Cross Border Newsletter, March 2020


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

EUCHARIST SERVICE EVERY SUNDAY - 10H30

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

You are welcome to Join us the second Wednesday of the Month

the English Cemetery in Bordighera, Italy, 10h30.

Services Suspended during the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV outbreak


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.


Don't Forget!

TURN THE CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR
28/29 MARCH
SUMMERTIME STARTS


We welcome our locum

The Revd David Houghton who is with us through

Easter Sunday 2020.


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.



The Thursday Morning Gardening Group

Join them each Thursday at 09h30 in the Garden at St. John's


St john's church Fundraising Campaign

As you may know the money from the Insurance settlement does not cover all the expenses to renovate the church. Please read the Appeal Document Below.

 Thank you to all who have contributed,

the roof repair cost has been met!

Work will begin soon.

 

Donations have reached 50%

Please give generously

Donate online or bring a cheque to church.

Prefer to 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


ST. PATRICK

Everyone has heard of St. Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland, who

we commemorate on

17th March.

 

If you've ever been in New York on St. Patrick's Day you'd think he was the patron saint of New York as well ... the vast, flamboyant parade is full of American/Irish razzmatazz. It's all a far cry from the hard life of this 5th century humble Christian who became in time both bishop and apostle of Ireland. Patrick was born the son of a town councillor in the west of England, between the mouth of the Severn and the Clyde. But as a young man he was captured by Irish pirates, kidnapped to Ireland, and reduced to slavery. He was made to tend his master's herds. Desolate and despairing, Patrick turned to prayer. He found God was there for him,

even in such desperate circumstances. He spent much time in prayer, and his faith grew and deepened, in contrast to his earlier years, when he “knew not the true God”.
Then, after six gruelling, lonely years he was told in a dream he would soon go to his own country. He either escaped or was freed, made his way to a port 200 miles away and eventually persuaded some sailors to take him with them away from Ireland. After various adventures in other lands, including near-starvation, Patrick landed on English soil at last, and returned to his family. But he was much changed. He had enjoyed his life of plenty before; now he wanted to devote the rest of his life to Christ. Patrick received some form of training for the priesthood, but not the higher education he really wanted.
But by 435, well educated or not, Patrick was badly needed. Palladius' mission to the Irish had failed, and so the Pope sent Patrick back to the land of his slavery, after many prayers and doubts, he decided to follow the call from God. He set up his see at Armagh, and worked principally in the north. He urged the Irish to greater spirituality, set up a school, and made several missionary journeys.
Patrick's writings are the first literature certainly identified from the British Church. They reveal sincere simplicity and a deep pastoral care. He wanted to abolish paganism, idolatry, and was ready for imprisonment or death in the following of Christ.
Patrick remains the most popular of the Irish saints. The principal cathedral of New York is dedicated to him, as, of course, is the Anglican cathedral of Dublin.


Life at St. James-the-Least The Rectory

St. James the Least

 

My dear Nephew Darren,
I must begin with a confession. I know it is wrong of me, but last Wednesday I coveted your modern purpose-built, user-friendly worship centre. Your concrete cube may have all the aesthetic charm of a suburban bus shelter, but it is clean,
bright, and does not have the propensity for hiding dead animals in dark corners. March at St. James-the-Least brings an annual event I dread: the 'Boon Day'.
There is a certain irony in the ladies of the parish – who without exception employ dailies to do all their domestic cleaning and dusting – getting together to wash, polish and scrape 12 month's worth of accumulated dirt from the church interior.
Having very obviously put in hours of thought about correct dress – not looking as if they're set for drinks at the golf club, but equally not giving the impression that wielding a mop and bucket comes naturally to them – they arrive equipped with the cartier equivalents of bleach and dusters. I am slightly surprised Admiral
Waterspoon's wife knows which end of a brush should be held.
Miss Pemberton's over-enthusiastic use of bleach for cleaning the sanctuary floor in the Lady Chapel makes one feel one is entering a public lavatory rather than a house of God. Books, service sheets and collection plates have all been so efficiently tidied away that it will take months before anyone can find anything. Lost coins are placed in the collection box, long-forgotten gloves and scarves put out
for the next jumble sale and dead pigeons placed on the compost heap.
Just as archaeologists date various layers of a dig from the artefacts they recover,
the ladies cleaning the choir stalls have determined precisely when the tenors changed from spearmint to pepperment into chews during the sermon, as they shovelled through 52 Sundays-worth of lost mints.
Our great moment of crisis came when Lady Dawes decided to clean the statue of St. James-the-Least, standing in his niche above the high altar. An eight foot, fifty year-old step ladder and an eighteen stone seventy year-old dowager are not an ideal combination. St. James has stood on his plinth, unmolested, for the best part of 500
years, two fingers held in a sign of blessing. Until last Wednesday.
Lady D's last flourish, removing the cobwebs from St. James' head, caused her to lose her balance. She grasped for something for support, failed and hit the floot still holding one of our saint's two fingers. He now stands – admittedly very clean – but with only one finger raised to the congregation in a far from saintly gesture. A little
judicious application of glue will be necessary before he makes his true intentions clear.
And so we now live in a state of uninhabitable order and hygiene. Within a month, the skills of mice and men should return us to our preferred ambience for Christian worship.
Your loving uncle, Eustace.


