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Tue, 22nd May 2018

Church Services - Eastwick, Gilston and High Wych

Church Services - Eastwick, Gilston and High Wych

1. On this page you will find the details of Church contacts.

2. Church services for the month within the Benefice.

3. The Priest in Charge monthly news letter.

 

1.CHURCH CONTACT DETAILS

Priest-in-charge

Rev Wendy Carter, The Rectory, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth  01279 726476

Readers

Joy Galliers-Burridge 01279 444870

Roger Burridge 01279 444870

June Denton 01279 723714

Churchwardens

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Michael Shaw - rick.shaw.589@gmail.com

Secretary

Lois Smith 01279 431123

Treasurer

Hazel Scorah 01279 418061

Benefice of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick

Services May 2018

6th May

 Easter 6

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Acts 10. 44-end,

Ps 98, 1 John 5.1-6, John 15.9-17

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th May

Ascension Day

8.00m

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

13th May

Easter 7

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Acts 1.15-17,21-end, Ps 1, 1 John 5.9-13, John 17.6-19

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

Acts 1.15-17,21-end, Ps 1, 1 John 5.9-13, John 17.6-19

 20th May

Pentecost

Whit Sunday

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Acts 2.1-21, Ps104.26-36,37b,

Romans 8.22-27, John 15.26-27;16.4b-15

27th May

Trinity Sunday

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Isaiah 6.1-8, Ps 29, Romans 8.12-17, John 3.1-17

 

 

11.15am

MESSY CHURCH

ACTIVITY

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

 

Weekday Services:

Tuesday 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St. Botolph, Eastwick  

Wednesday 9am. Morning Prayer at St. James, High Wych

Friday 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary, Gilston 

Letter for May 2018

Dear Friends in Gilston and Eastwick

Soft rain is falling from a grey sky as I write here in High Wych, but morning TV coverage is from The Commonwealth Games in the summer sunshine of New Zealand.

Many of us enjoy watching people at the top of their sport, strive & struggle to achieve their next aim - a medal at a major meet, a world record, a personal best, that team title.  From golf to diving from the 3 metre platform - or watching a child find an ability and a love for rugby, gymnastics, squash, skiing, tennis etc, we find ourselves lifted by their achievements and grieving with them in the disappointments. 

            At the top the pressure to succeed is huge - from the athletes themselves -as well as the media coverage around them; and don’t newspapers love to build someone up to then revel in their fall!  So we shouldn’t be surprised by the temptation to cheat - by tampering with a cricket ball, using unnecessary medical treatment to boost stamina or stamping on an opponent - but it disappoints us and the result seems worth so much less; we want our winners to act fairly, honestly.

 Until Whitsun on May 20 we are still celebrating Easter, thankfully remembering Jesus’ victory over death -  and his being raised to a new kind of life on Easter morning; but Good Friday only succeeded because Jesus didn’t cheat.  He was tempted to choose an easier way. Peter one of his closest friends, unwittingly joined the devil to encourage Jesus to avoid dying. Jesus was as aware of pain as you and me, he knew very well what Roman crucifixion meant. He had thought of ways to avoid dying; he could have been known as a wonder worker or used personal power to rule the world. He could have become a celebrity - talked about, sought after, famous till he died of old age. But none of those ways would have the eternal effect of self-sacrificing love. Innocent, He took the worst that humanity could throw at him - the wanton cruelty, ridicule, prejudice, hate, jealousy; he met it with forgiving love and broke the power of death so that we can find our way back to God. It’s a mystery, but his self-sacrifice opens the way to eternal life: An innocent victim paid the price of our waywardness, so we have a new start, a clean sheet. Thank goodness for no shortcuts, no cheating!  

Just the power of God’s generous love for us, in the determination and commitment of the human Jesus.  Alleluia!                            

 

God’s Blessing on you and yours,

 Revd Wendy

 

 

Services April 2018

1st April

EASTER DAY

9.30am

Benefice Easter Eucharist

followed by Easter Egg Hunt

St James, High Wych

Acts 10.34-43, 1 Corinthians 15.1-11, John 20.1-18

8th April

Easter 2

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Acts 4.32-35, 1 John 1.1-2.2, John 20.19-end

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

Acts 4.32-35, 1 John 1.1-2.2, John 20.19-end

15th April

Easter 3

9.30am

Holy Communion

Followed by APCM

St James, High Wych

Acts 3.12-19, 1 John 3.1-7, Luke 24.36b-48

22nd April

Easter 4

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Acts 4.5-12, 1 John 3.16-end, John 10.11-18

25th April

 

8.00pm

Gilston with Eastwick PCC APCM

St Botolph’s,

 Eastwick

 

29th April

Easter 5

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Acts 8.26-end, 1 John 4.7-end, John 15.08

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

Acts 8.26-end, 1 John 4.7-end, John 15.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends in Gilston and Eastwick

 

Easter already – we seem barely to have put away the Christmas decorations! In April we hope we have said goodbye to the winter weather and anticipate the renewal of the natural world where the longer warmer days bring the bees out to flowers turning their faces to the sun. Where the crops in the fields around us begin to grow with enthusiasm and hedgerows provide shelter for nesting birds. The new life breaking through around us speaks to us of resurrection.

