Triangle - January 2021

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Triangle Magazine. The church magazine for the parishes of Clymping and Yapton with Ford

ISSN 2059-1659

January 2021

The church magazine for the parishes of

Clymping & Yapton with Ford

Triangle - January 2021

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Services for January 2021

Sunday, 3th January

Yapton 9.45 am Holy Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday, 10th January

Yapton 9.45 am Holy Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday, 17th January

Yapton 9.45 am Holy Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday, 24th January

Yapton 9.45 am Holy Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday, 31st January

Clymping 11.00 Benefice Service

Every Thursday

Ford 10.00 am Holy Communion

ª There may be a Family Service at Yapton this month. Please check the

website for details and other changes that may be necessary.

ª You MUST book a place ahead of time for any of these services.

Please do this by contacting Richard in the week leading up to the service.

His contact details are on the opposite page.

ª You will need to wait outside until you can be escorted to your designated

pew.

ª You will be required to wear a mask/face covering and to use hand

sanitisers provided before and after each service.

ª We may also do a temperature check before you enter.

ª On-line services will continue this month.

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From the Editor

Dear Triangle Readers

W

elcome to the January 2021 edition of Triangle.

We have finally reached the end of 2020. What an

extraordinary year! Unprecedented, frightening, strange, offthe-scale

for loneliness and hardship for so many people.

More than ever, this year has separated us from each

other, and things are unlikely to change for several months yet. Not everyone

in our church community will be on Facebook or use a computer and so I hope

that we can keep in touch with you through our modest publication.

Things have moved around a little this month, so please make sure that

you read your copy from cover to cover!

I hope, that in this coming year, we can bring you messages of hope and

encouragement – that God has not forsaken us.

Finally, a very happy New Year to you all.

Nigel

Editor: Nigel Smeeth, 3 Dial Close, Barnham, Bognor Regis, PO22 0JU

( 01243 552821 (not after 8.00 p.m. please) triangle.magazine@gmx.com

Our Rector

Revd Richard Hayes (Rector)

Day off is Friday

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0EE.

( 01243 552962.

revrichhayes@me.com

Full details of our ministry team, along with other contacts can be found at the back of the magazine.

Cover

pictures

Front: St Mary’s Yapton under a sprinkling of snow. Photo thanks to

local resident and professional photographer Graham Sapsford ©

Back:

PLEASE NOTE

The deadline for next month’s magazine is

SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY 2021

Items received after this date will normally be carried over to the next month

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Keep in Touch with

CYFchurches

Please check the Benefice website regularly for

the most up-to-date news:

cyfchurches.org.uk

Facebook – cyfchurches

If you’re not on Richard’s email newsletter list,

then drop him an email and he’ll

add you - just another way for us

to of keep in touch with you:

revrichhayes@me.com

Richard - 01243 552962

Clymping, Yapton & Ford

Benefice Fellowship Groups

Join us in one of the fellowship groups around

the Benefice; supporting, learning, enjoying,

praying together. Each group has its own way

of doing things and we’re sure you’ll find one

that suits you. There are groups that meet

morning, afternoon and evening. Some meet

weekly, most meet fortnightly.

If you’d like to know more contact the Rector

revrichhayes@me.com

01243 552962

Church Office

Special Notice

K

athy will normally be in

the office on Monday,

Tuesday, Thursday and

Friday mornings, although

exact times will vary.

Please note that should

you wish to visit, it MUST

be by prior appointment

only.

Please email

cyfoffice@tiscali.co.uk

or call

01243 553653

(leave a message if

unanswered).

These arrangements may

be subject to review in light

of coronavirus advice.

Thank you.

P

lease pray for the two primary schools in

our benefice. Keep in your prayers the

children, the head teachers, class teachers and

all other staff.

Remember, particularly, the many children

from disadvantaged backgrounds; pray that

they may find peace and security in a loving

and caring Christian environment.

Keep the students in your prayers as they move through the secondary

education system and onto colleges, universities and apprenticeships.

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From the Rector

W

here do I begin to

sum up one year and

look forward to another? So

much has, is and will be said

about 2020 and I’m not going to jump

on the bandwagon, after all I’m just a

village parson. To be honest, the

things that I’m reflecting on probably

won’t interest most people anyway…

but I can give you a list if you ask!

I do have a slightly sickening

feeling that 2020 might be just the

overture to 2021. We might be able to

hug each other by the end of it but

there could well be more reasons to

need to give and receive that hug.

The social and political fall out is still

to be really felt, although I know

some of you have already

experienced worries about long term

health, stress, jobs, relationships and

other COVID caused issues. It’s not

only COVID that will cause seismic

tremors through the coming year.

Whatever your political position

on our new status in the World is,

I’m sure we all agree that, for good or

ill, it’s going to take time to re

establish ourselves and find our feet.

Sudden emergencies find us

rallying around, making do, laughing

in the face of adversity… however

it’s the worries and anxieties for

ourselves, our families and our

communities that overwhelm us as

we enter into the longer

term consequences of that

emergency.

What about us, this

little band of Jesus

followers, of various

degrees? I want to say that I

feel ill equipped for 2021. Have I the

energy, the resources, the experience,

the compassion, to be a Jesus

follower through these next 12

months? Perhaps, if you’re honest

with yourselves, you feel like me?

I’ve mentioned before how much I

dislike those parts of the Church that

are full of superlatives - it’s amazing,

awesome, ultimate, fantastic, the

best… they just go on and on. Well,

good for them, if that’s how it is then

God bless them, but for many of us

we find following Jesus is much more

nuanced, it’s light and dark and

every shade in between. It’s also

about being honest, with Him and

with each other. That’s why I want to

say again, can I – can we – be active

followers of Jesus through the

coming year, serving him, our

families and communities?

Yes, I think we can, TOGETHER.

We do it honestly, falteringly,

failingly but fully reliant on his grace

and mercy. Truthfully we NEVER

know what a year has in store for us -

the sun shines, the rain falls, on the

just and the unjust equally. We just

have to get on with living our lives,

(Continued on page 6)

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Canon Paul

Hardingham finds

the wise men’s gifts

to be of help to us

now.

T

his month we celebrate Epiphany,

when we remember the Magi

from the East who followed a star to

find the baby Jesus: ‘Where is the one

who has been born king of the

Jews?’ (Matthew 2:1).

At the start of a New Year, amid

the uncertainty of the pandemic, are

we asking the same question? The

gifts they offered show us how we can

find Him in the uncertainty of the

coming year: ‘they bowed down and

(Continued from page 5)

together as a Christian community,

following the way of Jesus, not for

any immediate reward or benefit but

because it’s the only way for us to

travel.

I’ve quoted this song before, it’s

one we sang as children in Crusader

class.

‘When the road is rough and steep,

Fix your eyes upon Jesus.

He alone has power to keep,

Fix your eyes upon him…’

Welcome to 2021… I DO hope it will

be a good year for you, but rough or

easy going, may we, together, fix our

eyes upon HIM.

Richard

Epiphany for today

worshipped Him…and presented Him

with gifts of gold, frankincense and

myrrh.’ (2:11).

The gift of gold reflects that the

Magi saw in the baby a king, destined

to rule over us all. In this coming year

we need to remember that Jesus is on

the throne, the seat of power and

authority in the whole universe. Will

we crown Him king of our lives and

dedicate all that we are and do to

Him?

