Cross Border Newsletter, Summer 2019

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


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

You are welcome to celebrate the Eucharist at

the English Cemetery in Bordighera, Italy on 11 September at 10h30.

The chapel is much brighter inside after a whitewash of the walls.

St. John's Church Progress report

The work continues on the Church,

the exterior building works are complete.

The architect and her team are working on the interior.

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

Recent Photos of the work at

St. John's Church.

Image 1 - Facing Front, Image 2 - Looking out from Altar, Image 3 - Pulpit, Image 4 -  WC, Image 5 - Kitchen, Image 6 - Kitchen

We welcome our locum

Rev David Houghton

Fr Houghton will be with us until September.

St john's church Fundraising Campaign

next week we will be sending information about our appeal. As you may know the money from the Insurance settlement does not cover all the expenses to renovate the church. Any amount will make a big difference.

Life at St. James-the-Least The Rectory

St. James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren,
Since your church is a former cinema, I suspect that were the floor to be removed, cigarette ash, sweet wrappings and tickets for the last Charlie Chaplin film would be revealed.

Our marble flooring in the chancel was raised last week to try and find the rat that had died on an underfloor heating pipe. It made its presence so un-ignorable last Winter that it gave me the excuse to use incense.

But we have made an exciting discovery: the long lost crypt containing the tombs of the Lords Stavely, who flourished in this area until a little domestic disagreement with Henry II made the family realise that life in Italy might be pleasanter if they wished to retain their heads.

The stone from their manor house soon became our lady chapel; an example of re-cycling as a euphemism for theft. Inevitably, as soon as we had made the discovery, rumours of vast treasure flew round the parish.

Long before anyone had descended into it, the treasurer had the fortune earmarked for re-wiring the church, the organist decided it should be spent on enlarging the organ, and Mrs. Millington had decided it should keep the flower arrangers in chicken wire until the next millennium-but-one. I confess that even I toyed with the idea of a conservatory with discreet drinks cabinet at the rectory.

Sadly, it was not to be. Our 'treasure' consisted of rows of coffins in various stages of decay, enough bat droppings to keep our Verger's vegetable patch enriched for the coming year and long-lost peppermints dropped by generations of choristers sitting above, as they munched their way through the sermons.

Later, that evening, when the workmen had left, I decided to have one last look. Taking a torch, I descended the stone steps, but lost my footing. The now-broken torch went one way and I another. After floundering round in total darkness and unable to find the stairs to get out, I resigned myself to an uncomfortable night in the crypt until daybreak.

In the early hours, I heard steps on the same stairs and in their torchlight, saw it was someone who must have heard the rumours of treasure and decided to liberate some of it. He, too, tripped, fell and lost his torch and in the total darkness I heard him fumbling about at the other end of the crypt among the coffins.

Intending to be helpful, I shouted out that I'd been trying to get out of here myself for a long time and had never made it, so he may as well give up. But do you know, he found his way out in no time.
Your loving uncle,

Come to the Louvre on Saturday morning from 9h30-11h30.
Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and Fellowship. A British Association Representative will be available beginning at 10h30.
BOOKS & DVDs (available at 1€ each ) BRIC-A-BRAC and Refreshments

bring Bric-a-brac, books, DVDs you no longer want
and add them to things on sale every Saturday
thank you - All proceeds go towards the funds for

the restoration of St John's Church

We are all called

to raise funds to cover the outstanding
work being done in the restoration

of our church of St. John
and ask you to pray every day

as we all work to raise 100,000€


The Prayer of a Fund-Raiser
Heavenly Father,
You are the giver of every perfect gift,

Lord of the universe characterized by
abundance and not scarcity. Help us to see that small beginnings can lead to
surprising results,

what seems like tiny advances

can be stepping stones to great
Grant us the capacity to do all our fundraising

as we would all other aspects of the
life that reflects Christ.
Grant us insight to see all donors

as image bearers who have the privilege of
knowing that through their giving

your name will be glorified and people can come
and worship anew in the beauty of this church.
Grant us grace to do our work

with diligence all the while

recognizing that your work is

not dependent on our efforts.
Grant us the vision to allow gift,

grace and gratitude bring us joy in your service.
Grant us faith to see that

the benefit to the donor

and the strengthening of your body
are the foundation of our activities.
Grant us the courage

to be prayerfully attentive to

your work having the conviction
that fundraising is not an end in itself

but an outcome of a life immersed in

your word and teaching.
You sent us the indescribable gift of

your son Jesus Christ to become

poor and walk among us.
We thank you for your guidance

in this new initiative and for the freedom and
privilege to be returning to worship your Son

in our church of St. John.

Have you tried Britain's olive oil?

Do you get hay fever? Then those yellow fields of rapeseed that illuminate the
English countryside each summer may seem a real nuisance. But if you like olive oil, here is some good news; you may at least enjoy the oil that comes from rapeseed. Cold-pressed, rapeseed oil has a grassy 'green' taste. It contains Omegas 3, 6 and 9,
essential fatty acids that reduce cholesterol, keep your heart healthy, your joints moving, and your brain functioning. Rapeseed oil is rich in vitamin E and high in mono-unsaturated fats. It has about half the saturated fat found in olive oil.
Rapeseed oil is one of the very few unblended oils which can be heated to deep-
frying temperatures without spoiling its antioxidants, colour and flavour. It is good for roasting and for use as a table condiment for dipping bread.

