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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

During the vacancy can you please contact one of the Church Wardens or the Readers. Thank you.

Readers

Joy Galliers-Burridge 01279 444870

Roger Burridge 01279 444870

June Denton 01279 723714

Churchwardens

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Michael Shaw - 01279 726792

Secretary

Christine Law - 01279 411646

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

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Services for APRIL 2020

THESE ARE THE SCHEDULED SERVICES BUT AT THE TIME OF GOING TO PRINT THESE HAVE ALL BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.              

The services willbe streamed.  To gain access to the streamed services, go into Google Search or Facebook, in the search box type Gilston and Eastwick Churches, click onto one of the posts until you find the picture of Wendy at Messy Church. On the left of the screen is the word VIDOEs, you have arrived. Service sheets and hymns will be posted online as well. Enjoy. Once you are in you can look at last Sundays Service as well.

If you would like to join Virtual Evening Prayer Services on either Tuesday or Friday evenings at 6.30pm email her on bagnallsj@outlook.com she will send you through a Webex invitation (and joining instructions if required)

   APRIL CHURCH SERVICES                             

5th

Palm Sunday

9.15am    

Procession from Guide Hut for

service in church at 9.30am

Holy Communion

Revd Alison Jackson

St James, High Wych

6th

Monday

8.00pm

Candlelit Taize

Revd Su Tarran

St Mary’s, Gilston

8th

Wednesday

 

Compline with

Refection

St James, High Wych

9th

Maundy

Thursday

8.00pm

Maundy Thursday service and

stripping the Sanctuary

led by Revd Barbara Ebeling

St James, High Wych

10th

Good Friday

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Watching the Cross lead by Revd Barbara Ebeling

St James, High Wych

11th

Saturday

8.30pm

Easter Eve Vigil & New Fire

Service led by Revd Su Tarran

St James, High Wych

12th

EASTER DAY

9.30am

Holy Communion – led by Revd David Dewey

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion – led by Revd David Dewey

St Mary’s Gilston

19th

Easter 2

9.30am

Holy Communion -led by

Revd Su Tarran

St James, High Wych

26th

Easter 3

9.30am

Holy Communion – led by

Revd Su Tarran

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion – led by Revd

Su Tarran

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

April Letter 2020

Dear friends

It really looks as if spring has arrived or am I just being over hopeful?  There are spring flowers everywhere, the colours are so vibrant, just looking at them brings a smile to my face and hopefully to yours as well.  If you are in the vicinity of St James Church, it is well worth a visit just to look at the blanket of blue to the left of the car park. To the right it is mauve, and the leaves of the cyclamen are beginning to cover quite a lot of graves, And the primroses are scattered everywhere, they are all going to give us even more of a riot of colour very soon.  Spring is such a wonderful season, so full of promise and new life. Its nearly time for this year’s lambs to be born and on farms the crops are beginning to give the fields a green glow.  What is there not to love about the spring?

Additionally, we are in the season of Lent, another sign of spring, it is the period of time just before Easter, and starts the day after pancake day and goes on until Easter Sunday. In our churches there is a Lent course, services of remembrance and praise and to finish a service of joy to celebrate Jesus Christ rising to life again after his horrible death on a cross.   All the many services that occur at this time are set out in this magazine, so please take a look and then come and join us for any service(s) that appeals to you.  I would like to highlight one or two things that are particularly family friendly.  Firstly, the Mothering Sunday service on the 22nd March, this is an occasion when children present their Mothers with a gift of flowers (flowers provided by the church).  

The next is Palm Sunday on the 5th April and starts at 9.15am with a procession from the High Wych sports field waving palms and singing, heading to St James church for a service remembering Jesus’s ride on a donkey going to Jerusalem with the crowds waving palm branches. Then on Good Friday at 10am until 12 noon in St James Church, it’s Messy Church again, this is a busy event with children’s craft making stalls, an Easter story all followed by lunch, there is no charge, it is just two hours full of fun and laughter.  

