The Eighth Sunday after Trinity – St. James The Apostle
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.
Collect for St. James The Apostle: Merciful whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN.
Collect for St. James The Apostle (BCP): Grant O merciful God, that as thy holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
VERSE FOR THE WEEK: Matthew 20 verse 28 “ Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Today: Outside the church authority is something to lord over people. Not so with you. The greatest person in the church is the one who serves the most. Radical stuff.
Readings: Acts 11.27-12.2: 2 Corinthians 4.7-15: Matthew 20.20-28
MP: Psalm 7, 29,119: 2 Kings 1.9-15: Luke 9.46-56
EP: Jeremiah 26.1-15: Mark 1.14-20
PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 19TH JULY
All are welcome who feel confident to come. Although many of the restrictions on public worship are no longer legal requirements, the clergy and wardens have decided that those attending services should be asked to continue with some of the some of the things we have been doing, as there will be a number in our congregations who will continue to have concerns. On the plus side, some things are back! Please see the more detailed note below.
SUNDAY 25th July James the Apostle
9am BCP Morning Prayer (Zoom) 9am HC BCP All Saints Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church) 6pm St Mary BCP Evening Prayer (streamed from church) Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom
For all access details see below.
In addition, the clergy team will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm
VOLUNTARY THIS WEEK at St Mary’s Church
Improvisation by Edward McCall
PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 19TH JULY IN MORE DETAIL
As a church, we are commended to “look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Philippians 2.4). Although most legal restrictions have been removed, not everyone has been fully vaccinated and infection rates continue to rise. Some of our congregation remain vulnerable, and the pandemic has shown that people can be carriers of the virus even if they do not display symptoms.
We therefore ask that those coming to church:
- bring a face covering with them, and be sensitive to the needs of those around Wear one if you feel more comfortable doing so; wear one if it would make your neighbour in church feel more comfortable
- sanitise hands on arrival
- continue to register for NHS Track and Trace either through the QR Code or by completing a This will help in contacting people if someone tests positive
- maintain social distancing in an appropriate way – for example, by respecting the wishes of anyone who is uncomfortable about too close contact
What else will continue?
- Our churches will retain the current layout of pews
- We will not have cash collections during the services
Can we now sing as a congregation?
Yes! We will be ensuring that our churches remain well ventilated when this happens. Our lovely choirs will also process before and at the end of services.
What about Holy Communion?
We will continue to offer the sacrament in one kind only, the bread, and the words of administration will be spoken once only to all communicants. Communicants and others who wish to kneel at the rail when receiving will be able to do so, but it will be fine if others prefer to stand. We will not be asking people to sanitise their hands before receiving. We trust that those coming up to receive or for a blessing will be mindful of keeping a suitable distance from others.
What about the Peace?
The Peace may be shared within or between pews in whatever way you and your neighbours are fully comfortable with. Again, please respect others’ wishes. Please do not move around the church during the Peace.
- All Saints’ will be open daily for private prayer from 26th July
- Some toys will be put back in the crèche areas
- Coffee and tea after the main morning services is unlikely to be back until September at the earliest
We are delighted again to welcome back this Sunday morning David Robinson who served here as a LLM for a number of years. David will preach at All Saints’ and St Mary’s.
On 1st August we will be welcoming Bishop Alan to our 9.00am and 10.30am services at All Saints’ and St Mary’s to preach and preside.
SMALL UPDATE ON VACANCY
After further consultation with diaries, it now looks as if we will be able to advertise at the start of December and hopefully interview early in February.
RE-OPENING THE BOOK
At the service last Sunday, I heralded the hoped-for resumption of Open the Book visits in our local schools next term. We might not be able to begin in September, but we hope to resume telling these wonderful Bible stories at some point. Involving the pupils in performing and telling the stories is a key factor in OtB, but will be done with the greatest care for the health and safety of all involved – if and when… I have sent an email asking about availability next term to the people already part of the Amersham 1 OtB Team, whom it is my pleasure and privilege to organise onto the rota for stories at St Mary’s mainly, but at Coleshill and Heatherton House as well. The question here is simple: would you like to join the team? Everyone involved says how much they enjoy the (very limited) dressing up, to share not only the stories with the children, but thoughts and prayers too. It’s fun and fully scripted, with no previous experience needed, and it’s free! Do have a think about joining us, then contact me (contact info to be found under Safeguarding at the bottom of this news sheet) and help us Re-Open the Book.
