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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 4th October – 17th after Trinity

8.00am BCP, 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 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, 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 Benson, Sue Saunders, Linda Wilby, Daphne Austin, John Ross and Andrew,

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Peter Finlay, Bob Baker.

Anniversaries of Death

John Smiddy, David Richard Budd.

For Prayer this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • The Deanery of Bishops Stortford.  Rural Dean Rev’d Mandy Brown and Lay Co-Chair of Synod Di Kitson and all members of our Deanery Synod.
  • The Parish of Felmersham (Sharnbrook) Rev’d Paolo di Leo, (R) Garry Johnson, with thanksgiving for the people of the church and the community they serve.
  • ACP: The Anglican Church of Tanzania; Maimbo Mndolwa - Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Tanga

This Sunday 4th October – 17th after Trinity

Old Testament- Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm – 80: 9-17

New Testament – Philippians 3: 4b-14

Gospel – Matthew 21: 33-end

Next Sunday 11th October – 18th after Trinity

Old Testament – Isaiah 25: 1-9

Psalm: 23

New Testament: Philippians 4: 1-9

Gospel: Matthew - 22: 1-14

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

For your interest Rev’d Anthony Giles will be presiding at St James and St Mary next Sunday (11th) and the following Sunday (18th) Rev’d Tim Weeks will preside.

The Gilston with Eastwick Annual Meeting of Parishioners and APCM of Gilston with Eastwick PCC is on Sunday 11th October ar 12.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Gilston.

The High Wych Annual Meeting of Parishioners and APCM of the High Wych PCC is on Sunday 18th October at 10.45am

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; please leave items in St James, or 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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