Trinity 20


A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus 

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 


VERSE FOR THE WEEK: Deuteronomy 34: 8 "The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, then the period of mourning for Moses was ended."


Thought: We can't avoid the bad stuff in life, and we have to face and acknowledge it, but God's promise outlasts it.


Collect for The Last Sunday after Trinity: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Collect for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity: O Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things that thou wouldest have done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Readings:  Deuteronomy 34.1-12: 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8: Matthew 22.34-end

MP: Isaiah 59.9-20:   Luke 14.1-14

EP: Ecclesiastes 11, 12: 2 Timothy 2.1-7





Sunday 25th October

St Mary’s

All Saints’

9.00 am


BCP Holy Communion

9.00 am

Zoom BCP Matins


11.00 am

Holy Communion CW livestreamed and catchup (see below for link)


6.00 pm

Evening Prayer BCP livestreamed and catchup



Evening Prayer CW livestream and catchup


10am WED




We will have music at our morning services and at St Mary some singing from a small group, but as congregations we are still not allowed to sing. Communion will be in one kind only by the bread, but be assured that this is still a complete Communion. 


All are welcome to our services in church, but please follow the government distancing and other measures required on the day. Please see note below about face coverings. 


Please do not feel under any pressure to come, and do not come if you are at extra risk or remain ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’. As we need to maintain a form of track and trace, those attending will be asked to provide their contact details which will be held for 21 days only and in accordance with Parish GDPR.  Please either bring a note with your name and contact details to drop in the box or fill in a contact form when you arrive. We have obtained the QR codes – you need to have downloaded the NHS app – all you need to do is scan it with your phone.

CHARLES IS LEAVING Some of you will have already heard that I am retiring soon. This also means moving as our current home goes with the job. We will be going to live in Cornwall where we bought a cottage a few years ago. My last Sunday will be 10th January 2021. I'm certainly not looking forward to the actual day of departure. However, after so many years doing the same job (37 to be precise!) I'm looking forward to a change. I'm also looking forward to the opportunity to be able to put everything I've learnt and what I believe into serving a new community. But however things turn out I'll never forget my time here and the congregations who helped nurture my faith and support me on my journey to ministry. Thank you all.

AUTUMN FESTIVAL The first event in Great Missenden’s Parish new Autumn Festival of Interests is a talk by Mike O’Farrell: “Covid-19: A major challenge..especially when you are young insight into how professional sportsmen and women responded.” Mike is Chairman of the Board Middlesex Cricket. Their home ground is Lords, owned by the MCC. The role of the board includes development of the game at entry level from age 11 to professional level. Mike’s talk will be via Zoom and on Facebook at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, 24th October. Further details:



SACRISTAN AT ST MARY'S CHURCH After some 20 years of sterling service, Brenda Woodhead is standing down from this role. We are very grateful to her for all the hard work over so long a period in keeping the practical side of our services running smoothly. The good news is that Loraine Hollett, her assistant for almost as long, has kindly agreed to take over. Once the pandemic is over we look forward to welcoming Brenda and Philip back to church.

ST MARY’S CHURCH DIRECTOR OF MUSIC. Following Olwen Morris announcing her retirement as Director of Music at St Mary’s after Christmas, the Rector in conjunction with the PCC wishes to appoint a new Director of Music to start in the New Year.  For more information about the post, please apply to Dorothy at the Parish Office.


ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES We are making plans consonant with government regulations, but who knows how things will develop.


HALF TERM Most schools are closed for the week of Monday 26th October.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY ARRANGEMENTS At St Mary’s the Council and Legion have requested that the Rector and the chair of the Legion be present as part of a very small gathering in the memorial gardens as usual. We will also hold our ordinary Sunday church service in St Mary’s at 11am, beginning at 10.55 in good time for the two minutes silence. At All Saints the arrangements will be as usual, with a service at 10am concluding around the village war memorial in time for 11am.


PARISH MEMORIAL SERVICE, 6pm Sunday 8th Nov St Mary’s Church

All who have lost loved ones and had the service taken by one of our parish clergy this year will be invited to join us for a simple service of evening prayer with a little music. We will as usual read out the names of the deceased. All welcome too.


SCHOOL GOVERNOR NEEDED A vacancy has arisen for a Foundation governor at St Mary’s School. This is a very worthwhile but demanding task! Interested? Please have a no strings chat with the Rector.


STREAMING SERVICES Many people join us live or later online for our services. We are learning on the hoof, about camera angles, static v moving position, sound quality and so on. It will take a while to find the best combination. Please bear with our Heath-Robinson efforts meanwhile. We are not the BBC outside broadcast dept!


DONATIONS TO ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS  While the buildings are shut there is likely to be a significant drop in income for the parish. If you would like to make a donation or catch up with planned giving and have online banking the easiest way is to make a BACS payment to: Amersham PCC St Mary’s Church, Sort Code 00014511, 40-52-40. Many already donate by Standing Order so please let our Treasurer know if you want any help in changing to this. Please contact Graeme Coles at For All Saints Coleshill the details are: Sort Code: 30-90-18 A/C No: 00581460     A/C Name: PCC Amersham re Coleshill Church





SUNDAYS 9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the contact list below.

11am Holy Communion and Evening Prayers log in to: 

ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going to will give you both the link to the streamed service and the download of the service order. The Eucharist can also be watched on demand.  

TAIZE SHEETS They can be accessed from this site:



Those who are ill:  Keith Barker, Edith Humphries, Stuart Tennant.

Those who have died:  Yvonne Bradshaw






Rev’d Canon Tim Harper Rector 01494 724426

Tim’s day off is Friday – please only contact him then in an emergency    

Rev’d Tim Barnard  Hon Associate Rector  01494 728478 

Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday – please only contact him then in an emergency

Rev’d Sue Gill Hon Assoc Rector 01494 451485

Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766                                              

Charles Howlett Reader 01494 728623                      

Susan Pounce Churchwarden  01494727674

Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110                                       

Dumpy Swerling Churchwarden 01494 873931

Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687                                        

Graeme Coles Treasurer  07703 963990                                  

Clare Atkinson Planned Giving                                              

Christine Ray (All Saints) 07714 836885                                   

Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692                    

Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB       

01494 729380              

Safeguarding officers for the Parish

Steve Johnson 01494 722230

Clare Samuels:  07966 425206

St Mary’s website:                                                                                   

Coleshill website: