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Sun, 20th August 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

Rev Anthony Giles 01279 726476

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

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.

From the Registers

Baptisms

Date

Church

Name

6th August

Gilston

Lily Ann Powell

 

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

4th August

Funeral & Cremation

Gilston & Parndon Wood

Joyce Kathleen Moore

 

Benefice of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick

Services for AUGUST 2017

3rd August

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-5,

Romans 9: 1-5, Matthew 14:13-21

6th August

Trinity 8

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings: Matthew 14: 13-21

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

 

 

 

12 noon

St Mary’s, Gilston

Baptism of

Lily Ann Powell

10th August

Thursday

 11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

13th August

Trinity 9

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: 1 Kings 19: 9-18. Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

Readings: 1 Kings 19: 9-18. Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33

17th August

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

20th August

Trinity 10

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 56:1. 6-8,

 Romans 11:1-2a. 29-32, Matthew 15:[10-20]. 21-28

24th August

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

27th August

Trinity 11

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 51:1-6,

Romans 12: 1-8, Matthew 16:13-20

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph,

Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 51:1-6,

Romans 12: 1-8, Matthew 16:13-20

31st August

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

MORNING PRAYER SERVICES FOR AUGUST

EACH

TUESDAY

9.00AM

ST BOTOLPH, EASTIWCK

MORNING PRAYER

 NOT 8TH

EACH

WEDNESDAY

9.00AM

ST JAMES, HIGH WYCH

MORNING PRAYER

 NOT 9TH

EACH

THURSDAY

9.00AM

ST MARY’S, GILSTON

MORNING PRAYER

  NOT 10TH

EACH 

FRIDAY

9.00AM

ST JAMES, HIGH WYCH

MORNING PRAYER

 NOT 11TH

 

RECTOR’S AUGUST LETTER

Looking Back.

My retirement is getting closer and closer, so perhaps it is time to reflect on what has happened in the last six years.  Actually my first contact with High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick, albeit unknowingly, was in 1968 when I embarked on a cycle ride from, my then home, Highams Park to Bishop’s Stortford.  The main part of the route was the A11 as was, now the A1184, north from Harlow.  I must have riden along the eastern boundary of the benefice without ever becoming conscious of the High Wych turning.  All I really remember was my legs running out of steam when I got back to Harlow and having to find a chemists for some glucose tablets to get some energy into my legs before limping home.

My next contact with the benefice came in early 2011 as a result of an advert in the Church Times for a Priest in Charge of somewhere I had never heard of.  In my experience that is most people’s response to the name High Wych.  In those days the interview process took two days, involving a trip round the local landmarks and all four churches, dinner with the Church Wardens and Readers and a roasting by the Parocial Church Council.  The next morning the formal interviews took place and by the end of the day I was offered the job by Bishop Paul and accepted.  I moved into the old Rectory in High Wych Road in August 2011 and was duly installed as Priest in Charge on Monday September 5th by Bishop Paul of Hertford and Archdeacon Trevor.

With all jobs like this there are the bits they don’t tell you about, like being a school governor, a trustee of a local charity and all that’s involved in managing three open churchyards, but one tries to take all these in ones stride.  Thinking back now, many things seem like ancient history like the sale of St Anne’s Church at Allens Green and moving to the new Rectory, both in 2012.  Over the next four years the proceeds from St Anne’s along with a lots funds raised locally were used to re-roof and re-furbish St James Church.  That was largely completed last year and Bishop Alan of St Albans came in September last year to re-dedicate the church at our Scarecrow and Harvest Festival.

In Gilston and Eastwick we have seen the completion of the Terlings Park development which must have trebled the population of the parish.  The community and the church are now working towards a stategy to respond to the coming of Gilston Park Garden Town, or whatever they choose to call it by the time it happens.  Within thirty years that could take the population of Gilston and Eastwick up to over 20,000.

