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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 13th September – 15th after Pentecost

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych led by Rev’d Tim Weeks

11.15am Holy Communion, St Mary’s, Gilston

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 return to a manageable level and restrictions can be safely lifted.  Stay safe and care for yourselves and others.

Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them: 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, John Ross, Andrew,

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Peter Finlay

Anniversaries of Death

Herbert (BERT) Thorpe, Robert Stanley Walter, Eric CHARLIE Sirrell, Vivien Linehan, Amy Smith, Joyce Blackaby, Anthony Michael Johnson

For Prayer this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • The Parish of Sawbridgeworth.  Parish Priest Rev Simon Vivian.  Associate Minister Debbie Hore and Diana Kitson Reader.
  • The Parish of St Francis (Luton) Vacant, Sarah Hancock, (Rs), Allan Kinninmonth, Rod Mason, Barbara McIntosh

Thanksgiving: That the church has been gathering online for their All Age services and joined by many visitors. And prayers as they 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 13th September – 15th after Pentecost

Old Testament – Genesis 50: 15-21

Psalm – 103 [1-7] 8-13

New Testament – Romans 14: 1-12

Gospel – Matthew 18: 21-35

Next Sunday 20th September – 16th after Pentecost

Harvest readings

Old Testament- Deuteronomy 8:7-18

New Testament – 2 Corinthians 9: 6-end

Gospel – Luke 12: 16-30

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

The Harvest picnic at St James on 20th September and the Harvest lunch at St Botolph’s on Sunday 27th September are both cancelled.

The Harvest Festival Service at St James on 20th September will revert to 9.30am

Collections will be taken at both services for the Bishops 2020 ‘Creating a buzzing Nepal’ Appeal. And the collections of tinned and packaged foods will go to the food bank

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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