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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 28th June – Third Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych

11.15am Holy communion, St Botolph’s, Eastwick

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

Our churches ‘can’ be opened for services from 4th July.  Please be patient, our church wardens are constantly dealing with updated information from the Diocese.  We will be advised as soon as possible on reopening plans, which will include social distancing, in the meantime, our Benefice churches are opening for private prayer.  St James is open on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2pm until 4pm. An information notice is displayed inside and outside the church.

For advice on opening St Botolph’s and St Mary’s Churches, for private prayer.  Please contact Sarah Bagnall who will advise.

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, The Rev’d David Wright (past priest for our Benefice), Denise Murphy. Deidre and Harold Rawlings. Colin, Sue Saunders and Linda Wilby

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Eric Buckmaster (senior) and Simon (Sam) Hibbs

Anniversaries of Death

Florence Brown, Joyce Ashley, Sandra Brewis, Ann Whitbread, David Iles, Jim Belton, Kirsty Northorp, Derek Blackaby.

For Prayer this week:

  • The Parish High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick.

We pray for our readers Joy Galliers-Burridge, Roger Burridge, Judith Denton, Jan Bellingham LLW.  Also our Churchwardens Brenda Castree, Sam Clark, Sarah Bagnall & Michael Shaw.

  • The Parish of Studham (Dunstable) 

Rev’d Nicola Lenthall, (R) Dorothy Blackburn

Thanksgiving: For 800 years of worship at St Mary’s.

Prayers: For all that is planned to celebrate the above!

  •  ACP: Pray for the United Church of North India; Prem Chand Singh - Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur.



This Sunday – 28th June – Third Sunday after Trinity

Old Testament – Jeremiah 28:5-9

Psalm – Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18 (or 89:8-18).

New Testament – Romans 6: 12-end

Gospel – Matthew 10: 40-end

Next Sunday 5th July – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Old Testament – Zechariah 9:9-12

Psalm – 145: 8-14

New Testament – Romans 7: 15-25a

Gospel – Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-36

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.

Web site:

Events to be advertised on the Welcome Sheet, please contact

Christine Law 01279 411646

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