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Tue, 12th November 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 NOVEMBER

3rd November All Saints Day 8.00am Holy Communion St James, High Wych
    9.30am Family Service St James, High Wych
10th November REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 9.45am Holy Communion followed at 11.a0am service at War Memorial St James, High Wcyh
    10.45am Remembrance Service at Eastwick War Memorial followed by communion service at St Botolph's, Church - conducted by Bishops Alan of St Albans St Botolph's, Eastwick
17th November 2nd Before Advent 9.30am Holy Communion St James, High Wych
    4.30pm Cafe style worship by All Nations College St James, High Wych
24th November Christ the King 9.30am Holy Communion St James, High Wych
    11.15am Holy Communion St Mary's, Gilston
 
Parish Hatches, Matches and Dispatches  November 2019 
Baptised Eva Louise Nichols: Born on 3rd August 2018 second daughter for Debbie Gough and Robert Nichols of Harlow.  A sister for Casey and Amelia Rose.  Baptised in St, James, High Wych on 15th September 2019 
 
Peter John Dnes born on 27th June 2019, only son of Anna and Stephen Dnes of Terlings Park, Baptised in St. Mary’s Gilston on 5th October 2019. 
November Letter 2019 
 
                                                    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 
                                                             NOVEMBER LETTER
Dear Friends, 
Well the clocks will ‘fall’ back an hour at 2.00 am on Sunday 27th October and we’ll really be into shorter days and colder temperatures.  Remembrance Sunday is 10th November this year and the service at High Wych will begin at 9.45 so that the service finishes in time for us to move outside for the 11am wreath laying and 2 minutes silence.  The Bishop of St. Albans will officiate at 10.45 at Eastwick war memorial Act of Remembrance, before leading us into St. Botolph for a shortened Communion service and a time for chat over refreshments.  We’ll meet at St. Mary’s Gilston for our monthly Communion service on 24th November – so for November only, Gilston and Eastwick will exchange their usual weeks.  
 
On Sunday 17th at 4.30 pm, we have students from All Nations College arranging a ‘Café’ style worship in St. James which sounds like fun! Tea /squash and cake will be part of that - everyone is welcome – it promises to be lively!  Just right if you are new to church or looking for something very informal. 
 
Jesus was very straight forward about how we could enjoy life more by helping other people – we feel better about ourselves and its great to offer a helping hand to someone who’s finding life difficult. We all recognise the joy of giving.  Many coffee farmers earn less than £1.50 a day, less than we pay for a capuccino; 
 
I’m sure you recognise the Fairtrade logo.  It means products like tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas are sold by the producers at a fair price, so farmers are not continually running to stand still. They can grow their business and send their children to school.  We in these four villages could make a real difference, if we decide to ‘Buy fair, Give fair and Live Fair.’ Many small farmers abroad have been badly hit by climate change - we can help by giving a neighbour a fair chance to make a decent living, by spending a little more on buying products with the Fairtrade logo. The churches in the Benefice will be doing their bit. It might be amusing to see what else we can buy Fairtrade. Fairtrade cotton PJS for Christmas perhaps?  The Fairtade Foundation is celebrating 25 years of making a difference and their website has more information. 
 
    God Bless you and yours 
Rev Wendy  

 

Services for October 2019

5th October

Saturday

11.00am

Baptism

St Mary’s, Gilston

6th October

17th after Pentecost

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Harvest Festival Family Service followed by

harvest lunch

St James, High Wych

13th October

18th after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

HARVEST FESTIVAL

FOLLOWED BY

HARVEST LUNCH

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

 

4.30am

All Souls Service

St James, High Wych

20th October

19th after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

27th October

20th after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

 

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

 

 

 

       


Services for October 2019

5th October

Saturday

11.00am

Baptism

St Mary’s, Gilston

6th October

17th after Pentecost

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Harvest Festival Family Service followed by

harvest lunch

St James, High Wych

13th October

18th after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

HARVEST FESTIVAL

FOLLOWED BY

HARVEST LUNCH

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

 

4.30am

All Souls Service

St James, High Wych

20th October

19th after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

27th October

20th after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

 

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

 

 

 

October Letter 2019

 The wonderful Scarecrow Festival is over for another year and we have reached October and turn our thoughts to Harvest and giving thanks to God for plentiful  food from land and sea – as well as the other resources we enjoy and almost take for granted, clean water from our taps, energy, telephone and broadband. Most of this area’s crops are ‘safely gathered in’ and our Harvest Thanksgiving services are on 6th October at 9.30am in St. James and 11.15 on 13th October in St. Mary Gilston. At St James we will serve a ‘Ploughman’s Brunch’ of harvest loaf, cheese, cold meat with a glass of wine as an alternative to coffee and biscuits after the service.  At St. Marys a similar Harvest lunch will follow the 11.15 service using a lovely homemade loaf.  It will be great if you would join us.

