23rd September 2018

HC: Proverbs 31.10-end: James 3.13-4.3, 7-8a: Mark 9.30-37:

MP: Isaiah 45.9-22:Revelation 14.1-5:   EP: Exodus 19.10-end: Matthew 8.23-end:


We welcome the family and friends of Edwin Coldham, Archie Geary and Sebastian Hinton who are being baptised this morning in St. Mary’s Church.


SUNFLOWERS If you planted the sunflower seeds that were given out after the Mothering Sunday service and now have either flowers or seed heads, please could you either email photos of your flowers or bring the seed heads to our Harvest Services at either St Mary’s or All Saints. stmarysyouthamersham@gmail.com  We look forward to seeing what your green fingers have grown!


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


ANDY is now settled in Northamptonshire. He would welcome letters and cards from the parish and also needs a new coat. More information can be obtained from Anne Pearse .. or correspondence dropped into the Parish Office for onward transmission.


CHILDREN’S TRAIL With the help of Ann Beaton from the Arts Society, we have been preparing a 'children's trail' around St Mary's Church for primary age children, either in school groups or with family members. There is also a 'mini trail' for younger children. These trails will be launched on Sunday afternoon, 7th October, from 2.30 pm. Do come, with or without children, and enjoy the church trail and refreshments.


Duncan and the Door The current issue of the Oxford Diocese magazine, The Door, has on its back page a good article about Duncan and the background to Street Kids Direct. Do pick up a copy from the table inside the door.


FLOWER HARVEST REQUEST It is Harvest Festival next Sunday 30 September. The arrangements look much better if they have a lot of fruit and veg. in them, so if anyone has any produce eg. marrows, pumpkins, fruit or hops or any other produce, please leave it by the vestry door by Wednesday 27 September. Many thanks. Jo Coldham


ALL SAINTS’ HARVEST FESTIVAL All Saints’ church welcomes you to tea and cake on 6th October from 2.30-5.00pm to enjoy the decorations and raise funds to support our village school & other local charities.


SUMMITING THE SCIENCE OF EVEREST a talk on Wednesday 10th October at 7pm in St Mary’s Church by Dr Melanie Windridge on climbing Everest. Tickets are £7.50 to include refreshments, and are available from Howard Hughes, the parish office or on the door.


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.


AMERSHAM YOUTH ACTIVITIES QUIZ NIGHT – SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 7PM at Amersham Community Centre, £15 per person (see flyer in church). Support youth work in Amersham and have a great night using the little brain cells! We hope to enter a St Mary’s table so are looking for 6-8 people to make up a team. If you would like to join a team please contact Martin Pounce on 01494 727674 or email martin.pounce@btinternet.com


WALKING GROUP After making our menu choices the next walk will set off at 1030 on Tuesday 2nd October from The Swan, Denham Village UB9 5BH If you're joining us please e-mail  Jo and George Worrall at geoanjo@waitrose.com or phone 01494 764555 by Sunday 30th September Directions. From Amersham take the A413 towards Uxbridge,On joinng  the A40 turn left. At the traffic lights turn left onto the A412. After some 400 yards take the first right and drive into Denham villlage. The Swan comes up on the left.


HARVEST THIS YEAR At St Mary’s we will celebrate on Sunday Sept 30th (please note that Choral Evensong for Sept will happen that day) and at All Saints on Sunday Oct 7th.


ADMITTING CHILDREN TO COMMUNION As you may remember, we recently received permission from Bishop Alan to admit children/ young people to communion before confirmation, on the following principles: they’ve been baptized, they want to receive, and have the support of those with parental responsibility for them, there’s been appropriate preparation, they are 7 or over (although we may be able to exercise discretion). So if this sounds like you and you’d like to be admitted to communion (and those with parental responsibility agree), please can you speak to one of Revs Tim, Tim or Sue: and we can then sort out the appropriate preparation. This doesn't replace confirmation and we'll still be running confirmation classes as and when people want to take that next step.


HARVEST LUNCH This year’s Harvest Lunch will be a simple sit down meal. The ploughman’s lunch followed by coffee and dessert will include wine. It will be held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday 30th September at 12.30pm. Tickets: £10 for adults, £5 for 5-15 years and under 5’s free. Prices have been reduced this year, but there will be a collection plate and all proceeds will go towards the St Mary’s Charitable Giving Fund. We hope to provide entertainment and a harvest stall so contributions of garden produce, bunches of flowers and baking will be gratefully received. Kindly note coffee will not be served after the 10.15am service. For tickets: Dorothy Potter in the parish office (729380 or stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com) or from Janet & Trevor Clayfield on Sunday mornings. Ticket numbers are limited, so early booking advisable.


VISITS FROM THE CLERGY With such a large overall number in our various congregations plus our wider responsibilities to all people in the parish, it is quite impossible for us to keep tabs and drop in on everyone. However, you only have to ask and we would be delighted to meet up for whatever reason. Please do not hesitate to call us!


DIOCESE SAFEGUARDING TRAINING The Diocese requires that anyone fulfilling any role within the parish should have at least a basic awareness of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. For the coffee and flower teams, sidespeople, PCC members and the choir, the basic awareness online training module C0 is recommended, but not mandatory unless your role brings you into direct contact with children or vulnerable adults. In that case, further training will be needed. What to do: Go to https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/, select ‘Online courses’ then C0. If you haven’t already, you will need to create a new account, which is a matter of filling in an online form (choose “Not part of a Training Institution” when asked). Select the course and begin. C0 will take about an hour. There’s a fair bit of reading (or listening, if you prefer) and an occasional quiz to keep you focussed. When completed, please send a copy of the confirming email for the record to stevejohnson60@hotmail.com. Thank you.





Monday                    24th              St. Mary’s School service rehearsal – 9.30-11.45am

Tuesday                    25th              Visit from museum 10.15am – 12.15pm

Wednesday              26th              Holy Communion, 10am, St. Catherine’s Chapel 

                                                            (followed by coffee – one week early!!)

Thursday                  27th               St. Mary’s School 1.30pm – 3pm

Friday                         28th              St. Mary’s School Harvest service  9am

                                                            Funeral, 1pm


Monday                      1st                Amersham Festival AGM 7-10pm


For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Alice Dunn, Mavis Wood.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Charlotte McCallum, Steve Newnham, Dennis Pritchard, Pat Westcott.

For those that have died:

Jinny Burrows, Richard Linford.




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