Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Royston

St John's News for week beginning Sunday 17th January

14 Jan 2021, 9 a.m.
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Church News 17th January 2021 - Epiphany 2


SUNDAY SERVICES:   Following the prime minister's announcement of lockdown, we have with a heavy heart taken the decision to move our services on-line for the time being:

10:15 - Holy Communion* (with choir) on our YouTube channel: https: //

11:00 - Virtual Coffee after church by Zoom (see below) The link is included in Royston Parish church weekly e-mailed newsletter.  To sign up for this, send an e-mail to [email protected] and we hope to see you soon!

*There is also a link to the service on the Church Website where you can also download the service sheet, prayers and readings:<

The weekly intercessions are available below.

A MESSAGE FROM MR NA OF THE CHURCH WE SUPPORT IN VIETNAM: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">I know the news that your country has been blocked because of a new Virus is spreading largely. May God keep you , your family, Royston Church and England in UK safe in His favours. Amen.</span>

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Brother Na, God’s servant."</span>

SPONSOR A CHAIR: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">So far we have received sponsorship for 101 chairs, raising a fantastic  £25,470 including Gift Aid towards our church refurbishment fund. There is still plenty of opportunity to sponsor a chair, at the cost of £250 per chair. You can download the sponsor form via this link: </span>  

or e-mail [email protected]

FUNDRAISING COOKBOOK: Our new recipe book, "Thoroughly Modern Beeton" is available at £10 each. If you want to order any please email [email protected]> or phone 01763 244538.  

THE BIBLE APP FOR KIDS: Download for free:

PRAYER DIARY FOR JANUARY: This month's prayer diary can be downloaded for use at home:

IN NEED OF SOME MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT? Nicky Franzen-Vipers is a local mental health first aider who also runs a local mental health peer support group which meets on Zoom the first and third Thursday of each month. All are welcome and it's free. For more details:

DAILY HOPE offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. “With many in our country on lockdown, it's important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are" - Archbishop Justin Welby.

FOND FAREWELLS: Lindsay Davidson and husband Bill are moving away from Royston to be closer to family on 20<sup>th</sup> January. Lindsay sends apologies, that under the current restrictions, she is unable to say goodbye to you all personally. Lindsay says, “I will miss St John's and all the people in it, and wish you all the best blessings for the future especially re the church building getting finished this year hopefully. I shall be sad not to see it in all its new glory, but hope that I can come back and see it when it is. Thanks for all your support in the past and also that of the church as a whole especially when I was Mayor and pestered you all a lot with my little projects!!”

BRENDA WATKIN’S GRANDSON JACKSON: has now completed nine months of intensive Chemo. His surgery is planned 26<sup>th</sup> January to implant metal femur and hip. His parents, Scott and Deborah, and Brenda are so grateful for all your prayers. Thank you! A very peaceful and healthy New Year to you all. Brenda.

GIDEONS UK: have changed their name and logo. You can search them on “Good News for Everyone” on facebook, Youtube etc., and leave comments.

Intercessions for this week

Prayer for these difficult times:

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.

Prayer for our Community:

Loving God, we thank you for your many blessings since our church fire. We ask that as the months progress we will stay united as your body. Protect us from distraction as we seek to re-build your beautiful House of Prayer, and grant us courage to witness to your generous love to all whom we meet. Amen.

As we pray for the Church, we pray for:

For all Christians in Australia, Papua New Guinea and South Sudan

For all who worship at Barley, Barkway and Reed Parish Churches; the Revd Ruth Pyke

For all who are working on the rebuilding of our beautiful Church

For the work of our local churches together

We pray for the community of Royston:

For all our local NHS workers, keep them safe and well

For all our local Food Bank during lockdown

We pray for the sick and suffering:

Natalie Cosgrove,  Pat Bolden,  Hugh Wilcox

Peter Coates,  Brendan Milton,  Maria & Arthur Morton

Audrey Hartley,  Helen Milton,  Kathy Harcourt

Julie,  David Young,  Jackson Herbert

Pat Day,  Angela Law,  John Gardiner

Andy Williams,  June Viner,  Salina

Nadia,  Ryan,  Luke Thomson

Evangelist from SIM,  Angela Lane,  Barry Alderson

Matthew, Bill Bryson, Roy Rodway

Roy Knight, Ann Deadman

We pray for those who have died in the faith of Christ:

Deceased   -   Bereaved

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Deborah Horabin - family and friends</span>

Joe McDonald - family and friends

Betty Axon - family and friends

We pray for those whose anniversaries fall at this time:

22 January - Thomas Turner

23 January  - Vera Hall

Vicar: The Reverend Heidi Huntley

Telephone no. : 01763 243145 (Rest day: Friday)

Email: [email protected]

Assistant Priest: The Reverend John Fidler

Telephone no. 01763 241886

Email: [email protected]

Licensed Reader: Reg Bailey

Telephone no. 01763 250637

Email: [email protected]

Parish Administrator: Joanne Wallis

Working hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 am to 1 pm

email: [email protected]

Parish Administrator: 07935 774633