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Tue, 31st 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 JUNE 2016

 

5TH June

Trinity 2

8.00am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist (BCP)

Readings – 1 Kings 17: 17-24, Galatians 1: 11-24, Luke 7: 11-17

 

 

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Family Service

Reading – Lukw 7: 11-17

12th June

Trinity 3

9.30am8.00pm

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, Galatians 2: 15-21, Luke 7: 36-8:3

 

 

11.15am

St Mary’s, Gilston

Parish Eucharist

 

Readings – 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, Galatians 2: 15-21, Luke 7: 36-8:3

14th June

Tuesday

10.00am

6 Falcon Close

House Group

 

15th June

Wednesday

7.30pm

Rectory

House Group

 

19th June

Trinity 4

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – Isaiah 65: 1-9, Galatians 3: 23-29, Luke 8: 26-39

26th June

Trinity 5

9.30am

St James, High Wych

Parish Eucharist

Readings – 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Galatians 5: 1,13-25, Luke 9: 51-62

 

 

11.15am

St Botolph, Eastwick

Parish Eucharist

Readings 1 Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21, Galatians 1< 13-25, Luke 9: 51-62

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

 

 

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.

 

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

 

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?