The gift of frankincense reflects

that the visitors saw not just an

earthly king, but God in human flesh.

Incense symbolises the prayers of

God’s people and so this gift reminds

us that God is worthy of our worship

and prayer. Will we offer our praise

and prayer, as we seek God to guide

us through the uncertainties of this

time?

The gift of myrrh reflects that

these astrologers saw beyond the

baby’s birth and life, to His death

which would secure life for all. Jesus

was offered myrrh on the cross and

was a spice used in His tomb. As we

face the sufferings of this New Year,

we can be confident that Jesus knows

and understands our experience. Are

we ready to trust Him?

‘Glorious now behold Him arise,

King and God and Sacrifice!

Heav’n sings Hallelujah:

Hallelujah the earth replies.’

‘We Three Kings’

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The Revd Peter Crumpler, a Church of

England priest in St Albans, Herts, and

a former communications director for the

CofE, considers the New Year ahead.

I

Five things I’d like to see in 2021

keep hearing people say that 2020

was a ‘year like no other.’ Friends

have been writing a special journal

recording the year, so they can pass it

on to their grandchildren. Others just

want to leave 2020 behind and look

to a happier new year.

Both reactions are completely

understandable. But I’ve been

looking ahead to 2021 and thinking

about the five top things I’d like to

see in the year ahead. I wonder if

you’ll agree with them or not? Maybe

you could put together your own list.

Let’s make sure the vaccines are

distributed fairly and speedily.

Those who need the vaccine most

urgently should receive it first, with a

fair system for ensuring everyone

else can be vaccinated quickly and

efficiently. We need to ensure that

everyone receives the vaccine

wherever they live in the world –

from the poorest to the richest.

Especially, in those parts of the world

where there is war, and people are

living as refugees.

family so very much more –

especially when we could not be with

them for months on end. We learnt

lessons about how important our

neighbours and local businesses are,

how precious our NHS, medical

researchers, care providers and other

frontline workers are. Let’s not forget

them.

Let’s value nature.

Those of us with gardens, or with

parks or fields nearby, have been

massively blessed. I’ve learnt to pay

attention to birdsong, to the changing

colours of the trees, and how

unexpected plants have taken root in

our garden. Pets have played a major

part in helping us endure the

lockdowns, especially for people who

live alone. May we all learn to value

the natural world on our doorsteps in

the year ahead and beyond.

Let’s bless technology.

Without the use of the internet,

meeting people ‘online’ or keeping in

touch via email, Facetime or other

technologies, 2020 would have been a

whole lot tougher. Churches across

the country moved their Sunday

services online, and soon adapted to

a different way of worshipping – not

the same, but still helping us to

worship together and see familiar

faces. Let’s continue to give thanks

Let’s learn the lessons of the

pandemic – not just going back to

how life was, as quickly as possible.

Many of us learnt to appreciate our

(Continued on page 9)

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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society

A

New Year, and for all of us a

prospect of a new life, or at

least, an emergence from the

restrictive bonds of the

coronavirus epidemic.

Sometime in 2021, one or

more of the various

vaccines should be available

to one and all, so we can at

some point resume a ‘normal’ life,

perhaps by Easter, if the

pronouncements from central

government are correct.

To this end, the horticultural and

Five things I’d like to see in 2021

(continued from page 7)

for the science that made that contact

possible in 2020.

Let’s value our church family.

Imperfect we may be, like any family.

But the months without being

physically able to worship with them,

share communion with them, sing

alongside them have been hard. I

value so much how many churches

have risen to the pandemic challenge

and sought to serve their communities

in all kinds of ways. May we take all

this experience into 2021 and build

upon it.

Whatever 2021 holds for you and all

those that you love, I pray that you

may know the love of God in your life,

and be able to pass it on to others. PP

cookery judges have been booked for

the coming season. If at all

possible, the shows must go

on!

It may well be that the

late winter talks and the

February plant sale, and

the Spring Flower Show will

still be lost if free assembly is

not permitted in the first quarter of

the year. However, the late spring

members’ meeting and May plant

sale should, at this point of time, go

ahead and the Cottage Gardeners’

Society will be operational again.

It will take a committee meeting

or two to sort any additional events,

not least the honouring of the years

of service of past Chairman, Roy

Phillips, with the afternoon tea

promised back in 2020.

Meanwhile, it is out with the

spade to warm up with the

cultivation of gardens and

allotments.

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All aspects of general maintenance

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Here are some of the many services we

can provide:

Grass & hedge

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Pruning, Weeding,

Fencing & repairs,

Small tree cutting,

Clearances,

Patio Cleaning,

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General garden

maintenance

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Email: mattlubbe@hotmail.co.uk

Our local Primary Schools

‘Good Schools’

Yapton Church of England

Primary School

Further details from the Head Teacher,

Mrs Kim Huggett, 01243 551246

St Mary’s Clymping

Church of England

Primary School

Further details from the Head Teacher

Mr Aaron Morrisey, 01903 714325

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During lockdown, one Triangle reader

has been looking at some Old Testament

characters and how they developed their

relationship with God. These reflections

will continue into the summer.

Zechariah

God is in the here and now

Z

echariah was a prophet living in

Jerusalem almost 70 years after

the nation of Israel had been enslaved

in Babylon. He was among the first of

his people returning to

their desolate homeland.

The Jewish people who had

survived were returning in

small numbers. Their

temple lay in ruins and

things looked bleak. They

didn’t have much of

anything and were

especially short of hope. It

is into this situation that

Zechariah speaks. God

gave him a series of

messages to help motivate and

encourage the people to both rebuild

the temple and look for the fulfilment

of God’s promises.

Zechariah points to the coming of

Jesus. The Messiah will come, says

Zechariah, as Saviour, Judge, and

ultimately, as the righteous King

ruling His people from Jerusalem. He

will punish the people for their sins,

yes, but afterwards He will come to

Things may

look hopeless

now….. but

God is faithful

and He will

bring things

right in the

end.

them, if they are obedient. Zechariah’s

book brims over with the hope

(meaning the certainty) that God

would remember His promises to His

people, even after all the time they

spent in captivity. Things may look

hopeless now, Zechariah said (in a

nutshell) but God is faithful and He

will bring things right in the end.

Although they had been

scattered, God had not forgotten his

promises and was still willing to help

them if they were willing to

obey Him.

Deuteronomy 7 says

“Know therefore that the

Lord your God is God, the

faithful God who keeps

covenant and steadfast love

with those who love Him

and keep His

commandments, to a

thousand generations”

Through His word,

God continually

encourages, and He is utterly faithful.

The God who never changes always

keeps His promises. No matter what

we do or how unfaithful we may be,

He is true. We can trust the One who

sees all but still loves us

unconditionally. Just as He

encouraged the people of Israel

through Zechariah’s messages, so

God encourages us today through His

Word. Have you read it lately?

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Connecting with Culture

God of Business

T

his pandemic proves how much

we all need business. Take, for

instance, the vaccine. It has not been

provided by charity, nor government,

nor even the NHS. It has come from

business. Or, more specifically, from

companies like Moderna, BioNTech,

AstraZeneca, and Pfizer.

