Cross Border Newsletter, January 2022


ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH

St John's Church, 31 avenue Carnot, Menton, (see location page)

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Eucharist Service with Fr Mika at The English Cemetery Chapel

in Bordighera, Italy, 10h30, Wednesday 19 January


 

Fr Mika Pajunen and his wife Liina have returned to St John's Church!

 

Fr Mika will lead the Eucharist Service on Sunday Mornings and the Tuesday Morning Reflection at church.

They will be in Menton during the months of January & February.


Please Help St John Church Resolve an Important Request

 

Work on the renovation of the Chaplaincy flat is beginning in January. It will take three to four months to complete.

We are, therefore, looking for accomodation in Menton for our next Locum, Revd. Ian Elgin and his wife. They need full Wi-Fi with a printer (as his wife works online) and also English TV.

The dates involved are March 1st until April 20th.

This is not easy to find at the rent we can afford, which is virtually zero.

Readers, please put on your thinking caps to help resolve our need – all suggestions welcome. Please contact our churchwarden Carolyn.


ECUMENICAL PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY San Siro Cathedral, Sanremo
Saturday 22 January 2022 – 4.00pm

This year's ecumenical celebration has been prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches. It is inspired by the visit of the three Magi to the new born King (Matthew 2. 1-12).

For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.

(Matthew 2.2)

Ministers from five church traditions will take part in the service, including Canon Tony Dickinson, Chaplain at the Anglican Church of the Holy Ghost, Genova.
Do come and pray together.

 


King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas looked out through his double glazing for the dust lay round about and the sun was blazing, so he turned the aircon high, as the sun burned brighter, and he idly wondered why Christmases aren't whiter!

All along the mantelpiece, cards of Christmas greeting, words of gracious joy and peace, plus mince pies for eating; frosting was upon the pies, cards with snowmen swarming, Wenceslas, with baleful eyes, pondered Global Warming.

 

He thought that he'd find some snow; set his knave to packing, off to Lapland via Heathrow, so they both got cracking.

Lapland they found very nice, for the Christmas season but they saw not how the ice, melted for some reason!

So, who was Good King Wenceslas?

Although he is only known to most people as the subject of a 19th century carol, Wenceslas was in fact a real king who reigned in Bohemia a thousand years earlier. He became (and still is) patron saint of what is now the Czech Republic.

Being a duke or king in the tenth century was a dangerous occupation. Wenceslas was raised as a Christian by his grandmother Ludmilla, but his ambitious mother Dragomir, who was a pagan, had her murdered and acted as regent until the young Wenceslas came of age. Meanwhile, according to the records, the young duke was pious and gained a reputation for good works that is recalled in our carol.

When Wenceslas came to the throne (there were several successors with the same name), he sought to end the conflict between Christians and non-Christians in Bohemia and encouraged the work of German missionaries in his domain. In the year 929, when Wenceslas was only 22 years old, there was a German invasion of Bohemia and he came to an arrangement with the German king to end the war.

This angered some of the Bohemian nobles, who prompted Boleslav, the younger brother of Wenceslas, to get him killed. Wenceslas was murdered at the church door on his way to Mass. The people were outraged and regarded the martyred king as a saint. Later, his remains were moved to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague, which remains a site of pilgrimage to this day.


 A Prayer for Friendships and Relationships ...

Almighty and most merciful God, who has given us a new commandment that we should love one another, give us the grace to fulfil it. Make us gentle, courteous and forbearing. Direct our lives so that we may look to the good of others in word and deed. Hallow all our friendships by the blessing of thy Spirit, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott, 1825-1901, was a British bishop, biblical scholar and theologian, serving as Bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death. He is perhaps most known for co-editing The New Testament in the Original Greek in 1881. )

 


Life at St. James-the-Least The Rectory St. James-the-Least

My dear Nephew Darren,

 

I was pleased to hear that you enjoyed your first Christmas in your parish, although a little disappointed that you replaced the 'boring' Crib Service with a 'more exciting' alternative. I have yet to understand the theology - or even point - of your 'Bananarama' celebration. I'm sure your bishop would be interested to hear of its biblical authority.

