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  
The Benefice of St. James, High Wych, St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick  
Sunday 2nd August – Eighth Sunday after Trinity 
8.00am BCP Holy Communion, St James, High Wych 
9.30am Family Service, St James, High Wych   
The service at St James, will be streamed and broadcasted at approximately the same time as the live service is taking place The service will also be available online afterwards.      
Gilston and Eastwick churches will be open as Sarah Bagnall leads evening prayer on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm, in St Botolph’s Church and St. Mary’s Church. These services will continue to be 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 continue to decrease.  Stay safe and care for yourselves and others.    
   Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them: 
John Ross, Andrew, Mary Bates, Daphne Austin, Sue Benson and Catherine and her baby.     
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, Len Castree, Adele, Rosemarie, The Rev’d David Wright (past priest for our Benefice), Denise Murphy. Deidre and Harold Rawlings. Sue Saunders and Linda Wilby     
Recently Departed and those who mourn them:     
Anniversaries of Death 
Lilian May Blackaby, Margaret Helen Jones, John Raymond Knight, Louisa Joyce Crane, Norman Dyer.     
For Prayer this week: 

§  The Deanery of Bishop’s Stortford. Rural Dean Rev’d Mandy Brown, Lay Co-Chair of Synod Di Kitson, and all members of our Deanery Synod. 

§  Mental Health Chaplains Terry Seasman, Yasmin Hamid, Christine Dowling, Sam Chirwa 

§  ACP: All the Spouses and Partners who would have gathered in Canterbury, Kent for the Lambeth Conference

This Sunday 2nd August – Eighth Sunday after Trinity 

Old Testament – Isaiah 55:1-5 
Psalm – 145: 8-9, 14-21 
New Testament – Romans 9: 1-5 
Gospel – Matthew - 14: 13-21     

Next Sunday 9th August – Nineth Sunday after Trinity 
Old Testament – 1 Kings 19: 9-18 
Psalm – 85: 8-13
   New Testament – Romans 10: 5-15 
Gospel – Matthew 14: 22-33     
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; instead of leaving them at St James, please donate in-store if and when you are shopping     
The telephone number for the Sawbridgeworth and villages helpline is 0800 689 1724.  This is a vital link for all those who are self-isolating and need assistance.     

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 01279 724247     
Church Wardens: High Wych: Brenda Castree01279 724544 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     

“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.