This does not exonerate business

from its many trespasses, nor does it

suggest that business can achieve

such victories alone. These

companies have

collaborated with

governments, universities,

the NHS, and with ordinary

citizens participating in

trials. But the vaccine is one

of countless examples in

which the public good is

served through private

interest.

It is the pandemic’s

stranglehold on that interest

that is causing such acute

economic hardship. Despite

strenuous government effort,

unemployment is set to soar as

national economies plummet. The

World Bank predicts that 100 million

people could be pushed into extreme

poverty this year, erasing almost all

progress made in the last five years.

By the end of this year in the UK, the

number of people classed as destitute

(unable to afford essentials like

housing, energy, and food) is

estimated to rise by around 700,000.

Statistics like these reflect the

lives of real people. When business

fails to flourish, everyone is

impacted, but the poor are impacted

the most. Although we have seen

extraordinary acts of solidarity,

kindness, and charity that have

helped alleviate pain, most victims of

the pandemic will not

‘When recover until business

recovers.

What theological truths

does all this highlight? Four

stand out. Firstly, God is at

work in the business

sphere, just as God is at

work in every other social

sphere. Secondly, signs of

God’s kingdom multiply

when the various spheres of

society not only fulfil their

particular vocations but

collaborate with each other to

maximize the common good. Third,

that the image of an all-wise, loving,

and creative God is reflected in the

amazing scientific capabilities of

human beings, without which

pharmaceutical companies would

have nothing to draw on.

Fourthly and finally, God’s active

(Continued on page 15)

business fails

to flourish,

everyone is

impacted,

but the poor

are impacted

the most’

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(Continued from page 13)

presence in every social sphere means

those spheres are ultimately

accountable. For business, or any

other sector, to trespass against

people is to trespass against God.

God’s ‘no’ to human sin applies in

whichever sector it occurs, just as

God’s ‘yes’ to human good will

eventually, through the collaboration

of all the social spheres, consign this

pandemic to history.

Over two million

homes with no

smoke alarm

L

atest government figures for 2018

-19 show that nine per cent of

households in England – about 2.17

million – do not have a working

alarm. And only 26 per cent of people

who do own an alarm bother to test it

at least once a month. This is despite

experts warning that people are

around eight times more likely to die

in a fire in a home with no working

smoke alarm.

The Local Government

Association points out that fire risk

goes up in the winter months, as

people use heaters and open fires.

They strongly urge people to buy a

smoke alarm

for themselves,

and for any

less-able family

member or

neighbour.

Peter S Heslam

Peter Heslam is director of Faith in

Business, Cambridge.

© London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Used with permission

‘Quarantine’

Word of the year 2020

T

he Cambridge Dictionary has

named ‘quarantine’ as its ‘word

of the year’ for 2020. Apparently, it

was the word most looked up

between January and October of last

year. ‘Quarantine’ even beat

‘pandemic’ and ‘lockdown’.

The Cambridge Dictionary has

now added a new meaning to the

word ‘quarantine’. It runs: ‘A general

period of time in which people are

not allowed to leave their homes or

travel freely, so that they do not catch

or spread a disease.’

The editors are also considering

some possible new words for the

dictionary. These include

‘Quaranteam’ (a group of people

who go into quarantine together),

Lockstalgia (a feeling of nostalgia for

the lockdown period), and Coronnial

(someone born around the time of

the pandemic).

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St James the Least of All

On how to deal with your church’s correspondence

My dear Darren

Y

ou may have had several

years of intensive training

on biblical interpretation,

preaching and church history,

but that doesn’t cover the

really important matters in

parish life: how to evade

disgruntled parishioners, run a

brisk Summer Fete and, in your case

at present, deal with correspondence,

either by letter or email.

My regular practice, which I

recommend to you as a New Year

Resolution, is to read all the letters/

emails you receive and then discard

them. If the matter is truly important,

you will receive a second message, to

which you respond; more likely, the

sender will either have forgotten all

about his first letter/email after the

second month or will write to some

other cleric instead. In either case,

you will be saved a great deal of

trouble.

You only need two folders for

your filing system, either for post or

emails. The first is for complaints;

they are to be filed and ignored, no

matter how many duplicates you are

sent. Should you be confronted

personally, you simply say that the

matter has been passed on to the

bishop. Those truly dogged

complainants who pursue the

matter will eventually receive

an episcopal reply saying he

knows nothing of the matter,

for which you then blame the

postal system/spammed email.

After letters and emails have

ricocheted round the country

for many months, the person

complaining will either have

lost energy to pursue the matter, or

the will to live.

The second file receives all other

correspondence/emails

chronologically. The earliest letters

and emails will be at the bottom of

the pile and the most recent on the

top. In my experience, the postal file

only needs attention when it reaches

a height of about two feet and

becomes unstable. The practice then

is to discard the lower six inches and

allow it to continue its steady growth.

If the stack is kept in the church

vestry, then mice usually attend to

the papers on the bottom of the pile.

Sadly, your own church, with its

electronic systems for filing, sorting

and retrieving correspondence and

with your parish secretaries, removes

all of these blessings at a stroke. You

have therefore no excuses for not

dealing instantly with every note that

(Continued on page 18)

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‘Tis winter now

‘Tis winter now; the fallen snow

Has left the heav’ns all coldly clear;

Through leafless boughs the sharp winds blow,

And all the earth lies dead and drear.

And yet God’s love is not withdrawn;

His life within the keen air breathes;

His beauty paints the crimson dawn,

And clothes the boughs with glittering wreaths.

And though abroad the sharp winds blow,

And skies are chill, and frosts are keen,

Home closer draws her circle now,

And warmer glows her light within.

O God! Who giv’st the winter’s cold

As well as summer’s joyous rays,

Us warmly in thy love enfold,

And keep us through life’s wintry days.

Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892)

(St James the Least-of-All -

continued from page 17)

comes your way. As ye sow, so

shall ye reap.

May I also remind you that not

even St Paul, that unflagging letter

-writer, ever ended one of his

letters with a request for a prompt

reply. Need I say more?

Your loving uncle,

Eustace

Keep your

burdens for the

daytime

A

young lady

confidently walked

around the room with a

raised glass of water while

leading a seminar on stress

management. Everyone

knew she was going to ask

the ultimate question, ‘Half

empty or half full?’ She

fooled them. ‘How heavy is

this glass of water?’ she

enquired with a smile. She

replied, ‘The absolute

weight doesn't matter. It

depends on how long I hold

it. If I hold it for a minute,

that's not a problem. If I

hold it for an hour, I'll have

an ache in my right arm. In

each case it's the same

weight, but the longer I hold

it, the heavier it becomes’.

And that's the way it is

with stress. If we carry our

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Hymn of the Month

God rest you merry, gentlemen

A

lthough this is the January

magazine, because it comes out

before Christmas, I have always

written about a Christmas hymn or

carol in this edition. For the last few

months, I have chosen hymns with

tunes named after saints, but as there

aren’t any Christmas hymns with

saintly tunes, this is a good time to

change. Neither are there any

reasonably well-known tunes named

after Mary or Joseph, so I’ve just

chosen a traditional carol that I’ve not

written about before. It’s never been

included in any of the various

editions of Ancient & Modern which

includes Common Praise, but it is in

Hymns Old & New.

The first thing to talk about is the

first line. The title at the top of this

page is how the carol traditionally

begins, but you will see the words

taken from Hymns O&N substitutes

‘gentlefolk’ for ‘gentlemen’. It is one

of the recent books that have tried to

use inclusive language, avoiding

words like ‘man’ or ‘mankind’.

