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The Benefice of St. James, High Wych, St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

For the period of lockdown churches will be closed, except for the advertised times, for private prayer

Sunday 29th November – 1st Sunday of Advent

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych

From next Sunday our churches will be open again for services as advertised and from next week Evening prayer will be at St Botolph, Eastwick and St. Mary, Gilston on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm.

Benefice churches will be open 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. 

Prayer for this time of uncertainty

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them: Mary Bates, Tara King, Sue Benson. Joyce Sullivan. Denise Murphy.

(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), Deidre and Harold Rawlings Sue Saunders,

 Linda Wilby, Daphne Austin, John Ross, Andrew, and Len Castree.

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Joanne Appleby

Anniversaries of Death

David John Goggin, Roy Anthony Webb, Pam Bellingham.

For Prayer, this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy.
  • Bishop Alan, Bishop Michael and Bishop Richard.
  • The Parish of Thorley. Rev’d Gaz Tracey, Readers Chris Carr, Katharine Roper and lay workers.
  • The Parish of  Oxley, St Matthew (Watford) In Vacancy.  

Thanksgiving for the work of Fr David Shepherd over the past 22 years – now retired. Prayers: For a new Vicar for the Parish and for the plans to make the church building more inclusive.

ACP: The Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury); Jorge Pina Cabral - Bishop of the Lusitanian Church  


This Sunday – 29th November – The First Sunday of Advent

Old Testament: Isaiah 64. 1-9

Psalm: 80. 1-8, 18-20

New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1. 3-9

Gospel: Mark 13. 24-end

Next Sunday – 6th December – The Second Sunday of Advent

Old Testament: Isaiah 40: 1-11

Psalm: 85. 1-2, 8-end

New Testament: 2 Peter. 3.8-15a

Gospel: Mark 1. 1-8

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

Gilston with Eastwick PCC Secretary: Christine Law 01279 411646.

“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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