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Wed, 10th February 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

 

 

 

 

Each

Tuesday

9.00am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Morning prayer

Each

Wednesday - not 20th

9.00am

St James, High Wych

Morning Prayer

Each

Thursday

9.00am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Morning Prayer

Each

Friday - not 1st

9.00am

St James, High Wych

Morning Prayer

 

SERVICES FOR FEBRUARY 2016

7TH February Next Before Lent 8.00am St James, High Wych Parish Eucharist (bcp) Readings - Exodus 34: 29-35, 2 Corinthians 3: 12- Luke 9: 28-43
    9.30am St James, High Wych Family Service Reading - Luke 9: 28-43
10th February Ash Wednesday 8.00pm St James, High Wych Ash Wednesday Eucharist  
14th February Lent 1 9.30am St James, High Wych Parish Eucharist Readings -Deuteroomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4: 1-13
    11.15am St Mary's, Gilston Parish Eucharist Readings -Deuteroomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4: 1-13
16th February Tuesday 10.00am 6 Falcon Close Lent Group  
17th February Wednesday 7.30pm The Rectory Lent Group  
21st February Lent 2 9.30am St James, High Wych Parish Eucharist Genesis 15:1-12. 17-18, Philippians 3:17- 4:1, Luke 13:31-35
23rd February Tuesday 10.00am 6 Falcon Close Lent Group  
24th February Wednesday 7.30pm Rectory Lent Group  
28th February Lent 3 9.30am St James, High Wych Parish Eucharist Readings - Isaiah 55: 1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9
    11.15am St Botolph,  Eastwick Parish Eucharist Readings - Isaiah 55: 1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9
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 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

 

 


 

 

 

RECTORYS NOVEMBER LETTER

If I should die, think only this of me:

(The Soldier by Rupert Brook who died 23rd April 1915 on his way to Gallipoli.)

Last year we commemorated the start of the War to End All Wars in August 1914.  By November the war had developed into the trench warfare on the western front for which the war is particularly remembered.  By November 1915 the abortive Gallipoli Campaign was nearing its end leaving over 100,000 dead and 230,000 wounded on both sides.

Like last year we will be holding commemorations at all of our War Memorials starting at 10.45 am on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November (Please see details elsewhere.)  Later that day at 6.15 pm we will be dedicating the new Memorial Wall in the Garden of Remembrance in St James Churchyard, High Wych.  The wall will be dedicated by the new Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Rev’d Michael Beasley who will then preach at our All Souls Service at 6.30 pm.  We welcome any one to join us as we remember loves one who have departed in past years.

After Remembrance Sunday we all begin to start thinking and planning for Christmas.  We will be holding our Christmas Market on Saturday 14th November from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm in High Wych Memorial Hall.  This is a great source of Christmas Presents and not to be missed.  See you there!!

While you are ordering the presents on line and calculating the size of turkey required please take time to do something for those here and abroad for whom Christmas will not be a happy time.  God bless you in Advent.

Anthony Giles

 

RECTORYS OCTOBER LETTER
 

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

(Ode to Autumn, Keats)

The nights are drawing in and the weather is beginning to cool down.  It is the time to celebrate the time of harvest and look back on the hard work that has gone on in fields, farms and gardens.  I want to start by thanking all the people who have put so much effort into keeping our three churchyards looking so tidy and well cared for over the past year.  There is a team for each churchyard and if you would like to help with the work in future please let me know and I will put you in touch with the relevant people.

Our harvest celebrations begin on Sunday 4th October with a Harvest Thanksgiving Service at St Mary’s Gilston at 6.30 pm.  On Wednesday 7th High Wych School have their Harvest Service in St James Church.  On Sunday 11th we have our Harvest Communion at 9.30 am at St James Church.  Collections taken during these services will be sent to the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal which this year is supporting disabled children in Uganda.  Any gifts of non-perishable foods and other goods will be given to the Women’s Shelter in Harlow.  Perishable goods will be used locally to make Jam and Chutneys in aid of the St James’ Church.

It may seem a long way ahead but November brings our All Soul’s Service and Remembrance Sunday commemorations.  This year we have moved our All Soul’s Service to the second Sunday in November – 8th – and we are looking forward to welcoming the new Bishop of Hertford, Rt Rev’d Michael Beasley, to preach at the service and dedicate the new Memorial Wall in the Garden of Remembrance at High Wych.  If we have led the funeral of a loved one over the past eighteen months then I will be writing to you soon to invite you to the service where we read out the names of the departed whom people come to remember.  If you would like someone to be remembered at this service please drop me a note or email with the details.  Full details of all the above services are elsewhere in the magazine.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our services soon.

Anthony Giles

From the Registers.

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

12th September

High Wych

Paris J Georgiou

12th September

High Wych

Leigh Anne Georgiou

27th September

High Wych

Harrison John Duncan

Weddings:

Date

Church

Names

19th September

High Wych

Victoria Houghton & William Ingham

25th September

High Wych

Ellen Bennett & Paul McGeehan

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

3rd September

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Joan Winifred Lloyd

10th September

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Nina Eliza Jessie Elsdon

 

 

RECTOR'S SEPTEMBER LETTER

Back to School

I am writing this on the day that the A Level results came out.  Then it will be GCSE’s in a week’s time.  Many of our young people will be overjoyed at the results and will be looking forward to a new phase of their lives from September.  We need to remember that many will be going away from home for the first time with all the anxiety that will bring to both parents and offspring.  Please remember all of these people in your prayers as well as the younger one who are moving to new schools this month.

At St James’ Church we are getting very close to starting work on the inside of the church to provide toilet and kitchen facilities.  I seem to recall confidently saying it would all be over by Christmas two years ago.  I should have known better but I am reasonably confident that the work will be finished by Christmas next year if not this year.

The other new development is that we are nearing the completion of the Memorial Wall in our Garden of Remembrance where cremated remains are interred.  The purpose of the wall is to display plaques in memory of loved ones whose ashes are interred there.  If you have had a member of your family interred there in recent years then you should have received a letter from me about the plaque scheme.  For interments before 2007 we are working with the local funeral director to trace relative.  If you have relatives interred in the Garden of Remembrance and have not heard from me please complete the form at the bottom of the page and return it to me, or email the information to anthonyj.giles@ntlworld.com.  We will then send you an information pack about the plaque scheme.

If you are starting at a new school or are off to Uni, may God’s blessings go with you.

Anthony Giles.

From the Registers

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

30th August

High Wych

Olivia Creagh

Weddings:

Date

Church

Names

22nd August

High Wych

Claire Thompson & Nicholas Harris

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

22nd July

Funeral

Parndon Wood

David Ernest Charles Iles

10th August

Interment of Ashes