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Sun, 22nd September 2019

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 Wendy Carter, The Rectory, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth  01279 726476

Readers

Joy Galliers-Burridge 01279 444870

Roger Burridge 01279 444870

June Denton 01279 723714

Churchwardens

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Michael Shaw - 01279 726792

Secretary

Lois Smith 01279 431123

Treasurer

Judith Denton 01279 723714

Safeguarding Officer:

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Services for September 2019

1st September

11th Sunday after Trinity

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

8th September

12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

15th September

13th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

22nd September

14th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

29th September

15th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

Week Day Services

 

 

Tuesday

6.30pm

Holy Communion @ St. Botolph, Eastwick

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer @ St. James, High Wych

Friday

6.30pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Mary, Gilston

       

                                               

September Letter 2019

Dear Friends,

            September, ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, in times past we gathered blackberries late in the month, but most will be gone this year they have ripened so early.

In High Wych and surrounding area the community will get together to bring the village alive with scarecrows. I expect Spiderman will be seen on a roof before long -and there will be princesses and nursery rhymes and who knows what else, as residents get creative. 

St. James will be the hub of the activity with a BBQ outside and snacks and cakes in church and stalls and activities of various kinds.  Last year parking was a difficulty, but this year we are delighted to say that the Rivers Hospital have very kindly offered spaces in the staff car park on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th.  The Festival gets bigger every year as people hear about it and extra helpers are always very welcome; setting up, clearing tables, helping on a stall.  Marquees will be set up in the churchyard the late afternoon of Friday 6th and at 7.30 pm we will have 10 or 15 minutes of worship to ask God’s blessing on the weekend.

Sunday 8th at 9.30 am at St. James will have a festival slant and you are very welcome to join us then before the fun starts for the day.

            A big event like the Festival puts us on the map and helps to bring us all together, at the Gilston and Eastwick half of the Benefice we have just had a chance to welcome Bishop Alan to St. Mary’s, Gilston for a Sunday service and reminded ourselves that though we are a tiny Christian community we are part of something much bigger – 20,000 Christians in nearly 400 churches from Barnet to Luton in the diocese of St. Albans. We have 3 bishops Bishop Alan of St. Albans is supported by Bishop Michael of Hertford and Bishop Richard of Bedford

Around here some folk still remember a village where everyone knew everyone else, all the parents knew all the children and everyone helped others. In Jesus’ time villages were tight communities like that and very few people had more than they needed. Everyone understood how it was to go without - so people shared when they could.

Jesus spent a lot of time explaining how to live God’s way. One day he told a story about a rich man who had so much that he had barns stuffed with stores and possessions. This particular year he had another fantastic crop of grain; so much he couldn’t store it all.  What to do? Well he thought, best plan is to tear down my existing barns and build bigger – then I will have enough saved to take life easy for years – I shall eat drink and be merry for the rest of my life!

 But that night he had a dream.  In his dream God said to him - you fool – tonight your life is required of you – what happens to all the stuff you saved for yourself now

The ‘rich man’ [rich fool the parable is often called] was totally focused on himself. He didn’t think of giving or sharing, didn’t think of any around him going without who watched him prepared to waste what he had while new barns were built.  We live in an area surrounded by farmland but few of us live by the land – but the question is the same for all of us however we pay the bills.  When we stand before God to account for our life how will we answer? It would be great to be able to say: Thank you Lord for my life! I have tried to live generously with the time, skills and money you have given me - and be welcomed home to heaven.

We would love to welcome you at any of our services, and I look forward to being able to say hello over the Scarecrow weekend at St. James.

 God Bless you and yours

 

                        Revd Wendy

 

Services for August 2019

 

4th August

7th Sunday after Trinity

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

11th August

8th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

18th August

9th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

ST MARY’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL

11.15am

Patronal Festival

Bishop Alan of St Albans will be

presiding and preaching

St Marys, Gilston

 

Come and meet him

afterwards over

refreshments. 

