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 three Layer parishes and the parishes of Copford and Easthorpe.
• Benefice services are joint services for the nine parishes in our Thurstable and Winstree benefice.


Wednesday, 26th February 2020 ASH WEDNESDAY

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


Saturday, 29th February 2020

9:30am to 12:30pm MMU Conference at St Luke's Church, Tiptree

A morning looking at some of the passages of the Bible we don't often come across
in our Sunday readings: Israel in exile, the Psalms, Ruth, Jonah and Esther.
All are very welcome to attend.


Sunday, 1st March 2020 FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

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

4:00pm Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent at St Michael & All Angels, Copford.
Sung by the Kelvedon Singers, with music from English composers old and new:
Orlando Gibbons, John Blow, John Rutter and others.

PLEASE NOTE that there will be NO 6:00pm service at Layer de la Haye.


Tuesday, 3rd March 2020

12 Noon to 1:45pm Lent Lunch (Session 1) for the Layer Parishes, Copford and Easthorpe
at The Vicarage, Malting Green Road, Layer de la Haye, CO2 0JJ.

This year we are looking at the Ten Commandments.
We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together.
To assist with catering please let Lydia (01206 738759) or Julia (01206 330235) know if you plan to come.


Wednesday, 4th March 2020

10:00am to 11:30am Birch & Layer Breton 'Pop Up' Community 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. For more information telephone 331898.

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

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Sunday, 8th March 2020 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

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


Tuesday, 10th March 2020

12 Noon to 1:45pm Lent Lunch (Session 2) for the Layer Parishes, Copford and Easthorpe
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

This year we are looking at the Ten Commandments.
We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together.
To assist with catering please let Lydia (01206 738759) or Julia (01206 330235) know if you plan to come.


Sunday, 15th March 2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

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


Tuesday, 17th March 2020

12 Noon to 1:45pm Lent Lunch (Session 3) for the Layer Parishes, Copford and Easthorpe
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

This year we are looking at the Ten Commandments.
We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together.
To assist with catering please let Lydia (01206 738759) or Julia (01206 330235) know if you plan to come.

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

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is open to all parishioners. There will be the election of churchwardens for the forthcoming year and elections to fill vacancies on the Parochial Church Council (PCC); those on the church's electoral roll are entitled to vote. After this there will be a closed meeting of the newly-constituted PCC.
Items for the agenda of PCC meetings should reach the PCC Secretary 10 days before the date of the next meeting. For further information please contact the Secretary, Mrs Gill Brown, either by email (gillianbrown955@btinternet.com) or through Layer Marney Church.


Sunday, 22nd March 2020 MOTHERING SUNDAY

9:00am All Age Worship at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney.

10:30pm Family Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.
  Celebrating mothers and all who care for us. There will be posies of spring flowers for mothers and others.

6:00pm Evensong at St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe.


Tuesday, 24th March 2020

12 Noon to 1:45pm Lent Lunch (Session 4) for the Layer Parishes, Copford and Easthorpe
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

This year we are looking at the Ten Commandments.
We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together.
To assist with catering please let Lydia (01206 738759) or Julia (01206 330235) know if you plan to come.


Messy Church logoWednesday, 25th March 2020

3-30pm 'Messy Church' at Layer de la Haye Primary School


Thursday, 26th March 2020

9:30am Layer de la Haye School Easter Service at St John the Baptist.


Saturday, 28th March 2020

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


Sunday, 29th March 2020 FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (fifth Sunday in the month)

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


Tuesday, 31st March 2020

12 Noon to 1:45pm Lent Lunch (Session 5) for the Layer Parishes, Copford and Easthorpe
at Heath House, Layer Breton (2 doors down from the Hare and Hounds pub).

This year we are looking at the Ten Commandments.
We begin with soup, bread and cheese and then read a short Bible passage, discuss and pray together.
To assist with catering please let Lydia (01206 738759) or Julia (01206 330235) know if you plan to come.


