23rd February 2020

HC: Exodus 24.12-end: 2 Peter 1.16-end: Matthew 17.1-9:

MP: Exodus 34.29-end: 2 Corinthians 4.3-6: EP: Separate order of service:


THE DIOCESE has issued guidance about the Coronavirus to reassure people: it's also a useful reminder for the usual colds, flu and assorted nastiness going around at this time of year. If you have symptoms of coughing, sneezing etc. just be sensible. Please don't shake hands at the Peace. Receive just bread at the communion (this is still a "valid" communion), and don't intinct - dipping your wafer into the chalice. This actually increases the risk of infection though germs on hands, even if it feels like a sensible approach."


FIRST STEPS We meet on Monday 2nd March in St. Mary’s from 10am for a fun time of singing, prayer, crafts etc. All parents and carers of pre nursery aged children are most welcome. Do come along!


LENT STUDY All are invited to take part in Bishop Steven’s daily study at home of the Lord’s Prayer. Booklets available today.  They are free but please feel free to make a donation to the cost.


CHORAL EVENSONG SERVICES.  All are welcome to join us tonight at St Mary’s at 6.00 pm and next Sunday 1st March at All Saints' for choral evensong with the riches of music in worship around the classic words of Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer and to take part.


DISABILITY AND THE CHURCH. Rev’d David Whale of St George’s Church is running a  Lent Course at St George's Church, White Lion Road, Little Chalfont, HP7 9LW over 5 weeks commencing March 2nd at 7.30 pm on this topic. Katie Tupling, a well known advocate in the disability world, and now the Oxford Diocesan disability adviser will speak  at the final session. Please be very welcome to attend. Part of each evening is working through a group activities, and we'd encourage churches and small groups to work together during this part of the sessions. Free tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-inclusion-church-tickets-94429945509 Or a video with more detail at Disability. Inclusion. Church


OFSTED INSPECTION AT ST MARY’S SCHOOL The inspectors duly arrived a couple of weeks ago, grilled us all thoroughly (including the Rector) and classified the school as remaining top end ‘Good’. We are delighted with this result as the government has recently toughened up the inspection criteria as it was felt that there were too many Outstanding schools. Comments include: ‘Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable’, ‘Pupils follow the school’s four rules and embrace the Christian ethos.’ ‘Leaders have struck a balance of high expectations for pupils’ achievement and behaviour while caring and supportive to all pupils.’ ‘Staff feel well supported.’ Very well done to staff, governors, children and parents!


PCC We meet in St Mary’s church on Tuesday 25th Feb at 7.30 pm. We will be joined towards the end by the PDA (parish development advisor) for the Bucks episcopal area to discuss the forthcoming interregnum and appointment process for a new rector. The old one leaves them all to it at this point!


ELECTORAL ROLL Do you count yourself a member of the St Mary’s or All Saints’ church family? If so you should be on it. All those who signed up last year need not do so again. Forms for newcomers are available in both churches in March.


MINISTRY TRAINING The church is always on the lookout for those with a vocation to ministry of all kinds. Clergy and Readers are always available for a no strings chat.


PAST CASES REVIEW.  Please do take the time to read the notice on our churches' noticeboards and/or the flier about this.


LENT STUDY All are invited to take part in Bishop Steven’s daily study at home of the Lord’s Prayer. Booklets available shortly.


ASH WEDNESDAY 26th Feb Services will be held at 10am in St Mary’s and 8pm at All Saints Coleshill. Imposition of ashes will be available for those who wish.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER  (aka The Women’s World Day of Prayer) are seeking choir members, both male and female to join in the service on 6th March at the Kings Church Amersham. If you think this is something you would like to do please come along to the rehearsal on Monday 24th February 10.30am in the Kings Chapel, Raans Road, Amersham. If you require further information please contact Valerie Royal on 433198.


GILBERT & SULLIVAN The Men and Their Music is the title of our next charity fundraiser on Friday 6th March at 7.00 p.m. in St Mary’s Church. The speaker, Paul Huggins, is a member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society which aims to encourage appreciation of the works of the famous duo. It is in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and tickets at £7 each can be obtained from the Parish Office, Dumpy Swerling or Howard Hughes.


EASTER PARISH MAGAZINE I shall be working on the Easter Parish mag soon, so if you would like me to include an item, please let me know and email it to me on: christineapretty@gmail.com by 1st March. There is a very dedicated team who deliver the mag, but currently the following rounds are vacant: The Rise (52 copies), Drakes Road, Hillside Close, Black Acre (120 copies), Millshot Drive (36 copies) If you could possibly take on or share a round, either as a one off or on a permanent basis, please let me know. The mag is published 3 times a year. Christine Pretty


ALMSHOUSE available in Amersham (Two Vacancies) Accommodation Amersham Almshouses has two single floor one bedroom cottages available in the heart of Old Amersham.  The cottages each comprises of one bedroom, a shower room, a kitchen and living area. Parking is on the street.  There is a secluded shared communal gardens. One cottage is available as a permanent occupancy and the other for a six month period. Criteria:  The charity criteria for permanent occupancy are single person who must be able to live independently, be of limited financial means, no pets and are resident in the area of benefit.  Contact: Harriet Lemon on 01494 721 781 or visit our website for an application form or email harrietlemon63@gmail.com  See https://www.amershamalmshouses.org.uk/apply-for-a-place for more details.





Monday                   24th              Mothers and Toddlers in church (not church rooms)

                                                       Martyrs meeting 7pm

Ash Wednesday      26th              Holy Communion 10am

Thursday                   27th              Thanksgiving Service, 2pm



For those who are ill:       

Emily Bradfield, Chris Duchezeau.

For those that have died:

Janet Cussans, Ines Del Tufo, Gary Knight.

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago:

Muriel Thompson





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  Hon Assoc Rector                          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