LETTER FROM OLWEN MORRIS
Dear Everyone, It was lovely to be back last week for your presentation within the setting of a concert. Thank you for inviting me abd arranging the whole occasion. Thank you also, for your very generous gift, for your kind personal messages and words of appreciation for my work as Musical Director – and for the lovely flowers. Having the event in the summer at the end of the liturgical year seemed perfect, and we all enjoyed it. Thank you also, on behalf of Young Minds who have now received (with late donations) the amazing sum of £800. My best wishes to you all, and remembering the words of two modern hymns – ‘Walk with me, O my Lord’ and ‘Bind us Together’. Olwen
SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday School at St Mary’s has re-started under Simon Hollett’s leadership, and it’s great to see more children making their way to join him for activities during the service –
obviously enjoying it so much so they haven’t wanted to come back at the end of the service! No decision has been made about re-starting First Steps and Parents and Toddlers.
GOVERNOR VACANCY AT ST MARY’S SCHOOL
A vacancy for Foundation Governor on the governing body of St. Mary’s Church of England School has arisen and we would like you to consider whether you could serve God in this way. The term of office is for four years from the date of appointment. Governing body meetings take place six times a year at the school with smaller subcommittees held once a term. Membership of any committee will be based on your interests and experience. If you would like further information please contact the parish administrator on 01494 729380 or email email@example.com Contact will then be made with the Chair of Governors Jacqui Rouse who will be willing to talk through with you what it’s like being a governor and how it all works.
STREAMING AT ST MARY’S
The new streaming kit at St Mary’s is working very well. As always with a new installation there may be teething problems, but please be assured that we are working hard to iron these out. Again, huge thanks to all those who have made this possible.
Now the streaming kit is fully installed, we would like to build up a small team of volunteers to help to operate the system. If you would like to come and see behind the scenes please either speak to Anthony Brown or Martin Pounce who will be happy to give you a guided tour.
BOOKS AND PLANT STALL
The book and plant sales are continuing to do well, having raised £2,330 since the beginning of May. We have now finished with plants for a while. Thanks to all for your support and for buying books and plants from us. We will continue to sell books until the end of August. If you would like to help please contact Loraine on 01494 728863.
ALL SAINTS’ SPRING CLEAN SPRING CLEAN 14TH AND 15TH AUGUST
All Saints’ Church will be having a delayed Spring Clean on these dates. All offers of help, even for a few hours, will be welcomed by the wardens. Refreshments will be provided.
A PASTORAL CHAT
Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!
DONATIONS TO ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS
While the pandemic continues, there is likely to be an impact on finances. We are very grateful that so many people have changed their giving to standing orders and we are in a very fortunate position in comparison with many other parishes. But 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 Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org For All Saints Coleshill 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: Jill Colvin, Jane Newman, Phil Parkinson, Richard Simmonds, Marie-Therese and Brian Fawcett.
For your Private Prayers at home: Marigold Curling, Stuart Tennant
For those that have died: Joan Hancock, Mavis Wood, Margaret Pollock.
For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Peter Warner
NAMES AND ADDRESSES:
Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 email@example.com
Susan Pounce Churchwarden 01494727674 firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110 email@example.com
Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044 firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687 email@example.com
Graeme Coles Treasurer 07703 963990 Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: email@example.com
Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB 01494 729380 email@example.com
Safeguarding officers for the Parish
Steve Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 01494 722230
Clare Samuels: 07966 425206 email@example.com.
St Mary’s website: www.stmaryschurchamersham.com
Coleshill website: www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saintschurch.html