Wednesday, 1st April 2020

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at The Alma, Copford

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.

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 2020

Sunday, 5th April 2020 PALM SUNDAY

8:00am Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

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

9:00am Morning Prayer at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.

10:30am All Age Worship at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

11:00am Holy Communion at St Michael & All Angels, Copford.

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


Monday, 6th April 2020 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, 7th April 2020 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, 8th April 2020 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, 9th April 2020 MAUNDY THURSDAY

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

7:30pm Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.


Friday, 10th April 2020 GOOD FRIDAY

Crosses at Calvary

2:00pm Good Friday Meditation at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Saturday, 11th April 2020 EASTER EVE

6:00pm Service of Light at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER MARNEY.


Sunday, 12th April 2020 EASTER DAY

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

9:00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, EASTHORPE.

10:00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, LAYER BRETON.

11:00am Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

11:00am Holy Communion at St Michael & All Angels, Copford.

PLEASE NOTE that there will be NO evening service in our five parishes this day.

"Christ is risen - Alleluia"


Sunday, 19th April 2020 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Sunday, 26th April 2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Sunday, 3rd May 2020 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Wednesday, 6th May 2020

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

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Sunday, 10th May 2020 FIFTH 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 at Layer de la Haye:

10:30am Family and Parade Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.
(Marking the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Not a Holy Communion service.)

6:00pm Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
in place of the usual Evening Prayer service.


Sunday, 17th May 2020 SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER


Thursday, 21st May 2020 ASCENSION DAY

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


Sunday, 24th May 2020 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

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


Sunday, 31st May 2020 PENTECOST (fifth Sunday in the month)

From 8:30am Layer Parishes Rogation Walk & Worship

This event will be in place of our usual 'fifth Sunday' joint service. It will start at Layer de la Haye 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 Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney, where it will conclude with a communion service at about 12 noon, followed by a buffet lunch. On the way there will be the blessing of gardens, fields and a farmyard.

Everyone is very welcome to join us, either for the whole event or just for part(s) of it. The walk is a good companionable stroll and dogs are welcome! If you park your car at Layer de la Haye church at the start, there will be transport back there from Layer Marney after the lunch. We suggest you note the date in your diary now,


Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at The Hare & Hounds, Layer Breton

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Sunday, 7th June 2020 TRINITY SUNDAY

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


Sunday, 14th June 2020 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY


Sunday, 21st June 2020 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

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


Sunday, 28th June 2020 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

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


Wednesday, 1st July 2020

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

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Wednesday, 5th August 2020

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at The Alma, Copford

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Wednesday, 2nd September 2020

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

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Wednesday, 7th October 2020

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at The Hare & Hounds, Layer Breton

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Saturday, 24th October 2020

British Summer Time ends tonight   Clocks go BACK one hour


Wednesday, 4th November 2020

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

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Sunday, 29th November 2020 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Wednesday, 2nd December

12 Noon Men's Monthly Pub Lunch at The Alma, Copford

The Men's Monthly Lunch Club is a friendly bunch of twenty or so men who meet at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month for an hour or so, to enjoy lunch, a drink and good company. It's simple, informal, no strings, and we each pay for our own orders. The venue rotates: we meet at The Layer Fox or The Donkey & Buskins in Layer de la Haye, or at The Hare & Hounds in Layer Breton or at The Alma in Copford.

If you are coming, please book with Jon Smith (E-mail: jonsmith@supanet.com; Mob: 07814 116 590) by the Sunday before, so that he can confirm numbers to the pub. When you book, Jon also needs to have your pre-orders for lunch if we are due to meet at The Hare & Hounds, The Layer Fox or The Alma.


Sunday, 6th December 2020 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Sunday, 13th December 2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Sunday, 20th December 2020 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Thursday, 24th December 2020 CHRISTMAS EVE


Friday, 25th December 2020 CHRISTMAS DAY


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.


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