 SAINT DAVID or DEWI

( C.520-601)
PATRON SAINT

OF WALES

March 1st is St. David's Day, the national day of Wales, and has been celebrated as such since the 12th century. Today the celebrations usually involve the singing of traditional songs followed by a Te Bach, a tea with bara brith (famous Welsh fruited bread) and teisen bach (fruit cake). Young Welsh girls are encouraged to wear national costume and leeks or daffodils are worn.

So who was St David (or Dewi San in Welsh)? Actually not too much is known about St. David except from a biography written around 1090 by Rhygyfarch, son of the Bishop of St. David's. According to Chambers Biographical Dictionary - 'David was born near St. Bride's Bay, Pembrokeshire. The young David grew up to be a priest, being educated at the monastery of Hen Fynyw under the tutorage of St. Paulinus. Becoming a missionary David travelled throughout Wales and Britain and even made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he was consecrated bishop. He founded 12 monasteries including Glastonbury and one at Minevia (St. David's) which he made his bishop's seat.' He was named Archbishop of Wales at the Synod of Brevi (Llandewi Brefi) and presided over another Welsh synod the 'Lucus Victoriae, or Synod of Victory.

According to the Annales Cambriae (10th century) he died in 601 as Bishop of Moni Judeorum, or Menevia, afterwards St. David's. His feast day is 1 March.


General Synod News

GENERAL SYNOD - 12 February 2020

CLIMATE EMERGENCY &

CARBON REDUCTION TARGET
Our Diocesan Environment Officer, Revd. Elizabeth Bussmann, attending the Church of England General Synod on 12th February 2020 reported that the original target of a more cautious 2045 net-zero target was ripped up and voted to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The proposal was carried by 144 votes to 129, with ten abstentions.

All parts of the Church of England will be called upon to achieve year-on-year reductions in emissions and urgently examine what would be required to reach net zero emissions by 2030.
Each Dioocesan Synod and Cathedral Chapter will be called on to address progress towards net zero emissions every three years. For a full report see the Church Times website:


O God,
Give me sympathy and sense,
and help me keep my courage high.
God, give me confidence and strength,
and please, a twinkle in my eye.
In Jesus name,   Amen


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
BISHOP'S LENT APPEAL 2020
Classroom Building Appeal – Diocese of Mumias, Kenya

2020 is the year of the Lambeth Conference. Some 600 Anglican bishops from all over the world will gather together in Canterbury in July. Last summer, I was privileged to take part in a preparatory pilgrimage that brought together 15 of these

bihops and spouses.

One of those with whom I shared the pilgrimatge was Joseph Wandera, Bishop of the Anglican diocese of Mumias in Kenya. I had previously met Joseph at a Carol Service in our chaplaincy in The Hague. Joseph had studied at advanced level in the Netherlands and was visiting the Hague to examine research theses in theology. I was impressed by Bishop Joseph's sensitivity, care and courage in working in frequently tough conditions with very limited resources.

In view of this being a special year for the Anglican Communion, I invited Bishop Joseph to suggest a project in his diocese which could be the subject of his appeal. I therefore join with Bishop Joseph in inviting us to help raise funds for a new classroom at the Bishop Hanningtone Memorial Academy being built by the diocese of Mumias.

