22nd May 2022 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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 of the Week: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14v27 NRSV)


TODAY – It is so easy to get stuck in an endless cycle of looking for peace in all the wrong places, constantly striving for the kind of peace the world gives us. But the peace the world offers isn’t really any peace at all. At best, it’s a bandage. It’s a temporary fix.

Jesus’ peace is not necessarily the absence or cessation of conflict; it doesn’t depend on how well world powers or families and friends are getting along. It cannot be diminished by deceitful words or hurt feelings. It isn’t affected when things don’t always go the way you want them to. That’s what makes the peace of Jesus so amazing, so worthy of our time and attention. His peace is more about what’s going within us than what is going on around us, a God-given ‘peace’ that only comes from the indwelling of Christ in the hearts and minds of every believer. We often close our services with a blessing using the words of Philippians 4v7, that ‘the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds…’

May that peace of Christ rule in your hearts and minds…” this day and every day, as we trust in Him.



Collect for Sixth Sunday of Easter:  God, our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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 Fifth Sunday after Easter:  O Lord, from whom all good things do come: Grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord.  Amen


Readings: HC: Acts 16.9-15: Revelation 21.10, 22-22.5: John 14.23-29

MP: Psalm 40.1-9: Genesis 1.26-28: Colossians 3.1-11

EP: Zephaniah 3.14-end: Matthew 298.1-10, 16-end



SUNDAY 22nd May Sixth Sunday of Easter

9am BCP Morning Prayer by Zoom
9am HC BCP All Saints’ Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary’s Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm Choral Evensong St Mary’s Amersham (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



If Ye love Me (Tallis)); Improvisation



We again welcome Rev. Canon Chris Bull to preach at St Mary’s this morning.



All are welcome to join us for choral evensong at 6pm tonight for worship based on the riches of the Book of Common Prayer service and to take part.



Jonny has provided me with a video link for you all – enjoy! https://youtu.be/csWZ5zkm-xE  (if you have trouble opening it – right click and ‘open hyperlink’).



Ascension Day (the Cinderella of the Church’s year) is this Thursday 26th May.  We will be having Eucharist at St Mary’s at 7.30 in the evening, at which our new Rector Rev. Jonny Rapson will be preaching.  All welcome.



There will be an artisan street market in The Broadway, Old Amersham this Sunday, 10am – 3pm. The Broadway will be closed to cars between the Old Town Car Park and the Whielden Street roundabout. Do bear this in mind and allow a few minutes more for parking in the Old Town Car Park (although that may be very busy!).



Affinity Water will be carrying out emergency works on Saturday 21st May, resulting in the closure of Church Street for the day. It should be possible to access St Mary’s and the Parish Rooms by car if necessary.


INSTITUTION OF Rev’d Jonny Rapson

The service of institution and installation takes place on Tuesday 24th May at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church. The service is led by The Bishop of Buckingham and the Associate Archdeacon, and the Patron Mr William Tyrwhitt-Drake will present Jonny. There will be refreshments after the service. If you would like to attend this service please can you let Dorothy in the office know (email is fine) – all welcome, but we do need to know if you are coming!



We are planting a special cherry tree –  Royal Burgundy – which has a red flower. This will be planted on the bank by The New Rectory by the Rector, Rev’d Jonny Rapson and Steve Catanach Amersham Town Clerk on Friday 3rd June at 10.30.  All will be welcome to come and enjoy this occasion. An engraved stone plaque will be placed there too. This tree and plaque will cost in the region of £700 –if you feel that you would like to make a donation towards this – it’s not too late! – please let Dorothy in the office know.



For Tuesday 24th May 9.30am in St Mary’s Church. To dust down window cills, get rid of any cobwebs etc. Just turn up – those of you who have a long handled duster – please bring it along. We will provide refreshments!



Held on Saturday 14th May 10.30-12.00 in the All Saints’ church grounds raised an amazing £440.50. Thank you to all who took part!!



Last Sunday 8th May happened to fall on the commemoration day for Julian of Norwich, and Sheila Shield was preaching about her, to Methodists in the morning and then to the Evening Prayer congregation at St Mary’s. ‘The sermon will be on the parish website under Discipleship. If you are interested in the  possibility of a silent prayer group locally, do Google ‘Julian Meetings’ and perhaps contact Sheila by e-mail (address below)



Lighthouse is a fun Christian holiday week for children aged up to 11, for one week during the summer holidays, 25th – 29th July 9:30am – 4pm. Volunteers are needed to help run this event.  If you can help, please go to Home :: Lighthouse Great Missenden (lighthousemissenden.org.uk)



FOUR weeks to go! How will you get involved?

Sign up on the fete notice board in church to help run a stall, or help with setting up or packing away? Buy your prize draw tickets – these are available in both churches after the service?

Volunteer to help with the book and plant stall on Saturdays – contact Loraine Hollett on 01494 728863?



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.



Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!



They can be accessed from this Site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html



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.



Those who are ill:  Pam Atkinson, , Christopher Davidson, Margaret Liddy, Peter McCall

For your Private Prayers at home: Stuart Tennant,  Frank Venables.

For those that have died:   Sheila BirkbeckDiana Cooke, Bron Curley

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Ray Barrett, Stephen Hills,

John McGwynn.



Saturday        21st    12noon                      Wedding

2pm                            Wedding

Sunday           22nd     all day                         Street Market in Old Amersham

Tuesday         24th     7.30pm                       Installation of Rev’d Jonny Rapson

Thursday        26th     7.30pm                       Ascension Day service

Fri-Sun            27th-29th                                Mini Flower Festival (see notices for timings)



Saturday        21st      11.30-2.30pm           Coleshill Infant School May Fayre



You may know that our first recorded Rector was William de Fauconbridge who was appointed in 1222.  Exactly 800 years later we are now welcoming our new Rector,  Reverend Jonny Rapson, and his wife Jenna to our Parish.  To celebrate Jonny’s appointment, we are inviting all members of the congregation and the wider community to join us in filling the church with flowers from 27th to 29th May.

FLORAL WORKSHOP:  To achieve this we are running a charity floral workshop on Friday 27th May 9.30 – 12.00 which will cater for complete beginners and experienced arrangers alike.  We would love to welcome new faces to this event, as well as having the support of those who usually come to our flower rota workshops.   All equipment, flowers and foliage will be provided.  Tickets are £25, which cover costs and include a donation to the Church charity (Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital). Pre-booking is essential by Monday 23rd May; please ring Flower rota chair Jo Coldham on 01494 725284 or email jocoldhamflowers@gmail.com   The arrangements produced at the workshop will then be displayed around the church over the Welcome Weekend on 28th and 29th May and may be collected 4.00 – 5.00 on Sunday 29th May.

CAN’T MAKE THE WORKSHOP BUT WANT TO DONATE A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT?  If you are unable to join us for the workshop, why not contribute your own arrangement to be displayed in church over the weekend? Everyone, young or old, is encouraged to contribute to make the display spectacular. Just bring your contribution to St Mary’s 12.30 – 4.30 on Friday 27th May and collect on Sunday as above.

COME TO SEE THE DISPLAY!      The church will be open to all 10.00 – 4.00 on Saturday 28th May and 12.00 – 4.00 on Sunday 29th May to view the floral display. Entrance is free but donations will be welcomed to support the Church charity (Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital)

If you have any questions about this event, want to book tickets, or get further details about the floral arrangements or the workshops, please contact Jo Coldham  on 01494 725284 or email jocoldhamflowers@gmail.com 


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