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Fri, 19th July 2019

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 - 01279 726792

Secretary

Lois Smith 01279 431123

Treasurer

Judith Denton 01279 723714

Safeguarding Officer:

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

 

Services for July 2019

 

5th July

Friday

2.30 pm

The Gardens Neurological Centre, Rivers Hospital

Holy Communion

 

7th July

Trinity 3

8.00 am

 9.30 am

St. James, High Wych

St. James, High Wych

Holy Communion (BCP)

Family Service

14th July

Trinity 4

9.30 am

11.15 am

2.00pm

St. James, High Wych

St. Mary, Gilston

St. James, High Wych

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Baptism

21st July  

Trinity 5

 

9.30 am

4.30 –6.00 pm

St. James, High Wych

St. Marys Gilston

Holy Communion

Messy Church

28th July

Trinity 6

9.30 am

11.15 am

5.00 pm

St. James, High Wych St. Botolph, Eastwick

St. James High Wych

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Celtic evening Prayer

 

Week Day Services

 

 

Tuesday

6.30pm

Holy Communion @ St. Botolph, Eastwick

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer @ St. James, High Wych

Friday

6.30pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Mary, Gilston

       

Letter for July 2019                               

Dear Friends,

            July! Exams are over for those at school and university and a few weeks of freedom and fun beckon and the chance to enjoy some proper summer sunshine.  Some of our children have broken up ready to start a new stage of life after the summer – perhaps a new class, or a bigger building with new friends, a longer journey and different things to learn and new experiences.  Growing up is full of change and if we’re lucky all our lives are full of new opportunities – not huge things but something that makes this year different from last year, a new skill to learn, new seeds to grow, new places to see. 

Life was lived at a slower pace than 21st century for the child Jesus. Mary didn’t worry about him crashing a motor bike, donkey power was as fast as it got for ordinary folk!  She knew his friends, lads from the village - the families all knew each other and looked out for everyone else’s children, so when they went up to Jerusalem for the big religious festivals, the village went together and the boys did what boys do, played about together, going back to mum and dad only to eat and sleep. The year Jesus was 12 they went as usual for Passover and after the celebrations were finished and they started for home, the children rushed off together; Mary and Joseph further back, walking and chatting with friends. It was only at the end of that first day travelling home that they missed Jesus. Families were setting up camp, cooking an evening meal, and he just didn’t appear.  He was always hungry by the end of the day - but the smell of cooking hadn’t brought him and with a sinking feeling and growing apprehension they began to search.       2000 years later our worries for a child would be the same. Is he hurt? Taken by someone? Lost?

Have you seen him? 

But no one had; no one had seen him since they left the Temple mount.  A full days walking! There was nothing to do but go back to Jerusalem, searching as they went, visiting the places he liked, the pools, the camels, but he was nowhere! The last place to reach was the Temple itself.  So huge, so beautiful, so imposing, and everywhere people praying or in groups discussing points of The Law.

At last they reached a group of elders, experts in Gods law, and there sitting with them was Jesus! He was asking questions, listening to the explanation, putting a point of view.   Mary and Joseph were angry with relief!

 What did you think you were doing!

We’ve been sick with worry!

 Searching for 24 hours!

He was amazed; why did you search for me?  Didn’t you know I would be here in my father’s house?  They didn’t understand, but he was safe and Mary remembered.

They travelled home to Nazareth and Jesus grew in body and in wisdom, respected by all and favoured by God. [Luke 2: 41-52]

            This is the only story about Jesus as a boy in the bible and it will be the story for family fun at Messy church at Gilston on July 21st 4.30 – 6.00 pm.  As usual we’ll finish with a shared meal - outside if its fine. Children bring at least one grown up with you!

