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Thu, 14th December 2017

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

VACANT

Readers

Joy Galliers-Burridge 01279 444870

Roger Burridge 01279 444870

June Denton 01279 723714

Churchwarden

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Secretary

Lois Smith 01279 431123

Treasurer

Hazel Scorah 01279 418061

Benefice of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick

Services for DECEMBER 2017

 

3rd December

Advent Sunday

8.00am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

10th December

Advent 2

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 1:1-8

 

 

11.15am

Parish Eucharist

St Mary’s, Gilston

Readings – Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 1:1-8

17th December

Advent 3

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11, 1Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1: 6-8, 19-28

 

 

3.00pm

Community Carols

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

6.30pm

Community Carols

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

 

24th December

 Advent 4

 

NO FAMILY 

 COMMUNION

TODAY

  

 

Christmas Eve

3.00pm

Christingle/Crib Service

St Mary’s, Gilston

FOLOWED BY MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES

 

 

5.00pm

Christingle/Crib Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

11.30pm

Midnight Mass

St James, High Wych

 

25th December

Christmas Day

10.00am

Benefice Christmas Communion Service

St James, High Wych

Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 21 1-14, Luke 2: 1-14[15-20]

31st December

Christmas 1

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Isaiah 61:10-62.3, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:15-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                DECEMBER LETTER

Dear Friends, it’s almost December again, my favourite month of the year. There is so much to love about this season of the year, all wrapped around the Christmas theme.  Mostly we make a special effort to meet and communicate with friends and family so that we can share the happiness of the season.  We all bustle around in the busyness of the season, buying Christmas presents and cards.  And stocking up on the traditional food stuffs that only seem to appear at Christmas, turkeys with all their trimmings, Christmas puddings, cakes and minced pies, everything Christmassy which is already in the shops trying to tempt us. But why do we celebrate? 

The reason often gets lost in the thrilling mayhem.  We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of Mary and placed in a manger among the animals, and cared for by Joseph her husband. They brought him up teaching him that not only was he divine, but also to be of earthly human nature.

To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the churches of:  St James, High Wych.  St Mary,  Gilston and St Botolph, Eastwick,  will be holding seasonal services of Community Carols and the ever popular Christingle and Crib service, plus Midnight Mass at St James.   Details and dates are advertised in the magazine.  If you always attend, good, we look forward to seeing you, or if this is new to you, please come, you will be made very welcome.

There is another side to December, there are many people who are not in a position to enjoy the season as most of us do, they have no home or income and for them the Christmas season brings cold, hunger and uncertainty.  But there is some comfort on offer at Holy Trinity Winter Night Shelter in Bishops Stortford.  They provide a safe sleeping space, a hot meal, a shower, laundry facilities, breakfast and a place to come during the daytime.   Staffing this is all done by volunteers, and they need our help.  (there is a separate page about Holy Trinity’s work).

A group from St. James Church go out each Christmas time and sing carols in the local villages public houses, this year we are singing for the night shelter, it is a little help from us and we will be looking if there is more we can do.  I ask you to look at the web site of Holy Trinity Church and see what wonderful caring work they are doing.

Changing the subject entirely, I am pleased to tell you that the Diocese of St Albans has appointed a short term priest of 18 months,  while they consider the best way forward to accommodate the needs of Gilston Park Estate, so in January we will be joined by our past priest Wendy Carter, I am sure we will all make her very welcome back into our villages.

I wish you all God’s blessing, a very happy, peaceful and loving Christmas, and please give a thought to the child whose birth we are celebrating.

Joy  (Reader)

The Bishop's Stortford Winter Night Shelter opens its doors again on 22 November 2017

It is the mission of Holy Trinity Winter Night Shelter to provide emergency shelter and supportive services to people who are homeless, or at risk and to advocate for collaborative, locally driven solutions to end homelessness.  Our vision is to be a leading partner in insuring that no person in Bishops Stortford or East Herts ever has to spend a night on the streets or in the woods because he or she cannot find or cannot afford safe housing. We believe in the principle that safe, affordable housing is a fundamental human right and our primary aim is to offer support for homeless men and women as they transition back into the community.  Our concern is for both emergency care and the development of affordable housing for all.  

