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Sun, 22nd January 2017

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 Anthony Giles 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 JANUARY 2017

 

1st January

Naming of Christ

8.00am

No 8.00am Service

 

 

 

 

9.30am

St James. High Wych

Family Communion Service

Readings: Number6: 22-27, Galatians 4: 4-7, Luke 2: 15-21

 

5th January

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

8th January

Epiphany

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12

 

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12

 

11th January

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

House Group

 

 

12th January

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

15th January

Epiphany 2

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1: 29-42

 

19th January

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

22nd January

Epiphany 3

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 9: 1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4: 12-23

 

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 9: 1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 4: 12-23

 

26th January

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

29th January

Candlemas

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5, Hebrews 2:14-end, Luke 2: 22-40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each

Tuesday

9.00am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Morning Prayer

 

 

Each

Wednesday

9.00am

St James, High Wych

Morning Prayer

 

 

Each

Thursday

9.00am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Morning Prayer

 

 

Each

Friday

9.00am

St James, High Wych

Morning Prayer

 

 

RECTOR’S JANUARY LETTER

 

A Happy New Year to you all!

That’s a very easy thing to say and we have all been saying it to family, friends and neighbours.  However, a brief glance at our newspapers or television screens is likely to leave us with a deep sense of foreboding about what 2017 might bring.  Brexit is still a very unknown quantity and there are several world leaders apparently rewriting the rules of international relations.  Where will we be in a year’s time.  Will the message of peace and goodwill that we were singing about a few days ago be swamped and washed away in the next few months?  Only time will tell.

For Christians, there is always hope.  One of the main themes of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas is that however bad thing might appear to get, God is still in charge and slowly but surely everything will be brought under the loving and generous rule of Jesus Christ.  We may not see it in this life, but through faith in him we can hope to spend eternity with him where there will be no more pain and suffering.  Messrs * & * may appear to be in charge now (* insert names of your choice) but ultimately God will have the last word.

I will finish with the words that King George VI included in his 1939 Christmas Broadcast, the first Christmas of World War II.

Again, I wish you all a Very Happy New Year.

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 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!'

(from At The Gate of the Year by Minnie Louise Harkins)

Anthony Giles,

Rector.

From the Registers

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

30th November

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Janet Mary Knight

16th December

Burial only

High Wych

Sylvia Grace Reynolds

RECTOR’S DECEMBER LETTER

The Advent wind begins to stir

With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir,

It’s dark at breakfast, dark at tea,

And in between we only see

Clouds hurrying across the sky

(Autumn 1955 – John Betjeman)

This year we start December already in Advent, the start of the new Christian year.  Christmas goodies have been in the shops for several months by now but still the church hangs on a little longer before popping the corks.  Advent is a solemn time for us Christians, denoted by the use of purple in altar hangings and clergy vestments.  It is a time to reflect on our readiness to meet Jesus, firstly as the baby of Bethlehem but also when he comes again, to wind up history, according to traditional belief, or when we pass through death into the presence of God.  The parts of the bible we read in Advent encourage us to think about our future life beyond this current one and take steps to prepare for it.

At the same time, we will be sending our Christmas cards, buying present and looking out for deals on food and drink.  In a sense that is how life should always be, getting on with every day things while keeping part of our minds on our hopes for the future and taking steps to make sure we are ready for it, whatever it brings.

As you prepare for your family celebrations, could I ask you to do two things.  Firstly remember those millions of people throughout the world for whom this will be a frightening, anxious time because of war, lack of food clothing and lack of hope.  Spend some of your generosity on them.  Secondly, join us in church to celebrate the true meaning of the festivities, either at the Carol Services, Christingles or Midnight Mass (details elsewhere).

We wish you all a very Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Anthony Giles, Rector.

From the Registers

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

27th November

High Wych

Bodhi Exton Blue McKnight

Confirmations

Date

Church

Names

15th November

Holy Trinity BS

Kieran Challis

15th November

Holy Trinity BS

Phoebe Parrish

15th November

Holy Trinity BS

Millie Parrish

15th November

Holy Trinity BS

Ian Martin

15th November

Holy Trinity BS

Sam Clark

15th November

Holy Trinity BS

Rosemary Davis

Weddings:

Date

Church

Names

29th October

High Wych

Vincenzo Martino & Melissa Steer

26th November

High Wych

Edward Hunt & Emma Deeprose

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

23rd November

Interment of Ashes

High Wych

Nina Eliza Jessie Elsdon

 

 

RECTOR’S NOVEMBER LETTER

  No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
November!

(Thomas Hood 1789 – 1845)

As we get deeper into the autumn, November brings us to the time of Remembrance.  November 1916 saw the closing stages of the Battle of the Somme where over one million men were killed or injured, the bloodiest battle in human history.  We will be remembering them and all who have died in the Great War and conflicts since on Remembrance Sunday 13th November by holding ceremonies at each of the War Memorials in the benefice, at High Wych, Pye Corner and Eastwick.  These will start at 10.45 am and all are very welcome to join us.

November ends on a happier note with Advent Sunday on 27th.  This is the beginning of the new Christian Year and starts the run up to Christmas.  As well as being a time of preparations for the forthcoming festivities, for Christians, Advent is also a time for sombre reflection.  The word “advent” simply means coming and, of course, we are looking forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus as the baby of Bethlehem.  The bible also speaks of a Second Coming when Jesus will return to earth as a judge to wrap up the present order and establish God’s rule on earth for eternity.  Some Christians still take this literally.  For me it symbolically expresses the belief that, however it happens, we will all on day have to give an account of ourselves to God and be rewarded accordingly.  Advent is a time for preparing for that event, in this life or the next.

So as we buy the presents, arrange the family parties and go hunting turkeys, let us all give a thought to whether we really are ready to meet Jesus in person.

Anthony Giles,

Rector.

From the Registers

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

16th October

High Wych

Sidney James John Knewstub-Chew

16th October

High Wych

Wilfred Owen Frank Knewstub-Chew

16th October

High Wych

Archer William Benedict Knewstub-Chew

30th October

High Wych

Isla Mae Hennessy-Ling

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

28th September

Funeral

High Wych & Parndon Wood

Robert Harold Jenkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Each 

Tuesday

9.00am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Morning Prayer

  

Each

 

Wednesday