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Wed, 29th March 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

Services for APRIL 2017

 

2nd April

Passion Sunday

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

 

5th April

Wednesday

7.30pm

The Rectory

Lent Group 5

 

6th April

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

9th April

Palm Sunday

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 26: 14-27:66

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Philippians 2: 5-11, Matthew 26: 14-27:66

10th April

Monday – Holy Week

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Compline with Reflection

 

11th April

Tuesday – Holy Week

8.00pm

St Mary’s, Gilston

Compline with Reflection

 

12th April

Wednesday – Holy Week

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Compline with Reflection

 

13th April

Maundy Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

NO HOLY COMMUNION

 

 

 

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Maundy Thursday Communion

Readings – Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

14th April

Good Friday

10.30am

St James, High Wych

Easter Messy Church

 

 

 

2.00pm

St James, High Wych

Reflections at the foot of the Cross

 

15th April

Easter Eve

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Easter Vigil and Festival of New Fire

 

16th April

EASTER DAY

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Easter Family Communion

Readings – Jeremiah 31:1-6, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 28:1-10

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Easter Family Communion

Readings – Jeremiah 31:1-6, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 28:1-10

20th April

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

NO HOLY COMMUNION

 

23rd April

Easter 2

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Acts 2: 14a.22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31

 

 

11.00am

St James, High Wych

High Wych Annual Parochial Church Meeting

 

26th April

Wednesday

7.30pm

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Gilston & Eastwick

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

27th April

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

30th April

Easter 3

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Acts 2: 14a 36-41, 1 Peter 1: 17-23, Luke 24: 13-35

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Acts 2: 14a 36-41, 1 Peter 1: 17-23, Luke 24: 13-35

 

 

 

 

RECTOR’S APRIL LETTER

Easter Sunday, 16th April.

This year Easter falls in mid-April, 16th to be precise.  This is fairly late, about a week before the latest it could be.  The reason for Easter moving around is that we are trying to match the date of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus which took place in the Jewish Calendar.  It took several centuries for the church to work out how to calculate the correct date but we now have it as the Sunday following the first full moon that falls on or first after 21st March – the Spring Equinox.  Good Friday then falls on exactly the right date in the Jewish Calendar about once every 330 years.  The movement of Easter does make life difficult for such things as school terms.  In the mid-1930’s there was a proposal to fix Easter as the Sunday following the second Saturday of April.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your point of view, all the people who had to agree to it, didn’t, so we are still where we have been for over a millennium.

Easter is the most important festival of the whole Christian year.  Christmas has its place but at Easter we celebrate the event where God put his seal on all that Jesus did by raising him from the dead.  His incarnation, being born as a baby at Bethlehem, his public ministry and the events we celebrate in Holy Week, his rejection by the religious authorities all led up to the most important event of his life, the Crucifixion.  As Christians, we believe that by giving himself up to death on a cross, Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, carried the burden for all the sin and evil of the world.  The Resurrection, his coming back from the dead, was God’s seal of approval on all that he had done.  We believe that through faith in Jesus we can enter into a new living relationship with God.  We can receive the presence of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, into our lives and look forward to eternity spent in the presence of God.  All the symbols we use to celebrate Easter, baby bunnies and daffodils, all have something to say about that new life as well as the return of life in spring.  I hope that in the period up to Easter you will find time to think about these things and join us at one of our special service.  Families will be particularly welcome at Messy Church, a new venture for us on Good Friday. 

Look out for details of all our services and activities over the Easter period in a separate notice.

 

Anthony Giles,

Rector.

 

 

Services for MARCH 2017

1st March

Ash Wednesday

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Ash Wednesday Communion

 

2nd March

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

3rd March

Friday

10.00am

St James, High Wych

Women’s World Day of Prayer

 

 

5th March

Lent 1

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings: Genesis 2: 15-17, 3:1-7. Romans 5: 12-19, Matthew 4: 1-11

 

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

Readings: Matthew 4: 1-11

 

8th March

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

Lent Group 1

 

 

9th March

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

12th March

Lent 2

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-1, John 3: 1-17

 

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s Gilston

Parish Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-1, John 3: 1-17

 

15th March

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

Lent Group 2

 

 

