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
- Obituary Fr. Richard White R.I.P.
- From the Church Registers
- Diamond Jubilee Prayer
- The Voice from the Potting Shed
- Titanic – Oliver’s Story
- Meaningful Anagrams?
- What’s on?
- Who do I contact?
Church Services on Sunday
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:
11.30 am “The 11.30 with Baptism”- modern worship; coffee is served afterwards
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 first Tuesday of the month
Thursday 9.45 am Eucharist – informal service with hymns; coffee is served afterwards
|Parish Priest : Fr. John Travers The Vicarage, High Street,Hamble, SO31 4JFTel/Fax 023 8045 2148e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org||Parish Readers :Mrs Joan Glue Tel 023 8045 7053Mr David Winser Tel 023 8045 5872 Churchwardens :Mr Colin Glue Tel 023 8045 7053Mrs Pat Stephens Tel 023 8045 4181|
A Voice from the Vestry
Some bishops and priests imitate Jesus the Good Shepherd literally, to the extent of laying down their lives on behalf of their people. Archbishop Oscar Romero was one such good shepherd. He was murdered on 24 March 1980 as he celebrated Mass in his cathedral in El Salvador.
He is not unique. Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, in Iraq, was found dead on 13 March 2008. Two weeks previously, on 29 February, Archbishop Rahho was kidnapped from his car in Mosul. According to church officials, “Gunmen sprayed the Archbishop’s car with bullets, killed two bodyguards and shoved the bishop into the trunk of a car. In the darkness, he managed to pull out his cell phone and call the church, telling officials not to pay a ransom for his release. He believed that this money would be used for killing and more evil actions.” The kidnappers demanded a ransom of three million US dollars for the release of the archbishop, whose body was found in a shallow grave two weeks later.
More recently still, in 2010, forty-four Coptic Catholics were murdered during Mass in Iraq, when gunmen attacked the main Syriac church in Baghdad, then blew themselves up. Among the dead were Father Thair and Father Waseem who was murdered as he tried to prevent the shooting. Father Thair shielded a family with his body, saying, “Kill me, not this family with children. The future of Iraqi Christians is not in the hands of men, but in the hands of God.”
Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd who is prepared to die for His sheep. It is quite easy to distinguish between a good and a bad shepherd: the latter has no commitment and runs away as soon as danger threatens. In Jesus’ day, shepherds were commonly regarded as disreputable, isolated groups of men who stayed on the hills for long periods and who often had little regard for the flocks entrusted to their care.
Jesus had watched responsible shepherds build up a trusting relationship with their sheep. They would walk ahead of the flock, calling it to follow. The sheep learned that if they followed the shepherd’s voice, they would find good pastures. God the Father had entrusted His people to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knowing that Jesus would establish a uniquely protective relationship with them, even at the cost of His own life. Jesus would lead His followers safely home.
“Troubles always come in threes.” Does that sound familiar? Sometimes difficulties come from different angles, threatening to be overwhelming, just like a pack of wolves threatening their chosen victim. It is easy to feel alone and defenceless, with nowhere to turn. It is easy to be so preoccupied with our problems that we don’t notice the sound of Jesus’ voice, but that does not mean that He stops calling. It is in our darkest, most fear-filled moments that He is closest and most concerned with our safety. Those are the very times when our faith is tested, perhaps to its absolute limits.
It is not easy, when life is hard, to put our lives in Jesus’ hands and to go wherever He leads. If only we could see where we are going, following might be simpler. We want to make plans and can’t. Anxiety and insecurity are very frightening. Yet these are precisely the times when Jesus is saying, “Trust me. I am the Good Shepherd. I will keep you safe.”
We have good shepherds in our own lifetime, people such as Archbishop Rahho and Fathers Waseem and Thair. Jesus gave them the courage to lay down their lives for others. He might not ask martyrdom of us, but He is calling us to follow Him. Are we willing to follow His voice? Are there occasions when we could imitate Jesus and be a good shepherd to someone who needs more help than we do?
