17th March 2019

HC: Genesis 15.1-12, 17-18: Philippians 3.17-4.1: Luke 13.31-end:

MP: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16: Romans 11.13-24:   EP: Jeremiah 22.1-9, 13-17: Luke 14.27-33:


We welcome the family and friends of Coco Bell, Rita Taylor and Edward Walker who are being baptised this morning at St. Mary’s Church.


ELECTORAL ROLL REVISION It is a ‘tear up’ year, which means that we have to start from scratch. If you count yourself a part of the St Mary’s or All Saints family, PLEASE complete the form in church ASAP and leave it in the tray provided. We will also on the same form ask you to fill in your personal contact details for our records. This is all very important for our stats.


MOTHERING SUNDAY/MOTHERS DAY While it does not exist in the public psyche as anything to do with church these days, we will as usual be providing flowers for children of all ages to give to parents of all ages at our 9am and 10.15am family services on Sunday 31st March.


MURIEL THOMPSON died peacefully on February 28th. Her funeral will take place on Monday 18th March at 12 noon and all are welcome to attend.


WALKING GROUP The next walk will be on Tuesday 19th March setting off from The Swan 122 High St, Amersham HP7 0ED at 1030 after making lunch menu choices. Please let us know if you are joining us by noon on Monday 18th at the latest to George and Jo Worrall at 01494 764555 or via geoanjo@waitrose.com


OPEN THE BOOK would love to recruit members of St Mary's Church. OtB involves being part of a team to help act out Bible stories whilst involving the children in assembly.  It runs weekly on Tuesday at 9am at St Mary's School. Level of commitment is up to you, depending on your availability, once a week/month, anything would be fantastic. It's an all inclusive scheme, anyone can get involved, from reserved retired people through to true thespians, young or older!  Not for you, perhaps someone you know would be ideal, please pass on this info. Interested or even if you are not sure please have a chat in church with Harriet Lemon or Steve Johnson harrietlemon163@gmail.com  or stevejohnson60@hotmail.com


COLESHILL SCHOOL OFSTED After a particularly severe two day inspection, the school was graded as 'Good' with many outstanding features. Given that the goalposts have shifted, and two head teachers have gone, this is a terrific result. Many congratulations to staff, governors, children and parents.



HANDELS PASSION of CHRIST will be performed on Sunday 24th March at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church. Choir, instrumentalists and soprano soloist – more information next week.


LENT TALKS – MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN FLOURISHING at 4pm Sundays 17th March – 7th April in St. Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden. Speakers: Jan Burgess, speaking on the challenges that children face today; Rev’d Canon Dr Emma Percy speaking about when people leave home; Liz Wormwell from the Samaritans and Naomi Gallant on mental health as we age. More information on the notice board.


FLOWERS In the past, many of the congregation have donated money for the Easter lilies in memory of a loved one. The price of lily is £3.00 for each person named. Donations for all the other flowers used at Easter will also be very welcome. To save disappointment, please could we have all donations in by Sunday 14 April as the list has to be finished by the next day and then mounted. Please make donations to Jo Coldham 725284 or Brenda Woodhead 722636 for St Mary’s (all St Mary’s cheques made payable to Jo Coldham, please) and Judi Herbert 433534 for Coleshill (please make Coleshill cheques payable to All Saints Church Flower Fund).


LENT THIS YEAR Rather than small groups, everyone is invited to take a copy of Bishop Steven’s booklet ’40 days of reflections on the Beatitudes’ the C/E ‘Lent Pilgrim’ reflection. In a short daily meditation, it invites us to explore the unexpected and often challenging vision Jesus sets out in this crucial part of his teachings. The idea is that ‘However you take this Pilgrim Journey, make space as we seek to know Jesus better and to become more Christ like’ are available in both churches.


SHACKLETON – ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION Come and hear a talk about the greatest survival story ever told, by Geoff Selley at Coleshill Village Hall on Friday 22nd March 7pm.  Tickets are £7.50 available from the Parish Office or from Howard Hughes (hwhughes1502@gmail.com) or at Coleshill Dumpy Swerling 01494 873931. Proceeds in aid of Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.


RISE is looking at Journeys in the Bible – this week the theme is The Journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. We meet this evening in the church rooms 7-8pm. Refreshments provided. Do come along!


UNTIL THE CHURCH makes a decision about replacing the Youth Worker position held by Kathryn Gocher, I have agreed to coordinate some youth activities on an interim basis with the help of other volunteers.  We do not have sufficient resources to replicate everything that Kathryn has done in the past so I will be sending out a questionnaire to parents (and through them, the young people) to discover which times and activities are most wanted.  If you are the parent of a young person, please look out for the Mail Chimp survey.  If you think you may be able to offer your time on a rota basis to support the activities, please contact me: Martin.pounce@btinternet.com, 01494 727674 or catch me after Sunday service.

REMINISCENCE AT HOME Amersham Museum has specially trained volunteers who will visit people aged over 65 in their own home (6-8 sessions) to listen and produce a printed book recording their reminiscences.  The project has received external funding and is absolutely free.  Do you know of people who would benefit from this – perhaps yourself? If you would like to know more please pick up leaflets at the church door or contact the museum by email:jane@amershammuseum.org or Tel: 01494 723700.





Monday                    18th               Funeral 12 noon

Wednesday              20th               Holy Communion 10am in St. Catherine’s Chapel

Thursday                  21st                Funeral, 1.45pm

Saturday                   23rd               Bellringing 10am

                                                            Blessing, 2pm



For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Julian Chalmers, Pam Knightley.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Rev’d Tim Barnard, Charlotte McCallum, Rev’d Liz Norman.

For those who have died:

Tony Rocks, Muriel Thompson

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

Gabriel Peters, Sydney Coulson



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

Clare Atkinson     Planned Giving                                                      stmarysgiving@btinternet.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