We’re walking on 28th July at 3.15 pm, but not as far as Nazareth to Jerusalem!  When a mixed group, from great St. Mary and St. James will walk from Sawbridgeworth through Pishiobury Park  to St. James for tea followed at 5.00 pm with Celtic Evening Prayer – come and join us at any point to welcome the folk from Great St. Mary. We will arrange lifts so we only walk one way!  Everyone, church goers or not, are welcome and dogs too.

Happy holidays!

God Bless you and yours

Rev Wendy

Church Services for June 2019

2nd June

7th of Easter

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

9th June

Day of Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s. Gilston

16th June

Trinity Sunday

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

23rd June

1st after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

30th June

2nd  after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

Weekday Services:

Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion at St. Botolph, Eastwick  

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

Friday 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary, Gilston  

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH

THY KINGDOM COME EVENT

at St. Mary’s, Gilston a chance to share Morning Prayer at 9.30 then from 10.15 over coffee to draw or photograph wild flowers, mini beasts and look at inscriptions and interesting things about the church.

 

Letter for June 2019                              

Dear Friends,

            Half way through the year already! The season of Easter finishes with Ascension Day on 30th May when we celebrate our risen Lord Jesus returning to the glory of heaven, leaving his disciples to spread the good news of Gods love – they had seen it for themselves in Jesus’ actions - his healing and forgiving, his dying and rising to new life – but they couldn’t do the work alone and on the day of Pentecost [Whitsunday] we celebrate the coming of the empowering Holy Spirit.

Each day until 9th June there will be an opportunity for folk to gather in various places to pray for peace and justice for the world and the coming of the kingdom of God-  sometimes at a scheduled service as extra prayers and on other days at a special event, [times and places are laid out as a list elsewhere]. TKC –‘Thy Kingdom Come’ includes a coffee morning following a short morning prayer on Saturday 1st June at St.James and on the 8th at St. Mary, Gilston, a chance to ‘Capture Churchyard Treasures’ – the mini beasts and the wild flowers, inscriptions and other things, captured as drawings or phone photos. Refreshments will be available for all, including those who would rather just gaze at the beauty around and chat.  

The longest day of the year is June 21st and the next day 22nd June we celebrate the first British Martyr - St. Alban. A citizen of Roman Verulamium, Alban sheltered a Christian priest being hunted by the Romans. To give him the chance to escape Alban wore the priest’s cloak and was arrested. After his capture he refused to give up the faith he had found in Jesus and he was executed where the Abbey now stands on Holywell Hill.  On Saturday 22nd the city celebrates the man who gave it his name, with huge puppets who walk in procession through the town and re-enact the story.  Children are dressed as soldiers, lions and roses [Alban’s flower] and accompany the figures.  There will be Roman activities to enjoy in and around the cathedral, for a week from Friday 21st. 

St. Albans is 25 miles away but our 3 churches are in the Diocese named after our first martyr and the Abbey is our cathedral – yours and mine! It’s an amazing and beautiful place and well worth a visit.

              I expect some of you remember that I arrived in January 2018 on a short-term contract till June 2019 – the contract can be renewed once and I have agreed to stay until the end of May 2020.  The new development in Gilston and Eastwick will certainly happen, but new houses will probably not appear until 2023.  I hope that someone will be settled as Priest in Charge in the Benefice before that happens and that God already has some one in mind for the task! In the meanwhile I hope to see you at a service, coffee morning, or some of the other opportunities to get together to talk and pray in June

                       God Bless you and yours

 

                        Revd Wendy

Church Services for May 2019

5th May

3rd of Easter

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

12th May

4th of Easter

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

19th May

5th of Easter

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

26th May

6th of Easter

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

Letter for May 2019

Hello friends,

It’s in the middle of April as I am writing this letter for the May edition of the Link, looking outside I really think that spring is actually coming.  Yes, we are still getting chilly days, but the sun is putting in an appearance and with the lighter evenings it feels more spring like.  My garden is a mass of plants coming to life again, it’s so wonderful to watch nature in action and very soon we will be seeing the newly hatched baby birds being fed by their parents. What a wonderful time of the year, this new growth/birth gives us all a well needed boost after the winter months.  

On Mothering Sunday 31st March, St James held a special service with the theme of mothers and the children of all ages presented their mothers with flowers.  This is truly a day for us all to cherish the gift of motherhood. 

In our churches we are preparing for Easter.  The Sunday prior to Easter is Palm Sunday when anybody who wishes to, joins together at the Scout hut at 9.15 for a procession to St James and at St. Mary at 11.15 waving palms and singing hymns to symbolise Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, this is followed by Holy Week the week when we remember that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. During this final week of Jesus’s life we have services every evening, remembering Jesus’s life and death and in preparation for the celebration of Easter Day when he arose from the dead.

Before the special service on Good Friday at 1pm, at St. James, in the morning at 10.00am we will be having our annual messy church, a morning when parents and children get together to enjoy craft and lunch together. I would like to tell you what a success that day was, but this letter has to be passed for printing by the 14th, so I will leave it to Wendy next month to update you on all the Easter events. If you see this letter before Easter you will find all the Easter Service details in last month’s edition. 

Recently in the High Wych Memorial Hall there was a Race evening, it was extremely well attended, it was great fun and a social event for the entire village. In the village of High Wych we are very blessed that the Memorial Hall committee provide social events as do the St James Fund Raising Team, all these events not only generate capital with the aim of improving these two buildings, but more importantly to build happy and good relations with all the people who live in and around the surrounding areas.  The Memorial Hall committee have a programme of events planned for this year and the next main event to be run by St James Fund Raisers is a concert entitled ‘A night at the movies’ John and Beverley Sharples are very talented performers and its an evening not to be missed.  See the details elsewhere in our local magazines.  And then in September, it’s the Scarecrow Festival again, what more can I say.

Hope to see you at one of these events, in Church, in the Memorial Hall or just around.  Please say hello.

Joy

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REV WENDY CARTER’S ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE

ANNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETING OF 12TH APRIL 2019

We have had an encouraging year, our community events have been well attended and we continue to make friends around in the area. We have done some re-organisation of St. Mary’s – moving the organ to the back with the harmonium and bringing the lectern back to in front of the screen and Michael has done a big clean. Our events around Harvest and Remembrance were very successful and will be a good base to build on this year as were the Messy Church events Jacobs Ladder in June and Epiphany in January. We have planned to do 4 a year in the Benefice – our next is 21st July.

We held a weekly Benefice Lent group based on the challenges of living in the middle East and the ways Christians are helping through partnership organisations dealing with trauma, disability, health care and abuse. There is no Easter to comment on because it doesn’t happen for another 9 days, but we will have Holy week services every night including a candle lit Taize style service in St. Mary on Monday 15th and the Eucharist with a sermon at St. Botolph on Tuesday. After Messy church [10 –12 noon] on Good Friday afternoon 1.0 pm –3.00 pm we will Watch at the cross in St. James. We’ll light the new Paschal candles on Easter Eve at Vigil at 8.30pm. There will be an Easter communion in Gilston at 11.30 am on Easter Day

At Harvest we supported the Bishop’s appeal for Pigeon peas for Malawi followed by food in church after.  There was a request to make more of an event perhaps at the village hall.

We introduced a ‘travelling crib’ with the idea of bringing in some folk on the fringes, as it travelled seeking shelter from house to house and underlined that we are one Benefice. The community carols in Eastwick was a light hearted affair in which people dressed up to make a Christmas tableau.  Christingle on Christmas Eve was well attended and followed as usual by mulled wine.

I have tried to encourage us ‘get more deeply into God’ –we had a Novena – nine days of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost.  We have a fellowship ‘House’ group twice a month - which has morphed into a Lent group every Wednesday at the moment.  We had an effective and moving Quiet Day at the Emmaus Centre in Thorley led by Revd Richard Watson.

The development of 7 villages will go ahead in Gilston.  We know there are challenges, buildings that need repair and care, small congregations, but we continue to make good relationships. With the real challenge of new houses being built, we’ll continue to work on community events and work with the Neighbourhood Planning Group. We use Facebook, Whatsapp and the website to spread the news of what we are doing. We mustn’t be discouraged by set backs! Or by the scale of the task. I am convinced that we are making a positive difference to the communities in which we live.   If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, pray regularly & fervently for God’s leading and our growing - and be prepared to step out in faith and trust we will be amazed and excited by what God is doing in this place and with us.

 

. My thanks to Sarah and Michael as our wardens, to our Readers Judith and Roger; to you all for what you all do to keep the Parish alive and witnessing to Gods saving love in Jesus. Rev Wendy Carter

 

Church Services for March 2019

3rd March

Sunday next before Lent

8.00am

Holy Communion, BCP

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

10th March

First Sunday of Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

17th March

Second Sunday of Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

24th March

Third Sunday of Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

31st March

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

MOTHERING SUNDAY

9.30am

MOTHERING SUNDAY FAMILY EURICHARIST

St James, High Wych


Weekday Services:

Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion at St. Botolph, Eastwick  

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

Friday 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary, Gilston  

 

Letter for March 2019

Dear Friends,

            If you are in the supermarket at the beginning of March you’ll be encouraged to buy lemon and sugar to make your pancakes ‘traditional’ – 60 years ago that’s as much as we did to our cooked pancakes!  Shrove Tuesday is on March 5th and we’ll repeat last years Pancake Party in Gilston and Eastwick village hall, Pye Corner, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m. Last year we were lucky in having half term – this year we’ll have fun after school.  Games and activities and tea – sweet and savoury pancakes. The ‘golden’ frying pans will be back for the winners of the tossing competitions.

Long ago, Shrove Tuesday was the day people went to be forgiven [shriven] before the 40 days of the Lent fast which started the next day. It was the day we ate all the nice things while we were allowed to! Some countries have developed a Mardi Gras [Fat Tuesday] carnival around it.  The next day is Ash Wednesday and there is a service at St. James at 7.30 p.m, which reminds us that we are a way off being the sort of human beings we are meant to be - we’ll go to the altar to have an ash cross placed on our foreheads as a reminder that we are very fragile, very transient - here today and gone tomorrow – the priest says ‘remember you are dust, to dust you shall return; turn from sin and be faithful to Christ,’ someone marks the priest too.’                                    

     The next 40 days we will spend time thinking and working on our spiritual lives through a choice of fasting, prayer, Bible study and practical service to the community.  Sometimes we know something is limiting us and we do something about that, whether its too many glasses of wine, comfort eating, too much screen time or shopping. There are many things that pull our lives out of balance and replace God.  Joining a Lent group is a choice for many, because it includes focused prayer, some bible, lots of discussion and a chance to get to know folk. Often the conversations will bring up things we can do to help others. We will meet in The Rectory [CM210DT] on Monday afternoons 1.30 –3.00p.m  OR  Wednesday evenings 7.30- 9.00 p.m.  followed by refreshments for those who can stay. We are going to use a course called ‘Living Fruitfully’ which has examples of how Christians living in the Middle East help those of any religion or none, to find help and hope in freeing themselves from poverty and injustice.  Wherever we live, there are worries in our own lives - but for the six weeks before Easter in Lent 2019, we’ll spend some time thinking about some of the small groups, which make a difference to lives in Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza. The charity ‘Embrace the Middle East’ works with partner organisations in these countries - so help goes direct to help people who are in desperate need.  In hospitals and medical centres, in provision for the deaf and blind, in services for Syrian refugees, in some fun and friendship for children abused or neglected.  The stories are real and touching. Everyone is welcome to join us.

           

    God’s Blessings on you and yours

Rev Wendy 

 

Dennis Wilden Lomax formerly of High Wych, died 7/01/2017.   Interred in St. James 6th Feb 2019.

