The Fourth 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 FOR THE WEEK: 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God”.

Thought: Well, that sounds easy enough. What’s the catch…..and if there is one, does it matter?

Collect for Fifth Sunday of Easter:  Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen 

Collect for Fourth Sunday after Easter:  O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord.  Amen 

Readings:  Acts 8.26-end: 1 John 4.7-end: John 15.1-8

MP: Psalm 44.16-end: Daniel 3.16-28: Hebrews 11.32-12.2

EP: Isaiah 60.1-14: Revelation 3.1-13


 

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 MAY 2nd Fifth Sunday of Easter

9am BCP Morning Prayer (Zoom)
9am HC CW All Saints Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm St Mary 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 THIS WEEK at St Mary’s Church:

Sonata III (Con Maestoso), Mendelssohn

PCC REPORT

At the meeting on 27 April the PCC reviewed the excellent progress that is being made on writing the new Parish Profile, agreed to the rationalisation of the church accounts and formally agreed to go ahead with the streaming and notice board and new hymn book trolley projects at St Mary’s. The new Parish Profile is an essential part of the process in finding a new Rector, and we are grateful to all who have contributed to this and are involved in the writing process.  We are still waiting for the Diocese to let us know when we can start the formal steps to appoint a new Rector, but we are doing as much as we can before then.

ASCENSION DAY

Ascension Day (the Cinderella of the Church’s year) is on Thursday 13 May.  We will be having a streamed Eucharist at St Mary’s at 7.30 in the evening.  All welcome.

NEW MARRIAGE REGISTRATION RULES

These come into effect from 4th May, and the traditional wedding registers are abolished from that date.  Dorothy and the clergy team are up to speed with the changes!

STREAMING FROM ST MARY’S:

We seem to have achieved a temporary fix, but we may still get some issues outside our control such as when there are local outages. We hope to be able to announce a major upgrade to our streaming soon. Please bear with us in the meantime!

OLWEN MORRIS RECITAL:

Olwen has agreed to give a recital on Sunday 11 July in St Mary’s Church, starting at 3 pm.  Entrance is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of Young Minds (YoungMinds – children and young people’s mental health charity).  This will also be an opportunity for us to make a presentation to Olwen in grateful thanks for her twelve years as our Director of Music.  Do put this date in your diary – more information soon.

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

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. 

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.

CHESHAM METHODIST CHURCH

are looking for a community worker to work with their Church2Community project for 16 hours per week. Please see www.cheshammethodist.org.uk for more details and for an application pack please email Lu Gigg on amcircuitmethodist@gmail.com. The deadline for applications has now been extended to 17 May. 

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

COLESHILL PLANT SALE/SWAP

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.

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, Jane Newman, Phil Parkinson, Richard Simmonds, Marie-Therese and Brian Fawcett.

For those that have died: Sheila Bulle, Marjorie Hickling.

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago:  Robert Hickling.

 

 

 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 – both churches: stmarysgiving@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