All welcome

25th August

10th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Dear Friends,

Our Church of England churches have a patron saint, an individual Saint like ours in the Benefice, though some are dedicated to Jesus – St Saviour, Emmanuel, Christ the King, or to an aspect of God like Holy Trinity.   In High Wych the parish church is St James the Great – dedicated to James the brother of John – they were the sons of Zebedee working in the family business with their father, fishing in the Sea of Galilee.  Both men were among the first to be called to follow Jesus.  They are named in the Bible as being with him at various

significant points in the story e.g. Mark 14:33 before his arrest, both were disciples all their lives, and James was beheaded by King Herod [Acts 12: 1-2] soon after church began to spread and grow.  The pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela is the journey to the cathedral in Spain where his relics lie.  His feast day is July 25th.

St Botolph was one of the earliest and most revered of medieval East Anglian saints, and he became known as the patron stain of wayfayers and some aspects of farming.  A young 7th century Saxon noble, Botolph was sent with his brother to a Benedictine Abbey in France to be educated.  Botolph returned to east Anglia and was given a grant of land to build a monastery. The site likely to have been near Aldeburgh in Suffolk.  Botolph died in 680 after a life famous for Christian endeavour and teaching.  The Danes destroyed the

monastery he found in 870.  Two and a half centuries later his relics were taken from the monastery ruins to be placed in other churches, including Westminster Abbey.  Perhaps the original church in Eastwick was near the route taken to lay Botolph’s bones to rest.          

Our third church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin in Gilston.  Mary was a young Jewish girl living in

Nazareth when Gabriel, and angel messenger from God announced that she was chosen to be the bearer of

Jesus, the baby Son of God.  Her response “Let it be to me according to your word” revealed her natural sense of obedience and trust in God and her reverence for his Word in scripture.  She was unmarried but engaged to a good man, a carpenter named Joseph, who after some worry and heart searching chose to look after Mary and Jesus, acting as a father or the even though the child was not his.

To many Christians Mary is close to being divine, but to protestants like me she is a wonderful example of an ordinary person who said yea to God – possibly risking her life and certainly her reputation and safety to allow Gods plan for the world to happen through her on the first Christmas day in Bethlehem.  August 15th is the day we especially remember and give thanks for Mary and this year we will mark the “Patronal Festival” at our ancient church in Gilston on the 18th the nearest Sunday, with our Diocesan Bishop Dr. Alan Smith.  He has not been part of worship in either St Botolph or St Mary before and we are delighted to welcome him to

preside and preach at St Marys on Sunday 18th August at 11.15am – do come and meet him over

refreshments after the service.  He is coming back in November to take the Act of Remembrance at the

 Eastwick War Memorial on Sunday 10th and to preside at the Service in St Botolph.

Come and join us for a different sort of Get Together on Sunday August 25th when we’ll meet at St Botolph for our next Dog Walk, starting at 3.00pm for a circular walk and return to Church for tea and cake.  Everyone young and old is welcome – with or without dog!

God Bless you and yours

Rev Wendy

Information on Botolph from the website of The Parish and ward church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London.

 

Week Day Services

 

 

Tuesday

6.30pm

Holy Communion @ St. Botolph, Eastwick

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer @ St. James, High Wych

Friday

6.30pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Mary, Gilston

Services for July 2019

 

5th July

Friday

2.30 pm

The Gardens Neurological Centre, Rivers Hospital

Holy Communion

 

7th July

Trinity 3

8.00 am

 9.30 am

St. James, High Wych

St. James, High Wych

Holy Communion (BCP)

Family Service

14th July

Trinity 4

9.30 am

11.15 am

2.00pm

St. James, High Wych

St. Mary, Gilston

St. James, High Wych

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Baptism

21st July  

Trinity 5

 

9.30 am

4.30 –6.00 pm

St. James, High Wych

St. Marys Gilston

Holy Communion

Messy Church

28th July

Trinity 6

9.30 am

11.15 am

5.00 pm

St. James, High Wych St. Botolph, Eastwick

St. James High Wych

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Celtic evening Prayer

 

