Bulletin – 19th April 2021

Church Bulletin

Yesterday at St Andrew’s we said farewell to Phil and Anne Richardson as they prepare to leave Coventry for their new Parish in Hampshire. It was great to be part of Phil’s final service at St Andrew’s and to hear Phil preach. In his sermon Phil spoke about transformation; the transformation of Peter as he steps out in faith and steps up in the role ordained for him by Jesus. Peter’s transformation made possible thorough Christ’s love and sacrifice and this transformation Phil reminded us, is offered to all. We are transformed by the love of Christ as we repent and accept his forgiveness, transformed through faith and the healing power of Christ.

As we say farewell to Phil and to Anne, we are aware of that transformation in them and in their ministry as they step out on a new path with God; transformed by the Holy Spirit and part of the ongoing transformation of our church and community here in Coventry. We know that God will bless them in their new church and we hold them in prayer as they continue to be part of God’s transforming love.

Sue Masters – Reader

Church Opening

The church has now re-opened for live worship every Sunday and will also open for private prayer on Thursdays.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Bookings are now being taken for services so please contact Julie if you would like to attend.

Phil’s Leaving Service

Sunday the 25th April will be Phil’s last service at St Andy’s. The service will also be in person at St Oswald’s, but if you are interested in attending that one please let Julie know on administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. We will also be streaming the service on Facebook for those that can’t attend.

Children’s Service

If you would like to attend our Children’s Service at St Andrew’s on 2nd May please let Julie know by contacting administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Attending St Andy’s Services

If you would like to attend a service at St Andy’s please contact Julie as she will be taking bookings. Please contact administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk if you want to attend.

Covid-19

Rates in Coventry – we are seeing a positive reduction in those testing positive in the city alongside hospital admissions too which is great news. However, with the easing of lockdown measures we all must continue to be vigilant when we are out to help keep rates low. Remember to wear your face mask in the required settings, keep your space from those you do not live with, and wash your hands regularly.

Beryl Poppitt

We have heard the sad news that Beryl died last Sunday. Beryl had been a member of St Andrew’s church for many years. We send our prayers and thoughts to her family at this sad time.

Parish Profile Meeting

Many of you will have heard me mention the Parish Profile. Many of you I expect are not clear on what this document is and what it’ll be used for. Last Monday the PCC signed off our Parish Profile document and the churchwardens and PCC are keen to make sure that those who wish to know more, have the chance to find out. Therefore, on Thursday 22nd April at 7:30pm, we will be holding a Zoom meeting for anyone who would like to join us when we will outline and explain what’s included and its importance to filling the vacancy for a new vicar. The Zoom details are available from the parish administrator or the churchwardens. We hope some of you will be curious enough to join us. Nick Tooby

Help Needed for an English Conversation Class

Are you a native English speaker? St Andy’s have started running a conversation class for refugees and asylum seekers in the Tile Hill area. We need volunteers to help run the conversation class on Wednesdays, 11.15am-12, currently meeting on Zoom. All you need is to be able to speak English and love God! If you are interested, please contact Sue Best (susanbest369@btinternet.com/07837488721).

Cleaning the Church

As we are opening the church again from Easter Day, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.

It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.

Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Children’s Society Boxes

it’s that time of year, so if you have a money collection box can you either leave it in church please, or contact me to collect it. I will not be able to personally collect the boxes till mid-April. Thank you for your support and a special thank you to Jackie Lynch who has stood down this year as the Children Society parish representative. Nick Tooby.

Youth Wellbeing Course

St Andrew’s is running a 6-week course on youth wellbeing for ages 8-14 on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm via zoom. Starting April 21st. For more information contact Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com.

Youth Work

We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Building Our Faith

Following completion of our Lent series our Wednesday evening Bible study will be taking a break over the Easter period. We restart on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm on zoom. All are welcome to join us, Sue Masters.

Book Club

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, been a member of one in the past or thought that’s not for me? Is now the time to think about being part of St. Andrew’s book club?

We set up the book club two years ago and although interrupted briefly by Covid have continued to meet over zoom. Some members have recently left the area and so we are relaunching and looking to encourage more people to join.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm on zoom (We hope to resume in person meetings at a later date). The book we have chosen is The Shack by William P Young. This is a novel published in 2008 and is a story of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever. You may have read it before but we felt it was worth revisiting.

We would love more people to join with us to read and discuss the book. If you have any questions please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as work continues to take place in the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 16th April 2021

Church Bulletin

It is difficult to summarise what a place and people mean to you in just a few sentences, but given this is my last Bulletin message and I only have a couple of weeks left at St Andrew’s & St Andy’s, I will try!

There’s a picture on the St Andrew’s website of a leaving do for a couple that had been at St Andrew’s for years (I cannot remember their names!). Anne and I are in that picture, because we had just joined St Andrew’s and had been invited along to the occasion. That we were invited to this, even though we were new and didn’t even know the people leaving, and thus ended up in the big ‘family photo’ has always felt like a blessing to me, and reflects an inclusive quality that St Andrews and St Andy’s has.