Women’s World Day of Prayer 2012
The first Friday in March found some 80 women, together with a respectable number of men, gathered at St. Leonard’s Church, Bursledon to celebrate this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer. There were representatives from all of the churches on the Hamble Peninsular who always enjoy gathering together on this special day. This was the first year that the service has been held at St. Leonard’s and we enjoyed a warm welcome and tasty hospitality from them.
This year the service was prepared by the women of Malaysia. Their theme was ‘Let Justice Prevail’. Malaysia, in Southeast Asia, is a country of contrasts. This is true at many levels – its modern cities and the widespread use of the latest technology provide a contrast to the remote areas where people follow a traditional way of life; some people have become very rich since World War II when the country suffered brutal occupation under the Japanese, while others are desperately poor and marginalised; tourists who flock to Malaysia for its beautiful scenery and fascinating variety of wildlife feel safe because crimes are harshly punished, whereas the poorer inhabitants experience injustice, greed and corruption; some women achieve a high level of education and are represented in many important professions, while women of all races and classes still face powerlessness, discrimination and violence at all levels of society. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. The official religion is Islam with a Christian minority of 8%, many of whom live in Sabah and Sarawak.
The challenge to all who took part in this service is clear: it takes courage, compassion and active engagement to let justice prevail. As Christians we are called to act to bring about change in the unjust world in which we live today. The change may not happen quickly but we must never give up the struggle.
Joan Glue Parish Reader
The Lent Lunch with a choice of soup and a small ploughman’s lunch was well attended and raised £60 which was sent to the Two Saints’ Charity.
Parishioners donated clothing, tea, coffee, toiletries etc which were also sent to the Two Saints’ Charity.
The Two Saints’ Charity helps homeless people in Southampton.
187 pairs of no longer required spectacles went via Wickham and Petersfield to join a total of over 700 pairs to be sent by the Meon Valley section of Lions International to Third World Countries.
Thank you to all who contributed.
In the Priory Centre on Wednesday 4th April more than 50 people met to celebrate the Jewish festival of “The Feast of Unleavened Bread” in remembrance of the Israelites escape from their bondage in Egypt. In their haste to flee from the Egyptians, “the people carried off their dough still unleavened”.
It is the great Jewish feast of redemption and deliverance where the lamb eaten at each Paschal meal also recalls the very first Passover sacrifice. The blood of the lamb was used to mark the doors and lintels of the houses of the Children of Israel who thus escaped the judgement of the Lord. The Lord passed over the houses marked with blood leaving the occupants unharmed, whilst the first-born of the Pharaoh and his people and even their animals succumbed to the plague visited upon them. In Exodus 12 v14-17 God decreed that the Feast be kept by ordinance each year as a memorial of their deliverance.
The Supper re-enacts the events of the Passover and it was quite interesting to watch the faces of those participating in the Supper that evening. Most maintained an air of solemn respect or even reverential awe regarding the proceedings. Also, it seemed several appeared puzzled or bemused at the unfamiliar ceremony and especially the ancient Hebrew words used throughout.
The good quality meal was well prepared and presented by the volunteer kitchen “staff”. The readings and questions narrated by the children in emulation of that first Passover night enhanced the occasion as always.
The St. Andrew’s Parish Passover Supper of 2012 was certainly another resounding success.
We celebrated Easter in style with our annual Good Friday workshop. Over 30 children from the village spent the afternoon making bread, clay crosses, Easter butterflies and, of course, an Easter nest filled with chocolate eggs! The children played games and were involved in telling the Easter story through props, acting and craft.
We completed the afternoon’s worship with songs and prayers. A huge thank you to all those involved, but most importantly to the amazing group of young people who participated and made the event both enjoyable and worthwhile.
Fr. Richard White R.I.P.
It was with great sadness while on holiday, that I learned about the death of Fr. Richard White who had been honorary priest in this parish for ten years. Fr. Richard retired from SS Peter & Paul, Fareham when he was 70 years of age and moved into the area permanently.
He came to St. Andrew’s Church and offered his services to the parish and together with Fr. Geoffrey Waghorn began a long association with this church and the parishioners. He was a gentle man who would listen to the concerns of parishioners; made lasting friendships and contributed so much to the Christian faith here in this community.