Week Day Services

 

 

Tuesday

6.30pm

Holy Communion @ St. Botolph, Eastwick

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer @ St. James, High Wych

Friday

6.30pm

Evening Prayer @ St. Mary, Gilston

       

Letter for July 2019                               

Dear Friends,

            July! Exams are over for those at school and university and a few weeks of freedom and fun beckon and the chance to enjoy some proper summer sunshine.  Some of our children have broken up ready to start a new stage of life after the summer – perhaps a new class, or a bigger building with new friends, a longer journey and different things to learn and new experiences.  Growing up is full of change and if we’re lucky all our lives are full of new opportunities – not huge things but something that makes this year different from last year, a new skill to learn, new seeds to grow, new places to see. 

Life was lived at a slower pace than 21st century for the child Jesus. Mary didn’t worry about him crashing a motor bike, donkey power was as fast as it got for ordinary folk!  She knew his friends, lads from the village - the families all knew each other and looked out for everyone else’s children, so when they went up to Jerusalem for the big religious festivals, the village went together and the boys did what boys do, played about together, going back to mum and dad only to eat and sleep. The year Jesus was 12 they went as usual for Passover and after the celebrations were finished and they started for home, the children rushed off together; Mary and Joseph further back, walking and chatting with friends. It was only at the end of that first day travelling home that they missed Jesus. Families were setting up camp, cooking an evening meal, and he just didn’t appear.  He was always hungry by the end of the day - but the smell of cooking hadn’t brought him and with a sinking feeling and growing apprehension they began to search.       2000 years later our worries for a child would be the same. Is he hurt? Taken by someone? Lost?

Have you seen him? 

But no one had; no one had seen him since they left the Temple mount.  A full days walking! There was nothing to do but go back to Jerusalem, searching as they went, visiting the places he liked, the pools, the camels, but he was nowhere! The last place to reach was the Temple itself.  So huge, so beautiful, so imposing, and everywhere people praying or in groups discussing points of The Law.

At last they reached a group of elders, experts in Gods law, and there sitting with them was Jesus! He was asking questions, listening to the explanation, putting a point of view.   Mary and Joseph were angry with relief!

 What did you think you were doing!

We’ve been sick with worry!

 Searching for 24 hours!

He was amazed; why did you search for me?  Didn’t you know I would be here in my father’s house?  They didn’t understand, but he was safe and Mary remembered.

They travelled home to Nazareth and Jesus grew in body and in wisdom, respected by all and favoured by God. [Luke 2: 41-52]

            This is the only story about Jesus as a boy in the bible and it will be the story for family fun at Messy church at Gilston on July 21st 4.30 – 6.00 pm.  As usual we’ll finish with a shared meal - outside if its fine. Children bring at least one grown up with you!

We’re walking on 28th July at 3.15 pm, but not as far as Nazareth to Jerusalem!  When a mixed group, from great St. Mary and St. James will walk from Sawbridgeworth through Pishiobury Park  to St. James for tea followed at 5.00 pm with Celtic Evening Prayer – come and join us at any point to welcome the folk from Great St. Mary. We will arrange lifts so we only walk one way!  Everyone, church goers or not, are welcome and dogs too.

Happy holidays!

God Bless you and yours

Rev Wendy

Church Services for June 2019

2nd June

7th of Easter

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

9th June

Day of Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s. Gilston

16th June

Trinity Sunday

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

23rd June

1st after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

30th June

2nd  after Pentecost

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

 

 

 

Weekday Services:

Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Communion at St. Botolph, Eastwick  

Wednesday 9am. Morning Prayer at St. James, High Wych

Friday 6.30pm Evening Prayer at St. Mary, Gilston  

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH

THY KINGDOM COME EVENT

at St. Mary’s, Gilston a chance to share Morning Prayer at 9.30 then from 10.15 over coffee to draw or photograph wild flowers, mini beasts and look at inscriptions and interesting things about the church.