Hebrews 13v2 says “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” We may not be angels, but welcoming and showing hospitality to newcomers has such a high value in Scripture. It is my hope that when Covid restrictions ease and things begin to open up, you can begin doing it again as before 🙂

Phil Richardson – Curate

Beryl Poppitt

We have heard the sad news that Beryl died last Sunday. Beryl had been a member of St Andrew’s church for many years. We send our prayers and thoughts to her family at this sad time.

Parish Profile Meeting

Many of you will have heard me mention the Parish Profile. Many of you I expect are not clear on what this document is and what it’ll be used for. Last Monday the PCC signed off our Parish Profile document and the churchwardens and PCC are keen to make sure that those who wish to know more, have the chance to find out. Therefore, on Thursday 22nd April at 7:30pm, we will be holding a Zoom meeting for anyone who would like to join us when we will outline and explain what’s included and its importance to filling the vacancy for a new vicar. The Zoom details can be obtained from the parish administrator or the churchwardens. We hope some of you will be curious enough to join us. Nick Tooby

Prince Philip Thanksgiving Service

A Civic Service of Thanksgiving for the life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is to be held at Coventry Cathedral on Friday 16th April at 6pm. People will be able to watch the event live on the Cathedral’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral

Church Opening

The church has now re-opened for live worship every Sunday and will also open for private prayer on Thursdays.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Bookings are now being taken for services so please contact Julie if you would like to attend.

Attending St Andy’s Services

If you would like to attend a service at St Andy’s please contact Julie as she will be taking bookings. Please contact administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk if you want to attend.

Help Needed for an English Conversation Class

Are you a native English speaker? St Andy’s have started running a conversation class for refugees and asylum seekers in the Tile Hill area. We need volunteers to help run the conversation class on Wednesdays, 11.15am-12, currently meeting on Zoom. All you need is to be able to speak English and love God! If you are interested, please contact Sue Best (susanbest369@btinternet.com/07837488721).

Cleaning the Church

As the church has re-opened, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.

It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.

Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Children’s Society Boxes

it’s that time of year, so if you have a money collection box can you either leave it in church please, or contact me to collect it. I will not be able to personally collect the boxes till mid-April. Thank you for your support and a special thank you to Jackie Lynch who has stood down this year as the Children Society parish representative. Nick Tooby.

Phil’s Leaving Service

Sunday the 25th April will be Phil’s last service at St Andy’s. The service will also be in person at St Oswald’s, but if you are interested in attending that one please let Julie know on administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. We will also be streaming the service on Facebook for those that can’t attend.

Phil Richardson’s Leaving

As you probably know our Curate, Phil Richardson, will be leaving us at the end of April. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Phil please use the following link.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/69e458b3-1c0f-4c1d-a2b4-73d4592be58f

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a cash donation please pass this to either of the churchwardens, Nick Tooby and Becky Crowe, or the parish administrator, Julie Crow.

Phil’s last service at St Andy’s is on 25th April and 18th April at St Andrew’s. It would be good to get any donations to us by the week before at the latest (18th April). Any ideas for a gift are welcome!

Youth Wellbeing Course

St Andrew’s is running a 6-week course on youth wellbeing for ages 8-14 on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm via zoom. Starting April 21st. For more information contact Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com.

Youth Work

We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com

If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Sunday Coffee Gathering

The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the parish administrator or the churchwardens.

Jigsaw Puzzles                                                                                

I have many jigsaw puzzles to give away as the loaning scheme is now coming to an end. If you would like one (or more) please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect then please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as work continues to take place in the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 12th April 2021

Church Bulletin

“I DID IT!”. This has become a little catchphrase around our house, as it is what Ella says when she completes a task, like stacking bricks or colouring in a picture. We like to celebrate our accomplishments, (and so we should!) but at Easter we celebrate that Jesus “DID IT” by dying on the cross for our sins. Just before He died, his last words were “It is finished”, because he completed the work he came to do. That means, for you and I, we get to live in the love, joy and peace of the Kingdom of God, not because WE did it but because HE did!

Phil Richardson – Curate

Church Opening

The church has now re-opened for live worship every Sunday and will also open for private prayer on Thursdays.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Bookings are now being taken for services so please contact Julie if you would like to attend.

Attending St Andy’s Services

If you would like to attend a service at St Andy’s please contact Julie as she will be taking bookings. Please contact administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk if you want to attend.

Reporting Issues with your Street

We want to help clean up your neighbourhood. So we want to let you know about the fixmystreet app (all one word). It is another great app that is connected to your local authority and it enables you to report issues to them quickly and efficiently.

You can download this from the Apple Appstore however the app is also available on android devices. Simply find and confirm your location, take a picture of what you’re reporting, give it a title and the fill in a description of what it is. It’s so simple and takes 2 minutes.

Hope this helps you reporting to the correct department. Many thanks, Will Parker (Police, PCSO, Coventry, Radford and Holbrooks)

Help Needed for an English Conversation Class

Are you a native English speaker? St Andy’s have started running a conversation class for refugees and asylum seekers in the Tile Hill area. We need volunteers to help run the conversation class on Wednesdays, 11.15am-12, currently meeting on Zoom. All you need is to be able to speak English and love God! If you are interested, please contact Sue Best (susanbest369@btinternet.com/07837488721).

Cleaning the Church

As we are opening the church again from Easter Day, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.

It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.

Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Children’s Society Boxes

it’s that time of year, so if you have a money collection box can you either leave it in church please, or contact me to collect it. I will not be able to personally collect the boxes till mid-April. Thank you for your support and a special thank you to Jackie Lynch who has stood down this year as the Children Society parish representative. Nick Tooby.

Phil’s Leaving Service

Sunday the 25th April will be Phil’s last service at St Andy’s. The service will also be in person at St Oswald’s, but if you are interested in attending that one please let Julie know on administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. We will also be streaming the service on Facebook for those that can’t attend.

Phil Richardson’s Leaving

As you probably know our Curate, Phil Richardson, will be leaving us at the end of April. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Phil please use the following link.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/69e458b3-1c0f-4c1d-a2b4-73d4592be58f

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a cash donation please pass this to either of the churchwardens, Nick Tooby and Becky Crowe, or the parish administrator, Julie Crow.

Phil’s last service at St Andy’s is on 25th April and 18th April at St Andrew’s. It would be good to get any donations to us by the week before at the latest (18th April). Any ideas for a gift are welcome!

Youth Wellbeing Course

St Andrew’s is running a 6-week course on youth wellbeing for ages 8-14 on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm via zoom. Starting April 21st. For more information contact Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com.

Youth Work

We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Building Our Faith

Following completion of our Lent series our Wednesday evening Bible study will be taking a break over the Easter period. We restart on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm on zoom. All are welcome to join us, Sue Masters.

Book Club

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, been a member of one in the past or thought that’s not for me? Is now the time to think about being part of St. Andrew’s book club?

We set up the book club two years ago and although interrupted briefly by Covid have continued to meet over zoom. Some members have recently left the area and so we are relaunching and looking to encourage more people to join.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm on zoom (We hope to resume in person meetings at a later date). The book we have chosen is The Shack by William P Young. This is a novel published in 2008 and is a story of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever. You may have read it before but we felt it was worth revisiting.

We would love more people to join with us to read and discuss the book. If you have any questions please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as work continues to take place in the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

 

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 1st April 2021

Church Bulletin

Despite the fact that we know that Good Friday is not the end of the story, I find the journey to Calvary during Holy Week painful and deeply moving. I have tried to explain it to myself.  Is it that I question where were all those people that Jesus helped and healed, and all those who, only days before, had strewed his path with palms and cried “Hosanna to the King”, as he entered Jerusalem?  Or is it that I wonder what I would have done, had I been there?  It is too easy to say I would have stood up for Jesus.  We would all say that, wouldn’t we?  Peter swore to die with him, but, as we know, Peter denied him 3 times, as Jesus predicted he would.  Judas, one of those who had been closely with him throughout his ministry, betrayed him, as Jesus said he would.  In fact, all the disciples, we are told, ran away and left Jesus to his fate – to be taunted and tortured by a cruel militia; to be tried by Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator, who could find no fault with him, yet still bowed to the wishes of the religious leaders who had brought false charges against him, wanting his death; even when offered a last chance to save him, the crowd cried “Crucify him!”  Then, as the Saviour of the World hung on the cross, he was taunted by those who suggested he should save himself, if indeed he was who he said he was.  It took a hardened Roman centurion, charged with the unenviable task of carrying out the barbaric crucifixion, on seeing the way that Jesus died, to say, “Truly, this man was the Son of God”.  Over the years, as I have reflected, I have come to realise that every single one of the participants in the Easter story had an essential part to play, and, without any one of them, including Judas, the story could not have unfolded as it did.  And every one of them, and indeed us, is the beneficiary of Jesus’ words from the cross – “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they are doing”.  It is a hard lesson to take; but we know already that, after the agony and suffering of Good Friday comes the promise of hope on Easter Sunday; on Easter morning we can exclaim triumphantly with the women who went to his tomb and found it empty, “The Lord is risen; Jesus is alive”. Alleluia!  I wish you all a very happy Easter and all the hope that Easter brings.

Jeremy Thomas

Holiday

Julie, our parish administrator, is now on holiday until Monday 12th April. Any urgent queries should be addressed to one of the churchwardens – phone numbers provided at the end of the bulletin.

There will be no bulletins next week and the next will be on Monday 12th April.

Programme for Holy Week            

1st April – Maundy Thursday recorded service online at 7pm.
2nd April – Good Friday Children’s Service in church at 10am.
2nd April – At the Cross recorded reflection online at 2pm.
4th April – Easter Sunday Parish Communion at 10am in church and online.
4th April – Easter Sunday service at St Andy’s at St Oswald’s Church at 3.30pm.

Prayer Guide

April 2021 Prayer Guide

Church Opening

The PCC has agreed that the church can re-open for live worship on Easter Sunday.  There will also be a Children’s Service on Good Friday at 10am. The church will also open for private prayer on Thursdays from April 8th.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Please note that seats for Easter Sunday and Good Friday Children’s Service are now fully booked.

If you wish to book a seat for Sunday services from 11th April onwards please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Cleaning the Church

As we are opening the church again from Easter Day, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.

It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.

Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

Help Needed

Do you have any digital photos of church events with groups of people on them i.e. people at The Strawberry Tea’s or other social type events, that we can use in the Parish Profile? I’m looking for photo’s not including Greg and/or Fran please. If you have can you send them to me urgently via email or some other electronic means at nicktooby@btinternet.com. Thank you, Nick.

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Children’s Society Boxes

it’s that time of year, so if you have a money collection box can you either leave it in church please, or contact me to collect it. I will not be able to personally collect the boxes till mid-April. Thank you for your support and a special thank you to Jackie Lynch who has stood down this year as the Children Society parish representative. Nick Tooby.

Coronavirus Update

In Coventry the number of infections has reduced but numbers are now levelling off. The vaccine roll out continues and anyone aged over 50 who has not yet had the first dose of vaccination are encouraged to book an appointment by calling your GP, 119 or through NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

The first stage of the Government’s Road Map began this week with people able to meet outside within the rule of six or two households (see guidelines below). The advice from Coventry City Public Health is that it is still important to keep to the rules about social distancing, even if you have had one or both doses of your vaccination.

As of the 29th March guidelines have changed and you are able to;

Phil’s Leaving Service

Sunday the 25th April will be Phil’s last service at St Andy’s. The service will also be in person at St Oswald’s, but if you are interested in attending that one please let Julie know on administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. We will also be streaming the service on Facebook for those that can’t attend.

Phil Richardson’s Leaving

As you probably know our Curate, Phil Richardson, will be leaving us at the end of April. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Phil please use the following link.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/69e458b3-1c0f-4c1d-a2b4-73d4592be58f

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a cash donation please pass this to either of the churchwardens, Nick Tooby and Becky Crowe, or the parish administrator, Julie Crow.

Phil’s last service at St Andy’s is on 25th April and 18th April at St Andrew’s. It would be good to get any donations to us by the week before at the latest (18th April). Any ideas for a gift are welcome!

Youth Wellbeing Course

St Andrew’s is running a 6-week course on youth wellbeing for ages 8-14 on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm via zoom. Starting April 21st. For more information contact Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com.

Youth Work

We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Building Our Faith

Following completion of our Lent series our Wednesday evening Bible study will be taking a break over the Easter period. We restart on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm on zoom. All are welcome to join us, Sue Masters.

Book Club 

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, been a member of one in the past or thought that’s not for me? Is now the time to think about being part of St. Andrew’s book club?

We set up the book club two years ago and although interrupted briefly by Covid have continued to meet over zoom. Some members have recently left the area and so we are relaunching and looking to encourage more people to join.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm on zoom (We hope to resume in person meetings at a later date). The book we have chosen is The Shack by William P Young. This is a novel published in 2008 and is a story of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever. You may have read it before but we felt it was worth revisiting.

We would love more people to join with us to read and discuss the book.  If you have any questions please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com

If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Sunday Coffee Gathering

The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the churchwardens.

Jigsaw Puzzles                                                                                

I still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and a few 500-piece puzzles which are available for anyone to loan. If you would like one (or more) 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. Please note that jigsaws will be available until the end of April.

Birthday Congratulations

To Beryl Cooper whose birthday is this Saturday and to Graham Shelton who celebrates his birthday on Easter Sunday.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as work continues to take place in the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

 Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 29th March 2021

Church Bulletin

I wonder if you made yourself a palm cross to wave at the Palm Sunday Service yesterday. There were some lovely ideas to do so creatively in last week’s Bulletin. I am afraid I didn’t! To be honest, it was a very busy week. So, I kept the one I made for Palm Sunday last year, when the start of the first lockdown put an end to our planned re-enactment in church of Christ’s Passion and when Nick suggested that we make our own crosses, possibly adding an inscription on the theme of “In Our Changing Church, Our God Is Faithful”.   And what changes we have seen in the last year – in our church and everywhere! Some have been devastating and restricting, some of them positive and liberating, and all of them life-changing and offering lessons to be learned. And now things are changing again. We were still unable to re-enact the Passion of Christ in church yesterday; there will be no foot-washing on Maundy Thursday – not in church anyway(!); and on Good Friday we will be not be able to do our Walk of Witness, carrying the cross from St Andrew’s through the parish to join a Service of the Cross outside St Oswald’s; but, gradually and cautiously, some restrictions are being eased; already schools are back, though soon to enjoy a well-earned holiday, and we can now meet again outdoors, keeping to the “Rule of Six”, of course; and, next Sunday, fittingly on Easter Day, a limited number will be able once more to celebrate Holy Communion in church. We still have to do things a bit differently from what we are used to, and it may be a while before we return to something like normality, but there are definitely signs of hope and light at the end of the tunnel. So, as we start this week (Holy Week), to follow Jesus’ journey to the cross and glorious resurrection, perhaps tuning in to the daily online meditations, services and reflections, let us reflect on the fact that, amidst all the changes, our God is indeed faithful and loves us endlessly and unconditionally, to the extent of making the ultimate sacrifice for us – a sacrifice that changed the world forever and offered us all the promise of salvation and hope of eternal life with Jesus. And let us praise and glorify Him for it.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3: 16)

Jeremy Thomas

Congratulations

To Peter Wilson who will be getting confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on Easter Sunday.

Holiday

Our parish administrator, Julie Crow, will be on holiday from Thursday 31st March until Monday 12th April. Any urgent queries should be addressed to one of the churchwardens whose phone numbers are provided at the end of the bulletin.

The next bulletin will be on Thursday however there will be no bulletins next week.

Programme for Holy Week                            

Monday 29th March to Wednesday 31st March – a 20-minute Meditation online each evening at 7pm.

1st April – Maundy Thursday recorded service online at 7pm.

2nd April – Good Friday Children’s Service in church at 10am.

2nd April – At the Cross recorded reflection online at 2pm.

4th April – Easter Sunday Parish Communion at 10am in church and online.

4th April – Easter Sunday service at St Andy’s at St Oswald’s Church at 3.30pm.

Church Opening

The PCC has agreed that the church can re-open for live worship on Easter Sunday.  There will also be a Children’s Service on Good Friday at 10am. The church will also open for private prayer on Thursdays from April 8th.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Please note that seats for Easter Sunday are now Good Friday are now fully booked.

Due to holiday, if you wish to book a seat for the service on 11th April please contact Julie before 2pm on Wednesday 31st March.

Cleaning the Church

As we are opening the church again from Easter Day, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.

It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.

Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Phil’s Leaving Service

Sunday the 25th April will be Phil’s last service at St Andy’s. The service will also be in person at St Oswald’s, but if you are interested in attending that one please let Julie know on administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. We will also be streaming the service on Facebook for those that can’t attend.

Phil Richardson’s Leaving

As you probably know our Curate, Phil Richardson, will be leaving us at the end of April. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Phil please use the following link.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/69e458b3-1c0f-4c1d-a2b4-73d4592be58f

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a cash donation please pass this to either of the churchwardens, Nick Tooby and Becky Crowe, or the parish administrator, Julie Crow.

Phil’s last service at St Andy’s is on 25th April and 18th April at St Andrew’s. It would be good to get any donations to us by the week before at the latest (18th April). Any ideas for a gift are welcome!

Youth Wellbeing Course

St Andrew’s is running a 6-week course on youth wellbeing for ages 8-14 on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm via zoom. Starting April 21st. For more information contact Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Youth Work

We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Building Our Faith

Following completion of our Lent series our Wednesday evening Bible study will be taking a break over the Easter period. We restart on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm on zoom. All are welcome to join us, Sue Masters.

Book Club

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, been a member of one in the past or thought that’s not for me? Is now the time to think about being part of St. Andrew’s book club?

We set up the book club two years ago and although interrupted briefly by Covid have continued to meet over zoom. Some members have recently left the area and so we are relaunching and looking to encourage more people to join.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm on zoom (We hope to resume in person meetings at a later date). The book we have chosen is The Shack by William P Young. This is a novel published in 2008 and is a story of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever. You may have read it before but we felt it was worth revisiting.

We would love more people to join with us to read and discuss the book. If you have any questions please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as work continues to take place in the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 26th March 2021

Church Bulletin

One of the positives of Lockdown for me has been taking my daily walk (well, almost daily). We are blessed with a multiple of woods, fields and parks in this area, so I am not short of places to go. A particular joy is to discover a new walk and it never ceases to amaze me how many fields are hidden behind a row of houses.

A second joy is seeing something for the first time ever. One of my favourite haunts is Tile Hill Wood and, a week or so ago, I came upon a lovely lady taking photos of one of the ponds. “I’m trying to take photos of all these frogs,” she explained excitedly, “There are so many of them!” Not wishing to disturb her plan, I left her to it but next time around, I thought I would look for these frogs myself and stood at the edge of the pond in silence, waiting and watching. Then I saw one, on the far side of the pond, at first just a bit of movement in the soft mud, then the appearance of a body before it suddenly leapt into the water. Indeed, now that my eyes had focussed, I could see that the water and the mud were bubbling with activity – frogs leaping here, there, and everywhere amongst an abundance of frog spawn, glistening on the pond’s surface. It was a first for me. Yes, I had seen frogs before, I had seen frog spawn before. Indeed, I had even, with my children, watched the growth cycle of the tadpole into a frog – but despite frequent walks past many ponds, I had not seen this before. What is more, had it not been for that lady taking photos, and her remark about the frogs, I don’t suppose I would have seen them that day either.

All this reminds me just how blind we can be: There is that blindness that comes from pre-occupation – we can be looking but our mind is on other matters, so we only see what we expect to see and not what is there. Or we can be looking, but we are not tuned in to the detail, so we only see part of the picture and miss a great deal. This is not just about seeing the world around us – it is also about how we see other people, our family, friends and neighbours. It is also true of how we see God. Jesus said, “I have come into this world so that the blind will see…” John 9; 39. I guess, in a way, Jesus is like that lady in the wood, if we allow him to catch our attention, we will see wonderful things.

Lesley Lee – Reader

So how do you Recruit a Vicar?

It’s a question I’ve been asked a few times recently and so I thought I’d outline the 4 steps that we started from the end of February.

Step 1 – The Bishop first must agree – that a vicar should be appointed to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s, it’s not guaranteed. Eastern Green has been very fortunate over many years to have its own vicar, when other parishes have been merged, sometimes with 2 to 5 churches sharing a vicar. Consideration is given to how viable the church is. For example, is it an active church? Does it pay its way? How many people attend church? is there the potential for growth? Following meetings with the Archdeacons in March, the Bishop has agreed that Eastern Green can advertise for a vicar.

Step 2 – Writing the Parish Profile – This document sets out the vision for the church, the type of qualities we are looking for in our new vicar and paints a picture of the parish, the community and church life. The PCC appointed a small team to write this document and it will be presented to the PCC in early April. Once agreed by the PCC, the Area Dean and the Bishop, this document will form the basis of the advert. So, it’s important we get this right. The team who has written the profile will be holding some zoom meetings in late April to share the process and the content.

Step 3 – Advertising for suitable candidates – As someone asked me last week “do you put an advert in the Job Centre?”. Not quite. Most vacancies are advertised in the Church newspaper, “The Church Times”, they are also placed on the Coventry Diocese webpages. This will be done, I expect, in mid to late April.

Step 4 – Interviews – A shortlist of candidates will be interviewed. The PCC appointed Sue Masters, Liz Reed and myself as the Parish Representatives, to join the Area Dean and Archdeacon on the interview panel. The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the PCC before the interviews. If one of the candidates is successful, then an announcement will be made shortly afterwards.

So, when will we have our new vicar? – Assuming a suitable candidate is identified at the end of this process, the earliest date our new vicar will be in post is September/ October this year.  

I’d ask you to continue to pray for those involved in the appointment process and pray that God is placing our church in the heart of someone, to be our next vicar. 

Nick Tooby – Churchwarden

Holiday

Julie, our parish administrator, will be on holiday from Thursday 31st March until Monday 12th April. Any urgent queries should be addressed to one of the churchwardens – phone numbers provided at the end of the bulletin.

Programme for Holy Week                             

Monday 29th March to Wednesday 31st March – a 20-minute Meditation online each evening at 7pm.

1st April – Maundy Thursday recorded service online at 7pm.

2nd April – Good Friday Children’s Service in church at 10am.

2nd April – At the Cross recorded reflection online at 2pm.

4th April – Easter Sunday Parish Communion at 10am in church and online.

Church Opening

The PCC has agreed that the church can re-open for live worship on Easter Sunday.  There will also be a Children’s Service on Good Friday at 10am. The church will also open for private prayer on Thursdays from April 8th.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Please note that seats for Easter Sunday are now fully booked and there is one place left for the Good Friday Children’s Service.

Due to holiday, if you wish to book a seat for services up to and including 11th April please contact Julie before Wednesday 31st March.

Cleaning the Church

As we are opening the church again from Easter Day, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.

It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.

Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Sad News

I’ve heard the sad news today that George Cooke passed away last night after a short illness. George had a wonderful God given ability to play the church organ, and has led music, both through his playing and as choirmaster, for many years in St Andrew’s. We thank God for his life and ministry within our church, and we pray for his family and all who knew George and will be mourning his loss. Nick Tooby

Youth Wellbeing Course

Youth Work

We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Coronavirus

The key message at the meeting was that although we seem to be going in the right direction with the number of cases decreasing, we still need to act with caution.

A reminder of the changes that come into effect on Monday 29th March, which are:

  • Rule of 6 or 2 households can meet outside (Support bubbles are counted as one household and any children under the age of five are not included in the head count)
  • Organised outdoor sport (children and adults) can recommence
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can resume business
  • All outdoor children’s activities are permitted again
  • Outdoor parent and child groups (max 15 people, excluding under 5s) can take place
  • Minimise travel, but no more ‘stay at home’

Visit to Pontesbury

As we all know we were unable to hold a farewell event for Greg & Fran when we said goodbye in January. Plans were originally set out for and event in the summer for them to return so we could say goodbye properly. Having been in their new parish for a few weeks Greg and Fran feel a return would be too emotionally difficult. 

However, Greg & Fran has invited the members of St Andrew’s to a Thanksgiving service on the 21st June at 7pm. The service will be held at St George’s in Pontesbury, to thank God for what we hope will be the permanent end to lockdown.

During the afternoon, Greg is offering to show people around his new parish and hopefully in true St Andrew’s tradition there will be lots of cake!