The Mission to Seafarers

In towns and cities around the world, men and women seafarers are saying goodbye to their families as they embark on year-long contracts at sea. In ports around the world, seafarers and stevedores conduct the daily rhythm of loading ships bound for far-off lands. In churches around the world, people are gathering to thank God for the important work that seafarers do in order for us to live our everyday lives.
It is too easy to forget the seafarers who bring us so much. We rely on them for our food, our clothes, our petrol and our cars. The shipping industry has changed considerably over the years but the problems seafarers face continue. Seafarers still lose their lives in shipping accidents, suffer the abuse of non-payment of wages and piracy is still a major problem. That is why the support of The Mission to Seafarers can make all the difference to their lives and working environments.
As an international mission agency of the Anglican Church, The Mission to
Seafarers reaches out to the 1.5 million seafarers that man the merchant fleet with a message of love and hope in a harsh and often inhospitable environment.
We are there to support seafarers when they need us most. We work in over 200
ports caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of Chaplains, Staff and Volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support. In our centres, which are inviting places in the middle of dull, featureless docksides, seafarers can make the most of their limited time ashore by replenishing essential items from our shops, celebrating Communion and fellowship in our chapels and, crucially, they can use our telephones and computers to keep in touch with their loved ones thousands of miles away. Please pray for the work of The Mission to Seafarers as it engages with seafarers in ports around the world.

Sea Sunday is on 14 July
For more information visit

Don't go far!

The curate went to the bank and asked for a statement of his account, adding,

"we want to know how far afield

we can go for our holiday."

Handing him his statement the cashier enquired very gently, "Have you got a field at
the back of your garden, sir?"

Bishop Robert's Message

2019 European Parliament Elections On 3rd June Bishop Robert wrote to Rt. Hon. David Lidington CBE MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, UK Cabinet Minister with overall responsibility for constitutional affairs.
Bishop Robert wrote of his concern of how over 3 million EU citizens are being treated and represented, particularly in the context of Brexit. He states two areas where significant complaints are being raised in his Diocese:-
1. Denial of ability to vote in the UK
2. Postal ballots not arriving in time.
Read Bishop Robert's full letter on the Diocesan website: HERE

O Holy Spirit, whose presence is liberty, grant us that freedom of the spirit,
which will not fear to tread in unknown ways,
not be held back by misgivings of ourselves and fear of others. Ever beckon us forward to the place of your will
which is also the place of your power, O ever-leading, ever-loving

A few observations from The Beacon .......

Cereal just as good as any sport drink...

Next time you return from the gym or a long run or whatever, reach for the
wholegrain cereal and some skimmed milk. They are just as good for you after
strenuous exercise as are the far more expensive sports drinks you can buy.
Researchers at the University of Texas have found that wheat flakes and skimmed milk do just as good a job at rehydrating and re-energising the muscles. Cereal and milk are also equally good at replenishing your blood sugar and insulin levels, and even better at protein production. The milk helped reduce lactic acid levels in the blood – these cause stiffness after exercise.

Let us pray together through the summer...

Every day we give thanks for the church building of St. John and pray for its complete restoration
Heavenly Father,
We pray / give thanks for:-
1. Give thanks for the fun of holidays and the chance to relax
2. for all those who work in the leisure industry at this busy time of year
3. give thanks for those who work in the public transport system, their service to all
4. for safety while travelling and our respect for others
5. those who are running activities for children during the school holidays
6. your immediate neighbours – their wellbeing
7. 'I will praise you Lord with my whole heart'
8. those who cannot go on holiday
9. those who work as volunteers in charity organisations
10. the beaches, parks and outdoor spaces – so welcome at this time of year
11. for HM government, God's wisdom in their decisions at this difficult time
12. for those who work as vets
13. for patience in hot weather
14. 'You will listen, O Lord, to the prayers of the lowly'
15. Lord, be with all who are trying to raise funds for St. John's restoration project
16. give thanks for the gift of laughter in our lives
17. for the British Association
18. give thanks for the gift of friends
19 for those who care for loved ones confined to their homes through ill health
20. for refugees; for children at risk of exploitation
21. 'The Lord is in his holy temple, He has his throne in heaven'
22. for those suffering fear for the present, fear for the future
23. for the Prayer Circle
24. for young people – their hopes and plans
25. for all who work to bring justice and an end to poverty
26. those who find it hard to pray
27. give thanks for the week-end; a time to rest from work
28. 'the promises of the Lord can be trusted'
29. for our churchwardens, our church council, their dedication on our behalf
30. our locums, and all who prepare and lead our services
31. give thanks for all God's blessings

Lord, thank you for talking to us in our prayers
may we listen and act.

 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

 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;
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.