20th January 2019 

HC: Isaiah 62.1-5: 1 Corinthians 12.1-11: John 2.1-11:

MP: Isaiah 49.1-7: Acts 16.11-15:  EP: 1 Samuel 3.1-20: Ephesians 4.1-16:

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL OXFORD The rector is rostered as precentor at choral evensong this month on Tuesday 29th Jan at 6pm. The public are always welcome at these services despite Christchurch being a funny mix of cathedral and the grandest college in Oxford. King Henry the 8th parked the cathedral staff and functions in the college chapel at the dissolution, and it has remained there ever since!


ALMSHOUSE TRUSTEES We meet in the parish rooms on Thursday 31st Jan at 11am.


ALL SAINTS COMMITTEE We meet in All Saints Church on Tuesday 5th Feb at 7.30pm.

HELP needed with Mothers and Toddlers 3 Mondays a month. If this could be you, do speak to Annie Pearse, the clergy or Dorothy in the office.

WHAT IS RISE? We are a small group of adults who want to explore the Bible and our Christian faith in an relaxed and informal environment. We meet in the Church Rooms every Sunday evening from 7-8.15pm. We start with tea, coffee and biscuits and then one member of the group leads the discussion. Last year we looked at the different denominations of the Christian church and the Gospels. This year we are starting with looking at The Beatitudes at what each one means and how we can apply them to our daily lives today. If you would like to join us come along on Sunday at 7pm you can come and just listen or participate in the discussion but be prepared to be challenged.

ALL SAINTS’ FLOWER FUND COFFEE MORNING to be held on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 10am – 12 noon at the Valentines’ home, Friars Vane, Barrack Hill, Coleshill. Entry £2.50. Raffle and Bring and Buy. Contributions of gifts, cakes and raffle prizes would be gratefully received (items can be left in advance at Friars Vane). Time to enjoy coffee and cakes and catch up with friends while helping us to raise money for the church flower fund. Any queries or offers of help, please phone Rosemary on 725794.


REV’D TIM BARNARD  Tim is on sick leave pending results of tests for heart problems.  He thanks everyone for their good wishes and prayers.


WEBSITE The St Mary’s website does its job very well but is now a little old fashioned and could do with a refurb and update. Anyone interested in taking this on? Offers to Tim H please.


DID YOU KNOW? It costs over £500 a day to run our ministry and maintain our buildings in this parish, all of it coming from local regular giving?


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.




Wednesday              23rd              Holy Communion 10am in St Catherine’s Chapel






For those who are ill:       

Rev’d Tim Barnard, Emily Bradfield, Rev’d Liz Norman, Tony Roques, Pat Westcott.

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Jeremy Brooks, Charlotte McCallum, Dennis Pritchard.

For those who have died:

Justin O’Neill,  Brian Lee, Susan Miles, Josephine White, Sam Rutherford,

Anthony del Tufo, Philippa Guptara






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