PARISH OF AMERSHAM WITH COLESHILL

WEEKLY NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17th January 2021

The Second Sunday of Epiphany

 

               

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: 1 Samuel 3:9 "Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down: and if he calls you, you shall say, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." So Samuel went and lay down in his place."

 

Thought: What (if anything) do we expect God to say to us....and how do we listen?

 

Collect for The Second Sunday of Epiphany:  Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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 Second Sunday after The Epiphany (BCP): Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN    

 

Readings:  1 Samuel 3.1-10: Revelation 5.1-10: John 1.43-end

MP: Psalm 145.1-12: Isaiah 62.1-5: John 1.43-end

EP: Isaiah 60.9-end: Hebrews 6.17-7.10

 

Please note both All Saints and St Mary’s churches are now closed to public worship. So our streamed Sunday and weekday services are:

 

SUNDAY JANUARY 24th
9am Matins BCP (Zoom)
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm St Mary BCP EP (streamed)

Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom For all access details see below.

In addition, the Rector will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm

 

RETIREMENT

Tim Harper will be taking his last services here on Easter day 2021, Rosie the week after in Gt Missenden.  The Bishop has kindly agreed to our taking the rest of April as annual leave, to finish clearing out the Rectory and then to move out by the end of the month. Provided the purchase goes through we hope to move to a house in Little Kimble, not too far away but far enough. Tim will continue as an Hon Chaplain at Christchurch Oxford and Rosie as Bishop Alan's Chaplain.

 

'Thank you' from Charles Howlett
I would like to thank you all so much for your very generous farewell present, all the cards and letters and kind words. I will ponder on what to purchase with the gift to remind me of so many happy years worshipping and singing at St Mary and All Saints. I will visit from time to time, when hopefully life has returned to 'normal' and the current difficulties are fading into memory, and I look forward to meeting many of you again then. In the meantime I wish you all every blessing and all good wishes

 

MUSIC AT STREAMED SERVICES

The BBC news website reported incorrectly that only one singer was allowed in church. As long as we observe all the distancing and sanitiser protocols, we may continue to use a choir as last Sunday. For the foreseeable future the morning service at St Mary will continue as normal. Do join us online.

 

LAST WEEK

We were joined on the Sunday morning livestream service by visitors from around the Diocese on the 'Church at Home' link. It doubled our attendance and much favourable comment (not least by the Bishop of Oxford) was made online on how welcome and included people felt. Over 400 views so far!

 

CLOSING OUR CHURCHES FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP Although the latest lockdown rules allow our churches (like places of worship of other faiths) to remain open for public worship, the clergy team has decided that St Mary’s and All Saints’ should close for public worship with immediate effect until the end of January, when the position will be reviewed.  The rise in cases of infection and the increased difficulty in ensuring that our churches have the resources to remain safe places for public worship have prompted this decision. 

This has been a very difficult decision to take, but the clergy believe that this strikes the right balance between the spiritual support that churches provide and the need to protect the health of all concerned. Bishop Alan supports our decision.

Services will take place on line in our various formats as at present, from home or streamed from church with the help of a small distanced group of leaders and any musicians who are willing to participate.

St Mary’s and All Saints’ will continue to be open for private prayer at the usual times – St Mary’s daily 9am – 4pm and All Saints’ on Wednesday and Saturdays 9am – 5pm.

 

PREACHING MINISTRY Could God be calling you to share in the ministry of our Parish by preaching on a regular basis? Preaching is not the preserve of the clergy and Readers!  For more details see

https://www.oxford.anglican.org/mission-ministry/lay-authorised-ministry/diocesan-authorised-ministries/ under Authorised Preaching, or have a no-strings talk with one of the clergy team.

 

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES AT ST. MARY’S The envelopes for 2021 are now in church – they are sited on top of the chest by the piano. If you still use envelopes, please could you collect them – or is this now the time to think about doing it via Standing Order? It would help us enormously if you would consider to do your planned giving this way.

 

 

 

 

 

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 – please contact the Parish Office to get the details (it has been brought to our attention that the information previously displayed could be hacked from the notice). 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: Please speak to Peter Clackett on 01494 433044

 

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.

10.30am 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:  Stuart Tennant, Stephen Newnham, Nora Chisholm

For those that have died: Baby Cora Baneke, Beryl Fridd, Pamela Knight, Lilian Lovegrove

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Maria Shinner, Harry Stock, Irene Lawrence.

 

 

 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 Associate 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                                       

Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044    petrina.clackett@coleshill.net

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 officers for the Parish

Steve Johnson  stevejohnson60@hotmail.com 01494 722230

Clare Samuels:  07966 425206 clare@noiinclare.co.uk.

St Mary’s website:  www.stmaryschurchamersham.com                                                                                   

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