16th March

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

19th March

Lent 3

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5: 1-11, John 4: 5-42

 

22nd March

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

Lent Group 3

 

 

23rd March

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

26th March

MOTHERING SUNDAY

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Exodus 2:1-10,or 1 Sam 1:20-end, 2 Cor 1: 3-7 or Col 3: 12-17, Luke 2: 33-35 &/or John 19: 25b-27

 

 

 

 11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Exodus 2:1-10,or 1 Sam 1:20-end, 2 Cor 1: 3-7 or Col 3: 12-17, Luke 2: 33-35 &/or John 19: 25b-27

 

29th March

 Wednesday

9.30am

St James, High Wych

School Easter Service

 

 

 

 

7.30pm

Rectory

Lent Group 4

 

 

 30th March                  Thursday         11.00am     St James, High Wych       Holy Communion

 

RECTOR’S MARCH LETTER

Lent 2017.

Lenten ys come with love to toune,

With blosmen and with briddes roune,

That al this blisse bryngeth;

Dayes-eyes in this dales,

Notes suete of nyhtegales,

Uch foul song singeth;

(“Spring-tide”, anonymous C 1300)

Lent this year begins on the 1st March which is Ash Wednesday. That means that the last day of February is Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day.  The name of the season of Lent comes from the Latin lentum meaning to lengthen.  It is the season when the days, lengthen, i.e. spring.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and ends in Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Eve.  Easter this year falls on April 16th.  Those of you who archive your Link/Parish magazines may notice that I have used the poem above before. 

In medieval times, Shrove Tuesday was the day to get shriven in preparation for the strict fast of Lent.  That meant going to your parish priest, confessing your sins and receiving forgiveness so that you could start Lent with a clean sheet.  It was also the day for finishing off all the foods that were forbidden in Lent, particularly meat, eggs and dairy produce, hence pancakes.  We mark Ash Wednesday with a special communion service at St James Church where worshippers are marked with a cross in ash on their foreheads as a symbol of their sorrow for their sins and their determination to do better in future.

These days few Christians observe a strict fast, but many will give up a luxury food such a chocolate, biscuits or alcohol.  Another way to observe Lent is to devote time to study and reflection about one’s faith.  We will be running Lent Study Groups each week.  One is fixed so far, each Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm in the Rectory.  If there is sufficient interest, we can organise other groups.  Please let us know if you are interested.

 

The fourth Sunday of Lent, 26th March, is Mothering Sunday.  This is an ancient festival, unlike Father’s Day which is an invention of the modern greetings card industry.  Mothering Sunday was a day for apprentices and serving girls to go home to visit their mothers and to worship in their mother church, where they had been baptized.  We will be celebrating Mothering Sunday at 9.30 am at St James, High Wych and at 11.15 am at St Botolph’s Eastwick.  During the service, the children will distribute flowers to all the mother’s present as a thank you for the love and care they have received from their mothers.

 

However you observe Lent, have a good one, and don’t eat too many pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

 

Anthony Giles,

Rector.

 

From the Registers

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

3rd February

Funeral & Burial

St Botolph, Eastwick

Regina Hildegard May

 

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MORNING PRAYER SERVICES FOR MARCH

 

EACH

TUESDAY

9.00AM

ST BOTOLPH, EASTIWCK

MORNING PRAYER

 

EACH

WEDNESDAY

9.00AM

ST JAMES, HIGH WYCH

MORNING PRAYER

NOT 29TH

EACH

THURSDAY

9.00AM

ST MARY’S, GILSTON

MORNING PRAYER

 

EACH 

FRIDAY

9.00AM

ST JAMES, HIGH WYCH

MORNING PRAYER

 

 

 

Services for FEBRUARY 2017

 

2nd February

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

3rd February

Friday

12noon

St Botolph, Eastwick

Funeral of Regina May

 

 

5th February

4th before Lent

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings – Isaiah 58:1-12, 1 Corinthians 2: 1-16, Matthew 5: 13-20

 

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

Readings:

Matthew 5:13-20

 

8th February

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

House Group

 

 

9th February

Thursday

11.00am

St James, High Wych

Holy Communion

 

 

12th February

3rd Before Lent

9.30am

St James, High W