The other thing is, if there is a

comma (,) where it should go.

Because it is a traditional carol,

passed on by word of mouth, people

never thought anything about any

punctuation and probably most

people thought of it as being about

‘merry gentlemen’ having a restful or

peaceful time in the midst of all the

jollifications of Christmas. But in fact

the word ‘rest’ in 16th or 17th century

language means ‘to keep, cause to

continue, or to remain’ so you are

addressing gentlemen (folk) and the

phrase ‘God rest you merry’ means

‘may God grant you happiness’ and

may nothing make you miserable as

in the second line. All the books I’ve

consulted have the comma after

‘merry’, but the tune is no help – it

goes on relentlessly with 13 crotchets

before coming to a pause with ‘-may’,

so it’s quite understandable to think

that ‘merry gentlemen’ go together.

It is one of the oldest carols, dating

from the 16th century, although the

earliest known printed edition is a

broadsheet (leaflet) dated 1770. It

became widely known after it was

printed in William Sandys’s Christmas

Carols ancient & modern in 1833.

Sandys (1792-1874) was a

Cornishman and the full title of his

book continued with ‘. . modern

including the most popular in the west of

England and the airs to which they are

sung’.

It was evidently well known in

London by 1843 which is when

Charles Dickens mentions it near the

beginning of A Christmas Carol.

Foggier yet, and colder! Piercing,

searching, biting cold . . . The owner

of one scant young nose, gnawed and

(Continued on page 22)

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(Hymn of the Month - continued from

page 21)

mumbled by the hungry cold as bones

are gnawed by dogs, stooped down at

Scrooge’s keyhole to regale him with

a Christmas carol; but at the first

sound of

‘God bless you, merry gentlemen,

May nothing you dismay!’

Scrooge seized the ruler with such

energy of action that the singer fled in

terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog

and even more congenial frost.

It’s interesting that Dickens uses

the punctuation that most of us

would expect, but changes ‘rest’ into

‘bless’. It is known as a ‘luck-visit

song’, a carol sung at a visit to a

house which is how Dickens uses it.

There are versions which have a

verse beginning:

God bless the ruler of this house,

And send him long to reign,

And many a merry Christmas

May live to see again.

The carol is a straightforward

telling of the birth of Jesus as in Luke

2 with a jubilant refrain after each

verse, ‘O tidings of comfort and joy’.

It tells of Jesus being born in

Bethlehem in Judaea and laid in a

manger. An angel brought news to

some shepherds that in Bethlehem

was born the Son of God. At that,

according to the carol, they left their

flocks to look after themselves ‘in

tempest, storm and wind’ and went

straightway to find out for

themselves, only to find the child in a

manger ‘where oxen feed on hay’

with Mary his mother, kneeling

beside him. A final verse invites us all

to sing praises to the Lord and show

true love to each other.

The tune seems first to have been

printed in A Little Book of Christmas

Carols collected by E.F Rimbault in

1846. Rimbault (1816-76) was a

leading musicologist, specially

interested in ancient vocal music,

both sacred and secular. It is similar

to several continental tunes and it is

also similar to one in the 1651

Playford’s The English Dancing Master.

John Playford (1622-86) was the

leading London publisher of his day

who produced books for the amateur

and middle-class market: tutors for

various instruments, theoretical

works, collections of songs by the

leading composers of the day and

instrumental pieces. This tune has

replaced the one found in the Sandys

book.

Peter Nunn

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2. In Bethlehem, in Jewry,

this blessed babe was born,

and laid within a manger,

upon this blessed morn;

at which his mother Mary

did nothing take in scorn:

3. From God, our heav'nly Father,

a blessed angel came,

and unto certain shepherds,

brought tidings of the same,

how that in Bethlehem was born

the Son of God by name:

4. 'Fear not,' then said the angel,

let nothing you affright,

this day is born a Saviour,

of virtue, pow'r and might;

by him the world is overcome

and Satan put to flight.'

5. The shepherds at those tidings,

rejoiced much in mind,

and left their flocks a-feeding,

in tempest, storm and wind,

and went to Bethlehem straightway,

this blessed babe to find:

6. But when to Bethlehem they came,

whereat this infant lay,

they found him in a manger,

where oxen feed on hay;

his mother Mary kneeling,

unto the Lord did pray:

7. Now to the Lord sing praises,

all you within this place,

and with true love and fellowship

each other now embrace;

this holy tide of Christmas

all others doth deface:

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Intercessions for the month

Let us bring to God in prayer…

Fri 1st The naming and circumcision of Jesus. May we transform into

prayer the name of Jesus whenever we hear or read it used

inappropriately.

Sat

2nd We pray for all who have been gifted with the awesome

responsibility of bearing and raising children.

Sun 3rd Blessed be the Lord, may all the earth be filled with His glory.

Mon 4th

Tue 5th

The children and staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital and our

local paediatric services.

All who are in difficult marriage or partnership situations and don't

know where or how to seek help.

Wed 6th

Thu 7th

The Epiphany. ‘O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.’

Shine forth in our lives. O Lord.

Fri 8th Terrorists, that they may have a change of heart and

understanding.

Sat 9th Pick a page in Triangle and pray for the people and businesses

featured there.

Sun 10th The Lord shall give strength to His people; the Lord shall give His

people the blessing of peace.

Mon 11th All who suffer increased depression in the winter months.

Tue 12th Remember in thankful prayer all involved in producing the

Triangle, especially the editor - Nigel

Wed 13th Pray for those who work outdoors.

Thu 14th May we love ourselves, that we made love others.

Fri

15th Those who are confused about their life direction, that they may

know Your guidance and Your belief in them.

Sat

16th Thank you for the opportunity to grow in faith through spiritual

reading and teaching.

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Sun 17th If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts

of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me and Your right hand

hold me fast.

Mon 18th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18 th – 25 th ) In the Church of

God, inspired but fragmented, we pray that the voice of the Lord

will be heard.

Tue 19th Pray for a family or individual of a different denomination.

Wed 20th May we rejoice in the love and friendship of other Christians.

Thu 21st Holocaust Memorial Day. Pray for peaceful understanding

between nations and faiths as we remember all involved and

affected by Holocausts.

Fri 22nd We think of those who have asked for our prayers, and who need

our love in Christ.

Sat 23rd Those who are, or at risk of being homeless.

Sun 24th The Lord from out of Zion bless you all the days of your life.

Mon 25th The conversion of St Paul. Pray that people coming to or returning

to the Christian faith may be supported and helped.

Tue 26th All those who bring children to baptism, or come to baptism

themselves, that they will grow ever more deeply within the family

of God.

Wed 27th Ford prison. The staff and inmates, and their families friends and

visitors.

Thu 28th For vocations to the ordained ministry, and to the religious life as

monks, nuns or friars.

Fri 29th As we try to cope with an ever-changing situation let us be firmly

grounded in love and faith in the Lord.

Sat 30th Thank you for the wonders of the night sky.

Sun 31st The Earth is the Lord's, and all that fills it, the compass of the

world and all who dwell therein.

Prayers & Intercessions pages

A phrase from the Psalm of the Day is usually used on Sundays.