The Night shelter currently employs no full time staff and for the last two winters we have relied on the generosity of the local community and over 100 volunteers to help many people who found themselves homeless over the winter season.  As well as providing a safe warm environment for a homeless person at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, we are also actively involved in assisting our guest to find permanent housing, and full time employment. By sign posting individuals to other service providers such as Mind, the local authority, Kick Start and Addiction support groups, we aim to ensure our guests are offered the maximum support possible. We continue to offer our support beyond the winter season by offering showers, laundry a hot meal one a week, a place to feel comfortable and accepted.  

Our Guests come from all walks of life, we have seen an increase in people in employment but have no permanent abode. Nationally there are concerns for the increased number of women who are street homeless.  

Services for NOVEMBER 2017

2nd November

Thursday

11.00am

Communion Service

St James, High Wych

 

5th November

All Saints Sunday

8.00am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings: Joshua 3:7-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Matthew 23: 1-12

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

6.30pm

All Souls Service

St James, High Wych

 

9th November

Thursday

11.00am

Communion Service

St James, High Wych

 

12th November

Remembrance

Sunday

9.45am

Remembrance

Communion

St James, High Wych

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13

 

 

10.45am

Remembrance

Ceremony

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

10.45am

Remembrance

Ceremony

Gilston War

Memorial

 

 

 

10.45am

Remembrance

Ceremony

Eastwick War

Memorial

 

16th November

Thursday

11.00am

Communion Service

St James, High Wych

 

19th November

2 Advent

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30

23rd November

Thursday

11.00am

Communion Service

St James, High Wych

 

26th November

Christ the King

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46

 

 

11.15am

Parish Eucharist

St Botolph, Eastwick

 

30th November

Thursday

11.0am

Communion Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER LETTER

 Dear Friends,

       I am sitting writing this letter in early October.  It was cold this morning when I got up at just about dawn, but surprisingly warm by lunch time when I was gardening.  Now I am looking out of the window at the bird feeders  –  sometimes full of jostling tits, both great and blue, the occasional nuthatch, robins and sparrows waiting for the crumbs underneath.  Sometimes there seem to be no birds.

     By the time that you read this letter it will be even more obvious that November is on its way, with its early darkness and short days.  One thought seems to come to mind –the need to treasure each moment of the light.  Life has its dark times, but God does provide glimpses of His goodness during those dark times.   Perhaps it is a glowing sunny day or perhaps it is a kindly offer of help.  Perhaps it is someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on.  Each a moment to accept with gratitude, and to remember when we feel low.

     November also brings a time of communal sadness.  Remembrance Sunday Nov 12th.

The day when we meet together to bring to mind those who have died in war or those who have lived and died in the service of mankind.  For some of you these memories are personal.  For all of us they are times to pause and reflect.  Times to pray for peace and the horrors of war.

   Please join as at 10.45 am at one of the war memorials in High Wych, or Gilston (Pye Corner), or Eastwick.

     It is a long time since I last wrote a letter in the Link.  This task, or should I say privilege, only falls to Readers when we have no priest.    Writing again has made me think of the changes in the village since I first came here.  More houses some in full view from the main roads, some tucked into corners between exiting dwellings.  More and bigger cars on the roads and they seem to be driving faster.  I find myself more concerned about safety when walking along the lanes.

      But it is the people whom you used to seeing as you walked down to the shop, the village hall or the Church.  The people who are no longer with us.  Some who have moved elsewhere and some who have departed this life.  All missed in some way by those who live here, and very much more missed by their families and close friends.

     It is these people that we remember at the All Souls Service on November 5th in St James Church.  You are all welcome to this quiet reflective service.

     On a more cheerful note I would like to thank past contributors to the Link for their articles on the history of the village and its inhabitants.  I would also like to thank contributors to the Gilston and Eastwick magazine.  

     May I take this opportunity to welcome the new editor of the Link, Ali Geller.  May the Link flourish under her care.

       Wishing you all a peaceable and enjoyable November.

         May God bless you.

