Cross Border Newsletter, January 2019 Bonne Année

ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH is closed, awaiting restoration


Chapelle Saint Roch, Place Saint Roch, Menton, (see location page)

St. John's Church Progress report

The work continues on the Church,

the exterior work is almost complete.

Upon approval the interior work can begin.

Please continue to keep St. John's in your prayers. 

The exterior stonework is complete and the new exterior wood doors have been installed. We are awaiting approval to commence with the work that needs to be done to the interior. we will provide an update to the renovation work timeline as soon as possible.

Recent Photos of the work at St. John's Church.

We welcome our

new locum

Revd Mika Pajuen

and his wife.


The Revd Dr Mika Pajuen and his wife have been with us for the month of December and will stay until the end of January.  We are so pleased to have them join us in Menton. 

Please join us in Bordighera, Italy on Wednesday 10 October at the

English Cemetery.


100 Years - Les Courmettes

After church on Sunday 2nd September, five of us set off in Carolyn's car to celebrate 100 years of Les Courmettes. We travelled along the motorway, turning off to go through Vence, Tourettes-sur-Loup and climb up into the hills where Les Courmettes is situated at 850m above sea level at the foot of the Pic des Courmettes.

We were in beautiful country, fields and trees and the rocky summit of 1248m above us. We parked the car and got out to breathe in the fresh perfumed air. Wonderful. Looking around we saw groups of people sitting on the grass under the trees. As a communal picnic had been proposed we quickly took our prepared lunches and set off to find a suitable spot and joined a group of French people, who had come up from nearby Tourettes-sur-Loup. We were soon sharing our food and experiences. They told us of the various exhibitions to see so, with full tummies, off we went.

The oldest building, dating from the 18th century, housed information and photographs of the history of Les Courmettes. From 1919-1929 it was a Sanatorium using exposure to the sun to treat bone tuberculosis, with a good percentage of success. Between 1929-1934, it became a Residential Home for children in delicate health. They were brought, often on mules and donkeys, to benefit from the pure air and sunshine of Les Courmettes. Then the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Federation of France took on the management of the site. Girls came from all over the world: Togo, Algeria, Great Britain, Egypt, Belgium, USA and many more. Lady Baden- Powell was present in 1954 for 'Expedition 54' which brought together 1500 girls from all over the world. When the Girl Guide and Boy Scout movements of France formed into one Association in 1964, the Federation relinquished its management.

Other groups took over for short periods, until in 2008 A Rocha France became the managers of the 600 hectares. A Rocha is a Christian organisation present in 20 countries and is active in nature protection through scientific studies, practical environmental conservation work and education activities. It welcomes churches and individuals for seminars and activities raising awareness of environmental questions. As you know, A Rocha and our Diocese in Europe now work together in our Christian mission.

Continuing through the second and third exhibitions, information panels on the geology and natural history were shown, together with posters of the animals, plants, insects and butterflies found in the area.

It was now time for the Celebration in the large Marqueé. It was packed with people. The first hymn was sung accompanied by the Salvation Army Brass Band, who provided the music for all the hymns. There were prayers and readings. François Clavairoly, President of the Protestant Federation of France gave the address. It was an uplifting service to celebrate the 100 years of Les Courmettes. The hope is it may continue for many years to come.

God never takes away

something from your life without

replacing it with something better.

Billy Graham

Life at St. James-the-Least

The Rectory, St. James-the-Least

My dear Nephew Darren,

I am afraid we will never agree about the appropriate length of sermons. Your 50- minute expositions on the theology of St. Paul concerning women wearing hats in church are, I am sure, of particular interest to you. I suspect to most of your congregation, their primary concern will be, since you are preaching, that they should have put the oven timer to come on a little later.

Whenever I even hint that a matter of theological moment may be about to appear in one of my sermons, an expression of benign incomprehension comes over my congregation, that you normally only see in the faces of golden Labradors as they try to work out what you are trying to communicate.

There are certain sure signs that should tell you when you have preached for long enough. One is when you see members of the congregation reaching for their prayer books to try to work out for the umpteenth time how the date for Easter is calculated. The organist turning on the blower when you say “and finally” is another.

Most members of the congregation will count the number of dead flies on the windowsills during your sermon, but when you can see members of the congregation counting the numbers in the congregation counting the numbers of dead flies, that is absolute proof that you have overstayed your welcome.

There has only been one occasion when I preached for longer than my standard 8 minutes. Our former organist was in the habit of taking his dog for a walk during the sermon. I knew I had to carry on preaching until I heard the latch on the vestry door for the second time, marking his return, ready to play the last hymn. Unfortunately one Sunday, his dog ran away.

