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Fri, 26th April 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

Church Services for March 2019

3rd March

Sunday next before Lent

8.00am

Holy Communion, BCP

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

10th March

First Sunday of Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

17th March

Second Sunday of Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

24th March

Third Sunday of Lent

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s,

Eastwick

31st March

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

MOTHERING SUNDAY

9.30am

MOTHERING SUNDAY FAMILY EURICHARIST

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  

 

Letter for March 2019

Dear Friends,

            If you are in the supermarket at the beginning of March you’ll be encouraged to buy lemon and sugar to make your pancakes ‘traditional’ – 60 years ago that’s as much as we did to our cooked pancakes!  Shrove Tuesday is on March 5th and we’ll repeat last years Pancake Party in Gilston and Eastwick village hall, Pye Corner, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m. Last year we were lucky in having half term – this year we’ll have fun after school.  Games and activities and tea – sweet and savoury pancakes. The ‘golden’ frying pans will be back for the winners of the tossing competitions.

Long ago, Shrove Tuesday was the day people went to be forgiven [shriven] before the 40 days of the Lent fast which started the next day. It was the day we ate all the nice things while we were allowed to! Some countries have developed a Mardi Gras [Fat Tuesday] carnival around it.  The next day is Ash Wednesday and there is a service at St. James at 7.30 p.m, which reminds us that we are a way off being the sort of human beings we are meant to be - we’ll go to the altar to have an ash cross placed on our foreheads as a reminder that we are very fragile, very transient - here today and gone tomorrow – the priest says ‘remember you are dust, to dust you shall return; turn from sin and be faithful to Christ,’ someone marks the priest too.’                                    

     The next 40 days we will spend time thinking and working on our spiritual lives through a choice of fasting, prayer, Bible study and practical service to the community.  Sometimes we know something is limiting us and we do something about that, whether its too many glasses of wine, comfort eating, too much screen time or shopping. There are many things that pull our lives out of balance and replace God.  Joining a Lent group is a choice for many, because it includes focused prayer, some bible, lots of discussion and a chance to get to know folk. Often the conversations will bring up things we can do to help others. We will meet in The Rectory [CM210DT] on Monday afternoons 1.30 –3.00p.m  OR  Wednesday evenings 7.30- 9.00 p.m.  followed by refreshments for those who can stay. We are going to use a course called ‘Living Fruitfully’ which has examples of how Christians living in the Middle East help those of any religion or none, to find help and hope in freeing themselves from poverty and injustice.  Wherever we live, there are worries in our own lives - but for the six weeks before Easter in Lent 2019, we’ll spend some time thinking about some of the small groups, which make a difference to lives in Egypt, Lebanon, Gaza. The charity ‘Embrace the Middle East’ works with partner organisations in these countries - so help goes direct to help people who are in desperate need.  In hospitals and medical centres, in provision for the deaf and blind, in services for Syrian refugees, in some fun and friendship for children abused or neglected.  The stories are real and touching. Everyone is welcome to join us.

           

    God’s Blessings on you and yours

Rev Wendy 

 

Dennis Wilden Lomax formerly of High Wych, died 7/01/2017.   Interred in St. James 6th Feb 2019.

Church Services for February 2019

3rd February

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

8.00am

Holy Communion, BCP

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

10th February

4th Sunday before Lent

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Eucharist

St Mary’s, Gilston

17th February

3rd Sunday before Lent

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

24th February

2nd Sunday before Lent

9.30am

Holy Eucharist

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Eucharist

St Botolph’s, Eastwick


Letter for February 2019

Dear Friends,

Visiting a friend for a coffee this week I was delighted to see the first snowdrops in their garden – tiny green tipped ‘fair maids of February’ holding their heads up in the promise of Spring and lengthening days. We’ve had an easy winter so far and February may bring snow but hopefully nothing to compare with last year’s blast of the ‘Beast from the East’.

Every Sunday in church we read the Bible – excerpts from both old and new testaments.  There is always a gospel reading which follows a 3-year cycle with readings taken from St. Matthew’s gospel in year A, St. Mark’s in year B and this year [C] we are reading through St. Luke’s.  St John’s Gospel has excerpts in all three years.  So over 3 years we hear all the story of Jesus in the New Testament.

