The Third Sunday of Easter

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.

Verse: Luke 24:48 (Jesus says to the disciples): You are witnesses of these things.
Thought: What are we going to do with the information?

Collect for Third Sunday of Easter:  Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord.  Amen

Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter (BCP): Almighty God, who has given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Readings:  Acts 3.12-19: 1 John 3.1-7: Luke 24.36b-48

MP: Psalm 77.11-20: Isaiah 63.7-15: 1 Corinthians 10.1-13

EP: Psalm 142: Deuteronomy 7.7-13: Revelation 2.1-11


 

 

RE-OPENING FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP

Both churches how now re-opened successfully. All welcome who would feel confident to come. Please respect signing in, social distancing and sanitising rules.

SUNDAY APRIL 18th Third Sunday of Easter

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 Special service of Evening Prayer with hymns and music to mark the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (streamed)

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” on Sunday morning and ‘Crown Imperial’ (Walton) on Sunday evening.

 

REMEMBERING THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 16 April. The service will start at 6.05pm. It will be recorded and live-streamed both by the Cathedral and by BBC Radio Oxford. Visit oxford.anglican.org/livestream for details.

 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Christian Aid week, commencing 16th May 2021. This year due to the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic it is still not possible to participate in the usual Christian Aid activities including soup lunches, walks and door-to-door collections. If, however, you still would like to support Christian Aid you can donate using their “e-envelopes” which may be found using the link: e-envelope.christianaid.org

 

A VACCINATED WORLD

We have often prayed that more countries should be able to get access to vaccines and that this should be done fairly.  Here is an opportunity to do something about it, through Tearfund and the People’s Vaccine Alliance: https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/recover-together

 

STREAMING FROM ST MARY’S

We have had a few problems recently with streaming services from St Mary’s.  We know how frustrating and annoying this can be, and we are doing our best to overcome the problems!  But sometimes they are outside our control such as when there are local outages. Please bear with us!

 

OLWEN MORRIS FAREWELL RECITAL

Olwen has agreed to do a recital on Saturday 19th June in St. Mary’s Church, starting at 3pm. Entrance is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of MIND. Do put this date in your diary – more information soon.

 

BOOKS AND PLANTS

Even though we face another year unable to have our fete, we are still able to raise money for the chosen charities with our book stall and a plant stall, which will both run on Saturdays from 1st May. If you have plants to donate, we are happy to receive them at church on Friday 30th April 2-5pm, or on the Saturdays, from 9.30 out by Gilbeys.  Don’t worry if your plants aren’t ready yet as we will need more stock as the month progresses.  Anyone willing to help us on the Saturdays would be most welcome as we plan to be selling books through the summer. Contact Loraine Hollett for more details on 01494 728863.

 

A BELL is due to be tolled on Saturday 17th April between 2.40pm and 3pm ahead of the Prince Philip’s funeral.

 

FROM THE (EX) RECTOR

Thank you so much everyone for the many cards and expressions of good wishes, plus of course the generous cheque I received on Easter Day. I am not sure what social occasion will warrant the opening of a Jeroboam of Champagne, 3 litres being somewhat more than I am accustomed to drinking in one go, but I am sure I will find one! We move to Little Kimble on Tuesday April 13th but we will often be back in Amersham for this and that. The Rectory has been a wonderful home and focus to four generations of our family, and I hope my successor will find it so too. I will be continuing my work at Christ Church Oxford as Hon Chaplain, maybe upgrading a little; my work on the Diocesan Board of Education plus hopefully a local school governorship; and will take Sunday and other services locally if asked. Thank you for putting up with me for 24+ years. Tim H.

 

TAKING COMMUNION AT STREAMED SERVICES

Our Communion service at St Mary’s is streamed and therefore those taking Communion are briefly on camera.  If you prefer not to be on camera at this point in the service please speak to one of the sidespersons before the service and we will have a place in the church off-camera where you can receive.

 

NOTICE BOARDS AND HYMN BOOK TROLLEY

Thanks to the very generous donations received we are able to proceed with these projects.  We are very grateful.