In 2014 I was appointed Rural Dean of Bishop’s Stortford.  This is a role of light touch oversight of the parishes in Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding towns and villages.  I have recently handed on this role to my successor, Rev’d Mandy Brown from Holy Trinity Bishops Stortford.  Then in 2015 the suspension of the benefice lapsed and I was re-appointed as Rector.  This is a change in the legal status of the job but make no day to day difference – nor any more pay.  2015 also saw the building the Memorial Wall in our Garden of Remembrance.  This was funded by the Friends of St James, and independent trust which works alongside the Parochial Church Council to maintain and develop the church buildings.  The wall was dedicated by Bishop Micheal of Hertford at our All Soul’s Service in November 2015.  Since then there has been a steady trickle of requests for plaques in memory of loved ones whose ashes are interred in the Garden Of Remembrance or elsewhere.

Since the renovation of St James’ church has been completed we have started to broaden the use of the building.  We started with the Tuesday Coffee Mornings which has taken off well, and the Thursday morning Communion Service which attracts a small but dedicated clientelle.  We would welcome anyone else who would like to join us for worship and followed by a coffee (or tea) and a chat.  We did have some concerts in the church before the renovation but it was always a bit difficult without a toilet or catering facilities.  We aim to develop the church as a concert venue and we made a grand start with John and Beverley Sharples and their “Classics from the 50s & 60s” evening.  More recently the Harlow Singer gave a concert on a Sunday afternoon.  We hope to have many more in the future.

Underpinning many of the events in our church is the work of the St James Fund Raising Group.  They did a great deal of valuable work raising funds to pay for the refurbishment but also run many of our social events with the aim of developing the churches social life as well as raising fund.  They have also helped me as Rural Dean in providing barbecues for the clergy and lay-ministers of the deanery.

Throughout my time here I have been heavily involved in High Wych Church of England School as a governor as well as being involved in taking school assemblies in school and in church.  I have particularly enjoyed why weekly visits to Red Class, the reception group who do not come into the main school assemblies.  I get them top tell me what they have done in the past week before I tell them a Bible story.  You would be surprised at some of the things you hear.

As I prepare to leave I want to thank all of you who have supported and encouraged me in any way, however small.  I leave you in the very capable hands of Jan, Jean and Sarah, the Church Wardens, Joy, Judith and Roger our Readers, Jan Bellingham our Lay Leader of Worship and organist, and the many other individuals who quietly get on with keeping the whole show on the road.

Next month will be my final fling in the magazine and I will try to give you some insight into what retired clergy get up to.

Anthony Giles, Rector.

From the Registers

Baptisms

Date

Church

Name

9th July

Gilston

Summer Alexa Buckley

30th July

Eastwick

Holly Vivien Murphy

30th July

High Wych

Amelia Rose Nichols

Weddings:

Date

Church

Names

28th July

High Wych

Olivia Morreale and Perry White

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

21st July

Funeral

High Wych

Trevor Morton

 

 

Services for JULY 2017

2nd July

Trinity 3

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings – Jeremiah 28: 5-9, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42

 

 

9.30am

St James. High Wych

Family Service

Reading – Matthew 10: 40-42

6th July

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

9th July

Trinity 4

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Zechariah 9:9-12, Romans 7: 15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19,25-30

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Zechariah 9:9-12, Romans 7: 15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19,25-30

 

 

2.30pm

St Mary’s, Gilston

Baptism of 

Summer Alexa Buckley

12th July

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

House Group

 

13th July

Thursday

11.00am

St James High Wych

Holy Communion

 

16th July

Trinity 5

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

20th July

Thursday

 11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

23rd July

Trinity 6

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Wisdom of Solomon 12:13.16-19, Roman 8: 12-25, Matthew 13:24-30.36-43

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Wisdom of Solomon 12:13.16-19, Roman 8: 12-25, Matthew 13:24-30.36-43

27th July

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

28th July

Friday

1.00pm

St James, High Wych

Wedding of

Perry White & Olivia Morreale

30th July

Trinity 7

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – 1 Kings 3:5-12, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33. 44-52

 

 

12.00 noon

St James, High Wych

Baptism of

Amelia Rose Gough

 

 

2.30pm

St Botolph, Eastwick

Baptism of

Holly Vivien Murphy