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

Sunday 3rd January 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

8.00am BCP Service only, St James, High Wych

Our churches are open for services, but with the added restrictions necessary for Tier 4.

Services will be streamed

Evening prayer each week

Tuesday at 6.30pm, at St Botolph, Eastwick

Friday at 6.30pm at St Mary’s, Gilston

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. Susie Borquez.

(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:

Joyce Sullivan.

Anniversaries of Death

Bernard Pickman, Hilda Plumb, Doris Springham, Michael Handley, Frederick Gardiner, Olive Wilson, Regina May, Dennis Lomax, Herbert Mascall, Phyllis Vass, William Rose, Alec Brown.

For Prayer, this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy.
  • Bishop Alan, and Bishop Richard.
  • Bishop of Hertford Michael Beasley, with thanksgiving for all the faithfulness and love shown by people and churches across our diocese during the last difficult year.  and for Tanya Willington, PA to the Bishop and pray that our hearts will be open to trust and follow all that God has in store for us in 2021.
  • The United Benefice of Standon & The Mundens with Sacombe.  Rev. John Chitham, Licensed Lay Minister Caroline Franks.

ACP: The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria.


Readings: -

Sunday – 3rd January 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

This will be an 8am BCP service and will be the only service today.

Old Testament: Isaiah 60: 1-6

New Testament: Ephesians 3: 1-12

Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12

Next Sunday – 10th January – 1st Sunday of Epiphany – The Baptism of Christ

Old Testament: Genesis 1. 1-5

Psalm: 29

New Testament: Acts 19. 1-7

Gospel: Mark 1. 4-11

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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