Parish News

Letter for March 2018

Dear Friends
Easter on April 1st is just a month away and for the folks who attend the 3 churches in our Benefice this season of Lent is a time to take stock of our spiritual lives and remember who we are and to whom we belong. At our baptism we make a decision for God to be the ‘govn’r’ – the ‘king’ of our lives and we aim to live the rest of our lives obeying his rule - Jesus summed it up as ‘love God with all your being and love your neighbour as you love yourself. [Mark 12:30]. That’s quite a tall order and so twice a year in Advent and Lent we try to live simpler lives and reflect on our progress and the priorities we live by.

Time and quiet is in such short supply in busy lives and most of us have given away our ‘Sabbath’ to shopping and busy-ness. Sunday was a God given day of rest, for us to worship the Creator and take time to catch up with family and friends, rest and relax. Now we have no ‘different’ day, and the smart phone and Ipad make certain we are never off duty, always available to the technology even on holiday. We all need some space from the relentless pace of life and it is in stillness and quiet we most often meet the Divine. Perhaps you can take half an hour of space –St. James is open every day and the keys are available for the churches at Gilston and Eastwick - just switch lights off as you leave.

Mothering Sunday at St.James is on 11th March and flowery gifts will be available for mums. On 25th March, Palm Sunday, Bishop Michael is visiting St.James for 9.15am service and then St.Botolph, Eastwick at 11.15am; refreshments follow both services, come join us and meet him! The following 4 days in Holy Week we have a service every evening, times and places are advertised else-where, so there will be no 6.00pm services of Evening Prayer at Gilston or Eastwick. I hope you will want to part of the peace and quiet of Holy Week services, because only then can we truly appreciate the joy and amazement of finding the tomb empty and the grave clothes lying on Easter Day.

God’s Blessings on you and yours Rev Wendy

Thank you to Churchyard workers

As the days get longer and the gardens come to life I am so grateful to those who spend time on our 3 churchyards, cutting grass and tidying up - often unbidden and unseen – though we all appreciate their efforts. So my sincere thanks to those who ride mowers are wield loppers and strimmers and give their time willingly for their community churches Rev Wendy

 7th & 8th July 
Flower Festival and Afternoon Tea, 
St James, High Wych, 
Saturday 10am to 4pm, 
Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. 

8th & 9th September 
Scarecrow Festival,
St James, High Wych
Saturday 10am to 4pm, 
Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.


FRIDAY 25TH MAY 2018 7.30PM
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