This is the ‘electronic’ version of the magazine of the Priory Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Hamble. This version is for those living outside the parish who do not receive a free copy, or for those that have lost their original copy. My thanks to Liz (Scoop) Jarvis, New Waves editor, for her kind co-operation in making this ‘e’ version possible.
Funded by St Andrew’s and delivered free to all homes in Hamble
In this issue:
- Church Services
- A Voice from the Vestry.
- Confirmation Service Sunday April 10th 2011.
- The celebration of the wedding of ate and William.
- A Pilgrim’s reflection on the St Andrew’s pilgrimage to The Holy Land 2011.
- The Place 2B
- Penelope’s P’s and Q’s abound.
- The Fire
- Is God an Invention?
- What’s on
- Who do I contact?
Church Services on Sundays
8.00 am Holy Eucharist
9.50 am Beacons (Junior Church) – meet in the Priory Centre
10.00 am The Parish Eucharist; coffee is served afterwards
1st Sunday in the month only – in addition to the above services:
11.15 am “The 11.15”- modern worship; coffee is served afterwards
12 noon Holy Baptism
2nd Sunday in the month only – in addition to the above services:
6.00 pm Choral Evensong
Church Services on Weekdays
Tuesday 7.00 pm Holy Eucharist
(Healing Service once a month: 5th of July; 2nd of August; 6th of September)
Thursday 9.45 am Eucharist – informal service with hymns;
coffee is served afterwards
Parish Priest :Fr. John Travers The Vicarage, High Street, Hamble, SO31 4JF Tel/Fax 023 8045 2148 e mail: email@example.com
|Parish Readers : Mrs Joan Glue Tel 01489 788675 Mr David Winser Tel 023 8045 5872 Churchwardens : Mr Colin Glue Tel 01489 788675 Mrs Pat Stephens Tel 023 8045 4181|
A Voice from the Vestry
As I am writing this my dog is sitting looking up at me expectantly waiting for a piece of my supper – a cheese roll. It has been ‘one of those days’ and this is the first time I have managed to get something to eat since breakfast. Unfortunately for him he is going to have to wait. He has been fed himself – first thing done on arriving home – but the pleading eyes still look longingly at every mouthful I take.
He is learning (yet again) that we can’t always have what we want in this life – or can’t have what we want now. I have had to learn that lesson many times in my life already – and will, no doubt, learn it again and again in the years to come. It isn’t wrong to want things, or to want things to happen though.
Indeed, God told us that He wants us to ask things of Him. I don’t believe that He wants us to ask to win the lottery or to be able to afford a swimming pool for the hot weather we are expecting this year, but if we ask Him for what is good or kind or healing or helpful – including asking those things for other people – then He will answer us.
For there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking God for things we need or even things we want. The important thing to keep in mind is that actually getting the thing we’re asking for is the least important part of the whole process.
This seems odd. Why ask for something if you don’t care if you get it? I’m not saying you should not care about the issue which is troubling you; I’m saying you should not be concerned with the exact outcome. We need to trust God to solve the problem His way.
God does not want you to depend on a particular solution that you have worked out to solve the problem; He wants you to depend on Him.
Asking for God’s help in all situations is a very important part of our relationship with Him. When you ask for God to help, you are indirectly saying that you trust Him and that you need Him. You are admitting your weakness and acknowledging His strength. You are submitting and surrendering to Him.
But what are we saying to God if we never ask for His help? We are saying we don’t need Him. We are sending the message that we have no need of His blessing or protection and we want to go it alone.
Another reason to ask for God’s help is not to seek a specific outcome, but rather to receive His comfort, support and peace. God may not provide a direct resolution to every difficulty in our lives, but He will comfort us. When you seek God during times of trouble, large or small, you are saying, “God, be with me during this time. Let my thoughts be with You and let me feel Your presence.”
And yes, my dog got the last piece of my cheese roll – such love and devotion as he gives always gets a reward!!
Women’s World Day of Prayer
This year the service for Women’s World Day of Prayer was held at St. Edward’s Church in Netley and it was well attended. The women of Chile had prepared the service. The address was given by Valerie Crick, who proved an excellent speaker.
