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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych, St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 17th May - Sixth Sunday of Easter

9.30am Sunday Eucharist Service

The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming this service and the Ascension service for us all from her home and the services will be broadcast at the time advertised. For this we give her thanks and for her continued commitment to us in this Benefice. 

Sarah Bagnall leads evening prayer on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm, these services are also streamed.

We now know our churches will remain closed until (probably) July. Please continue to pray for the Coronavirus situation, for  the people who are affected by this various, for our NHS and all key workers.  Let us all do our share in stamping out this virus by following the governments directions and keep ourselves and others safe.

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

Rita Fellows, John Ross, Andrew, Mary Bates, Sue Benson. Anthony Bickmore (following surgery after a cycle accident)

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 and Linda Wilby

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Anniversaries of Death

Margaret Ward, Doreen Gayford, Hazel Davey,

Jeffery Gamblin, Oliver Wentworth-Stanley, Ronald Mills

For Prayer this week:

  • The Parish of Standon and The Mundens with Sacombe

Rev. John Chitham, Caroline Franks Licensed Lay Minister.

  • The Parish of Bygrave (Buntingford)  Andrew Holford,

 (Rs) Sharon Cooper, Katrina Nice

  • Thanksgiving: For enthusiasm for mission.
  • Prayers: For a new home group in Bygrave. 

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 –   17th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Old Testament – Acts 17:22-31

Psalm – 66:7-end

New Testament – 1 Peter 3:13-end

Gospel – John 14: 15-21

Ascension - Thursday 21 May -  8.00pm

Readings – Acts 4-11

Ephesians 1.15-23

Luke 24. 44-53

Next Sunday – 24th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Old Testament – Acts 1:6-14 or Ezekiel 36:24-28

Psalm – 68:1-10. 32-end (or 68:1-10)

New Testament – 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 or Acts 1: 6-14

Gospel – John 17: 1-11

A prayer for the world

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.

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.  Will return when we are able. 

Food Bank – items are always needed for desperate families; instead of leaving them at St James, please donate in-store 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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