The Second Sunday of Epiphany

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:  John 2:3 “When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.””

Thought for the week:  Does this first miracle show Jesus as divine, human, or both…?

 

 

Collect for The Second Sunday of Epiphany:  Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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 Second Sunday after The Epiphany (BCP): Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

 

Readings: HC: Isaiah 62.1-5: 1 Corinthians 12.1-11: John 2.1-11

MP: Psalm 145.1-13: Isaiah 49.1-7: Acts 16.11-15

EP: 1 Samuel 3.1-20: Ephesians 4.1-16

 


 

PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM 9 DECEMBER

The law now requires people attending public worship to wear face coverings unless they have an exemption. People do not have to wear one when leading services, doing readings or leading intercessions.

The clergy and wardens have decided on the following in the light of experience and most recent central Church of England advice:

  • Pews and other seating arrangements have been restored, in both churches, to where they were before the pandemic, except that at St Mary’s the social distancing has been maintained in St Catherine’s Chapel and there is no seating in the south transept.
  • For those who have concerns about maintaining social distancing there are cards, available in both churches, that worshippers can use to request others to leave space next to them free.
  • Pews and other frequently contacted surfaces will be cleaned between services.
  • Those attending services are asked to use the NHS track and trace QR code and app or to complete registration forms (data held in accordance with parish GDPR policies) as these will be ways of them identifying people who may have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • Singing is allowed and although people are not required to wear face coverings when singing, we recommend that congregation members do so. Choir members may sing without face coverings.
  • Communion will continue to be offered in one kind only, the bread.

 

Sunday 16th January Second Sunday of Epiphany

9am BCP Morning Prayer (Zoom)

9am HC CW All Saints’ Coleshill

10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)

6pm St Mary Amersham BCP 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 at St Mary’s Church:

In Dir ist Freude (Bach)

 

VACANCY UPDATE

We have reached another milestone on the process of appointing a new rector! All applications are now in, and the shortlisting will take place this week on 19th January.  Please keep all involved in the shortlisting process in your prayers, and that the Holy Spirit will be giving them wisdom and discernment.

 

WELCOME

We welcome the families and friends of Evelyn Breeze and Holly Walker at their baptism at St Mary’s today.

 

LAST MINUTE CHANGES

Although the Government hopes that the measures announced recently will be effective against the spread of Covid and its variants, the whole situation could change rapidly.  Please check the Parish website to see if we have had to make changes to planned services before attending.

 

TRACK AND TRACE SIGN-IN

Please do remember to complete the Track and Trace forms or use the QR Code app when coming to church. With the current scale of Covid cases, this is one thing we can all do to help identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

 

ALL SAINTS’ FLOWER FUND COFFEE MORNING

To be held on Monday 24th January 2022 10am to 12 noon in Coleshill Village Hall. ( LARGE HALL ) Entry £2.50. Raffle and Bring and Buy. Contributions of gifts, cakes and raffle prizes would be gratefully received.(items can be left in advance with Judi Herbert) Time to enjoy coffee and cakes and catch up with friends while helping us to raise money for the church flower fund and a local charity. Any queries or offers of help, please phone Judi on 433534.

 

ALL SAINTS CHURCH PLANNED GIVING

Could those paying Planned Giving to All Saints’ Church by standing order please ensure that they are now paying their donations into the new bank, as detailed in the letter sent out by Clare Atkinson before Christmas. Should anyone need these details again please contact Peter Clackett.

 

TELEPATHY

The clergy do not always work by telepathy! So often people say “By the way did you know so-and-so has been in hospital or unwell for the past two weeks?” The answer to this and similar questions is usually no. Please do not hesitate to pass on to any of us pastoral information pronto. We would far rather get it ten times than not at all.

 

SCAM E-MAILS

You may get e-mails purporting to be from our clergy or other church officials, asking you to help in making a purchase of some kind.  Ignore them!

 

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

Do keep all the schools and colleges in your prayers as the new term starts.  It is all very hard for headteachers, staff, governors, students, pupils and parents in working out how education can continue in the current state of the pandemic. Every day brings a new challenge.

 

MARTYRS COMMUNITY PLAY

15-26 March 2022 (put the date in your diary!).  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  Amersham Martyrs Play 2022 – Amersham Museum

 

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.

 

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

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:  John Ainsworth,  Christopher Davidson, Brian Fawcett, Diana Heimann, Richard Simmonds.

For your Private Prayers at home: Stuart Tennant

For those who have died: Jean Potocki, Sallieann Newman

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Mary Arthur, Dorothy Timms.

 

MARY’S CHURCH DIARY – JANUARY

Thursday        20th               1pm    Funeral

 

ALL SAINTS CHURCH DIARY – JANUARY

Monday         24th     10am – 12 noon       Flower Fund Coffee Morning in Village Hall

 

 

 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
Valerie Simmonds: Churchwarden 01494 724693 valeriesimmonds@btinternet.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 – 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