Amesbury Parish Church
The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor

This Week's Pew Sheet

 James the Apostle

St James  (Red) Year B

25 July 2021


Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; 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.  


Jeremiah 45.1-5; Acts 11.27-12.2; Matt 20.20-28 


Almighty God, who on the day of Pentecost sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel: by the power of the same Spirit strengthen us to witness to your truth and to draw everyone to the fire of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

Today's Reader:        Michael Nottage

Today's Intercessor: Tony Pryor-Jones

In our prayers today:



Margery Gill; Steven Harding; John Cullen; Kim Gibbins; Tony Cash; Canon Alan Gill; Barbara Lepper




Anniversaries of death:

26th – Margaret Redman

28th – Richard Faisey

29th – Jill Perkins 

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;

and let light perpetual shine upon them.

May they rest in peace; and rise in glory.

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25th – The Friends/ HMP Erlestoke 

26th – The Amesbury Hoppa bus/ All chaplains 

27th – Stonehenge Deanery Chapter/ Bradford Deanery 

28th – Local emergency services/ Atworth with Shaw and Whitley 

29th – Families in need in our parish/ Broughton Gifford, Great Chalfield and Holt St Katharine 

30th – Local shops and businesses/ Melksham 

31st – Visitors to our church and parish/ North Bradley, Southwick, Heywood and Steeple Ashton 



WELCOME to church for this morning’s services!


COVID-19 update. The PCC will review and update its risk assessment measures in the light of further guidance from the national Church and Diocese. However, the following adjustments are being made initially: 

  • Pre-booking is no longer necessary, but please book in on arrival at church. 

  • While the church is arranged for social distancing, please choose with whom and where you wish to sit.  

  • The wearing of face coverings continues to be recommended.  

  • Choir practices will resume, with appropriate precautions in place.  

  • From September, whenever possible the church will be open during the day for private prayer and visitors, between the Daily Offices on weekdays. 


The Parish Eucharist will continue to be live-streamed, as previously, at 10am on Sundays. You can join us via our Facebook page or the website – details of which are at the end of this pew sheet. 

The Midweek Eucharist is held on Wednesdays at 11am in the Jesus Chapel. Face coverings are recommended when attending. Thank you. 

Fundraising continues for our Fit for the Future Programme. This exciting project aims to make the church building more flexible and to provide facilities to support its use by a wide range of community groups alongside its primary function as a place of worship. We are working closely with our architect to develop our initial ideas and will be consulting with various stakeholders to inform and shape our plans. More details will follow in due course. You can make donations to ‘Amesbury PCC Fundraising’ via Fr Darren or Barbara Maddocks, Churchwarden, or use the ‘donate’ button on the home page of our website, Please let us know if you want to be directly involved in some way. You can also help by spreading the word!  

We are in urgent need of a PCC Secretary. This is an important administrative role working as part of the Parochial Church Council. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact Fr Darren. 


A church cleaning team is needed to sanitise the building and touch points before and after services, including occasional ones such as baptisms, weddings and funerals. If you are able to help with this please speak with Barbara Maddocks. Thank you to those who have already started!

Our flower arrangers are very committed, but they need some extra members for the team. Whatever your level of experience, if you would like to get involved please let Fr Darren know and he will put you in touch with them.  

The PCC has written a letter to explain its rationale for making the difficult decision to market the Wyndham Hall for sale, which can be viewed on the parish website; copies have been sent to members of the church Electoral Roll.

Looking after each other during the pandemic is something all of us can do. Please keep in touch with each other. As before, try ringing three people and ask each of them to ring three different people. This will create a network of prayer and support.


Please let Fr Darren know if you or someone else would like him to contact you/them in the coming weeks. Please also remember to provide a contact telephone number.

A set of prayers for use at home is available, alongside other resources on the Church of England website and the Diocese of Salisbury website. If you would like a copy of these, by email or in hard copy, please let Fr Darren know.


Money, money, money isn’t funny…Church finances are under ever-increasing pressure and we continue to carry a significant annual deficit in this parish. The Diocese launches its new ‘Generous Giving’ campaign in the Autumn. More details to follow. Please consider making a new regular financial commitment to the work of your parish church or reviewing your existing giving; please also encourage others to consider to do the same. If you would like to know about the possibility of leaving a legacy in your will, please contact Fr Darren.


Thank you to everyone for their continued giving and donations to our church - these are vital and much appreciated. 

Raising funds for the church fabric, the Friends have a range of inexpensive merchandise for sale, which can make ideal gifts. A list with pictures is on the church website. Free local delivery available by contacting Angela Bayliss on (01980) 623846.


Should you require access to Wyndham Hall please contact Fr Darren or Barbara Maddocks.

Notices for the weekly pew sheet should be sent to Fr Darren by email, please. They will be included at the earliest available opportunity.


If you know of someone who would like to receive the weekly pew sheet electronically, please ask them to contact Fr Darren by email, so that they can be added to the distribution list. Requests to be removed from the distribution list should also be made to Fr Darren. Many thanks.


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Fr Darren can be contacted on (01980) 259054 or His usual day off is Friday. He would be grateful to be spared all but emergency calls on that day.

Parish Mission Statement

Serving the community and growing in Christ.