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Wed, 20th February 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

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


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 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

 

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 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 from the East, [Arabia or perhaps Babylon].  They were a priestly caste who studied the stars in their courses and they were alerted to a matter of worldwide importance, when they discovered a new heavenly body had appeared.  Its position in the sky told them that a new king of the Jews was born and so they travelled many miles to investigate an event  that was important enough to be announced by the arrival of a new star – or perhaps a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. That meant that the wise men didn’t arrive with the shepherds and but sometime later when the Holy family where in a ‘house’ [Matt.2:11]

In the 6th century the Magi were first talked of as ‘kings’ but nothing in the Bible supports that – they brought gold, frankincense and myrrh, very costly gifts suitable to worship the divine infant king whose life and death would bring healing to many. They brought 3 gifts but we don’t know how many ‘wisemen’ there were.

The ‘Epiphany’  - Is a story which shows that the birth of the Christ was for all – from ordinary working shepherds looking after sheep in the dark fields of Bethlehem, to the wise and scholarly followers of a foreign religion from a far away culture; from an angelic heavenly host to village livestock sheltering in a ‘stable’ cave of an Inn, this child was destined for the good of the world, born as one of us and dying for all of us. Born as a light in our darkness to show us the way back to God

 

The ‘Kings’ are always a fascinating part of the Christmas story and this year we will be holding a special ‘Messy church’ in Gilston and Eastwick village hall at 4.30 pm – 6.00 on Sunday January 6th . As usual there will be crafts and ‘messy stuff’; some cool technology , a story and a prayer and hot food to share together – pizza and a pudding!

All are welcome wherever you live, but children bring at least one adult please! Come and discover more about ‘Epiphany’ and the ‘Three Kings’.

 

God Bless you and yours

 

Rev Wendy 

Church Services for December 2018

2nd December

Advent Sunday

8.00pm

BCP Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service & Sending out of the Travelling Crib

St James, High Wych

 

 

6.00pm

Candlelit Advent Service

St James, High Wych

7th December

Friday

2.30pm

Rivers Neuro Centre Service

 

9th December

Advent 2

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Eucharist

St Mary’s, Gilston

12th December

Wednesday

10.00am

High Wych School Christmas Service

St James, High Wych

16th December

Advent 3

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

3.00pm

Community Carols with children’s torchlight procession in St James

St James, High Wych

 

 

6.30pm

Carol Service

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

23rd December

Advent 4

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Eucharist

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

24th December

Christmas Eve

3.00pm

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

(collection for Children’s Society)

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

 

5.00pm

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

 and return of the

Travelling Crib

 (collection for Children’s Society)

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.30pm

Midnight Mass

St James, High Wych

25th December

Christmas Day

9.30am

Christmas Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Christmas Eucharist

St Mary’s, Gilston

30th December

First Sunday of Christmas

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 
 
Letter for December 2018 
 
Dear friends,  As the days get ever shorter we look now towards Advent and Christmas.  Advent often gets lost in the frantic activity of Christmas preparations, but it is 4 weeks of to contemplate the wonder of God being born as one of us.  “This most tremendous tale of all… a baby in an ox’s stall? The maker of the stars and sea Become a child on earth for me?   [John Betjeman] A human baby, vulnerable, fragile, as any newborn, trusted to the love and care of Mary and the carpenter Joseph.  
 
This year on Advent Sunday, December 2nd, we will send out a ‘Travelling Crib’ from the family service at St. James; this set of knitted nativity figures will travel around the benefice seeking rest and shelter, as Mary and Joseph must have relied on local hospitality as they walked the road from Nazareth to hilly Bethlehem. Each evening they will arrive at a new lodging to seek a welcome. The last family to look after them will bring them to the 5.00 pm Christingle Service at St. James at the end of their journey.   Also on Dec. 2nd there will be a Taize service; candlelight and simple repeated chants interspersed with silence help us into deeper prayer.  
 
 On the 16th of December - 3.00 pm at High Wych and 6.30pm at Eastwick there will be Community carol services and children will be able to parade around the churches with battery night lights and we will put some of the figures in the stables ready for Christmas Eve. 
 
