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Thu, 5th May 2016

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 MAY 2016

1st May

Easter 6

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings – Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21: 10, 22-22:5, John 5: 1-9

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

Reading – John 5: 1-9

5th May

Ascension Day

8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Ascension Day Eucharist

Readings – Acts 1: 1-11, Ephensians 1: 15-end, Luke 24: 44-end

8th May

Easter 7

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Acts 16: 16-34, Revelation 22:12-14 16-17,, 20-21, John 17: 20-26

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Acts 16: 16-34, Revelation 22:12-14 16-17, 20-21, John 17: 20-26

 

10th May

Tuesday

10.00am

6 Falcon Close

House Group

 

15th May

Pentecost

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2: 1-21, John 14: 8-27

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist (TBC)

Readings – Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2: 1-21, John 14: 8-27

18th May

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

House Group

 

22nd May

Trinity Sunday

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Proverbs 8|; 1-4, 22-31, Romans 5: 1-5, John 16l12-15

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Proverbs 8|; 1-4, 22-31, Romans 5: 1-5, John 16l12-15

29th May

Trinity 1

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings - 1 Kings 8:22-23,41,43, Galatians 1: 1-12, Luke 7:1b-10

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 MAY LETTER

May is the month when, this year, we round off the cycle of major Christian festivals.  On 5th we celebrate Ascension Day when according to the New Testament Jesus was taken back in to heaven at the end of his earthly ministry.  Ten days later on the 15th we celebrate Pentecost (Whitsun, if you are my age) when the book of Acts records the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciple in the Upper Room.  That day they went out and started to preach the message of Jesus to the world.  Since then each generation of Christians has tried to spread the gospel to their friend and neighbours.  One week after that we celebrate Trinity Sunday when Christians around the world reflect and ponder on the way that God has revealed himself as One God in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

What comes next is called Ordinary Time and lasts right up to the end of October.  With the children at school I explain Ordinary Time as like the part of a lesson after the teacher has explained some new skill or piece of knowledge when they have to sit down and demonstrate that they have learned and can put into practice what the teacher has just taught them.  After the excitement of Christmas, the sombre reflection of Lent and the joy of Easter, Ordinary Time is the time when we have to settle down and show to God and to those around us that we can live out the things we have learnt or been reminded of.  It is a time to deepen our faith and develop our Christian witness and service in the community.

Over the next few months, as we approach the completion of the re-modelling work on the inside of St James’ Church, we will be thinking about how we can use our new facilities to further the three aims of the St Alban’s Diocese’ mission statement, “Living God’s Love”.  How can we use the church to help people “Go Deeper into God” and develop their faith and commitment?  How can we “Transform our Community” by reaching out to serve the people of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick.  How can we use the church to “Make New Disciples” by drawing people in to share our life of faith in the Risen Christ?

If you have any ideas about how we could use our new facilities for the good of all, do drop me a note or email.  We have some ideas already but we are keen to consider ideas from anyone.

Anthony Giles

Rector.

 

From the Registers

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

31st March

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Kenneth Norman Byford

5th April

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Evelyn Letch

6th April

Funeral

Parndon Wood

David Albert Stevens

6th April

Interment of Ashes

St Botolph’s Church

Maree Kathleen Richards

13th April

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Phyllis Eileen Croft

20th April

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Allan Peter Smith

21st April

Funeral

St Botolph’s Church

Karin Lydia Edwards

 

 

 

 

Benefice Web Site - www.stjameshighwych.org.uk

 

 

MORNING PRAYER - APRIL

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 - not 1st April

9.00am

St James, High Wych

Morning Prayer

BENEFICE OF HIGH WYCH AND GILSTON WITH EASTWICK

SERVICES FOR APRIL 2016

3rd April Easter 2 8.00am St James, HIgh Wych Parish Eucharist (BCP) Readings - Acts 5: 27-32, Revelation 1: 4-8, John 20: 19-31
    9.30am St James, High Wych Family Service  
10th April Easter 3 9.30am St James, High Wych Parish Eucharist Readings - Acts 9: 1-20, Revelation 5: 11-14, John 21: 1-19
    11.15am St Mary's, Gilston Parish Eucharist Readings - Acts 9: 1-20, Revelation 5: 11-14, John 21: 1-19
17th April Easter 4 9.15am St James, High /wych Parish /eucharist Readings - Acts 9: 36-43, Revelation 7: 9-17, John 10: 22-30
    11.00am High Wych Memorial Hall High Wych APCM  
19th April Tuesday 10.00am 6 Falcon Close House Group (TBC)  
20th April Wednesday 7.30pm The Rectory House Group  
24th April Easter 5 9.30am St James, HIgh Wych Parish Eucharist Readings - Acts 11: 1-18, Revelation 21: 1-6, John 13: 31-35
    11.15am St Botolph, Eastwick SERVICE CANCELLED DUE TO BISHOP'S VISIT  
27th April Wednesday 7.30pm St Botoph, Eastwick Gilston with Eastwick PCC - APCM  