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The Naming of Jesus

M

atthew and Luke tell how the

angel instructed that Mary’s

baby was to be named Jesus - a

common name meaning ‘saviour’. The

Church recalls the naming of Jesus on

1 st January - eight days after 25 th

December (by the Jewish way of

reckoning days). In Jewish tradition,

the male babies were circumcised and

named on their eighth day of life.

For early Christians, the name of

Jesus held a special significance. In

Jewish tradition, names expressed

aspects of personality. Jesus’ name

permeated His ministry, and it does so

today: we are baptised in the name of

Jesus (Acts 2:38), we are justified

through the name of Jesus (1 Cor 6:11);

and God the Father has given Jesus a

name above all others (Phil 2:9). All

Christian prayer is through ‘Jesus

Christ our Lord’, and it is ‘at the name

of Jesus’ that one day every knee shall

bow.

So, have you ever wondered

where the name ‘Jesus’ comes from?

The name Jesus is a transliteration

of a name that occurs in several

languages. It is of Hebrew origin,

‘Yehosua’, or Joshua. There is also the

Hebrew-Aramaic form, ‘Yesua’. In

Greek, it became ‘ Ἰησοῦς’ (Iēsoûs), and

in Latin it became ‘Iesus’.

The meaning of the name is

‘Yahweh delivers’ or ‘Yahweh

rescues’, or ‘Yahweh is salvation’. No

wonder the angel Gabriel in Luke

(1:26-33) told Mary to name her baby

Jesus: “because He will save His

people from their sins.”

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Where do we go from here?

Lester Amann considers the visit

of the Wise Men.

P

erhaps this was a question

the Wise Men asked after

seeing the infant Jesus. They

had come from a distant land to

Jerusalem. They had followed a star

and expected to see a royal child.

Now in Bethlehem, they saw things

differently. No doubt, Mary and

Joseph shared with these men their

recent experiences and knew God

was with them. Now the Magi had to

have eyes of faith to recognise that

this child was God in the flesh.

On 6 th January many churches

will celebrate Epiphany. On this day

we remember the Eastern Men

bringing their gifts to Jesus. The

word ‘epiphany’ describes their

‘revelation’ or ‘insight’ that this was

no ordinary baby. Who could they

tell? Not King Herod. They had a

dream warning them to return home

a different way.

Their return to familiar

surroundings was going to be

different. They couldn’t be silent

about what they had experienced.

Their lives were now changed. On

returning home they faced new

circumstances and challenges.

Doesn’t this sound a bit familiar

to us today? The Covid-19 pandemic

has affected all of us in one way or

another. Where do we go from here?

We have celebrated our

Lord’s birth, but now we are

returning to our previous

activities. The festive break is

over, and we are returning to

changed, very difficult

circumstances.

We go into a New Year that is so

different from this time last year.

While we might be downcast with all

the upsets around us, there is one

thing that has not changed.

It is almighty God! He is our

rock. We can look to Him in this

world of confusion and uncertainty.

Perhaps, from now on, we shall be

worshipping and serving Him in

different ways. So, with the

challenges that lie ahead, let’s

continually seek His guidance.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and

lean not on your own understanding….

and He will make your paths straight.

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Lester Amann is editor of the church

magazine, Pilgrimage, at Saint John

the Evangelist, Ilford

At the passing of time I’m aghast

Another New Year coming fast!

Can it be that much worse

Or more of a curse

Than this horrible year that has

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Garden Tips from Alan Doick

{ If you can provide the conditions,

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Antirrhinum should be sown first.

You can also sow Sweet Peas if

you didn’t get around to it in the

autumn.

{ In mild weather Polyanthus will

start flowering and their flowers

are prone to attack by sparrows.

Protect the plants with black

cotton held above plants on

twelve-inch sticks. Watch for slugs

and early attacks of greenfly

encouraged by any mild weather

and treat them by your preferred

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{ Cut off the old foliage of

Hellebores and apply a mulch

around the plants to keep the

flowers clean. Hellebores usually

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seedlings that have germinated

around the parent plant. Keep

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{ A few tasty salads make a

difference in spring, sow some

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{ Although it is a little early to

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and replant odd

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{ Buy Seed Potatoes

and prepare them for planting by

‘chitting’ them in trays in a cool

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{ If netted the pond should be clean

and the water clear but avoid

having leaving any surplus

netting around the edges of the

pond that may trap and kill

garden animals and birds.

{ Warm up your soil ready for

spring sowing. The easiest and

cheapest method of covering the

soil is with plastic sheeting or

fleece. A more traditional method

of warming the soil is to use

cloches, which can be left in place

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tending to the plants.

Garden Quotes

Gardening simply does not allow

one to be mentally old, because

too many hopes and dreams

are yet to be realized.

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A society grows great when old

men plant trees whose shade

they know they shall never sit in.

Greek proverb

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D

uring the last lockdown,

Triangle reader, Joanna

Williams, unearthed a copy of Gert

and Daisy’s Wartime Cookery Book. The

book contains lots of recipes for stews

and hotpots popular in the war, plus

this one; Corned Beef Pie - so here

goes! (The following instructions are

based on the original recipe and

adjusted slightly to allow for ‘modern’

measurements.)

Corned Beef Pie

You’ll need:

T 350g/12 oz tin of corned beef

T 350g/12 oz cooked potatoes

T 1 small onion (chopped)

T Some stock or gravy

T Seasoning

Method

T Cut up the corned beef

T Soften the onion in a little

dripping

T Cut up the cooked potatoes

T Mix the beef, onions and potato

together.

T Season well with salt and pepper

T Moisten the mixture with a little

stock or gravy - don’t make it too

sloppy, but on the other hand

don’t make it too stiff.

T Heat the oven to 350°F/175°C/

Gas 4

T Put the mixture in a greased pie

dish and bake 45 minutes.

T Don’t forget to serve very hot!

Recipe Page

Gert and Daisy

were popular

comedy characters

created by sisters

Elsie and Doris

Waters, English

comic actresses and

singers who

performed as a

double act and who have been

described as "the most successful

female double-act in the history of

British music hall and variety".

They were born in Bromley-by-

Bow, east London, and lived most of

their lives in Steyning. They had four

siblings including brother Horace

who became better known as Jack

Warner of Dixon of Dock Green fame.

The whole family were very musical

and played in the E.W. Waters' Bijou

Orchestra. Elsie and Doris wrote all of

their own material and first appeared

on BBC Radio in 1927.

A prayer for all those

affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord, under the

shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort knowing

that nothing can separate us from

your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

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Gigglebox - laughter is good for you!

The cat

A vicar and his wife were going

out for the evening, and carefully set

the security lights and put the cat out.

But when they opened the door to go

to the taxi, the cat slipped back in and

disappeared upstairs. Irritated, the

vicar followed it.

The wife waited with the taxi

driver. Not wanting him to know that

they were leaving the parsonage

empty, she said: "My husband is just

upstairs for a quick word with my

mother.”

A few minutes later, the husband

arrived, breathless. "Sorry I took so

long" he said, “but she put up a fight!

Stupid old thing was hiding under the

bed and I had to poke her with a coat

hanger and grab her by the scruff of

the neck to get her out.”

Fire?