 

UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF PARISH PROFILE

In February the PCC agreed a timetable for drawing up the Parish Profile. We aim to have the full document agreed by the PCC no later than June 21st. The profile describes both churches as they are now as well as our vision for the future. Our aim has been to allow people to have their say so we can build a picture of what is needed and  to make the process as inclusive as possible. We were delighted that so many of you responded to the consultation on our mission, vision and who we are looking for as our new Rector. We are on schedule for drawing your responses together into a summary which will be  discussed at our next PCC meeting on April 27th. We will keep you informed of progress and ask that you continue to pray for God’s guidance and blessing on this.

Manager of Maryland at St Leonard’s 

Part-time, term time only, from September 2021.

Maryland pre-school is looking for a Manager to manage the staff and children at this thriving setting. The candidate should be a practising Christian, trained in Early Years provision to Level 3 or above. They would need to be flexible, pro-active and able to manage the delivery of the EYFS to a high degree as well as seeing that the setting is a safe environment for all. The successful candidate may also be expected to take on ‘key person’ role for a group of children. An application form and full job description can be obtained from the manager at: maryland@stleonardscb.org.uk  Closing date for applications: Monday April 28th 2021

 

Dear Baby-Blanket-Knitters of Amersham and Beyond!

I have had a chat with Dame Helen Hyde who co-ordinates the efforts of the Rwandan Sisterhood to send resources to Rwanda. She is hugely impressed by our continuing to knit wonderful blankets for new born babies, as indeed are Jane and I. The blankets are wonderful because even the least adeptly knitted (e.g. by me) look good, while skilful knitters have produced works of woollen art, and it is wonderful that so many of us have been involved in making them.

The next shipment of resources to Rwanda by the Sisterhood will be in July and space has been allocated for our blankets. So far we have 35 complete blankets packed in boxes. I know there are more still being made as well as some finished but not yet collected, which will nudge our total above 50. This is a marvellous accomplishment.

We now have a deadline to be sure that our blankets go in July: please can you complete your knitting at the latest by the end of June, to allow time for sewing the squares from different knitters together when necessary? We can pick up knitting from you at home (call 01494 722230)  or collect it from church,  assuming services will continue  from now. Thank you all,

Jane and Steve Johnson

 

ANNUAL MEETING

As it would be better to have our Annual Meeting when people can physically be present, the clergy and wardens have decided that the Annual Meeting will now be after the morning service at St Mary’s on 11th July – when hopefully all restraints on meetings will have been relaxed.  The next PCC meeting will be on 27th April by Zoom.

UP AND RUNNING-OUR NEW PARISH WEBSITE

The new all parish website is now posted, and we are delighted with progress so far. There will be corrections, additions and improvements to come, but we are off to a great start. Do take a look either on the old link or via Google.

 

COLESHILL PLANT SALE/SWOP

On Saturday 22nd May from 10.30-12.00 there will be a plant/seed, sale/swap in the All Saints Church grounds Coleshill. Any donations for sales will go to charity.

 

GETTING READY FOR SUMMER?

Thinking of sowing some seeds or taking some cuttings to make the garden ready for a staycation?  Please could you grow some extra to help us?  Running a fete might still be difficult this year so we are planning on running a plant stall, maybe more, on Saturdays throughout May to raise money for the church’s charitable giving. More on this later… In the meantime dust off those gardening tools and fill some of those empty flower pots! Contact Loraine Hollett for details.

 

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 buildings are shut there is likely to be a significant drop in income for the parish. 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 Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com For All Saints Coleshill the details are: 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:  Stuart Tennant, Jan Galloway, Phil Parkinson, Marie-Therese and Brian Fawcett.

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Gordon Wilson, Violet Clack, Joyce Johnson, Sheila Stevenson.

 

 NAMES AND ADDRESSES:
 
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
Susan Pounce Churchwarden  01494727674 susan.thomaspounce@btopenworld.com
Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110 hwhughes1502@gmail.com
Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044    petrina.clackett@coleshill.net
Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 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. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB

01494 729380                        stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officers for the Parish

Steve Johnson  stevejohnson60@hotmail.com 01494 722230

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