RECTOR'S APRIL LETTER

 
I used to be Religious Education teacher.  One year, for an end of year exam I set the Christian symbol above and asked for its meaning.  One enterprising student responded confidently that it meant “No Walking Sticks Allowed.”  Having started to think laterally I mused that since the upright element looked a bit like a bishop’s crozier, perhaps it meant “No Bishop’s Allowed.”  Over the next few months we will see more bishops here than you can shake crozier at.  Of course, as you all knew, the symbol is the Chi-Rho, the first two letters of Christ in Greek.
On Sunday 24th April we hope to welcome Bishop Michael of Hertford to take our service at 9.30 am.  This is part of his getting to know the various parts of the diocese he is responsible for.  On this occasion we are cancelling the regular service at Eastwick and encouraging everyone from Gilston and Eastwick to join us at High Wych to be with the bishop.  He will also be visiting in the area on the following Tuesday.
If you have been into St James’ Church recently you will have seen that the work to install the toilet and kitchen has finally begun.  If you do go in for a look, please don’t fall down any holes.  We hope that the bulk of the work will be finished by the end of July.  Some time ago Bishop Alan of St Albans said that he would like to come and re-dedicate the church once the work was complete.  He was agreed to come on Sunday 25th September to take the 9.30 am service and re-dedicate the church.  We will be holding a festival in the church and grounds over that weekend so look out for details nearer the time.
In the coming month both our parishes have their Annual Parochial Church Meetings.  The APCM is C of E speak for the AGM where we receive the accounts and reports on the work over the last year and elect members of Parochial Church Councils.  If you are interested in seeing what we get up to, look out for the notices.  Residents of the parish do have a vote on the election of Church Wardens but you have to be on the parish’s electoral role to vote on other matters.
Anthony Giles
Rector.
 
From the Registers
DATE SERVICE LOCATION NAME
24th February Funeral Parndon Wood Joan Doreen Savill
5th March Interment of Ashes St Botlph, Eastwick Joan Doreen Savill
 

RECTOR’S MARCH LETTER

Easter is very early this year.

In fact, Easter falls almost as early as it can be, but not quite.  It was earlier in 2008, 23rd March and it will be earlier in 2035 when it falls on 25th March.  I seem to remember from some research I did a few years ago that the next time it will be at its earliest, 22nd March, is 2288 but I would not like to guarantee the accuracy of that date and certainly none of us will not be around to see it.  The date of Easter moves so that the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus takes place as close to the anniversaries of the historical events.  Jesus, of course was, Jewish and lived his life according to the Jewish lunar calendar.  The problem is how to match that to our modern western Gregorian calendar.  It works out that Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday which follows the full moon which falls on or first after 21st March, the Spring Equinox.  That is 22nd March at the earliest to 25th April at the latest.  You could spend many happy hours researching the methods of calculating the date but I will leave that to you.  Recently, Archbishop Justin Welby has made noises about getting agreement with other church leaders about standardising the date to the Sunday following the second Saturday in April.  We will see how he gets on.  I won’t be holding my breath.

Our first special service in the run up to Easter is on Mothering Sunday.  Unlike Father’s Day which is an invention of the modern greetings card industry, Mothering Sunday has ancient roots.  It was a day to return to your mother church, where you had been baptised or to your local cathedral.  If you were an apprentice or a serving girl you were given the day off to go home to see your mother.  It was also a day of Refreshment, a day off the rigours of the Lenten Fast.  Our Mothering Sunday Family Service is at 9.30 am on Sunday 6th March at St James’ Church, High Wych.  During the service the children will distribute flowers to their mothers and all the other mothers in the congregation (all the ladies if we have enough flowers). 

Lent ends in Holy Week, the week before Easter and we have special services every day.  I hope that you will take the opportunity to join us is some if not all of them.  See elsewhere for details.

May I wish you a very Happy Easter.

 

Anthony Giles

 

RECTOR'S FEBRUARY LETTER

Have you had a dry January?

No, I don’t mean the rain! We have all had quite enough of that particularly if you live in northern

England or southern Scotland. I mean the booze. Many people today feel that they should abstain from

alcohol in January as a means of purging their system from the excesses of Christmas. For myself, I

usually have so much drink left over after Christmas that I need to make some inroads into it. I then go

on the wagon for Lent which is two weeks longer than January – halo duly polished.

With Easter coming almost as early as it can this year we go into Lent on Ash Wednesday, 10th February.

The day before is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) when traditionally one had to eat up all the foods that

the Church banned in Lent, meat, eggs, milk etc. Throwing them all into one pan led us to make

pancakes for which we now specially buy the ingredients. Shrove Tuesday was also the day be get

“Shriven”. This meant confessing one’s sins to the priest and receiving absolution so that one was ready

to observe the fast of Lent.

