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.



Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church

is governed and sanctified:

hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation

and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth

to the glory of your name;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Have you had a haircut yet? I was fortunate enough to meet Donna from No 67 in the market a while ago (I married her a few years ago) who seeing my plight immediately made me an early appointment. The deed is done.


Plans to re-open St Mary’s and All Saints churches for services are well in hand, but as government regulations are strict we will start very small. I felt so sorry for the Dean of York who went to such trouble to hold a Eucharist in the Minster last Sunday only to be mocked in the press who posted pictures of him dressed in what appeared to be a space suit. (See the cartoon below.) At Coleshill the building has been open on Wednesdays and Sundays for private prayer but so far few have ventured inside. Do come along.


The electrical work in St Mary’s was completed on Friday 9th, and the clean-up begins. Wow, it is a massive task too. Warden Sue Pounce has managed and driven along the project brilliantly. Now the wardens will action their plan to lay out the building for private prayer during the week and work out how in due course to hold a small service safely. It looks as if we may have the resources to redecorate (again badly needed) but watch this space.


School term is coming towards its end. I am planning to hold a distanced leavers’ assembly in the playground at Coleshill and hope to so something similar for St Mary’s year 6 children too.


May I give you advance notice that Rosie and I will be taking a couple of weeks’ summer holiday and we will be away on the first two Sundays in August. All Sunday morning streamed  services will continue as usual. Revs Tim B and Sue will be on call if needed.


Our parish treasurer Graeme Coles has done a magnificent job in managing and coordinating our financial resources during these challenging times. Once again may I say I am most grateful those of you who have made extra one-off donations to our parish funds to tide us over. I do not know who you are as all that is confidential between givers and our treasurers, but it is hugely appreciated. Our wardens would encourage us all to keep up our planned giving and move to standing order. We are entirely dependent on your generosity for running the parish.      

Tim Harper




This year our holiday club is called ‘Wonderzone’. The week will run from the 17th -21st August. Each morning at 10am the children will be able to watch an hour-long live show full of fun and encouraging content. The theme for the week is ‘discovery’ and our shows will include science experiments, games, craft, songs, challenges and gunge! The content will have a Christian focus with a bible story and a message each day. We really want this to be an interactive experience for the children so every child that signs up to Wonderzone will receive a ‘free box of exciting resources’ for the week. This will include a craft pack for each day, activity books and lots of fun stuff to help them join in with the shows. We are excited to let you know that this event will be fully funded by the church so there will be no cost for families. We have space for 100 families to sign up and receive boxes for each of their children. To find out more information, sign up and receive your box, please go to www.amershamholidayclub.com and follow the booking link. Registration will be opening this Sunday 5th July at 6pm. 



Throughout the current Covid-19 crisis, we have been working to deliver food packs to needy and vulnerable families within our local community. Although we are gradually coming out of lockdown, many of our families are still struggling to put food on the table, and so we are planning to continue our food delivery scheme for as long as we possibly can. To help us in this initiative, we have just launched 'Harvest Share': we are asking for donations of any surplus homegrown fruit, salad or veg that anyone in your congregation may have. All donated homegrown produce will then go into the Fresh Food boxes and will be delivered to the families we are supporting. Donations can be dropped off to us here at Restore Hope between 10am and 5pm every Monday and Tuesday.  Latimer Park Farm, Chesham HP5 1TU.



If you have, like many people, been having a clear out during the past few weeks, please don't throw away your stamps and foreign coins.  You may remember that we had a collection at Christmas for a charity called Kicks Count.  The local representative would still welcome any donations of stamps and coins.  It would be extremely helpful if you could trim the stamps so there is a small margin around them.  Even better if you could separate them into UK and foreign stamps, then put them somewhere safe to give me when services at St. Mary's resume. Christine Pretty.



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





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 short modern language version with Tim and Rosie Harper via log in to: www.facebook.com/stmarysamersham If you would like a copy of the service please email him.


5pm Children’s Bible story Tim Harper (as above)


6pm Evening Prayer Tim Harper (as above))



Evening Prayer with the Rector from his study at 6pm each day (as above) using the material you will find on the free C/E Daily Prayer App or at the C/E website. 


WEEKDAY WEDNESDAY HC 10AM (Zoom, see 9am Sun entry)

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.  


They can be accessed from this site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html



Those who are ill: Gill Atkinson, Keith Barker, Emily Bradfield, Di Goodbody, Edith Humphries, Rev Liz Norman, Stuart Tennant, Clare Williams.

Those who have died: Ian Richards.    



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       

07842 553330                         stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

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

St Mary’s website www.stmaryschurchamersham.com                                                                                       


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