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 
Sunday 17th January 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany 
9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych   

Our churches are open for services, but with the added restrictions necessary for a full lockdown.  

   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. (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:   

Anniversaries of Death Winifred Long, Gladys Brown, Diana Chamberlain, Jade Badcock, Irene Filler, David Carter, Joan Chester, Jean Francis, Ethel Hone, June Ferguson, Frank Fellows, Kathleen Gaughan, Joy Tulloch.   

For Prayer, this week:·         
Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy. ·         
Bishop Alan, Bishop Richard and Bishop Michael ·         
The Deanery of Bishops Stortford.  Rural Dean Mandy Brown.  Lay Co-Chair of Synod Di Kitson and all members of our Deanery Synod.   

Readings: -Sunday 17th January – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
   Old Testament: 1 Samuel 3. 1-10 [11-20] 
Psalm: 139. 1-5, 12-18 
New Testament: Revelation 5. 1-10 
Gospel: John 1. 43-51   

Next Sunday 24th January – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany 
Old Testament: Genesis 14. 17-20 
Psalm: 128 
New Testament: Revelation 19. 6-10 
Gospel: John 2. 1-11   

Lent Course Rev’d Su will be running the course on Zoom, commencing on 22 February at 7.30pm for six weeks.  The course is called ‘Broken’ –  And is based on a BBC series about real life and real faith.  Please email Su if you are interested in joining the course.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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 Officers 
High Wych: Cath Sharples 01279 600996 
Gilston with Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644 
High Wych PCC Secretary Gemma Martin -   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.        

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   
FIRST READING  (Short reading) 1 Samuel 3.1–10 A reading from the first book of Samuel The boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The LORD called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’    

SECOND READING Revelation 5.1–10 A reading from the book of Revelation 
I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’     

GOSPEL John 1.43–51 Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’     

POST COMMUNION God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.