You may remember last year Bishop Alan’s appeal was to provide pigeon peas for Malawi – they were a new crop but drought hardy and full of protein and the leaves provide food for the animals too - an amazing £59,363 was collected! Thank you if you were part of that total. This year we are collecting to give simple solar panels to people living in Singida in Tanzania so that families and a school, can benefit from solar energy in a project called ‘Light up Tanzania’. 80% of people in the area rely on agriculture but the area is very dry and the seasons much more unpredictable so there is urgent need for electric power to bring alternative work and the light to use the evenings to study or make. Training for people and pupils to maintain the panels is part of the project. Those of you living in the more rural parts of the Benefice can identify with how it is to rely on candle power and oil lamps when the electricity fails!  It’s worth remembering that God expects us to care for those who are poor and to uphold justice. Jesus told us ‘love our neighbour as we love ourselves.’ [Matt 22:36; Micah 6:8]; that in giving away we gain life.

October is also the time when we gives thanks for those who have been part of our lives but now live beyond our sight, in heaven, a harvest of human souls - we will gather to remember and name our loved ones at an All Soul’s service at 4.30 pm on October 13th in St James. If you want a loved one named, give me a ring or email revwendy@sky.com. There will be an opportunity to take a flower and a candle [both provided] to the altar as names are read aloud, and there will be tea and cake afterwards for those who would like to stay a little while.

On Friday October 5th our Brownies will be hosting a McMillan Coffee evening from 5.45 -7.00 pm in St. James -come and support them and the funds for cancer support and care.

Messy Church is back – we try to do 4 a year – this time in St. James on Sunday October 20th

4.00 -6.00 pm – the subject is a surprise but it involves family activities for infants and juniors, lihjt hearted worship and will finish with food before we go home.  Always a fun event – bring friends with you!

Don’t forget that on 10th November, Remembrance Sunday Bishop Alan of St. Albans will be at the Eastwick War Memorial for the service 10.45 and he will preach in St. Botolph’s church following the Act of Remembrance.

God Bless you and yours

Revd Wendy

   Baptised

Isla – Rose Ingham born on 6th February 2019, only daughter of William and Victoria Ingham of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex; sister to Harry.  Baptised in St. James the Great on Sunday 1st September

Deaths

Lillian Alice Mynott of High Wych, died at home on 27th July 2019 aged 95 years.  Thanksgiving service and Burial at St. James on 19th August 2019

Interment of Ashes

Ronald Percy Cox died in New Zealand 22 May 2018 aged 91years; interred in St. James churchyard 9th September 2019

Services for September 2019

1st September

11th Sunday after Trinity

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

8th September

12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

15th September

13th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

22nd September

14th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

29th September

15th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

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

       

                                               

September Letter 2019

Dear Friends,

            September, ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, in times past we gathered blackberries late in the month, but most will be gone this year they have ripened so early.

In High Wych and surrounding area the community will get together to bring the village alive with scarecrows. I expect Spiderman will be seen on a roof before long -and there will be princesses and nursery rhymes and who knows what else, as residents get creative. 

St. James will be the hub of the activity with a BBQ outside and snacks and cakes in church and stalls and activities of various kinds.  Last year parking was a difficulty, but this year we are delighted to say that the Rivers Hospital have very kindly offered spaces in the staff car park on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th.  The Festival gets bigger every year as people hear about it and extra helpers are always very welcome; setting up, clearing tables, helping on a stall.  Marquees will be set up in the churchyard the late afternoon of Friday 6th and at 7.30 pm we will have 10 or 15 minutes of worship to ask God’s blessing on the weekend.

Sunday 8th at 9.30 am at St. James will have a festival slant and you are very welcome to join us then before the fun starts for the day.

            A big event like the Festival puts us on the map and helps to bring us all together, at the Gilston and Eastwick half of the Benefice we have just had a chance to welcome Bishop Alan to St. Mary’s, Gilston for a Sunday service and reminded ourselves that though we are a tiny Christian community we are part of something much bigger – 20,000 Christians in nearly 400 churches from Barnet to Luton in the diocese of St. Albans. We have 3 bishops Bishop Alan of St. Albans is supported by Bishop Michael of Hertford and Bishop Richard of Bedford

Around here some folk still remember a village where everyone knew everyone else, all the parents knew all the children and everyone helped others. In Jesus’ time villages were tight communities like that and very few people had more than they needed. Everyone understood how it was to go without - so people shared when they could.