 

Having said that, our own Crib Service proved to be a little unorthodox and far from boring. Choosing the cast from the Sunday school is always a delicate process. One of the youngsters who wanted to be Joseph was only given the part of the innkeeper. He seemed to accept the disappointment with good grace, but had clearly made his plans.

 

On the evening of the performance, Joseph knocked on the innkeeper's door and asked if there was any room. This was our innkeeper's great opportunity. He threw open the door and told Joseph and Mary that there was plenty of room and they were both welcome. The cast and audience froze, while the teacher responsible contemplated early retirement.

 

But Joseph hadn't got the star part for nothing. He pretended to look round inside and then turned to Mary and said, "Nah, it's too crowded in there; we'll use the stable round the back."

And so the nativity was rescued by one nine year-old. There's Episcopal material in that boy.

 

Christmas would not be the same without carol singing round the village. There is the annual dilemma of deciding just the right moment to go and sing in the pub. Too early, and the customers aren't sufficiently maudlin to give generously; too late and they drown out the choir with their own variations of 'Silent Night'. We are offered mulled wine at most of the houses we visit. Mr Prentice's solo as Balthazar became ever more operatic with his "sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying," as the evening progressed. Perhaps by the time of our last call he was even getting a little too operatic.

 

And so to the climax of it all, with the midnight Service.  We had a full church lit only by candles, which ruin many a good coat every year. However, Mr Onion's behaviour in putting up his umbrella as he stood under the great nave candelabra on his way to receive Communion was regarded as being a little de trop by most of us.

But a new year is now upon us; after the joys of Christmas, Lent comes hard on its heels. Precisely my philosophy: every silver lining contains a cloud.

Your loving uncle,

Eustace


 Church of England/Italian Treaty Approved

The Association of the Church of England in Italy (ACDI) has now completed the final step of the approval process for their 'intesa', or Treaty, with the Italian Republic.

On Wednesday 15 December, the Commissione Affari Costituzionali of the Camera dei Deputati (the Lower House of the Italian Parliament) agreed the Intesa following its approval at the Italian Senate, concluding a process which has been in the works for nearly fourteen years.

The Intesa recognises the historic presence of our Church of England chaplaincies in Italy, and enables our chaplaincy churches and congregations to integrate more fully into the Italian legal, social and fiscal system.

ACDI will appear on Italian tax residents' return forms allowing people to 'opt in' 8/1000 of their taxes to ACDI.

 

For full report see diocesan website: CLICK HERE


 LET US PRAY TOGETHER THROUGH JANUARY .......

Lord God, Heavenly Father, all we have comes from you ... with grateful hearts we praise and thank you and pray for .....

1. Your guidance at the start of the New Year and what all 2022 has in store for us

2. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God
3. give thanks for all the good things the holiday season has brought you
4. ways of being helpful to others this 2022
5. all our relatives and friends who live abroad
6. those who try to uphold law and order in our towns and on the border
7. the visiting locums who lead our worship
8. give thanks for all charities and the work they do for others
9.
The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
10. all who continue to raise funds for St. John's
11. past worshipers at St. John's – those who have died, those who have moved away

12. give thanks for our library and the people who organise it
13. those who are prevented from getting to church through illness, infirmity or age

14. those involved in research to eliminate disease, including cancer and covid19

  1. the work of the local hospital

  2. With you is the well of life and in your light we see light.

  3. our chaplaincy church council members

  4. those in our towns and on the border who are homeless and sleeping rough

  5. strength and resolve to continue to keep our New Year resolutions

  6. all who meet together to pray for others

  7. MPs and all who have the responsibility of government

  8. the Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity at San Siro Cathedral, Sanremo this

    afternoon

  9. Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life. Psalm 19

  10. those who are new to the Christian faith – may they be nurtured and encouraged

  11. for those who travel on public transport

  12. give thanks for all who prepare the church for worship each week

  13. for the safety of those who work in dangerous conditions

  14. for healing for all those who are disabled, distressed or dismayed

  15. give thanks for times to relax with a 'good book', and the pleasure reading gives

  16. You are my hope O Lord God, my confidence since I was young
    31.Your peace, Lord, in our troubled world

Lord, thank you for talking to us in our prayers may we listen and put what you say into action Amen.


