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Thu, 23rd January 2020

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

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Benefice of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick

Church website: stjameshighwych.org.uk

Facebook: eastwick and gilston church’s

Services for January 2020

5th January

2nd Sunday after Christmas

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

12th January

1st after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

19th January

2nd after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

26th January

3rd after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

 

Funerals

Betty Thelma Burne aged 96 years of Eastwick, died on 7th November 2019. Service at Woolensbrook Crematorium 26th November 2019.

Robert Joseph Moore aged 63 of Gilston, died on 9th November 2019.  Service at St. Mary Gilston on December 9th 2019 followed by committal at Parndon Wood Crematorium.

Peggy [Margaret] Holden aged 89 years of High Wych, died 16th November 2019, Service on 2nd December at St. James followed by committal at Parndon Wood Crematorium.

David John Goggin 69 years of High Wych, died 1st December 2019.  Service on 18th December 2019 at St. James followed by committal in the churchyard.

Interment of Ashes

Maurice Gudgeon 97 years, formerly of High Wych, died on 16th March 2019, interred in the Garden of rest at St. James on 24th October 2019

January Letter 2020

Dear Friends,

            A Happy and memorable New Year to all our readers!  The busy-ness of Christmas in 21st century is over for another 11 months.  I hope you managed to find some quiet to reflect on the fact that something incredible, world changing, happened with the birth of a son to an ordinary couple in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago. What does that mean for each of us today – If it hadn’t happened God would ‘still be a distant stranger – and not the Baby in a manger.’ [John Betjeman: Advent 1955]. God would still seem far beyond our understanding,

            We have had to change the date of our Messy Christmas Church from January 5th to December 29th 4.30 pm at Gilston & Eastwick village Hall, we’ll finish about 6.00 pm and we’ll provide supper, probably baked potatoes with beans and cheese. This is family fun and worship for children with an adult. For us in church t’s still the twelve days of Christmas until Epiphany on 6th January, when we put our decorations away. This year at Messy church we’ll do activities about the Magi, the wise men who brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus and find out what happened after King Herod discovered that they were searching for a newborn king. There was terrible grief as he ordered all little boys under two years old in and around Bethlehem to be killed. Joseph and Mary escaped to Egypt with baby Jesus just in time.  Jesus started life as a refugee, his parents desperate to keep him away from king Herod    

This year we are going to run a short ‘START’ course to help us make a start or restart our getting to know God. Just an hour on 6 Monday evenings beginning 13th January, to talk and discuss 6 questions –

What is life all about?

                        Does God exist?

                        Who is Jesus?

                        Why does life mess up?

                        How does Jesus’ cross sort it out?

                        What am I going to do about it?

We’ll gather in the comfort of the Rectory [CM21 0DT] for an 8.00 pm start and serve refreshments after the sessions for those who have time to stay.   Everyone is welcome - ring or email if you’d like to know more or just turn up on 13th January for the first session. 

You may have noticed a smart oak box fitted to the outside wire gate of St. James -it is a ‘prayer box’’ and has paper and a biro in a drawer. If you would like a prayer prayed for anyone or anything on Wednesday at Morning Prayer, simply write it and leave it in the box or inside church on the Prayer board for me to collect.    

We start 2020 with hopes and prayers for peace and fair shares for all, understanding between nations, justice for the marginalised, real efforts to combat global warming and the effect of our use of plastic and now with a majority government, we may accomplish Brexit but every new year brings us challenges and difficulties as we as unexpected joys. We stand at the edge, at the beginning  ‘And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.  Minnie Louise Haskins

     God Bless you and yours in 2020

Rev Wendy

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Services for December 2019

1st  

Advent 1

8.00 am

 9.30 am

St. James, High Wych

St. James, High Wych

Holy Communion (BCP)

Family Service

 

6th

Friday

2.30 pm

The Gardens Neuro. Centre, Rivers Hospital

Praise & Prayers

 

8th  

Advent 2

 

9.30 am

11.15 am

St. James, High Wych 

St. Mary, Gilston

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

 

15th 

Advent 3

9.30 am

3.30 pm   

St. James, High Wych

St. James, High Wych

Holy Communion

Community Carols

 

22nd 

Advent 4

9.30 am

11.15 am

5.00pm

St. James, High Wych

St. Botolph, Eastwick

Terlings Park Green

Holy Communion

Holy Communion.

Open air carols

 

24th

Christmas Eve

 

3.00pm

5.00pm

11.30 pm

St. Mary, Gilston

St. James High Wych

St. James

Christingle

Christingle

Midnight Mass

 

25th

Christmas Day

 

9.30 am

11.15 am

St. James, High Wych

St. Mary, Gilston

Christmas Eucharist

Christmas Eucharist

 

29th

Christmas 1

 

9.30 am

St. James High Wych.

Holy Communion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Day Services

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

6.30pm

Holy Communion @ St. Botolph, Eastwick

 

 

Wednesday

8.30am

Morning Prayer @ St. James, High Wych

 

 

Friday

6.30pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Mary, Gilston

 

                             

 

 

December Letter 2019

Dear Friends,

In the West as we reach the short, dark days of December, over the centuries people have added some ‘cheer’, celebrations to lighten the dark of the year’s end. For 2000 years Christmas has been the principal celebration in the UK– the celebration of the birth of Jesus, truly human but God incarnate, has brought light to our lives. Physically as candles brighten dark churches, the burning Yule log warms and lights the hearth, fairy lights twinkle on Christmas trees, blue flames fascinate on Christmas puddings; a tiny nightlight on a windowsill breaks the dark around it.  Symbolically too Jesus is ‘the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’ [John 1:5] He lights our path in the journey of life.

These days we have light from electricity and deep darkness is hard to find except in wild places with few people; it was a treat on my recent stay on the Island of Mull to be able to gaze at so many stars, free of light pollution and it was easy to imagine how life is limited and threatening without light. It made me realise the gift our Harvest collections must be in the ‘Light up Tanzania’ scheme to provide villagers with electric power from simple solar panels – thank you if you contributed to that!

Advent, the four weeks before Christmas is a waiting time for us as church – Our Sunday services are as usual with some additions. There will be Community Carols with a lantern procession for the children at High Wych on Sunday 15th at 3.30 pm and for the first time Gilston with Eastwick Open Air Carols at 5.00pm on Sunday 22nd in Terlings Park, on the Green at Bowlby Hill, there will be refreshments available. The carol services help us prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ child as do the Christmas Eve Christingles at Gilston [3.00pm], High Wych  [5.00 pm] and  Midnight mass on [St. James at 11.30 pm] but at the back if our minds is the promise that Jesus will come again - not as wandering carpenter / Rabbi but as ruler and judge of all. We/ve waited 2000 years - who knows how much longer? We know that we need to live ready, doing what we can for others and caring for the planet; ‘live each day as if it were thy last’ as the old hymn says - ready to account to God for our use of the gifts and the time we’ve been given.

We would love to welcome you over the Advent / Christmas period to one or twp of the services as you celebrate - and by next month we will be watching for the few minutes extra light as the days slowly lengthen. 

God Bless you and yours

Revd Wendy

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                                              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 
 
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                                                             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