 The Christmas Eve Christingle services bring us the simple joy of worship with candles and carols before the excesses of food and presents on Christmas Day!  and help raise funds for the Children’s Society, which cares for vulnerable children in the UK. Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm in St. James is followed the next morning by Christmas services at 9.30a.m in High Wych and 11.15 a.m. in St. Mary’s. 
 
 Sadly after a huge amount of time and money spent in preparation, Christmas is so often a disappointment.  The advertiser’s ideal family Christmas in reality often descends into stress and argument. Our consumerism gives us a few days pleasure but it doesn’t fill our longing for what will really satisfy, something deeper.  We are created for relationship with the Divine and ‘our hearts are restless until they rest in God’ [Augustine of Hippo 354–430].  Re-discovering the ‘reason for the season’ gives it back its focus – we are celebrating a ‘great and mighty wonder’ – dare to believe that our creator God loves us deeply enough to born in Palestine 2000 years ago to live and die a human being to bring us home to his peace and presence. Join us to share the celebration!  You will be very welcome at any of  the village churches. 
 
God bless you and yours Revd Wendy  
 
Baptisms 16th September 2018 at St. James, High Wych Jean -Vincent Tolentino [adult] Cristiano Elvis Tolentino born 2 November 2009, son of Jon and Eda Tolentino of Broadfields 
 
30th September 2018 at St. James Freddie Peter Samuel Barnardt born 27th March 2018, youngest son of Camilla and Eugene Barnardt of Bishop’s Stortford 
 
 No Weddings 
 
 Interment of ashes Brenda Myrtle Pegram Died 25th June 2018, aged 79 years.  Interred with her parents Leonard and Dorothy Pegram in St. Botolph Churchyard on 12th September 2018 Anthony Michael Johnson  19/9/18 St James Raymond Alan Kempthorne  16 /5/18 interred St.James 28/10/18 Joan Ann Willitt  9/11/1 
 

The Travelling Crib

Find the real spirit of Christmas!

A nativity set of knitted figures will be travelling around the Benefice this Advent. 

They will set out from St.James after 9.30 am service 2nd  December and return at the Christingle Service at 5.00 on  Christmas Eve.

They would love to visit all kinds of homes -single people, couples, families; young and old - if you could make space in your home for one night, then take them to the next house on the list the next afternoon / evening,

Words and carols will travel with the crib for you to use.

If you would like to be part of the journey please reply to revwendy@sky.com or ring 01279 726476

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Church Services for November 2018

4th November

All Saints Day

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

4.00pm

All Souls Service

St James, High Wych

 

 11th November

3rd Before Advent

9.45am

Remembrance Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

10.45am

Remembrance Ceremony

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

10.45am

Remembrance Ceremony followed by activities in St Botolph’s and St Mary’s

Eastwick and Gilston War Memorials

See front of magazine for more details

 

18th November

2nd Before Advent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

25th November

Christ the King

9.30am

11.15am

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

St Botolph, Eastwick

 


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 November 2018

Dear Friends,

November is a month for ‘remembering’ though nobody now seems to ‘remember, remember the 5th of November as children once did!   On 4th November at 4.00 pm there will be a an ‘All Souls’ Service in St. James to remember those who have died. Anyone who has arranged a service to say goodbye to a loved one, at any of the Benefice churches, or had a service conducted by us at the Crematorium is invited to the service,  but anyone is welcome to join us to remember someone; just write your name and telephone number, print the name you would like read out and drop it in the Rectory post-box, or email me. It’s a gentle service which gives us a chance to acknowledge the loss of someone close, even though it may be years ago.  Refreshments are served afterwards in church

            On Sunday 11th as a Nation we remember the sacrifice of those who gave life and health in conflict - from the Great War of 1914-18 forwards.  This year will mark 100 years since the Armistice which ended that war on 11th November 1911. Some thought then, that the numbers of dead and maimed would ensure it was ‘the war to end all wars’ but sadly that proved a vain hope.

The Sawbridgeworth Local History society have researched how High Wych  village was affected by the First World War and written a book, so this year when the names of the fallen from High Wych are read out, we have an opportunity to know more about them and their families. Our Service on 11th will begin at 9.45 in St. James and end around the War Memorial just after 11 o’clock - afterwards we’ll share refreshments in the Memorial Hall.