ALL IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY

400 years ago on 15 January 1622 the birth of Jean Baptiste Moliere, French author

250 years ago on 1 January 1772, the first traveller's cheques, which could be used in 90 European cities, went on sale in London.

175 years ago on 30 January 1847 the town of Yerba Buena in California was renamed San Francisco.

130 years ago on 3 January 1892 the birth of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in Bloemfontain, South Africa – author of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'

100 years ago on 5th January 1922 – Death of Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish-born British Antarctic Explorer

100 years ago on 10 January 1922 Arthur Griffith became the first President of the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland)

100 years ago on 21 January 1922 the first modern slalom ski race was held during the British National Ski Championships in Murren, Switzerland.

90 years ago on 5 January 1932 the birth of Umberto Eco author of 'In Name of the Rose'

80 years ago on 26 January 1942 the first US troops for the European Theatre in WW2 arrived in the UK at Belfast.

80 years ago on 29 January 1942 BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs was first broadcast. It is Britain's longest running radio show and the world's longest

running weekly factual radio programme.

75 years ago on 2 January 1947 British coins ceased to include any silver content

50 years ago on 11 January 1972 East Pakistan became the Independent State of Bangladesh

50 years ago on 22 January 1972 Britain officially joined the European Economic Community.

50 years ago on 24 January 1972 Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding in Guam, not knowing that WW2 had ended. He lived in a cave in the jungle for 28 years.

 


New Archdeacon of France

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that Canon Dr. Peter Hooper has been appointed to be the next Archdeacon of France.

 

Peter is currently priest-in-charge of seven rural churches near Melton Mowbray and Area Dean of the Framland Deanery in the Leicester Diocese. He is the Chair of the House of Clergy, is a member of Bishop's Council, sits on various other Diocesan Committees and also serves as the Rural Officer for Leicester Diocese. Much of his time in ministry has been directed to growing Christian communities and presence, both within established settings as well as in start-up situations and secular
organisations. Children and young people have been a particular focus, and he has helped two communities register as Eco-Churches. He is interested in national initiatives on clergy flourishing and has co-ordinated a series of projects looking at reducing the administration burden for clergy. Peter has been Area Dean for two different deaneries, both of which have been re-organised under his leadership, and his ministry has emphasised the need to care for and encourage clergy and parishioners who find change difficult.

 

Prior to ordination Peter worked in agriculture, eventually becoming managing director of a large agricultural seeds subsidiary of DuPont, based in Toulouse, and represented the industry up to national level in France. As a business leader he nurtured discipleship through a 'faith in the workplace' course and continues to tutor on various Diocesan Discipleship programmes. A major part of Peter's ordination training took place at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse, though more as a result of geography than tradition, as Peter has a very broad churchmanship. Whilst living in
Toulouse he served as Chaplaincy Warden in the Anglican Chaplaincy, so
understands well the realities of chaplaincy life in the Archdeaconry from a lay officer perspective, particularly as related to financial issues.
Peter was widowed in 2019 and has two grown-up children, William who is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Catherine, a Human Nutritionist, who works in the Food Industry. Whilst they will not be returning with him to live in France, they are excited about the opportunities to visit.

 

Peter has lived and worked in France for over a decade and looks forward very much to returning to a country that he regards as his home.
Peter will begin work with us on 15 February 2021. He will be licensed initially as Acting Archdeacon, continuing to live in Leicestershire. A move to Francer will be organised as quickly as possible in these difficult times, when Peter will be licensed as Archdeacon in full title.


The good for which we are born into this world is
that we may learn to love.
George MacDonald, author and preacher
who inspired Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis
and who is buried in the English Cemetery, Bordighera


The new St John's English Library is now open .

