21st July 2019

HC: Amos 8.1: Colossians 1.15-28: Luke 10.38-end:

MP: Deuteronomy 30.1-10: 1 Peter3.8-18: EP: Songs of Praise:


We welcome the family and friends of Thomas Fletcher, Diell Lumley and Matthew and Jessica Honour being baptised this morning at St. Mary’s Church.


YEW TREES The overgrown yew trees in St Mary’s churchyard (which turn out to be very old) will receive an expert trim on Thursday 25th July. Thanks go to our wardens for arranging planning permission and faculty, the tree surgeons, and to the Town Council who have kindly agreed to pay.

CHARITABLE GIVING report back from Steve Poulson, Street Kids Direct - Thank you for your continued prayers and support for my work in Honduras. The funds sent by the Charitable Giving Committee are a great contribution to making it possible for me to serve in Honduras. Through this and other funding, we have been able to achieve the following since November last year: We have 44 children/young people in education, of whom half have joined very recently and 23 of these have full/part scholarships. The Alas Network was started. This is a growing group of 4 projects that mentor young people in Honduras. Safeguarding policies and training have been setup in several projects and are an important part of my everyday work. Thank you again for your support.

RISE On Sunday 21st July, Rise are going to the National Gallery in London to look at Religious Art. If you would like to join us we are meeting at Amersham Station at 12.30pm to catch the 12.39pm train. We plan to look at some specific paintings and finish the day with coffee and cake before heading home. For more information speak to Martin Pounce.


FETE KNITTING COMPETITION Those knitters who took their square home to finish, please could you let us have them when you have finished them so that we can sew them together into a blanket for Rwanda from the fete. If you would like to continue knitting the squares, please feel free to do so and let us know - we have more wool if you would like it. Thank you to those who already have. Jane and Steve Johnson.


END OF TERM Please note our school end of terms services will take place on Wednesday 24th July, 9.30am in St Mary’s and 11am at All Saints. The Wednesday communion service will be held in the Drake Chapel.


SONGS OF PRAISE will be held in St. Mary’s church, tonight at 6pm on which is replacing Choral Evensong the next week (28th July). If you would like a particular hymn please let Olwen know (olwenmorris@yahoo.co.ukl) or 01494 872034, and a reason for your choice


SUMMER HOLIDAY The Harpers will be on annual leave from Friday July 26th to Thurs 15th August inc. Both our Associate Rectors will be on call.


THE ST. MARY’S PRAYER GROUP, which supports the youth work and the work of Street Kids Direct in Central America, is looking for someone to take over the reins of sending out the prayer requests. It simply involves gathering the requests from the youth volunteers, Dunc Dyason and Steve Poulson, and sending them out on a fortnightly basis. If you are interested in helping this important cause, or would like to go on the prayer chain distribution, please contact Laura Evans at l.e.evans2@gmail.com


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.


WALKING GROUP The next walk will be on Tuesday 30 July, setting off at 10.30am from the Hit or Miss at Penn Street, HP7 0PX. Please arrive before this so there is time to put in your menu choice. Please could you let me know by the end of Sunday 28 July. Please contact Jo Coldham on joannacoldham@gmail.com, 01494-725284.






Tuesday                    23rd               St. Mary’s School, rehearsal – all day

Wednesday              24th               Holy Communion 10am in The Drake Chapel  

St. Mary’s School 9.15am





For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Julian Chalmers, Michael Green, Rev Liz Norman, Philip Woodhead.

For those who have died:

Anna Cope

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

Elizabeth Ridley




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