Bulletin – 6th August 2020

Church Bulletin

I had the privilege of taking Bette Thorpe’s funeral this week. Bette has lived in Eastern Green six decades, so many of you will know her. We got to know her at St Andrew’s through Lunch n Chat after her husband Bill died 5 ½ years ago. She came in the first instance for the company (she was never happier than when she was with others) but was soon involved in helping run the group. Despite being in her late 80s (she was 91 when she died), she brought in home made soup or apple pies and would often be found in the kitchen washing-up. As I reflect on her life, it strikes me how typical she is of the people of Eastern Green. Many have come to this part of the world from the four corners of the UK, but having pitched up here, by their willingness to think first of others, they have been the glue keeping the community together. This is the true Christian calling. How much we need such people during these times.

Face Masks

In line with the latest government guidance, face masks will be required by anyone attending church in the coming months. However, those speaking at the service, reading, preaching etc. will not be required to wear them. We will also continue to limit numbers attending by ensuring attendance is by invitation only and thereby maintain social distancing.

Congratulations

To Liz and Chris Reed who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Wednesday; and to Fran Smith who celebrates her birthday on Friday.

Pantomime read through

We had great fun at our read through of Cinderella. Steve Wankling and John Ross-Barnard make wonderful ugly sisters. And I do hope they find a man soon!

Remembrance Garden

A couple of years ago, a Remembrance Garden was established at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney, a six year-old who died very suddenly in the parish. His mum, Louise, has been tending the garden in the years since, but is soon to begin a degree course in London. The school, therefore, is looking for a volunteer to look after the garden. This need not be an onerous task but might be one to cement links between church and school. Please speak to Greg or Paul Chylinski thechillos@gmail.com to find out more

Compost

The PCC have agreed that it would be good to have a compost heap in the churchyard, but this needs a degree of management, ensuring the right ingredients are added at the right time. Would anyone like to take responsibility for this or do you know anyone who might like this job? Please let Greg or Paul Crowe know if you’re interested.

Emma Wildman

Following her extended furlough, Emma Wildman has returned to work as our Youth Worker. If you have any queries or suggestions regarding our youth work, Emma can be contacted at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com or 07969 066979

Please pray for

Natalie Chylinski, who has done a magnificent job of running our food hub over the last three months, but has just been made redundant. Pray also for Ted Drayton who starts chemotherapy next week.

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40.31

We’ll Meet Again

As the Wednesday Bulletin has now been suspended, below are some words that have kindly been provided by Linda Chylinski:

We’ll meet again. The Queen used this in a recent address to our nation. The words of Dame Vera Lynn have been so poignant at this time of social isolation during the corona virus pandemic. Lockdown effectively imprisoned us in our homes and some people didn’t even have any family to share this time with. Other families suffered tensions, as cracks in their relationships came to a head. One day we were actively going about our busy lives and suddenly everything just stopped.

Thankfully, many of us kept in touch via Face Time or Skype, and suddenly social media became an important part of our lives. Some of us (including the Queen), learned to use zoom for the first time ever.

This lockdown has affected every age…..youngsters missed schooling and their friends ( socialising being an important part of the primary curriculum). Young people missed going out to the local pub, seeing their friends and even romantic relationships. Young mothers discovered how difficult home schooling was, and struggled to juggle work and home life. The older generation were desperate to see their grandchildren. Some people have lost loved ones and have been denied a proper goodbye or funeral. In particular, the older generation are suffering from social isolation and tremendous loneliness. The impact on mental health cannot be underestimated. Samaritans alone have received an average of 7000 calls per day, which is a huge increase in people reaching out for help.

However, let’s not forget the positives. The skies have been bluer, the air cleaner and we have heard much more birdsong with less pollution about. Many have enjoyed peaceful daily exercise in the way of a gentle stroll or even a 5km run. Many people have been working throughout, putting themselves on the front line, but others have put themselves forward and volunteered to help others. Some took part in shopping and doorstep deliveries of food and prescriptions. Others volunteered to man the food banks that closed suddenly, essentially cutting off a lifeline for some. Others took it upon themselves to ask a neighbour if they wanted a newspaper collected, and many have received pastoral telephone calls to ensure the person at the other end of the phone could hear a friendly voice, or get the help they might require. In shops people have been considerate of others and we have seen people smiling and wishing people to stay safe. Well, those smiles may be hidden behind masks now, but my wish is that the eyes shine through.

