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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych,

St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 1st November – All Souls Day

8.00am BCP Holy Communion, St James, High Wych  

9.30am Family Service, St James, High Wych

4.30pm All Souls Service, St James, High Wych

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

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

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 again 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. Joyce Sullivan

(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

Les Rawlinson, Mary Loveday, Mary Jackson, Nancy Greenhall, Margery Blatch, Jean Paddick

For Prayer, this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy
  • The Parishes of High Wych and Gilston with Eastwick.  The readers Joy & Roger Burridge, Judith Denton & Jan Bellingham LLW. The church wardens. For all their hard work during the vacancy.
  • Radlett (St Albans) Vacant, (Rs) Eileen Bigg, Fiona Holliday. With thanksgiving: For an increased sense of togetherness developed in our congregations during the months of lockdown.

        Prayers: For guidance during the Vacancy.

ACP: The Church of the Province of West Africa; Jonathan Bau-Bau Bonaparte Hart - Primate & Metropolitan, Church of the Province of West Africa; Archbishop of the Internal province of West Africa and Bishop of Liberia 

This Sunday 1st November – All Souls Day (Proper 26)

Old Testament: Micah 3: 5-12

Psalm: 43

New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13

Gospel: Matthew 23: 1-12

Next Sunday 8th November – Remembrance Sunday.

Old Testament: Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-6 or Amos 5: 18-24

Psalm: 78: 1-7

New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Gospel: Matthew 25: 1-13.

Remembrance Sunday –Services will be held completely indoors this year. Wreaths will be placed on church altars during the services and then placed on the memorials after the service.

St James, High Wych. 9.30am Holy Communion followed at 10.50am by a service of Remembrance

St Mary, Gilston.  10.50am Service of Remembrance followed by Holy Communion.

Would you like to join our advent course this year?

Rev’d Su will lead us through a consideration of the Magnificat - Mary’s Song, Benedictus - Zechariah’s song, Song of Simeon - Nunc Dimitis, and the song of the Angels -.Luke 2:8-19 . We will meet on Zoom on Mondays at 7.30pm. If you would like to join, please email Su on, and she will send course details and zoom joining instructions before the first session on 30.11.2020.

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 07882743627

Church Wardens:

High Wych:

Janet Bellingham 07882743627     

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

High Wych PCC secretary Gemma Martin 01279 427906

“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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