 

Letter for June 2019                              

Dear Friends,

            Half way through the year already! The season of Easter finishes with Ascension Day on 30th May when we celebrate our risen Lord Jesus returning to the glory of heaven, leaving his disciples to spread the good news of Gods love – they had seen it for themselves in Jesus’ actions - his healing and forgiving, his dying and rising to new life – but they couldn’t do the work alone and on the day of Pentecost [Whitsunday] we celebrate the coming of the empowering Holy Spirit.

Each day until 9th June there will be an opportunity for folk to gather in various places to pray for peace and justice for the world and the coming of the kingdom of God-  sometimes at a scheduled service as extra prayers and on other days at a special event, [times and places are laid out as a list elsewhere]. TKC –‘Thy Kingdom Come’ includes a coffee morning following a short morning prayer on Saturday 1st June at St.James and on the 8th at St. Mary, Gilston, a chance to ‘Capture Churchyard Treasures’ – the mini beasts and the wild flowers, inscriptions and other things, captured as drawings or phone photos. Refreshments will be available for all, including those who would rather just gaze at the beauty around and chat.  

The longest day of the year is June 21st and the next day 22nd June we celebrate the first British Martyr - St. Alban. A citizen of Roman Verulamium, Alban sheltered a Christian priest being hunted by the Romans. To give him the chance to escape Alban wore the priest’s cloak and was arrested. After his capture he refused to give up the faith he had found in Jesus and he was executed where the Abbey now stands on Holywell Hill.  On Saturday 22nd the city celebrates the man who gave it his name, with huge puppets who walk in procession through the town and re-enact the story.  Children are dressed as soldiers, lions and roses [Alban’s flower] and accompany the figures.  There will be Roman activities to enjoy in and around the cathedral, for a week from Friday 21st. 

St. Albans is 25 miles away but our 3 churches are in the Diocese named after our first martyr and the Abbey is our cathedral – yours and mine! It’s an amazing and beautiful place and well worth a visit.

              I expect some of you remember that I arrived in January 2018 on a short-term contract till June 2019 – the contract can be renewed once and I have agreed to stay until the end of May 2020.  The new development in Gilston and Eastwick will certainly happen, but new houses will probably not appear until 2023.  I hope that someone will be settled as Priest in Charge in the Benefice before that happens and that God already has some one in mind for the task! In the meanwhile I hope to see you at a service, coffee morning, or some of the other opportunities to get together to talk and pray in June

                       God Bless you and yours

 

                        Revd Wendy

Church Services for May 2019

5th May

3rd of Easter

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

12th May

4th of Easter

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

19th May

5th of Easter

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

26th May

6th of Easter

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

Letter for May 2019

Hello friends,

It’s in the middle of April as I am writing this letter for the May edition of the Link, looking outside I really think that spring is actually coming.  Yes, we are still getting chilly days, but the sun is putting in an appearance and with the lighter evenings it feels more spring like.  My garden is a mass of plants coming to life again, it’s so wonderful to watch nature in action and very soon we will be seeing the newly hatched baby birds being fed by their parents. What a wonderful time of the year, this new growth/birth gives us all a well needed boost after the winter months.  

On Mothering Sunday 31st March, St James held a special service with the theme of mothers and the children of all ages presented their mothers with flowers.  This is truly a day for us all to cherish the gift of motherhood. 

In our churches we are preparing for Easter.  The Sunday prior to Easter is Palm Sunday when anybody who wishes to, joins together at the Scout hut at 9.15 for a procession to St James and at St. Mary at 11.15 waving palms and singing hymns to symbolise Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, this is followed by Holy Week the week when we remember that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. During this final week of Jesus’s life we have services every evening, remembering Jesus’s life and death and in preparation for the celebration of Easter Day when he arose from the dead.

