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Sat, 1st October 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 OCTOBER 2016

2nd October Trinity 19 8.00am Parish Eucharist (BCP) St James, High Wych Readings - Habakkuk 1: 1-4, 2: 1-4, 2 Timothy 1: 1-14, Luke 17: 5-10
    9.30am Family Service St James, High Wych Readings - Luke 17: 5-10
5th October Wednesday 9.30am School Harvest Service St James, High Wych  
6th October Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion St James, HIgh Wych  
9th October Trinity 20 9.30am Parish Eucharist St James, High Wych Readings - 2 Kings 5: 1-3, 7-15b, 2 Timothy 2: 8-15, Luke 17: 11-19
    11.15am Parish Eucharist St Mary,s Gilston Readings - 2 Kings 5: 1-3, 7-15b, 2 Timothy 2: 8-15, Luke 17: 11-19
11th October Tuesday 10.00am House Group (TBC) 6 Falcon Close  
12th October Wednesday 7.30pm House Group The Rectory  
13th October Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion St James, High Wych  
16th October Trinity 21 9.30am Parish Eucharist, St James, High Wych Readings - Genesis 32: 22-31, 2 Timothy 3: 14-4:5, Luke 18: 1-8
    11. 30am Baptism of Sidney, Wilfred & Archer Knestub-Chew St James, High Wych  
20th October Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion St James, High Wych  
23rd October Bible Sunday 9.30am Parish Eucharist St James, High Wych Readings - Isaiah 45: 22-25, Romans 15: 1-6, Luke 4: 16-24
    11.15m Parish Eucharist St Botolph, Eastwick Readings - Isaiah 45: 22-25, Romans 15: 1-6, Luke 4: 16-24
27th October Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion St James, High Wych  
30th October All Saint's Day 9.30am  Parish Eucharist St James, High Wych Readings - Daniel 7: 1-3, 15-18, Ephesians 1; 11-23, Luke 6: 20-31
    11.30am Baptism of Isla Mae Hennessy-Ling St James, High Wych  
    6.30pm All Soul's Service St James, High Wych  
Each Tuesday 9.00am St Botolph, Eastwick Morning Prayer (not 4th)  
Each Wednesday 9.00am St James, High Wych Morning Prayer (not 5th)  
Each Thursday 9.00am St Mary's, Gilston Morning Prayer  
Each Friday 9.00am St James, High Wych Morning Prayer  

RECTOR'S OCTOBER LETTER

October is the month when we are on the wrong side of the equinox.  The days are getting shorter and autumn is setting in.  The Harvest is over but I hope you enjoyed our Flower and Craft Festival in celebration.  Farmers and growers are now starting a new cycle of planting and growing in the hope of a new harvest next year.  After the Harvest season we move towards the season of Remembrance.  This takes two forms for us.

Sunday 30th September is All Saint’s Sunday when we remember and celebrate the many saints of the church who do not have a particular day dedicated to them.  It is also the day when we remember the Faithful Departed (All Souls).  Technically All Saint’s day falls on 1st November and All Soul’s day on 2nd but it is more convenient to move them both to the nearest Sunday.  As usual we shall be holding our All Soul’s Service at 6.30 pm in St James’ Church.  We invite you to join us to remember and give thanks for loved ones who have passed away in previous years.  If we have conducted a funeral for a loved one in the past year and a half, we will write to you with an invitation and your loved one’s name will be read out during the service.  If we did not do the funeral but you would like to join us, please let us know the name of the person you would like to be remembered and we will include them in the service.

Then at the beginning of November we will be observing Remembrance Sunday on 13th by holding remembrance ceremonies at each of the War Memorials in the benefice, at High Wych, Pye Corner and Eastwick.  These will start at 10.45 am and all are very welcome to join us to remember those who fell during the Great War and in conflicts since.

I included the following last month but I repeat as a reminder that we now hold a Coffee Mornings each Tuesday from 8.45 to 10.00 pm.  This could be just right for school parents to drop in for a coffee and a chat but all are welcome to share good quality coffee at reasonable prices.  Also we now hold Communion Services on Thursdays at 11.00 am followed by refreshments.  This is particularly aimed at people, who for whatever reason, find difficult to get to our 9.30 am services.  Again all are welcome.

I hope you enjoy the autumn for its sights if not for the temperature.

Anthony Giles, Rector.