And each year the church follows a reassuring pattern of the same Christian festivals. Most of these remember important happenings in Jesus’ life. Whether church is part of your life or not - Christmas is always 25th December followed by Epiphany on January 6th, when we remember the revelation of the baby Jesus to the Magi or Wise men.   In early February we celebrate ‘Candlemas’ which remembers Jesus, taken by Mary and Joseph as a six-week-old baby, into the Temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God. In a sense he was given back to God.  All his life Jesus lived that role, living as God’s own; following obedience to God and showing justice, mercy, forgiveness and compassion to all he met. That way of life brought him into conflict with power and the status quo and led to his execution on a cross, which we remember on Good Friday, before the joyful celebration of Easter Day!  So, after the family service on 3rd February we will put the crib and the baby Jesus back in the box and we will turn again towards travelling the road to Jerusalem with the adult Jesus.  Easter is late this year, so the serious business of Lent, preparing for Holy week and Easter, doesn’t begin till 6th March, the day before, Shrove Tuesday after school we’ll have another pancake party with a pancake tossing challenge to win the sought after ‘golden frying pans’, which I hope last years winners will bring back to us – more details next month!

            Last year we organised two popular dog walks around Gilston – so back by popular demand- on Sunday 3rd February we will meet at St. Mary’s Church, [CM 20 2 RJ] at 11.30 am, for a circular route of about an hour and a half, down to Eastwick and returning to St. Mary’s for soup and sandwiches - which will be provided.  Everyone is welcome with or without a dog! Come and meet someone new to chat with - and be prepared for mud! There will be ways to shorten the route if it is too far for you - we’ll need someone back to church early to make tea for our return! Let’s hope it will be a bit warmer than March 2018 -which was fiercely cold with falling snow!

            On Monday 25th  10am – 4 pm I have planned a Quiet Day at the Emmaus centre in Thorley, to allow you a chance to leave the rush and bustle of daily life for some space and deep quiet in which to rest, relax and encounter the divine through waiting, walking  or doing something creative -ring 01279 726476 or email revendy@sky.com if you are interested in coming.

God bless you and yours

Revd Wendy

 

Church Services for January 2019

6th January

Epiphany

8.00am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

9.30am

Family Service

St James, High Wych

 

 

4.30 – 6.00pm

MESSY CHURCH

Gilston & Eastwick Village Hall

13th January

1st after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Gilston

20th January

2nd after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

27th January

3rd after Epiphany

9.30am

Holy Communion

St James, High Wych

 

 

11.15am

Holy Communion

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

Letter for January 2019

Dear Friends,

We’re nearly ready to pack the decorations away for another year! For some shops ‘Christmas’ has been offered since September, but traditionally Christmas begins after mid-night Mass on Christmas Morning and ends on Twelfth Night – Jan 6th  -- that’s where the carol ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ comes from; twelve days of presents! We find it difficult enough these days to find one for some of our relatives!

 In Church on January 6th  Epiphany, we remember the visit of the Wise Men, Magi or sages from the East, [Arabia or perhaps Babylon].  They were a priestly caste who studied the stars in their courses and they were alerted to a matter of worldwide importance, when they discovered a new heavenly body had appeared.  Its position in the sky told them that a new king of the Jews was born and so they travelled many miles to investigate an event  that was important enough to be announced by the arrival of a new star – or perhaps a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. That meant that the wise men didn’t arrive with the shepherds and but sometime later when the Holy family where in a ‘house’ [Matt.2:11]

In the 6th century the Magi were first talked of as ‘kings’ but nothing in the Bible supports that – they brought gold, frankincense and myrrh, very costly gifts suitable to worship the divine infant king whose life and death would bring healing to many. They brought 3 gifts but we don’t know how many ‘wisemen’ there were.

The ‘Epiphany’  - Is a story which shows that the birth of the Christ was for all – from ordinary working shepherds looking after sheep in the dark fields of Bethlehem, to the wise and scholarly followers of a foreign religion from a far away culture; from an angelic heavenly host to village livestock sheltering in a ‘stable’ cave of an Inn, this child was destined for the good of the world, born as one of us and dying for all of us. Born as a light in our darkness to show us the way back to God

 

The ‘Kings’ are always a fascinating part of the Christmas story and this year we will be holding a special ‘Messy church’ in Gilston and Eastwick village hall at 4.30 pm – 6.00 on Sunday January 6th . As usual there will be crafts and ‘messy stuff’; some cool technology , a story and a prayer and hot food to share together – pizza and a pudding!

All are welcome wherever you live, but children bring at least one adult please! Come and discover more about ‘Epiphany’ and the ‘Three Kings’.

 

God Bless you and yours

 

Rev Wendy