15th September 2019

HC: Jeremiah 4.11-12, 22-28: 1 Timothy 1.12-17: Luke 15.1-10:

 MP: Isaiah 44.24-45.8: Revelation 12.1-12:  EP: Isaiah 60: John 6.51-69


HERITAGE DAY Was a great success all round, and the bookstall made £836. Amazing. Thanks all who helped.


AMERSHAM UNITED CHARITIES (ALMSHOUSES) TRUSTEES We meet on Thursday 19th Sept in the parish rooms.


DEANERY SYNOD We meet on Thursday 19th Sept, 7pm at St Margaret’s Church Tylers Green.


PARKING IN THE RECTORY LANE  We have a growing number of those with blue disabled badges or significant mobility problems attending St Mary’s Church on a Sunday morning who need to park here. Please display these badges or have a word with the Rector. If you are able bodied please keep this lane clear for their needs and park in the public car park, which is a short walk away and free on a Sunday. Clergy and staff will continue to park at the rectory, though this can get full quickly.


ALL SAINTS HARVEST SUPPER will take place on Friday October 8th 7.30pm from 8pm start. Tickets are £8 each to include a welcome drink and can be obtained from Pat Dawson 433036 or Maddie Murray 07530 305385. There will be a raffle!

HARVEST We will celebrate harvest this year at St Mary’s: the school in church on Friday 27th Sept and the rest of us on Sunday 29th Sept; then at Coleshill the following week, the school in All Saints on Wed 2nd Oct and the rest of us in church on Sunday 6th Oct. There will also be services of harvest choral evensong on both Sundays.

PCC We meet on Tuesday 24th Sept at 7.30pm, venue to follow.

AMERSHAM CHARTER FAIR Please note the fair will be in town on Thursday and Friday 19/20th of September.

FLOWER HARVEST REQUEST It is Harvest Festival next Sunday 29 September. The arrangements look much better if they have a lot of fruit and veg. in them, so if anyone has any produce eg. marrows, pumpkins, fruit or hops or any other produce, please leave it by the vestry door by Wednesday 25 September. Many thanks. Jo Coldham

OPEN THE BOOK 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SERVICE This will take place at Amersham Free Church on Tuesday 17th September at 7.15pm.  EVERYBODY is welcome. St Mary's is one of seven local churches going into seven local primary schools to act bible stories in Assembly, so come and celebrate and find out more!

ECCLESIASTICAL INSURANCE  If you are looking for or renewing your house insurance, do take a quote from Ecclesiastical Insurance. If you sign up with them, the parish can benefit from this.


THE ALL-COMERS HARVEST LUNCH will be held in Church on Sunday September 29th at 12.30. During the lunch we are celebrating the life of William Penn in words and music. William Penn died just over 300 hundred years ago in 1718. Music is from the Baroque period and will be interspersed with extracts from Penn’s writings from the spiritual to the personal to the political. We are delighted to welcome a talented team who first performed this recital in words and music at the Jordan’s Meeting House in July 2018. Tickets will be £10 for adults, £5 for 5-15 years  and under 5s are free. We will have a harvest stall so contributions of garden produce, bunches of flowers and baking will be gratefully received. Kindly note coffee will not be served after the 10.15 Harvest service, as we will need to prepare for the lunch.  For tickets, contact Dorothy Potter on 01 494 729380 or email stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

or buy from Janet & Trevor Clayfield or Dumpy Swerling after church on Sunday mornings. Ticket numbers are limited so early booking is advisable.


PLANNED GIVING If you signed up on our electoral roll and church family list (which almost everyone did), can we encourage also to sign up on the planned giving scheme asap? This enables us to count on regular giving as we address our financial needs in running the parish. Details can be found via our planned giving organisers who may be contacted at the addresses on the back of the weekly bulletin and at the St Mary’s website.


VOCATIONS BRUNCH.  Might God be calling you to any aspect of service (not necessarily ordained ministry)? Why not come to the Vocations Brunch 9.30 am – 12 noon on October 5th at Chantry House (Adjacent to St. Mary’s Church), Hart Street, Henley on Thames RG9 2AU? A chance to explore with others in an informal setting with coffee/tea and croissants. You will have a chance to meet those engaged in lay and ordained work and ministry around our diocese. We are here to advise and to help you take the next steps. For more information please contact Revd.Jane Hemmings (jane.hemmings@oxford.anglican.org) or Revd Nicholas Cheeseman (Nicholas.cheeseman@oxford.anglican.org), or speak to Revs. Tim or Sue.


AVAILABLE ONE BED SINGLE OCCUPANCY ACCOMMODATION This small ground floor simple unfurnished flat is available for about 6 months, one bedroom, one living area and kitchen including white goods. Located in the heart of Old Amersham in a historic building. Contact Harriet Lemon 01494 721 781 or Simon Partridge 01494 725 468.






Monday                    16th               Funeral, 12.15pm

Wednesday              18th               Holy Communion 10am in St. Catherine’s Chapel

Friday                        20th               Funeral, 11am

Saturday                    21st               Bellringing 10am

                                                            Bellringing 11am – 1pm

Wedding, 1pm

Bellringing 3-5pm




For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Julian Chalmers, Rev Liz Norman.

For those that have died:

Elizabeth Dee, Mary Vivien

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

Roger Lindford




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