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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 3rd May - Fourth Sunday of Easter

8.00am BCP

9.30am Family Service

The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming both services for us all from her home and the services will be broadcast at 8am and 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

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, Dave Smith and David Fillett.

Also Gill Thompson, Trevor Wattam, and Mario Biagioni who’s funerals were during the week commencing 27th April,  

Anniversaries of Death

Eric Livings, Alan French, Vera Taylor, Margaret South,

Alan Fenson, Grahame Ward.

For Prayer this week:

The Parish of Hockerill, Parish Priest Simon Mansfield

Rev’d Su Tarran.who is caring for us during the vacancy

Chaplains within Educational Establishments 

Thanksgiving: All who support children and young people in their journey of faith.

Prayers: For Schools, Colleges, and Universities in times of financial challenge.

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 – 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.

Next Sunday – 10th May – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Old Testament – Acts 7:55-end or Genesis 8:1-19

Psalm – 31:1-5. 15-16 or 31: 1-5.

New Testament – 1 Peter 2: 2-10 or Acts 7: 55-end

Gospel – John 14: 1-14.

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 vulnerable 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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