The collection amounted to £218.75, which goes to the Women’s World Day of Prayer movement. There was also a raffle in aid of the New Zealand earthquake appeal, which raised £44.50.
The Lent Lunch was vey popular this year and £125 was sent to the Two Saints’ Charity, which works to help homeless people in Southampton. The collection of clothing, tea, coffee, toiletries etc donated by parishioners, was also sent.
Palm Sunday Procession
The sun shone for St. Andrew’s annual Palm Sunday procession a week before Easter. Led by a donkey, we re-enacted Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week of his life on earth. Passers-by were given palm crosses and encouraged to join in as we sang hymns on the quay.
When we got back to the church, “Nugget”, the donkey, was led into the Priory Centre cloister where he enjoyed plenty of attention from the children.
41 children of all ages had a great Good Friday afternoon at the St. Andrew’s Easter Workshop. On arrival the children played the parachute game and then joined in the retelling of the Easter story through acting and singing. After each part of the story was told the children were able to make something to take home with them as a reminder – these reminders included a donkey fridge magnet, cross shaped book mark and a yummy pastry treat. The afternoon finished with prayers and more singing. It was a fantastic workshop, enjoyed by all.
A big thank you to all who came along and special thanks to all
helpers, whose very hard work ensured the workshop was such a success.
We look forward to seeing you all next Easter!!!
Another very enjoyable Bridge afternoon was held at the Priory Centre on 16th May. Everyone enjoyed an enormous tea of sandwiches and cake.
Grateful thanks go to all those who have supported us by participating in this event, not forgetting those who helped in any way to make this afternoon a success.
The Grand Total raised was £276.10 and will go towards the work of the Friends of St. Andrew’s.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Autumn Bridge Drive. The date will be confirmed later in the year.
The Passover Supper
On Wednesday 20thApril, in Holy Week, 45 people came together in the Priory Centre to re-enact the events of Passover with a supper and wine.
One of the ways in which Passover is known is as the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as, in their haste to flee Egypt “the people carried off their dough, still unleavened” (Ex. 12:34).
As we enjoyed the meal, we remembered that Jesus became the fulfilment of all the promises of redemption and deliverance. That is why we celebrate this meal.
Bill Mintram’s Swimathon
Over a period of 5 consecutive days and in 15 minutes each day, 93 year old Bill Mintram completed 80 lengths of the swimming pool at Hamble Sports Complex, where he has swum every morning since undergoing a triple by-pass heart operation.
Bill was participating in the Swimathon 2011 to raise money for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice and was delighted to have achieved the grand total of £823.50.
Sunday April 10th 2011
Together with my fellow candidates, Katherine, Ian, Malcolm and Brian, I was confirmed on Sunday, April 10th 2011. Dawn, the other candidate, unfortunately was away on a previously planned visit.
Confirmation is a sacrament, comprising the laying of the Bishop’s hands on the candidate’s head with prayer, and an inward part, the grace, a gift of the Holy Spirit of God, to give strength in pursuit of his faith.
For all of us it was a life affirming experience, and, for me, a continuance of the development of my faith.
Why was I confirmed now as a senior adult? Facile reasoning might be advanced: simply this was the right time for me. I had received a blessing from Father John at several earlier services during the Sunday Parish Eucharist, when I was asked, without pressure, to consider confirmation. This I did and concluded that I wished to be confirmed.
Owing to the crowded diary of the new Bishop of Southampton, Bishop Jonathon Frost, Father John’s preparation classes had to be compressed. They were condensed into the time available. They were, however, fundamental, comprehensive, informative and enjoyable, with many of Father John’s anecdotes incorporated within.
Bishop Jonathon was already in the church when I arrived for the Confirmation Service. “What was your journey?” he asked. (Wait! Did he mean how did I get to the church, or what was my journey to confirmation. Thinking quickly I tried to cover both bases). “As I live nearby I walked here,” I replied, “having been prepared by Father John for today, to be confirmed by your Grace.” As he said it was a privilege for him to be there, I guess that was a suitable response.
