Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Royston

St John's News for week beginning Sunday 7th March

5 Mar 2021, 9 a.m.
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Church News - Sunday 7th March - 3rd Sunday of Lent


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: follow this link:

or look on our YouTube videos channel:

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.

TEA TIME PRAISE  Our next tea time praise service is this Sunday, 7th March at 3pm:

MORNING PRAYER: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">During Lent we will be holding Morning Prayer on Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am commencing on February 22nd. Please email me if you wish to join us so we can send you an invitation: </span>[email protected]<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> No experience necessary and attendees can participate as much as they wish. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to ask Reg or myself. All are most welcome, Heidi.</span>

LENT COURSE: We are now running an online Lent course using Zoom on Wednesday afternoons on February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 2.30pm. We will be using a book by Paula Gooder entitled Lentwise: Spiritual Essentials for Real Life.  As we journey through life, we face challenges - both big and small. What spiritual essentials will help us survive life's storms? Lentwise is a five-session course which helps us to deal with the rigors of real life. Using fresh insights from John's gospel, it explores direction, nourishment, wisdom, refreshment and security. It is advisable to have a copy of the book if you plan to attend the course. ISBN: 9780715142158 (£6.99).   Zoom invitations are in the weekly e-mail notices from the church. Blessings, Heidi 

JOURNEY WITH JESUS is an online retreat for families (with children aged about 3-11 years). It’s on Good Friday, 2nd April from 10.30am – 12pm and there will be stories, activities to do at home, and meditations. Activities will be flexible, and families will be encouraged to use what they have at home (contents of recycling, stones, sticks, pen and paper, etc). The event is free, but registration is required: Places are going fast, so sign up soon!   

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: There are some online conferences at the end of March if you would like to know more about OCC's work. Please see: It's estimated that 250,000 boxes have been sent to Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Central Asia, Moldova, Nigeria and Serbia. Thank you for your support! 

TWIN YOUR VACCINE?  Your two doses of vaccine (depending on which kind you had) might be worth between £4 and £30. If you could have afforded to buy it for yourself, please consider twinning your vaccination by donating to Unicef. Rev'd Scott Patteson and his wife, Rowan have set up a JustGiving page which will be linked to Unicef's Covax project. For more details, please see:

28 TOO MANY: Ann-Marie Wilson is doing a sponsored cycle ride in her sitting room where she will cycle for 28 minutes at a time whilst thinking about each of the 28 countries that she supports through her work for 28 Too Many. Any money donated will be matched by a third party. Please see:

SPONSOR A CHAIR: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">So far we have received sponsorship for 128 chairs, raising over  £32,000 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.  

ROYSTON FOOD BANK:  needs the following items jam, Long life milk, tuna, tinned meat, tinned fruit (not peaches), pasta sauces (but not pasta), and coffee. Please can you take these items to your local collection point, or to the food bank at the Evangelical Church on York Way on Wednesday or Saturday from 10am-12noon.  Thank you all for your help.  Annette Guttridge

THE BIBLE APP FOR KIDS: Download for free:

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

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.

CHRIS WALLIS PRESERVES:  New season marmalade is now available, with the following varieties:

· Seville Orange

· Dark Chunky Seville Orange (very intense flavour)

· Seville Orange and Lime

· Seville Orange and Apricot

· Seville Orange and Ginger

· Grapefruit with Juniper Berries and Rosemary

Unfortunately I have had to increase the price for the first time in over 5 years. The cost of jars, sugar and especially fruit have all risen significantly over the last couple of years. The new price is £3.

I also have Red Tomato Chutney, Green Tomato Chutney, Pear Chutney and Beetroot Chutney still available at £2.50. All proceeds to Church funds.

Please email or phone Joanne with orders.

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 South Sudan, Congo and Canada

For all who worship at Bassingbourn and Whaddon Parish Churches (currently in vacancy)

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

For the work of the Vietnamese Church

We pray for the community of Royston:

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

For all our local Health Centres and the rollout of the Covid vaccine

We pray for the sick and suffering:

Natalie Cosgrove,  Pat Bolden,  Hugh Wilcox

Peter Coates,  Brendan Milton,  Maria & Arthur Morton

Audrey Hartley,  Kathy Harcourt

Julie,  David Young,  Jackson Herbert

Pat Pritchard, Angela Law,  John & Margaret Gardiner, 

Andy Williams,  June Viner,  Salina

Nadia,  Ryan,  Luke Thomson

Evangelist from SIM,  Angela Lane,  Barry Alderson

Matthew, Bob Moor, Roy Rodway

Roy Knight, Angie & Helen, Jo and Graham Brown

Thomas Cosgrove

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

Deceased   -   Bereaved

Claude Brown - family and friends

Geoffrey Jarman - family and friends

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Clive Cresswell - Judy, family and friends</span>

We pray for those whose anniversaries fall at this time:

8 March - Peter Burt

12 March - Chellis Hearn

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