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.


Sunday, 24th February 2019 SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT

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


Sunday, 3rd March 2019 SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT

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

4-00pm Celebration & Thank You Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye

A service of thanks for the successful completion of the building project at St John the Baptist. Everyone involved in helping to fund and make it happen is warmly invited to the service and for tea afterwards.
This will be in place of the usual 6-00pm Evening Prayer service St John the Baptist.


Wednesday, 6th March 2019 ASH WEDNESDAY

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.

7-30pm Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye


Sunday, 10th March 2019 FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

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


Wednesday, 13th March 2019

12 noon to 1-45pm 'Food for Thought' - Lent Lunch and Conversation
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

You are warmly invited to join us. We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together. Please let Lydia (738759) or Julia (330235) know if you plan to come so that we can cater accordingly.

8-00pm Layer Marney Annual Parish Meeting, Annual Parochial Church Meeting and PCC Meeting
at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney.

At the Annual Parish Meeting, which is open to all parishioners, there will be the election of the churchwardens 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.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW ELECTORAL ROLL in 2019
Once every six years there is a requirement to prepare a completely new church Electoral Roll. This means that everyone on the existing roll needs to re-apply if they wish to be on the new Roll. You should be on the roll if you are over 16, are baptized and come to our church. Being on the roll allows you to attend the Annual Meeting (APCM), and vote or stand for election to the PCC. For Layer Marney the application process begins on 17th February and finishes on the 26th February. Application forms and further information can be obtained from Layer Marney's Electoral Roll Officer, Gill Brown; call or text her on 07885-868980 or email her. Completed application forms must be returned to Gill by no later than 26th February.


Sunday, 17th March 2019 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

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


Wednesday, 20th March 2019

12 noon to 1-45pm 'Food for Thought' - Lent Lunch and Conversation
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

You are warmly invited to join us. We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together. Please let Lydia (738759) or Julia (330235) know if you plan to come so that we can cater accordingly.


Sunday, 24th March 2019 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

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


Wednesday, 27th March 2019

12 noon to 1-45pm 'Food for Thought' - Lent Lunch and Conversation
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

You are warmly invited to join us. We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together. Please let Lydia (738759) or Julia (330235) know if you plan to come so that we can cater accordingly.


Saturday, 30th March 2019

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


Sunday, 31st March 2019 MOTHERING SUNDAY (fifth Sunday in the month)

9-30am Five Parishes Mothering Sunday Service at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.
This will be a Family/All Age form of service instead of the usual fifth Sunday Holy Communion.

6-00pm Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

12 noon to 1-45pm 'Food for Thought' - Lent Lunch and Conversation
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

You are warmly invited to join us. We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together. Please let Lydia (738759) or Julia (330235) know if you plan to come so that we can cater accordingly.

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.


Sunday, 7th April 2019 FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

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


Tuesday, 9th April 2019

11-00am Layer Breton Annual Parish and Annual Parochial Church Meetings
at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton.

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.


Wednesday, 10th April 2019

12 noon to 1-45pm 'Food for Thought' - Lent Lunch and Conversation
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

You are warmly invited to join us. We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together. Please let Lydia (738759) or Julia (330235) know if you plan to come so that we can cater accordingly.

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.


Services for Holy Week and Easter 2019

Sunday, 14th April 2019 PALM SUNDAY

9-00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.

10-30am Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

6-00pm Evening Prayer at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Monday, 15th April 2019 MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK

9-30am Morning Prayer at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.

7-00pm Compline at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.


Tuesday, 16th April 2019 TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

9-30am Morning Prayer at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.

7-00pm Compline at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.


Wednesday, 17th April 2019 WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

9-30am Morning Prayer at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.

7-00pm Compline at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.


Thursday, 18th April 2019 MAUNDY THURSDAY

9-30am Morning Prayer at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.

7-30pm Holy Communion at St Michael & All Angels, Copford.


Friday, 19th April 2019 GOOD FRIDAY

Crosses at Calvary

2-00pm Good Friday Devotional Service at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton.


Saturday, 20th April 2019 EASTER EVE

8-00pm Service of Light at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.


Sunday, 21st April 2019 EASTER DAY

9-00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.

9-00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.

10-30am Family Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

6-00pm Evening Prayer at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

"Christ is risen - Alleluia"


Sunday, 28th April 2019 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Wednesday, 1st May 2019

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, 5th May 2019 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Sunday, 12th May 2019 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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

6-00pm Evensong at St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO evening service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

3-30pm Collation and Installation of the Revd Ruth Patten as Archdeacon of Colchester at Chelmsford Cathedral.


Sunday, 19th May 2019 FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Sunday, 26th May 2019 SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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

6-00pm Evening Prayer at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO evening service at St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe.


Thursday, 30th May 2019 ASCENSION DAY

7-30pm Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Sunday, 2nd June 2019 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

From 8-30am Joint Layer Parishes Rogation Walk & Worship

The walk will be in place of our usual Sunday morning services. It will start at Layer Marney church with breakfast from around 8-30am, followed by worship. Then we walk over the fields to Layer Breton Church where there will be light refreshments. The walk continues across fields to St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye, where it will conclude with a service at about 12 noon, followed by a buffet lunch. On the way there will be the blessing of fields and gardens, crops, and a farmyard. Everyone is very welcome to join us for this event.

6-00pm Evening Prayer at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye


Wednesday, 5th June 2019

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.


Sunday, 9th June 2019 PENTECOST

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


Sunday, 16th June 2019 TRINITY SUNDAY

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


Sunday, 23rd June 2019 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

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


Sunday, 30th June 2019 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (fifth Sunday in the month)

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


Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

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.


Wednesday, 7th August 2019

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.


Wednesday, 4th September 2019

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.


Wednesday, 2nd October 2019

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.


Saturday, 26th October 2019

British Summer Time ends tonight   Clocks go BACK one hour


Wednesday, 6th November 2019

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.


Wednesday, 4th December 2019

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.


If you are planning a church related event in one of our parishes and would like details posted here, please contact the webmaster with the relevant information. Please leave a contact name and telephone number or email address so we can clarify any points if necessary.


Page updated: 17 Feb 2019 at 21:42