While he searched for it over every field in the parish, I spent the intervening two hours reading the greater part of Leviticus, giving lengthy reports of the previous six church council meetings, and was even reduced to giving out the batting averages from the choirboys' crickety team, before I heard the vestry door re-open.

After the Service, the congregation left looking as though they had just been rescued from a major shipwreck. At the next church council meeting, we unanimously voted to buy our organist a stronger lead.

Your loving uncle,  Eustace.

Join Barbara and the gardening group on Thursday Mornings. All tools provided, 09H30.

 Dates for your Diary

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War One - 11th November 1918-2018.

There will be a Remembrance Service in Chapelle St. Roch at 10.30am. The following day, Monday 12th November, there will be a Remembrance Service in the British War Graves Cemetery, Bordighera, starting at 10.45am. This Cemetery holds military who died returning from the WWI campaign in the NE of Italy on the border with Austria.

 Animal Welfare Sunday – 7 October

At the end of the service a Retiring Collection will be made by Barbara Corry. She will buy food and or medical supplies for a Dog and Cats' Home as has been done for several years. We hope those present will be as generous as last year to help look after these poor unwanted and abandoned creatures of God. They have little hope of being adopted and some of them are very old.


 07 October - Eucharist Service, St Roch

What is 'Animal Welfare Sunday'

Animal Welfare Sunday is a day in the Church's calendar on which we take time to think more deeply about our fellow creatures, to address issues of the well-being of non-human animals. Animal Welfare Sunday provides an opportunity to think and pray about the suffering that human activity causes to our fellow creatures, and our responsibility as Christians to alleviate suffering and promote the welfare of all of God's creatures.

Animal Welfare - the facts

Human beings impact the welfare of other animal species in myriad, often negative, ways: we hunt, fish and farm animals to provide food and clothing; we keep animals as pets and companions; animals work for us, some doing dangerous work (animals used by the police and military, in particular); we use animals for sport, often violent or dangerous sport; we use animals for experimentation and research; we degrade the environment and damage or destroy vital habitats needed by our fellow creatures for their survival.

There is a long Christian tradition of concern for animal welfare – many saints are credited with caring for animals, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (later the RSPCA), the first of what could be many SPCAs in countries all over the world, was founded by Arthur Broome, an Anglican priest, and other concerned Christians (William Wilberforce being a founding member).

Despite the Christian tradition of involvement with animal welfare, today's Christians rarely, if ever, hear the subject preached or prayed about in church, and few include it regularly in their own private prayers or regularly support animal welfare charities.

What does the Bible say?

'And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you, to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them' (Genesis 6. 19-21).

and St. Basil the Great?

O God, enlarge with us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers the animals to whom thou hast given the earth as their home in common with us. We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of travail. May we realise that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for thee and that they have the sweetness of life.

 02 October - Guardian Angels

The teaching of Jesus encourages us to believe in guardian angels. He once said, “see that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18.10)

The existence of angels was suggested in many Old Testament texts. Jesus mentioned them explicitly, and the early Christians accepted their existence and work (Acts 12.15).

In England, devotion to the angels, both in Anglo-Saxon times and later, was strong. In modern times, the great American evangelist Billy Graham, has written an entire book on the existence and work of angels.

Alcuin described them as intercessors (in the 11th century Leofric Missal); Herbet of Losinga, bishop of Norwich (d. 1119) specially praised them, and his contemporary, Reginald of Canterbury, wrote prayers in their honour.

Honorius Augustodunenis (d.1151) clarified the existing belief of the time by asserting that each human soul, when infused into the body, is entrusted to the particular care of a single angel, who protects both body and soul and offers prayers to God.

For many centuries Christendom was satisfied with the feast of St Michael (and all Angels), but the special feast of the Guardian Angels was introduced in Austria, Spain and Portugal in the 15th - 16th centuries. Guardian Angels were there seen as guardians of particular towns or regions, or of each individual. Pope Clement X made the feast day universal in 1607, fixing its date to 2 October.

 Handed out to children when they started school .........

Be careful of your thoughts ........ for your thoughts become your words.

Be careful of your words .............. for your words become your actions.

Be careful of your actions ........... for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits ............... for your habits become your character.

Be careful of your character .......... for your character becomes your destiny.

 'One Church, One Faith, One Lord ........'