Jesus spent a lot of time explaining how to live God’s way. One day he told a story about a rich man who had so much that he had barns stuffed with stores and possessions. This particular year he had another fantastic crop of grain; so much he couldn’t store it all.  What to do? Well he thought, best plan is to tear down my existing barns and build bigger – then I will have enough saved to take life easy for years – I shall eat drink and be merry for the rest of my life!

 But that night he had a dream.  In his dream God said to him - you fool – tonight your life is required of you – what happens to all the stuff you saved for yourself now

The ‘rich man’ [rich fool the parable is often called] was totally focused on himself. He didn’t think of giving or sharing, didn’t think of any around him going without who watched him prepared to waste what he had while new barns were built.  We live in an area surrounded by farmland but few of us live by the land – but the question is the same for all of us however we pay the bills.  When we stand before God to account for our life how will we answer? It would be great to be able to say: Thank you Lord for my life! I have tried to live generously with the time, skills and money you have given me - and be welcomed home to heaven.

We would love to welcome you at any of our services, and I look forward to being able to say hello over the Scarecrow weekend at St. James.

 God Bless you and yours

 

                        Revd Wendy

Services for August 2019

4th August

7th Sunday after Trinity

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

11th August

8th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

18th August

9th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

ST MARY’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL

11.15am

Patronal Festival

Bishop Alan of St Albans will be

presiding and preaching

St Marys, Gilston

 

Come and meet him

afterwards over

refreshments. 

All welcome

25th August

10th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Dear Friends,

Our Church of England churches have a patron saint, an individual Saint like ours in the Benefice, though some are dedicated to Jesus – St Saviour, Emmanuel, Christ the King, or to an aspect of God like Holy Trinity.   In High Wych the parish church is St James the Great – dedicated to James the brother of John – they were the sons of Zebedee working in the family business with their father, fishing in the Sea of Galilee.  Both men were among the first to be called to follow Jesus.  They are named in the Bible as being with him at various

significant points in the story e.g. Mark 14:33 before his arrest, both were disciples all their lives, and James was beheaded by King Herod [Acts 12: 1-2] soon after church began to spread and grow.  The pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela is the journey to the cathedral in Spain where his relics lie.  His feast day is July 25th.

St Botolph was one of the earliest and most revered of medieval East Anglian saints, and he became known as the patron stain of wayfayers and some aspects of farming.  A young 7th century Saxon noble, Botolph was sent with his brother to a Benedictine Abbey in France to be educated.  Botolph returned to east Anglia and was given a grant of land to build a monastery. The site likely to have been near Aldeburgh in Suffolk.  Botolph died in 680 after a life famous for Christian endeavour and teaching.  The Danes destroyed the

monastery he found in 870.  Two and a half centuries later his relics were taken from the monastery ruins to be placed in other churches, including Westminster Abbey.  Perhaps the original church in Eastwick was near the route taken to lay Botolph’s bones to rest.          

Our third church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin in Gilston.  Mary was a young Jewish girl living in

Nazareth when Gabriel, and angel messenger from God announced that she was chosen to be the bearer of

Jesus, the baby Son of God.  Her response “Let it be to me according to your word” revealed her natural sense of obedience and trust in God and her reverence for his Word in scripture.  She was unmarried but engaged to a good man, a carpenter named Joseph, who after some worry and heart searching chose to look after Mary and Jesus, acting as a father or the even though the child was not his.

To many Christians Mary is close to being divine, but to protestants like me she is a wonderful example of an ordinary person who said yea to God – possibly risking her life and certainly her reputation and safety to allow Gods plan for the world to happen through her on the first Christmas day in Bethlehem.  August 15th is the day we especially remember and give thanks for Mary and this year we will mark the “Patronal Festival” at our ancient church in Gilston on the 18th the nearest Sunday, with our Diocesan Bishop Dr. Alan Smith.  He has not been part of worship in either St Botolph or St Mary before and we are delighted to welcome him to

preside and preach at St Marys on Sunday 18th August at 11.15am – do come and meet him over

refreshments after the service.  He is coming back in November to take the Act of Remembrance at the

 Eastwick War Memorial on Sunday 10th and to preside at the Service in St Botolph.

Come and join us for a different sort of Get Together on Sunday August 25th when we’ll meet at St Botolph for our next Dog Walk, starting at 3.00pm for a circular walk and return to Church for tea and cake.  Everyone young and old is welcome – with or without dog!

God Bless you and yours

Rev Wendy

Information on Botolph from the website of The Parish and ward church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London.

 

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