 

Mrs Julia Wigart and Mrs Joanna Longhorne have done a marvellous job organising hundreds of books.

Please come to the church on Wednesday afternoon, 14h30-17h30 and Saturday morning, 09h30-12h30 to look through the Fiction and Non-Fiction books. To view the library online, please click HERE.


Prayer for St. John's
Lord behold us with Thy blessing
As in prayer we gather here,
Hear our prayer and hear our pleading,
“Restore St. John's, our church most dear”
May this hardship we are bearing
Help us clearly all to see
The pilgrimage we now are sharing
Brings us closer Lord to Thee.
Bless all concerned with rebuilding,
Keep us faithful, make us strong,
Reunite us stronger, better,
In our beloved church, St. John's.
Lord dismiss us with Thy blessing
As after prayer we leave this place,
Refreshed in spirit, ever hopeful,
In whatsoever we must face
(Hymn/prayer by Valerie Aucouturier)


Coronavirus: is a health concern for us and we have received instructions

from the Bishop on precautions to be followed at the Eucharist.

The bread and wine will be consecrated

according to the Prayer of the Church; for the time being the communion

will be offered in one kind only, the Priest alone receiving the chalice.

In Anglican teaching receiving in one kind is always the sacrament of the Communion in its entirety. ‘Giving the Peace’ should be with a verbal and non-physical sign of greeting.


 Thank you to all who have contributed,

the roof repair is complete!

 

 

Donations have reached 80%

Please give generously

Send a cheque.

St John's Church, 2 ave Pigautier, 06500 Menton France

Gift Aid available for UK residents,

send cheque to Diocese of Europe, St. John's Church,
14 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QZ

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APPEAL FOR FUNDS BY ST JOHN’S CHURCH MENTON SUMMARY

St John’s Church is a well-loved landmark in the centre of the town of Menton.

It has survived a major earthquake, a proposed demolition and most recently in 2010, subsidence caused by excavation on an adjoining building site.

We are close to completion of a 9 year project of repair and rebuild following the subsidence. We will eventually have a beautifully restored church building with a traditional interior but with modern facilities. What is more the church will have a sound financial footing, better than it has had for the last 50 years. However we need a further €100,000 to complete this project. We are therefore launching this fundraising appeal.

HISTORY

St John’s Menton was conceived and built for the growing British population of Menton and it opened in 1868. The church thrived as a religious and cultural focus for English speaking people based in Menton. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, worshipped there and even had his own entrance door, which is still known today as the King’s Door. Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill are believed to have worshipped there.

Earthquake damage in 1887 was repaired. A proposal was made to demolish for residential development but in 1992 the residents of Menton objected so strongly that the plan was dropped. The French residents had taken the beautiful historic building to their hearts. The church has continued to be a focus for English speaking people of the area up to the present day.

In October 2010, the structure of the church was severely damaged during excavation of an adjacent site for the construction of a high-rise building. The northwest corner of the church subsided and the building was declared unsafe by the authorities.

A nearby Roman Catholic Chapel was rented so that regular worship could continue and the church contents were put into storage. A claim was made on the property developer’s insurance. Liability was admitted. The Diocese of Gibraltar signed the insurance discharge, but it was then discovered that they were not the owners of the church. It was established that the owner was a London based charity known then as the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG). USPG also owned the accommodation in Menton for the incumbent Chaplain (known as the Chaplaincy Flat). After lengthy negotiation USPG agreed to donate both properties to the Chaplaincy of St John’s Church Menton.

The transfer of ownership of the church and Chaplaincy flat from the charity to St John’s caused major delays and incurred substantial legal costs.

THE INSURANCE CLAIM

The insurance claim was submitted by the then St John’s Chaplaincy Council on the basis of reinstating the building exactly as it had been before the accident. The project architect obtaining planning consent asked for tenders from 3 contractors, the lowest quotation was €574,080 and was agreed. The Chaplaincy Council decided that this was a unique opportunity to enhance and modernise the church with a new strengthened west façade and an interior suitable for social activities. Given this opportunity the Council decided to take cash settlement in lieu of repairs.