Before the special service on Good Friday at 1pm, at St. James, in the morning at 10.00am we will be having our annual messy church, a morning when parents and children get together to enjoy craft and lunch together. I would like to tell you what a success that day was, but this letter has to be passed for printing by the 14th, so I will leave it to Wendy next month to update you on all the Easter events. If you see this letter before Easter you will find all the Easter Service details in last month’s edition. 

Recently in the High Wych Memorial Hall there was a Race evening, it was extremely well attended, it was great fun and a social event for the entire village. In the village of High Wych we are very blessed that the Memorial Hall committee provide social events as do the St James Fund Raising Team, all these events not only generate capital with the aim of improving these two buildings, but more importantly to build happy and good relations with all the people who live in and around the surrounding areas.  The Memorial Hall committee have a programme of events planned for this year and the next main event to be run by St James Fund Raisers is a concert entitled ‘A night at the movies’ John and Beverley Sharples are very talented performers and its an evening not to be missed.  See the details elsewhere in our local magazines.  And then in September, it’s the Scarecrow Festival again, what more can I say.

Hope to see you at one of these events, in Church, in the Memorial Hall or just around.  Please say hello.

Joy

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REV WENDY CARTER’S ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE

ANNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETING OF 12TH APRIL 2019

We have had an encouraging year, our community events have been well attended and we continue to make friends around in the area. We have done some re-organisation of St. Mary’s – moving the organ to the back with the harmonium and bringing the lectern back to in front of the screen and Michael has done a big clean. Our events around Harvest and Remembrance were very successful and will be a good base to build on this year as were the Messy Church events Jacobs Ladder in June and Epiphany in January. We have planned to do 4 a year in the Benefice – our next is 21st July.

We held a weekly Benefice Lent group based on the challenges of living in the middle East and the ways Christians are helping through partnership organisations dealing with trauma, disability, health care and abuse. There is no Easter to comment on because it doesn’t happen for another 9 days, but we will have Holy week services every night including a candle lit Taize style service in St. Mary on Monday 15th and the Eucharist with a sermon at St. Botolph on Tuesday. After Messy church [10 –12 noon] on Good Friday afternoon 1.0 pm –3.00 pm we will Watch at the cross in St. James. We’ll light the new Paschal candles on Easter Eve at Vigil at 8.30pm. There will be an Easter communion in Gilston at 11.30 am on Easter Day

At Harvest we supported the Bishop’s appeal for Pigeon peas for Malawi followed by food in church after.  There was a request to make more of an event perhaps at the village hall.

We introduced a ‘travelling crib’ with the idea of bringing in some folk on the fringes, as it travelled seeking shelter from house to house and underlined that we are one Benefice. The community carols in Eastwick was a light hearted affair in which people dressed up to make a Christmas tableau.  Christingle on Christmas Eve was well attended and followed as usual by mulled wine.

I have tried to encourage us ‘get more deeply into God’ –we had a Novena – nine days of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost.  We have a fellowship ‘House’ group twice a month - which has morphed into a Lent group every Wednesday at the moment.  We had an effective and moving Quiet Day at the Emmaus Centre in Thorley led by Revd Richard Watson.

The development of 7 villages will go ahead in Gilston.  We know there are challenges, buildings that need repair and care, small congregations, but we continue to make good relationships. With the real challenge of new houses being built, we’ll continue to work on community events and work with the Neighbourhood Planning Group. We use Facebook, Whatsapp and the website to spread the news of what we are doing. We mustn’t be discouraged by set backs! Or by the scale of the task. I am convinced that we are making a positive difference to the communities in which we live.   If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, pray regularly & fervently for God’s leading and our growing - and be prepared to step out in faith and trust we will be amazed and excited by what God is doing in this place and with us.

 

. My thanks to Sarah and Michael as our wardens, to our Readers Judith and Roger; to you all for what you all do to keep the Parish alive and witnessing to Gods saving love in Jesus. Rev Wendy Carter

 

Church Services for March 2019

3rd March