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.


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, 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.
6-00pm Evensong at St Mary the Virgin, EASTHORPE


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

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. 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.


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 except for the following change:

4-00pm Evening Prayer at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
instead of the usual time of 6-00pm.


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.

10-30am 'All Creatures Great and Small' - Pet Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
followed by a BBQ Lunch. You are invited to bring your pet if you have one.


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

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. For more information telephone 331898.

12 noon Harvest Festival Service at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton.

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.


Sunday, 7th October 2018 NINETEENTH 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 change:

6-00pm Harvest Festival at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney
to be followed by the traditional Harvest Supper.
There will be NO Evening Prayer service at Layer de la Haye.


Sunday, 14th October 2018 TWENTIETH 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:

10-30am Harvest Festival at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.
followed by a Harvest Lunch in the south aisle. The service will not be a Holy Communion.

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


Sunday, 21st October 2018 TWENTY FIRST 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 change:

10-00am Harvest Festival with Baptism at St Michael & All Angels, Copford.


Saturday, 27th October 2018

British Summer Time ends tonight   Clocks go BACK one hour


Sunday, 28th October 2018 SIMON & JUDE, APOSTLES

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


Sunday, 4th November 2018 ALL SAINTS' DAY

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

4-00pm Memorial Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
This is in place of the usual 6-00pm Evening Prayer service.


Wednesday, 7th November 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. 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.


Poppy imageSunday, 11th November 2018 REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Services in the Five Parishes will be as follows:

9-00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney
which will include an Act of Remembrance.

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

10-45am Remembrance Service at Birch War Memorial Cross
We gather beforehand in Birch Memorial Hall from 9-30am where Birch Parish Council will kindly provide tea and coffee.

10-50am Remembrance Service at Layer de la Haye War Memorial Cross
(this will be instead of the usual 10-30am service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.)

11-00am Act of Remembrance at Copford


Sunday, 18th November 2018 SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

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


Sunday, 25th November 2018 CHRIST THE KING

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


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.


Sunday, 2nd December 2018 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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

10-30am St Nicholas's Day Gift Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.

6-00pm Advent Carols at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye.


Wednesday, 5th December 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. For more information telephone 331898.

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 December 2018 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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


Sunday, 16th December 2018 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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

4-00pm Carol Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
This is in place of the usual 6-00pm Evening Prayer service.


Sunday, 23rd December 2018 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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

6-00pm Carol Service at St Mary the Virgin, EASTHORPE.


Monday, 24th December 2018 CHRISTMAS EVE

4-00pm Crib Service at St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye

5-00pm Crib Service at St Michael & All Angels, Copford

6-00pm Crib Service at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton.

6-30pm Crib Service at St Michael & All Angels, Copford

11-30pm Midnight Communion at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney


Tuesday, 25th December 2018 CHRISTMAS DAY

9-00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe

10-00am Holy Communion at St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney

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


Sunday, 30th December 2018 FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS (fifth Sunday in the month)

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



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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