Triangle Magazine


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

ISSN 2059-1659

June 2021

The church magazine for the parishes of

Clymping & Yapton with Ford

Triangle - June 2021


Services for June 2021

Every Sunday

Yapton 9.45 am Holy Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Holy Communion


Every Thursday

10.00 am Holy Communion

The, now familiar, social distancing ‘rules’ will continue to apply and you

will still need to book a place.

Please contact Richard on 01243 552962 or email him at

Changes to this service pattern are not anticipated until July at the earliest

and may be delayed until September.

Please check the website regularly and watch out for emails with updates.

On-line services will continue until at least the middle of June.


Memorial Service for

Maureen Bravington

any people were disappointed that, due to the Covid 19 lockdown

restrictions, they were unable to attend Maureen’s funeral to say a last

goodbye. There will, therefore, be a memorial service, as a celebration of her

life, and her service to the Church. This will be on Thursday 15th July at 11am

in Clymping Church.

You are very welcome to attend the service and to share the refreshments

afterwards in the Church Hall. If you wish to come to the buffet, would you

please let me know so that I can give the caterers an approximation of


Bob Bravington

Tel, 01903 719368

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From the Editor

Dear Triangle Readers


elcome to the June edition of our magazine.

June brings us the 95 th ‘official birthday’ of Her Majesty

the Queen, and on the back cover you’ll find a lovely graphic

of the rose ‘Queen Elizabeth’ which was bred by rose grower,

Dr. Walter Lammerts in the United States in 1954.

This month you’ll also find an interesting article regarding Prince

Philip’s genuine interest in theology (remembering also that he would have

turned 100 this month). See page 13.

As June (hopefully) heralds the start of more freedom after this

seemingly never-ending period of ‘lockdown’, I would welcome stories from

you about your experience over the last year or so. Anything would be very

welcome; plans that you’ve made to celebrate your ‘freedom’, skills that you

have developed, projects that you’ve finished - or long-planned projects that

you’ve started. I shall look forward to hearing from you!

Until next month….


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

( 01243 552821 (not after 8.00 p.m. please)


The deadline for next month’s magazine is


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

Our Rector

Revd Richard Hayes (Rector)

Day off is Friday

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0EE.

( 01243 552962

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



Front: Adonis Blue butterfly, © Nigel Symington, Sussex Wildlife Trust

Back: The rose ‘Queen Elizabeth’. Illustration supplied by Parish

Pump Ltd.

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Keep in Touch with


Please check the Benefice website regularly for

the most up-to-date news:

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:

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

01243 552962

Church Office

Special Notice


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


Please email

or call

01243 553653

(leave a message if


These arrangements are

subject to review in light of

coronavirus advice.

Thank you.


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


want to say something

like ‘hold your nerve’.

Writing this in the

middle of May I have no idea

what we might be expecting in

the middle of June.

· How will the Government’s stage 4

of unlocking be implemented?

· Will we get it all?

· And what might that mean?

· Or will there be a delay?

I’d love to be able to announce

that by the end of this month you

won’t even know we’re still in a

global pandemic, but I can’t. We have

had no indication about masks, social

distancing or, and most importantly,

singing, in church.

So… keep your nerve, I’m trying

to keep mine!

We ARE beginning to think

about the future, though. First of all,

we hope that Sunday School at

Yapton will relaunch in September

with an exciting new approach. The

team came up with the brilliant idea

of using the church building to meet

in, every other Sunday between 11.00

and 12.00. Over the past year they

have gone from strength to strength,

attracting 17 children and their

families, and they plan to build on

this multi age approach.

Alongside this we have decided

to bring the usual Yapton service

time forward to 9.30am

every Sunday. This will

mean that the

congregation will have

time to leave before the

children come in for

11.00am. It will also enable me

to stay to the end of most services!

This month we will be exploring

restarting Clymping Sunday school.

We have someone keen to get things

going again and if you’d like to be

part of the team do get in touch with


We also hope to have a live

Harvest Messy Church at the end of


As part of our re-emerging into

the new, post-pandemic world we

will be doing some work on

understanding our local

communities. This will be a

community research project using

various methods to find out exactly

what’s going on in around the

parishes - the needs, aspirations,

future plans etc. We will be able to

use this information to discern our

way forward with the limited

resources at our disposal, particularly

in relation to the new housing that

are being built.

This will only be effective if a few

people with energy and imagination

join us in this task… could you be

one of them?


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Children’s Hospice Week

This year, Children’s Hospice Week is

marked with events from 22 June until 27

June. Here, Cathy Stone, the clinical

Director at Chestnut Tree House

Children’s Hospice near Arundel, writes


Moments That Matter


hildren’s Hospice Week celebrates

the valuable work of children’s

hospices across the country and this

year we have teamed up with the

national charity, Together For Short

Lives. There are 54 children’s hospice

services like Chestnut Tree House in

the UK, all providing lifeline care and

helping families create moments that


As well as celebrating the vital

care services provided by hospices like

Chestnut Tree House, Children’s

Hospice Week is also about breaking

down some of the myths and taboos

that put families off accessing hospice


We want to reassure families that

Chestnut Tree House is full of life and

laughter, where they can access the

expert and compassionate support

they need.

Of course, providing specialist

palliative care is our priority, which

does include end-of-life care and

supporting families in their final

moments together. But there are also a

lot of happy moments at Chestnut

Tree House, where

children and young

people can enjoy the

facilities and take

part in a range of

activities, from

relaxing in our

multisensory room to

splashing about in

the hydrotherapy pool.

For us, our role is very much about

children ‘Living for the Now’, and

helping families create a lifetime of

memories, however long they have


Please support us during

Children’s Hospice Week, and beyond.

We are only able to provide the

specialist care to local life-limited

children and their families because of

your ongoing generosity and support.

To find out more and to donate visit:


he milk bottle tops that we collect

in church go, in a small way, to

help fund the work of Chestnut Tree

House. Please keep them coming but

please remember to include only

bottle tops (type 2) from plastic milk

bottles or milk cartons. Other bottle

tops are often made of

different types

of plastic and one ‘bad top’

will contaminate a whole

bag full! Thank you!

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Grace - God’s kindness towards us

The Revd Dr Herbert McGonigle considers

the power of God’s grace.


he word ‘grace’ is one of the most

important words found in the

New Testament. It means God’s loving

disposition towards us as sinners.

God’s ‘grace’ is almost another word

for God’s love. This grace is the

foundation of our salvation. So Paul

can say that ‘we are justified freely by

His grace’ (Romans 3:24); ‘where sin

abounded, grace abounded all the

more’ (Romans 5:20); ‘by grace you are

saved through faith’ (Ephesians 2:8).

But the word ‘grace’ is also used in

another way in the New Testament. It

means the godly character being

reproduced in Christians; Christ living

in His people by His Spirit and making

them like Himself – gracious.

Luke records that as Jesus grew up

Fulbert of Chartres

(c.970–1028), the

son of a peasant

family in northern

France, rose to

become Bishop of


renowned for his

brilliant sermons.

