26th January 2020 

HC: Isaiah 9.1-4: 1 Corinthians 1.10-18: Matthew 4.12-23:

MP: Amos 3.1-8: 1 John 1.1-4: EP: Ecclesiastes 3.1-11: 1 Peter 1.3-12:


GILBERT & SULLIVAN The Men and Their Music is the title of our next charity fundraiser on Friday 6th March at 7.00 p.m. in St Mary’s Church. The speaker, Paul Huggins, is a member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society which aims to encourage appreciation of the works of the famous duo. It is in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and tickets at £7 each can be obtained from the Parish Office, Dumpy Swerling or Howard Hughes.


MANY THANKS to those of you who donated stamps and coins for the charity Kicks Count. There was a fantastic response. No more donations can be accepted now. I will report on the exact amount raised in the next Parish Mag.


ALMSHOUSE TRUSTEES Our next meeting is on Thursday January 30th at 10am.


ALL SAINTS COMMITTEE We meet in Coleshill church on Tuesday February 4th at 7.30pm.


CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL OXFORD The Rector’s next outing as Precentor at Choral Evensong in Saturday 15th February at 6pm. All welcome. He hopes to be well this time!


ADMITTING BAPTIZED CHILDREN TO COMMUNION BEFORE CONFIRMATION.  Three younger members of the St Mary’s congregation are due to be admitted at our 10.15 am service on 2nd February.  As part of their preparation and as a refresher for grown-ups, Revs Tim B and Sue are leading an explanatory Eucharist at All Saints’ at 9.00 today.  If there are any other children who would like to be admitted please talk to Revs Tim or Sue asap. A reminder: you will need to have been baptised, have the support of those with parental responsibility, and be prepared 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).


MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING.  This will be resumed on Saturday 8th February.  All are welcome to join us at All Saints' Church for about 45 minutes from 10am to pray for the needs of people and the community.


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


WALKING GROUP The next walk will set off at 1030 on Tuesday 4th February from the Coy Carp, Coppermill Lane, Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6HZ Please arrive in time to make your menu choices. If you wish to join us please contact 01494 764555 or geoanjo@waitrose.com by Sunday 2nd February. Directions -from the A404 take the right turn indicating Chorleywood Station and proceed under the railway bridge and along Old Shire Lane passing the Stag at Heronsgate on the rhs and continuing across the junction with the M25 until you come to the next roundabout turning right on to Denham Way. After about a 1.5 miles turn left at the r’about into Chalfont Lane. At T junction turn right then left into Coppermill Lane. The pub is about half a mile on the rhs.


FLOWER WORKSHOP St Mary's flower group are having a workshop on Friday 31 January in church at 9.30am. If anyone would like to come and have a go, please contact Jo Coldham (joannacoldham@gmail.com or ring 01494-725284)


A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR In September 2020 I will complete 41 years of service in the front line, either as a teacher at inner city London schools or full time with the Church of England. The time has come to take retirement as Rector and Co Area Dean of Amersham. My final Sunday will thus be 6th Sept 2020. It has been the policy of Dioceses for clergy to be offered a Sabbatical term every ten years or so. For a variety of reasons my applications have never succeeded, so the Bishop has kindly offered me the rest of the autumn term as sabbatical/garden leave in lieu, and so I will be paid till the end of the year. Rosie being younger than me wishes to work on. As she has lived and worked as Incumbent of Gt Missenden from Amersham Rectory for many years, the Bishop has also kindly agreed that we can continue to live in this house for her to do that until it is needed for my successor. I have no intention of winding down in any way over the next few months and am keen for parish, school and deanery life to continue as usual.


ALL SAINTS CHURCH FLOWER FUND COFFEE MORNING On January 15th we held our annual fund raising coffee morning and Bring and Buy in aid of the Church Flower Fund, this year at the Valentines’ home. We had a very successful and enjoyable morning and raised the amazing total of £782. Thank you all so much to all of you who supported it.


Knitting for Rwanda   Dame Helen Hyde, Patron of the Rwandan Sisterhood, is taking a group of adults and Sixth Formers back to Kigali in February, so Jane and I would like to round up all the knitted squares and compile them into as many baby blankets as possible for Dame Helen to take. We have at home 15 completed blankets, which is a wonderful outcome: that’s 300 squares knitted by members of the congregation and their friends. If you have squares still to complete, please try to get them to us as soon as you can, and certainly the end of this month. Thank you all again.                                                                         Steve Johnson






Wednesday              29th             Holy Communion 10am in St. Catherine’s Chapel

                                                       Amersham Society Lecture 7.30pm

Thursday                  30th               Funeral, 2.30pm

                                                        Peal 6pm

Friday                        31st               Flower Workshop 9am-1pm


For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Jeanette Cash, Chris Duchezeau, Gary Knight.

For your Private Prayers at home:

Julian Chalmers.

For those that have died:

Patricia Davidson, Irene Lawrence, Ramon Nutman, Harry Stock, Pamela Williams






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