Bible Sunday – The Last Sunday after Trinity
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 FOR THE WEEK: Mark 10 v 48 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”
THOUGHT: Bartimaeus was called by Jesus and amazing things happened for him. Keep your ears open for that call, what may God have in mind for you?
Collect for the Last Sunday of Trinity: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our 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 the Twenty First Sunday after Trinity BCP: Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord, to thy faithful people pardon and peace; that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve thee in a quiet mind, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Readings: Isaiah 55.1-11: 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5: John 5.36b-end
MP: Psalm 119.89-104: Isaiah 45.22-end: Matthew 24.30-35
EP: 2 Kings 22: Colossians 3.12-17
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, congregations can now sing! Please see the more detailed note below.
SUNDAY 24th October Bible Sunday
9am BCP Morning Prayer (Zoom)
9am HC BCP All Saints Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm St Mary 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:
SACKCLOTH AND ASHES
Rev Tim got it wrong about when the clocks go back – it will be next Sunday, 31st October. Apologies for the confusion!
NEW NOTICEBOARDS AND HYMN BOOK TROLLEY
The new noticeboards and hymnbook trolley have been installed at St Mary’s, thanks to very kind donations in memory of Elizabeth Dee.
We welcome the families and friends of Harry Elliott and of Ronnie and Nellie Locket being baptised at St Mary’s this morning.
WELCOME AT COLESHILL
We welcome Rev. Chris Samuels to preach and preside at All Saint’s this morning.
CHORAL EVENSONG AT ALL SAINTS’
Next Sunday 31st October is the patronal at All Saints’ and will be marked by Choral Evensong at 6pm. All are welcome.
CARING FOR THE CARERS
If you are a carer of someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia, you may be interested in obtaining information and support from “Care and Share”, a group that meets over coffee between 10 and 12 on the 4th Sunday of each month, usually at St Teresa’s Parish Rooms Beaconsfield (behind the Waitrose car park). For further information contact Angie 01494 676476 or Estelle 01494 678564. Please note that this group is not suitable for those suffering from dementia.
I have been told by the daughters, that Jocelyn died peacefully last week. Jocelyn was a stalwart member of the Flower Group for many years. There is to be a Thanksgiving Service in St Mary’s Church on Thursday 4th November at 1pm. All welcome.
ESSENTIAL INFO ABOUT PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 19TH JULY
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. 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 them. 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 form. 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
Singing – we can now sing, and many of you are in good voice!
Sharing 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.
At 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 can do so, but it will be fine if others prefer to stand.
COMMUNION BEFORE CONFIRMATION
In our Parish, we admit baptised children to Communion before confirmation. If there are any children who would like to be admitted please talk to Revs Tim or Sue. A reminder: you will need to have been baptised, have the support of those with parental responsibility, and be prepared to do some preparation. You should also be over 7 (although we may have some discretion on this). Please also say if you’re thinking about confirmation rather than admission (again, ask a Rev if you’re not sure).
Could you be thinking of going deeper in your faith by getting confirmed? If so, have a no-strings attached chat with Revs. Tim or Sue.
Edward McCall will be giving an organ recital at St Mary’s today, Sunday 24th October at 3pm. The programme will include Bach, Frank, Handel, Guilmant and others. Entry by donation, half of which will go to the organ restoration fund, and half to one of the charities the parish supports. Refreshments will be available.
OUR PARISH CHARITABLE GIVING – charity suggestions for 2022
Our Charitable Giving Committee (CGC) is considering which charities St Marys and All Saints might support next year. Our fundraising this year – came almost exclusively from the successful book and plant stalls – has been going to the Lynda Jackson Cancer Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital, Young Minds (Bucks Mind), Niche International, the Rwanda Sisterhood Association and Steve Poulson, our mission partner, working with Street Kids Direct. If you know of any particular charity, with links to our Parish local or global, or a charity you have benefited from personally and would like this to be considered for fundraising next year, the Charitable Giving Committee will be glad to hear from you. Climate change and mental health are two areas we will be considering in particular but all requests very welcome. Please email any information you have about the charity and send a link to its website to either Louise Baneke, Lbaneke@hotmail.com (St Marys) or Petrina Clackett email@example.com (All Saints). Please send suggestions by 5th November.
BOOK STALL in St. Mary’s Church
Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd October 9.00am – 4.30pm each day. We will have over 200 boxes of books, DVD’s and CD’s on sale. Any offers of help would be much appreciated. Contact Loraine Hollett 01494 728863.
BOOKS AND PRESERVES
We thought that while you are turning your excess produce into Jams and Chutneys, put a jar aside for us to sell alongside the books. There will be a box in St. Mary’s to collect these. Please label so we know what we are selling. Many thanks in anticipation
MARTYRS COMMUNITY PLAY 2022
Amersham Museum is planning to repeat the Martyrs Community Play from 15-26 March 2022. St Mary’s Church plays a crucial role as the venue for the promenade performance where all the pews are removed to make space for up to 150 actors of all ages. As the largest and best ventilated space, it will also be used for most rehearsals. If you would like to be part of this amazing community event – as actors, townspeople, musicians, stage management, costume making or front of house – please contact our Co-director, Stan Pretty or Producer, Martin Pounce; or look up the website www.amershammuseum.org/martyrs-play-2022
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. If you would like to help on Sunday mornings, or are interested in re-starting First Steps, let Simon know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Treasureremail@example.com For All Saints Coleshill please speak to Peter Clackett on 01494 433044.
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!
HOW TO ACCESS STREAMED CHURCH SERVICES EACH WEEK
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.
They can be accessed from this site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Those who are ill: Jane Newman, Richard Simmonds, Brian Fawcett.
For your Private Prayers at home: Stuart Tennant
For those that have died: Robert Physick, Jocelyn Squire, Marie-Therese Fawcett.
For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Eileen Lever
MARY’S CHURCH DIARY
Monday 25th 2pm Funeral – Robert Physick
Thursday 28th all day Filming – CHURCH STREET CLOSED
Friday 29th 11am Memorial Service
Sunday 31st 3-5pm Martyrs Play rehearsal
NAMES AND ADDRESSES:
Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Pounce Churchwarden 01494727674 email@example.com
Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110 firstname.lastname@example.org
Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044 email@example.com
Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687 firstname.lastname@example.org
Graeme Coles Treasurer 07703 963990 Treasureremail@example.com
Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Hollett Children’s Worker – email@example.com
|Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 firstname.lastname@example.org|