From the Registers

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

11th September

Gilston

Rosemary Jean Davis

18th September

Eastwick

Aubrey Jack Hudson

20th September

Gilston

Archie Charles Hopkins

20th September

Gilston

Joseph Antony Hopkins

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

26th August

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Roy Alan Endersbee

22nd September

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Betty Frances Preston

 

 

 

SERVICES FOR SEPTEMBER 2016

 

4th September

Trinity 15

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings – Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14: 25-33

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

Reading Luke 14: 25-33

11th September

Trinity 16

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Exodus 32: 7-14, 1 Timothy 1: 12-17, Luke 15: 1-10

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

 

  13th September

Tuesday

10.00am

6 Falcon Close

House Group

 

 

 

 18th September

Trinity 17

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Amos 8: 4-7, 1 Timothy 2: 1-7, Luke 16: 1-13

 

 

 11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

 Baptism of Aubrey Jack Hudson

 

 

 

 6.00pm

St Mary’s, Gilston

HARVEST FESTIVAL

 

21ST September

Wednesday

7.30pm

The Rectory

House Group

 

25th September

Trinity 18

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Re-Dedication of Church by Bishop of St Albans

Readings – Amos 6: 1a, 4-7, 1 timothy 6:6-19, Luke: 19-31

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

SERVICE CANCELLED

 

 

 

1.00PM

St Mary’s, Gilston

Baptism of Archie & Joseph Hopkins

 

29th September            Thursday         11.00am             St James,              Holy Communion followed

   High Wych               by refreshments

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:          Rev Anthony Giles, The Rectory, 1 Dovedale, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0DT                             (anthonyj.giles@ntlworld.com)                                                                 01279 726476

 READERS:       Joy Galliers-Burridge, Readers, 41 Hart Road, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0HL                                                                                                                                                   01279 444870

    Roger Burridge, Readers, 41Hart Road, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0HL 01279 444870

                            Judith Denton, Path Cottage, High Wych Lane, CM21 0JP                      01279 723714

CHURCH WARDEN:          Sarah Bagnall                                                                         01279 441644

SECRETARY:                     Mrs Lois Smith                                                                       01279 431123  

TREASURER:                     Mrs Hazel Scorah

 

 

RECTOR’S SEPTEMBER LETTER

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

(Ode to Autumn, Keats)

 

 

For those of you with good memories, yes, it is the same quote that I used last year, but it still seems appropriate.  Late summer and early autumn are the end of the growing season but also the start of the new planting.  Many new things will be beginning this month.  Young children will be starting school for the first time with all the anxiety and stress that brings for them and their parents.  In July at High Wych School, we said goodbye to Year 6.  They will now be in Year 7 at their new schools.  Last year’s Year 11 will be starting at 6th Form, College or work and others will be going on to university or apprenticeships in the next month or so.  Please remember all of these young people and their parents and teachers in your prayers and do anything you can to ease them through these stressful changes.

 

September also marks a new start for St James’ Church.  Yes!! At last, the work is finished and we have a toilet and kitchen up and running.  There are a few more things we would like to do once we have raised the necessary funds but we have reached a major mile stone.  We will be celebrating at the end of the month with a Harvest, Flower and Craft Festival (see adverts for more details).  On Sunday 25th September we are privileged to welcome Bishop Alan of St Albans who will preside and preach at our 9.30 am Harvest Family Communion Service and re-dedicate our church.  I look forward to seeing you at some or all of the events that weekend.  Our other parish, Gilston with Eastwick, have their Harvest Celebration the week before on Sunday 18th September at 6.00 pm at St Mary’s Gilston.

 

Also, look out for details of new weekly Coffee Mornings and Mid-Week Communion.  The Coffee Mornings will start of Tuesday 20th September from 8.45 to 10.00 am, just right for school parents to drop in for a coffee and a chat but all are welcome.  Coffee will be free the first week, but scones and cakes will cost.  Thereafter both will be priced reasonably.  The Communion Services will start on Thursday 29th September at 11.00 am followed by refreshments.  This is particularly aimed at people, who for whatever reason, find difficult to get to our 9.30 am services.  Again all are welcome.

 

I look forward to seeing you at either of these new weekly events.

 

Anthony Giles

Rector.

 

From the Registers

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

14th August

High Wych

Lucilla Charlotte Maiden

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

18th August

Interment of Ashes

Gilston

Alec Gordon Rainbow

23rd August

Funeral and Burial

High Wych

Margaret Helen Jones

 

 

RECTOR’S AUGUST LETTER

This could be the last time

I sincerely hope that this will be the last time I talk about the work on the church being nearly finished.  By the end of the month (touch wood) we will have a working kitchen and toilet in St James’ church and we can get on and use it.  We are now in the process of sourcing tables and chairs to use for coffee mornings and other activities.  In early September we will start a series of new mid-week activities with refreshments.  Look out for details.

As I explained last month, on September 24th/25th we are holding our Harvest Weekend celebrations and on 25th Bishop Alan Smith of St Albans will be coming to re-dedicate the church at the 9.30 am service.  I hope to see many of your there as we start a new era in the life of our church and community.

July has been a month of tremendous upheavals with the aftermath of the referendum with a complete change of government and chaos in the ranks of the opposition.  We have seen racial tensions in the USA and the terrible events in Nice.  We must constantly pray for peace in the world and do all that we can to enable it to flourish.  In his letter to the Christian in Galatia, St Paul writes the “In Christ there is neither Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3: 28).  Obviously this was written in the context of the 1st century church but the message has not changed.  God takes no account of barriers of race, social status or gender and neither should we.  Working to remove these barriers must be an important priority for all of us.  We pray for our new Prime Minister as she seeks to carry out the promises she has made to all of us, but we must play our part in this in our bit of Hertfordshire.