                    Judith.     (Reader)  

OCTOBER SERVICES

1st October Trinity 16 8.00am Parish Eucharist St James, High Wych Readings - Exodus 17:1-7, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32
    9.30am Family Service St James, High Wych  
8th October Trinity 17 9.30am Holy Communion St James, High Wych Readings - Exodus 20:1-14, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46
    11.15am Parish Eucharist St Mary's, Gilston Readings - Exodus 20:1-14, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46
15th October Trinity 18 9.30am Parish Eucharist St James, High Wych Readings - Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14
22nd October Trinity 19 9.30am Parish Eucharist St James, High Wych Readings - Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessaonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22
    11.15am Parish Eucharist St Botolph, Eastwick Readings - Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22
29th October Bible Sunday 9.30am Parish Communion St James, High Wych Readings - Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46
           
OCTOBER LETTER
 
Dear Friends, Autumn is upon us, the leaves are falling off the trees, and the days are getting shorter and heralding the onset of cooler weather and darker evenings. We are in the season of harvest, when we give thanks for our farmers, their efforts of ploughing, sowing, and bringing in the crops, the fishermen who reap the harvest of the sea and all those who produce the necessary foodstuff for our wellbeing, to bring us sustenance and ensure we have enough to eat.
 
 Let us always thank God for His gifts, and remember those who are not so fortunate and may we do what we can to help meet the needs of the hungry, the homeless and those who have no hope in their situation. Pray for all affected by natural disasters, especially those who suffered devastation during the recent hurricane.  
 
Last month in September we had several highlights in the church’s life, the Flower, Scarecrow and Wellington Boots Festival weekend, which brought such colour, excitement and the welcoming of so many visitors to the village of High Wych. So many people gave so generously of their monies, time and talents which contributed to such a successful event. The scarecrows were of such a high standard, fun to look at and enhanced the village, the welly boots added an array of flowers and gave another dimension for our enjoyment and the flowers in St. James the Great Church was of such beauty and an example of the ability and talents of the arrangers, enjoyed by all who visited and saw their resulting efforts. Those who provided the refreshments in our new kitchen community area, and the burger lads who kept the hungry fed and watered. We thank them and all who organised and ran the stalls, the gardeners and helpers before and after the event that provided the muscle to erect/takedown and generally ensured a successful weekend.  We thank everyone for making it such a successful event, may we continue to work together to enhance our neighbourhood, as so many comments once again confirmed what we have and enjoy, our church to the Glory of God, and an enterprising village of friendliness and love of the people in this community of ours. Thanks be, to our creator and benefactor for His love outpoured for us.
 
During this festival of fun and enjoyment we also said our farewells to our Rector and parish priest Anthony Giles, who took his final service with us that weekend. He has retired and leaves us to return to Letchworth to enjoy some peace and tranquillity after caring for us for many years. We all wish him a long and happy retirement and as he looks forward to next April, we wish him and Helen a long and happy marriage and our love and prayers go with him as he prepares for this new venture in his life. Our thanks for his ministry with us and as we close this chapter of the churches life we pray that a new priest will be forthcoming sent by God to continue His plan for these churches of ours.
 
Meanwhile we remain in the capable hands of the churchwardens, supported by the Readers and with the help of visiting clergy etc.
 
May I ask you to keep us all in your prayers as we move forward together, support us and please contact us if needed? We are here to serve and to ensure the continuation of the work of the church in the benefices of St. James the Great High Wych, St.Mary’s Gilston and St. Botolph’s Eastwick.
 
May God’s blessing be with each one us.
 
Roger Reader 
 
 
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All Souls Service St. James Church, High Wych Sunday 5th November at 6.30pm
 
Once every year on All Souls day we hold a service at St. James Church, High Wych to remember the  people we have loved and have sadly died.   
 
The service is carried out in reflectful and caring way, because we who are taking the service have also lost a loved one and understand the emotions involved. 
 
As the names of the departed are read out we offer a flower and/or a candle to be taken to the altar by family or friends as a sign of remembrance.   If this is something for you, please join us.  If you have not been to this service before and are planning to come please telephone, either one of the churchwardens or one of the Readers (see front page) and we will ensure your loved one is added to the list.
 
