18th March 2018

We warmly welcome Paul and Lorraine Upton who are being baptised this morning at St. Mary’s Church.

MOTHERING SUNDAY Was a great success at both churches this year. Our thanks go to those who produced flowers for the services.


ALMSHOUSE TRUSTEES We meet on Monday 19th March at 17.15 in the parish rooms.


ST. MARY’S SCHOOL GOVERNORS We meet on Thursday 22nd March, 19.30 at the school.


HOLY WEEK SERVICES Do join us at any or all of the short Compline evening services Monday – Wednesday, the Christian Passover, Feet Washing and Tenebrae on Maundy Thursday, and the Easter weekend services as advertised.

A NEW CLERK FOR AMERSHAM UNITED CHARITIES This is a part-time but important role in the parish. Since 1658 we have maintained one or more sets of almshouses in Old Amersham, providing high quality accommodation for single people of limited means. We have just completed a £1.2 million refurbishment of Day’s set, here in the High St. After some years of sterling service Richard Thorndike is stepping down as our clerk. The clerk to trustees runs the charity and deals with our residents day to day. We are looking to replace him. A role description is available from the Rector, who is chair of AUC. Do ask for a copy if you are interested. The post carries a small honorarium.

SOUND SYSTEM UPGRADE PCC has approved finance to upgrade and deal with the cross channel 4G interference and distortion (common to many churches) we now experience. Any donations would be very welcome.

CHORAL SERVICES Please note that choral evensong will take place in March today, and that on Palm Sunday (25th March) there will be a special service of music and readings.


ELECTORAL ROLL Please note that if you have become a regular attender in the last year, forms are available at the back of the church.

VOCATIONS God is constantly inviting men and women of all ages and backgrounds to various ministries, ordained and lay. If you feel the ‘still small voice’ and would like to have a no-strings chat with any of the clergy or readers do not hesitate to do so.

CHURCH FETE This year's fete will be on Saturday 16th June. Last year we raised over £3,000 for charity. It’s time to start planning again and the committee are keen to involve more members of the congregation in this activity. We meet once a month Feb-June and it’s not a major commitment but it is a fun and rewarding thing to do! If you are interested, please speak to Loraine Hollett (01494 728863).

ANNUAL PARISH REPORTS If you send me an annual report, I will be looking forward to receiving it within the next two/three weeks! Dorothy


FLOWERS In the past, many of the congregation have donated money for the Easter lilies in memory of a loved one. The price of lily is £3.00 for each person named. Donations for all the other flowers used at Easter will also be very welcome. To save disappointment, please could we have all donations in by Sunday 25 March as the list has to be finished by the next day and then mounted. Please make donations to Jo Coldham 725284 or Brenda Woodhead 722636 for St Mary’s (all St Mary’s cheques made payable to Jo Coldham, please) and Judi Herbert 433534 for Coleshill (please make Coleshill cheques payable to All Saints Church Flower Fund).


WALKING GROUP. The next walk will be on Friday 23rd March and, after allowing time to make our menu choices, setting off at 1030 from the Bear on the Barge pub Harefield (Nr Denham) UB9 6PE. If you would like to join us please contact Jo and George Worrall at geoanjo@waitrose.com or 01494 764555 by Wednesday 21st March. Directions - A42 and then A412 to Denham Green. At the traffic lights just past the approach to Denham Station fork right along Moorhall Rd towards Harefield.  Pub comes up on the right after about half a mile. Large car park.


HELP NEEDED The coffee team are in need of another member in order to keep our number up to 26.  The duties are only 4 times per year, and involve setting up before the service, serving and clearing away after the service.  We work in twos each week, so the duties are shared. If you can help us, we would be most grateful. Please contact Janet Clayfield after the service, or on 01494 725469. Thank you.


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.


CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR Applicants are invited for this part time post to work in the office in Chalfont St Giles Parish Church managing the Church administration. The post is 15 hours of work per week paid at £10.50 per hour. The Administrator is employed by the Parochial Church Council and works closely with the Rector and the Churchwardens. Application forms may be obtained from: The Rector, The Rectory, 2 Deanway, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4JH Email rectorcsg@stgileschurch2.plus.com   Tel 01494 872097 Completed application forms deadline: Saturday 31st March 2018


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





Wednesday                          21st                Holy Communion, 10am, St Catherine’s Chapel   Thursday                                   22nd              Work on Sound System                           

Friday                                    23rd               Work on Sound System           

Saturday                               24th               Peal, 9.30am






For those who are ill:       

Philip Gibson, Charlotte McCallum, Dennis Pritchard.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Tom Burns, Alex Windsor, Derek & Pat Westcott

For those who have died:

Andrew Burrell, Olive Coster, Duncan McInnes.

For the family and friends of those who died a year ago:

James Smith



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        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


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