Churches in this Benefice follow the C of E safeguarding policy

Our Worship Services

All our Communion services follow Common Worship Order 1 in Modern Language except for the 8.00 a.m. service on the first Sunday of each month which is BCP in traditional language.
St James the Great, High Wych has services every week while St Mary’s, Gilston, and St Botolph’s, Eastwick have one service each per month

St James the Great, High Wych

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion BCP.
(first Sunday of the month only). 
9.30 a.m. Family Worship, (first Sunday of the month only).
9.30 a.m. Holy Communion, (all other Sundays)
8.30am. Morning Prayer (weekly on a Wednesday morning)

St Mary’s, Gilston

11.15 a.m. Holy Communion, (second Sunday only).
6.30 p.m. Evening Prayer (weekly on a Friday Evening)

St Botolph’s, Eastwick

11.15 a.m. Holy Communion, (fourth Sunday only).
6.30 p.m. Holy Communion (weekly on a Tuesday evening).  
For details of special and seasonal services see the Calendar of Events.


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

Our churches are open for services with added restrictions necessary during lockdown.  One service will be streamed each Sunday.  The services can be found on Facebook under Gilston & Eastwick Churches and/or St James The Great – High Wych.   

Evening prayer – Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm at St Botolph, Eastwick and St Mary’s, Gilston.   Benefice churches will be open for private prayer.  St James, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm.  
An information notice is displayed outside the church.  For advice on opening St Mary’s and St. Botolph’s for private prayer, please contact Sarah Bagnall.  
Prayer for Growth God of mission send your Holy Spirit to give vision in our planning, wisdom in our actions and power in 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    

Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them: Claire Law and Doreen’s daughters Kim and Tracey. (please let me know if anybody has recovered 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, Ruth Ashton, Kelly Osbourne, Andrew, Donna Reynolds, Ian Neilson, Emma Wharton, Doreen Cunningham, Malcolm Law, William Monk, Jean Beeching, Rita Bird, Rosemarie, Rev’d David Wright, Deidre and Harold Rawlings, Sue Saunders, Linda Wilby, Daphnie Austin, John Ross, Len Castree, Mary Bates, Sue Benson.   
Recently Departed and those who mourn them.   

Anniversaries of Death Siobhan Russell, Karen  Edwards, Betty Millbank, Albert Taylor, Gillian Mascall, Amalia Hester, Donald Drummond   

For prayer this week.·          
Su Tarran, for her help, love and care during our vacancy. ·          

Bishop’s Alan, Richard and Michael ·         
he Parish of Bishop’s Stortford Holy Trinity, Parish Priest Mandy Brown,  Readers Hazel Wingfield & Michael Prior.·          
The Parish of Albury (Bishop's Stortford)  Revd Steve Bate and prayers for the growth of their small worshipping community.  ·          
Church of the Province of Central Africa; Albert Chama - Archbishop of Central Africa & Bishop of Northern Zambia.   

This Sunday 11th April 2021 
 Old Testament: Acts 4: 32-35
  Psalm: 133 
New Testament: 1 John 1: 1 to 2: - 2 
Gospel: John 20: 19-end   

Next Sunday 18th April – 3rd of Sunday of Easter 
Old Testament: Acts: 3. 12-19
Psalm: 4 
New Testament: 1 John: 3. 1-7  
Gospel: Luke 24: 36b-48   

It is with great sadness that on Friday we heard of the death of Prince Philip, a wonderful man who has served this country and the Queen for most of our lives. A prayer for the death of HRH the Duke of EdinburghGod of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip.   
For his love of our country, and for his devotion to duty.   
We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.  

St Albans Diocese has advice about Coronavirus and how it effects church services.  information updated daily.  
Food bank – items are always needed for desperate families, please leave items in St James or donate instore when shopping.   

During the vacancy, please contact the Readers or Church Wardens if help is needed.  Thank you.   
Benefice contacts: Readers; Roger and Joy Burridge 01279 444870 
Judith Denton 01279 723714 
Lay leader of worship.  Janet Belling ham 07882743627   
Church wardens: High Wych: Sam Clark 07717542524 and Janet Bellingham 
Gilston and Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644 and Michael Shaw 01279 726792   
Safeguarding officers:
High Wych: Cath Sharples 01279 600996 
Gilston and Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall   
High Wych PCC secretary: Gemma Martin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Gilston and Eastwick PCC secretary Christine Law 01279 411646 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
Eastwick & Gilston Parish Magazine – editor Christine Law
‘The Link’ for High Wych. Editor Ali Geller 01279 723677 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Articles and always welcome for both magazines, Unusual Experience? Different holiday: write about it and send to Ali or Christine  

Benefice Web site www.