In Assisi we came a step closer to this ideal! I was privileged to be in Assisi, Italy for the 1st Ecumenical Prayer Meeting for Creation marking the start of the Season of Creation. Privileged, too, to be there as the only ordained woman in what, to the eye, looked still very much like a man's world!

St Francis of Assisi – a man for our times? Eight hundred years ago St Francis renounced all wealth and earthly goods in response to Jesus' call to radical discipleship. (Mark 8:34-37). He lived a life of simplicity and in relationship, not only with God but also with his fellow human beings and all of nature. Using the Shrine dedicated to Francis' renunciation as the starting point, leaders and representatives of churches worldwide came together in Assisi at the start of the Season of Creation, to pray for our common home, Planet Earth. When the Shrine was dedicated in 2017, Pope Francis talked of the need to renounce our egoism, which prevents us seeing and caring for the world around us. He said: 'In a world of so much 'individualistic sadness' the Sanctuary of the Renunciation will hopefully nourish in the Church and in society – evangelical joy, simplicity and solidarity.'

On 31st August 2018 this solidarity became visible as the leaders met together. We met in a mood of contemplation and penitence as we reflected in various ways on the 'tears of the earth and peoples.' Repentance of our individual and collective mistakes, feeling for the pain of that sin and grieving for its consequences.

Rev. Christian Krieger said, 'Care for Creation is an unequivocal task for all Christians and all churches. It is the task which goes hand in hand with another principal task of churches, efforts for unity. Care for Creation is the task on which all churches can work together without raising any other issues needed to be resolved before.' And so we prayed together, reflected together, talked together and on the Saturday presented a united face as the representatives of the churches jointly read the Ecumenical Declaration on Creation from a dais in front of the Basilica of St Francis. No amount of wind was going to stop us, even though the floral decorations succumbed repeatedly to its force! It was a public declaration of our unity and invitation to all Christians and people of good faith to not just celebrate the Season of Creation but also call for international action on climate justice, a new global solidarity with the affected people and communities, to take bold acdtion for the climate, not forgetting a personal evaluation of our own lifestyle and its effect on the world we live in. For as Pope Francis says, like peace, protecting creation is something “handcrafted” that begins with ourselves. As the declaration says, 'With the hope born of the gift of grace, we look forward to the day when humanity will rediscover its love for Creator, its reverence for creation, and iots love for all the creatures who share this, our common home.'

(Rev Elizabeth Bussmann, Environment Officer for the Anglican Diocese in Europe) President of the Conference of European Churches

 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

From our Bishop in Europe – The Rt. Revd. Dr. Robert Innes

'Walking together in Faith' is our diocesan strapline. A synod is literally a walking together. Over the last week I have attended two archdeaconry synods: Italy and Malta archdeaconry and Eastern archdeaconry. Both synods gather people from a wide area for a few days of community building, fellowship, teaching and learning. People leave encouraged and built up in faith.

The Italy and Malta Synod convened in the large former monastery, Villa Sacro Cuore, one hour's drive from Milan.

Visiting Italy I am always struck by the quantity of artwork. They say 60% of the world's art treasures are located in Italy – if you can estimate that! Villa Sacro Cuore certainly has more than its fair share of icons, sculptures and mosaics liberally decorating the walls of its chapels.

The theme of our synod was: 'powered by prayer'. The imaginative Bible studies were given by The Revd. April Almass, Assistant Chaplain in Trondheim – shown in a photograph on the diocesan website with Archdeacon Vickie Sims and me. There was further input from Vickie and from Archdeacon Meurig Williams.

The social highlight of the Synod was a lively bar quiz, covering a wide range of subjects. There was some considerable debate over which Israelite king had a sundial ..... The clear winners, led by The Revd. Tony Dickinson, Chaplain of Genova, can also be seen in a photograph on the diocesan website. Click HERE for the website.

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

(Colossians 4:2)


I want to hear you
I am always listening
but my ears are different from yours
You hear all the noise of life
You are deafened by words
all tangled up in
I hear your heart
the beating rhythm that is yours alone
the cadence of your unspoken prayers
the pulse of your daily needs
the confessions you don't know how to confess the strengths you don't know you have
the gifts you have yet to use
your song that only I can hear
step outside the chaos of your world
and into the peace of Mine
and discover they are the same
one reality
in everything that lives
one God
bring Me your deepest longing

say nothing – talk to me

 Clocks go Back, Remember to put your clocks back one hour during the night of 27/28 October.

Revd. Jonathan Boardman former Chaplain in Rome has been appointed as Chaplain at St. Paul's, Clapham, London. Contact:


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?
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;
The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
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,

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.