Fr. Richard arranged a pilgrimage to the Holy Land while he was here in Hamble. He often undertook chaplaincies aboard ships working for the Mission to Seafarers and enjoyed the company of holidaymakers.
He was very diligent in his ministerial duties and had a gift of bringing people together and reaching out to the community. He enjoyed the social events that we have here in this church and often remarked as to the importance of such gatherings in melding friendships and bringing people together. He was a true friend to Hamble Church.
Recently his heath began to decline and he was saddened that he felt he could no longer contribute to the life of this parish, but always took a keen interest in what was taking place within the church family life. He will be dearly missed by many people here who have fond memories of a man who gave his life to God and who helped to extend His kingdom here in Hamble. We extend our sympathies to Patsy, his wife, who was continually by his side and supported him so well in his mission to all whom he met.
From the Church Registers
We welcome into the family of the church
Giles Linwood + Sarah Jane Lance
Rest in Peace
We offer our sympathy to the family and friends of
Fr. Richard White
Diamond Jubilee Prayer
The following prayer, written at the Queen’s direction by the Chapter of St. Paul’s Cathedral for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St. Paul’s on the 5th of June 2012.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the Church of England.
God of time and eternity,
Whose Son reigns as servant, not master;
We give you thanks and praise that you have blessed
this Nation, the Realms and Territories
our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee,
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,
and those of the Commonwealth,
now and all the days of her life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Voice from the Potting Shed
Welcome to the summer edition of New Waves and the second ‘Voice from the Potting Shed’. Since the last issue we enjoyed that lovely mini heat wave and as I write this article we are having plenty of April showers. Who knows what the summer will have for us weather wise!
June is a very busy month in the garden when hopefully all risk of frost has passed. Now is the ideal time, although I suspect many of you eager gardeners have already done so, to plant out those summer flowering bedding plants into the borders and containers.
Looking ahead to next year for those of you enjoy growing wallflowers, I find it beneficial to sow wallflowers by mid June to give time for the plants to grow and establish themselves before transplanting into their final positions in the autumn. One particular variety I grow is called Tom Thumb height 15-23cm (6”-9” in old money). Because this is a dwarf variety I find this excellent for containers, window boxes and hanging baskets in the late spring when there is little else available. For normal bedding height varieties (38cm or 15”) try Persian Carpet mix. This contains a good range of colours and has been awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, which makes it an outstanding variety. If you do not want to grow wallflowers from seed they are readily available in bunches from garden centres and markets in late August ready to be planted out into the garden borders, but make sure they are well watered in. A weak solution of liquid plant food or a very light dressing of ‘Growmore’ is advisable to get them established quickly.
For vegetable growers there is still time to sow runner beans. I aim for a deadline of mid June to complete sowing. A good variety to grow for freezing is Enorma which also has the RHS Award of Garden Merit. A good variety to grow in pots on the patio is ‘Hestia’ which has attractive bio colours – red and white flowers – a first class, very disease resistant and easy to grow dwarf variety, bearing heavy crops of stringless, high quality and delicious beans.
This month’s TOP TIPS
If you grow the ‘Tom Thumb’ plants, why not pot up a few individual plants ready to fill any gaps you have in your borders or hanging baskets.
Titanic – Oliver’s Story
It breaks my heart to see the terrible and sad ruin of the Titanic after her long fall from the treacherous world above. Yet I still can’t believe it – I had just found her.
My name is Dr Oliver Schofield and I’ve just discovered the greatest ship of all time. As I entered the wondrous ship I saw the leather boots on the floor, still in good condition as leather does not rot.
The bow is like a shadowy figure looming out of the darkness like a ghost ship. I don’t know how I discovered Titanic. One minute I’m entering my submarine, the next thing I know is that my team and I had just discovered the Titanic.
I still couldn’t believe that I was in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, two and a half miles down. I felt elated yet surprised. But I was also scared. My windows were nine inches thick but three and a half tonnes were pushing on my windows and if they go, it’s good-bye in two micro seconds.
It saddened me to see the sad ruin of the ship, her beauty faded. She was no longer the graceful lady that sank in the greatest maritime disaster of all time. There she lay, finally at rest.