 

Easter is the most important Christian festival because it affects us directly. Jesus born into an ordinary family, lived his life in obedience to God, showing love and compassion for those around him and gave himself.  On Good Friday we remember his death after torture and crucifixion, a Roman spear to his heart making absolutely sure he was dead.  His grieving, desolate friends watched as he was laid in the still darkness of a rock tomb its opening sealed by a massive stone – but  3 days later his perfect life broke through the barrier we call death and made the way for us to follow him home, to the peace and presence of God, forgiven and welcome.

Few of us get through life without times of complete darkness, yet in the renewal of spring and the Resurrection of Jesus we find light and hope. God is a god of resurrection – we see it around us – in what looks like an end is a new beginning.  There have now been 7 years of war in Syria, 11 million people have been forced to leave their homes, 51/2 million live as refugees – for them the dark must seem endless, yet there are Christian people in the region working tirelessly, sacrificially, to help those people most in need, while they share the challenges of living amid conflict, poverty and injustice. They are doing what they can to illuminate the dark and we pray with them for a swift end and a just resolution to the conflict for the area and  we await resurrection –new life and fresh hope and new beginnings.

 

 God’s Blessings on you and yours

Rev Wendy

 

 

Services for March 2018

4th March

Lent 3

8.00am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Exodus 20.1-17, 1Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

2.00pm

Baptism of Oliver Wightwick

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

11th March

Mothering Sunday

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Numbers 21.4-9,

Ephesians 2.1-10, John 3.14-21

 

Lent 4

11.15am

Parish Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

18th March

Passion Sunday

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Jeremiah 31.31-34, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33

25th March

Palm

Sunday

9.30am

Palm Sunday

 Service

St James, High Wych

Readings – Isaiah 50.4-9a, Philippians 2.5-11, March 14.1-end

 

 

11.15 am

Parish Communion

St Botolph,

Eastwick

 

HOLY

WEEK

 

 

 

 

26th March

Monday

8.00pm

Compline

St James, High Wych

 

27th March

Tuesday

8.00pm

Candlelit Taize

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

28th March

Wednesday

8.00pm

Compline

St Botolph, Eastwick

 

29th March

Maundy Thursday

7.30pm

Eucharist followed by a Watch till 10.00pm

St James, High Wych

 

30th March

GOOD FRIDAY

10am – 12noon

MESSY CHURCH

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

1.00pm

Reflections & hymns followed by Statins of the cross

St James, High Wych

 

31st March

Saturday

8.00pm

Lighting the new fire & Easter vigil

St James, High Wych

 

1st April

EASTER DAY

9.30am

All age Easter Communion

followed by an

Easter egg hunt.

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekday Services:

Tuesday 6 pm Evening Prayer at St. Botolph, Eastwick – not this month

Wednesday 9am. Morning Prayer at St. James, High Wych

Friday 6pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary, Gilston – not this month

 

Letter for March 2018

Dear Friends in Gilston and Eastwick

Easter on April 1st is just a month away and for the folks who attend the 3 churches in our Benefice this season of Lent is a time to take stock of our spiritual lives and remember who we are and to whom we belong. At our baptism we make a decision for God to be the ‘govn’r’ – the ‘king’ of our lives and we aim to live the rest of our lives obeying his rule - Jesus summed it up as ‘love God with all your being and love your neighbour as you love yourself. [Mark 12:30].  That’s quite a tall order and so twice a year in Advent and Lent we try to live simpler lives and reflect on our progress and the priorities we live by. 

Time and quiet is in such short supply in busy lives and most of us have given away our ‘Sabbath’ to shopping and busy-ness. Sunday was a God given day of rest, for us to worship the Creator and take time to catch up with family and friends, rest and relax. Now we have no ‘different’ day, and the smart phone and Ipad make certain we are never off duty, always available to the technology even on holiday. We all need some space from the relentless pace of life and it is in stillness and quiet we most often meet the Divine. Perhaps you can take half an hour of space –St. James is open every day and the keys are available for the churches at Gilston and Eastwick - just switch lights off as you leave.

Mothering Sunday at St.James is on 11th March and flowery gifts will be available for mums. On 25th March, Palm Sunday, Bishop Michael is visiting St.James for 9.15am service and then St.Botolph, Eastwick at 11.15am; refreshments follow both services, come join us and meet him! The following 4 days in Holy Week we have a service every evening, times and places are advertised elsewhere, so there will be no 6.00pm services of Evening Prayer at Gilston or Eastwick. I hope you will want to part of the peace and quiet of Holy Week services, because only then can we truly appreciate the joy and amazement of finding the tomb empty and the grave clothes lying on Easter Day.

God’s Blessings on you and yours

Rev Wendy

Thank you to Churchyard workers

As the days get longer and the gardens come to life I am so grateful to those who spend time on our 3 churchyards, cutting grass and tidying up - often unbidden and unseen – though we all appreciate their efforts. So my sincere thanks to those who ride mowers are wield loppers and strimmers and give their time willingly for their community churches

Rev Wendy