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Church Services

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 February 2020

2nd February

Candlemass

8.00am

Holy Communion (BCP)

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St Mary’s, Gilston

7th February

Friday

2.30pm

Praise & Prayers

The Garden Neuro Centre, Rivers Hospital

9th February

3rd before Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

followed by lunch

St Mary’s, Gilston

16th February

2nd before Lent

10.00am

Holy Communion

followed by brunch

St James, High Wych

23rd February

 Shrove Sunday

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Church Service

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

26th February

Ash Wednesday

7.30pm

Imposition of Ashes

St James, High Wych

                                                                        Weekday Services

Tuesday 6.30pm – Holy Communion at St Botolph’s Eastwick – from 18th February the service will be Evening Prayer

Wednesday 8.30am – Morning Prayer at St James’, High Wych

 

Friday 6.30pm – Evening Prayer at St Mary’s, Gilston.

February Letter 2020

Dear Friends,

            At last the afternoons are a little longer and the robins in the garden are treating each other as possible mates, instead of rivals for the mealworms, and the spring bulbs are showing green – we begin to think about looking  towards Easter.  The six weeks of preparation [Lent] starts on Ash Wednesday 26th February

The first Sunday in February is the ‘Presentation of Christ in the Temple’– it recalls the day, six weeks [40 days] after Jesus’ birth when Mary and Joseph take him to The Temple in Jerusalem to offer him to God.  While they are there, this tiny baby is recognised by two prayerful old people, Simeon and Anna. Both see in this child Gods saving plan – our Redemption. This celebration Is also called Candlemas, because traditionally there is a procession with candles.  Churches clear away their Christmas tree and other very seasonal bits, like we do at home, on January 6th but many leave the crib scene with the three wise men until Candlemas, as we do in St. Mary and St. James.  We’ll take the baby out of the stable at Candlemas and remind ourselves that at the beginning of April the adult Jesus goes to the Cross; so we turn our minds from Bethlehem to face Jerusalem with Him.

            Sadly, this year I won’t be leading services in Lent or at Easter because my last Sunday as your Priest in charge will be Feb 16th. We’ll start the service in High Wych later that morning, at 10.00 am and follow it with a brunch.  The week before, the 9th at St. Mary Gilston we’ll have my last Gilston with Eastwick service and follow that with buffet food.  Everyone is welcome to either or both!  I have asked that there be no presents because I was given lovely things when I left at the end of 2010 and we all knew this visit would be short term and its only been just  over 2 years, 

Last month we began a six week ‘START’ course for those wondering about faith, thinking about  starting  or restarting a relationship with  God. There will be 3 sessions left in February. It is a course that builds week by week but each session is on a different theme and it is possible to join us part way through

            3rd       Why does life mess up?

            10th      How does Jesus’ cross sort it out?

            17th      What am I going to do about it?

We meet at 8.00 pm, the Rectory [CM21 0DT] 1 Dovedale is after Chandini’s and before the Village Shop and the Rectory is near the end and has a blue sign.  I’ll serve refreshments after the sessions for those who have time to stay.

            Of course, being without someone official in the Rectory brings difficulties and delays, it’s not easy for volunteers to cover a full-time paid post, but I know everyone listed, Wardens, Readers and others too, will give you what help they can. The Area Dean Revd Mandy Brown at Holy Trinity Bishop’s Stortford will help with bigger problems, but as St. James Thorley has no Vicar and Great St.Mary has only Revd Debbie part time and the new vicar there doesn’t start till May 2020, there are likely to  be times when High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick have to manage without an ordained priest but I know this community will work together until a new Rector is appointed.

Thank you for your friendliness and welcome since January 6th 2018 when I came back after 7 years away, in many ways it’s been like coming home, so many names and faces were familiar! I will be in the Rectory packing until mid-March before returning to Solihull and the kettle is always ready for a coffee for callers.

 God Bless you and yours

Rev Wendy

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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