Many of you crossword fans will have dealt with the inevitable anagram based clue prevalent in certain newspapers. Some of you as scrabble fans might even have resorted to Scrabble Anagram or Anagram Solver via your computer to tease out what you can do with up to 12 letters. Some years ago I received an email from a colleague in which a word or a phrase was converted into an alternative statement which might be considered a reasonably sharp observation.
Since this short article is to appear in our church magazine let us commence with the single word Presbyterian. Rearrangement allows members of such a church to claim their behaviour as: Best in Prayer. Clearly an Astronomer is a Moon Starer, whereas He Bugs Gore must be George Bush. The application of the Morse code inevitably leads to the reaction ‘Here come Dots’. Clearly They See means ‘The Eyes’ and Cash Lost in Me must be a consequence of the use of one or more ‘Slot Machines’.
For the mathematically minded A Decimal Point is simply a case of ‘I’m a dot in place’ whereas Eleven plus Two is clearly the same as ‘Twelve plus one’. The Earthquakes, not so prevalent in the UK might be considered as ‘That Queer Shake’.
In May we will, I am sure, have awaited with bated breath the local Election Results with perhaps some seeing the outcome as ‘Lies- Let’s Recount’.
Prior to moving to Hamble we lived in Northumberland in a place called Darras Hall near the Village of Ponteland (with a church slightly older than that in Hamble). Many elected not to have street lighting and hence this did cause some to ‘Land on Pet’ whilst out walking, as a consequence of the acceptance of this idea by the builder ‘Rash Darall’. My wife’s mother lived in a specially constructed granny flat, which was a good idea and stopped me ever even contemplating referring to my Mother in Law as ‘Woman Hitler’.
Maybe the Editor might like some of your more responsible observations.
Grant E. Hearn
|Sunday 3rd||11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service|
|Tuesday 5th||7 pm Healing Service|
|Wednesday 6th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Saturday 9th||7 pm Diamond Jubilee Musical Evening|
|Sunday 10th||6 pm Choral Evensong|
|Tuesday 12th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café|
|Wednesday 13th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Saturday 16th||2 pm – 4 pm Summer Fête|
|Wednesday 20th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Sunday 24th||12.30 pm – 3.30 pm Jazz Lunch|
|Tuesday 26th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café|
|Wednesday 27th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Saturday 30th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B|
|Sunday 1st||11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service|
|Tuesday 3rd||7 pm Healing Service|
|Wednesday 4th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Sunday 8th||6 pm Choral Evensong|
|Tuesday 10th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café|
|Wednesday 11th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Wednesday 18th||11 am – 12 noon Cherubs|
|Saturday 28th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B|
|Sunday 5th||11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service|
|Tuesday 7th||7 pm Healing Service|
|Sunday 12th||6 pm Choral Evensong|
|Saturday 25th||10 am – 12 noon Place 2 B|
Who do I contact? St. Andrew’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Bert Allwood : Deanery Synod Rep. 023 8045 2851
Annette de Bary: Music 023 8045 8452
Colin Glue: Churchwarden 023 8045 7053
Joan Glue: Parish Reader 023 8045 7053
Helen Griffiths: Music; PCC Vice Chairman 023 8045 8452
Arthur Haines-Ray: Assistant Churchwarden; Funeral Verger 023 8045 3553
Brian Howlett: Deanery Synod Rep; Health and Safety Officer 023 9283 2740
Roy Pharoah: 023 8056 1195
Fr John Travers: Baptisms; Weddings; Funerals; Priory Centre 023 8045 2148
David Winser; Parish Reader; Sacristan 023 8045 5872
Holy Waghorn: 023 8040 2972
Pat Gillman: Magazine distribution. 023 8045 2422
Grant Hearn: Friends of St Andrew’s 023 8045 6265
Jeff Law: Finance 023 8045 4299
Kim Quayle: Beacons 023 8056 2193
Heather & Terry Smith: Wedding Vergers 023 8045 2988
Helen Taylor: Cherubs 023 8045 8347
Judy Waghorn: Fete/Fayre Co-ordinator 014 8978 2795
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