Fasting in the Christian and other faiths has several purposes. It is a discipline which shows that we are

in control of our appetites and not the other way round. It helps us to understand what it feels like to go

hungry as many of our fellow human being do. It may prompt us to do something about those dying of

starvation in Syria and other places. Fasting can help us to concentrate on our spiritual life, our prayers

and reflections about our place in the universe.

For Christians it has the added dimension of helping us to remember the period of fasting and prayer

when Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting in the Judean wilderness thinking about and praying

through the work he was about to undertake. Many Christians today give up some luxury such as

chocolate, biscuits or alcohol. Again it puts us in charge of our appetites and can help us to concentrate

on the spiritual dimension of life. What new calling may God have for us? Many Christians attend Lent

Study Groups to help us to understand our faith and its application better. We will be running two weekly

groups to that end – details elsewhere.

Whether or not you give up something for Lent the questions it raises still apply to all of us. Am I in

charge of my appetites or are the appetites in charge of me? What is my place in this world and what can

I contribute to it?

Have a good Lent and look out for our special Lent and Easter services in our next edition.

Anthony Giles.

 

 

RECTOR’S JANUARY LETTER

 

A Happy New Year to you all.

As we start the year 2016 the round of Christian festivals rolls on.  On 6th January we celebrate Epiphany, the visit of the Wise Men to see the new King bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  At the end of the month we celebrate the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem.  In between we jump thirty years forward and celebrate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the river Jordan at the start of his public ministry.  We have to cram a lot in in January, particularly this year as Easter is almost as early as it can be so we move into Lent very early in February.

 

Despite all these celebrations we cannot forget the problems of the world we live in.  We have the situation in the middle east spreading out in terrorist atrocities in many parts of the world.  Refugees are still migrating to Europe to escape war, persecution and famine.  The world still struggles with climate change.  Is Christmas just there to take our minds off our problems for a couple of weeks?

 

No it isn’t.  The whole message of Christmas, Epiphany, Lent and Easter is that in Jesus of Nazareth God is with us in all our trials and tribulations.  The Son of God became a human being to show us that God’s love is a force that can change all of the world’s bad situations.  If people would receive God’s love and channel it to others, then wars would cease.  People would be able and willing to live and flourish in their own countries and not strive to find somewhere safer and more prosperous to live.  We would find ways of living on planet earth without destroying it.  Unfortunately, the Easter story is a good illustration of how human beings respond when called to love.  Political intrigue and self-preservation by the leaders of his time caused his death.  The Bible tells us the God raised him from the dead and that through him we can enter into a relationship with God where we can receive his love and begin to radiate it the people around us.  We can carry on Jesus’ work of transforming our world for the benefit of all humanity.

 

Whatever the New Year brings for you may God’s blessing go with you.

 

Anthony Giles

 

From the Registers:

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

11th December

Funeral

Eastwick & Parndon Wood

David Ian Carroll

 

 

 

 

RECTOR’S DECEMBER LETTER

 

Peace, good will toward men!!

I am writing this article at the end of a weekend when our newspapers and television screens have been full of the atrocities committed against innocent people in Paris.  It is impossible to reconcile such acts carried out in the name of religion with the greeting of the Christmas angels to the shepherds at Bethlehem as recorded on Luke chapter 2.  Destruction and killing has no part to play in any real faith although at various times in history Christians have been as guilty as modern terrorists of raining down terror in the name of religion.  We should not blame human evil on God, whichever faith we belong to.

 

The end of November marks the beginning of the season of Advent, the start of the Christian year with its cycle of festivals.  In preparation for welcoming Jesus as the baby of Bethlehem we reflect on our readiness to meet the Risen and Glorified Christ as King and Judge either when we pass from this world to the next or, as many Christian believe, when he returns to earth to wind up this corrupt creation and renew it.  Whichever it is, we will all be judged for our actions, good or evil.  If we have received God’s love for us and channelled that love to others around us we will spend eternity with God.  Advent is a time to assess our own prospects for that encounter and put right any deficiencies.  Through all that Jesus did on earth in the thirty odd years he was with us we can have a new relationship of faith with God which wipes away any evil we have done and prepares us to live with him for eternity.

 

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  I think we all knew that.  We would love to see all of you at one of our special services starting with Community Carols on Sunday 20th December.  Then on Christmas Eve we have our Christingle Crib Services and Midnight Mass.  On Christmas Day we have Family Communion Services.  See elsewhere in this magazine for full detail.

May God bless you all and give you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

 

Anthony Giles.

 

From the Registers.

Weddings:

Date

Church

Names

7th November

High Wych

Daniel Newberry & Naomi Chance

 

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

2nd September

Interment of Ashes

High Wych

Dorothy Rouse

10th September

Funeral & Burial

High Wych

Christine May Briden

12th November

Interment of Ashes

High Wych

William Richard Rodwell