World Refugee Day


A Word of thanks ... to you in exile
A Word of thanks ... to you who have risked so much

A Word of thanks ... to you who have left behind loved ones and now offer love and care to the likes of us, strangers who, God-willing, become friends

A Word of thanks ... for the deep wisdom of your heritage and experience

A Word of thanks ... for the creativity and vibrancy of your cultures, which we glimpse and savour

A Word of thanks ... for your stamina to learn ... new languages, new humour, new food, new systems, new rules spoken and unspoken, new views, new manners, new just about everything

A Word of thanks ... for not giving up in the face of prejudice and misunderstanding

A Word of thanks ... for not giving up on the troubling wait for papers that spell permission to stay, permission to breathe easy, permission to put down roots with equal rights as those around you

A Word of thanks ... for eliciting some good in us, sometimes, and being gracious and humble enough to accept our help

A Word of thanks ... for your forgiveness and kindness towards us as we make mistakes and say hurtful things in our attempts to understanding

A Word of thanks ... for your honesty, for the vulnerable truth of your humanity, your dignity even as you deal with dreams of trauma while still dreaming of lighter days ahead

A Word of thanks ... for your sense of humour
A Word of thanks ... for your hunger for life
A Word of thanks ... for your resilience
A Word of thanks ... for your faith which inspires and challenges our faith
A Word of thanks ... to you in exile opening our eyes to so much truth and beauty So many words of thanks ... still so much more to say ...

#thankrefugees World Refugee Day,  Ms. Carolyn Clarke

Wondering what to do this summer ?

How about volunteering to help or join in a summer course offered by A ROCHA; their slogan : “Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World”.
A Rocha has two sites in France:-

* Les Tourades Centre, situated near the town of Arles in Provence. It was their first permanent envionmental study centre acquired in 2001.

* Les Courmettes Centre, situated on the Courmettes estate high above the Côte d'Azur and 45 minutes from Nice, Antibers and Cannes, perched at 850m. above sea level at the foot of the Pic des Courmettes (summit – 1238m) giving it a unique panorama over the famous coastline.

The centre's primary role is as a base for the scientific surveys and land management work they carry out. Their efforts are concentrated on the Vallée des Baux and its fauna, flora and ecosystems – wetlands, evergreen oak woodlands and chalk massifs.

Activities offered at Les Courmettes :

  • seminars and discovery weeks

  • youth camps

  • nature walks and workshops

  • walks on the marked trails

    Visitors are also welcome to stay, depending on availability of guestrooms.
    For details, and information about AROCHA see:

LET US PRAY TOGETHER THROUGH the summer ........

Together, let us pray

Heavenly Father, We praise You and give you thanks for all we have, and in our prayers .....

Give thanks for long sunny days and the pleasures summer brings give thanks for holidays and time to relax with family and friends pray for those who work in the leisure services in town
pray for safety on the roads

pray for the congregation in the church where you are on holiday

pray for patience in hot weather

give thanks for your bible, books and the pleasure of reading them

give thanks and a warm welcome to the visitors who attend church listen to all who want to talk to you – first of all, God

give thanks for the beach attendants

pray for anyone you know in hospital and not able to have a holiday

give thanks for the locums
terrorists, that God would bring about a change in their hearts
Ask God to bless each person as you meet them today
pray for the safety of children, often left alone
give thanks for anyone who has encouraged you in your faith
think of what you can volunteer to do to serve God and help others

give thanks for all the good things you have received this month

May we too listen and act according to Your will.     Amen


God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways,

and give us peace.


 Diocesan Database - GDPR  DATA PRIVACY NOTICE
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St John's Church, Menton
1. Your personal data – what is it?
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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;
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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.