Site A-Z   title="Eastwick & Gilston Parish Council in Hertfordshire">

Local News & Notices



The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 30th August – Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych

The services will be streamed and broadcasted at approximately the same time as the live service is taking place. The service will also be available online afterwards.

Sarah Bagnall leads evening prayer on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm, in St Botolph’s Church and St. Mary’s Church. These services are streamed

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 and Catherine and her baby, John Marr. Rev’d Debbie Hore. Tara King

(Please let me know if anybody is now better and needs removing from this list, or needs to be added to the long term sick list)

And for the 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. Sue Saunders, Linda Wilby and Daphne Austin,

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Anniversaries of Death

Irene Margaret Brown, Trevor John Helmer, Betty Frances Preston, Kenneth John Walker.

For Prayer this week:

  • The Parishes of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick. We prayer for all our Church Wardens and Readers and PCC’s during our vacancy and thank them all for all of their hard work during this time and wish them well.
  • Luton (Luton) Mike Jones, Catherine Moss, (PTO) Chris Adams. Thanksgiving: For our Joys kills Course training in relationships.
  • ACP: The United Church of South India; Dharmaraj Rasalam - Moderator of CSI & Bishop of South Kerala

This Sunday 30th August – Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Old Testament – Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm – 26: 1-8

New Testament – Romans 12: 9-21

Gospel – Matthew 16: 21-28

Next Sunday 6th September

Old Testament - Ezekiel 33: 7-11

Psalm – 119: 33-40

New Testament – Romans 13: 8-14

Gospel – Matthew 18: 15-20

It is now necessary to wear face covering in church buildings – small choirs can sing in churches; the congregation cannot sing.

High Wych PCC will meet after the service on Sunday 6th September 2020

The Harvest Service at St James on 20th September has been moved to 11.00am, followed by a bring your own picnic lunch.  (restrictions at the time permitting).

The Harvest Festival Service at St Botolph’s, Eastwick is on Sunday 27th September at 11.15am and will be followed by Harvest Lunch.

Tuesday afternoons 2.30 to 4pm

The social group is cancelled as the school starts back later this week (parking!!)

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.

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

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


[+ go back...]