Thurstable and Winstree Team Ministry

serving the parishes of Tolleshunt Knights with Tiptree, Great Braxted, Copford, Easthorpe, Messing, Inworth,
Layer de la Haye, Layer Breton with Birch, and Layer Marney

The 'Layer' Parishes
Layer de la Haye • Layer Breton with Birch • Layer Marney

Forthcoming Events - Dates for your Diary

• The normal times and places of Sunday services in the Layer parishes are published on the Services page, but please check this page for any changes to the normal pattern.
• References below to 'Five Parishes' services are to joint services for the Copford, Easthorpe and three Layer parishes.
• Benefice services are joint services for the nine parishes in our Thurstable and Winstree benefice.


Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Evening Safari Supper in Layer de la Haye

A most enjoyable way of dining on a summer's evening, having each course of the meal in a different home. Sorry no more tickets are available as the event is sold out.


Sunday, 24th June 2018 BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page, except:

4-00pm Evening Service in Layer de la Haye Vicarage Garden
(instead of 6-00pm service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.)


Messy Church logoWednesday, 27th June 2018

3-15pm 'Messy Church' at Abberton Reservoir
or in Layer de la Haye church if the weather is wet.

An after-school activity with parents, children and helpers joining in. Lots of mess and fun craft things to do!


Sunday, 1st July 2018 FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Wednesday, 4th July 2018

10-00am to 11-30am Birch & Layer Breton 'Pop Up' Coffee Shop
at St Mary's Church, Layer Breton Heath

Proper coffee, tea and delicious cakes. Pop in and enjoy this informal social get-together which is held on the first Wednesday of each month. On this morning the Coffee Shop will be supporting the Donkey Sanctuary. For more information telephone 331898.

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at the Donkey & Buskins, Layer de la Haye

It's simple, totally informal, no strings and we each pay for our own order. By the Sunday before the lunch please contact Jon Smith (email Jon or call him on 07814-116-590) to let him know if you're coming so he can confirm numbers to the pub.

We're a friendly bunch of men from Layer de la Haye and nearby villages. Around 14 of us attend the lunches - and newcomers are always welcome. Over an hour or so we have some drinks, a lunch and a chat - pub, drink, food, good company - a no brainer really! Our lunches are at 12 noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month. In odd numbered months we meet at the Donkey & Buskins and in even numbered months we meet at the Fox.


Saturday, 7th July 2018

10-00am to 12 noon St Mary's Church, Layer Breton, Gift Day
at St Mary's Church, Layer Breton Heath

An opportunity to support Layer Breton church with a financial donation. There will be Tea, Coffee'n'Cake plus plant and cake stalls.


Sunday, 8th July 2018 SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Sunday, 15th July 2018 SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page, with the following changes:

4-00pm Service at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney, to Celebrate Julia's Ministry.
(Instead of the 6-00 pm Evening Prayer service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.)

As many will know, Julia Russell Grant retires as Associate Minister in July. We will mark the occasion and give thanks for Julia's ministry as a Priest and earlier as a Reader in our parishes, with a short Service at 4-00 pm on Sunday 15th July, at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney, followed by a 'posh tea'. All are welcome, but to assist in planning catering it would be helpful to know who is coming. If you will be attending please email Judy Bancroft or text 07887 991 329 by the evening of Sunday 8th July.

We are grateful to Nick and Sheila Charrington who invite those attending to park at Layer Marney Tower, but please be aware that the Tower is open to paying visitors on that day.

Julia has applied for Permission to Officiate after her retirement, but will be taking a long break.


Sunday, 22nd July 2018 MARY MAGDALENE

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services except that:

There will be NO EVENING SERVICE at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Sunday, 29th July 2018 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (fifth Sunday in the month)

9-30am Five Parishes Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.
Please note that on this Sunday there will be NO services at our other four churches,
Layer de la Haye, Layer Breton, Copford or Easthorpe.

6-00pm Team 'Songs of Praise' at All Saints, Messing.
Please note that there will be NO Evening Prayer service at Layer de la Haye.


Wednesday, 1st August 2018

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at the Fox, Layer de la Haye

It's simple, totally informal, no strings and we each pay for our own order. By the Sunday before the lunch please contact Jon Smith (email Jon or call him on 07814-116-590) to let him know if you're coming as we pre-order our food at the Fox.

We're a friendly bunch of men from Layer de la Haye and nearby villages. Around 14 of us attend the lunches - and newcomers are always welcome. Over an hour or so we have some drinks, a lunch and a chat - pub, drink, food, good company - a no brainer really! Our lunches are at 12 noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month. In odd numbered months we meet at the Donkey & Buskins and in even numbered months we meet at the Fox.


Sundays - 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th August 2018

2-00pm to 5-00pm Layer de la Haye Church Tower Open to Visitors.

Layer de la Haye Church Tower will again be open on Sunday afternoons in August. See the historic bells and enjoy the fine views over Abberton Reservoir from the tower roof.

Layer de la Haye church and tower
Picture courtesy of and © Jon Smith 2018.

It is well worth the effort to climb to the top of the tower. Our team of helpers will be on hand to ensure your safety on the way up - and down again! On the way up you will be able to see the steel bell-frame which houses our six bells, and the original wooden mediaeval bell frame which it replaced.

At busy times you may have to wait a short while before being allowed into the tower. There is very limited space up in the tower and there may be a need to let earlier visitors come down so that there is room for you to go up!