The team at the local fire station

had assembled to hear their training

officer discuss the behaviours of

various kinds of fire. He began: "You

pull up to a house and notice puffs of

smoke coming from the eaves. But the

windows are blackened out and there

is little or no visible flame. What does

this tell you?" he asked.

Hoping the men recognised signs

of a possible ‘back draft’, a condition

very dangerous to fire fighters, he

heard instead: "It tells me I’ve got the

right house.”

Sign in an old church

porch to reassure any

visitors:

In this church many are

cold, but few are frozen.

Sign on the tomb of an atheist:

Here lies an atheist. All dressed

up and sadly no place to go.

Church

My grandson, Justin, watched a

live streaming service with his dad

one Sunday morning. His mum

wanted to know how it went. He said,

"The music was nice, but the

commercial was too long."

Numbers

When the minister announced the

first hymn on Zoom, “Ten thousand

times ten thousand!” the little boy

turned anxiously to his father. “Does

he want us to work that out?”

Choir

Two choir members recently got

married. They met by chants.

Left behind

Shortly after the funeral of a local

wealthy man, two friends were

discussing the Will. “How much did

he leave?” wondered one. His friend

thought a moment, and ventured:

“Well, I suppose, everything!”

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Nicholas Culpeper

The complete herbal hero

This month Michael Blencowe looks at

Nicholas Culpeper

J

ust over 400 years

ago, in 1616, a

legend was born; a rebel

who partnered up with

Mother Nature to

revolutionise British

medicine. The herbal

hero, the botanical bad

boy, the father of

alternative medicine - ladies and

gentlemen, I give you Nicholas

Culpeper.

Culpeper did his growing up

upstream in Isfield, just north of

Lewes. The country lanes and starry

Sussex skies were his classroom and

the hedges and the heavens taught

him botany, astronomy and astrology.

He learnt about love too. In 1634,

Culpeper and his Sussex sweetheart

planned a secret Lewes wedding and a

speedy elopement to the Netherlands.

But tragedy struck when his lovestruck

lady’s carriage was struck by a

lightning bolt en-route to the

ceremony. She died instantly.

There’s no cure for a broken heart

and Culpeper left Sussex to start a new

life in London. He threw himself into

his work as a lowly apothecary’s

assistant, cataloguing medicinal herbs

on Threadneedle Street. At this time,

medicine was only practiced by elite

physicians. They would charge

exorbitant prices for their secret

remedies and would not even demean

themselves to talk to

patients, instead

requesting a sample of

urine to make their

diagnosis. Culpeper

believed medical

treatment should be

available to all - not just

the privileged.

Setting up his own practice in a

poorer part of London, Culpeper

started treating forty patients a day

with herbal cures derived from

English plants. Then he dropped his

botanical bombshell. Culpeper

published an incredible tome that

instructed people how to pick their

own remedies, free of charge, from the

hedges and meadows. The book was

‘The English Physitian’ (1652, later

enlarged as ‘The Complete Herbal’).

His book promoted and preserved folk

remedies at a time when physicians

and priests were discrediting village

healers and preventing them from

passing along their traditional

knowledge. Enraged, the medical

establishment accused Culpeper of

witchcraft. But his Complete Herbal

endured. It’s been in continuous print

longer than any other non-religious

(Continued on page 36)

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Once Upon a Time…

…in the Department of Administrative Advice

(Prophecy & Dreams Office)

A Tale of Bernie

F

antastic appointment this - in the

prophecy and dreams office of

the DAA. I'm only a Scribe, but the

prospects are bright. I've got

lodgings here in Jerusalem, near

Herod’s Palace, but Bethlehem is

only five miles away so I can easily

get there to be with my lovely wife

Rachie and our baby son Jes. He’s

just over a year old and an absolute

delight to us and to our own parents.

In a year or so I'll be able to afford a

nice place here, for all of us to be

together - and hopefully, Rachie and

I will have more children.

The senior staff are very helpful.

My immediate superior Job S’worth

advises me. My work usually

involves searching the scriptures for

the relevant passages when the

departmental head, Huppim-

Appaim, needs the correct wording

when advising on any difficult

situation to Herod. ‘Be careful,’ Job

S’worth told me. ‘Huppim has to

make Herod pleased with whatever

he advises. But there's always

something somewhere in the

scriptures that can be used to support

whatever view we need Herod to

realise. Just never be woolly Bernie.’

Not much in the modern

prophecy area, and dreams can be a

bit tricky. We've not got an astrology

department, the Jewish teaching is

somewhat discouraging of the

believing in foretelling events by the

position of the stars, after all, we are

guided by our holy prophets. But

Huppim-Appaim says we should

treat gentile magi with respect, they

can have knowledge different from

ours, but we can learn from their

strange views. Not their fault that

they are not of the Chosen People

like us.

So we didn't take any notice of an

unusually bright star that became

visible recently. We get many visitors

to Jerusalem, often oriental traders,

when an impressive collection of

magi arrived with their heavily

loaded pack-camels, we were quite

pleased that they came to see Herod.

However, he wasn't pleased at all.

‘Heads down quick,’ said Job

S’worth. These magi claimed that the

bright star had led them to our

country and that they desired to

worship the new-born King. They

naturally expected to find Him in

Herod’s Palace and were courteously

requested to wait while Herod

consulted us.

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(Continued from page 34)

English language book, running rings

around Tolkien and Rowling and their

tales of hocus-pocus.

No doubt Culpeper’s herbal

remedies could have come in useful

for some of you over the festive

period; wild privet (for headaches),

blackthorn (for indigestion), rosemary

(for flatulence) and the juice of ivy

berries ‘snuffed up into the nose’ (for

hangovers).

So, start 2021 by raising your

Nutribullets and ginseng teas to the

healing properties of Mother Nature,

and to four centuries of Nicholas

Culpeper.

(Continued from page 35)

He was furious. I had to find the

right text as soon as possible.

Huppim-Appaim told me to get

something that would ensure the

magi were directed away from

Jerusalem, nobody wants any more

trouble here. I'm an expert, so almost

immediately I could point out that in

the scroll of the prophet Micah it was

written that a ruler would come from

Bethlehem (as if!).

Herod put on his best

bureaucratic manner and repeated the

passage I’d found. The magi went off

towards Bethlehem, and I sent a

message to Rachie so that she could

take Jes out to watch the big cameltrain

go by.

Shortly after that Herod got into

one of his rages. A couple of weeks

later he managed to persuade the

local Roman centurion to send a

squad of soldiers to Bethlehem,

heaven only knows why. Still, Jes will

enjoy seeing them marching along the

road, he’s far too young to realise

they should be shunned. I'll let Rachie

know they'll be in the town.

Huppim-Appaim congratulated

me on so quickly finding the right

scriptural text and said I will be

promoted next month. I’ll earn twice

as much and can get that nice house

in Jerusalem for my family. I can't

wait to tell Rachie and to hear how Jes

enjoyed seeing the magi’s camel-train

(and the soldiers, I suppose). Blessed

be God forever.

Gilene Oekhue

Bible references:

Matthew 2:1-18

Micah 5:2

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Amy Carmichael

Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship

N

ot many teenagers, on

becoming a Christian,

will devote themselves to

winning others for Christ in

a foreign land. Amy was

such a person. She left

Britain to live in a tiny

village in Southern India.

Here, for the next 56 years,

Amy rescued hundreds of

orphaned and vulnerable children,

and served her Lord in Dohnavur.

