Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Royston

St John's News - Sunday 16th May - 7th Sunday of Easter / First Sunday after Ascension Day

14 May 2021, 9 a.m.
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Church News Sunday 16th May - 7th Sunday of Easter / First Sunday after Ascension Day

SERVICES:   Our Services are currently on-line (apart from our Good Friday service):

10:15 - Holy Communion (with choir) - Sunday 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!

12:00 - Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) by Zoom.  Open to everyone on the church electoral roll; Zoom details are being sent out to everyone on our mailing list.

*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.

THY KINGDOM COME: ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension Day to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ, pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus, and pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness. For more information and prayer resources, please see: or ring: 020 7898 1142.

RETURN TO PUBLIC WORSHIP: Good news! We are able to worship at the Town Hall from Sunday 23rd May. We are going to start with non-Eucharistic services and these will be held at 9am and 10.15am. Booking is required; for non-computer users, please ring Joanne (07935 774633) between the Monday and Wednesday before the Sunday in question. For email users, please contact Joanne ([email protected]) between Thursday and Saturday. Unfortunately we cannot take bookings for more than one week at a time. All welcome! Every blessing, Heidi.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10th MAY: We can’t collect in the usual fashion for Christian Aid this year, but their vital work continues helping our brothers and sisters in dire need around the world. If you would like to donate you can either visit their website: or send a cheque made payable to Christian Aid and send it to: Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London, SE1 7RT.

GOOD NEWS!: Brenda Watkin’s grandson, Jackson, is now cancer free. Surgery for new Femur and part Hip is on 12th May. Please keep Jackson and the family in your prayers for this next stage, and a big thank you for all the past prayers. Brenda Watkins

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:

WATCH OUT FOR VACCINE SCAMS: Unfortunately, some criminals are taking advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud.

The most important point to remember is that the vaccine is free of charge.

The NHS will never:

· ask you for your bank account or card details

· ask you for your PIN or banking password

· arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine

· ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.


Chris Wallis Tomato Plants
Are ready to find a new home. All plants 75 p each, with all proceeds going to the refurbishment funds. Many varieties......please either ring 07935 774633 or email [email protected] Thank you

Chris Wallis Preserves 
New season marmalade is now available. I have these varieties:

· Seville Orange
· Dark Chunky Seville Orange (very intense flavour)
· Pomelo and Lime
· Seville Orange and Apricot (low stock)
· Seville Orange and Ginger (low stock)
· Grapefruit with Juniper Berries and Rosemary

I have a limited amount of Raspberry with Redcurrant Jam

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 and Green Tomato Chutney still available at £2.50.
All proceeds to Church funds.

Please email or phone Joanne with orders.
email: [email protected] Tel: 07935 774633

SPONSOR A CHAIR: We continue to receive great support for the sponsor a chair scheme. 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.  Please note: fresh foods cannot be accepted.  Thank you all for your help. Annette Guttridge

THE BIBLE APP FOR KIDS: Download for free:

PRAYER DIARY FOR MAY : 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.

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 America and Central Africa

For all who worship at the <span style="font-size: 1rem;">Methodist Church; their minister, Revd. Charity Nzegwu</span>

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

For the work of MECO

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 Care homes, staff and residents

We pray for the sick and suffering:

Natalie Cosgrove,  Pat Bolden,  Hugh Wilcox

Peter Coates,  Brendan Milton,  Maria & Arthur Morton

Audrey Hartley, David Young,  Jackson Herbert

Julie, Angela Law,  John & Margaret Gardiner,

Andy Williams, June Viner, Salina

Nadia,  Ryan, Luke Thomson

Evangelist from SIM,   Barry Alderson

Matthew, Bob Moor, Roy Rodway

Roy Knight, Angie & Helen, Laura Cook-Read 

Thomas Cosgrove, Bernard Wells, Helen Yerrill

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

Deceased   -   Bereaved

Angela Lane        Darren, family and friends

Jill Newman         Liz Salmon, family and friends

We pray for those whose anniversaries fall at this time:

20th May - Wendy Fitch

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