He was a powerful

man, but his

prayers reveal his

keen appreciation of just how fleeting

worldly success can be….

‘the grace of God was upon

Him’ (2:40), and that the people

wondered at the ‘gracious words’ that

He spoke (4:22). John says that Jesus

was ‘full of grace and truth’ (1:14). The

most common benediction bestowed

on Christians in the letters of the New

Testament is ‘the grace of our Lord

Jesus Christ’ (e.g. Romans 16:20; 1 Cor.


From this understanding of grace

comes the reminder and the

exhortation that all of us as Christians

are ‘to grow in grace’ (2 Peter 3:18).

Our lives should manifest the grace of

God in love and compassion and


But grace is not something we can

achieve on our own. True grace is only

found in close communion with our

Lord Jesus Christ.


God’s Care

Fulbert’s Prayer

How brief is our span of life compared

with the time since You created the

universe. How tiny we are compared

with the enormity of Your universe. …

yet during every minute and ever

second of our lives You are present,

within and around us. You give your

whole and undivided attention to each

and every one of us. Our concerns are

Your concerns. And You are infinitely

patient with our stupidity. I thank you

with all my heart….

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God is in the here and now



he book of Habakkuk the prophet

is like a transcript of a

conversation most of us have wanted

to have with God at some point.

Although it was written about 2,600

years ago, it is surprisingly relevant

today. Habakkuk is full of questions

about what is going on around him –

Why do the wicked prosper? Why

isn’t justice valued? And most of all,

why does God, who is

righteous, allow it to go on

without taking action?

Habakkuk was speaking at

a time when evil nations were

oppressing Israel and

conquering their land. He was

wondering where was God?

Hadn’t He promised them the land

forever? It’s God’s inaction that

frustrates Habakkuk. He wants God

to rise up and help His people. And

he’s cross that God doesn’t even seem

to be listening.

It’s no different today. Injustice,

crime, bad things happening to good

people, evil people prospering.

Human nature doesn’t really change.

All of us have scars from being hurt in

some way and all of us say Why,

God? Where are you? Why aren’t you

doing something?

God makes several statements

against the enemy, listing their sins –

violence, pride, greed, idolatry – and

promises Habakkuk that He will

demand justice for this.

In chapter 2 v4, Habakkuk says

“See the enemy is puffed up, his desires

are not upright, but the righteous will live

by faith”.

This is a very important principle.

The righteous person will live and

won’t have to face God’s judgement.

Think about that. “God so loved the

world that He gave His only begotten

Son, that whoever believes in Him

will not perish but have eternal life”.

Only God can make us

righteous and only then if we

choose to accept Him as our


Habakkuk realises that

this is true. He understands

that while evil seems to thrive,

and God seems silent and

unresponsive, in fact He has a plan

and always works out justice…..

eventually. And he finishes his

conversation with a prayer of praise to

God which ends like this:

Yet I will wait patiently for the day of

calamity to come on the nation invading

us. Though the fig tree does not bud and

there are no grapes on the vines, though

the olive crop fails and the fields produce

no food, though there are no sheep in the

pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will

rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God

my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my

strength; He makes my feet like the feet of

a deer, He enables me to tread on the


‘All of us



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All aspects of general maintenance

undertaken. No job too small.

Here are some of the many services we

can provide:

Grass & hedge


Pruning, Weeding,

Fencing & repairs,

Small tree cutting,


Patio Cleaning,


General garden


Matt Lubbe, Mobile: 07843 476446


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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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society


nce upon a time, for those

of riper years and long

well-preserved memories,

there were such things as

flower shows. However, the

threat to the health of the

nation caused by the

coronavirus, has precluded the

holding of such events for more than

a year, but the refurbished

Walberton society, now known as

Walberton Gardeners’ Club, intends

to stage a flower show and a ‘fun’

canine afternoon on Saturday, July

3 rd .

The flower show has sixty-six

classes covering cut flowers, pot

plants, vegetables, fruit, flower

arranging, handicrafts, photography

and children. The Walberton Village

Hall will be open for the flower

show from 2 pm, with registration

for the dog show from 1.30 for a 2

pm start. The details will be found

on the web-site: ,

or for the human touch, Liz

Hewson will take your calls

on 07785 307487.

If you see the good people of

Yapton streaming northwards

on their bikes in early July, you

will know the reason why.

More parochially, the exercise of

selling donated items of donated

plants and jars of preserves from

driveways in Yapton and Barnham

proved to be very worthwhile. A

sum in excess of £200 dropped into

the ‘honesty boxes’ and goes

towards the cost of staging of the

Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Annual

Flower Show, to be held on August

7 th .

It is still very early days for

resuming activities after the easing

of ‘lock-down’, but Felpham and

Middleton Horticultural Society held

its ‘Open Gardens’ for members only

in May.

Home alone, wanting a gnome


o you yearn for a garden gnome?

You are not the only one.

Since last year’s lockdown,

garden centres have been

reporting a ‘massive upswing’ in

ornament sales, due to people

being forced to spend more

time in their gardens. Gnomes

top the list of most-wanted

ornaments, with a near 100 per cent

increase in sales over the past two


There was even a gnome crisis

a while back, when the Suez

Canal got jammed, and

thousands of gnomes on their

way to UK gardens could not

get through.


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Tuesday - Saturday

A prince’s legacy on matters of faith


ust when we thought the last word

had been written about the late

Duke of Edinburgh, it emerged that he

had a genuine interest in theology.

That dashing young naval officer was

someone who listened intently to

sermons, thought

through what was being

said, and then asked


Every Sunday when

the royal couple were at

Sandringham, a

diocesan bishop was

invited to preach in the

parish church.

Afterwards, they were grilled by the

Duke who showed that he “wanted to

be intellectually and spiritually

engaged”. That’s a polite way of

saying he wasn’t prepared to swallow

what came out of the pulpit if he

wasn’t convinced by it.

Some Christians are suspicious of

people who probe the faith. Should it

not be taken on trust? Who are we to

question the Almighty? For others,

doubt hovers uninvited. Honest doubt

won’t settle for unbelief but will

continue to persevere with its

enquiries. The Russian writer Fyodor

Dostoyevsky wrote: “It is not as a

child that I believe and confess Jesus

Christ. My hosanna is born of a

furnace of doubt.” Dostoyevsky had

lived a turbulent life and wrestled

mentally with himself and God. Some

people are like that.

The Prince had been baptised into

the Greek Orthodox Church and was

received into the Church of England

before his marriage. He organised

much of his own funeral, and if you

followed it, you will

remember how

traditional it was. Many

of the prayers were from

the 17th Century Book of

Common Prayer, the

hymns were more

ancient than modern, and

the Bible readings

confidently proclaimed

the magnificence of God’s Creation

and Jesus’ teaching about the

resurrection. These are basic to

Christianity and it was from such a

foundation that he was able to


So, if you wake up one morning

questioning everything you have

believed, take it is a spur to dig deeper

and ask questions. Be encouraged by

Philip, who shunned a second-hand

faith because he wanted to know the

truth for himself.

