26th November 2023

    Christ the King : The Sunday next before Advent


    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


    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:

  • Ezekiel 34:16 “I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.”



  • The terms and conditions behind the Kingdom for which we pray “thy Kingdom come”.




  • HC:  Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24: Ephesians 1.15-end: Matthew 25.31-end

    MP: Psalm  29, 110: Isaiah 4.25.7: Luke 19.29-38

  • EP: 2 Samuel 23.1-7: Matthew 28.16-end




    Collect for Christ the King:

  • Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

    Collect for Sunday next before Advent: (BCP):

  • Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


    SUNDAY 26th November 2023 Christ the King

    8am BCP Holy Communion St Mary’s Amersham

    9am BCP 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:

  • King of Glory (J. S. Bach) & Improvisation

  • YOUTUBE: Link for this Sunday:

  • 10.30am this Sunday  https://www.youtube.com/live/xg01qzd8HNI?si=unCbyqKujVp6qvwR  and for the 6pm service https://www.youtube.com/live/z3y6T3HLr98?si=5Je_z1XmRATjI_O-


  • We are very excited to announce that Michelle Fotherby will be starting with us this Sunday as the new curate (priest in training) for the parish. As Michelle settles in to the parish, please do make her feel welcome as much as possible!


  • On Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am we will be having our Christingle service at St Mary’s. If your child/children would like to be involved in the service, please do speak to Jonny. The Christingle service at 4pm in All Saints’ is being organised with Coleshill Village school and will have school pupils involved in the service.


  • The PCC away morning last Saturday was a wonderful success as the group engaged with the vision for the parish and considering where God is calling us too in the future. The following values were determined as central to parish life: Community; Welcome; Worship. During the course of the morning it was agreed that we are trying to build a community, that provides a warm welcome (through our care of buildings, pastoral care and life event services), where all may come and worship in a place that feels loving and safe. By discussing the values above we were able to determine some practical ideas to consider so that we may grow our vision.


  • The next All Saints’ prayer meeting will be on Saturday 2nd Of December at the usual time of 10am. All are welcome!


  • If you are able to come along and help make Christingles on Friday 1st December at 1.30pm in the Drake Chapel, it would be appreciated!


  • We are pleased to confirm the parish Christmas services for 2023. Please see the attached poster or head to the parish website for more information.


  • We will be holding a four week advent course on 28th Nov, 5th Dec, 12th Dec & 19th Dec at 10:30am at St Mary’s Church. We have put together our own course looking at the themes of Thankfulness, Patience, Humility & Joy. Please do email Jonny to sign up at rector@amershamwithcoleshill.org. We would also like to hold an evening course if there is demand for it – if you would prefer the evening please be in touch with Jonny and he will arrange a mutually agreeable date with those who are interested!


  • We still have a small supply of the stained glass window cards that can be used as Christmas Cards or Notelets. Petrina at All Saints’ has a supply too.


  • We are pleased to announce that the Bishop of Buckingham will be coming to the parish on 4th February 2024 to conduct a service of confirmation and admission to Holy Communion at the 10:30am service at St Mary’s. Confirmation is an opportunity to affirm ones faith by making the declarations that were made at baptism and to be prayed for by the Bishop. For those slightly younger (between year 3 and year 5), there is an opportunity to be admitted to Holy Communion so they may receive Holy Communion before they are confirmed in the coming years. If you or your child would like to take part in this service, please speak to Jonny: rector@amershamwithcoleshill.org

  • AMCHOR concert in St.Mary’s – 7.30pm Saturday 2nd December:

  • Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem; Brahms – Geistliches Lied; Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies.Musical Director: Nick Austin. Amersham & Chesham Bois Choral Society with soloists and Echor orchestra. Tickets: £20, £10 students, under 16 free.  Aavailable from Perfect Pitch, Chesham, The Record Shop, Amersham, www.wegottickets.com/amchor, The Box Office 07748 154089.


  • The Oxford Diocese Learning Hub is running an online course The Story of Scripture. Over six modules, you’ll open your Bible, gain a deeper understanding of what God was doing throughout the pages of Scripture and how God is calling you to join in that same story. The Story of Scripture is free of charge and open to all. It’s designed to help you get a firmer handle on that big story through the use of videos, questions, and quizzes. The course can be completed on your own, or as part of a small group, and it’ll take around 15 hours to complete. To register, go here: communications@oxford.anglican.org


  • 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


  • 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, Margaret Filsell, Andrew James.

    For your ongoing prayers at home: Pam Atkinson

    For those that have died: Muriel Kaley.



    St Mary’s Church Diary – NOVEMBER

    Monday                      27th                 11am                          Funeral

    Tuesday                      28th                 1-3pm                         Mothers and Toddler

    Thursday                    30th                 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
    Rev’d Michelle Fotherby Assistant Curate 07973 921714   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.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