Many Blessings Joy     =========================================

Services for SEPTEMBER 2017

3rd September

Trinity 12

8.00

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

St James, High Wych

Readings- Jeremiah 15:15-21, Romans 12: 9-21, Matthew 16:21-28

 

 

9.30am

Family  Service

St James, High Wych

Reading – Matthew 16:21-28

7th September

Thursday

11.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

10th September

Trinity 13

9.30am

Parish Eucharist

REV GILES

St James, High Wych

LAST SERVICE

Readings – Ezekiel 33:7-11, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

 

 

 

No Gilston Service

 

 

14th September

Thursday

11.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

17th September

Trinity 14

9.30am

Parish Eucharist

St James, High Wych

Readings – Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

21st September

Thursday

11.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

24th September

Trinity 15

9.30am

Parish Eucharist

St James, High Wych

Readings – Jonah 3:10-4:11, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

 

 

11.15am

Parish Eucharist

St Botolph, Eastwick

Readings – Jonah 3:10-4:11, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

 

 

6.30pm

Harvest Thanksgiving

St Mary’s, Gilston

Readings- Deuteronomy 28.1-14, 2 Corinthians 9.6-15, Luke 12.16-30

28th September

Thursday

11.00am

Holy Communion

St James. High Wych

 

29th September

Friday

3.00pm

Wedding of Sarah Haley & Joseph Matheron

 

 

1st October

Trinity 16

8.00am

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

St James, High Wych

Readings- Deuteronomy 28.1-14, 2 Corinthians 9.6-15, Luke 12.16-30

 

 

9.30am

Harvest Family

Service

St James, High Wych

Readings- Deuteronomy 28.1-14, 2 Corinthians 9.6-15, Luke 12.16-30

RECTOR’S SEPTEMBER LETTER

Old rectors never die, they just…..(answers on a port card please)

I have spent a number of years pondering how to end that phrase.  The original was “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”  It comes from a World War 1 barrack room song and was a parody of the hymn, “Kind words never die”.  I know a version for teachers, one of my previous professions, “Old teachers never die, they just lose their class”, but I have yet to find one for clergy.

What actually happens to retired clergy is that after a suitable break of a few months they choose the church that they which to be attached to, once they have moved to new accommodation elsewhere, and then apply to the bishop for Permission to Officiate (PtO).  That gives us the ability to continue functioning as priests but without being responsible for running a parish.  That is what I shall be doing from mid- September.  I have a house in Letchworth Garden City which my son has been living in since I came to High Wych.  He has now moved on so I can have a free hand in getting the house ready for the next major event in my life, getting married to a lady called Helen in April 2018.  We are hoping to have an extension built on the house so that will keep me occupied for a few months.

Thereafter I am sure I will find plenty to keep me busy.  Last year I realized a childhood dream by buying a 5 x 4 field camera.  “5 x 4” (inches, the size of the negative – old fashion film, black and white or colour).  You focus the picture on a ground glass screen with your head under a light tight cloth.  You can buy digital backs for them but I have yet to grow enough arms and legs to pay for one.  Also, I did once write a novel which my sons were very scathing about.  I might try to resurrect it and see if I can con a publisher into making me the next J K Rowling (I can dream!). 

As far as church involvement is concerned, I want Helen to have a good look at the churches in Letchworth before we decide where to settle.  When I last lived there I was involved in setting up Churches Together in Letchworth, so I would like to get around to worship with a many of the different churches as possible, something I could not do as a part-time priest in a parish in vacancy.  Once all that is done I may be a few years older than I am now and ready to slow down a bit. 

What will happen in this benefice and its three churches?  At time of writing the crystal ball is a bit misty.  Maybe, by the time I leave things will be a bit clearer.  The churches will be in the very able hands of Jan, Jean and Sarah, the Church Wardens, backed up by Roger, Joy and Judith, our Readers, and supported by the other members of the Parochial Church Councils, Archdeacon Janet and Bishop Michael.

You will all be in my thoughts and prayers for a very long time, particularly as we all wait to see what will happen in Gilston and Eastwick and the effect it has on the whole area.  I would like to thank everyone, inside or outside the church who has helped to make my ministry here enjoyable and, I hope, productive.  I may sneak back from time to time.  I would like to get a photograph of St James’ new roof with my new camera but I have to wait until the lime trees are pollarded again.  If you see someone with his head under a cloth peering into the back of a large camera, do say hello.  It may be me.

I look forward to seeing all of you at my final service at 9.30 am on Sunday 10th September at St James’ Church, part of the Scarecrow and Flower Festival.

Anthony Giles, Rector.