The next time you hear a sermon

which you can’t understand or

disagree with, don’t let the preacher

get away with it. And if, in your

private conversations with God, you

find yourself praying, ‘Lord, I believe;

help my unbelief,’ you won’t be the

first. See Mark 9:24.


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Connecting with Culture

A Pregnant Pause


n April 2020 I sat in our garden,

soaking up the sun, while the

world held its breath. There were no

cars, no children’s cries of delight, no

diggers, or dustbin lorries. All was

still. And then a bird sang. I heard it,

as if for the first time, breaking the

silence of our stilled world.

Over the past year our social

silences have swelled. We are used to

the silence of Remembrance Day, two

minutes at 11am on the 11th of the

11th. But we have introduced new

interruptions in our noise-filled

existence: the silence of the stadium

before a Six Nations match in tandem

with taking the knee against racism;

the silence on our doorsteps for the

anniversary of Covid-19; the silence

on the racecourse to mark the recent

death of Prince Philip.

With a whistle, or a trumpet, or a

clap, silence breaks. In a single

moment, decibels shatter the

momentary hush of our rushing

world. Like the waters of a waiting

woman, silence breaks and something

is birthed. But these silences, that

increasingly punctuate our lives, do

not seem to birth anything.

In Luke’s Gospel, Zechariah is

silenced for the length of his wife’s

pregnancy, nine months of seeming

nothingness. His pregnant pause

waits for the birth of their son. And

yet this silence is not stillborn. It

births a praise psalm, repeated day

after day, generation after generation.

The Benedictus breaks his silence,

proclaiming and prophesying the

redemption and rescue of God.

Is it possible for our social silences

of seeming nothingness instead to be

pregnant pauses awaiting sounds of

hope? What words can we, as

Christians, offer out of the silence?

In silence we mute the loudest

voices, giving space to listen to the

perpetually silenced ones. In silence

we stop the constant rushing of life. If

our voices carry too loudly, and the

world spins too fast, mute yourself for

a moment, look out of the window

between Zoom calls, diarise a quiet

hour. If we don’t hold spaces for

silence, the noise of the world will

inevitably drown it out.

Then, from silence we dare to

voice hopeful whispers of the new

creation’s birth. Out of our pregnant

pauses, we proclaim everyday

movements towards eternal

reconciliation, creativity, and grace.

So we echo Zechariah’s words:

‘Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

who has come to his people, and set

them free.’

Imogen Ball

Imogen is an ordinand at Trinity College

Bristol, and the winner of Theology Slam 2021

© The London Institute for Contemporary

Christianity. Used with their kind permission.

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St James the Least of All

On getting to church at a social distance

My dear Darren


ince your parishioners mostly live

in an area of half a square mile,

where their only concern in getting to

church is whether to take the

underpass, or to risk a dash across the

ring road, you may have little

understanding of the problems our

folk have in travelling our long

country lanes to church, especially as

we are keeping our social distance

from each other.

Several parishioners have decided

that they can’t possibly share cars

even with their own spouses, as in

their 15-room homes they have

successfully (and in some cases,

happily) avoided each other for

months. So the lane outside the church

has filled up each week with

Mercedes nudging Audis, and Land

Rovers easing in between Bentleys.

Others arrive on horseback. But

they are careless about leaving their

horses to graze in the churchyard, and

I have had to remind them twice that

flowers in memorial vases are not

fodder. The horses do help to keep the

grass down, but unfortunately our

verger now objects to standing outside

during Mattins, holding the reins of

half a dozen horses. He says it is not

part of his job description, which only

confirms my view that there is entirely

too much fuss these days about

having job descriptions at


Major Crompton’s

devotion to his new sit-on

lawnmower has inspired

him to travel to church on

it. Since he is unable to

uncouple the mowing apparatus, the

tarmac on his two-mile drive is

acquiring interesting patterns. His

drive at two miles per hour along

narrow lanes means he arrives leading

a procession of cars with drivers given

the opportunity to exercise the

Christian virtue of patience.

Mrs Pendleton, on the other hand,

leads a small but select group from the

Mothers’ Union who are all keen

cyclists. They all arrive on a whoosh

of fresh air, their hair in total disarray,

but with pink cheeks glowing with

health. Nobody in church minds

sitting near them, as anyone who can

manage to peddle an old three-gear

bicycle up the hill to our church is

most unlikely to be sickening for


Finally, of course, the majority

arrive on foot, having negotiated

fields, stiles and assorted cattle on the

way. The countryside may well praise

God, but one does wish they wouldn’t

bring quite so much of it into church.

Your loving uncle,


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‘Nature Count’ in the ‘National Park’

of churchyards


undreds of churches

have signed up to a

week-long ‘nature count’

occurring this month,

which will encourage

people to visit churchyards and

record what they see.

Churches Count on Nature, to run

between 5 th -13 th June, is a citizenscience

event covering churchyards

across England and Wales.

Communities and visitors will be

asked to make a note of the animals,

birds, insects, or fungi in their local

churchyard. Their data will then be

collated on the National Biodiversity


It is being jointly run by the

conservation charities Caring for

God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church

of England, and the Church in Wales.

Church land, often uniquely

unploughed and undeveloped, can be

Where are our birds?


ritish birds are in big trouble. 80

per cent of our most popular

species are in severe decline, according

to recent data from the RSPB’s annual

Big Garden Birdwatch.

The world’s largest wildlife survey

has found that 16 out of the 20 most

spotted garden birds have been in

decline since 2020. There are now

concerns about the greenfinch and

a habitat for precious,

endangered plants and

wildlife. Together,

churchyards cover a huge

area – estimated to be

equivalent to a small national park.

The week is open to anyone with

a love of nature, and churches are

seeking links with local schools and

local wildlife groups.

Various online guidance about

getting to know fauna and flora is

being shared with the churches who

are participating. A similar national

event Love Your Burial Ground

Week will be combined with this



Our churchyard teams do a wonderful job

of maintaining our own ‘God’s Acres’ and

we are very grateful for the hard work

they all put in to keep them looking


chaffinch, which were

seen in their lowest

ever numbers this year.

The top five birds

seen in people’s

gardens were: house sparrows, blue

tits, starlings, blackbirds and wood

pigeons. Only robins, blackbirds,

carrion crows and the song thrush

grew in number in 2020.


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Reflected Faith:

Sit and be Still

This month Revd Dr Jo White

continues her Reflected Faith

series with what it can really

mean to ‘be still.’


ow do you ‘sit’ in

church? I’m a wriggler and

change my position on the seat

often. I cross one leg over the other,

then swap them over, stretch them

out, then cross them at the ankles. I

do the same with my arms. I lean one

way and then the other.

In other words, ‘I’m a fidget.’ But

having been absent from a church

building for so long, I wanted to

think this month about simply sitting

and being still before the Lord.

I’m well aware we’ve done little

else this last 18 months – but if you

manage to get into a church building,

for whatever reason I’d like to

encourage us all to just sit still and

breathe in the place. To relish being


To sit ‘heavily’ in that spot. To

feel the solidity of the surface you are

sitting on. Lean into it. Feel how it

supports you. Feel each part of your

body where it is touching the chair or


Look around you at all the

distinctive seating set aside for the

different participants of the church:

the choir, the worship leader, a

deacon or curate, the priest and so on.

