• PARISH OF AMERSHAM WITH COLESHILL

    14th APRIL 2024

     

    The Third Sunday of Easter

     

    A Prayer for Israel and Palestine

    God of peace and compassion,
    We pray for all impacted by the escalation in conflict in Israel-Palestine
    For all who are mourning
    For all who are fearful, today, and for what may lie ahead
    For all traumatised and re-traumatised by what they have experienced.
    Enable us to stand in solidarity with people of peace
    May your Spirit bring peace and healing to your troubled world
    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.

     

    Verse for the week: Luke 24:48

  • “You are witnesses of these things” 

    Thought:

  • The disciples were quite literally witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. 2,000 years later – how are we witnesses now? 
  • Readings

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

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

    EP: Deuteronomy 7.7-13: Revelation 2.1-11

  • 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 

    Sunday 14th April 2024 3rd Sunday of Easter

    8am BCP Holy Communion St Mary’s Amersham

    9am Matins on Zoom

    9am CW Holy Communion All Saints’ Coleshill

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

    6pm BCP Evening Prayer St Mary’s Amersham  (Streamed from church)

     

    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:

    Come Ye Faithful (Thatcher) & Allabreve (J. S. Bach)

     

  • YOUTUBE: Link for this Sunday:
  • 10.30am this Sunday:  https://www.youtube.com/live/yU0W9iQC02g?si=UW5ADNNn5VwCfLYT 
  • and for 6pm https://www.youtube.com/live/YsbgqYMlFG8?si=03MRGMB8THliKlZ4 
  • A BIG EASTER THANK YOU!

  • Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Holy Week and Easter services. We have had so much positive feedback from attendees who have been moved by the services at our churches, so thank you to everyone who has made that possible – it was a wonderful and action packed time for the parish. 

    ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:

  • The APCM will be taking place at St Mary’s on Sunday 21st April at 11:45am (just after the 10:30am) service. At this meeting we appoint Church Wardens and PCC members. We also approve the accounts. This meeting is an opportunity to hear all that is going well in the parish, so please do come along! If you would like to read through the various reports, please see the document attached with the notices or go to the parish website.

 

PARISH FINANCES:

We are currently putting the last finishing touches for the APCM in just under a weeks time. While this is an opportunity to celebrate all has happened across St Mary’s and All Saints’ it also an opportunity to look at the parish financial situation over the past year. At this APCM, we will be reporting a £10,000 deficit. The parish has not been immune to the rising costs of some of the basic necessities. As many have found, the cost of gas has meant our heating bill has been a huge factor in our current financial situation. As a PCC, we ultimately felt we first and foremost needed to let the congregation know – as we haven’t usually been so open about parish finances. It is sometimes awkward to talk about money, but we felt that the congregation would want to know so they could support the parish if they felt it was right for them. Graeme, our parish treasurer, will be at the 9am All Saints’ and 10:30am St Mary’s to talk briefly about our  to give a bit more detail to the above. Please do be praying for God’s provision in our parish – as this is so important as we look to do more to reach out to the community. There will be much to celebrate at the APCM, and we want that to continue! If you have any queries about the parish finances please do speak to Graeme or Jonny.

  • NOMINATION FORMS:

  • There are also nomination forms for PCC membership and to be a Church Warden. If this is something you would be interested in, please do speak to Jonny and pick up a form from the Parish Office. 

    SOUTH BUCKS CHORAL SOCIETY

  • is holding a concert Bach’s St John Passion in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 20th April at 7.30pm. Tickets £18-£22 (£5 under 16) can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/amershamfestivalofmusic 

    A TALK ABOUT JOHN HAMPDEN

  • by Dr Beth Rogers on Saturday 20th April at 2.30pm in St Peter & St Paul, Great Missenden. John Hampden lived at Great Hampden House, was MP for High Wycombe and South Bucks and lead the rebellion against King Charles I’s Ship Money Tax, marching from Great Hampden thru’ Great Missenden and Amersham to Watford. Many of his ideas are incorporated in the UK, USA & many Commonwealth Constitutions. Oliver Cromwell was his first cousin too! Entrance fee £10 which includes a cream tea. 

    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’

  • 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. 

    HOW TO ACCESS CHURCH SERVICES

    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

  • s 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.

    PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:

    For those who are sick: Roy Evans, Barbara Furse, Andrew James, Ellen Maulder.

    For your ongoing prayers at home: Pam Atkinson

     

     

    DIARY FOR APRIL

    Tuesday                     16th    7.15-10pm    South Bucks Choral Society rehearsal

    Friday                         19th    4-8pm            South Bucks setting up

    Saturday                     20th   all day            South Bucks Choral Society – concert 7.30pm
NAMES AND ADDRESSES:
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
Rev’d Michelle Fotherby Assistant Curate 07973 921714  Michelle’s day off is Friday Michelle.fotherby@amershamwithcoleshill.org                              
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.com 
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