The insurance company paid separately €232,024 for emergency stabilisation of the church structure using the latest technique of resin injection and a further total of €126,018 for security, clearing the site, professional fees and window removal. The total settlement was therefore €932,122.

EXCHANGE OF PROPERTY WITH DEVELOPERS

As the new owners of St John’s Church, the Chaplaincy Council entered into negotiations with the developers to exchange part of the garden in return for two residential flats and one commercial space. This required planning consent. At the last minute the Architecte des Bâtiments de France intervened to protect the view of the church from Avenue Carnot. A new planning application had to be submitted which caused a further delay. The outcome was that the Church was to receive two commercial spaces and two garage spaces and the developers had to reduce the size of their building.

THE PRESENT

The external work on the church building is almost complete and the internal refurbishment and redecoration is under way. We have spent a total of €354,000 on the project and there is a further €220,000 to spend.

The Chaplaincy Council is very proud of what has been achieved despite the many obstacles in their way. The church structure is now sound and in much better condition than prior to the accident. The inside of the church, when complete, will be traditional and have greatly improved facilities.

The ongoing finances look healthier than before in that we now own the church freehold and the chaplaincy flat. Also, through negotiation with the property developers, the council will own the two commercial leasehold properties and two parking spaces in the development.

The problem now is that we urgently need to raise funds in order to be able to finish the project. When the community will be able to move back into the church this will reduce running costs by €13,200 per year. These savings and the future income which will be obtained from the commercial property and also wider use of the church, for example braderies and concerts, will enable the church to be on a sound financial footing for the future.

EXTRA COSTS WHICH HAVE LED TO THE CURRENT POSITION

The current fund shortfall arises from the delays in acquiring the ownership of the church building and the chaplaincy flat, the involvement of the Architecte des Bâtiments de France and negotiations with the property developers. The legal costs of acquiring the property were significant.

It would have been reasonable for the project to be completed within 3 years. Instead it has taken 9 years. A breakdown of the costs is as follows:

Legal costs and property tax
Legal costs and property tax in the UK and France amounted to €68,390 and there were further fees of €3,348 for

translation of essential legal documents. A total of €71,738.

Costs due to closure of the church

Pews and library books had to be removed from the damaged church and stored off site. This cost was €7,200 per annum. An alternative site for Sunday worship was rented at a cost of €5,200 per annum.
The total cost on these items, for 6 years, is €79,000.

Loss of capital value due to inflation
Based on 6 years delay at an average of 1.5% per annum inflation, the capital lost about €50,000 of its value.

The total is about €200,000 and this is the cost to the church of the unavoidable delays which occurred during the rebuild and refurbishment project.

Issued on behalf of St John's Chaplaincy Council. God bless you.

Cheques payable to St John's Church, Le Soleil de Menton, 2 avenue du Pigautier, 06500 Menton France

To donate online please CLICK HERE


Church of the Holy Ghost, Genova – Mission to Migrants
There have been places of Anglican worship for British people in Bordighera, Ospedaletti, San Remo, Diano Marina, Alassio, Spotorno, Genova, Rapallo e Levanto. They came in great numbers to Liguria during the winter months of the 1860s until the end of the Second World War. By the end of the 20th century, mainly for financial and numerical reasons, all but the Church of the Holy Ghost, Genova
and the Anglican Chapel in Bordighera had closed.
Genova, being a very important port on the Mediterranean coast, welcomes people from many nations and continents to work and study. “The Church of the Holy Ghost has survived, despite some very difficult times”, writes Canon Tony Dickinson, their Chaplain “because of its ministry to a much wider community. It is not just a church for “ex-pat” Brits. The church greets those who prefer to worship
in English or for whom English is their first European language and the resident congregation at present includes people from Canada, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.


