Cross Border Newsletter, May 2018

ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH is closed

awaiting restoration

EUCHARIST SERVICE EVERY SUNDAY - 10H30

Chapelle Saint Roch, Place Saint Roch, Menton

(see location page)


St. John's Church Renovation News

Renovation Progress

The waiting period is over and demolition of the damaged area began Monday 04 December, the anticipated completion of that work is 01 June. Once that work has been carried out and the building is safe, work can begin on the interior. At the present time we do not have a timeline.


Bishop Rob MARTIN

Bishop Rob Martin has been with us since mid-April and continues until 28 May. His wife Sue will be with us as well.

This photo was taken during the celebration of the retirement of Anglican Bishop Rob Martin, and the enthronement of his successor, Qampicha Daniel Wario.  The Right Rev. Rob Martin was the Bishop of Marsabit in Northern Kenya. He has many interesting stories to share about their time and ministry there.

The Right Rev Rob Martin, Bishop of Marsabit in Northern Kenya

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/whats-on/out-and-about/kenyan-bishop-set-for-special-visit-to-ashover-1-308302
The Right Rev Rob Martin, Bishop of Marsabit in Northern Kenya,

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/whats-on/out-and-about/kenyan-bishop-set-for-special-visit-to-ashover-1-308302
The Right Rev Rob Martin, Bishop of Marsabit in Northern Kenya,

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/whats-on/out-and-about/kenyan-bishop-set-for-special-visit-to-ashover-1-308302

 


St. John's Church

Financial Update

 

The annual Financial Update of St. John's Church for 2017 showed some large exceptional cash flows, in common with 2016. This is due to the costs of rebuilding parts of the church fabric and assuming ownership of the church and land when it passes to us from the United Society.

However, the good news is that 2018 has started well and instead of showing annual shortfalls of about €16,000 (2016) and €4,000 (2017) there may be a net surplus at the end of the year 2018! It would be a well deserved reward for all of the hard work done by the Council and community.

Income details Income for the year 2017 was €30,700 including a donation of €11,500 from the Dewhurst Foundation. This sum is being used to restore and protect the church windows.
Sunday collections at €9,900 were similar to 2016, and were quite reassuring as we moved from having a permanent priest to a series of locums, which might have affected attendance and contributions.

Outgoing details for 2017 Outgoings were €45,000 down from €95,000. Exceptional items include €6,000 for the rent of the St Roch Chapel, €7,000 for church windows, €7,000 for pew and library storage.

 


 “Without God's Spirit
there is nothing we can do
that will count for God's Kingdom.
Without God's Spirit the church simply cannot be the church.”

N. T. Wright - former Bishop of Durham


Harrowing stories: Church delegation returns from Italian refugee projects

 

 

Delegates on a fact-finding trip to Italian refugee projects, organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), have returned with harrowing stories of serial trafficking, kidnapping and abuse being the norm for refugees en route to the Libyan coast.

‘Having visited Lampedusa and heard people’s stories, I’m shocked by the horror of what they have experienced on their journeys over. I’m left feeling I must do more. We must do more’, commented Sam Donaldson, a Quaker from Hull who was one of the seven young men from churches across Britain and Ireland who visited refugee projects with Mediterranean Hope in Italy last week.

The delegation also witnessed an inspirational spirit of welcome and compassion from those helping the refugees from the charity Mediterranean Hope.

You can read the reports from the visit on the Focus on Refugees website.


 

RESULT OF BISHOP ROBERT'S ADVENT APPEAL 2017 - £15,394-63p

Bishop Robert was delighted with the result of his 2017 Advent Appeal which aimed to support homeless refugees and asylum seekers in Rome with humanitarian assistance (a daily, cooked breakfast and essential items for personal dignity and warmth) for 6 months. This is through a well-established and well-run project established by our Episcopal sister church of St. Paul's Within the Walls in Rome.

