Cross Border Newsletter, February 2019

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. The new exterior doors

have been hung and work is being done to the interior to

get it ready for the renovation.

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

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

The retired Bishop

Rob Martin

and his wife Sue.

They will be with us from 03 February to 24 March.

The Rev Ray Andrews will join us from 31 March to 26 MAy

Please join us in Bordighera, Italy on Wednesday 13 February at the

English Cemetery.


The answer to each question is the name of a person in the Bible – (its book is in Brackets).

1. She was at the Temple when Jesus was presented (Luke 2)
2. Abraham's nephew, his wife turned to salt (Genesis 11)
3. One of Israel's greatest prophets
4. A Queen who was deposed by Ahasuerus (Esther)
5. Timothy's mother (2 Timothy 1)
6. Father of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 27)
7. Another name for Dorcas (Acts 9)
8. He built the ark (Genesis 6)

Lord of my darkest place: Lord of my oldest grudge:
Let in your light. Let in your forgiveness.
Lord of my greatest fear: Lord of my deepest anger:
Let in your peace. Let it out.
Lord of my most bitter shame: Lord of my loneliest moment:
Let in your word of grace. Let in your presence.
Lord of my truest self – my all:
Let in your wholeness.
(ALISON PEPPER from “An Emerging Rainbow” poems on Christian themes)


Two charities to support –

ONE, to give young people and their families in Ethiopia a good start in life with the opportunity to study together with the possibility of learning how to support themselves in the future.

the SECOND to retain religious freedom as in the UK and which we have as members of the Church of England.
The Centre of Help for Ethiopia has often been written about in this newsletter.
Barbara Caula visited it at the beginning of this millenium and has supported it ever since. Last year the Centre celebrated 35 years since its inception in 1983. This Christian charity operates in five different areas – Infancy, Education, Health, Productive initiatives, and Humanitarian Assistance. From the many repeated distributions of foodstuffs to villages suffering from famine last year, the Centre
responded to a request from local government to intervene at the Prison in Gimbi, where they constructed new latrines with 50 hygiene facilities for the prisoners and also donated 2,300 bunk beds and mattresses for them. Barbara and friends support the 'Adoption from a Distance' initiative by covering the cost of educating a little
boy. Children are often from poor families or families that are in difficulty because one or both of the parents have died, or are without work.

Barnabus Fund is an Aid Agency for the persecuted church – bringing hope to suffering Christians. Their publications have been passed on to us by Valerie Aucouturier. The Fund is celebrating 25 years serving the global persecuted Church. At present they are seeking a new Act of Parliament in the UK to guarantee fundamental aspects of Freedom of Religion. They write that “tracing the heritage of religious liberty takes us back more than 800 years to Magna Carta, the agreement signed between King John of England and his barons in 1215. Magna Carta's affirmation that 'the English Church shall be free' was gradually worked out over the centuries into seven specific aspects of freedom of religion
• Freedom to read the Scriptures in public (achieved in 1537)
• Freedom to interpret the Scriptures without government interference
(achieved 1559)
• Freedom of worship (achieved 1689)
• Freedom to choose, or change, your faith, or belief (achieved (1689)
• Freedom to preach and try to convince others of the truth of your beliefs
(achieved 1812)
• Freedom to establish places of worship (achieved 1812)
• Freedom from being required to affirm a particular worldview or set of beliefs in order to hold a public sector job, stand for election, work in professions such as teaching and law, or study at university (achieved between 1719 and 1888)
Two worthy charities to support.

86th Fête du Citron

The Lemon Festival starts on Saturday 16 February and
continues until Sunday 3 March.


Our services during that time, starting 17 February, will be held in the church of the Penitents Noirs, which means we shall have three Sundays in which to make sure we get to church on time! If you are coming by car think about where you will park and leave enough time to walk any extra distance.

The theme of the Lemon Festival this year is Des Mondes Fantastiques which promises to be beautiful – especially at night when the gardens with decorative figures and scenes made with oranges, lemons and other citrus fruit are lit up.

“The adventure of the Christian life begins

when we dare to do what we would never tackle without Christ.”

(William Penn, Quaker 1644-1718)

Christian Unity – 25 January 2019

Padre Claudiu of the Rumenian Orthodox Church informs us that €333 was collected during the Prayer for Christian Unity. €61 will go towards the expenses for 2019 of the ecumenical internet site and €272 will be for the game in wood for children which will be placed in the Park near the Station, which at the moment does not have a game for them. As the total cost of this game will be about €1000 he hopes the different churches will have collections in their own churches to arrive at the necessary amount.

 New Website The Ecumenical Group in Sanremo is forming a new website to
publicise the different Christian churches and their activities, thus promoting their
ecumenical fellowship. A photograph of each church will be shown. A short history
explaining how they came to be in this area together with their present day activities will also be included. The website is

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

A couple of weeks ago, I asked a middle-England cabbie what he thought about Brexit. He responded instantly:

“Well, we were only asked one question on a bit of paper, weren’t we?”

The cabbie’s pithy answer impressed on me how one simple question has plunged us into labyrinthine depths of complexity and uncertainty. The tumult in the House of Commons right now is indicative of political leaders who still seem entrenched in that binary mindset from two and a half years ago: deal or no deal; remain/leave; hard Brexit/soft Brexit.

It goes with the confrontational politics that the physical layout at Westminster embodies and encourages. But the present circumstances now require the UK to move beyond a simple binary choice towards a decision involving multiple choices.

