PARISH OF AMERSHAM WITH COLESHILL

WEEKLY NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2020

THE 16th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

               

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:  2 Corinthians 9:6-7  St Paul writes, ‘The point is this, the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.’

 

TODAY: We celebrate Harvest at St Mary and Trinity 16 at All Saints. It is harvest next week in Coleshill.  The local farmers tell us that following the ultra-wet winter and the very dry spring the grain crop is about 39% down this year. Bad enough. Nevertheless, we all have enough to eat despite the pandemic. Perhaps we should remember other parts of the world where they have lost everything.

 

Collect for Harvest Thanksgiving: Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well being; 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 Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity: O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you: and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; 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.

 

 

Readings:  Harvest: HC: Psalm 65.6-13; 2 Corinthians 9.6-end: Luke 12.16-30

                            Trinity 16: HC Exodus 17.1-7: Philippians 2.1-13: Matthew 21.23-32

MP: Isaiah 48.12-21:  Luke 11.37-54

EP: Psalm 126: Isaiah 28.23-end: Luke 12. 16-21

 

 

SERVICES THIS WEEK (AND THE PATTERN FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS)

Sunday 27th Sept

St Mary’s

All Saints’

9.00 am

 

Zoom 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

 

6pm TUES, THURS + SAT

10am WED

Evening Prayer CW livestream and catchup

HC BCP Zoom

 

 

  

 

 

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.

 

REDECORATION AT ST MARY’S CHURCH It is going very well, and the wardens are delighted with the quality of the work. A few weeks yet though before it is complete.

 

OUR SCHOOLS Have all made an excellent start to the new term thanks to the hard work of the staff.

 

PARISH OFFICE Is closed the week of 28 Sept as Dorothy is on holiday. The answerphone will be checked daily, but please contact the wardens or clergy direct if necessary.

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Again, we await decisions on what we might be able to do, but the Town Council say it is unlikely the Memorial Gardens service will be able go ahead.

 

WEDDINGS In the midst of all the things we have had to change over the last few months - sometimes several times - we are delighted that two couples have chosen to go ahead with their weddings with us. This is in spite of the recent reduction in the number of people allowed to attend from 30 to 15. Please pray for Sophie Onn and Matt O'Regan (25 Sept) and Greg Copley and Hannah King (6 Oct): they have had a tougher route to the altar than most! We also pray for all the couples we were due to marry in the parish this year who have taken the difficult and very personal decision to postpone into 2021, that their patience may be rewarded.

 

PCC REPORT Your PCC met by Zoom on Sept 15th and we had a very encouraging meeting. We received reports on the building refurbishments, finance, schools, property and tenancy, safeguarding and mission. Given the adverse circumstances we are doing as well if not better than most parishes, thanks to the sterling work of wardens, parish officers and ministry team. Minutes of the meeting are available from the parish office on request.

 

ELECTIONS Wardens, Deanery Synod Reps, PCC members an All Saints Committee will be elected at our parish AGM on Sunday 18th October at noon. The Rector hopes that many currently serving will re stand, and new blood is always welcome. Details of the process will be published shortly.

 

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!

 

BOGUS EMAILS.  Across the country members of churches are receiving emails purporting to come from clergy or other church officials and asking the recipient to buy them Amazon vouchers or send money.  Ignore them! Please be assured that your clergy and church officials would never solicit vouchers or money in this way.

 

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSEBOXES These need to be emptied! If you are coming to one of the St Mary’s services, can you bring it along and give it to Howard Hughes – or drop it into the Parish Office any morning or give me a ring and I will come and collect it. Dorothy

 

PASTORAL CARE Please contact any or the clergy if you wish to talk something through. We can call on you for a socially distanced chat in your garden or some sensible place. Alternatively you are welcome to have a chat with the Rector on the seats in his front yard or back garden. Please take the initiative on this.

  

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 Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com For All Saints Coleshill the details are: Sort Code: 30-90-18 A/C No: 00581460     A/C Name: PCC Amersham re Coleshill Church

 

 

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.

11am 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:  Keith Barker, Edith Humphries, Stuart Tennant.

Those who have died: Janice Mills

  

 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  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                                       

Dumpy Swerling Churchwarden 01494 873931    dumpyswerling@gmail.com

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 officer for the Parish Steve Johnson                                               stevejohnson60@hotmail.com 01494 722230

St Mary’s website www.stmaryschurchamersham.com                                                                                   

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