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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 11th October – 18th after Trinity

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych  

11.15am Holy Communion, St Mary, Gilston

Today our services will be conducted by Rev’d Anthony Giles

A very warm welcome to everybody, especially if you are a visitor to any of our churches

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:

Anniversaries of Death

Jean Winifred Webb, Reginal Herbert Minall, Julie Anne Jones, Cynthia Joy Webster, Kenneth John Kempthorne, Phyllis Kempthorne, Ruby Kempthorne, Doris Elsie Flowers, Molly Hall, Edith Shapcot, Adrian Roy Blackaby, Bill King.

For Prayer, this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • The Ash & Quin Valleys Group Ministry, Parishes of Albury, Much Hadham, Little Hadham, Perry Green - Rev Peter Bate. Parishes of Braughing, Stocking Pelham & Furneux Pelham – Rev Julie Gawthorpe.
  • The Parish of Odell (Sharnbrook) Rev’d Jacqueline Curtis, Rev’d Peter Turnbull, Curate Lynne Sandle, (R) Lindsay Hall

Thanksgiving: The people of the church and the community they serve. ACP: The Church of the Province of Uganda; Stephen Samuel Kaziimba - Archbishop of Uganda & and Bishop of Kampala  

This 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

Next Sunday 18th October – Luke the Evangelist

Old Testament – Isaiah 35:3-6 or Acts 16:6-12a

Psalm: 147: 1-7

New Testament – 2 Timothy 4: 5-17

Gospel: Luke 10: 1-9

It is necessary to wear face covering in church buildings –Choirs are permitted sing in church buildings; unfortunately, the congregation are not permitted to do so.

For your interest:  Sunday (18th) Rev’d Tim Weeks will preside at our service at St James.

THE GILSTON WITH EASTWICK Annual Meeting of the Parishioners and APCM of the PCC is on Sunday 11th October (today) at 12.30pm at St Mary’s, Gilston.

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

Doreen has a selection of jams for sale, please speak to her after the St James Service this morning

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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