The first choice was made by the UK in June 2016 and it was to leave the EU. 52% nationwide voted ‘leave’. (I’m keenly aware that not every UK citizen in our diocese got a vote, and of those that did most voted ‘remain’).

But then there’s the second key choice. And on this there’s an impasse in Westminster, and between the UK Government and the rest of the EU:
What future relationship to the EU do you want to see? What kind of Brexit do you want? A first and negative choice has been declared, but that leaves a range of positive choices still to be decided.

There’s a huge amount at stake between ‘a deal’ and ‘no deal’, covering everything from economic prosperity to future security. It seems that very few – whether in Parliament or the country as a whole – really want the UK to leave the EU without a deal. But in his Brexit speech on 5th December, the Archbishop of Canterbury rightly emphasised the risk that the UK could drift towards an accidental ‘no deal’ simply because Parliament cannot settle on the right kind of deal. And I am acutely conscious of the uncertainties faced by UK citizens living and working in the EU for as long as we don’t know whether there will be a deal, or not.

Where does the UK go from here? It seems to me that Parliament now needs to look closely at the range of options that could work for the UK and the EU, at least for an initial transition period. When I look across the Diocese in Europe, I see various kind of relationships between European countries and the EU. Perhaps UK politicians need to look more closely and collectively at something like a variant on the Norway or Switzerland relationship. Taking especial account of the Irish border, is there possibly some way in which the UK might still be able to preserve economic access to its largest group of trading partners via the EU single market and remain in a customs union?

At the moment, standing as it does in the European Economic Area, the UK has access to both. Meanwhile, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which the UK helped to set up in 1960, has trade agreements with nearly 30 non-EU countries. The point is that there are several degrees of separation from the EU, and there are several countries in the EU’s ‘outer orbit’. At exactly this time last year, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, illustrated what the UK’s future options could look like in relation to the EU, based on the UK’s declared ‘red lines’.

It is surely time for the UK Parliament to revisit and consider openly all the options that have been on the table for at least the last 12 months.

The clock is ticking down very fast now to 29th March 2019. Pausing or suspending Article 50 is another among our multiple choices. The Danish Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, urged the UK on Saturday to find a national consensus on Brexit. In the same way, a meeting of the House of Bishops last week wondered whether some innovative national forum driven by citizens and civil society could, alongside Parliament, help us chart a path through the immediate challenges. The UK needs to find a way forward together. The British citizens and business leaders I speak to are increasingly desperate for an end to uncertainty.

Among the multiple choices is another UK referendum, although that would certainly risk renewed divisions among the UK’s nations, people and families. The economist JK Galbraith once said that politics is about choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. The challenge for the UK’s political classes is to guide the country in choosing the least unpalatable among the multiple available options in the UK’s future relationship with its European neighbours.

In a spirit of national reconciliation, the House of Bishops of the Church of England issued a Statement on Brexit last week. It is very unusual for the Bishops to do something like this, and the Statement has been quite widely reported in the European press.


In the light of this week’s turbulent events, the bishops of the Church of England pray for national unity – and courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians.

We call on the country to consider the nature of our public conversation. It is time to bring grace and generosity back to our national life.


At the heart of the Christian message is Jesus’ command to love our neighbour. This includes those with whom we agree and disagree – at home, in Europe, and further afield. We urge everyone – our political leaders and all of us – to bring magnanimity, respect and reconciliation to our national debate.

There is now an urgent need for the United Kingdom to recover a shared vision and identity to help us find a way through the immediate challenges.


Regardless of what happens next with Brexit, the Church of England, alongside many other churches and other agencies striving for the common good, will be at the heart of local communities; educating one million children, providing 33,000 social action projects and running 16,000 churches across the country. Above all else, we will continue to support the most vulnerable and share Christ’s love with all.


As the Statement says, ‘we pray for national unity – and for courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians.’ I used a range of BBC interviews over the weekend to get across several points. One of interviews I gave was for BBC Radio Norfolk (interview at 2hr 10 mins). The church itself now has opportunity to play a role locally and nationally in helping heal, repair and renew the body politic of a country that has been deeply scarred by the divisiveness of Brexit. Churches foster community. Churches are one of the few places that bring together all ages and backgrounds, Brexiteers and Remainers. And diocesan bishops have considerable opportunity to convene civic leaders across the divides.

The Christian faith has at its core the command to love our neighbour. As we approach Christmas, I hope our Christian communities can take a lead in living out Jesus’s teaching on behalf of our wider societies.

Meanwhile, I encourage us all to pray the prayer written in the context of the UK’s deepening political crisis by the Archbishop of York:

God of eternal love and power,
Save our Parliamentary Democracy;
Protect our High Court of Parliament and all its members
From partiality and prejudice;
That they may walk the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
Therefore we pray earnestly, Father,
send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
Lord, graciously hear us.


Sadly, we bring you the news that Margaret Picchiotti died just before Christmas on the 11th December 2018 at the age of 103 – possibly our oldest former member. Walter Tomlin, her son, said she had been reading in bed when she died peacefully. He said Menton was her favourite part of the world – she had had a lovely life. She had returned to the UK some years ago and lived the last five years in a Care Home. Perhaps you did not know her at St. John's. She had served on the Council and been very active and
helpful when the anglican church of Menton shared their chaplain with the church in Sanremo. Margaret enjoyed painting and one of her pictures hung in the Gibraltar Room. Perhaps we shall see it again when the church reopens. She continued to receive and read our newsletter until she died.
We send our very best wishes to Walter at this sad time.

 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?
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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;
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;
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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.