Amy Wilson Carmichael had

been born in Ireland on 16 th

December 1867, into a devoutly

religious Presbyterian family in

Belfast. When she was 16, Amy had

become a Christian, and decided to

start a mission for mill girls. When

she came into contact with the

Keswick movement, she sensed a call

to serve abroad.

At first, Amy planned to go to

China, but ill health prevented her

from travelling. Later, for 15 months,

she worked in Japan, but the climate

was detrimental to her health. In

1895, she went to India to evangelise

around Bangalore, and then, in order

to escape rising political violence,

she moved on to Dohnavur.

Here she met a girl called

Preena, who had escaped being a

slave in a Hindu temple. From that

moment, Amy knew she had found

her true calling. She

dedicated the rest of her life

to rescuing girls and boys

who had been given by

parents or relatives to serve

in the temple as prostitutes.

Amy donned Indian

dress and learnt about the

Hindu culture and showed

the love of Christ through

her compassion. Overcoming much

hardship and danger, Amy

expanded her evangelistic work to

establish a centre for homes, schools

and a hospital. The Dohnavur

Fellowship still continues today.

In 1931, Amy suffered a severe

injury that virtually confined her to

bed for the next 20 years. Despite

this, she wrote 13 of her 35 books

and many thousands of letters. Amy

based her life on prayer and trusted

God for all her needs. She died on

18 th January 1951, aged 83.

Christ is the great central fact in the

world’s history. To Him everything

looks forward or backward. All the

lines of history converge upon Him.

All the great purposes of God

culminate in Him. The great and

most momentous fact which the

history of the world records is the

fact of His birth.

Charles H Spurgeon

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Christian philanthropy charity backs

government report

S

tewardship, the UK’s leading

Christian philanthropy charity,

has recently backed a report by

leading back-bench MP Danny

Kruger, calling for a ‘levelling up of our

communities’ and a ‘New Deal for Faith

Communities’ in the UK.

Commissioned by No 10

Downing Street to bring forward

proposals in light of the Covid-19

Pandemic, Danny Kruger consulted

Church leaders and leading Christian

charities such as Stewardship, the

Evangelical Alliance,

yourneighbourhood.org and others.

He has now urged Government

and Public Servants to take new

opportunities to work with faith

communities at the very heart of their

local communities.

In his report ‘Levelling Up Our

Communities: proposals for a new social

covenant’, Mr Kruger reminds

Ministers that before the NHS and

Welfare State was invented, it was

often faith communities, especially

the churches, which were at the heart

of local health, education and social

care, and that they remain key

players – but are often widely

underused, and valued by the

Government.

Now, the MP says that church

and faith leaders have made a ‘grand

offer’ to work together to raise £500

million over the coming five years, on

top of the Church of England’s £900

million already pledged, taking the

church investment in the recovery of

our nation to £1.4 billion over five

years.

Given this ‘grand’ and generous

offer, in his report, Mr Kruger calls

on the Government to implement a

number of radical proposals in the

light of the need to re-build society

again after the effects of Covid-19.

His key proposals include:

W Churches mobilise the

congregation’s resources to help

resolve one or more besetting

local social problems. This may

include debt, childcare, personal

rehabilitation, rough sleeping etc.

and in return, are able to access

Government grants and support.

W A call for greater Private

Philanthropy (the MP claims that

of those earning over £250,000 a

year, 2/3rds do not give to

charity).

W The Government should consider

the option of a new, national

Civic Crowd-funding

programme to tackle local and

regional social problems.

W The Government commit to a

new Community Recovery Fund,

(Continued on page 39)

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(Continued from page 38)

building on the £750 million given

to local authorities to handle Covid

-19.

W Renewing the National Lottery

Community Fund.

W A Volunteer Passport Scheme,

matching demand and supply for

volunteers in local communities a

key

W A ‘Community Power Act’ to give

local people power over the design

and delivery of public services,

and ‘Pop-up parishes’ with timelimited

powers and freedoms to

innovate

W An annual Neighbourhood Day,

in the form of a Bank Holiday,

celebrating the contribution of

charities and voluntary work in the

community/nation

Overall, Levelling up our

communities: proposals for a new social

covenant sets out a vision for a more

local, more human, less bureaucratic,

less centralised society in which people

are supported and empowered to play

an active role in their neighbourhoods.

Stewart McCulloch, CEO of

Stewardship, who has been working

with Mr Kruger on the report said:

“The role of communities, civil society

and the Church is essential in creating a

better society ahead as this storm passes.

There is a Tsunami of need for practical

help and Gospel hope that is only just

coming into view.

“The Church must step forward to aid

the poor, the vulnerable and the anxious

at this historic time. Danny’s report sets

out a national manifesto for community

led recovery; our job is now to equip the

church to rise to this historic set of

challenges and opportunities and we are

ready and committed to doing so.”

More at: https://

www.dannykruger.org.uk/

communities-report

citizens

advice

Offices, including the Yapton Outreach Office, are currently

closed for face-to-face meetings. However, advisers are

available on the telephone and by webchat

Call 0344 477 1171 (from a mobile call 0300 330 0650) and we’ll see if we can

help you. We may be able solve your issue over the phone.

You can also speak to a webchat adviser or access Citizens Advice Help Pages

24 hours a day. You can also email for advice.

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice an Advice Line - 0344 477 1171.

www.arunchichestercab.org.uk

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Sudoku

Easy

Sudoku

13.5 x 13.5

Harder

Solutions on page 44

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Clubs, Societies & Organisations

Check with the organisers or website for meeting dates and times

Name Location When & Contact

Sonshine - Church for

people with learning

difficulties

Knit & Knatter

Yapton Village

Women’s Institute

Yapton & Ford

Community Group

Downland Art

Society

Five Villages

Minibus

Yapton & Ford Local

History Group

Village Friends

Clymping Pétanque

Club

Clymping

Church Hall

Clymping

Church Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Walberton Sports

Pavilion

Regular trips to

Chichester &

Bognor Regis

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Good neighbour

scheme

Clymping Village

Hall

First Sunday at 3.00 pm

Alan Doick

01243 554810

Joan Rees

01243 552961

Third Tuesday at 10.00 am

Alison Coote

01243 773276

every Wednesday

10.30-12.00

www.downland.org

David Davidson

01243 552986

First Monday each month

yaptonhistory.org.uk

07925 217843

clympingpetanque.simplesite.com

U3A - Arun West various u3asites.org.uk/arunwest/groups

Diary Page

As the coronavirus restrictions continue a big question mark hangs over

regular events and they may well not happen - but you never know!

We’ve left the diary page out again this month but do check with your normal

organiser if you are a regular at any of the local clubs and societies that are

featured above.

