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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 monthly news letter.

1.CHURCH CONTACT DETAILS

Priest-in-charge – Vacant

Associate Priest:

Su Tarran – su.tarran@ntlworld.com

Mission Enabler:

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Readers

Joy Galliers-Burridge 01279 444870

Roger Burridge 01279 444870

June Denton 01279 723714

Lay leaders of worhsip

Janet Bellingham 07882743627

Rosemary Davis 01279 419763

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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JULY  Letter 2022

Dear Friends,

I write this follow the amazing Platinum Jubilee festivities, trying not to feel too deflated! Indeed, the first time for celebration occurred two weeks prior to this when we shortlisted two excellent candidates for the job of Priest in Charge of St James’ High Wych, St Mary’s, Gilston and St. Botolph’s Eastwick (commonly referred to as The Benefice). This wasn’t going to just be a job for the rural clergyman you read about in novels but someone who would play a pivotal role in working with the community and developers as 10,000 new houses start to be built in the Gilston Area. During the day the candidates had village tours including the rectory, led a bible study and went into High Wych C of E school where children asked questions about the Big Bang, suffering and what disciple loved Jesus most! Both candidates were very impressed with the lovely atmosphere in the school. After lunch each gave a short presentation and a seven-minute sermon followed by a Q&A with the panel which consisted of the benefice churchwardens, Archdeacon Janet and Michael, Bishop of Hertford.

At the end of the day we were delighted to appoint Revd Alison Jackson who presently lives in Ware as our new Priest in Charge. There is no starting date at present. The fort continues to be held by Rev  Su Turran from  Bishops’ Stortford who also has a full time and demanding job with East Herts Council and who we are grateful will also stay on in a supporting capacity to our new priest.

Then followed the Jubilee festivities beginning on Thursday with a Thanksgiving service for the Queen at St. Mary’s where there was standing room only. The weather held and afterwards we enjoyed a hog roast and lighting of the beacon whilst the Gilston & Eastwick Community Choir sang the Jubilee anthem. To end an amazing evening there was a superb fireworks display. It was such a surprise when Revd Alison also joined us with her husband Paul and dog Bean and mingled easily with everyone, trying to remember so many names. The event made it to “Look East” the next day!

On the Friday evening there was a Race Night in the Gilston & Eastwick Village Hall – a nod to The Derby taking place the next day. And on Saturday people walked the new Platinum Footpath, a circular walk that was created for the Jubilee – enjoying cream teas in the churchyard at Gilston along the way.

Sunday saw 4 Street parties taking place in Eastwick, Terlings Park and in Gilston, plus we had our own Jubilee Picnic on the playing field in High Wych. It was a brave but correct decision to go ahead despite the forecast and indeed it was warm and the rain held off. Huge thanks to Dawn and Alan and Chris Ashworth and family for organising and to Chris and Dave Smith and Bridget Parrish. Theo van de Bilt, our local historian kindly provided us with information about how the village seventy years ago raised the money to build the bus shelter- if you haven’t read about it yet this is beautifully displayed by Rachel Mabey on a poster attached to the shelter. Also, our thanks to Gary and Sharon and Lauren from the Rising Sun who made sure we could all have a beer on the field and of course the barbecue boys!

So, with warm memories of our Queen, Paddington bear and marmalade sandwiches, on a more serious note, I leave you with a prayer by St. Teresa of Avila that both Revd Alison and Revd Su shared with us

Christ has no body but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
You are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Janet Bellingham   Churchwarden (St James High Wych)

CHURCH SERVICES FOR JULY 2022

01-Jul-22

Friday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Marys

03-Jul-22

Sunday

BCP Holy Communion  at 8am and 9.30 Family service

St James 8.00am  & 9.30am

05-Jul-22

Tuesday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Botolphs

08-Jul-22

Friday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Marys

08-Jul-22

Friday

Wedding - St James

1pm

10-Jul-22

Sunday

Holy Communion

St James 9.30

St Marys 11.15

12-Jul-22

Tuesday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Botolphs

15-Jul-22

Friday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Marys

17-Jul-22

Sunday

Holy Communion

St James  9.30 am

19-Jul-22

Tuesday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Botolphs

22-Jul-22

Friday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Marys

24-Jul-22

Sunday

Holy Communion

St James 9.30:

St Botolphs 11.15

26-Jul-22

Tuesday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Botolphs

29-Jul-22

Friday

Evening Prayer

6.30pm  St Marys

31-Jul-22

Sunday

Holy Communion

St James  9.30 am

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