In recent years the church has established a distinctive ministry to refugees and other migrants, particularly those who have made the dangerous journey from West Africa across the Sahara to Libya, and then risked their lives in overcrowded inflatables crossing to Lampedusa. Some were persuaded to embark on the journey by the
narrative of “El Dorado” peddled by the traffickers and their agents, or were sent by their families to “make their fortune”. Many in the initial wave of migrants came because they were trapped in Libya by the overthrow of the Ghaddafi regime and the attendant chaos. Others came to escape gang violence. Some of the young women travelled to Italy in order to escape abuse at home.
Ministry to the migrants demands a lot of energy and commitment from the core members of the congregation, who have been unstintingly generous with their time,
money and pastoral care, this has been shown in the following ways:
• supporting those who are going through Italy's immigration process
• bailing out (in extremis prison visiting) the few who get into trouble with the law or with the institutions which offer accommodation for migrants
• providing rent deposits for those who are moving on into private
accommodation and are awaiting their first pay packet
• guiding them round the intricacies of Italian bureaucracy
• sorting out health-care
• helping with CVs
• writing references for prospective employers or for immigration
commissions (and appeals against negative commission decisions)
• preparing people for job interviews
• running a small-scale food-and-clothing-bank, including bedding for those who need it, and children's clothes (the food bank serves about a dozen people each Sunday)
• keeping their eyes and ears open for any job opportunities that may be going and might be suitable for one or other of the people on our books
• encouraging them along the way of Jesus Christ


In July 2019 the church presented seven adult candidates from the Nigerian community for baptism and/or confirmation. A similar number had been presented in 2017. Many of the migrants first came to the church because they had heard from friends about the food-bank but stayed because of the warmth of fellowship which they encountered and have made the commitment to follow Jesus Christ.
Most of the work I have described is down to the personal generosity of established church members and their openness to newcomers. As one of our churchwardens has said, 'We don't have a congregation at Holy Ghost. We have a family.' The church's electoral roll currently stands at just under 30. Our average Sunday congregation is in the region of 30-40, about two-thirds of whom are “migrants” in the popular sense of the word. We are aware of 50-60 “on our books”. All but two or three of us (the native Italian members of the congregation) are in fact migrants of one kind or another, here to work, or to study, or because they fell in love. Our weekly income in recent months has normally been between €100 and €150, but if earners in the congregation are away on holiday and cruise ships aren't sending any passengers in our direction, it can be as low as half that. That income is supposed to cover our utilities' bills, the rent on the chaplain's flat, the chaplain's expenses, the maintenance of our worship amd our contribution to the running costs of the Diocese in Europe. There is a “Neighbours in Need” fund from which grants and loans are given to people in need of immediate cash help. This has been made possible largely through the generosity of the people of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, Washington DC.
A favourite saying among the congregation is “God sees and provides”, and what is being done here by way of pastoral care and nurturing people in Christian faith is little short of miraculous. However, the work that was done to bring the building back into use 70 years ago is showing its age, and we are very much aware that another major storm of the ferocity of last October's could lead to the church being closed as unsafe – and we couldn't afford the cost of repairs. We have only just paid off the very patient contractor who carried out the most recent refurbishment of the building seven years ago and to do that required us to run our scanty reserves down to a worryingly low level. We are also very much aware that we could do a great deal more if the building were brought up to scratch in terms of its facilities – but that also requires money that we do not have. We are also facing the likelihood of new demands in the New Year as the “camps” where many of the African migrants have been settled are due to be closed. Members of the congregation are already involved in a process of giving advice on saving and guidance on flat-sharing.


 Be persistent in prayer and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. 

(Colossians 4:2)



 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.
We use your personal data for the following purposes: -
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;
To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
To manage our members and volunteers;
To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St John's Church, Menton;
To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.
4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.
Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
5. Sharing your personal data


Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We do not share your data with third parties outside of the parish.
6. How long do we keep your personal data?


St. John's Church, Menton does not collect or keep your personal data
7. Your rights and your personal data 
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -
The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of St John's Church, Menton holds about you;
The right to request that the PCC of St John's Church, Menton corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 
The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of St John's Church, Menton to retain such data;
The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
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The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
9. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the administrator, anglicanchurch.menton@gmail.com


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.


BAPTISMS, CONFIRMATIONS, MARRIAGES, FUNERALS
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.