25th February 2018

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL We meet this Tuesday at 8pm in All Saints Church Coleshill.


DEANERY SYNOD Meets this Wednesday 28th February at 7.40pm for 8pm start at The Fitzwilliam Centre, Beaconsfield.


A CRACKING RESULT! The SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) inspection at Coleshill School a couple of weeks ago felt particularly tough. Your Rector needed several stiff drinks and a lie down afterwards! However, we are delighted to say that the school retained its Outstanding status, with a multitude of favourable comments from the inspectors about all areas of school life and the relationship with the church. Congratulations to all staff, governors and pupils! Copy of the report is available at the school website or the parish office.


CHORAL SERVICES Please note that choral evensong will take place in March on Passion Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of the month, and that on Palm Sunday (the 4th Sunday) there will be a special service of music and readings.


ELECTORAL ROLL Please note we will be updating this in March.

WOMENS WORLD DAY OR PRAYER – Friday 2nd March at 11am at St. John’s Methodist Church, Woodside Road, Amersham. All welcome.

CHURCH FETE This year's fete will be on Saturday 16th June. Last year we raised over £3,000 for charity. It’s time to start planning again and the committee are keen to involve more members of the congregation in this activity. We meet once a month Feb-June and it’s not a major commitment but it is a fun and rewarding thing to do! If you are interested, please speak to Loraine Hollett (01494 728863).

VOCATIONS God is constantly inviting men and women of all ages and backgrounds to various ministries, ordained and lay. If you feel the ‘still small voice’ and would like to have a no-strings chat with any of the clergy or readers do not hesitate to do so.

LIFE’S BIG ISSUES is on Monday 26th February at 8pm and is on whether we are good enough for heaven.


CHORAL EVENSONG AT ALL SAINTS'. All are welcome to join us next Sunday 4th March at 6.00 pm for choral evensong at All Saints' with the riches of music in worship around the classic words of Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer and to take part.

MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING.   The next one will be on Saturday 10th March.  All are welcome to join us at All Saints' Church for 45 minutes from 10am to pray for the needs of people and the community.


BAKE SALE The youth group will be selling biscuits and other treats for both humans and dogs (not the same items!) after the service on 4th March to raise money for Street Kids Direct. Please encourage them in supporting this charity. Thank you.


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 25 March 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).


WALKING GROUP. The next walk will be on Friday 23rd March and, after allowing time to make our menu choices, setting off at 1030 from the Bear on the Barge pub Harefield (Nr Denham) UB9 6PE. If you would like to join us please contact Jo and George Worrall at geoanjo@waitrose.com or 01494 764555 by Wednesday 21st Marxh. .Directions - A42 and then A412 to Denham Green. At the traffic lights just past the approach to Denham Station fork right along Moorhall Rd towards Harefield.  Pub comes up on the right after about half a mile. Large car park.


FIRST STEPS – Monday 5th March in St. Mary’s Church at 10.30am. All parents and carers of pre nursery aged children are most welcome for a fun time of singing and prayer. Do come along.


BUCKINGHAM AREA DAY CONFERENCE 2018 Bishop Steven, the Bishop of Oxford together with Bishop Alan and the Area Team are hosting a one day conference on ‘Called to be Christ Like’. This will take place in Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Oxford Road, Aylesbury HP21 8PE on 24th March 2018 10am-4.30pm. Tea and coffee provided, but do bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential: bucksareaconference.eventbrite.co.uk or bucksareaconference@oxford.anglican.org

SOUND SYSTEMS IN BOTH CHURCHES We are running into major blips, partly as the systems are ageing and needing a digital upgrade. Work is being planned.


CAR PARKING  As a church we need to be good neighbours when we come to St Mary's.  Please remember that Flint Barn Court is private property and we have no rights to park cars at any time there unless visiting the Parish Office for a very brief period.


TRAIDCRAFT.  The stall at the back of St Mary’s has been re-stocked.  Please support this work by buying tea, coffee and other ítems.




Wednesday                          28th               Holy Communion, 10am, St Catherine’s Chapel  

                                                                        Funeral, 1.15pm


Saturday                                 3rd                Peal, 9.30am


For those who are ill:       

Tom Burns, Lynda Fallen, Philip Gibson, Charlotte McCallum, Duncan McInnes,

For your Private Prayers at Home:

Margaret Stephenson, Alex Windsor, Derek & Pat Westcott

For those who have died:

Evelyn Deadman, Richard Wilkins, Keith Wilson.

For those that died a year ago:

Jenny Barrett, Richard Watson



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

Ian Miller             Ordinand on placement                                            ianddmiller@outlook.com

Peter Whipday     Churchwarden       01296 295996                         p.whipday@hotmail.co.uk

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

Caroline Hughes   Planned Giving    07813 870947                           Carolineaf6@hotmail.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