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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 10th May - Fifth Sunday of Easter

9.30am Sunday Eucharist Service

The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming this 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 will remain closed for the time being. 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, Sue Benson.

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, Rev’d David Wright, Denise Murphy. Deidre and Harold Rawlings. Colin, Sue Saunders, Linda Wilby

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Dave Smith and David Fillett.

Gill Thompson, Trevor Wattam, and Mario Biagioni

Anniversaries of Death

Jeanie Chinnon, Fred Archer, Elsie Bovington, Oliver Copeland, Frederick Kempthorne, Christine Anderson, Raymond Kempthorne, Derek Tierney.

For Prayer this week:

  • The Parish of Sawbridgeworth.

Associate Minister Debbie Hore and Reader Diana Kitson.

  • The Parish of Ashwell (Buntingford) 

Prayers: For the Ministers of the Parish and community they serve.

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

This Sunday –  10th May – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Old Testament – Acts 7:55-end

Psalm – 31:1-5.

New Testament – 1 Peter 2: 2-10

Gospel – John 14: 1-14.


Next Sunday – 17th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Old Testament – Acts 17:22-31 or Genesis 8:20-9:17

Psalm – 66:7-end

New Testament – 1 Peter 3:13-end or Acts 17:22-31

Gospel – John 14: 15-21


Christian Aid Week 10-16 May 2020

This year, please donate to:-       


The Christian Aid prayer - Love never fails

Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. 

Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far.

Love compels us to give and act as one. 

Now, it is clear that our futures are bound together more tightly than ever before. 

As we pray in our individual homes – around the nation and around the world – we are united as one family.

So, let us pause and find a moment of peace, as we lift up our hearts together in prayer. Amen


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


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



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