In an Anglican church there

will be a chair especially

dedicated for the use of the


However plain or fancy each

piece of furniture is within your

building, they all have the same

purpose. To hold the person and keep

them safe.

This month:

As you sit in the church building

– or at home if you are not able to do

so – think of all those people in the

Bible stories who sat with Jesus. The

number of times He taught in the

Temple or in a synagogue, or to

crowds gathered on a hill. Recall the

Last Supper and His friends gathered

sitting with Him to eat and share the

Passover meal, and then recall the

meal with the men from the Emmaus

Road. So many meal times with the

bold and the weak, the saints and the

sinners. With you and me.


Prayer of St Columba

Christ With Us

My dearest Lord,

Be Thou a bright flame before me,

Be Thou a guiding star above me,

Be Thou a smooth path beneath me,

Be Thou a kindly shepherd

behind me,

Today and evermore.

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Hymn of the Month

Now thank we all our God


his great German hymn of

thanksgiving was written by

Martin Rinkart in about 1636. Often

sung in grand settings on magnificent

occasions, undoubtedly helped by its

stately tune, it started off its life very

differently, written as two verses to

be used as a grace at meals in the

Rinkart household.

This was during the time of the

Thirty Years War when Rinkart was

the Lutheran pastor in Eilenburg in

Saxony, a town about 200 km south

of Berlin and 20 km NE of Leipzig. It

was a fortified town and it became a

refuge for homeless people from far

and wide who brought with them the

plague and, over-taxing the town’s

resources, created famine and

disorder. After some nineteen years

of ministering in these circumstances,

Rinkart was able to publish this

hymn of thanksgiving. For some time

he was the only pastor in the town

and often had to conduct up to fifty

funerals a day. In all he ministered at

the burials of nearly 5000 people, but

at last when the death toll reached

8000, including his wife, it became

too great a task and the dead had to

be buried in trenches without a

service. One could hardly imagine

writing a hymn of thanksgiving at

such a time and the thought of the

faithful pastor, said to be frail

physically, ministering in such

distress and courageously facing

lawless bands gives it a special


We sing it in Catherine

Winkworth’s (1827-78) translation.

She grew up in Manchester, the

daughter of a silk manufacturer, and

like most young women at that time

had no formal education, but studied

German with the first German

teacher at Owens College, which was

to develop into the University of

Manchester. She spent the year 1845-6

in Dresden with her sister Susanna,

living with an aunt. Back in

Manchester, she became part of a

circle of young intellectuals, and met

up with a German diplomat Christian

Bunsen, who encouraged her to

translate some of the German hymns

that he had collected. Her sister

translated sermons and tracts from

the Reformation period, while

Catherine took up hymns which she

translated at the rate of one a day!

‘Now thank we all our God’

appeared in her second volume of

Lyra Germanica in 1858 and it was

included in the first edition of Hymns

Ancient & Modern in 1861. There are

nine of her translations in Common

Praise, of which by far the other most

well-known one is ‘Praise to the Lord,

the Almighty, the King of creation’

although another we sing regularly at

(Continued on page 22)

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(Hymn of the Month - continued from

page 21)

Easter is ‘Christ the Lord is risen


Her family moved to Clifton,

Bristol in 1862 where Catherine

interested herself in social problems,

especially those of women and

campaigned for women’s education.

She was a member of the committee

that established Bristol University

College (now Bristol University), sat

on the Council of Cheltenham Ladies’

College and was secretary of the

committee that founded Clifton High

School for Girls. While on a journey

abroad, she died suddenly of a heart

attack at Monnetier which is just in

France, close to the Swiss border and


The German version had been

first published in 1647 in Johann

Cruger’s Praxis Pietatis Melica which

became the source book of all later

Lutheran hymnals. The tune to which

it is universally sung is thought to be

by Cruger himself since in an early

book it is marked with his initials. It

was used by Bach in two cantatas and

he based two organ preludes on it.

Mendelssohn modified the melody

for his Second Symphony and that is

the version in our English hymn


Originally a two-verse hymn to

be used as a grace at meals in the

Rinkart household, the first verse

emphasizes a note of thanksgiving

and looks back to the past. The

opening lines set the theme for the

hymn. We are all, without exception,

to give thanks to God and we are told

how to do so – with hearts, from the

depths of our being; with hands, in

our everyday deeds and activities;

and with voices, in word and song,

and especially in our worship.

The second verse is an act of

prayer and we ask for God’s grace

and guidance for the future. We ask

that our ‘bounteous God’ for whose

goodness and generosity we have

given thanks, will be with us

‘through all our life’ till its very end.

If he is near us we can feel confident

that he will bless us with ‘ever joyful

hearts’ and ‘blessed peace’. We go on

to pray that he will keep us in his

grace, to guide us when we feel

uncertain amid the many problems of

life and finally to ‘free us from all ills

in this world and the next’.

The third verse was added later

and is of course a version of the

Gloria – giving praise and thanks to

the Father and the Son and him who

reigns with them in highest heaven,

the Holy Spirit.

Peter Nunn

The great folk hymns are a perfect

marriage of text and tune. There are

those that have nice messages and

some with good music, but it is such

a bonus when they are both

wonderful. Mack Wilberg

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1. NOW thank we all our God

with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things hath done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mother’s arms

hath blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours to-day.

2. O may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us;

and keep us in his grace,

and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills

in this world and the next.

3. All praise and thanks to God

the Father now be given,

the Son, and him who reigns

with them in highest heaven,

the one eternal God,

whom earth and heaven adore;

for thus it was, is now,

and shall be evermore.



16th June

St Richard of Chichester


n 16 June we celebrate Sussex

Day and also the saints day for

Richard of Chichester.

Here’s the lovely prayer attributed

to him.

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus

Christ for all the benefits thou hast

given me, for all the pains and insults

which thou hast borne for me. O most

merciful redeemer, friend and brother,

may I know thee more clearly, love

thee more dearly and follow thee

more nearly, day by day. Amen

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Intercessions for the month

Let us bring to God in prayer…

Tue 1st

International Children’s Day. We pray for children throughout the


Wed 2nd Those who supply and arrange flowers, especially in churches, and

all involved in the Arundel Cathedral Carpet of Flowers

Thu 3rd

Corpus Christi. Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, Thee, Who in

Thy Sacrament does deign to be.

Fri 4th Tertiaries, Oblates, Associates, Companions and Friends of the

monastic orders.

Sat 5th The youth-led movements for ecological justice, such as the Young

Christian Climate Network and Fridays for Future.

Sun 6th

Mon 7th

The Lord shall make good His purpose for me; Your loving

kindness, O Lord, endures forever, forsake not the work of Your


Godparents and teachers of religious education.

Tue 8th

Pray for the right use of modern technology

Wed 9th

St Columba Abbott of Iona, missionary. Thank God for the Celtic

Spirituality available to us.

