19th November 2017

We welcome Chance Smith and the Loveridge family (Lucy, Mark, Ellie-May, Mark, John-Paul, Rhianna and Lucyanna) who are being baptised this morning at St. Mary’s Church.

CANDLES Judyth Allday would welcome help with candles at St Mary’s Church, not only for the Christmas period, but ongoing help. If this is you, please contact Judyth on 01923 354432 or the Parish Office.


CHRISTIAN AID  The Christian Aid fair held recently raised a total of £1232. Thank you to all who supported it.

ADVENT COURSE  Tim Barnard intends to run a daytime Advent study course meeting for three weeks starting on Tuesday 28th November, using Bishop Steven Croft's "Exploring the Beatitudes" notes and what it means to be a Christ-like contemplative, compassionate and courageous church. Please speak to Tim if you would be interested and for more details.


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.


MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING The next will be on Saturday 2nd December at All Saints' at 10am.

Christmas Tree – Would you like to help put up and decorate the Christmas tree and crib in church? A small group of us, now mostly gently ageing, has carried out this very enjoyable task for a good many years, and would welcome some help/relief from some younger blood.  Please speak to me if you might be interested.  David Cash (dandjcash@btinternet.com; tel 727839

WELCOME MINISTRY Charles Howlett will be coordinating this at St Mary’s church as part of his LLM ministry.


ADVENT CAROL SERVICE BY CANDLELIGHT Please join us at 6pm on Advent Sunday in St Mary’s church for this wonderful service to mark the start of Advent. (It is probably fair to say that while they are very welcome, young children would not find this service to to their taste.)


PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL We meet on Tuesday 28th November at 8pm in The Church Rooms, Church Street, Amersham.


PLEASE NOTE There is no choral evensong at St Mary’s on Sunday 26th November.


OLWEN MORRIS Over the summer vital repairs were made to the organ, thanks to a generous bequest from Jean Newhouse. We used the piano then and have retained its use at the end of the 10.15am service with instruments joining in. It has proved popular with most people. On December 2nd at 3.30pm, I will give a piano recital here in St. Mary’s, lasting about an hour, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and pieces by Schubert and Chopin. No tickets required, but there will be a collection for ‘Young Minds’ a charity supporting young people with mental health issues. Tea will be available afterwards. My two CDs on Quartz label have just been released – as a double pack (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert and French piano music). There will be an opportunity to purchase at £10 if wanted.    Olwen Morris



DEANERY SYNOD The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st November in the Parish Centre, Gerrards Cross.


CHRISTINGLE At St Mary’s this will take place as part of the 10.15am service on Advent Sunday December 3rd. At Coleshill it will be a stand alone service as usual on Sunday 10th December at 4pm. All welcome.

WILL AID 2017. Making a will is something we should all do.  A will makes dealing with affairs after death much easier for your family, can be tax efficient and can ensure that your estate goes to the people and organisations you really want to benefit.  Will Aid is a scheme through which in November participating local solicitors will draw up a simple will for you, but instead of being charged a fee you are invited to make a donation (say £95 for a basic will) which supports nine charities. Everyone wins! For more information (including a clause which can be used to make a legacy to your church) visit    https://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/writing-your-will/will-aid

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES If you are a member of this scheme at St Mary’s please take your new set from church ASAP.


RAIDCRAFT: We will be running a stall with a variety of Fairtrade non-perishable goods for purchase in St Mary’s church today.





Wednesday               22nd            Holy Communion, St. Catherine’s Chapel 10am

Saturday                     25th             AmChor in St. Mary’s all day

Sunday                        26th             Visiting Bellringers 2.30-4pm


For those who are ill:   

Tony Colvin, Pat Dawson, Linda Fallon, Daphne Fanthome, Edith Humphries, Charlotte McCallum, Angela Palmer, Derek & Pat Westcott, Alex Windsor.




Rev’d 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

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                         







DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS: STILL LIFE AND ANIMAL STUDIES November 29th and December 6th 1.30pm – 4pm in St. Mary’s Church Rooms, Old Amersham. If you would like to become more confident at drawing and learn helpful tips and techniques, then these art sessions are for you. On two consecutive Wednesdays, 29th November and 6th December at St Mary’s Church Rooms, Old Amersham, you can practice the essentials of drawing by studying from a variety of objects, including animal and bird specimens. Each 2.5 hour session will be led by an experienced Art tutor. Each session is £15. To book your place or for more information please call 07854 698973 or email: artisthedraw@gmail.com