17th November 2019 


HC: Malachi 4.1-2a: 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13:  Luke 21.5-19:

 MP: 1 Samuel 16.1-13: Matthew 13.44-52:  EP: Daniel 6: Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23:

 

REMEMBRANCE AND MEMORIAL The services went particularly well this year morning and evening, and yet again we were blessed with dry sunny weather. Thanks go to all who helped in any way.

 

ALMSHOUSE TRUSTEES We meet this Thursday morning, 21st Nov, at the usual time in the parish rooms.

 

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL We meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th Nov at All Saints Church Coleshill. Paperwork will be sent from the parish office in the usual way.

 

SCHOOL GOVERNOR We are still carrying a vacancy for a Foundation Governor at St Mary’s School. Could you make a contribution to this important work? If so please speak informally to the Rector ASAP.

 

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE Do join us for Advent Carols by candlelight as Advent begins on Sunday 1st Dec at 6pm in St Marys where we prepare for the coming king. It is perhaps fair to say that this is a fairly ‘tough’ service and while children are very welcome they may not find it to their expectations.

 

PLANNED GIVING WEEKLY ENVELOPES These are now available for collection in church – please do take yours as soon as possible. Please note that your number may have changed, but this makes no difference to the administration of the scheme. If you do not have a set of envelopes, but are a regular at St Mary’s and would like a set to save you regularly filling out a white envelope please do let me know. Remember that gift aid donations see the tax man contributing to church funds on a regular basis at no extra cost to you!                                      Clare Atkinson

 

LIGHTING IN ST. MARY’S CHURCH Over the next few months some of the Comper light fittings will be removed for repair. They are also being rewired for LED light fittings. We ask for your understanding whilst this essential work is carried out. 

 

ADMITTING CHILDREN TO COMMUNION . After this morning's explanatory eucharist, we will be admitting children to communion next Sun, on the feast of Christ the King at the 10.15 service at St. Mary's. If you're a young person who has been inspired to think about being admitted to communion next time, please talk to or contact Revs Tim B or Sue . Remember that you will need to have been baptised, to have the support of those with parental responsibility, and be willing to do some preparation. You should also be over 7 (although we may have some discretion on this). Please also say if you're thinking about confirmation rather than admission (again, ask a Rev if you're not sure).


ALONE AT CHRISTMAS? We know that there are some folk who will be spending Christmas Day alone and that some in our congregations may be able invite them to share the day with them.  So that we can try and match hosts and guests, please speak to a member of the clergy team.


PARKING IN THE RECTORY LANE  We have a growing number of those with blue disabled badges or significant mobility problems attending St Mary’s Church on a Sunday morning who need to park here. Please display these badges or have a word with the Rector. If you are able bodied please keep this lane clear for their needs and park in the public car park, which is a short walk away and free on a Sunday. Clergy and staff will continue to park at the rectory, though this can get full quickly.

 

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING Following the review of safeguarding in the parish, PCC has asked me to remind you about diocese safeguarding training. The diocese requires that all Church Officers (i.e. people appointed by the Church to a post or role, ordained or lay, paid or unpaid) should have training in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The amount of training depends on your role within the parish, with PCC members who have no other role, servers, sidespeople, welcomers, the coffee and flower teams, bell ringers, and the choir are encouraged to take the Basic Awareness [C0] online module. For all of these, the C0 module is recommended but not mandatory, unless your role brings you into direct contact with children or vulnerable adults. Anyone employed by the parish, or with a voluntary or elected role beyond those already mentioned, needs to take the C0 (Basic Awareness) unit online and at least one other core or specialist module. WHAT TO DO Go to https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/, select ‘Online courses’ then C0 (or C1 if you’ve done C0). If you haven’t already, you will need to create a new account, which is a matter of filling in an online form (choose “Not part of a Training Institution” when asked). Select the course and begin. C0 will take about an hour; there’s a lot of reading (or listening, if you prefer) and an occasional quiz to keep you focussed. When completed, please send me a copy of your certificate for the record. Steve Johnson  October 2019

 

 

 

ST MARY’S CHURCH DIARY

NOVEMBER

Wednesday              20th               Holy Communion 10am in St. Catherine’s Chapel

Saturday                   23rd               Peal, 9.30am

                                                                       

 

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:

For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Julian Chalmers, Diana Goodbody, Magie James, Gary Knight.

For those that have died:

Cyril Cook, Carol Oxley.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Assoc Rector                  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                          451485                             susangill01@gmail.com

Sheila Shield          Reader                                571766                                      smshield@aol.com

Charles Howlett    Reader                                728623          charleshowlett57@btinternet.com

Susan Pounce     Churchwarden       01494 727674                susan.thomaspounce@btopenworld.com

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

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            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