Thu 10th Kathy, and everyone involved in the administration work of our

benefice, and in our Diocese of Chichester.



11th St Barnabas, Apostle. May our Lord help us by the example of St

Barnabas, to be generous in our judgements and unselfish in our


12th All who are struggling with broken relationships.

Sun 13th May we rejoice in Your salvation and triumph in the Name of our

God; may the Lord perform all your traditions

Mon 14th Blood donors and the staff and volunteers providing the necessary

service and assistance.

Tue 15th For the staff, patients and supporters of our hospices

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Wed 16th St Richard of Chichester. May we enjoy a holy and happy Sussex

celebrational day.

Thu 17th Help us to have the courage in our faith to reach out to others.



18th Thank you for those who read the Scriptures to us during our

church services.

19th World Refugee Day. Pray for people whose lives are in danger and

have sought safety, and all trying to help them.

Sun 20th I will give thanks to You, Lord, with my whole heart; and rejoice in

You; I will make music to Your Name, O Most High. Father’s Day.

Mon 21st Pray for all coping with autism

Tue 22nd St Alban, first Martyr of Britain. For Christians of all denominations

- may we love and learn together in the Wisdom of God.

Wed 23rd Comfort and help for those in during pain and uncertainty about the

future, because of their life-threatening conditions.

Thu 24th Birth of John the Baptist. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has

come to His people and set them free.



25th Thank you for all who give of their time and ability to staff charity


26th Main we willingly accept guidance in our lives that help ensure the

safety of others.

Sun 27th I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for Him, in His Word is my hope

Mon 28th Thank God for the Freedom to worship, and pray for those

persecuted or scorned for their faith.

Tue 29th Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. May the Christian church be

inspired by their teaching and example.

Wed 30th Let us appreciate the ability to walk with the Lord, as Adam and

Eve did in the first garden, and support those whose walk is

spiritual rather than physical

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will be keener than ever to stay together.

The Together Coalition, chaired by

the Archbishop of Canterbury, has

been working for the past year on a

piece of research to track just what has

happened to communities during


The new research has found that

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connection to their neighbours and

community. …We found a clear public

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community spirit of 2020 is kept


It also found that around 12.4

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during the pandemic, 4.6 million of

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of those volunteers would be happy to

do so again.

God hides some ideal in every human

soul. At some time in our life we feel a

trembling, fearful longing to do some

good thing. Life finds its noblest

spring of excellence in this hidden

impulse to do our best. Robert Collyer

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St Alban, helping a stranger in need


lban should be the

patron saint of anyone

who impulsively offers to

help a stranger in need… and

finds their own life turned

upside down as a result.

The story goes that Alban

was a Roman citizen quietly

living in England in the third

century. Then, miles away in

Rome, the emperor, Diocletian

ordered a persecution of the

Christians. Nothing to do

with Alban… except that

suddenly he found a

desperate priest on his doorstep, being

hunted down by local soldiers. Alban

decided to give the priest shelter, and

within days was converted to

Christianity himself, and then baptised.

As if this was not brave enough,

when the soldiers arrived, Alban

decided to take the priest’s place. He

dressed up in the priest’s clothes to

enable the priest to escape.

Not surprisingly, the soldiers

then arrested Alban himself.

Now a Christian, Alban

refused to offer sacrifice to the

Roman gods, and so was

condemned to death.

But the story doesn’t end

there, for Alban went to his

execution with such holiness

and serenity that one of the

executioners was converted,

and the other executioner’s

eyes fell out (or so the story

goes). Alban was buried

nearby, and the shrine built to his

memory was soon known for its

healing powers. Alban’s cult extended

all over England, and nine ancient

English churches were dedicated to


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to St Alban in the Chichester Diocese;

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Garden Tips from Alan Doick

{ There is still time to plant

bedding flower plants in beds

and borders as well as plant up

tubs, troughs and hanging

baskets/flower pouches. All

bedding plants at the garden

centres are now half price so it is

not only an ideal time to plant but

you’ll find ideal prices as well

expert help from the staff in

choosing the correct plants for

any particular position/situation.

Plants by now should be

‘hardened off’ so can be planted

straight out, be sure to apply

good slug control and keep

topped up as necessary.

{ Tomatoes, aubergine, peppers

and cucumbers etc should now be

growing well under glass and as

all chance of frosts has receded

you can now safely plant these

outside. To get maximum

flowering, and therefore fruiting,

apply a high potash plant food

every week to ten days. Be sure to

water the plants well before

applying plant food, liquid is


{ Despite the rain we have had of

late be sure to check daily that all

plants are moist enough, most

especially those recently planted

especially check under window

sills, over hangs etc.

{ Be sure to cover any soft fruit

against bird

damage, a larger

mesh is ideal

rather than very

small mesh as this may prevent

pollinating insects having access

to do their thing.

{ It is now safe to cut back the dead

foliage from any bulbs, which

will greatly improve the look of

any area where they flowered.

{ Keep a good look out for green

and black fly attacks, if you need

to spray use one that’s

environmentally friendly.

{ Be sure to keep a good eye on

climbing plants, check if they

need tying in, weaving through

any trellis etc.

{ Feed trees, shrubs, roses etc this

month to help them give their


{ Lawns may have feed and weed

applied now, which must be

watered in if it doesn’t rain

within 24 hours otherwise the

lawn will be scorched.

Garden Quotes

A garden is always

a series of losses set against

a few triumphs, like life itself.

May Sarton

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Recipe Page

Marmalade Loaf


eing fatless, this is very useful for

those on a fat-free or low-fat diet.

The flavour varies according to the

type of marmalade and sugar used.

Dark Oxford marmalade and brown

sugar makes a different loaf from

lemon shred marmalade and white

sugar. Being an all-in-one recipe it is

very easy to make.


1) 12 oz / 350g self-raising flour

2) 7 oz / 200g dried fruit — raisins,

sultanas, chopped apricots

3) 4 oz / 125g sugar

4) 3-4 tablespoons marmalade

5) 2 eggs, beaten

6) Milk


1) Preheat the oven to 180 ° C / 350 ° F /

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2) Mix all the ingredients thoroughly

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dropping consistency.

3) Bake in a greased loaf tin for 1

hour, or until done.

4) Leave to settle for 10 minutes then

turn on to a rack to cool.

Serve sliced, with or without butter.

Cooking Quote

Always start out with a larger pot

than what you think you need.

Julia Child

Fathers’ Day

A time to celebrate


n many countries around the

world, Father’s Day is celebrated

this month.

It all began in 1909 when Sonora

Smart Dodd in Spokane,

Washington, heard a church sermon

about the merits of setting aside a

day to honour one’s mother. But

Sonora knew that it was her father

who had selflessly raised herself

and her five siblings by himself after

their mother had died. The sermon

on mothers gave Sonora the idea to

petition for a day to honour fathers,

and in particular, her own father,

William Smart.

Sonora soon set about planning

the first Father’s Day celebration in

Spokane in 1910. With support from

the Spokane Ministerial Association

and the YMCA, her efforts paid off,

and a ‘Father’s Day’ was appointed

and on 19 th June, 1910, the first

Father’s Day was celebrated.

Gradually, other people in other

cities started celebrating their

fathers, too. The rose was selected as

the official Father’s Day flower.

Some people began to wear a white

rose to honour a father who was

dead, and a red one to honour a

father who was living. Finally, in

1972, a presidential proclamation

declared the third Sunday of June as

Father’s Day.

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f you like ‘quirky books’, here are a

couple that may be of interest.


Curiosities by

David Castleton.

In churches and

cathedrals across

Britain, tucked

away among

ordinary items

such as pews, screens and pulpits, sit a

plethora of fascinating and unexpected


From dragon-slaying spears and

the ribs of monstrous cows, to pagan

altars, reindeer horns and mummified

skulls, these curiosities have intrigued

generations of visitors. In this book,

David Castleton explores this

fascinating world of lepers’ squints,

pancake bells, virgin garlands and

sanctuary knockers, and unravels the

tales, legends and folkloric ceremonies

that lay behind these charming and

often deeply unusual artefacts.

Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills.

While travelling all

over Britain on his

pushbike, travel

writer Dixe Wills is

forever popping into

old churches to look

around, grab a

moment of

tranquillity or just to

Book Reviews

shelter from the elements.

Extending his love of all things

tiny into yet another area, this book is

his guide to 60 of the loveliest and

most diminutive churches that Britain

has to offer, many of which are known

only to locals or tourists who are

simply lucky enough to stumble

across them. Representing a unique

slice of British local history and

attitudes, tiny churches are the great

survivors of the world. Unlike grand

cathedrals, they were built to serve

more humble ends, but they withstood

centuries of religious unrest (and the

Victorian ‘church improvers’) to

survive into this most irreligious of


Today, scattered all over Britain,

these atmospheric places retain the

essence of what they were when the

stonemasons, labourers, smiths,

carpenters and glaziers were corralled

together to build them.

Far too often, we have limited the

definition of the Church. While not in

all cases, in many cases, ‘Church’ has

become an informational, inspirational

weekly gathering rather than the

group of people that God has ordained

from Heaven to operate on his behalf

on Earth in order to bring Heaven’s

viewpoint into history.

Tony Evans

American Christian pastor, speaker, author,

and broadcaster

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Gigglebox - laughter is good for you!

Talking - Bishop Douglas Feaver, the

notoriously outspoken former Bishop

of Peterborough, was presiding at his

first Diocesan Synod and a man at the

back had been droning on and on for

some length of time. Finally, a lady

called out to protest that she could not

hear what he was saying. Bishop

Douglas replied: “You should thank

God and sit down.”

For sale - An estate agent’s board

outside a redundant church:

FOR SALE. Suitable for conversion.

Belief - Our elderly vicar was very

devout, but sometimes lost his place

during the service. One Sunday as we

reached the Creed there was a long

silence, so the curate went across to

him and gently touched his arm. “I

believe in God,” she whispered.

The vicar smiled back happily.

“Oh, so do I, so do I!”

Out to graze - A group of elderly

British tourists were touring Holland

by bus. They stopped at a cheese farm

where a young guide led them

through the process of making cheese

from goat’s milk. She showed the

group a lovely hillside where many

goats were grazing.

“These,” she explained, “are the

older goats put out to pasture when

they no longer produce.” She then

asked, “What do you do in Britain

with your old goats?”

A spry old

gentleman answered:

“They send us out on

bus tours!”

Thankful - A minister said to a

precocious six-year-old boy, “So your

mother says a prayer over you each

night? That’s very commendable.

What does she say?”

The little boy replied, “Thank

God he’s in bed!”

Don’t forget the other half - When

my daughter said her bedtime

prayers, she would bless every family

member, every friend, and every

animal (current and past). Then one

night, after we had finished the

nightly prayer, she added: “And all

girls.” This soon became part of her

nightly routine.

Finally, my curiosity got the best

of me and I asked her why she had

begun adding the part about all girls.

Her response? “Because at church the

minister only ever says ‘all men!’”


Arriving at church to attend a

wedding, a formidable looking lady

in a large hat was greeted by the

usher. “Are you a friend of the

groom?” he ventured.

“Certainly not,” she said indignantly.

“I’m the bride’s mother.”

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Grandad stories

This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday

20th June. Here, Anne Linington

(writing in an Isle of Wight church

magazine) shares some of her favourite

Grandad stories.


was reminded of these stories told

by my Grandad. One of them

involved tying together all the door

knockers on a row of houses, then

knocking on one before running

away. As people tried to answer their

door, they found it wouldn’t budge!

Another practical joke was

turning the horse around within the

shafts of a cart parked outside the

pub. On leaving the pub after a few

pints, the owner came face to face

with his horse.

He also spoke of a Vicar who

would give money to the coal man

and ask him to drop off a bag to

Mrs...... who he knew to be on hard


But my all-time favourite

Grandad story related to my Mum’s

dolls pram.

Apparently a wheel used to fall

off, so she had to take it herself to the

bicycle repair man. It involved

walking down the hill where she

lived in Tavistock, Devon, and up

another hill to the repairers.

One day she was half-way up the

hill when the wheel fell off once

more. Unable to stop it, she watched,

as with split-second timing, her

father emerged from his work at the

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coal merchant’s at the foot of the hill.

He was on his way home for his

dinner. He braced himself like a

cricketer ready to make a catch, and

caught his daughter’s wheel.

My Mum shared this story in

church one Father’s Day, adding that

“whenever the wheels had fallen off

in her life, she trusted that her

Heavenly Father would catch them,

just like her Dad had done all those

years before”.

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This month Michael Blencowe of the

Sussex Wildlife Trust takes a look at one

of our loveliest butterflies.

Adonis Blue


n Sussex Wildlife Trust’s

Malling Down nature reserve

just fifteen minutes’ walk from the

centre of Lewes, something is stirring.

Something rather beautiful.

Something rather… blue.

The Adonis Blue must be in with

a good chance of being crowned our

most beautiful butterfly. The male’s

dazzling, electric blue wings are an

insult to all other butterfly species

who consider themselves blue.

Believe me - you haven’t experienced

blue until you’ve watched a male

Adonis Blue fly past. And, like many

other famous Lewes residents, our

Adonis Blues also have a colourful

and somewhat odd life history.

During the larval stage of its life

cycle, the Adonis Blue caterpillar

exudes a sugary sweet secretion and,

amazingly, sings an enticing siren’s

song. This drives local ants into a

frenzy and they fall under its spell.

With its sugar-drunk, loved-up ant

admirers in tow, the caterpillar

cruises the Lewes Downs with the

ants protecting it against parasites

and predators. Each evening, when

the caterpillar retreats to the soil, the

ants bury it – effectively tucking it in

for the night. It’s amazing what

devotion you can get around these

parts in return for a drink and a song.

