26th May 2019 

HC: Acts 16.9-15: Revelation 21.10,22-22.5: John 14.23-29:

MP: Genesis 1.26-28: Colossians 3.1-11: EP: Zephaniah 3.14-end: Matthew 28.1-10, 16-end:


CLERGY LEAVE The Rector is taking a week of his annual leave from Wednesday 5th June.


OFFICE CLOSURE DATES The Parish Office will be closed Monday 3rd June – Friday 7th June.


REV SUE GILL’S LICENSING Bishop Alan is coming to commission and licence Sue in her new role as Hon Associate Rector (so we will now have two) to the parish on Sunday 7th July, 9am at All Saints Coleshill. All welcome.


NEW PRAYER BOOKS The Books of Common Prayer at St Mary’s are nearing the end of their service life and will need replacing. We are one of the handful of parishes in the Diocese to maintain the full range of Office services. The total cost of 50 new standard books plus a few larger print versions would be £461. Any donations would be welcome.


STREET KIDS DIRECT COIN RACE is back on Saturday 1st June from 9am to 5pm on Sycamore Road in Amersham-on-the-Hill. It’s boys on one side of the road and girls on the other and the race is on to see who can collect the most coins and line them up along the pavement. Come and join in the fun and help us all raise lost of cash for vulnerable children in Latin America. For more information, please visit streetkidsdirect.org.uk


A SERMON SERIES After Trinity we will on Sunday mornings be following St. Paul’s thoughts from his letter to the Galatians (the Christians living in what is now modern central Turkey).


SUNDAY 23RD JUNE  we will be doing line dancing with the SMYLE youth group! The event is open to all who might like to join and entry is free, although we will be taking donations for the Street Kids Direct "Camino Por Amor" fundraiser, should you wish. Please confirm you’re attending, either by sending an email to l.e.evans2@gmail.com or by phone 07932 072 500, so that we know how many want to come.


CAN YOU HELP?   The date is set for this year's fete - 15th June, and there are lots of ways you can support us.  We are currently asking for people to sign up to help in advance and on the day.   There is a board at the back of the church with all the details, or talk to Loraine Hollett or Steve Johnson. 



ASCENSION DAY The Cinderella of Christian festivals (older folk will remember when it was a public holiday) we will mark it with a service at St. Mary’s on Thursday 30th May at 8pm. All welcome.


STREET KIDS DIRECT, ‘The Walk for Love’, Camino por Amor 2019 Duncan Dyason, Steve Poulson, our Parish CMS mission partner, Joe and Ben Soden are walking 108 miles per day for 15 days. They plan to walk to Lands End to John O’Groats and back. The walk takes them from Cornwall, through Shropshire, the Lakes, the Cairngorms and then to the furthest Northern point in the UK, John O’Groats, and they will return to their start point in Cornwall. The walk starts on 14 June and ends on 29 June. The walk is intended to raise funds for the charity´s ongoing work in Guatemala and Honduras.. Funds will go direct to children and young people living on the streets and those at high-risk of living on the streets in Central America. Street Kids Direct is a local charity based in Amersham  founded by Duncan Dyason. Those wishing to support this amazing walk and a charity that is achieving remarkable things, can do this in a variety of ways. Please go to the Street Kids Direct website, https://streetkidsdirect.org.uk/index.php/get-involved/fundraising-events/camino-por-amor-2019Steve and Duncan will be back in the UK early next month and will answer questions and speak at our Church about the work they are currently doing.


TRAIDCRAFT Please do look at and use the Traidcraft stall at the back of St. Mary’s Church. Lots of different items and you can help poor, small remote communities and producers.


ST MARY’S CHURCH FETE – 15TH JUNE Bottles of wine are needed for the Water Into Wine stall, the Tombola and as prizes for other competitions. We rely on donations from the congregation for these, so please give generously! Then come to the fete and win them back! Bring the bottles to church and give them to Loraine Hollett or to Jane or Steve Johnson. Raffle tickets will be available after the service. Please return ticket stubs and money to Loraine. We still need size 5 or 5.5mm knitting needles, double knitting wool and a pair of old slippers.


A FREE GUIDE TO ST. MARY’S CHURCH Thanks to the expertise of Nikki Windridge and Martin Pounce, we now have an attractive brief guide to our wonderful church and to the Drake Chapel.  Pick up a leaflet by the door and encourage your friends and neighbours to visit. 


WALKING GROUP Anne & Brian Lake invite members of the Walking Group to their home at 51 Coppice Farm Park, St. Leonards (HP23 6LG) on Friday 28 June at 6.30pm for a local walk followed by a Shared Supper. Please telephone them on 01296 620169 between 17 and 23 June to book in and arrange what to bring. Places available are limited so prompt booking is advisable. Because of the limited space, please share cars where possible, and use the main car park at the Park. Directions:- Through Chesham on the A416 to where it takes a sharp right turn, by the Shell garage. Keep left along The Vale towards Hawridge. Continue on through Cholesbury; then in just over a mile; take the second entrance on the right, at the sign "Coppice Farm Park", and take first turn on the right into the Car Park.




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

Thursday                  30th               Ascension Day service 8pm

Friday                        31st                Wedding, 1.30pm



For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Julian Chalmers.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Charlotte McCallum, Rev’d Liz Norman.





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

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