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Across

1 ‘Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a — began to

crow’ (John 18:27) (4)

3 Fetters (Job 33:11) (8)

8 Perform on a musical instrument (1 Samuel 16:23) (4)

9 Paul describes it as ‘the third heaven’ (2 Corinthians 12:2–4) (8)

11 Loyally (Deuteronomy 11:13) (10)

14 Hens? Me? (anag.) (6)

15 Not visible (Matthew 6:6) (6)

17 Predicted site of the final great battle (Revelation 16:16) (10)

20 Jacob’s youngest son (Genesis 35:18) (8)

21 One of Zophar’s eleven sons (1 Chronicles 7:36) (4)

22 For example, London, Paris, Rome (8)

23 United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (1,1,1,1)

Down

1 Favourite church activity: Fellowship round a — — — (3,2,3)

2 Divinely bestowed powers or talents (8)

4 Pile together (1 Thessalonians 2:16) (4,2)

5 Commanded to justify (John 8:13) (10)

6 Timothy’s grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5) (4)

7 Killed (Psalm 78:34) (4)

10 One of Graham Kendrick’s best-known songs, — — King (3,7)

12 Indecency (Mark 7:22) (8)

13 Unceasing (Jeremiah 15:18) (8)

16 He prophesied ‘the abomination that causes desolation’

(Matthew 24:15) (6)

18 British Board of Film Classification (1,1,1,1)

19 Pans (anag.) (4)

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Sudoku Solutions

Easy

Harder

8.8 x 8.8

Crossword Answers

ACROSS: 1, Cock. 3, Shackles. 8, Play. 9, Paradise. 11, Faithfully. 14, Enmesh.

15, Unseen. 17, Armageddon. 20, Benjamin. 21, Beri. 22, Capitals. 23, USPG.

DOWN: 1, Cup of tea. 2, Charisma. 4, Heap up. 5, Challenged. 6, Lois. 7, Slew.

10, The Servant. 12, Lewdness. 13, Unending. 16, Daniel. 18, BBFC. 19, Snap.

Safeguarding

If you have any questions about adult or child safeguarding

matters please contact one of our Safeguarding Officers in the

first instance for more help and information.

ª Alan Doick 07522 605457

(Adults, Lead for Benefice)

ª Esther Hunt 07773 095068

(Children, Lead for Benefice)

ª Maggie Berney 07940 449328

(Children - in training)

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Triangle

Sources & resources

Unless an article is specifically

acknowledged with a name, then the

source of miscellaneous articles will

usually be usually followed with one of

the following ‘codes’:

¨ PP - Parish Pump.

¨ LICC - London Institute for

Contemporary Christianity

¨ BS - Bible Society

¨ ACE - The Association for Church

Editors.

Articles from these sources are © cleared

and used with permission.

Parochial Church Council

Meetings

The PCC meetings for Clymping and

Yapton with Ford are held bi-monthly as

announced on our church notice boards.

‘Condensed’ reports of the meetings are

generally available in church. Questions

about the PCC meetings should be

directed to Sue Fitzgerald in the first

instance. Sue’s is secretary to our two

PCCs and her contact details can be

found on page 50.

Clymping Village Hall

Large Hall with Stage, Kitchen & Bar

facilities, Disabled Facilities

and a Playing Field.

Suitable for Parties, Receptions, Clubs,

Meetings, Activities

For more details, Google:

‘Clymping Village Hall’

Enquiries & Bookings: 01903 725311

Email: clympingvh@gmail.com

Clymping Church Hall

Function Rooms

Suitable for Receptions, Parties,

Conferences, Clubs, Group Activities,

Staff Meetings

Seating capacity for 90 people.

Excellent amenities including disabled

facility and new upgraded kitchen.

For enquiries and bookings contact

Chris Keeling - 01243 585584

The Church Hall AGM this year will

be held on 5th May.

Management Committee meetings are

planned for

2 April, 16 June,

15 September, 1 December

Yapton & Ford Village Hall

Community Facilities for Hire

This excellent modern building has three

halls of varying sizes and a fully

equipped kitchen (including cooker and

fridge).

The Large Hall has a stage, sound

system, bar and kitchen and is ideal for

parties, weddings, clubs and large

meetings.

The halls, hireable separately, offer

opportunities for all sorts of functions and

activities, large or small, at very competitive

rates - crockery, cutlery, heating and

electricity are included

For enquiries and bookings contact

Mandy Keet

01243 553494 or 07940 325844

www.yaptonhall.org

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CONTACTS

Benefice

Church Office - Yapton and Ford Village Hall

Mrs Kathy Draper

(Secretary)

Please see the

Covid notice on

page 4

Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

t: 01243 553653 (answer phone at other times)

e: cyfoffice@tiscali.co.uk

Correspondence should be addressed to

The Church Office, c/o The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow,

Yapton, Arundel BN18 0EE.

Benefice website www.cyfchurches.org.uk

Facebook

cyfchurchesbenefice

PCC Secretary - Clymping PCC and Yapton with Ford PCC

Mrs Sue Fitzgerald, 01243 584733

Data Compliance Officer - Nigel Smeeth, 01243 552821

Safeguarding - Details of our safeguarding officers can be found on page 46

Clymping

Parish Council

Yapton Parish

Council

Ford Parish

Council

Police

Community

Support Officer

LOCAL CONTACTS

Clerk: Val Knight, 33 The Ridings, East Preston,

Littlehampton, BN16 2TW. T:01903 771922.

E: clympingpc@gmail.com W: www.clymping.org.uk

Clerk: Andrew Gardiner, 38 Ruskin Avenue,

Bognor Regis, PO21 5BW

T: 01243 859141, E: clerk@yaptonpc.gov.uk.

W: www.yaptonpc.gov.uk. Office Hours, Yapton & Ford Village Hall, Mon,

Wed, Thurs, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Clerk: Carol Hatton, Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Main Road, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0ET. T: 07908 571164 .

E: clerk@fordwestsussex-pc.gov.uk. W: www.ford.arun.gov.uk

There are now four PCSOs covering all of the Littlehampton area. The

Yapton area PCSO is Caroline Wilson. If you need to contact the police

for non-emergencies or local issues, then call 101 (fixed charge of 15p) or

email: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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Ministry Team

Clergy

Revd Richard Hayes (Rector), 01243 552962, Day off is Friday

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton, Arundel, BN18 0EE.

Clergy with permission to officiate

Revd John Ironside, 01903 722884 Revd Ron Johnson, 01903 732210

Revd Bill Garlick, 01903 883698 Rev Derek Goddard, 01243 555843

Revd Pam Swadling (Deacon), 01243 820154

Readers

Mrs Liz Peart, 01243 583078, Mr John Stirland, 01243 554890,

Mr Martin Draper 01243 553653

Clymping

Churchwardens

Chris King - 01243 586963 Kevin Swadling - 01243 820154

Verger

Wendy King 01243 586963

Treasurer

Mr Colin Morris, 23 West Close, Middleton-on-Sea, PO22 7RP. 01243 584274

Organist & Choirmaster

Mr Peter Nunn, 01903 782552

Messy Church

Messy Church, for all ages. Contact the Rector for more information

Women’s Guild - 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday of each month

Mrs Joan Rees 01243 552961

Yapton with Ford

Churchwardens

Rupert Head

Mrs Bex Holden 07846 135221

Verger - Yapton

Verger - Ford

Mr Chris Weymouth - 01243 551887 Mr David Donovan - 01903 726006

Treasurer - Mrs Annemarie Doick- 01243 554810

Choirs

Yapton Choir, Mrs Pam Pyle, 01243 553592, Choir practice, Thursday 6.30 p.m.

Ford Choir, Mrs Eileen Keough, 01243 552577, Choir practice - see Diary page

Sunday School - 1 st & 3 rd Sundays in term time

Esther Hunt 07773 095068 Amy Morrissey 01243 553552

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