The Confirmation Service was uplifting, fulfilling and inspiring, with a well of support rising from the pews behind. We, the candidates, together with the congregation, were liberally sprinkled with holy water by the Bishop.
An approachable, intensely devout man, the Bishop continued the celebration in the Cloisters with photographs.
One of the enduring reasons given by Father John throughout his confirmation classes, was that being a Christian does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself.
This, and more, was brought home to me a couple of weeks later, when, following a Lenten Evening Prayer meeting, I realised I had locked myself out of my house. As no one who has a key to my house was readily available, both Roy Pharaoh and David Wilkinson immediately sprang to my assistance.
Taking the 3 sectioned ladder from the Priory Centre, (a symbolic Trinity?) they toted it to my house. En route, whilst expressing my deep thanks, David commented that being a Christian is more than just saying one’s prayers. I was filled with an overwhelming sense of humility, emotion and comradeship – a true expression of the continuance of my journey.
At the house Roy was quickly up the ladder and through the open window, descending to let me in. These two “Heroes of Holy Week”, showed an act of great kindness, a confirmation of the new friends the church has brought me.
As Bishop Jonathon emphasised, confirmation is not an end in itself, but part of the continuing journey to give us strength in faith.
From the Church Registers
We welcome into the family of the church
Lauren Barber D’Angelo Derrek
Harrison Pearson Jack Attersley
Zachary Hitchmouth Ruby Walcroft
Edward Holden + Kerry Davey
James Robinson + Nina Bedford
The Wedding of Kate and William
On 29th April St. Andrew’s Church celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton with the rest of Great Britain…..and what a fitting celebration!
The Priory Centre had been decorated the night before so that when people arrived from 9 am in the morning, they were greeted by a very patriotic sight. Union Jacks, red, white and blue balloons, streamers and ribbons bedecked the hall – it looked wonderful.
A large screen television was kindly provided by Tim Gallagher and, as the build up to the ceremony took place, people came and watched and enjoyed coffee and pastries! Everyone was suitably dressed with many wearing lovely hats, looking as grand as the congregation at the Abbey.
There was a dignified hush while the service took place, only interspersed with singing along with the hymns and clapping as the lovely couple left the Abbey. Many a tear was brushed from an eye as the emotion over took us!
At 1.30 pm as the couple had ‘the kiss’ on the balcony of Buckingham Palace we raised a glass and gave a hearty cheer!
At 2 pm, 80 people were served a delicious, traditional roast beef dinner which had been cooked by Steve Molineaux, a very special gentleman who has become a great friend of St. Andrew’s.
The whole day was wonderful for Kate and William, for the United Kingdom and especially for the 80 people in the Priory Centre.
A pilgrim’s reflections on the St. Andrew’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 2011
Our weary party of pilgrims have now all safely returned from the
St. Andrew’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 2011. I hope I can speak for all those who took part when I say it was a trip to remember, for all the right reasons. OK, there was the airport security and all the hassle that goes with it, but my first glimpse of the Sea of Galilee blew away all the negativity, and, what for many of us, was a trip of a lifetime had begun.
The profusion of wild flowers, the rich blue waters reflecting the surrounding mountains, and, after hours of being cramped in the aeroplane; then the long coach ride; the first thing I had to do was to go for a swim in the truly magical waters of the Sea of Galilee.
The sea is of course fresh water, sweet not salty, and a direct contrast to the ‘Dead Sea’ that many of the party would swim in later in the pilgrimage. At first you might imagine that this could be any seaside resort, but, as I swam farther from the shore, the realisation flooded in on me that this sea is something quite different and unique. Not far from where I swam Jesus recruited his first disciples, Peter and Andrew, then James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. To the north I could see Magdala and Capernaum where Jesus based himself during his ministry – both where clearly visible. It was as if the Gospels had come alive. In my mind’s eye I could see Jesus preaching to the crowds that had forced him to a boat on the very waters I was swimming in; the same waters he walked across to help his disciples when the waves threatened to sink their boat. The scene was set for the rest of the Pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage was made in three phases. The first part was spent in and around Galilee, where Jesus grew up and was the centre of his ministry. We followed in his footsteps, visiting the places that were important to him and that were familiar to him. The second phase took us to Jerusalem by the desert route via Jericho, the oldest recorded city in the world. The third and final phase took us to the Mediterranean resort of Netanya to rest and reflect on our experiences.