The Challenge

In 2013 the Kenyan government introduced a policy of free primary education. This has led to big increases in the numbers of children enrolled in schools. All the evidence suggests that improving primary school participation rates is a key factor in development and wellbeing. However, the number of teachers has not increased and classrooms are congested. Some classes have as many as 150 pupils with students sharing desks. In other cases, a shortage of buildings means children trying to learn outside, despite the

vagaries of the weather.

The Opportunity

Aware of this challenge, the Anglican Diocese of Mumias has established the Bishop Hanningtone Academy as their contribution towards better quality primary education in a Christian context. Their current enrollment stands at 38. The school currently consists of just one block with two classrooms, with a third room serving as the administrative wing. At present, they have three grades, Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two, and the Diocese employs three teachers.

The Bishop and Diocese would love to expand the school. To do that, they need to build more classrooms.

The Appeal

Bishop Joseph estimates it will cost 20,000USD to build and furnish a new classroom. (That is very good value by Western European standards!) Our Lent Appeal could therefore go most of the way to constructing a very tangible expansion of the Diocese of Mumias's mission to educate primary school children.

Safeguarding

We expect recipients of appeals to meet safeguarding standards. Bishop Joseph has sent me a copy of their safeguarding policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, approved in June 2019 by the Mumias Diocesan Synod, which I have shown to our own Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. To donate to the Bishop Hanningtone School Cassroom Building Appeal please send money via your chaplaincy treasurer to Nick Wraight in the Diocesan Office.

I wish you a holy Lent.

With every blessing,

+ Robert Gibraltar in Europe

P.S... A note regarding Future Appeals

I would very much like my next Appeal to come from within our own diocese. If you have a charitable cause in the field of social mission, preferably run by or in partnership with one of our own chaplaincies, please do discuss with your Archdeacon and then send me details.

The Bishop in Europe: The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes


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


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)


                A Warning

Keep an eye on your belongings while you are in church. Sadly, Jill Wason's handbag was stolen during a service last year.
Fortunately it was found on the other side of Menton in front of a lady's gate. The lady kindly got in touch with Jill. Everything was recovered except the money inside.
Jill says: “be careful, do not leave your possessions unattended at any time”.


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)


Every day we give thanks for the church building of St. John, built by 'The United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel', and pray for its complete restoration, that we may be able to open its doors once more to all who seek to worship God our heavenly Father therein, and to carry forward His mission for us in this place.

Heavenly Father,
We praise you and give you thanks and pray for ......
1. In honour of St. David's Day, pray for the church and anyone you know who lives in Wales
2. Pray for the opportunity of a closer walk with God during Lent
3. for those suffering from mental disorders that leave them afraid and lonely
4. Father, fill us all with Your love that it will illuminate our lives
5. for all those who are attending or following Lent courses
6. pray for Zimbabwe and those taking part in the World Day of Prayer
7. pray for children and young people in the towns where we live
8. 'My help comes for the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth' Psalm 121.2
9. pray for those who find their work stressful..........
10. ........ and for those who are seeking employment
11. for any couples you know who are preparing for marriage
12. give thanks for the commitment of St. John's Church Work Group
13. give thanks for the longer brighter days and the warmth of the sun
14. pray for the migrants who arrive on our border and their future life with us
15. 'O that today you would harken to his voice! Harden not your hearts.' Psalm 95
16. Lord, slow me down if I'm going too fast. May my life be inspired by You.
17. On this St. Patrick's Day pray for anyone you know who lives in Ireland
18. for the sick – their comfort and healing
19. Give thanks for your family, the love and happiness you share
20. pray for the staff in the hospitals where you live........
21. ........ and for the patients in their care
22. 'Surely your goodness shall follow me all the days of my life.' Psalm 23
23. pray for those who work in the emergency services
24. Bishop Robert's Lent Appeal – Classroom Building Diocese of Mumias, Kenya
25. Ask God's guidance to reach Carbon Reduction targets year-on-year
26. for those who work for an end to injustice in the world
27. give thanks for the peace and tranquillity of the parks in our towns
28. give thanks for those who volunteer to help with sporting activities
29. 'there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.' Psalm 130
30. for God's healing and wholeness in your own life
31. Give thanks for all the good things this month has brought.
Lord, thank you for talking to me in my prayers,
may I listen and put what I hear into practice

Amen


 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 www.sanremoikoumene.it



 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, 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.