Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Royston

St John's News - Sunday 26th September - 17th Sunday after Trinity

22 Sep 2021, 9 a.m.
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Church News:  Sunday 26th September - 17th Sunday after Trinity


9:00am - Said Holy Communion Service at Icknield Walk First School - booking required, for details see below.

10:15am Sunday Worship - Eucharist with Choir - at Icknield Walk First School - booking required, for details see below.   

CHURCH BOOKING Please ensure you book yourself a seat for Sunday services; please contact Joanne on [email protected] between Thursday and Saturday. Unfortunately, we cannot take bookings for more than one week at a time. All welcome!

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE ONLINE   The 10:15am Sunday Service will be live-streamed on the Royston Parish Church YouTube channel. It will continue to be available after that day.   To watch the live-stream on our YouTube channel, follow this link:

Royston Parish Church YouTube channel:

The service sheet, prayers and readings can also be downloaded from the church website at:

CHILDREN'S RESOURCES   There are resources for children on the website which follows the lectionary: This week there is also a video from the Diocesan Children's Team.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON-LINE  There is also a Sunday Service on the Church of England website:


BIBLE SOCIETY AGM:  The date is Thursday 21st October. The venue is Therfield Chapel where there is adequate street parking. The speaker is Phil R, a Bible translator with SIM. The normal refreshments and Bring and Buy sale will be present. The time is 7.30 for 7.45.

SAYING GOODBYE: (part of the Mariposa Trust) are returning to Chelmsford in October with a Baby loss remembrance and support service (part of a Nationwide chain of events). Due to Covid-19 this is not our traditional service, but we are happy to be able to bring a service to bereaved parents in your area. On the 9th October at 2 pm, in Chelmsford Cathedral we will be hosting one of our Saying Goodbye Services. Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in early years, or who has been affected by family members or friends' loss. Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend. We have also extended the services, and gladly welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven't had children. This may be due to circumstance, infertility, or for other reasons - but all are welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their families, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all. To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at:

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!  LIFT TO CHURCH ROTA  If you use a car, can you help with giving a lift to a parishioner who otherwise can't attend our 10.15am Sunday service?  In order to continue our Transport to Church rota , we need to add more volunteers to our team of helpers. This involves collecting a named person from their home, taking them to church, and returning them home afterwards.

The commitment will be not more than 12 times a year , via a rota, and the more volunteers the better, as the burden will be shared. Please contact Angela Sassoli for further details 07779 212920


For the people of Haiti, see (or ring 020 7620 4444) 

For the people of Afghanistan, see (or ring 020 3906 3906). Thank you. 

Royston Food Bank: Items which are required at the moment are: tinned meat (meatballs are popular), jars of sauces (both pasta sauces and rice sauces) and coffee. Rice or pasta are not needed at this time. Donations can be delivered to the Royston Evangelical Church on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9 and 11am. Thank you.

BEDS & HERTS HISTORIC CHURCHES SPONSORED BIKE ‘N HIKE  Mike, Rodney and Matt had a good day on their Bike and Hike, if you still would like to donate please contact Mike (245606 or [email protected]) or see the two Just Giving sponsor links, so please follow one of the links below if you wish to be a sponsor:- Rodney & Matt Dyer Mike Maze

CONFIRMATION: Note change of venue:  Please pray or our confirmation candidates, Carol Lillywhite and Alice Atay.  The Confirmation Service will be on 12th October at 7:30pm, so please save the date so you can come along and support them.  The service is due to be held in Brent Pelham Parish Church.  

HARVEST FESTIVAL: We are unable to take food donations this year, but please do make cash or cheque contributions to Royston Food Bank or the Bishop's Harvest Appeal: Water is Life. Working with Tearfund, we hope to bring fresh water to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please make cheques payable to ROYSTON PCC and we will forward your donation for you. Please indicate which charity you wish to support and if you are able to Gift Aid your donation. Many thanks, Heidi

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 all Christians in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru

For all who worship at Trinity Life Church: Matt and Cate Hall

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

For the work of USPG

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

For all our local Royston road sweepers and bin men

We pray for the sick and suffering:

Natalie Cosgrove

Brendan Milton

Hugh Wilcox

Peter Coates

David Young

Maria & Arthur Morton

Audrey Hartley

Angela Law

Jackson Herbert


June Viner

Margaret Gardiner

Andy Williams



Thomas Cosgrove

Bob Moor

The Thompson family


Bernard Wells

Helen Yerrill

Roy Knight

George N.

Roy Rodway


Margaret Coates

Laura Cook-Read

Tom Dew

Helen Rodgers


Maureen Dunbar

Susan Naylor

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

Deceased                     Bereaved

John Salmon                 Liz Salmon

Revd. John Gardiner    Margaret Gardiner

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