18th November 2018

HC: Daniel 12.1-3: Hebrews 10.11-14, 19-25.: Mark 13.1-8:

MP: 1 Samuel 9.27-10.2a; 17-26: EP: Daniel 3: Matthew 13.24-30; 36-43:


We welcome the family and friends of Harper Fogden who is being baptised at All Saints Church, and Elina Harris who is being baptised at St. Mary’s Church, this morning.


VESTRY REFURB The wardens and sacristy team have worked very hard moving stuff around while the vestry has been painted and carpeted. The Drake Chapel stairs are now a great deal safer too! It all looks wonderful. Do take a look after any service.


PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL We meet on Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm in All Saints Church, Coleshill.


ADVENT CAROLS BY CANDLIGHT Do join us in St Mary’s on Advent Sunday, December 2nd at 6pm as we celebrate the start of the run down to Christmas.


ST. MARY’S SCHOOL GOVERNORS We meet at the school on Thursday November 29th, 7.30pm at the school.


DEANERY SYNOD The next meeting takes place on Thursday 29th November, 7.40pm for 8pm start at The Parish Centre, St. James Church, Gerrards Cross. The speakers are Steve Poulson and Jonathan de Bernhard-Wood (parish giving scheme). Visitors welcome.


ADVENT STUDY COURSE. Tim Barnard is planning to run a daytime Advent study course.  If interested, please speak to or contact him,


STEVE POULSON Our CMS mission partner is now back in the country for several weeks. He will be speaking in our parish on Sunday Nov 25th. Do make him and Duncan D welcome.


PARKING IN THE RECTORY LANE On weekdays we are being overwhelmed by cars owned by people working in local offices, making it impossible for legitimate church and parish rooms users, especially those with mobility problems to find space. With the agreement of the Town Council we ask you please to respect our need to keep space free unless you have genuine business in the church or parish rooms.


THE VICTORIA CROSS Mark Smith, former curator of the Royal Artillery Museum will be giving a fascinating talk about the medal and those who have been awarded the honour. This will be on Friday 14th December at 7pm in Coleshill Village Hall. Tickets £7.50 to include refreshments are available from Dumpy Swerling, Howard Hughes or Dorothy in the Parish Office.


CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSEBOXES If you have one of these, please can you bring it to church over the next two weeks, or drop it into the office. Thank you.


AMERSHAM BRASSES  Three of the four famous memorials have now been removed from the floor of St Andrew’s Chapel, restored, and re-hung in the Drake Chapel for all to see. Do go and admire them. The other one is too deeply embedded in stone and too fragile to move.


A PLEA TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE Once again the clergy have been left in the dark about regulars who have had significant health issues or surgery. ‘I assumed you knew’ is the cry. Please take the initiative on letting us know so we can plan to visit as appropriate. It does not matter how many times we are told!


WALKING GROUP The next walk will set off at 1030 on Tuesday 4th December from the Coy Carp, Coppermill Lane, Harefield UB9 6HZ Please arrive in time to make your menu choices.If you wish to join us please contact geoanjo@waitrose.com or 01494 764555 by Sunday 2nd December. Directions:- From the A404 take the right turn indicating Chorleywood Station and proceed under the railway bridge and along Old Shire Lane passing the Stag at Heronsgate and continuing across the junction with the M25 to the next roundabout turning right on to Denham Way. After about a 1.5 miles turn left at the r’about into Chalfont Lane. At T junction turn right then left into Coppermill Lane. The pub is about half a mile on the rhs.


RISE This term at Rise we are studying the Gospels starting with Matthew. Join us in the Church Rooms every Sunday evening 7.15 for 7.30pm. We are an all age group studying God’s word together in a relaxed environment with coffee, tea and biscuits.


ADMITTING CHILDREN TO COMMUNION We are planning to do this on the feast of Christ the King on 25 November, at 10.15 at St. Mary's. If you're a young person who would like to be admitted to communion but haven't told us yet please talk to or contact Revs Tim B or Sue . A reminder: you will need to have been baptised, have the support of those with parental responsibility, and be prepared to do some preparation. You should also be over 7 (although we may have some discretion on this). Please also say if you're thinking about confirmation rather than admission (again, ask a Rev if you're not sure).


CUSHIONS If you find the St Mary’s pews a bit hard do bring a cushion!


STAIRLIFT If anyone is considering a need to install a stairlift then a second hand one, serviced to an “as-new” standard, is available at a significantly reduced cost. Please ask via Loraine Hollett. 

DOUBLE BED We have been offered a double bed that has been hardly used. If this is of interest to you, please contact Tim Barnard.






Wednesday               21st             Holy Communion,10am in St Catherine’s Chapel

Saturday                     24th             AmChor in Church all day, evening concert






For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Jo Brewster, Alice Dunn, Chris Palmer.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Charlotte McCallum, Dennis Pritchard.

For those who have died:

Alexis Curzon, Robert Weeks

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

Maude Knight



Rev’d Canon Tim Harper     Rector          01494 724426                     harpervic@yahoo.co.uk

                     Tim’s day off is Friday – please only contact him then in an emergency    

Rev’d Tim Barnard  Hon Assoc Rector                  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        Asst Curate                          451485                             susangill01@gmail.com

Sheila Shield          Reader                                571766                                      smshield@aol.com

Charles Howlett    Reader                                728623          charleshowlett57@btinternet.com

Susan Pounce     Churchwarden       01494 727674                susan.thomaspounce@btopenworld.com

Howard Hughes   Churchwarden       01494 723110                       hwhughes1502@gmail.com

Dumpy Swerling  Churchwarden       01494 873931                    dumpyswerl@btinernet.com

Howard Pool        Churchwarden                   727687                         howardpool@hotmail.com

Graeme Coles        Treasurer             07703 963990                       Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com

Kathryn Ridout    Youth Leader              07955 242648                       stmarysyouthamersham@gmail.com


Christine Ray           (All Saints)          07714 836885                    christine_ray@btinternet.com

Steve Poulson      Mission Partner        07783 506692                       steve@streetkidsdirect.org.uk 

Parish Office       Dorothy Potter            01494 729380               stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officer for the Parish  -  Steve Johnson                    stevejohnson60@hotmail.com

tel: 01494 722230

St Mary’s website                        www.stmaryschurchamersham.com

Coleshill website                  www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saints-church.html