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and contented Easter, I look forward to seeing you sometime over the Easter season.

Many blessings
Joy                               

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Services for March 2020                                                

1st 

First Sunday of Lent

8.00 am

 9.30 am

St. James, High Wych

St. James, High Wych

 

Communion by Extension

Family Service

6th  

Friday

10.00 am

 

2.30 pm

Great St. Mary Sawbridgeworth

The Gardens Neuro Centre, Rivers Hospital

World Day of Prayer

 

Praise & Prayers

 

8th  

Second of Lent.

 

9.30 am

11.15 am

St. James, High Wych 

St. Mary, Gilston

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

15th 

Third of Lent

9.30am

2.00 pm   

St. James, High Wych

St Mary Gilston

Holy Communion Baptism

22nd

Mothering Sunday

9.30 am

11.15 am

St. James, High Wych

St. Botolph Eastwick

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

29th

5th of Lent Passion Sunday

9.30 am

St. James High Wych

Holy Communion

 

Weekday Services

 

Tuesday

6.30 pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Botolph, Eastwick

Friday

6.30 pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Mary, Gilston

 

March Letter 2020

Hello Everybody,

      I thought that I would start this letter with something like:- “ Now that the worst of the winter is over “   --  but then came the high winds!    As I write this there are also more forecast for the coming weekend.  We all should know that we cannot take the British weather for granted.  But this was a reminder to me that we cannot take the future for granted.  A reminder to find something to enjoy each day and to be thankful for it.

      By the time that you read this we shall be moving into the season of Lent.  This is the approach season before the joy of Easter.  Not a season for sadness but a season for growing in spirituality and understanding of ourselves and others.  In the end being aware of our faults and weaknesses makes us better able to cope with and enjoy our lives.

       There has been a tradition of giving up something for Lent.  Many years ago, in the Northern hemisphere, fresh food was running out by the time Lent came around so perhaps going without in Lent was not really voluntary.  It certainly wasn’t for animals confined to barns waiting for the first green shoots of grass to appear.    Whether or not the tradition owes something to this there is value in the practise if it helps us to learn self discipline, but not if it makes us proud of own strength of will.  Lent is the time for acknowledging how much we do depend on God.  

      The first service in Lent is on Ash Wednesday 26th February at 7.30 pm in St. James High Wych.  We use ash, made from burning last year’s palm crosses, to express our own sorrow for those things that we have done or thought that have harmed ourselves or others. 

        If you cannot, or do not want to go to this service, then there will be 5 fellowship groups meeting on Wednesday evenings from March 4th to April 1st.  These are informal groups and we will be considering the last week of Jesus’ life, day by day.     They are at 7.30 pm at Jan Dixon’s house 6, Falcon Close CM210AX.  (Telephone 01279723557)

 

         For those of you whose awareness of our Creator is most clearly seen in the great out of doors there is a communal Dog Walk on Sunday 1st March.  It starts and finishes at Gilston Church.  Start 3pm , walk for one hour, tea afterwards.  Dogs are not obligatory.  Strong fairly waterproof footwear is needed.

           And if you are seeking the peace of Christ all our chuchyards, in the slightly warmer weather which we do hope will arrive, our wonderful places for finding it.

 

            Through the years that I have lived in High Wych I have enjoyed meeting many of you and passing the time of day as we met on a path, or in the shop, or on the playing field, or at one of our churches.  So I will end this letter by asking God to Bless you and yours.

                            Judith   (Reader).

January / February 2020 Funerals

 

  1. Andrew John Pryde of Sawbridgeworth. Died on15th January 2020 aged 62 years. Service and burial at St James High Wych on 11th February 2020

 

  1. Geoffrey Frank Wilson formerly of High Wych.  Died on 26th January 2020 aged 88 years. Service at Parndon Wood Crematorium Tuesday 25th February 2020

 

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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