All our days were spent visiting the holy sites and some of the most beautiful churches on earth. We were privileged to celebrate the Eucharist in some of the most holy sites which included the beautiful Basilica of the Annunciation; the garden of the Church of the Beatitudes; the Garden Tomb; the top of Masada and the church of the Holy Sepulchre. We renewed our baptismal vows on the banks of the river Jordan, sprinkled by Father John with its waters. We had many relevant readings from the Gospels at the appropriate sites that brought the gospels alive.
Of course the places we visited have changed out of all recognition since the time of Christ, but the words of our guide when we visited the ‘Garden Tomb’ were particularly significant to me. He said to us, ‘We don’t know that this is the actual place where Christ was crucified; and we can’t be sure that this is the actual tomb that he was laid in; but we do know that the events took place in this vicinity and it is a matter of personal faith whether you believe these are the actual sites or not.”
The question had to be asked; did the pilgrimage strengthen my faith? And the answer would have to be an emphatic yes! I am now able to revisit the Bible with fresh insight. Passages come to life because I can now relate them to the places that I have seen with my own eyes. Would I return if I had the chance? You bet your sweet life I would!
Finally, I cannot end this short reflection without thanking all those who worked so hard to make the pilgrimage such a resounding success. In particular I would like to thank Roy Pharaoh who did so much to make the event so special, both in the planning and the execution of the trip. Also, I would like to thank Father John and Father Bill for officiating at all the services. Thank you all!
As a footnote, I will be posting a more detailed reflection on my blog site, which, those of you with internet access will find at: www.spiritofsaintandrews.org.uk.
March 2011 saw the first anniversary of the Church Saturday morning coffee shop, The Place 2 B, which was the result of general discussion and exchange of ideas between five or six ladies from the church. The idea was to provide a facility for people in Hamble to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea with their friends at a reasonable price. From this embryo The Place 2 B developed with an emphasis on “olde worlde” quality and charm. China cups and saucers, home made cake and cake forks together with white tablecloths and waiter/waitress service to your table were the order of the day – shades of Lyons Corner House for those of you who can remember it.
At about the same time other people were talking about arranging a Christmas Day Lunch for anyone who was going to be on their own on Christmas Day. It therefore seemed sensible to combine the two ideas and use the money raised by The Place 2 B to pay for the lunch.
In the event, because of the generosity of people in the area, there was a balance of £424 left to carry forward for this year and, since then, a further £220 profit has been made to the end of March. This means the project has raised around £650 in its first year. In addition, Raffles held have raised over £300 which has gone to a variety of charities which include Children in Need, McMillan Cancer Support, Water Aid and Help for Heroes.
So, if you feel inclined to a cup of coffee and a slice of home made cake come along to the Priory Centre behind the Church.
The café is open from 10am to 12 noon on the second Saturday and the last Saturday every month. You are welcome to come alone or with a party of friends. Come along and enjoy an hour or so of peace and old world charm. At a cost of £1.50 for coffee and cake, it has to be the best value in town.
Penelope’s paradise positively precludes pigeon pow-wows.
Penelope persistently pursues peaceful permanent privacy.
Penelope pigeon predictably parades proudly, performing paramount pageantry.
Posed panache permits patrols of profuse parsley, parsnip and pepper patches.
Penelope’s proprietary poses prevents predatory procurement of quince, quarenden or
parched quitch-grass; so quelling querulous predicaments and providing quiescence per se.
In short, Penelope pigeon unashamedly rules our garden.
Watch out for adventures of Penelope Pigeon.
Grant E. Hearn
The fire sends flames up into the sky
As the memories burn, then part of you die.