The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center assists approximately 17,000 people per year, and is the only day center open to receive homeless asylum seekers and refugees in Rome. Every day JNRC welcomes 200-250 guests. The guests come from many different nations including Mali, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Pakistan, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Half of them are homeless, sleeping in parks, or on the pavement outside train stations.

While they wait for shelter, they are welcomed by JNRC, given a nutritious, cooked breakfast, as well as items for their personal dignity (toiletries, second-hand shoes, clothes and blankets) and offered legal advice. If they wish they can join a language session, learn to use a computer, or simply watch the news on the TV. JNRC has a multi-faith prayer space where guests can meditate and pray. JNRC is the only place in Rome that takes in homeless and dormitory-housed refugees during the day, giving them a safe refuge from the streets.

To learn more, click HERE to be redirected to the JNRC website.


 

REJOICE

Relish every action which seems wise and fair

Enjoy each blessing, and each blessing share

Jot down details of every answered prayer

Observe God's handiwork always, everywhere

Incline your ear to the Spirit's voice,

Counselled and comforted in every choice -

Even in the dark times, yet you may rejoice.

(Acrostic by Harry Hunter)


 

READINGS for SUNDAY SERVICES in MAY 2018 - YEAR B

May 20 PENTECOST WHIT SUNDAY

First Reading, Acts 2.1-21, Psalm 104.25-35,37, Second Reading, Romans 8.22-27, Gospel John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15

May 27 TRINITY SUNDAYFirst Reading, Isaiah 6.1-8, Psalm 29, Second Reading, Romans 8.12-17, Gospel John 3.1-17

 


LET US PRAY TOGETHER THROUGH February ........

Let us pray together through May

Heavenly Father,
We praise You and give you thanks and in our prayers .....

  1. 1  pray that the restoration work of St. John's may continue safely and well

  2. 2  give thanks to God for all his good gifts

  3. 3  for all having difficulty in reaching their work because of the French rail strikes

  4. 4  for our churchwardens and council members, give thanks for their commitment

  5. 5  the British Association, their work

  6. 6  “The love of God is this, that we obey his commandments.”

  7. 7  for all who serve in local or national government

  8. 8  life can be demanding – be still and reflect and dream a little with God .........

    9 Europe Day – Pray for Church Representation to the European Institutions, especially Bishop Robert as Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the EU and the Attachè David Fieldsen

    10  ask God to help you be enthusiastic in all that you do
    11  for people who behave in anti-social ways – turn their hearts, Lord
    12  bless those who meet in the Louvre this morning
    13  “ Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not
    have life.”
    14  ask God to help you take the first step to do what he is leading you to do ....
    15  for our sister churches along the coast in France and Italy
    16  open yourself to another person today and go forward together
    17  for young people preparing for exams
    18  for our locums, their families, their mission
    19  for those with disabilities, who rely on the kindness and patience of other people
    20  “if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
    21  may we use modern technology for our improvement and for the good of others
    22  give thanks for God's wonderful creation all around us
    23  for all who work to keep our towns safe and a pleasure to live in
    24  help us to live healthy, fit lives, Lord
    25  may our meetings with migrants give them hope and strength
    26  Springtime – blossom where you are planted .......
    27  “all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”
    28  Ecumenical celebration of Pentecost in Sanremo this evening
    29  pray that God's Holy Spirit may direct our lives
    30  all those who work hard to conserve and care for your creation, Lord

    31. pray for our twinned church of Arnhem-Nijmegen, its chaplain Jos Strengholt,

    their new members, their students, the children & grandchildren of older members


 

God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways,

and give us peace.

 


 Diocesan Database

Important and major changes are on the way in the coming months affecting Data Protection laws across Europe. The new rules govern who holds data and for how long, how consent to holding data is obtained and demonstrated, and who has access to the data. The effect of the new rules are much wider than our churches and will be applied to local clubs and organisations through to vast international corporations.

Members of our church, who are listed on the diocesan database, are being contacted so that they can agree to the inclusion of their details under the new terms of the Act. There will be more information available by early next year, before the new rules take effect.


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.