Parish News

Letter for July 2018             
 Greetings from one of your Reader’s   
 I have been asked to write your parish letter for the month of July, and as I sit here enjoying the sunshine and surrounded by the wonderment of all God’s creation, seen in the beauty of the trees and flowers, listening to the songs of the birds and watching them fly overhead.  It reminds me of how we take these things for granted. We are so blessed to live in such a lovely part of the country and in such a peaceful environment. So many places in the world are torn apart from injustices where people live in fear, facing the unknown, removed from home and family, hungry and without hope, including refugees with a need to find a safe haven. All factors we do not face or perhaps understand, so please keep them all in your prayers. Continue to thank God for the many blessings that we receive from Him every day, the gift of life and all that that encompasses.   
 This month I thought I would share with you the role of a ‘Reader. ‘In the early church a reader was a person capable of clearly expounding the word (able to read and speak clearly), good morals and benevolent intentions.   
 When I felt I was called to be a Reader, I had feelings of inadequacy and of not being worthy of the role, I’m sure many of you can relate to these feelings.  What I discovered during my five years of training was that those feelings never left me and I still feel that I am lacking and not quite good enough to preach and teach the word of Jesus Christ, but because He called me I still keep trying.   
 After the years of training and preparation I was admitted and licensed by the Bishop, not only to our parish of High Wych, but also Gilston and Eastwick, additionally I can serve anywhere in the diocese of St Albans.  As a Reader I am licensed to take funerals, to lead services to preach, to visit the sick at home or in hospitals, visit the elderly, and those who are lonely.  The main things Readers are not able to do, is to bless the sacraments, marry and baptize, these are roles for the ordained ministry only.  A Readers role is one of diversity, a bridge between the people and the priesthood.  And I continue to work with Wendy our parish priest and Joy and Judith my fellow Readers.   
 As part of community outreach, some of the events undertaken by our church families during May were Messy Church at Eastwick and John and Beverley’s Disco Themes at High Wych, both events were greatly enjoyed, as was community dog walking at Gilston.  
 In June at High Wych we enjoyed ‘The Great Get Together’ painting hubcap flowers in readiness for the Scarecrow festival. This day set aside to remember the murdered M.P. Jo Cox whose desire was to bring communities together and we do this in her memory.   
 St James, High Wych has a Flower Festival and cream tea event with activities for children on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July, please come and enjoy.   
 The village hall has a Bingo night on 28th July, another date for your diary.   
 Finally, may the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all and those we love. 


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.

10AM - 12NOON
Eggs, honey, garden produce, plants etc or just come for coffee, cake and a chat.