 At 10.45 in Eastwick there will also be a service around the War Memorial followed by tea/ coffee and buns and various activities in St. Botolph’s and some drama centred on the field Cross which marked the grave of Gilston’s Lionel Bowlby, rounded off with trench soup and sausage rolls

 At St. Marys Gilston in the evening of 11th we’ll gather at 5.30pm for a short service of Thanksgiving and then share a Spit Roast supper.  Fireworks start at 6.45, we light our beacon to join in the National Beacon lighting at 7.00pm and at 705 St. Mary’s 2 bells will join with the many thousands of others around the country for the national bell ringing.

There are so many stories of heroism from WW1 – people risking their lives to save others -. Edith Cavell was a nurse shot for helping Allied troops escape into neutral territory or take Chaplain ‘Woodbine Willie’ who ran under fire into no man’s land to help the wounded. Both were Christians who lived their lives following the example of Jesus.   Every week at communion services we ‘remember’ how Jesus took bread and wine to symbolise his sacrifice of himself – his body broken, and his blood spilled to rescue us from the barbed wire of no man’s land; we remember his sacrifice continues to save; to give us a way back home. Greater love has no man than this… 

God’s Blessing on you and yours,

 Revd Wendy

Baptisms

16th September 2018 at St. James, High Wych

Jean -Vincent Tolentino [adult], Cristiano Elvis Tolentino born 2 November 2009, son of Jon and Eda Tolentino of Broadfields

30th September 2018 at St. James

Freddie Peter Samuel Barnardt born 27th March 2018, youngest son of Camilla and Eugene Barnardt of Bishop’s Stortford

 No Weddings

 Interment of ashes

Brenda Myrtle Pegram Died 25th June 2018, aged 79 years.

 Interred with her parents Leonard and Dorothy Pegram in St. Botolph Churchyard on 12th September 2018

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Church Services for October 2018

7th October

19th after Trinity

10.30am

Family Harvest Eucharist followed at 12noon with Harvest Lunch.

St James, High Wych

 

14th October

20th after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

21st October

21st after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

28th October

22nd after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s Eastwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 October 2018

Dear Friends,

            Autumn is upon us and the long hot summer is just a memory as we brace ourselves for short days and colder weather – the clocks go back to GMT on Oct 28th

                Despite the lack of rain over the summer, many gardens have good harvests of plums and apples, though some of the farmers grain crops have suffered.  Hedgerow damsons are sweet and plump and some are already steeping to make flavoured gin for presents at Gamekeeper’s Cottage in Gilston.  Whatever the harvest, here in England we won’t go short of food or water, our supermarkets will still have a vast array of produce - but many of our brothers and sisters in Africa will be in need. 

If you are grateful for what you have - join us to give thanks to God at a Harvest Festival service, either at St. Mary Gilston – Sept 30th at 6.00 pm followed by a simple supper; or on October 7th at St. James, High Wych where the Harvest communion will be later than usual, at 10.30am and followed by Harvest lunch in church - £8.00 for adults, free for children under 16. [Tickets from Brenda Castree 724544 or ring me 726476] 

 Paradoxically having more money doesn’t always help us to be more generous, the more common reaction wants to protect what is ‘mine’. It seems the more we have, the more we are inclined to shut others out.  Those who travel to places where life is a desperate struggle, talk of the amazing generosity they encounter from those who think it a privilege to share the very little they have. Experiencing unemployment, hardship or serious illness can soften our hearts  and enable us to imagine how life is for other people. It is an uncomfortable process - but recognition of our common humanity helps us to spiritual maturity.  Jesus, like the Buddha, warned of the dangers of wealth and he urged us to share – to be aware of another’s need.

Our harvest appeal this year is ‘Give peas a chance’.  Changing weather patterns affect farmers in Africa very badly; traditional crops like sweetcorn are hit by dry weather or washed away by floods but changing the crop to pigeon peas saves lives. The pea plants have deep roots and so survive both drought and flash flood, they enrich the soil with nitrogen; the leaves are excellent food for livestock and the pea crop is full of protein to feed families and sell to others. Do join us as we collect money at our services to help desperate families in Malawi ‘give peas a chance’ to change their lives for the better                                      &