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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick


Sunday 14th June – First Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion


The Rev’d Su Tarran will be streaming this service 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 streamed from St Botolph’s Church and St. Mary’s Church.  Many thanks to her for leading these services


It is wonderful that our Benefice churches can be opened again from Saturday 13th June for private prayer.  This comes with Diocesan restrictions about hygiene and social distancing.  Our Church Wardens are in the process of planning for restricted openings and more details will be forwarded to you all as soon as plans are made. 

Please continue to pray that the Coronavirus pandemic will continue to decrease.  Stay safe and care for yourselves and others.


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

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:

Rita Fellows, Nick Bright

Anniversaries of Death

Albert Smith, Dorothy Randall, Edith Lomax, Michael Bagnall

For Prayer this week:

  • The Parish of Bishop’s Stortford St Michael, Parish Priest Derwyn Williams.  Assistant Clergy – Derek Hinge & June Knight.
  • The Parish of Waltham Cross, Christ Church (Cheshunt) 

Rev’d Teresa Wynne, (LLW) Michael Beccato-Fischer

Thanksgiving: For the growth and outreach to parents and families. Prayers: For the ministry team as our Curate joins them

  • ACP: Pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma); Stephen Than Myint Oo - Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon.

Web site:

Events to be advertised on the Welcome Sheet, please contact

Christine Law 01279 411646

This Sunday – 14th June – First Sunday after Trinity

Old Testament – Exodus 19: 2-8a

Psalm – Psalm 100

New Testament – Romans 5: 1-8

Gospel – Matthew 9:35 – 10:8, (9-23).

Next Sunday – 21st June – Second Sunday after Trinity

Old Testament – Jeremiah 20:7-13

Psalm – Psalm 69:8-11. (12-17). 18-20 (or 69:14-20)

New Testament – Romans 6: 1b-11

Gospel – Matthew 10: 24-39

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

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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