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Thu, 22nd February 2018

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

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 March 2018

4th March

Lent 3

8.00am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Exodus 20.1-17, 1Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

2.00pm

Baptism of Oliver Wightwick

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

11th March

Mothering Sunday

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Numbers 21.4-9,

Ephesians 2.1-10, John 3.14-21

 

Lent 4

11.15am

Parish Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

18th March

Passion Sunday

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Jeremiah 31.31-34, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33

25th March

Palm

Sunday

9.30am

Palm Sunday

 Service

St James, High Wych

Readings – Isaiah 50.4-9a, Philippians 2.5-11, March 14.1-end

 

 

11.15 am

Parish Communion

St Botolph,

Eastwick

 

HOLY

WEEK

 

 

 

 

26th March

Monday

8.00pm

Compline

St James, High Wych

 

27th March

Tuesday

8.00pm

Candlelit Taize

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

28th March

Wednesday

8.00pm

Compline

St Botolph, Eastwick

 

29th March

Maundy Thursday

7.30pm

Eucharist followed by a Watch till 10.00pm

St James, High Wych

 

30th March

GOOD FRIDAY

10am – 12noon

MESSY CHURCH

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

1.00pm

Reflections & hymns followed by Statins of the cross

St James, High Wych

 

31st March

Saturday

8.00pm

Lighting the new fire & Easter vigil

St James, High Wych

 

1st April

EASTER DAY

9.30am

All age Easter Communion

followed by an

Easter egg hunt.

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekday Services:

Tuesday 6 pm Evening Prayer at St. Botolph, Eastwick – not this month

Wednesday 9am. Morning Prayer at St. James, High Wych

Friday 6pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary, Gilston – not this month

LENT GROUPS

Lent Groups begin on Wednesday 21st February at the Rectory, High Wych at 8.00pm then for the following Wednesdays 28th February, 7th, 14th and 21st March.

Letter for March 2018

Dear Friends in Gilston and Eastwick

Easter on April 1st is just a month away and for the folks who attend the 3 churches in our Benefice this season of Lent is a time to take stock of our spiritual lives and remember who we are and to whom we belong. At our baptism we make a decision for God to be the ‘govn’r’ – the ‘king’ of our lives and we aim to live the rest of our lives obeying his rule - Jesus summed it up as ‘love God with all your being and love your neighbour as you love yourself. [Mark 12:30].  That’s quite a tall order and so twice a year in Advent and Lent we try to live simpler lives and reflect on our progress and the priorities we live by. 

Time and quiet is in such short supply in busy lives and most of us have given away our ‘Sabbath’ to shopping and busy-ness. Sunday was a God given day of rest, for us to worship the Creator and take time to catch up with family and friends, rest and relax. Now we have no ‘different’ day, and the smart phone and Ipad make certain we are never off duty, always available to the technology even on holiday. We all need some space from the relentless pace of life and it is in stillness and quiet we most often meet the Divine. Perhaps you can take half an hour of space –St. James is open every day and the keys are available for the churches at Gilston and Eastwick - just switch lights off as you leave.

Mothering Sunday at St.James is on 11th March and flowery gifts will be available for mums. On 25th March, Palm Sunday, Bishop Michael is visiting St.James for 9.15am service and then St.Botolph, Eastwick at 11.15am; refreshments follow both services, come join us and meet him! The following 4 days in Holy Week we have a service every evening, times and places are advertised elsewhere, so there will be no 6.00pm services of Evening Prayer at Gilston or Eastwick. I hope you will want to part of the peace and quiet of Holy Week services, because only then can we truly appreciate the joy and amazement of finding the tomb empty and the grave clothes lying on Easter Day.

God’s Blessings on you and yours

Rev Wendy

Thank you to Churchyard workers

As the days get longer and the gardens come to life I am so grateful to those who spend time on our 3 churchyards, cutting grass and tidying up - often unbidden and unseen – though we all appreciate their efforts. So my sincere thanks to those who ride mowers are wield loppers and strimmers and give their time willingly for their community churches

Rev Wendy

Benefice of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick

Services for February 2018

2nd February

Friday

6.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

4th February

Candlemass

8.00am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings- Proverbs 8.1,22-31, Colossians 1.15-20, John 1.1-14

 

2nd before Lent

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

6th February

Tuesday

6.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Botolph, Eastwick

 

7th February

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer

St James, High Wych

 

9th February

Friday

6.00pm

Evening prayer

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

11th February

Next before Lent

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – 2 Kings 2.1-12, 2Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9

 

 

11.15am

Parish Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

Readings – 2 Kings 2.1-12, 2Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9

13th February

Tuesday

6.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Botolph, Eastwick

 

14th February

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer

St James, High Wych

 

 

Ash Wednesday

8.00pm

Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes

St James, High Wych

 

16th February

Friday

6.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

18th February

Lent 1

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Genesis 9.8-17, 1 Peter 3.18-end, Mark 1.9-15

20th February

Tuesday

6.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Botolph, Eastwick

 

21st February

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer

St James, High Wych

 

23rd February

Friday

6.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Mary’s, Gilston

 

25th February

Lent 2

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Readings – Gensis17.1-7,15-16, Romans 4.13-end, Mark 8.31-end

 

 

11.15am

Parish Communion

St Botolph, Eastwick

Readings – Gensis17.1-7,15-16, Romans 4.13-end, Mark 8.31-end

27th February   Tuesday             6.00pm                Evening Prayer         St Botolph Eastwick