Enjoy your summer.

Anthony Giles

Rector.

From the Registers

Baptisms:

Date

Church

Name

10th July

High Wych

Katherine Elizabeth Czekaj

17th July

High Wych

Emilie Kate Ryan

Weddings:

Date

Church

Names

9th July

Gilston

Jonathan Joy & Ashlee Clark

9th July

Gilston

Alexander Athienitis & Brooke Andersen

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

13th July

Interment of Ashes

Eastwick

Allan Peter Smith

20th July

Funeral

High Wych

Pauline Jane Mascall

21st July

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Michael Culley

RECTOR’S JULY LETTER

I’m glad that’s all over

By the time you read this there is a good chance that two things will have happened.  Firstly, that beastly referendum will be over and done with.  We will know the result and be starting to live with its consequences.  How long it will take for normal political relations to be resumed remains to be seen.  Let us hope and pray that the rifts the issue has generated can be quickly healed.

Secondly, the current phase of work on St James church should be all but complete.  The scheduled date is the end of July but congratulations to our contractors, Bakers of Danbury, for getting things ahead of schedule.  The current phase will leave us with a kitchen and toilet at the back of the church together with some open space which will make the church building a more flexible facility.  Next we have to raise the funds to provide tables and chairs to use in the open space.  Then in time we want to remodel the entrance so that when the church is open you can see right inside so that the place is more welcoming.  We have a few more ideas but some will have to wait until funds are available.  Please book the weekend of 24th/25th September in your diaries.  We will have our Harvest Festival over that weekend and Bishop Alan of St Albans is coming to our 9.30 am service on the Sunday to re-dedicate the church.

July is the month of big upheavals in the lives of many young people.  Year 6 students transfer from being the biggest kids in a small school to being the smallest kids in a big school.  Many others will be leaving school and preparing for work, college of university.  Please remember them in your prayers and give them as much support as you can.  It is also the month when summer holidays start and I am off for two weeks at the end of the month.  I am very grateful to my predecessor, Rev’d Wendy Carter, who will be coming back to the parish and conducting our services on 31st July and 7th August.  I am sure she would love to see you in church to re-new your friendship with her.  My plans involve scaling Benn Nevis with three of my sons.  I think they may have to carry me down again after all that effort.

Over the summer I hope to visit all the new resident in Terlings Park with a view to inviting them join in our church and community activities.  If that includes you, I look forward to meeting you,

Whatever you plan for the summer, do it safely.

Anthony Giles

Rector.

From the Registers

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

24th May

Funeral

Parndon Wood

Elsie Evelyn Patricia Bovington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Registers

Funerals

Date

Service

Location

Name

14th May

Interment of Ashes

St Botolph’s Church

Karen Lydia Edwards

26th May

Funeral

Chelmsford Crematorium

Margaret South

 

RECTOR’S JUNE LETTER

Back to the Future

Work on the inside of the St James’ Church is progressing well.  At time of writing we have new floors at the back of the church, some of which have been tiled to match the existing design.  We have a toilet cubicle with no toilet and the wastepipe doesn’t go anywhere yet.  We have a kitchen are but no fittings.  And, the organ has move but has yet been fully re-assembled.  So, we looking to the future when, hopefully by the end of July we can start planning the use of our new facilities.

Some of the ideas we have had are:  Coffee Mornings aimed at parent dropping off children at school; Lunches for the elderly and Music Concerts.  There are also more churchy things like mid-week services started or ended with refreshments; Messy Church – craft based activities for families and PCC meetings.  We want to make as much use as possible of the church for the wider community as well as for our own purposes.

While looking forward we also have some things to look back at.  Sunday 22nd May was Trinity Sunday.  Until fairly recently it was the day when priests were ordained and this year it marked the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rev’d David Wright who was vicar and then rector here from 1974 to 1980.  He came first as vicar of High Wych and then became rector when High Wych was combined in to a single benefice with Gilston with Eastwick.  David is now in his early eighties and lives with one of his daughters in Spain.  He is fondly remembered by many in the parish.  In my time here he has stayed with friends in Allen’s Green after Christmas for several years and taken Sunday services to allow me to have a full week off, so I can add my personal thanks for his work to those of the rest of the parish.

The other milestone we have passed recently is the retirement of our organist of thirty years, Brenda Castree.  Brenda has played our organ at High Wych through all those years at almost all services except when on holiday.  She has also trained and directed our choir.  We are extremely grateful for her faithful devotion to our churches worship and we hope she will spend many more years among us enjoying the musical contributions of others.  Brenda will continue to fill in when necessary but she wants to spend more time with Len and the rest of their family.

Do enjoy the summer, when it arrives.

Anthony Giles

Rector.