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Fri, 21st September 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

Church Services for September 2018

2nd September

Trinity 14

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Deuteronomy 4:1-2. 6-9, Ps 15, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8.14-15.21-23

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

1.30pm

Baptism

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

8th September

Saturday

10am-4pm

SCARECROW FESTIVAL

St James, High Wych

 

9th September

Trinity 15

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Isaiah 35:4-7a, Ps 146, James 2:1-10.[11-13]. 14-17, Mark 7:24-37

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s. Gilston

Isaiah 35:4-7a, Ps 146, James 2:1-10.[11-13]. 14-17, Mark 7:24-37

 

 

12noon – 4pm

SCARECROW FESTIVAL

St James, High Wych

 

16th September

Trinity16

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Isaiah 50:4-9a, Ps 116:1-8, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

23rd September

Trinity 17

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1. 12-22, Ps 54, James 3:13-4:3.-8a, Mark 9:0-37

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1. 12-22, Ps 54, James 3:13-4:3.-8a, Mark 9:0-37

 

30th September

Trinity 18

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Umbers 11:4-6.10-16.24-29, Ps 19:7-14, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50

 

 

12noon

Baptism

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

6.00PM

HARVEST FESTIVAL followed by Harvest Supper 

 St Mary’s, Gilston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 September 2018

Dear Readers,      

As I sit here trying to write this letter it is raining, raining heavily.  I find this hard to believe as it is the first time for weeks (or is it months?) that the high clouds which usually mean that rain is on its way have actually been followed by any.   Suddenly it seems that the lovely hot summer won't go on for ever.   Autumn will soon be coming.

              A reminder that time does not stand still even when you are young and school summer holidays stretch out without an end in sight.  A reminder too for those in the overworked and over stretched middle years that these too will come to an end.  As for those of us who are old and for whom time passes so quickly the reminder is that the years of our life on this earth will come to an end.

              The passage of time is not something to be sad about.  It is a reminder to be thankful for all that has been and for all the good things that we have had.  It is an opportunity to look again at the things we do and how we live our lives.  An opportunity to think how to make best use of our time, how to learn to enjoy more what we have, or how to be of more help to those around us.

           At the beginning of September, over the weekend 8th and 9th, comes the Scarecrow Festival.  Those of you who were living here last year will remember it with pleasure.  Wandering round and photographing each scarecrow as you spotted it.  There were scarecrows standing on a roof, climbing up buildings, sitting in a canoe, hiding in gardens and hedges and walking some distance down the road.   Some of the wellingtons planted with flowers can still be seen.

         And what were the characters from the magic roundabout doing on the green by the bus stop?

The horse and cart at the entrance to Broadfields seemed like a throwback in time.

        It was all good fun and a chance to talk to others whom we don't often see as we wandered round the churchyard, the field and the centre of the village.

        Please join in again this year and make it even more friendly and enjoyable than last year – whatever the weather. 

        If you are new to the village or just too busy and you have still not looked inside the church please do so.  It will be busy during the scarecrow festival but at other times the churchyard and the interior of the church can be peaceful places to sit and relax and think or pray.  They are places for everyone.

         May you all find that you and your loved ones are blessed by God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

        Judith Denton (Reader).      

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ST JAMES CHURCH - HIGH WYCH

SCARECROW FESTIVAL

SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 10AM-4PM

SUNDAY  9TH SEPTEMBER 12NOON – 4PM

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Church Services For August 2018

5th August

Trinity 10

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Exodus 16:2-4.9-15, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12th August

Trinity 11

9.30

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:25- 5.2, John 6:35. 41-51

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:25- 5.2, John 6:35. 41-51

19th August

Trinity 12

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

  Proverbs 9:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58

26th August

Trinity 13

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 Joshua 24:1-2a. 14-18, Ephesians 6:10-20, John 6.56-9

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

  Joshua 24:1-2a. 14-18, Ephesians 6:10-20, John 6.56-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 August 2018

In the amazing long hot days of the past few weeks and with the children about to start summer holidays, its very hard to think about the grey cold of November but this year on 11th November it is the 100 anniversary of the end of the First World War – the Great War, and the villages of  High Wych, Gilston and Eastwick are planning events to mark the occasion and add to the usual Remembrance Day services honouring the fallen at the War Memorials. More details on events will be announced as they are finalized.