When it’s time for the caterpillar

to pupate, the ants stand guard over

the chrysalis too in an underground

chamber, and when the adult

butterfly emerges they escort it to the

surface. Without so much as a thank

you for their loyalty, the butterfly

unfurls its wings and deserts them for

the skies above – no doubt leaving

the ants wondering how they’re

going to explain themselves to the

queen when they get home.

The existence of this wonderful

butterfly is only made possible due to

the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s careful

management of Malling Down. The

Trust’s rare breed sheep, which you

can see from Lewes High Street,

graze the reserve to ensure the correct

habitat is maintained for this rare

species. An important factor in the

Adonis Blue’s life cycle is heat, and if

the grass here gets too tall the

temperature at ground level drops.

Without the grazing management,

the fantastic downland habitat would

disappear, along with all the amazing

species that depend on it.

There’s a whole world out there,

right outside your window.

You’d be a fool to miss it.

Charlotte Eriksson

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Bio-Optic Organised Knowledge

Is this a device for the future?

Deidre Morris shared this ‘idea’ with us.

I hope you agree that it has a great



ntroducing the new Bio-Optic

Organised Knowledge device,

trade-named BOOK.

BOOK is a revolutionary

breakthrough in technology: no

wires, no electric circuits, no

batteries, nothing to be connected or

switched on. It’s so easy to use, even

an adult can operate it!

Compact and portable, it can be

used anywhere – even sitting in an

armchair by the fire – yet it is

powerful enough to hold as much as

a CD-ROM disc.

BOOK is constructed of

sequentially numbered sheets of

paper (recyclable), each sheet capable

of holding thousands of bits of

information. The pages are locked

together with a custom-fit device

called a binder, which keeps the

sheets in their correct sequence.

Opaque Paper Technology (OPT)

allows manufacturers to use both

sides of the sheet, doubling the

information density and cutting costs

and size. Experts are divided on the

prospects for further increases in

information density; for now, BOOKs

with more information simply use

more pages. Each sheet is scanned

optically, registering the information

directly into your brain. A flick of the

finger takes you to the next sheet.

BOOK may be taken up at any time

and used merely by opening it. The

‘browse’ feature allows you to move

instantly to any sheet, and to move

backwards and forwards as you

wish. Many come with an ‘index’

feature, which pinpoints the exact

location of any selected information

for instant retrieval.

BOOK never crashes or needs

rebooting, though, like other devices,

it can be damaged if coffee is spilled

on it and it may become unusable if

dropped too many times on a hard


You can also make personal

notes next to BOOK text entries using

optional programming tools:

Permanent Entry Nib (PEN) or

Portable Erasable Nib Correctable

Intercommunication Language Stylus


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The Wondering Soul

My Old String Vest


es, I did have one in my youth, The professor was

but not having the necessary theoretically right but the

physique I kept it hidden under my ill founded theory was quick and


gave consistently good results.

While being educated in all things Hurrah, the tale is over, let the

engineering, I did two years studying rumination begin!

with a learned Professor on ‘Soil Bigoted ill-founded religious

Mechanics’ It was very complex and theory, white hot evangelism and

the experiments took days to dour non conformists all with their

complete (all of this has nothing to do individual dogmas and perversions

with gardening.)

are alive and, sadly, well. They are

This was followed by a final year each followed by a multitude of

with a ‘school’ teacher of soil faithful God fearing people who

mechanics My first public speaking individually, while led astray, still try

was when I stood up in his lecture, to find their own way to Heaven -

and having run out of patience and are very nice people.

enduring his ill founded mathematics, Fortunately God is aware and

I denounced his ‘soil mechanics’ likes His created people.

theory ‘as full of holes as a string Think on O ‘Wondering Soul’ and

vest’; applause from my fellow Praise the Lord.

students followed.

I still get hot under the collar. There will be more on the Wondering

I remember this many years later Soul’s string vest next month.

when I found myself applying the

school teachers theory of soil

mechanics on site as this was the

routine laid down in ‘The Contract’

was very quick, I admit, and although

I was keeping a weather eye on my

Professors theories, the application on

site gave consistently sound results.

So what of my old string vest?

I did not have the physique and

the theory was wrong but the vest

kept me warm in winter and cool in


… I think that I must have missed that

Triangle - June 2021 module when I was a theological Page 37 college!

The Parable of the Great Banquet

Canon Paul Hardingham considers our

priorities in life.


ne thing that we’ve probably

missed over the past year is

parties. Well, this month should

enable us to party again! Lots of Jesus’

parables focus on parties, as they are a

picture of the joy, hope and life of the

kingdom of God. The parable of the

Great Banquet (Luke 14: 15-24)

challenges us not to miss out on this.

In Jesus’ day, when people

accepted an invitation to a banquet,

they were only told the actual time on

the day: ‘Come, for everything is now

ready’ (v 17). Jesus’ invites each one of

us to share in the life of His kingdom.

However, the guests made excuses

for not coming. At the time, this

would have been extremely insulting

to the host. They said: ‘I have just

bought a field; I must try out my new

team of oxen; I have just got married’ (vs

18-20). These are all good things in

Colin Hammacott looks at compliments


e all like to receive a

compliment from time to time.

As Robert Orben, former script writer

for President Gerald R. Ford once

said, “A compliment is verbal

sunshine.” Another American, Leo

Buscaglia once observed: “Too often

we underestimate the power of a

touch, a smile, a kind word, a

Give a compliment

themselves, however they reveal their

priorities were elsewhere.

We too can be pre-occupied with

our own routines of work, family,

retirement, holidays, friends, home,

social media, that we forget God’s

priorities for our lives. Jesus calls for

total commitment from His disciples.

What priority in my life is holding me

back from accepting His invitation?

How did the host respond? He

ordered His servants to ‘Go out quickly

into the streets and alleys of the town and

bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind

and the lame.’ (v 21). He invited the

unexpected and unacceptable people

to His banquet. Jesus makes the point

that God’s kingdom is open to all!

Thinking about our family,

friends, colleagues and neighbours,

even if they’re not like us or show

little interest in God: Are we willing to

offer them God’s invitation to share His

love and life?


listening ear, an honest compliment,

or the smallest act of caring, all of

which have the potential to turn

someone’s life around.”

At a funeral service, nice things

are usually said of the deceased.

While these comments are comforting

for the relatives, did the same folks

(Continued on page 39)

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Churches stepped up support for

their communities during pandemic


ore than 4,000 Church of

England parishes have stepped

up their support to local communities

in the face of rising levels of poverty,

loneliness and isolation since the

Covid-19 pandemic, according to new


Church volunteers have delivered

food, shopped, walked dogs and

collected prescriptions this past year,

according to a report by the Church of

England and Church Urban Fund.

Volunteers have also done gardening

projects, been ‘phone buddies’, aided

with job-hunting, and helped people

get online, as local people struggled

with the social and economic effects of

the pandemic.

Despite restrictions on meeting

socially, some 25% of churches even

started a completely new activity

during the pandemic. More of them

adapted two or more of their existing

community activities in order to meet

local needs.

Overall, 37% of churches reported

that they were providing more support

to their communities, with this figure

rising to 41% in rural areas.

