21st January 2018

We welcome the family and friends of Arthur Brown who is being baptised this morning in St. Mary’s Church.

ASH WEDNESDAY  Lent begins on Wednesday Feb 14th. All are welcome to mark this at 10am in St Mary’s or at 8pm in All Saints. Imposition of ashes will be available for those who wish.


LENT GROUPS We will be running a number of special study groups as usual this year. Please think about being part of one. Details to follow soon.

WHAT IS OPEN THE BOOK?  It's a group of 3-4 Storytellers conveying major Bible stories during (primary) school assembly through the use of props and a script.  The children get involved too and it is a lot of fun, and it only takes 10-15 minutes to do. We'd would love to recruit members of St Mary's Church onto our Storyteller team.  The level of commitment is up to you, depending on your availability, once a month or once every six weeks or similar that would be fantastic. It's an all inclusive scheme, anyone can get involved, from reserved retired people through to true thespians, young and older!  If it is not for you perhaps someone you know would be ideal, please pass it on.  It runs weekly at St. Mary's School in assembly on Tuesday mornings.  If you feel you could get involved please get in touch with me in church, harrietlemon163@gmail.com or 01494 721 781.


CHORAL EVENSONG. All are welcome to join us next Sunday 28th January at 6.00 pm for choral evensong at St Mary's with the riches of music in worship around the classic words of Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer and to take part.


ALL SAINTS’ FLOWER FUND COFFEE MORNING to be held on Wednesday 24th January 2018 10am – 12 noon at the McNeillys’ home, Forge House, Village Road, Coleshill. Entry £2.50. Raffle and Bring and Buy. Please donate any items you would like to receive yourself, gifts, books, cakes or preserves. Delicious cakes and coffee and a good place to catch up with friends and neighbours. Please help us to raise money for the church flower fund. Items for sale can be left in advance at Friars Vane. Any queries, please phone Rosemary Valentine on 725794.


LIGHT BULBS Following the replacement of the lights at All Saint’s in favour of low energy efficient light bulbs we have in the region of 120 small bayonet 25W, clear candle bulbs varying from unused to undetermined life usage.  Should anyone wish to have any bulbs can they please contact Petrine Clackett (petrina.clackett@coleshill.net) before the end of January.


BEAT THE BLUES LUNCH.  All are welcome to a bring and share lunch in St Mary’s at 12.30pm on Sunday 28th January to beat the blues of January.


WALKING GROUP The next walk will take place on Tuesday February 20th. Details to follow in due course.

St Mary's Church, Old Amersham are holding a flower arranging workshop on Friday 26 January at 9.30am in the church. Anyone interested in coming along is welcome. It doesn't matter if you have never flower arranged before as we can show you how to start. If you are interested in coming, please contact Jo Coldham ( 01494-725284 or email joannacoldham@gmail.com). I will let you know what you need to bring.


BUCKINGHAM AREA DAY CONFERENCE 2018 Bishop Steven, the Bishop of Oxford together with Bishop Alan and the Area Team are hosting a one day conference on ‘Called to be Christ Like’. This will take place in Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Oxford Road, Aylesbury HP21 8PE on 24th March 2018 10am-4.30pm. Tea and coffee provided, but do bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential: bucksareaconference.eventbrite.co.uk or bucksareaconference@oxford.anglican.org

SOUND SYSTEMS IN BOTH CHURCHES We are running into major blips, partly as the systems are ageing and needing a digital upgrade. Work is being planned.


BUCKS HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE  We have received a cheque for £160 being our share of the proceeds. Huge thanks to all who took part.

LIFE’S BIG ISSUES continues this week on Tuesday 23rd January at 8pm at 11 Longfield Drive and we will be considering “Why am I here? Is there more to life than this?”. If you did not attend last week but would like to come please contact Ian Miller (ianddmiller@outlook.com)’

CAR PARKING  As a church we need to be good neighbours when we come to St Mary's.  Please remember that Flint Barn Court is private property and we have no rights to park cars at any time there unless visiting the Parish Office for a very brief period.


DEANERY VISIT TO OBERAMMERGAU 2020 Amersham Deanery is organising a seven night long pilgrimage to Bavaria that will be centred around the Passion Play, but will also include other sites of both Christian importance and general interest. Rev’d Christoph Lindner – Rector of Denham will be acting as our Chaplain for the Pilgrimage. We will be based in a hotel where we will have times set aside for reflection, prayer and worship. For more information please go to amershamdeanery.org.uk




Wednesday              24th               Holy Communion 10am, St Catherine’s Chapel

Friday                        26th               Flower Workshop 9.30am-12 noon




For those who are ill:       

Lynda Fallen, Charlotte McCallum, Duncan McInnes, Alex Windsor.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Derek & Pat Westcott

For those who have died:

Christopher Hill, Mark Murphy.




Rev’d 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 Assoc Rector                  728478                          timbar_uk@yahoo.co.uk

                      Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday

Rev’d Sue Gill        Asst Curate                          451485                             susangill01@gmail.com

Sheila Shield          Reader                                571766                                      smshield@aol.com

Charles Howlett    Reader                                728623          charleshowlett57@btinternet.com

Ian Miller             Ordinand on placement                                            ianddmiller@outlook.com

Peter Whipday     Churchwarden       01296 295996                         p.whipday@hotmail.co.uk

Howard Hughes   Churchwarden       01494 723110                       hwhughes1502@gmail.com

Dumpy Swerling  Churchwarden       01494 873931                    dumpyswerl@btinernet.com

Howard Pool        Churchwarden                   727687                         howardpool@hotmail.com

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

Kathryn Ridout    Youth Leader              07955 242648                       stmarysyouthamersham@gmail.com

Caroline Hughes   Planned Giving    07813 870947                           Carolineaf6@hotmail.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            01494 729380               stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officer for the Parish  -  Steve Johnson                    stevejohnson60@hotmail.com

tel: 01494 722230

St Mary’s website                        www.stmaryschurchamersham.com

Coleshill website                  www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saints-church.html