It is our connection to others that keeps us well and balanced in life. Humans are essentially social creatures, so please let us not forget the lessons we have learned. Let us all reach out to others and empathise with one another. Let’s teach our children and our grandchildren kindness and consideration for others. Let us continue to knock on the door of a neighbour and ask if they need anything from the shops, because we are going there.

For myself, I will never forget the balconies in the north of Italy at the height of the pandemic. People were singing out to one another and playing musical instruments, lifting up each other’s spirits. Most importantly, let us all remember, whatever you are going through, you are not alone.

Hebrews :13. God has said” I will never leave you; I will never abandon you”. Let us be bold then and say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid”.

Bulletin – 3rd August 2020

Church Bulletin

They say it’s the thought that counts. Usually when this is said, the gift received is unwanted or inappropriate, but it is recognized that at least the giver had thought about giving. However, sometimes the gift is extremely generous and appropriate, but it is still surpassed by the knowledge that the recipient has been considered to be worthy of such generosity. All of which is a long-winded way of saying how incredibly moved to receive such gifts, cards and greetings on my 60th birthday over the weekend. Thank you to every single person who gave in whatever way to make it a very special occasion. The Bose speaker was really appreciated. Sadly, having three sons in their thirties who haven’t matured since they were thirteen, they have delighted in making it play rude noises! That’s already more detail than you need to know. Particular thanks to Phil for planning all this and to Vicky for putting the video message together. I am reminded of the words of St Paul: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.”

Congratulations

To Phil who celebrated his birthday yesterday. Clergy like to get birthdays out the way all at the same time. Best wishes also to Anne Richardson who celebrates her birthday on Thursday.

Weds gathering

A reminder that we continue to meet online every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and are working our way through St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. No prior knowledge is needed and you don’t have to joined us since the start of the series to tune in. If you wish to join and do not have the link please contact Greg.

Pantomime read through

Just for a bit of fun, we will be reading through (via zoom) a version of Cinderella, the pantomime tomorrow August 4th at 7.30. If you would like to join us, let Greg know and he will send you a script in advance.

Remembrance Garden

A couple of years ago, a Remembrance Garden was established at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney, a six year-old who died very suddenly in the parish. His mum, Louise, has been tending the garden in the years since, but is soon to begin a degree course in London. The school, therefore, is looking for a volunteer to look after the garden. This need not be an onerous task but might be one to cement links between church and school. Please speak to Greg or Paul Chylinski thechillos@gmail.com to find out more

Compost

The PCC have agreed that it would be good to have a compost heap in the churchyard, but this needs a degree of management, ensuring the right ingredients are added at the right time. Would anyone like to take responsibility for this or do you know anyone who might like this job? Please let Greg or Paul Crowe know if you’re interested.

A message from the City Council

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, the number one priority of Coventry City Council has always been the safety and wellbeing of Coventry people and all those people who work for us. Although positive cases in the city remain low overall, they have started to rise from a very low base over the last 10 days. After a run of a number of weeks of little or no new confirmed cases, they have started to rise, with around 6 or 7 confirmed cases now being reported daily. The cases are not showing any patterns in terms of areas affected or demographics leading to concerns that after living with the issue for almost four months and life starting to go back to some sort of normality, there is a real risk that complacency or fatigue could be setting in.

Please pray for

The food hub in Tile Hill which will be looking to appoint a new coordinator to take over from Natalie who will step down next month. Interviews take place on Thursday afternoon.

The angel said: He has risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16.6

Bulletin – 31st July 2020

Church Bulletin

Many thanks to all those who kindly enquired about the wedding of my eldest son and now daughter-in-law! It was a strange and yet wonderful day. Nothing like we imagined when the date was first set 15 months ago, anticipating hundreds of guests, a posh reception and all the frills you’d associate with a wedding. In the event, there were just 14 adults (including bride, groom and Vicar) and 4 children. The reception in our garden afterwards was blessed with enough warmth to make it work. Two of the children belonged to my son’s best friends; and since the other two children were my grandchildren and everyone in the family refers to me as ‘grandad’ so as not to confuse our grandchildren, it wasn’t long before one of the other children was also calling me ‘grandad’. He was only three, so it seemed too much like hard work to explain his mistake. I am reminded of the incident in Acts 19 when the sons of Sceva attempt to drive out an evil spirit but fail because the spirit realises that these men are talking about Jesus but don’t actually know him for themselves. There’s a sermon there.

