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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston  and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 26th April at 9.30am

Third Sunday of Easter

The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming one service for us all from her home and the service will be broadcast at 9.30am.

For this we give her thanks and for her continued commitment to us in this Benefice.

Our churches remain closed. Please continue to pray for the Coronavirus situation, for all the people who are suffering in any way. Let us all do our share in stamping out this virus by following the governments directions. If you are self-isolating a phone call to a friend or lonely person keeps us in touch. Pray for the NHS, care workers and all the key workers who continue to work during this challenging time to keep us safe.

Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them:

Rita Fellows, John Ross, Andrew, Mary Bates, and David Flewitt

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, Adele, Rosemarie, David Wright, Denise Murphy. Deidre and Harold Rawlings. Colin, Sue Saunders,

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Steve Cordes, Gill Thompson, Trevor Wattam, Mario Biagioni and Dave Smith

Anniversaries of Death

Jennifer Prior, Doris Jenkins, Lillian Sutton, Audrey Prince, Rita Hoare, Ada Alford, Joan Wilkinson,

Gracie Cooper-Bagnall, Alfred Bass.

For Prayer this week:

The Parishes of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick

Our Readers Roger Burridge, Joy Galliers-Burridge,

Judith Denton and Jan Bellingham LLW.

Our Church Wardens, Brenda Castree, Sam Clark, Sarah Bagnall & Michael Shaw.

For all of their hard work that they are faced with during our vacancy, we thank you.

The Parish Hockerill, All Saints (Bishop's Stortford) 

For the Ministers of the Parish and community they serve.  

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

This Sunday – 26th April – Third Sunday of Easter.

Old Testament –   Acts 14a.  36-41 (or Zephaniah 3: 14-end)

Psalm – 11`6: 1-3. 10 -end (or 116: 1-7)

New Testament –  1 Peter 1: 17-23 (or Acts 2: 14a. 36-41)

Gospel –  Luke 24: 13-35

Next Sunday – 3rd May – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Old Testament – Acts 2:42-end or Genesis 7

Psalm – 23

New Testament – 1 Peter 2:19-end or Acts 2:42-end

Gospel – John 10:1-10.

The Dean of Southwark’s Coronavirus prayer: -

Loving God, source of healing and comfort, fill us with your grace, that the sick may be made whole, that those who care for them may be strengthened, that the anxious may be calmed, and those most valuable be protected in the power of the Spirit and in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


St Albans Diocese advice about Coronavirus, how it effects church services and precautions can be found on,  this is updated daily.

The monthly prayer group and the coffee shop are cancelled for now, but will return after the lockdown.. 

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

The telephone number for the Sawbridgeworth and villages helpline is 0800 689 1724.  This is a vital link for all those who are self-isolating and need assistance.

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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