We regret that access to the roof (via three small fixed ladders) is restricted and not suitable for the disabled. Visitors are advised to avoid wearing high heels or skirts.

Visitors will be treated to our customary warm welcome and light refreshment will be available.

There will be a charge of £3 per adult. All money raised will be used for the upkeep of the church, so if you can donate a bit more than the £3 per adult then that would be much appreciated. There will be no charge for children under age 16 but they must be supervised by an adult at all times.


Sunday, 5th August 2018 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Sunday, 12th August 2018 ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Sunday, 19th August 2018 TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Sunday, 26th August 2018 THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page except that:

There will be NO EVENING SERVICE at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Sunday, 2nd September 2018 FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Wednesday, 5th September 2018

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at the Donkey & Buskins, Layer de la Haye

It's simple, totally informal, no strings and we each pay for our own order. By the Sunday before the lunch please contact Jon Smith (email Jon or call him on 07814-116-590) to let him know if you're coming so he can confirm numbers to the pub.

We're a friendly bunch of men from Layer de la Haye and nearby villages. Around 14 of us attend the lunches - and newcomers are always welcome. Over an hour or so we have some drinks, a lunch and a chat - pub, drink, food, good company - a no brainer really! Our lunches are at 12 noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month. In odd numbered months we meet at the Donkey & Buskins and in even numbered months we meet at the Fox.


Sunday, 9th September 2018 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.


Sunday, 16th September 2018 SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page.

The 10.30 am Service at Layer de la Haye will be a PETS SERVICE.


Sunday, 23rd September 2018 SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Services in the Layer parishes will be at the normal times and places,
as published on the Services page except that:

There will be NO EVENING SERVICE at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Wednesday, 26th September 2018

Evening Benefice Confirmation Service at St Luke, Tiptree
At which candidates will be confirmed by Bishop Roger, Bishop of Colchester. Time to be announced.


Sunday, 30th September 2018 EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (fifth Sunday in the month)

9-30am Five Parishes Holy Communion at St Michael & All Angels, Copford.
Please note that on this Sunday there will be NO morning services at our other four churches,
Layer Marney, Layer de la Haye, Layer Breton or Easthorpe.

6-00pm Team Service at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton.
Please note that there will be NO Evening Prayer service at Layer de la Haye.


Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at the Fox, Layer de la Haye

It's simple, totally informal, no strings and we each pay for our own order. By the Sunday before the lunch please contact Jon Smith (email Jon or call him on 07814-116-590) to let him know if you're coming as we pre-order our food at the Fox.

We're a friendly bunch of men from Layer de la Haye and nearby villages. Around 14 of us attend the lunches - and newcomers are always welcome. Over an hour or so we have some drinks, a lunch and a chat - pub, drink, food, good company - a no brainer really! Our lunches are at 12 noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month. In odd numbered months we meet at the Donkey & Buskins and in even numbered months we meet at the Fox.


Friday, 5th October 2018

Quiz Night
at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Layer de la Haye.

In aid of church funds. More details will be published in due course but in the meantime please note the date in your diary.


Saturday, 27th October 2018

British Summer Time ends tonight   Clocks go BACK one hour


Wednesday, 7th November 2018

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at the Donkey & Buskins, Layer de la Haye

It's simple, totally informal, no strings and we each pay for our own order. By the Sunday before the lunch please contact Jon Smith (email Jon or call him on 07814-116-590) to let him know if you're coming so he can confirm numbers to the pub.

We're a friendly bunch of men from Layer de la Haye and nearby villages. Around 14 of us attend the lunches - and newcomers are always welcome. Over an hour or so we have some drinks, a lunch and a chat - pub, drink, food, good company - a no brainer really! Our lunches are at 12 noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month. In odd numbered months we meet at the Donkey & Buskins and in even numbered months we meet at the Fox.


Friday, 30th November 2018

Cheese and Wine Evening at Layer de la Haye

In aid of church funds. More details will be published in due course but in the meantime please note the date in your diary.


Wednesday, 5th December 2018

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at the Fox, Layer de la Haye

It's simple, totally informal, no strings and we each pay for our own order. By the Sunday before the lunch please contact Jon Smith (email Jon or call him on 07814-116-590) to let him know if you're coming as we pre-order our food at the Fox.

We're a friendly bunch of men from Layer de la Haye and nearby villages. Around 14 of us attend the lunches - and newcomers are always welcome. Over an hour or so we have some drinks, a lunch and a chat - pub, drink, food, good company - a no brainer really! Our lunches are at 12 noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month. In odd numbered months we meet at the Donkey & Buskins and in even numbered months we meet at the Fox.


2019


Saturday, 30th March 2019

British Summer Time starts tomorrow   Clocks go FORWARD one hour tonight.


Wednesday, 10th April 2019

7-30pm Layer de la Haye Annual Parish and Annual Parochial Church Meetings
at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

At the Annual Parish Meeting, which is open to all parishioners, there will be the election of the churchwarden for the forthcoming year. This is followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting at which elections are held to fill vacancies on the Parochial Church Council (PCC); those on the church's electoral roll are entitled to vote. Finally, there is a closed meeting of the newly-constituted PCC to transact other essential business.


Saturday, 26th October 2019

British Summer Time ends tonight   Clocks go BACK one hour


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