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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 24th May - Seventh Sunday of Easter

9.30am Sunday Eucharist Service

The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming this service and the for us all from her home and the service 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.  Thanks to her for leading these services

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.

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:

Nick Bright

Anniversaries of Death

Derek Galliers, Joan Weedon, Hugh Beeching, Angela Smith, Hilfra Coleman, Mark Burrans Sykes, Grant Elliot.

For Prayer this week:

  • The Parish of Thorley Curate Ruth Atkinson.  Readers Chris Carr, Katharine Roper & Michael West and LLW John Clark, Margaret Clark & Linda Loadman.
  • The Parish of Meesden (Buntingford) 

James Sawyer, (PTO) Paddy Cable, (Rs)

Patricia Hamilton, Mike West, James Wyld

  • Thanksgiving: The powerful tangible presence of our creator God in the countryside and this benefice.
  • Prayers: For our mission plans of welcome and outreach to the whole community. 

Web site:

Events to be advertised on the Welcome Sheet, please contact

Christine Law 01279 411646

This 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

Next Sunday – 31st May – Pentecost

Old Testament – Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11: 24-30

Psalm – 104:26-36. 37b or 104:26-end

New Testament – 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2: 1-21

Gospel – John 20: 19-23 or John 7:37-39.

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

Thy Kingdon Come online 21 – 31 May – a series of daily reflections.

Access through Diocese of St Albans website - Living Gods love – 4th item down.  Also on Facebook

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

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

“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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