28th February    Wednesday       9.00am                Morning Prayer        St James, High Wych

Letter for Feb 2018

Dear Friends in Gilston and Eastwick

 

             Perhaps you wandered into church for a few minutes quiet during a busy week and were surprised, long after Christmas, to find the stable still in place - with the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the three Magi – those wise people who travelled so far to offer precious gifts.  In our nativity productions in schools the wise men arrive to worship the child almost as soon as the shepherds  - but they probably arrived some weeks after Jesus’ birth and traditionally we celebrate their arrival on January 6th,  ‘Epiphany’. They ‘kings’ were astrologers from the East and their gifts were costly, but not chosen to make an impression - rather they chose  items to be suitable for what they read in the stars - the birth of a king from God, whose death would be very significant. So they brought gold for kinship, incense for a God and myrrh used in death rites but also for healing. Well chosen, considered gifts. The shepherds were surprised by angels announcing the birth on the night it happened –they had to take what they had, something sheep related! - not for them a last minute trip to the shops or next day delivery from Amazon. They had no time to choose, we do have some time to think.

 

What can I give him poor as I am?  The carol says

If I were a shepherd I would give a lamb.

If I were a wise man I would do my part

But what I can I give him … give my heart

If we are grateful for Gods providential care - for life, friends and family, food and shelter, the rule of law, education and healthcare, we show our thanks by living well - honestly, generously, bravely, doing to others as we would be done by, but are there other ways too?

 

The Crib stays on view until February 2, or the nearest Sunday, when we celebrate ‘Candlemass’ –the day when Mary and Joseph took the 6 week old Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem  and it’s there that two old people, Anna and Simeon recognise Jesus as the Christ and praise God for his arrival. After the Candlemas service we put the baby Jesus, the 3 wealthy travellers, shepherds, animals and angels back in the box and with the adult Jesus we turn towards Lent, the Cross and Easter. 

 

Those of us walking the way of faith try to go deeper into the mystery of God  year by year and on Feb 14 we begin the 6 weeks of Lent, which we use  to tone up our spiritual bodies, exercise some self discipline and grow in faith. We get together to follow a Lent course, which helps us to discover more about ourselves and how the teaching of Jesus should influence the way we live.  This year we will be following ‘Another Story must begin’ a course using the film of ‘Les Miserables’. We begin on Wednesday Feb 21st at 8.00 –give me a ring [726476] if you would like to join us.

 

On Saturday Feb. 3 everyone is invited for a glass of wine or juice at ‘The Rectory’, 12 noon – 2.00 pm just a chance to see the Rectory and meet me. The address is 1, Dovedale – the turning immediately after Chandini’s car park if you are coming from High Wych Rd.   Do come - I look forward to seeing you then.

God’s blessing on you and yours

Rev Wendy

Services for January 2018

6th January

Saturday

3.30pm

Institution of the

Rev Wendy Carter

St James, High Wych

Refreshments in Memorial Hall after the service

7th January

1st Epiphany

8.00am

Parish Communion BCP

St James, High Wych

Genesis 1.1-5, Acts 19.1-7, Mark 1.4-11

 

Baptism of Christ

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

14th January

Epiphany 2

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

1 Samuel 3.1-10(11-20), Revelation 5.1-10, John 1.43-end

 

 

11.15am

Parish Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

1 Samuel 3.1-10(11-20), Revelation 5.1-10, John 1.43-end

21st January

Epiphany 3

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Genesis 14.17-20, Revelation 19.6-10, John 2.1-11

28th January

Epiphany 4

9.30am

Parish Communion

St James, High Wych

Deuteronomy 18.15-20, Revelation 12.1-5a, Mark 1.21-28

 

 

11.15am

Parish Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Deuteronomy 18.15-20, Revelation 12.1-5a, Mark 1.21-28

JANUARY LETTER

 Dear Friends,

When I left the old Rectory in December 2010 I didn’t think there would be any chance of me setting pen to paper or [finger to keyboard] to write another letter for ‘The Link’ !  But it seems God has given me another chance to be part of the communities of High Wych, Allen’s Green, Gilston and Eastwick. I’m still somewhat amazed to be asked back - but really looking forward to this chance to be with you And extend an acquaintance that was all too brief – we seldom get another bite of the cherry in this life!

In last month’s letter, Joy said that this would be short term ‘vicar’ arrangement, 18 months, to give us some time to discover the scope and the speed of development of Gilston Park village[s].  I know some in the congregations will be disappointed not to have advertised and appointed someone younger to the post straight away – but by summer 2019 the future shape of the Benefice will be easier to predict and the Bishop will know more clearly what is needed to take the Christian church in this area forward into the future. 

In the meantime we have 3 very different churchyards and church buildings in St. James, St. Mary and St. Botolph -each have a different style, history and ‘heritage’ features –we might all explore using those features to add value to our communities and help  preserve the buildings for use by more people, whatever the progress of any development.

Though I’m writing this in December in Solihull - surrounded by packing chaos! - this is the first letter of the New Year, when you read it Christmas Day will be over, the days will be a little longer  and I will have unpacked the boxes and settled in Dovedale. Then  I very much hope to be able to meet new friends and  be re-acquainted with old ones at 3.30p.m, on January 6th - when the Bishop of St. Albans will be with us to license me as your Priest at  a Service  in St. James the Great, High Wych. Do join us then - and afterwards in the Memorial Hall for refreshments and chat.

Till then,

God Bless you and yours

Rev Wendy