You will need to make your own arrangements to travel to and from Pontesbury.

Of course, this is all provisional and is subject to the lockdown being lifted as per the roadmap set out by the government. At this time we are asking if this is something you would like to attend (both/afternoon/evening) please can you send myself or a Julie your intentions so we can send rough numbers to Greg. We will confirm full details nearer the time. 

Becky Crowe – Churchwarden 

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com

If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: 

https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Sunday Coffee Gathering

The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the churchwardens.

Birthday Congratulations

Many to congratulations to Beryl Lee who celebrates her 90th birthday this Sunday (28th March).

Jigsaw Puzzles                                                                                

I still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and a few 500-piece puzzles which are available for anyone to loan. If you would like one (or more) 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. Please note that jigsaws will be available until the end of April.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as work continues to take place for the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 22nd March 2021

Church Bulletin

Tomorrow our nation will be holding a Day of Reflection to mark the one year that has passed since the first coronavirus lockdown. At 12 noon there will be a one-minute silence followed by a bell toll and, at 8pm we are encouraged to stand on our doorstep with phones, candles or torches to signify ‘a beacon of remembrance.’ Apparently, many prominent buildings and landmarks across the UK will also be lit up at that time. It will be an opportunity to mark with respect and love all those who have lost their lives, to hold in awe all those who have fought with such determination and courage on the frontline and to thank God for His miracles – not least, the production of an effective vaccine. It will be a time to pray thanksgiving for all those who have kept our infrastructure going and maintained our services and supplies; for those who discovered the vaccines, for all those who produce and administer them and for those volunteers who support them.

Standing on the doorstep brings to mind those weekly Thursday evenings during the first lockdown, when many of us stood on our doorsteps at 8pm and enthusiastically applauded our wonderful NHS staff who were working so hard to save lives and maintain our health service. I have lived in my home for 40 plus years and am blessed with some lovely neighbours, but that weekly applause had a wonderful effect on neighbour relations.

Some of you may recall Ian Dury’s hit record: Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3. Perhaps not the most sophisticated song in the world but it makes a good point. As we reflect on this annus horribilis it might be a good exercise to look at the positives, possibly be surprised at their abundance, and thank God for them.

Lesley Lee – Reader

Palm Crosses

As we are unable to meet together to worship and to distribute palm crosses, we thought you might like to make your own palm crosses. You can use a palm frond if you have one or something else from the garden that can be fashioned into a cross. You could user paper, or card, or any other craft material you have in your home. Free the creative inner you, as you produce your personal palm cross. If you make it this week you can have it with you when you watch the recorded service for Palm Sunday and then why not display it during Holy week in your window, porch, car or on your lunch box.

There are several websites to show you how to make palm crosses, or go freestyle and make whatever you feel called to. Maybe pray as you make it and use it as invite and aid to prayer during Holy week.

A colouring cross sheet and how to make a palm cross instruction sheet are enclosed.

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COLOURING CROSSES

Sue Masters

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.

The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.

Phil Richardson’s Leaving

As you probably know our Curate, Phil Richardson, will be leaving us at the end of April. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Phil please use the following link.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/69e458b3-1c0f-4c1d-a2b4-73d4592be58f

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a cash donation please pass this to either of the churchwardens, Nick Tooby and Becky Crowe, or the parish administrator, Julie Crow.

Phil’s last service at St Andy’s is on 25th April and 18th April at St Andrew’s. It would be good to get any donations to us by the week before at the latest (18th April). Any ideas for a gift are welcome!

Church Opening

The PCC have agreed that the church can re-open for live worship on Easter Sunday.  There will also be a Children’s Service on Good Friday at 10am.

The church will also open for private prayer on Thursdays from April 8th.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Please note that seats for Easter Sunday are now fully booked, however there are still a few places left for the Good Friday Children’s Service.

Coronavirus

400,00 vaccinations have now been given to residents of Coventry and Warwickshire, which equates to around 7,000 being given per day.

Coventry is showing very positive signs and cases are now dropping significantly. However, there was a reminder that we are still in lockdown until 12th April and that even after that date it will still be important to maintain precautionary measures.

Visit to Pontesbury 

As we all know we were unable to hold a farewell event for Greg & Fran when we said goodbye in January. Plans were originally set out for and event in the summer for them to return so we could say goodbye properly. Having been in their new parish for a few weeks Greg and Fran feel a return would be too emotionally difficult. 

However, Greg & Fran has invited the members of St Andrew’s to a Thanksgiving service on the 21st June at 7pm. The service will be held at St George’s in Pontesbury, to thank God for what we hope will be the permanent end to lockdown.

During the afternoon, Greg is offering to show people around his new parish and hopefully in true St Andrew’s tradition there will be lots of cake! You will need to make your own arrangements to travel to and from Pontesbury.

Of course this is all provisional and is subject to the lockdown being lifted as per the roadmap set out by the government. At this time we are asking if this is something you would like to attend (both/afternoon/evening) please can you send myself or a Julie your intentions so we can send rough numbers to Greg. We will confirm full details nearer the time. 

