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 for Ninth Sunday after Trinity: Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  AMEN.

Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity (BCP):  Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.




Readings: HC: Genesis 37.1-4, 12-28; Romans 10.5-15: Matthew 14.22-33:   MP: Song of Solomon 8.5-7: 2 Peter 3.8-13   EP: 1 Kings 11.41-12.20: Acts 14.8-20:






 Our services for the next two Sundays will be:

Sunday 9th August

St Mary’s

All Saints’

9.00 am


Common Worship Holy Communion

9.00 am

Zoom BCP Matins

10.00 am

Livestream Holy Communion with Tim and Rosie Harper

11.00 am

Holy Communion


6.00 pm

Said BCP Evening Prayer





Sunday 16th August

St Mary’s

All Saints’

9.00 am


BCP Holy Communion

9.00 am

Zoom BCP Matins

10.00 am

Livestream Holy Communion with Tim and Rosie Harper


11.00 am

Holy Communion


6.00 pm

Evening Prayer



The livestream HC at 10am with Tim and Rosie Harper at 10am will take place in the usual way to the end of August. For access details see below. 

All are welcome to our “live” services, but please follow the government distancing and other measures required on the day. Please see note below about face coverings. 

We will have music at our morning services, but we are still not allowed to sing. Communion will be in one kind only by the bread, but be assured that this is still a complete Communion. 

Please do not feel under any pressure to come, and do not come if you are at extra risk or remain ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’. As we need to maintain a form of track and trace, those attending will be asked to provide their contact details which will be held for 21 days only and in accordance with Parish GDP. 

FACE COVERINGS: Except for those leading or taking part in services by reading or leading prayer, from 8th August the law will require everyone to wear a face covering at a service of public worship, unless they have a valid exemption for health, age or disability related reasons.

SUNDAY SCHOOL MESSAGE FROM ANN: Great news! Explorers our Sunday school is happening this Sunday for St Mary’s explorers. We will be in the Drake chapel. Just 20 to 30 mins and so we can manage without parents. Table and chair for each explorer and we will socially distance. So glad we can get together again. Do call me on 07934074414 if any concerns. Blessings, Ann.

PRIVATE PRAYER AND REFLECTION: St Mary’s Church is open Mon, Wed, Fri, in the middle part of the day for visits and private prayer. All Saints’ is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays 11-3.

THE PARISH OFFICE has reopened  in the Parish Rooms. 

LIVESTREAM EVENING PRAYER: During his hols the Rector will take a break from livestreaming EP every day. Normal service will be resumed afterwards.




BOOKS  We haven’t been able to have the fete this year, but we still plan on raising some money for our chosen charities. We will be running the book stall on Saturdays through August, starting on the 1st at 10am. We will be out by Gilbey’s, next to the church notice board and to start with we will only be taking cash. Happy to accept donated books at the stall, or collect if you prefer. Contact Loraine Hollett 01494 728863.


VOLUNTEERS FOR CHURCH CLEANING before and after the 11am service and after 6pm service at St. Mary’s. We have a few volunteers, but if you could do a session please send Dorothy in the office an email.


CHURCHES OPEN FOR BUSINESS The re-opening of both our churches for worship went very well last week. It will be a long time before the full normal pattern can be resumed, so we will aim to offer one service of some kind at each church every week. This will change from Sunday to Sunday, so:


St Mary’s Church is open Mon, Wed, Fri, in the middle part of the day for visits and private prayer. All Saints is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays 11-3.


REDECORATION OF ST MARY’S CHURCH  You will notice that while the electrical and lighting works have been completed the interior now looks very tatty. PCC is considering a redecoration project, which if they give approval could begin on August 17th. The church would be open for some worship at the weekend but remains closed during the week for this second major task to be completed. However, it will be worth it as St Mary’s will be at its beautiful best for many years to come.



For the last few months Restore Hope Latimer has been making deliveries of both fresh food boxes and frozen meals to people in our local area who are currently facing challenging circumstances and financial crisis. We rely on an amazing team of volunteer delivery drivers to do this. Over the summer, as some furlough schemes come to an end, and others are managing some time away, we are finding ourselves desperately short of delivery drivers, and are appealing for new volunteers who would be willing to help out. Deliveries take place between midday and around 2.30pm, usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays - we always endeavour to ensure that deliveries are allocated within a single geographical area, and that drivers only make between 4 and 5 deliveries on any given day. Training is also provided. Please call Wendy Clow on 01494 765555 if you are interested in helping.



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




This year our holiday club is called ‘Wonderzone’. The week will run from the 17th -21st August. Each morning at 10am the children will be able to watch an hour-long live show full of fun and encouraging content. The theme for the week is ‘discovery’ and our shows will include science experiments, games, craft, songs, challenges and gunge! The content will have a Christian focus with a bible story and a message each day. We really want this to be an interactive experience for the children so every child that signs up to Wonderzone will receive a ‘free box of exciting resources’ for the week. This will include a craft pack for each day, activity books and lots of fun stuff to help them join in with the shows. We are excited to let you know that this event will be fully funded by the church so there will be no cost for families. We have space for 100 families to sign up and receive boxes for each of their children. To find out more information, sign up and receive your box, please go to and follow the booking link.






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


10am Holy Communion short modern language version with Tim and Rosie Harper via log in to: If you would like a copy of the service please email him.


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.  


They can be accessed from this site:



Those who are ill: Gill Atkinson, Keith Barker, Di Goodbody, Rev Liz Norman, Stuart Tennant, Clare Williams.

Those who have died: Ieuan Roach, Peter Warner.



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. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB       

07842 553330               

Safeguarding officer for the Parish Steve Johnson                                      01494 722230

St Mary’s website