Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Royston

St John's News for week beginning Sunday 27th September

25 Sep 2020, 9 a.m.
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Church News 27th September


FROM 4th OCTOBER WE'll BE HAVING AN EXTRA SUNDAY SERVICE!   To enable more people to attend the Town Hall service, we are introducing a second service at 9am starting from Sunday 4th October. So there will be a Service at 9 am and one at 10 am; both with be Service of the Word, with the Choir being available at the 10 am service. There is still a limit of 30 at each service.  You can decide when you book which service you would like to come to. Please see below for details on how to book….

BOOKING SYSTEM FOR TOWN HALL SUNDAY SERVICE: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">Because restrictions on the capacity of the Town Hall room mean that we can only admit a total of 30 people to our Public Worship, we have decided that the fairest method to admit people is to have a booking system. So, each week, if you would like to come to the service, please can you apply for a place by e-mail to </span>[email protected]<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> between Thurs and Saturday, specifying whether you would prefer the 9am or the 10am service.  Please only telephone Joanne for a place if you do not have access to e-mail.</span>

Please note that you will need to apply each week for the forthcoming Sunday, you cannot book more than one week ahead. Joanne will reply to your e-mail to let you know whether or not you have got a place so that you do not have a wasted journey. 

We realise that none of this is ideal, but we are living in extraordinary times and we hope you will bear with us as we find our way forward

Entry will be at the sign-posted door at the Northern end of the ground floor Heritage Hall of the Town Hall (car park side).  A one-way system will be in place - please follow the signs/arrows on the floor.  The doors open at 10 minutes before each service, please observe social distancing whilst waiting to enter (keep 2m apart) and after leaving. We will be collecting names and phone numbers for test and trace. Inside you will find single use service sheets placed on the chairs, which will have been cleaned prior to the service and will already be arranged 2m apart. Please sanitise your hands on entry and you will need to bring a face mask to wear during the service.   After the service, please take your own service sheet home for disposal. The Exit after church will be at the middle door. This is all very different from our normal church experience, but these measures are for our safety in these unusual times, conforming to government and Town Hall guidelines.


Do join us (via Zoom) for Royston Parish Church Virtual Coffee after the service.   If you have not already signed up to receive today’s Zoom meeting invitation, please send an e-mail to [email protected] and we hope to see you soon!


In addition to our live services, we will also be live-streaming the 10am service from the Town Hall and you can watch at any time on the Royston Parish Church Youtube channel as usual.  The link is

It will be available  live from 10.00am on Sunday but you will be able to use the service at anytime after that. You do not have to watch at 10:00am if that does not suit you. It will be continue to be available on the channel.

There is also a link to the service on the Church website

You can download the service sheet, prayers and readings from 

The weekly intercessions are available below.

It is really good to say hello to each other on the Chat on the right hand side of the channel during the service. (Please note you have to be signed into YouTube to use this.)

FUNDRAISING MARKET STALL   Are you able to lend a hand on our fundraising market stall for an hour on the monrning of Saturday 24th October?  We particularly need some strong assistance at 7:30am and 1:30pm to set up and dismantle the gazebo.  Please contact Heidi if you are able to help.  Thank you!  

And please come and support us!  It will be a great opportunity for you to get early Christmas bits AND support the Refurbishment fund! We will also have a stall on Saturday 5th December.  Please put the dates in your diaries!

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

DAILY HOPE: <span style="font-size: 1rem;">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." </span>Archbishop Justin Welby

ST ALBANS’ HARVEST APPEAL<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> This year Bishop Alan's Harvest appeal is going to help people in Nepal. Following the earthquakes in 2015, communities have been striving to rebuild their lives after many lost everything. Recently, Nepalese people have seen the benefits of beekeeping. Bees help to maintain the fragile biodiversity as pollinators, and good income is generated from sales of honey. Tearfund are working in Nepal to help local families learn beekeeping skills so they can become self-sufficient again. We cannot accept groceries or socks in church this year, so you may like to consider giving to this worthy cause. Cash and cheques can be delivered to the vicarage (20 Palace Gardens) or payments can be made via BACS (Sort code: 30-97-16. Account number: 00055620. Account name: Royston PCC. Bank: Lloyds. Reference: Bishop's Harvest Appeal). </span>

More information:

ROYSTON FOODBANK: The team would be very grateful for tinned fruit and vegetables (ideally not chickpeas). Toiletries and treats are also welcome; although these aren't added as a part of a regular food box, they are available to families and it makes a big difference for them to have something over and above the basics. They don't need tinned tomatoes, pasta, rice, sauces, baked beans or soup. Donations can be left at Morrison's or the Evangelical Church on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Thank you.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> We will be collecting filled shoeboxes for children again in the first week of November. We will shortly be sending-out leaflets with more details, but for now these are the items we CANNOT include in our boxes: used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; sweets, chocolate or food items; toothpaste, lotions or liquids including bubbles; medicines; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; religious or political literature; sharp or fragile items; books with mainly words. More details of how we will arrange a collection to follow. Let’s get packing!</span>

ABSEILING FOR CANCER RESEARCH: The son of Brenda Watkin’s, Scott Herbert’s, step daughter is to abseil down 11 flights of the Lister Hospital to raise money for Cancer research. His 7 year son Jackson (Brenda Watkins grandson) is being treated for Bone Cancer. They have set up a Just Giving page if you would like to donate. For more details go to or contact Brenda

Intercessions for 27th September - 4th October

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 India, Brazil and West Africa

For all who worship at Bassingbourn and Whaddon Parish Churches

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

We pray for the community of Royston:

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

For our local schools as they cope with restrictions from the COVID virus.

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,  Neil

Hazel Moss,  Angela Law,  Jackson Herbert

Andy Williams,  Clive Tanton,  John Gardiner

Nadia,  June Viner,  Terry McDonald

Evangelist from SIM,  Ken, Audrey & Liz Franklin,  Salina

Matthew,  Angela Lane, Luke Thomson

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

Deceased   -   Bereaved

Tony Moulding - Family and friends

We pray for those whose anniversaries fall at this time:

27 September - Floss Blair

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