Becky Crowe – Churchwarden 

Lent Appeal 2021

A couple of weeks ago Jeremy spoke about the vaccination programme and the positive experience it has been for many of those who have had their first, and for some their second vaccinations. We are fortunate in the UK in the research and development of the vaccine and the speed and manner in which the programme has been implemented.

UNICEF are involved in providing Covid-19 vaccinations in countries across the globe that do not have the same access to the COVID-19 vaccinations. They are inviting people to donate to their vaccination programme and they say on their website: ‘With your support, UNICEF will deliver 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines for health workers and the most high risk people on our planet.

As our Lent appeal this year we are inviting you to consider donating to the UNICEF vaccination appeal by using the following Link to our donation page:

St Andrews Church Lent Appeal – Give A Little

Thank you

Building our Faith – Wednesday Evening Bible Study in Lent

Wednesday evening Bible study for Lent on theme of Prayers of Jesus. All are welcome to join us and you don’t need to have been to previous sessions to join in.

We meet at 7.30pm on zoom. If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me.

Sue Masters – 07958 322026

Book Club

Have you ever thought about joining a book club, been a member of one in the past or thought that’s not for me? Is now the time to think about being part of St. Andrew’s book club?

We set up the book club two years ago and although interrupted briefly by Covid have continued to meet over zoom. Some members have recently left the area and so we are relaunching and looking to encourage more people to join.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm on zoom (We hope to resume in person meetings at a later date). The book we have chosen is The Shack by William P Young. This is a novel published in 2008 and is a story of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever. You may have read it before but we felt it was worth revisiting.

We would love more people to join with us to read and discuss the book. If you have any questions please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as meetings take place which begin the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Bulletin – 19th March 2021

Church Bulletin

The dreaded words ‘can you take me to a garden centre’ rang out in our house this week; Dave’s response ‘yes my dear’ offered in his normal voice but did his heart sink at that request?

The sunshine and signs of spring have given me hope and, with the signs of winter coming to an end, there is the promise of growth and new life to come. For me this has led to a desire to get out in the garden, hence the request to visit a garden centre. I will need to clear away and prepare the ground for new growth, and I will be looking for signs of new life where things have looked dead. I am now prepared for my first real foray into garden and as I plant my seeds and repot plants I will look ahead to transformation and renewal, and perhaps even a glass of something in the garden in the summer.

As we move forward in faith, we, like the gardeners, look ahead to renewal and transformation. We are called to sow seeds of faith for ourselves and for others, to tend God’s people and planet, and to anticipate with joy, new growth and new life. As we approach Easter that is the promise of the cross and we remember Jesus’ words: ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10)

Sue Masters – Reader

Church Opening

The PCC have agreed that the church can re-open for live worship on Easter Sunday.  There will also be a Children’s Service on Good Friday at 10am.

Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.

Please note that seats for Easter Sunday are now fully booked. There are still a few places left for the Good Friday Children’s Service.

Visit to Pontesbury 

As we all know we were unable to hold a farewell event for Greg & Fran when we said goodbye in January. Plans were originally set out for and event in the summer for them to return so we could say goodbye properly. Having been in their new parish for a few weeks Greg and Fran feel a return would be too emotionally difficult. 

However, Greg & Fran has invited the members of St Andrew’s to a Thanksgiving service on the 21st June at 7pm. The service will be held at St George’s in Pontesbury, to thank God for what we hope will be the permanent end to lockdown.

During the afternoon, Greg is offering to show people around his new parish and hopefully in true St Andrew’s tradition there will be lots of cake! You will need to make your own arrangements to travel to and from Pontesbury.

Of course this is all provisional and is subject to the lockdown being lifted as per the roadmap set out by the government. At this time we are asking if this is something you would like to attend (both/afternoon/evening) please can you send myself or a Julie your intentions so we can send rough numbers to Greg. We will confirm full details nearer the time. 

Becky Crowe – Churchwarden 

Lent Appeal 2021

Last week Jeremy spoke about the vaccination programme and the positive experience it has been for many of those who have had their first, and for some their second vaccinations. We are fortunate in the UK in the research and development of the vaccine and the speed and manner in which the programme has been implemented.

UNICEF are involved in providing Covid-19 vaccinations in countries across the globe that do not have the same access to the COVID-19 vaccinations. They are inviting people to donate to their vaccination programme and they say on their website: ‘With your support, UNICEF will deliver 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines for health workers and the most high risk people on our planet.

As our Lent appeal this year we are inviting you to consider donating to the UNICEF vaccination appeal by using the following Link to our donation page:

St Andrews Church Lent Appeal – Give A Little

Thank you

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com

If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Sunday Coffee Gathering

The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the churchwardens.

Jigsaw Puzzles                                                                                

I still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and a few 500-piece puzzles which are available for anyone to loan. If you would like one (or more) 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. Please note that jigsaws will be available until the end of April.

Please Pray

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

Please also pray for St Andrew’s as meetings take place which begin the process of finding a new vicar.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 & Becky Crowe – 07875 552518