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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 18th October – Luke the Evangelist

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych  

Today our service will be conducted by Rev’d Tim Weeks

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

The service 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, Tara King, Sue Benson.

(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, Andrew, and Len Castree.

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

John Marr (Reader), Andrew Birnie

Anniversaries of Death

Hugh (Martin) Gaughan, Jack Mascall, Gerald Brummitt,

Albert Gartan, Susan Harris, Edith Graham.

For Prayer, this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • St Michael, Bishops Stortford: Rev’d  Derwyn Williams. Retired priests Derek Hinge and June Knight and Reader Rob Klincke
  • The Stodden Churches:  Rev’d Stephen Holroyd. With thanksgiving for the people of the churchs and the community they serve.
  • ACP: Pray for ECUSA; Michael Curry - Presiding Bishop of ECUSA 

This 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

Next Sunday 25th October – Bible Sunday

Old Testament: Nehemiah 8: 1-4a [5-6]8-12

Psalm: 119: 9-16

New Testament: Colossians 3: 12-17

Gospel: Matthew 24: 30-35

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.

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

The All Souls Service is at St James. On Sunday 1st November at 4.30pm

A list of the departed is at the back of St James Church, please add or amend as appropriate, these are the names that will be read out and remembered during the All Souls Service.

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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