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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 27th September – 17th after Pentecost

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych  

11.15am HARVEST FESTIVAL, St Botolph’s, Eastwick

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, John Marr. Tara King, Len Castree

(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, Adele, Rosemarie, The Rev’d David Wright (past priest for our Benefice), Denise Murphy. Deidre and Harold Rawlings. Sue Saunders, Linda Wilby, Daphne Austin, John Ross and Andrew,

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Peter Finlay, Bob Baker.

Anniversaries of Death

Frances Willison, Brian Coakes, Fred Pratt, William Rodwell.

For Prayer this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • The Parish of Thorley, Parish Priest Gaz Tracey. Readers Chris Carr, Katharine Roper & Michael West and Licensed Lay Workers John & Margaret Clark & Linda Loadman.
  • The Parish of Bromham (Sharnbrook) Catherine Wilson, Paula Vennels, (PTO) Di Harpham
  • ACP: The Province of ECUSA of Sudan; Ezekiel Kumir Kondo - Archbishop of the Province of Sudan & Bishop of Khartoum

This Sunday 27th September 17th after Pentecost at St James

Old Testament- Jonah 3: 10-4:11

Psalm – 145: 1-8

New Testament – Philippians 1: 21-30

Gospel – Matthew 20: 1-16

At St Botolph’s Harvest Service

Old Testament -Deuteronomy 8: 7-18

New Testament- Corinthians 9:6-end

Gospel- Luke 12:16-30

Next Sunday 4th October

Old Testament- Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32

Psalm – 25: 1-9

New Testament – Philippians 2: 1-13

Gospel – Matthew 21: 23-32

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


At St Botolph’s a collection will be taken for the Bishops 2020 ‘Creating a buzzing Nepal’ Appeal. And the collection 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.  

Bob Baker’s funeral will take place at Parndon Wood Crematorium on 2nd October, due to the current restrictions this will be for family only.  Bob’s family invite you to view a tribute to him.

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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