1st October 2023

The Seventeenth Sunday of Trinity – at St Mary’s Church

Harvest Thanksgiving – at All Saints’ Church

A Prayer for Turkey and Syria

Loving God, God of the Earth, of the mountains and the seas,
We lift before you the people of Turkey and Syria,
We pray for shelter for those who have lost their homes.
We pray for comfort for people who are grieving.
We pray for peace for all who are scared and alone.
We pray for the earth to be calm and for the aftershocks to subside.
We pray for those who have already lost so much and now have another disaster to face.
Give them strength and courage. Be their fortress, their rock and their refuge.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort will draw them near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the prince of Peace. Amen.



Readings:  SMC: Exodus 17.1-7: Philippians 2.1-13: Matthew 21.22-32

     ASC:  Deuteronomy  8.7-18: 2 Corinthians 9. 6-end: Luke 12.16-30

MP: Psalm 125.126.127: Isaiah 48.12-21: Luke 11.37-54

      EP: Ezekiel 37.15-end: 1 John 2.22-end


Collect for Harvest Thanksgiving: Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well being; 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity: Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself. And so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity (BCP):  Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


SUNDAY 1st October September 2023 17th Sunday after Trinity

8am BCP Holy Communion St Mary’s Amersham

9am BCP Matins on Zoom

9am CW Harvest Celebration with Holy Communion All Saints’ Coleshill

10:30am CW Holy Communion St Mary’s Amersham (Streamed from Church)

6pm BCP Choral Evensong All Saints’ Coleshill


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


ANTHEM AND VOLUNTARY at St Mary’s Church: Ave Verum



YOUTUBE for 10.30 service https://www.youtube.com/live/6vIa6TUeY_k?feature=share

6pm service is at All Saints Church



Please give a warm welcome to Rosie Harper as she covers for Jonny this week at both All Saints’ and St Mary’s. A big thank you to Rosie for stepping in!



Peggy will be taking Choral Evensong at All Saints’ on Sunday evening so please do make her feel welcome. A big Thank you to Peggy for taking the service!



Amersham Hospital is looking for volunteers to join the chaplaincy team to visit patients in the hospital so need some pastoral support. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who feels they have a calling to bring pastoral care to those who need it. There is some induction training required but any volunteers will be well supported by the chaplaincy team in that process. For more information please speak to Jonny in the first instance.




to Jenna and  Jonny on the safe arrival of Naomi Grace last Sunday!



A huge thank you to those who donated, contributed, helped and came to the Parish Lunch last Sunday. An impressive £349.54 was raised for the charities.


Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be at 9am on October 1st. The church will be open each day from Saturday, for you to come and enjoy our Harvest displays. If you would enjoy to come and help or have spare flowers, fruit or vegetables please contact Rosemary on 01494 725794.


As part of our Harvest celebration we will be collecting for the Food Bank – so please do be intentional about what you bring. It’s not about seeing what’s in your cupboards, but an opportunity to get some extra things whether it be food or toiletries in your weekly shop to make a difference to someone who is struggling. Donations will be going to Chesham Foodbank and the items requested are: Fruit Squash, Tinned Fruit, Smash/Powdered Potatoes, Sponge Puddings, Tinned Rice Pudding, Shampoo, Household Spray.


From 22nd September Jonny will be on paternity leave for four weeks (22nd September – 20th October). He will be contactable in that time via email but the responses may be delayed! If the matter is urgent please contact Sue Gill or Dorothy.


Will take place on Saturday 7th October at 2.15 pm. Gloves and a rake would be useful.


Friday October 20th at 7pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Tickets £10, including a welcome drink, available from Judi Herbert (01494 433534 or Pat Dawson (01494 433036). Any proceeds will go to High Wycombe Gateway Club for adults with learning difficulties.


This week we will meet on Thursday October 5th at 7.30pm – in  St Mary’s Church. The following 2 weeks, 12th & 19th we will meet on Wednesday’s in the Church Rooms Please do let Laura know if you are planning to attend: l.e.evans@icloud.com.


St Mary’s Parent & Toddler Group will running on Tuesday 1-3pm in the church.


Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!



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.



SUNDAYS 9am Morning Prayer (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 via the codes listed

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.


For those who are sick:    Roy Evans, Andrew James.

For your ongoing prayers at home:    Pam Atkinson


St Mary’s Church Diary – October

Tuesday          3rd       1-3pm                         Mothers and Toddlers

Thursday        5th       7.30pm                       Laura Evans and Genesis Bible Study

8-9.15pm                   Bellringing


Rev’d Jonny Rapson Rector 01494 724426 rector@amershamwithcoleshill.org

Jonny’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
David Skinner Churchwarden 01494 431652  mvf4312r@gmail.com
Valerie Simmonds: Churchwarden 01494 724693 valeriesimmonds@btinternet.com
Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044    petrina.clackett@coleshill.net
Jane McNeilly: Churchwarden 01494 726736  janemcneilly@yahoo.co.uk
Graeme Coles Treasurer  07703 963990   Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com
Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: stmarysgiving@btinternet.com
Simon Hollett Children’s Workerstmarysamershamkids@gmail.com 07926 575851
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

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