A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Collect (the Sunday after Ascension Day)


O God the King of glory,

you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ

with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:

we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,

but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us

and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Dear everyone in Amersham and Coleshill,


The big news is that both our church schools, St Mary’s Primary and Coleshill Infants, are proposing to re-open in a carefully phased manner from June 1st. The government is offering guidance on this, and of course we are following their advice and that on staying safe for staff and students. I am full of admiration for the way our head teachers, staff and governors have kept things going meanwhile and addressed the endlessly complicated challenges posed by this reopening.


Most of you will have received these notices by email, and we have posted hard copy to anyone for whom we do not have an electronic address. If you hear of anyone we have left out, please do ask them to be in touch.


The work on refurbishing the Parish Rooms is complete. They look magnificent inside and out. The storm damage to the roof allowed various other maintenance issues to be addressed at the same time. Do take a look when you pass by.


The new open video link for viewing streamed services online I am told is working well. Do give it and the Zoom services a try. Details below. I am astounded by how many views they get! We have gained a great deal this way and will need to think carefully on how not to lose anything good once this is all over.


Thank you so much to those who have made donations or moved your planned giving to standing order. It is making all the difference in keeping us going. Details on how to do this are below.


Tim H  Rector.



"Thy kingdom come" is a series of prayers covering Ascension to Pentecost? There's an app on the Church of England website;, Resources include a Prayer journal, Daily prayer for Thy Kingdom Come, and 5 Ways to get involved.

 During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
•       Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
•       Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
•       Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit for us to be effective in our witness



While the buildings are shut there is likely to be a significant drop in income for the parish. If you would like to make a donation or catch up with planned giving and have online banking the easiest way is to make a BACS payment to: Amersham PCC St Mary’s Church, Sort Code 00014511, 40-52-40. Many already donate by Standing Order so please let our Treasurer know if you want any help in changing to this. Please contact Graeme Coles at For All Saints Coleshill the details are: Sort Code: 30-90-18
A/C No: 00581460     A/C Name: PCC Amersham re Coleshill Church



We hope regulars will want to maintain their contributions to the parish at this time. Please put them through the Rectory front door and we will process everything as usual.


SERVICES EACH WEEK (all streamed)


IMPORTANT: unless otherwise stated, Services will be streamed live (and available later on catch up) via the new St Mary's Church  Facebook Page which is accessible to all, not just Facebook users, simply log in to:

Remember you may need to unmute! BCP services are via Zoom (see below).



9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) (Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the list below.)


10am Holy Communion short modern language version with Tim and Rosie Harper via the open St Mary's page (see above). If you would like a copy of the service please email him.


5pm Children’s Bible story Tim Harper (St Mary's page)


6pm Evening Prayer Tim Harper (St Mary's page)



The Rector will live stream an informal Evening Prayer from his study at 6pm each day (again via the open St Mary's page see above) using the material you will find on the free C/E Daily Prayer App or at the C/E website. 


WEEKDAY WEDNESDAY HC 10AM (Zoom, see 9am Sun entry)

ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going to will give you both the link to the streamed service and the download of the service order. The Eucharist can also be watched on demand.


Has re-opened virtually. Dorothy will be working from home so please contact her by email (details below) or by phone on 07842 553330. She is available to reschedule weddings and general bookings in the usual way.

KNITTING Steve Johnson has suggested it would be a good idea to include a reminder-cum-encouragement to use locked-down time to produce knitted squares to make blankets for Rwandan babies. Having had our noble Treasurer recently pick up the needles to join the knitters, it does seem an open opportunity to do something useful. Please see the instructions right at the end of this bulletin.


We have called round all those for whom we have contact details a couple of times over the past few weeks. This has been a mammoth task! If you were missed for some reason and would like a chat with the clergy do call them direct.


HELP, I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER! Well you do if you're reading this.... but if you know of people who can't attend on-line services, please tell them about two alternatives:

- they can phone the national Church of England dial-in service (called "Daily Hope") at 0800 804 8044 (you can then choose 0 for a short service or 1 for a full one). The Oxford diocese also has a dial-in service at 01865 920930. These are accessible at any time.



They can be accessed from this site:



THE C/E app Time to Pray is now available free at the Appstore. The same content can be found at the Church of England website under the 'Join us in daily prayer' button. These are excellent and a real spiritual resource, especially for the housebound as well as those on the move. Do use them.



While local groups seem to be managing the needs of the housebound very well, if you need or know of anyone else who needs help to get shopping please do call the clergy direct. We will do our very best to help.



Those who are ill: Emily Bradfield, Joan Samwell, Stuart Tennant.


Those who have died: Those who have died: Bert Cade, Evelyn Carter, Sandra Guilford, Robert Hickling, Dennis Pritchard.




Rev’d Canon Tim Harper Rector 01494 724426

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

Rev’d Tim Barnard  Hon Assoc Rector  01494 728478 Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday – please only contact him then in an emergency

Rev’d Sue Gill Hon Assoc Rector 01494 451485

Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766                                              

Charles Howlett    Reader 01494 728623                      

Susan Pounce Churchwarden  01494727674        

Howard Hughes Churchwarden  01494 723110                                       

Dumpy Swerling Churchwarden 01494 873931

Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687                                        

Graeme Coles Treasurer  07703 963990                                  

Clare Atkinson Planned Giving                                              

Christine Ray (All Saints) 07714 836885                                   

Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692                    

Parish Office Dorothy Potter  01494 729380                 

Safeguarding officer for the Parish Steve Johnson                                      01494 722230

St Mary’s website                                                                                       




Locked-down in stitches

While we are all spending more time at home than we would normally, a reminder about our support for the Rwandan Sisterhood Association (RSA), in the form of small knitted squares, seems appropriate, if somewhat late in the lockdown period. Experienced knitters can produce a square in half an hour; more fingers-and-thumbs knitters like me take longer.


The knitted squares are sewn together to create baby blankets, which the RSA gives to women in and around the capital Kigali, along with their Mamapack – a sealed bag containing everything needed for a safe and hygienic delivery no matter where the expectant mother is.


The guidelines for knitting the squares are straightforward:

  • Use size 5 (or 5.5mm) needles
  • Use double-knit wool of any colour that takes your fancy
  • Cast on 25 stitches
  • Using simple garter stitch, knit a six inch square
  • Cast off
  • Start another one...
  • 20 squares sewn together (4x5) make a blanket.


Hand your completed squares (or blankets) to Jane or me when church services resume.

Thank you for supporting this effort.

Steve and Jane Johnson.