The old rag dolls and the books and games;
The chairs; the clothes that are too small;
The moth eaten teddy without a name;
The old seat and a cupboard with a broken door.
Standing there feeding the fire,
Throwing on books as the flames go higher.
Making sure that all things burn,
Paper, cardboard, cases and wood.
And from this we all should learn
Not to hoard, as it isn’t good.
So when your house is full of stuff
You must think enough is enough.
Don’t keep buying more and more,
Don’t fill your space – have an open floor.
And so this ends and I have to say
That part of my life’s gone, as I walk away.
Is God an Invention?
Lulu Renton, a six year old, recently returned from primary school and sat down to write a letter to God. According to The Times newspaper of 22nd April, it read “To God how did you get invented? From Lulu X O ♥”
Burning the letter and letting it rise up the chimney in this case did not seem an appropriate option by her parents. Having sent Lulu’s letter to various denominations, an email reply came from Archbishop Rowan of Lambeth Palace. Part of the reply read, “Dear Lulu – Nobody invented me – but lots of people discovered me and were quite surprised ………….. They discovered me when they were very quiet on their own and felt a sort of peace and love they had not expected.“ Other ideas were shared and the closure was, “I know he doesn’t usually write letters, so I have to do the best I can on his behalf. Lots of love from me too”, followed by a signature.
On discussing the letter with her father, who asked “Well? What do you think?” Lulu thought a little, “Well, I have very different ideas. But he does a good one.”
Ignoring the “masculinity” issue and keeping to the more basic enquiries of Lulu’s thoughts, what do you think? Is God an invention or a reality? If real – how real? What impact does God have on your life?
If a six year old can ask direct questions and seek answers, what might be expected of adults?
Grant E Hearn
|Tuesday 28th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café||
|Wednesday 29th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||
|Sunday 3rd||11.15 Service||
|Tuesday 5th||7 pm Healing Service||
|Wednesday 6th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||
|Saturday 9th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||
|Sunday 10th||6 pm Choral Evensong||
|Tuesday 12th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café||
|Wednesday 13th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||
|Wednesday 20th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||
|Saturday 30th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||
|Tuesday 2nd||7 pm Healing Service||
|Sunday 7th||11.15 Service||
|Saturday 13th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||
|Sunday 14th||6 pm Choral Evensong||
|Saturday 27th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||
|Sunday 4th||11.15 Service||
|Tuesday 6th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café;7 pm Healing Service||
|Saturday 10th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||
|Sunday 11th||6 pm Choral Evensong||
|Wednesday 14th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||
|Tuesday 20th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café||
For regular weekly church services, please see inside front cover
thank You for the forgiveness of all of our sins, won
by Jesus’ death and declared in His resurrection.
Who do I contact?
St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)
|Annette de Bary||Music||02380458452|
|Colin Glue||Churchwarden||01489 788675|
|Joan Glue||Parish Reader||01489 788675|
|Helen Griffiths||Music; PCC Vice Chairman;Deanery Synod Rep||02380 458452|
|Arthur Haines-Ray||Assistant Churchwarden;Funeral Verger||02380 453553|
|Dennis Dunn||PCC Secretary||02380 404067|
|Jeff Law||Treasurer||02380 454299|
|Pat Stephens||Churchwarden; Assistant Sacristan||02380 45 4181|
|Thomas Taylor||02380 45 8347|
|Fr John Travers||Baptisms; Weddings; Funerals;Priory Centre||02380 45 2148|
|David Winser||Parish Reader, Sacristan||02380 45 5872|
|Pat Gillman||Magazine distribution||02380 452422|
|Richard and Hilary Hardy||Electoral roll||02380 453676|
|Grant Hearn||Friends of St Andrew’s||02380 456265|
|Brian Howlett||Health and safety||02392 832740|
|Kim Quayle||Beacons||02380 562193|
|Heather and Terry Smith||Wedding Vergers||02380 452988|
|Helen Taylor||Cherubs||02380 458347|
“New Waves” Magazine Editor : Liz Jarvis,
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