PARISH OF AMERSHAM WITH COLESHILL WEEKLY NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2020 Advent Sunday


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 13: 32 Jesus said of his return, ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the father. Beware keep alert, for you do not know when the time will come.’


TODAY: So how do we live meanwhile?


Collect for the First Sunday of Advent: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 


Readings: Isaiah 64.1-9: 1 Corinthians 1.3-9: Mark 13.24-end MP: Psalm 44: Isaiah 2.1-5: Luke 12.35-48
EP: Isaiah 1.1-20: Matthew 21.1-13


SUNDAY SERVICES DECEMBER 6th
9am Morning Prayer BCP Zoom

9am Holy Communion in church at All Saints Coleshill
11am Parish Communion in St Mary's church (also on livestream) 

6pm Advent Carols in St Mary's church (also on livestream)
Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom
For access details see below.


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


FROM SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER Given the change in regulations PCC has decided to resume Sunday services in church in the pattern before lockdown: 9am at All Saints Coleshill; 11am and 6pm at St Mary. The 9am Zoom service will continue and both the services in St Mary will be streamed. Make your own decision whether to remain at home or come to church. Both are good choices. Either way do join us for worship.


STREAMED SOUND Thanks to a kind donation, by the time we re-open, the St Mary’s church sound system should be connected to the iPad directly, allowing for the camera to be further away and clear amplified sound from all the mikes in church to reach the feed. However, please do cut us some slack as we learn how to get it all just right


CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT BOTH CHURCHES Given the Covid19 restrictions we are still planning on just what services we can offer and when they might be. Cleaning and bubbling are big safety issues. Watch this space.


PCC MEETING At our meeting last week we received many reports. Overall the parish is functioning far better than we could have hoped for! Particular thanks go to our wardens, parish officers and finance teams plus the parish office for keeping the show on the road so well.


OLWEN MORRIS UPDATE Given her current indisposition and the uncertainty of churches reopening, Olwen has kindly agreed to give a short recital in St Mary’s in the spring in favour of ‘Young Minds’. Details to follow in due course.


RESOURCES FOR ADVENT 2020. Advent this year will be unlike those of previous years. It’s unlikely that study groups will be possible after 2nd December even if the second lockdown ends as planned. Advent is a season of expectation and preparation we prepare to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation and look ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. Here are some resources for individual use:

Books At Home in Advent, by Gordon Giles. A series of daily thoughts accompanied by questions, activities, and prayers, offering a “domestic journey” from Advent to Epiphany.
Frequencies of God: Walking through Advent with R. S. Thomas, by Carys Walsh. This study guide uses the poetry of the Welsh priest and poet R. S. Thomas to explore the ideas of waiting, accepting, journeying, birthing, and seeing.

Waiting in Joyful Hope - Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2020-2021, by Michelle Francl- Donnay. A set of brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way.

All these are available from your preferred Christian bookshop online, and can also be downloaded from Kindle stores.
Some online resources for Advent:
Tiny poems for Advent from Engage Worship and other Advent materials from
https://engageworship.org/

Knitting angels: https://www.christmasangel.net/
For families to share and explore: https://stalbanscmedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/faith- at-home-for-advent-2020.pdf
Weekly reflections from the Church of England: Comfort and Joy: our Advent and Christmas reflections | The Church of England


CHURCHES OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Please note that St Mary’s and All Saints are open for private prayer. St Mary’s is open 9am -4pm

daily and All Saints’ is open on Wednesday and Sundays 9am 5pm. These will continue once lockdown is lifted on 2nd December.


PARISH OFFICE Will be open as usual but virtually. Please contact Dorothy by phone or email (see below).


GIFTS FOR OLWEN AND CHARLES We have been asked about collections for parting gifts for Olwen and Charles. We think as many people are not ready to return to church yet, if you would like to contribute, please send a cheque to the Parish Office, stating who the funds are for. If you would rather give cash, please envelope it and put through the Parish Office door (quite secure). If you would like to put a message with your gift, please do this on a piece of paper and we will put something together, so Charles and Olwen receive all of these. COLLECTION CLOSING ON 13th DECEMBER.


CONFIRMATION AND ADULT BAPTISM A number of people have decided it is time for them to declare their faith in Christ, so a service will take place in the new year. Any more takers?


RADIO CHRISTMAS Please see the poster at the end of the notices.


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 Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com For All Saints Coleshill the details are: Please speak to Peter Clackett on 01494 433044


HOW TO ACCESS STREAMED CHURCH SERVICES EACH WEEK

SUNDAYS
9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the contact list below.
10am Holy Communion and Evening Prayers log in to:
www.facebook.com/stmarysamersham


ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going
to
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/livestream/ 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: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html


PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Those who are ill: Jan Galloway, Edith Humphries, Magi James, Stuart Tennant. For those that have died: Maggie James, Beryl Lee

NAMES AND ADDRESSES:

Rev’d Canon Tim Harper Rector 01494 724426 harpervic@yahoo.co.uk Tim’s day off is Friday – please only contact him then in an emergency

Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 timbar_uk@yahoo.co.uk
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 susangill01@gmail.com

Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 smshield@aol.com

Charles Howlett Reader 01494 728623 Charleshowlett57@btinternet.com

Susan Pounce Churchwarden 01494727674 susan.thomaspounce@btopenworld.com

Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110 hwhughes1502@gmail.com

Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044 petrina.clackett@coleshill.net

Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687 howardpool@hotmail.com

Graeme Coles Treasurer 07703 963990 Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com

Clare Atkinson Planned Giving stmarysgiving@btinternet.com

Christine Ray (All Saints) 07714 836885 christine_ray@btinternet.com

Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 steve@streetkidsdirect.org.uk

Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB 01494 729380 stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officers for the Parish
Steve Johnson stevejohnson60@hotmail.com 01494 722230 Clare Samuels: 07966 425206 clare@noiinclare.co.uk.

St Mary’s

website: www.stmaryschurchamersham.com

Coleshill website: www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saintschurch.html