In 1918 the war had been raging for four years, swallowing up the lives young men from all over the world and in desperation King George Vth called for a National day of Prayer for Peace, to be held on the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the war - on August 4th.  Members of Parliament, both Lords and Commons packed into St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster and many of the population gathered at churches across the nation for special services to pray fervently for an end to the destruction of the war – 100 days later the peace was declared. From august 4th 2018 churches will be encouraging ‘Remembrance 100.’

We live in a world of turmoil and evil and there are very many places caught up in conflict and bloodshed. The darkness that drives humanity to violence is present in all of us - we can inflict such injustice, greed and exploitation on creation around us, but we can also achieve great good. Praying for peace is not just hoping for the absence of war, but asking God to bring about reconciliation - and help us to learn to approach difference fearlessly, with curiosity and compassion,  and to discover our shared humanity; then fractured communities in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Palestine, Yemen etc might begin to thrive. We turn in hope and trust to the God of peace, who lived as one of us in Jesus and brought forgiveness and reconciliation through his peace giving, righteous life and sacrificial death.

Will you join your prayers with those whose lives are blighted by destruction, who pray in hope when all seems hopeless? Would you commit yourself to 2 or 3 minutes for the 100 days from August 4th till November 11th? Resources for each day can be found at www.remembrance100.co.uk

A common aim unites folk whether it’s praying for peace, uniting behind England’s progress in the World Cup or watching and waiting as cave and diving experts gather in Thailand to carryout an amazing rescue of  14 boys trapped in the dark, two miles from the cave entrance. If we can work together amazing things happen!

This week has seen publication of the Inspector’s report finally recommending the plans for massive housing development in Gilston and Eastwick; some modifications are necessary and it will be some years before we see new houses, but in the interim we need to work together in this too. Each community will have challenges to face and we do well to support each other to work for the best outcomes - for our present communities and the new ones that will be created. Our Parish councils and the Neighbourhood Planning Group are important in this and always welcome new volunteers.

In August we will introduce a Tuesday evening service of Holy Communion at 6.30pm in St. Botolph, Eastwick, this will replace Evening Prayer on Tuesdays, I’d be very happy to welcome you!

God Bless you and yours

 

Rev Wendy

Church Services for July 2018

1st July

Trinity 5

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

2 Samuel 1.1,17-end, 2 Corinthians 8.7-end, Mark 5.21-end

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th July

Trinity 6

9.30

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

2 Samuel 5.1-5,9-10,  Corinthians 12.2-10, Mark 6.1-1

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

 2 Samuel 5.1-5,9-10,  Corinthians 12.2-10, Mark 6.1-1

15th July

Trinity 7

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 2 Samuel 6.15,12b-19, Ephesians1.3-14, Mark 6.14-29

22nd July

Trinity 8

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

Song of Solomon 3.1-4, 2 Corinthians 5.14-17, John 20.1-2, 11-18

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

 Song of Solomon 3.1-4, 2 Corinthians 5.14-17, John 20.1-2, 11-18

29th July

Trinity 9

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

2 Samuel 11.1-15, Ephesians 3.14-end, John 6.1-21

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 July 2018

             Greetings from one of your Reader’s

 I have been asked to write your parish letter for the month of July, and as I sit here enjoying the sunshine and surrounded by the wonderment of all God’s creation, seen in the beauty of the trees and flowers, listening to the songs of the birds and watching them fly overhead.  It reminds me of how we take these things for granted. We are so blessed to live in such a lovely part of the country and in such a peaceful environment. So many places in the world are torn apart from injustices where people live in fear, facing the unknown, removed from home and family, hungry and without hope, including refugees with a need to find a safe haven. All factors we do not face or perhaps understand, so please keep them all in your prayers. Continue to thank God for the many blessings that we receive from Him every day, the gift of life and all that that encompasses.

 

This month I thought I would share with you the role of a ‘Reader. ‘In the early church a reader was a person capable of clearly expounding the word (able to read and speak clearly), good morals and benevolent intentions.

 When I felt I was called to be a Reader, I had feelings of inadequacy and of not being worthy of the role, I’m sure many of you can relate to these feelings.  What I discovered during my five years of training was that those feelings never left me and I still feel that I am lacking and not quite good enough to preach and teach the word of Jesus Christ, but because He called me I still keep trying.

