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Sunday 29th March at 9.30am  5th Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday).   
The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming a Eucharist service for us from her home. To gain access to the streamed services, go into Google Search or Facebook, in the search box type Gilston and Eastwick Churches, click onto one of the posts until you find the picture of Wendy at Messy Church. On the left of the screen is the word VIDOEs, you have arrived. Service sheets and hymns will be posted online as well. Enjoy. Once you are in you can look at last Sundays Service as well.
If you would like to join Virtual Evening Prayer Services on either Tuesday or Friday evenings at 6.30pm email her on she will send you through a Webex invitation (and joining instructions if required) 

Sadly, for the foreseeable future all three churches in our benefice will be closed. Please continue to pray for the Coronavirus situation, for the people who are suffering, in health, financially and from loneliness. Let’s all do our share in stamping out this virus by carefully following the governments directions, and by doing what we can do to help the situation.  For instance, a phone call to a lonely person makes a sad day cheery. Pray for doctors, nurses, care workers and all those who must work during this harrowing time to keep us safe. 
Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them: Rita Fellows, John Ross, Sue Saunders, Andrew and Colin Long-term sick; Jenny Pemble, Jennifer, Ruth Ashton, Kelly Osborne, Donna Reynolds, Ian Neilson, Emma Wharton, Doreen Cunningham, Malcolm Law, William Monk, Jean Beeching, Rita Bird, Len Castree, Montie, Adele, Rosemarie, David Wright, Denise Murphy, Les England. Deidre and Harold Rawlings. 
Recently Departed and those who mourn them:  Gladys Baker, 

Anniversaries of Death  Thomas Chester, Jean Pedder, Margaret Strachan, Allan Smith, Gladys Wright, Violet Savin, Joan Walters, Elizabeth Holden, Stuart Hammond. 
For Prayer this week:

 The Deanery of Bishop’s Stortford.  Rural Dean Mandy Brown & lay co-chair of Synod Di Kitson and all members of our Deanery Synod.

 The Parish of Blunham (Biggleswade)   

 Passion Sunday    Graham Buckle, (R Maureen Munroe).

 Thanksgiving: For the installation of the new window, and the ongoing church reordering.  

Prayers: As we better our facilities, that we may be guided in their use. 

 ACP: Season of Prayer and Repentance 

This Sunday - Lent 5 readings are: -

Old Testament - Ezekiel 37: 1-14.

Psalm - 130

New Testament - Romans 8: 6-11, John 11: 1-45.

Gospel - John 11. 1-45. 
Next Sunday – 5th April – Palm Sunday.

Rev’d Su Tarran (streaming)

Old Testament – Isaiah 50: 4-9a

Psalm - 118: 1-2. 19-end

New Testament – Philippians 2: 5-11

Gospel - Matthew 21: 1-11. P

assion – Matthew 26: 14-end of 27 or 27: 11-54. 
Coffee shop – closed  Benefice weekly Lent Group - postponed.   St Albans Diocese advice about Coronavirus, how it effects church services and precautions can be found on,  this is updated daily.  
Please note that PCC meetings and APCM meetings are cancelled and the timeframe for completion has now been extended until 31 October 2020. 
Food Bank – items are always needed for desperate families; instead of leaving them at St James, please donate in-store when if and when you are shopping 
Prayer for Growth God of Mission send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness. Help our churches grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you and service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen 
During our vacancy please contact the Readers or the Church Wardens if help is needed.  Thank you. Benefice contacts:  Readers:   Joy and Roger Burridge:  01279 444870 Judith Denton:  01279 723714  Lay Leader of Worship:  Janet Bellingham 01279 724247 Church Wardens:  High Wych: Brenda Castree 01279 724544;  Sam Clark 07717542524 Gilston & Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644  Michael Shaw: 01279 726792 Safeguarding Officers High Wych: Cath Sharples 01279 600996 Gilston with Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644 
Web site: Events to be advertised on the Welcome Sheet, please contact Christine Law 01279 411646 
“Eastwick & Gilston Parish Magazine” Editor. Christine Law   “The Link” for High Wych. Editor:  Ali Geller 01279 723677  Articles are always welcome for both magazines. Unusual experience? Different holiday? Write about it and send it to Ali or Christine.


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