Food provision and pastoral

support were by far the biggest area of

support provided by churches, with

nearly 80% of churches involved in

running or supporting a food bank or

similar service. Many opened food

banks for the first time.

Church leaders reported that

isolation, loneliness and mental health

difficulties, food poverty,

unemployment and debt are more

widespread in their communities as a

result of the pandemic.

Church Urban Fund CEO Rachel

Whittington said: “2020 was a year

like no other, and yet churches across

the UK rose … with undeterred

compassion, displaying the love in

action which lies at the heart of the

Christian gospel.”


(continued from page 38)

ever bother to say these kind things to

the person themselves, when they

were alive, to show them how much

they were appreciated?

Sadly, not everyone seems able to

compliment others. Perhaps they

never received compliments when

they were young, or perhaps they feel

that to compliment someone else is to

somehow put themselves down. For

whatever reason, such people miss out

on a whole lot of pleasure in life.

Whenever we see something that

is worthy of a compliment, why not

give it, and bring ‘a little verbal

sunshine’ into someone else’s life!

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13.5 x 13.5


Solutions on page 44

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Local Directory

Check with the organisers or website for meeting dates and times

Name Location When & Contact

Sonshine - Church for

people with learning


Knit & Knatter

Yapton Village

Women’s Institute

Yapton & Ford

Community Group

Downland Art Society

Five Villages Minibus

Yapton & Ford Local

History Group

Village Friends

Good neighbour scheme

Clymping Pétanque



Church Hall


Church Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Walberton Sports


Regular shopping


Yapton & Ford

Village Hall


Clymping Village


First Sunday at 3.00 pm

Alan Doick

01243 554810

Joan Rees

01243 552961

Third Tuesday at 10.00 am

Maggie Brackley - 07789 790706

every Wednesday


Colin Morris - 01243 584274

Brian David - 01243 553635

First Monday each month

Meg Brackley 07925 217843

U3A - Arun West various

BEADYS - St Wilfrid’s

Hospice Support Group

various Gill Kelly - 01243 552230

Five Village Society various Joanna Williams - 01243 551524

Samaritans 116 123

Citizens Advice



Love West Sussex

Call FREE any time, day or night,

from any phone, anywhere

0344 477 1171 (0300 330 0650 from a mobile)

Report anti-social driving or abandoned vehicles

Report highway matters incl. potholes, footway problems, etc.

Triangle - June 2021 Page 41

I t was 125 years ago, on 4th June 1896, that Henry Ford completed his first

automobile, the Ford Quadricycle, and gave it a test run around Detroit,

Michigan. It was a simple frame with an engine, two gears, a tiller for steering

and four bicycle wheels. It had a top speed of 20 mph. Its success led him to

establish the Ford Motor Company in 1903.

Triangle - June 2021 Page 42


Military tactic used by Joshua to attack and destroy the city of Ai (Joshua


8:2) (6)

4 Place of learning (6)

‘When Moses’ hands grew — , they took a stone and put it under him and


he sat on it’ (Exodus 17:12) (5)

Unpleasant auguries of the end of the age, as forecast by Jesus (Matthew


24:7) (7)

Stronghold to which girls in King Xerxes’ harem (including Esther) were



taken (Esther 2:8) (7)

Where Saul went to consult a medium before fighting the Philistines (1

Samuel 28:7) (5)

12 Propitiation (Hebrews 2:17) (9)

17 Turn away (Jeremiah 11:15) (5)

19 So clear (anag.) (7)

‘I have just got — , so I can’t come’: one excuse to be absent from the great


banquet (Luke 14:20) (7)

22 Long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen (Job 39:23) (5)

23 Musical beat (6)

What the Israelites were told to use to daub blood on their door-frames at


the first Passover (Exodus 12:22) (6)


1 Fasten (Exodus 28:37) (6)

2 Art bite (anag.) (7)

‘The people of the city were divided; some — with the Jews, others with


the apostles’ (Acts 14:4) (5)

5 Contend (Jeremiah 12:5) (7)

6 Possessed (Job 1:3) (5)

7 Sheen (Lamentations 4:1) (6)

‘You love evil rather than good, — rather than speaking the truth’ (Psalm


52:3) (9)

13 Large flightless bird (Job 39:13) (7)

14 They were worth several hundred pounds each (Matthew 25:15) (7)

15 ‘A — went out to sow his seed’ (Matthew 13:3) (6)

How Jesus described Jairus’s daughter when he went into the room where


she lay (Mark 5:39) (6)

The part of the day when the women went to the tomb on the first Easter


morning (John 20:1) (5)

20 Narrow Triangle passageway - June 2021 between buildings (Luke 14:21) (5) Page 43

Sudoku Solutions



8.8 x 8.8

Crossword Answers

ACROSS: 1, Ambush. 4, School. 8, Tired. 9, Famines. 10, Citadel. 11, Endor.

12, Atonement. 17, Avert. 19, Oracles. 21, Married. 22, Lance. 23, Rhythm.

24, Hyssop.

DOWN: 1, Attach. 2, Biretta. 3, Sided. 5, Compete. 6, Owned. 7, Lustre.

9, Falsehood. 13, Ostrich. 14, Talents. 15, Farmer. 16, Asleep. 18, Early. 20, Alley.


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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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’:

¨ ACE - The Association for Church


¨ PP - Parish Pump.

¨ LICC - London Institute for

Contemporary Christianity

¨ BS - Bible Society

Articles from these sources are © cleared

and used with permission. Images come from

the editor’s personal collection or from various

copyright free sources. Images submitted by

readers are always very welcome.

Parochial Church Council


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 the next page.

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


Clymping Church Hall

Function Rooms

Suitable for Receptions, Parties,

Conferences, Clubs, Group Activities,

Staff Meetings

Seating capacity for 80 people.

Excellent facilities including:

disabled access, baby changer, AED,

upgraded kitchen,

crockery and cutlery available, if

required, for hall use.

Large outside grass area available for


For enquiries and bookings contact

Chris Keeling - 01243 585584

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


The Large Hall has a stage, sound

system, bar and kitchen and is ideal for

parties, weddings, clubs and large


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

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Church Office - Yapton and Ford Village Hall

Mrs Kathy Draper


Please see the

Covid notice on

page 4

Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

t: 01243 553653 (answer phone at other times)


Correspondence should be addressed to

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

Yapton, Arundel BN18 0EE.

Benefice website



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


Parish Council

Yapton Parish


Ford Parish




Support Officer


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

Littlehampton, BN16 2TW. T:01903 771922.

E: W:

Clerk: Andrew Gardiner, 38 Ruskin Avenue,

Bognor Regis, PO21 5BW

T: 01243 859141, E:

W: 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: W:

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


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Ministry Team


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


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

Mr Martin Draper 01243 553653



Chris King - 01243 586963 Kevin Swadling - 01243 820154


Wendy King 01243 586963


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

Cdr. Rupert Head

Verger - Yapton

Yapton with Ford


Mrs Bex Holden 07846 135221

Verger - Ford

Vacant Mr David Donovan - 01903 726006

Treasurer - Mrs Annemarie Doick- 01243 554810


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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