The First Sunday in Lent



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: Mark 1: 13 ‘Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels waited on him.’


TODAY: How helpful is ‘giving up stuff’ for Lent?


Collect for The First Sunday of Lent:  Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

Collect for The First Sunday in Lent (BCP): O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights: Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. AMEN    


Readings:  Genesis 9.8-17: 1 Peter 3.18-end: Mark 1.9-15

MP: Psalm 77: Exodus 34.1-10: Romans 10.8b-13

EP: Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7: Romans 5.12-19


Please note that while open for private prayer, both All Saints and St Mary’s churches are now closed to public worship. So our streamed Sunday and weekday services are:


9am Matins BCP
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm St Mary BCP EP (streamed)

Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom For all access details see below.

In addition, the Rector will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm


LEAVING AND FAREWELL The Harpers are planning to move out of the Rectory on Tuesday April 13th to their house in Little Kimble, Bucks. As gatherings of any sort will in all likelihood still be impossible, we plan to return on Sunday July 4th to say farewell, morning in St Mary’s and evening at All Saints, but we shall see how the pandemic progresses. We have to clear the house completely. If anyone would like a serviceable fridge freezer, fridge, wardrobe, single bed, matching study Ikea chair and sofa, 2-seater sofa, desks and various other bits and pieces of furniture at that point in April please let Tim know. Collection only!


A TALKING BOOK MACHINE (almost new) Is there anyone in our community poorly sighted who would benefit from this device? If so please contact Petrina Clackett (see parish contact details.)


AUTHRORISED PREACHING MINISTRY We are delighted that three members of our congregations have expressed interest in this.  Please do support and encourage them as they make a start.


VOLUNTARY THIS WEEK: ‘Herzliebster Jesu’  Brahms


PCC We will meet by Zoom on Tuesday Feb 23rd at 7.30pm by Zoom.


EASTER LILIES Due to the fact that we don't know if the church will be open for Easter, St Mary's  and All Saints have decided with much regret that we will be unable to collect names for lilies this year. Any names we already have from last year will be kept until we are able to gather names and display them in church.                                       Jo Coldham and Rosemary Valentine


COME AND SEE. Do register here for the Oxford Diocese Lent course this year, whether you are new to the Christian faith or have been coming to church for ages.  Perhaps you have been tuning into our streamed services and want to find out what it’s all about. By registering you will receive a daily reflection by email, a weekly film/podcast telling the great story of our faith and sheets to help you pray and become more aware of God’s presence. If you would like to be in a small online Zoom group sharing what has struck you in the film/podcast please contact Rev. Tim Barnard. Some of the Pilgrim Course study guides used in the course have been left in the churches to take if you prefer hard copy versions of the reflections.  First come, first served!


RE-OPENING CHURCHES FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP We do not know when it will be wise to do so, but rest assured we do not take closure lightly. We will be guided by advice from the local authorities and the diocese. Hey ho. Meanwhile do join us for services online.


STREAMING DEVELOPMENTS Given the success of streaming services from both churches, particularly that we have been able to connect the main sound system in St Mary’s, we have just received an extremely generous donation that would meet the cost of a permanent WIFI installation with fixed cameras and sound in St Mary’s. This would obviate the need for connecting up the laptop each time as at present. They key thing is that we already have the sound working well. PCC will be invited to consider this proposal.


NEW PARISH WEBSITE The early draft versions are well under way and we hope to launch the cross-parish version in the not too distant future.


BIG CHURCH READ AND SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP Many of you will have heard about The Big Church Read which aims to get people reading Christian books. St Andrew’s bookshop in Great Missenden has a wide range of books for Lent and other times: Click here for the wider range of books for Lent 2021


CHILDREN’S STORY TIME Given the current lockdown the Rector will resume this every week, and it can be found on the parish streaming site later each Saturday.


A CALL TO PRAYER With the number of deaths from coronavirus exceeding 100,00, the Archbishops have encouraged everyone to pray daily.  Follow this link for their letter and resources:

Coronavirus: Archbishops invite nation to pause, pray and remember 100,000 people ‘known to God and cherished by God’ | The Church of England


A PASTORAL CHAT Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!


PREACHING MINISTRY Could God be calling you to share in the ministry of our Parish by preaching on a regular basis? Preaching is not the preserve of the clergy and Readers!  For more details see under Authorised Preaching, or have a no-strings talk with one of the clergy team.


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 – please contact the Parish Office to get the details (it has been brought to our attention that the information previously displayed could be hacked from the notice). 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: Please speak to Peter Clackett on 01494 433044




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

10.30am 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:  Stuart Tennant, Jan Galloway, Phil Parkinson

For those that have died: Nora Chisholm, Dorothy Timms.




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                                              

Susan Pounce Churchwarden  01494727674

Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110                                       

Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044

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: