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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 6th September – 14th after Pentecost

8.00am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych

9.30am Family Service, St James, High Wych

The services will be streamed and broadcasted at approximately the same time as the live service is taking place. The services 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:

Peter Finlay

Anniversaries of Death

Fancis PETER Gallimore, John Bernard Powell, Muriel Emanuel, Robert Harold Jenkins.

For Prayer this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • The Parish of Hockerill. Parish Priest Simon Mansfield
  • St Francis (Luton) Vacant, Sarah Hancock, (Rs), Allan Kinninmonth, Rod Mason, Barbara McIntosh

Thanksgiving: That the church has been gathering online for our All Age services and joined by many visitors. As we seek a new vicar for our church please pray for all those involved in the process.

  •  ACP: The Anglican Church of Southern Africa; Thabo Makgoba - Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of Southern Africa.
  • This Sunday 6th September – 14th after Pentecost

    Old Testament - Ezekiel 33: 7-11

    Psalm – 119: 33-40

    New Testament – Romans 13: 8-14

    Gospel – Matthew 18: 15-20

    Next Sunday 13th September – 15th after Pentecost led by

    Rev’d Tim weeks

    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 Family 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).

    Rosemarie Abbott would appreciate some tinned or packaged harvest gifts a week early to be used to decorate St James

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

    Collections will be taken at both services for the Bishops 2020 ‘Creating a buzzing Nepal’ Appeal

    Tuesday afternoons 2.30 to 4pm The social group is cancelled due to the school being back (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 while you shop  

    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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