 After the years of training and preparation I was admitted and licensed by the Bishop, not only to our parish of High Wych, but also Gilston and Eastwick, additionally I can serve anywhere in the diocese of St Albans.  As a Reader I am licensed to take funerals, to lead services to preach, to visit the sick at home or in hospitals, visit the elderly, and those who are lonely.  The main things Readers are not able to do, is to bless the sacraments, marry and baptize, these are roles for the ordained ministry only.  A Readers role is one of diversity, a bridge between the people and the priesthood.  And I continue to work with Wendy our parish priest and Joy and Judith my fellow Readers.

 As part of community outreach, some of the events undertaken by our church families during May were Messy Church at Eastwick and John and Beverley’s Disco Themes at High Wych, both events were greatly enjoyed, as was community dog walking at Gilston.

 In June at High Wych we enjoyed ‘The Great Get Together’ painting hubcap flowers in readiness for the Scarecrow festival. This day set aside to remember the murdered M.P. Jo Cox whose desire was to bring communities together and we do this in her memory.

 St James, High Wych has a Flower Festival and cream tea event with activities for children on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July, please come and enjoy.

 The village hall has a Bingo night on 28th July, another date for your diary.

 Finally, may the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all and those we love.

Roger

Church Services for June 2018

3rd June

Trinity 1

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

1 Samuel 3.1-10(11-20), 2 Corinthians 4.5-12, Mark 2.23-3.6

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th June

Trinity 2

9.30

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

1 Samuel 8.4-11(12-15), 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1, Mark 3.20-end

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

 1 Samuel 8.4-11(12-15), 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1, Mark 3.20-end

17th June

Trinity 3

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

1 Samuel 15.34-16.13, 2 Corinthians 5.6-10 (11-13)14-17, Mark 4.26-34

  24th June

Trinity 4

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

1 Samuel 17.32-49, 2 Corinthians 6.1-13, Mark 4.35-end

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botlph’s,

Eastwick

1 Samuel 17.32-49, 2 Corinthians 6.1-13, Mark 4.35-end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter for June 2018

Dear Friends,

            Sir Alan Sugar has confirmed that BBC’s Young Apprentice series has been scrapped. The show sorts 16 and 17 year old business hopefuls into one winner and several losers. Each week someone fails and is sent home. ‘Strictly’, Bake off / Best Home cook, Dancing on Ice and other reality shows use the same formula - each week another entrant does their best and is told publicly they are least popular or least successful and have failed.

            It seems like a symptom of a society in which we have to prove ourselves worthy all the time; the message is that we must look good, do everything well achieve the job, the house and the car and the perfect relationship.  Inevitably some judge themselves, their partners or colleagues as failing and problems and hurt result.

            Perhaps in village life 40 years ago folk were not so demanding - we expected eccentrics and made room for ‘less than perfect’. Now we are more isolated within our double glazing, much less community based  and we can’t turn the clock back - but thank God some things never change.  We don’t have to pass exams or a public vote to be acceptable to our Creator, God knows us very well – successes and failures and still wants our company.

Simon Peter failed as a disciple on a monumental scale when he denied knowing Jesus three times in one wretched night - and then watched as his friend was led away to die in agony alone. Later Peter was really ashamed, forgiven by Jesus he was a loyal follower for the rest of his life – till he too was crucified

St. Paul spent a lot of energy and cunning to catch and imprison Christians whom he thought misguided and unworthy of God. He watched with approval as one young Christian –Stephen - was stoned to death – but Paul was changed in a meeting with Jesus and became one of the strongest and bravest activists for Christ.

Moses was wanted for murder in Egypt yet God chose him to persuade the Pharaoh to set the Israelites slaves free to leave and he faithfully led the people for 40 years.

Our God is a God of second [and third] chances.  No one is ever voted off and sent home.  We might make a terrible mess of our lives or do something for which we are rightly ashamed - God still waits for us to admit our failures and turn to Him for forgiveness and healing - in His love we are all winners.

Most amazing of all –we don’t have to earn our way to heaven –none of us is capable of that. God has given us guidance for living - but none of us manages it all the time. Our ticket home is a gift and Jesus has paid its price. 

The day we understand that we are accepted for who we are, warts and all and that we are still loved, we can be confident, relax and flourish, enjoy the world around us and bask in God’s love unafraid of failure and rejection and share that joy

  God’s Blessings on you and yours

Rev Wendy 

 

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

 

 

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