Church Services for February 2019

3rd February

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

8.00am

Holy Communion, BCP

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

10th February

4th Sunday before Lent

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Eucharist

St Mary’s, Gilston

17th February

3rd Sunday before Lent

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

24th February

2nd Sunday before Lent

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Eucharist

St Botolph’s, Eastwick


Letter for February 2019

Dear Friends,

Visiting a friend for a coffee this week I was delighted to see the first snowdrops in their garden – tiny green tipped ‘fair maids of February’ holding their heads up in the promise of Spring and lengthening days. We’ve had an easy winter so far and February may bring snow but hopefully nothing to compare with last year’s blast of the ‘Beast from the East’.

Every Sunday in church we read the Bible – excerpts from both old and new testaments.  There is always a gospel reading which follows a 3-year cycle with readings taken from St. Matthew’s gospel in year A, St. Mark’s in year B and this year [C] we are reading through St. Luke’s.  St John’s Gospel has excerpts in all three years.  So over 3 years we hear all the story of Jesus in the New Testament.

And each year the church follows a reassuring pattern of the same Christian festivals. Most of these remember important happenings in Jesus’ life. Whether church is part of your life or not - Christmas is always 25th December followed by Epiphany on January 6th, when we remember the revelation of the baby Jesus to the Magi or Wise men.   In early February we celebrate ‘Candlemas’ which remembers Jesus, taken by Mary and Joseph as a six-week-old baby, into the Temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God. In a sense he was given back to God.  All his life Jesus lived that role, living as God’s own; following obedience to God and showing justice, mercy, forgiveness and compassion to all he met. That way of life brought him into conflict with power and the status quo and led to his execution on a cross, which we remember on Good Friday, before the joyful celebration of Easter Day!  So, after the family service on 3rd February we will put the crib and the baby Jesus back in the box and we will turn again towards travelling the road to Jerusalem with the adult Jesus.  Easter is late this year, so the serious business of Lent, preparing for Holy week and Easter, doesn’t begin till 6th March, the day before, Shrove Tuesday after school we’ll have another pancake party with a pancake tossing challenge to win the sought after ‘golden frying pans’, which I hope last years winners will bring back to us – more details next month!

            Last year we organised two popular dog walks around Gilston – so back by popular demand- on Sunday 3rd February we will meet at St. Mary’s Church, [CM 20 2 RJ] at 11.30 am, for a circular route of about an hour and a half, down to Eastwick and returning to St. Mary’s for soup and sandwiches - which will be provided.  Everyone is welcome with or without a dog! Come and meet someone new to chat with - and be prepared for mud! There will be ways to shorten the route if it is too far for you - we’ll need someone back to church early to make tea for our return! Let’s hope it will be a bit warmer than March 2018 -which was fiercely cold with falling snow!

            On Monday 25th  10am – 4 pm I have planned a Quiet Day at the Emmaus centre in Thorley, to allow you a chance to leave the rush and bustle of daily life for some space and deep quiet in which to rest, relax and encounter the divine through waiting, walking  or doing something creative -ring 01279 726476 or email revendy@sky.com if you are interested in coming.

God bless you and yours

Revd Wendy

 

Church Services for January 2019

6th January

Epiphany

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

4.30 – 6.00pm

MESSY CHURCH

Gilston & Eastwick Village Hall

13th January

1st after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

20th January

2nd after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

27th January

3rd after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Letter for January 2019

Dear Friends,

We’re nearly ready to pack the decorations away for another year! For some shops ‘Christmas’ has been offered since September, but traditionally Christmas begins after mid-night Mass on Christmas Morning and ends on Twelfth Night – Jan 6th  -- that’s where the carol ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ comes from; twelve days of presents! We find it difficult enough these days to find one for some of our relatives!

 In Church on January 6th  Epiphany, we remember the visit of the Wise Men, Magi or sages f