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.

For the period of lockdown churches will be closed, except for advertised times, for private prayer  
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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 Clark07717542524 
Gilston & Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644 Michael Shaw: 01279 726792 
Safeguarding OfficersHigh Wych: Cath Sharples 01279 600996 
Gilston with Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644 
High Wych PCC Secretary Gemma Martin 01279 427906 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Gilston with 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 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  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

COLLECT Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.      
FIRST READING Isaiah 64.1–9 A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence – as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil – to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people.     
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1.3–9 A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians My brothers and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind – just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you – so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.     
GOSPEL Mark 13.24–37 -  Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark - Glory be to you, O Lord Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’     
POST COMMUNION O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.