Birthday Congratulations

Many congratulations to Greg Smith who celebrates his 60th birthday today.

Special Services

On Aug 9th, we are inviting members of the Weds congregation to the Sunday service. The service will be the same kind of service that we have been offering since returning to church, but the fellowship will be one that Wednesday people know and love. On Sunday Aug 30th, in place of our communion service, we will be offering a service aimed at families on the theme of Daniel in the Lions Den, looking to prepare our children for their return to school. This is by invitation only, but if you know any children (families) who might like to attend, please let us know.

Giving by envelope

Some of you have been saving your envelopes for the church collection. In some cases, this has meant a considerable amount of money lying around in people’s homes. If you are concerned about this, we will happily arrange for them to be collected. In the same way, because of when lockdown struck, some people were unable to pick up their giving envelopes and have had nowhere to put their donations. Again, we are happy to drop these off to anyone who requests them. Just let us know.

Pantomime read through

Just for a bit of fun, we will be reading through (via zoom) a version of Cinderella, the pantomime next Tuesday August 4th at 7.30. If you would like to join us, let Greg know and he will send you a script in advance.

Remembrance Garden

A couple of years ago, a Remembrance Garden was established at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney, a six year-old who died very suddenly in the parish. His mum, Louise, has been tending the garden in the years since, but is soon to begin a degree course in London. The school, therefore, is looking for a volunteer to look after the garden. This need not be an onerous task but might be one to cement links between church and school. Please speak to Greg or Paul Chylinski thechillos@gmail.com to find out more

Greg & Fran’s Day off

Now that things have quietened down, Greg and Fran will return to having Friday’s as their rest day. Please respect this.

Please pray for

Ted Drayton who begins chemotherapy on Aug 12th and for Guy Aspinall who is very poorly.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84

Bulletin – 29th July 2020

Church Bulletin

Face masks are increasingly becoming part and parcel of British life. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were wondering whether we shouldn’t follow in the footsteps of France and ban the Hijab on the basis that not being able to see people’s faces properly was not conducive to community relations. It also doesn’t seem that long ago that the World Health Organisation was proclaiming that there was no conclusive evidence that face masks actually work. Would Jesus have worn a face mask. Scripture tells us that he was blindfolded when he was tortured and mocked by the guards after his arrest. His crucifixion was an attempt to shut his mouth, although he voluntarily chose not to speak at his trial. After his resurrection, he deliberately breathed on His disciples to impart the Holy Spirit. I will let you make your own minds up. This indeed is the official policy of St Andrews Church. Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in church by the Church of England. However, we are asking people to make their own minds up.

Weds bulletin

This will be the last Wednesday bulletin for the time being. We will continue to send out electronic bulletins at midday on Mondays and Fridays; and post bulletins to those not online on Fridays. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who would be willing to take responsibility for sending out the bulletin while Julie is on holiday at the end of August and the beginning of September.

Giving by envelope

Some of you have been saving your envelopes for the church collection. In some cases, this has meant a considerable amount of money lying around in people’s homes. If you are concerned about this, we will happily arrange for them to be collected. In the same way, because of when lockdown struck, some people were unable to pick up their giving envelopes and have had nowhere to put their donations. Again, we are happy to drop these off to anyone who requests them. Just let us know.

Pantomime read through

Just for a bit of fun, we will be reading through (via zoom) a version of Cinderella, the pantomime next Tuesday August 4th at 7.30. If you would like to join us, let Greg know and he will send you a script in advance.

Remembrance Garden

A couple of years ago, a Remembrance Garden was established at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney, a six-year-old who died very suddenly in the parish. His mum, Louise, has been tending the garden in the years since, but is soon to begin a degree course in London. The school, therefore, is looking for a volunteer to look after the garden. This need not be an onerous task but might be one to cement links between church and school. Please speak to Greg or Paul Chylinski thechillos@gmail.com to find out more

Congratulations

To Nick Tooby who celebrates a round birthday today! We know, he doesn’t look 70 does he?

Greg & Fran’s Day off

Now that things have quietened down, Greg and Fran will return to having Friday’s as their rest day. Please respect this.

Please pray for

All children who have been physically or emotionally affected by the corona virus and associated lockdown.

Pray also for Lesley Harrison and her family, following the death of her brother-in-law.

Elizabeth Cuthbert has reminded us that we all have angels ministering to us in times of need (Hebrews 1.14)

Bulletin – 27th July 2020

Church Bulletin

A week in Wales meant an extended period of time spent with our grandson, Athan, now 14 months old. I won’t bore you with tales of how wonderful he is or how much hard work he is! However, one interaction with him seems instructive. I took to using the dining room for prayer each morning, while he had his breakfast in the living room. Each morning, after his breakfast, the dining room door would swing open, little feet pattered in and a beaming smile greeted me. Satisfied that I was where he was expecting me to be, he chuckled and left me to my prayers. That encounter brought a smile to my face and gave me what I needed for the day ahead. I do think this is rather how prayer works. Us checking in on God and God checking in on us; beaming at each other, glad of each other’s presence in the world and encouraged for the challenges of the day ahead.

Communion on Sundays

Julie continues to issue invitations (at Greg’s direction) to communion services on Sundays. If you find a message on your answer machine, please respond immediately. We had empty pews on Sunday, which was a great shame. If you accept an invitation, please do attend or let us know at the earliest opportunity if you can’t. In the same way, if you are invited and would like to come, please accept the invitation. It is a lot of work trying to fill places and this Sunday we weren’t entirely successful. If you would like to join us do contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847

Weds Gathering

We continue our series on Ephesians on Wednesday mornings, reaching Ephesians 2.13-22 this Wednesday at 10 a.m. Greg will be leading us in a study on this passage. This can be accessed via zoom. Please contact Greg if you need the link.

Lap tops

We continue to be pleased to receive second-hand laptops at the Vicarage, which will be distributed to those in need throughout the area. Some of you may have seen the article in the Coventry Telegraph, highlighting the presentation to Westwood Academy.

Remembrance Garden

A couple of years ago, a Remembrance Garden was established at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney, a six year-old who died very suddenly in the parish. His mum, Louise, has been tending the garden in the years since, but is soon to begin a degree course in London. The school, therefore, is looking for a volunteer to look after the garden. This need not be an onerous task, but might be one to cement links between church and school. Please speak to Greg or Paul Chylinski thechillos@gmail.com to find out more

Sad News

We are sorry to announce the news of the death of Bette Thorpe at the age of 91. Bette was a stalwart of Lunch n Chat over many years and will be much missed by family and friends. Her funeral takes place at Canley crematorium next Monday.

Please pray for

Our Children’s Council which meets online tonight to plan how best we can support our children through difficult times. Continued prayers for Ted Drayton. Thanks and continued prayers for Mike Lynch who maintains a slow recovery from radiotherapy.

“I pray that you may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is love of Christ” Eph 3.17-18

Bulletin – 24th July 2020

Church Bulletin

“Would a couple of you be prepared to offer thoughts for the day on the Monday and Friday?” 

This was Greg’s request earlier this month after hearing that Wales was opening up as of 13th of the month and he and Fran could plan a few days away. “Oh, bless him,” I thought, “he does so deserve a holiday,” and blithely volunteered.

Then came the time to prepare my contribution.  Mentally, I played with various ideas, drew up a mind map, chose a topic and began writing.  After a few paragraphs, I deleted it and started again – no, that didn’t work either. It was at that point that I felt the full impact of appreciation for Greg.  He has been writing thoughts for the day 3 times a week since Lockdown began and, without fail, has produced an entertaining piece of prose with a Gospel message.   I think that is pretty impressive, especially given the size of the rest of his workload.  How blessed we all are in his leadership.

Last week, Greg was paying tribute to all of us in the St Andrew’s Church family (and yes, we are all amazing!)  This week, if you will please forgive my presumption, I would like to pay tribute to Greg.  What a wonderful helmsman he is as he steers this ship of St Andrew’s across such choppy seas, always fully attentive to the voice of his and our Captain, Jesus Christ. 

Greg and Fran, thank you for all that you are and all that you do. We thank God for the blessings you are. 

Thank you

To Lesley Lee for providing her thoughts and words of encouragement this week for the bulletins.

Communion on Sundays

Julie has taken over responsibility for issuing invitations (at Greg’s direction) to communion services on Sundays. If you find a message on your answer machine, please respond immediately or you may lose your place. If you are coming, please arrive promptly (doors will be shut at 10 a.m.). We are not yet requiring face masks, but please observe social distancing at all times and confine conversing with friends to outside. If you would like to join us do contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847 to let us know.

Volunteer Foodbank Coordinator

The Tile Hill Community Partnership is a small community group, consisting of local councillors, local churches, residents’ associations and local schools, dedicated to raising funds to meet the needs of Tile Hill residents. Our work has included sponsoring anti knife crime projects in schools; providing laptops and connectivity bundles to those in digital poverty and from 1st September 2020, responsibility for the emergency foodbank in Tile Hill which is to be relocated to St Oswald’s Church in Jardine Crescent.

We are therefore looking to appoint a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of the foodbank, which is likely to run for two two hour sessions per week. Duties will include recruitment and supervision of volunteers, liaison with St Oswald’s Church, Coventry Foodbank and other agencies and ensuring policies and procedures are implemented.

The post will commence on 1st Sept, with interviews scheduled for the afternoon of Thurs Aug 6th.

Application form and full job description available from Julie Crow at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Please contact Revd Greg Smith on 02476 422856 or 07902 794653 for an informal conversation

Closing date for applications 9 a.m. Monday 3rd August

Lap tops

We are pleased with the response to our laptop appeal. BBC CWR radio picked up on this and featured it on Monday morning. We have now had offers from afar a field as Maidenhead. If you have a laptop you are no longer using, please restore it to factory settings and drop off at the Vicarage. These are being distributed to children and families who don’t have access to the internet and to older people who might otherwise experience social isolation. We have already delivered 6 new machines to Westwood Academy and 4 more to Our Lady of the Assumption School. We are also immensely grateful to the Allesley Green Residents Association for an offer of £250 towards the project. We have been asked to provide machines to those living in digital poverty in Willenhall; and we will see how we can help

Volunteer packers

We have been overwhelmed by generous offers to deliver breakfast parcels to hungry families in Tile Hill. People’s willingness to help others in need is truly humbling. We think we have sufficient drivers now. However, we have been asked whether we can recruit volunteers to help pack the breakfast boxes ready for delivery. You would be required for 2-3 hours on either a Monday or Wednesday afternoon. If you’re willing and able to volunteer for this, please contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847

Finances

We are very grateful for some sizeable donations that have arrived in recent weeks; and for those who have been saving up their collection contributions until they are able to attend church. On Monday evening, the PCC reviewed our current financial situation. We are still projecting a large deficit for the year; and would therefore be hugely grateful for any further assistance that friends might be able to provide.

Jigsaw Puzzles

We have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500-piece puzzles which may be useful for people over the next few months. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Children’s Sheet

Please pray for

The family of Bette Thorpe. Bette sadly passed away last week.

Ted Drayton has been told that chemotherapy is unlikely to be successful in his struggle with bowel cancer and so is now preparing for an operation.

Church Bulletin – 20th July 2020

Church Bulletin

“Would a couple of you be prepared to offer thoughts for the day on the Monday and Friday?” 

This was Greg’s request earlier this month after hearing that Wales was opening up as of 13th of the month and he and Fran could plan a few days away. “Oh, bless him,” I thought, “he does so deserve a holiday,” and blithely volunteered.

Then came the time to prepare my contribution.  Mentally, I played with various ideas, drew up a mind map, chose a topic and began writing.  After a few paragraphs, I deleted it and started again – no, that didn’t work either. It was at that point that I felt the full impact of appreciation for Greg.  He has been writing thoughts for the day 3 times a week since Lockdown began and, without fail, has produced an entertaining piece of prose with a Gospel message.   I think that is pretty impressive, especially given the size of the rest of his workload.  How blessed we all are in his leadership.

Last week, Greg was paying tribute to all of us in the St Andrew’s Church family (and yes, we are all amazing!)  This week, if you will please forgive my presumption, I would like to pay tribute to Greg.  What a wonderful helmsman he is as he steers this ship of St Andrew’s across such choppy seas, always fully attentive to the voice of his and our Captain, Jesus Christ. 

Greg and Fran, thank you for all that you are and all that you do. We thank God for the blessings you are. 

Our verse of encouragement for the day: 

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4; 13.

Communion on Sundays

Julie has taken over responsibility for issuing invitations (at Greg’s direction) to communion services on Sundays. If you find a message on your answer machine, please respond immediately or you may lose your place. If you are coming, please arrive promptly (doors will be shut at 10 a.m.). We are not yet requiring face masks, but please observe social distancing at all times and confine conversing with friends to outside. If you would like to join us do contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847 to let us know.

Volunteer Foodbank Coordinator

The Tile Hill Community Partnership is a small community group, consisting of local councillors, local churches, residents’ associations and local schools, dedicated to raising funds to meet the needs of Tile Hill residents. Our work has included sponsoring anti knife crime projects in schools; providing laptops and connectivity bundles to those in digital poverty and from 1st September 2020, responsibility for the emergency foodbank in Tile Hill which is to be relocated to St Oswald’s Church in Jardine Crescent.

We are therefore looking to appoint a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of the foodbank, which is likely to run for two two hour sessions per week. Duties will include recruitment and supervision of volunteers, liaison with St Oswald’s Church, Coventry Foodbank and other agencies and ensuring policies and procedures are implemented.

The post will commence on 1st Sept, with interviews scheduled for the afternoon of Thurs Aug 6th.

Application form and full job description available from Julie Crow at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Please contact Revd Greg Smith on 02476 422856 or 07902 794653 for an informal conversation

Closing date for applications 9 a.m. Monday 3rd August

Lap tops

We are pleased with the response to our laptop appeal. BBC CWR radio picked up on this and featured it on Monday morning. We have now had offers from afar a field as Maidenhead. If you have a laptop you are no longer using, please restore it to factory settings and drop off at the Vicarage. These are being distributed to children and families who don’t have access to the internet and to older people who might otherwise experience social isolation. We have already delivered 6 new machines to Westwood Academy and 4 more to Our Lady of the Assumption School. We are also immensely grateful to the Allesley Green Residents Association for an offer of £250 towards the project. We have been asked to provide machines to those living in digital poverty in Willenhall; and we will see how we can help

Volunteer packers

We have been overwhelmed by generous offers to deliver breakfast parcels to hungry families in Tile Hill. People’s willingness to help others in need is truly humbling. We think we have sufficient drivers now. However, we have been asked whether we can recruit volunteers to help pack the breakfast boxes ready for delivery. You would be required for 2-3 hours on either a Monday or Wednesday afternoon. If you’re willing and able to volunteer for this, please contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847

Finances

We are very grateful for some sizeable donations that have arrived in recent weeks; and for those who have been saving up their collection contributions until they are able to attend church. On Monday evening, the PCC reviewed our current financial situation. We are still projecting a large deficit for the year; and would therefore be hugely grateful for any further assistance that friends might be able to provide.

Please pray for

Ted Drayton has been told that chemotherapy is unlikely to be successful in his struggle with bowel cancer and so is now preparing for an operation.

Volunteer Foodbank Coordinator

The Tile Hill Community Partnership is a small community group, consisting of local councillors, local churches, residents’ associations and local schools, dedicated to raising funds to meet the needs of Tile Hill residents. Our work has included sponsoring anti knife crime projects in schools; providing laptops and connectivity bundles to those in digital poverty and from 1st September 2020, responsibility for the emergency foodbank in Tile Hill which is to be relocated to St Oswald’s Church in Jardine Crescent.

We are therefore looking to appoint a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of the foodbank, which is likely to run for two two hour sessions per week. Duties will include recruitment and supervision of volunteers, liaison with St Oswald’s Church, Coventry Foodbank and other agencies and ensuring policies and procedures are implemented.

The post will commence on 1st Sept, with interviews scheduled for the afternoon of Thurs Aug 6th.

Application form and full job description available from Julie Crow at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Please contact Revd Greg Smith on 02476 422856 or 07902 794653 for an informal conversation

Closing date for applications 9 a.m. Monday 3rd August