Bulletin – 26th October 2020

Church Bulletin

According to a journalist on the BBC News last week, our most prevalent feeling, during this time of COVID, is worry.  This, of course, is not surprising; given the challenges we are dealing with, our nervous system is bound to be on high alert.

Worry is part of our self-defence mechanism.  It alerts us to a possible problem that may need a solution and gives us the opportunity to explore contingency plans.  The problem with ‘worry’ is that it can get out of hand because it tends to be about “What if…”  For example, “What if I fail my exam…”,  “What if I lose my job…” We have vivid imaginations and are all capable of conjuring a multiple of “what if” scenarios to any situation.

“…I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…”   states Jesus during his sermon on the mount.  “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life…? Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mat. 6; 25-34

I must admit I can be a worrier.  Then the Lord reminds me to give my worries to him.  I do so and he restores my peace.  He is amazingly generous.  As Paul says in his letter to the Philippians, “Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, asking him with a thankful heart.” Phil. 4; 6.

Lesley Lee

Holiday

Greg is now on holiday until Sunday 1st November. Any queries should be addressed to one of the church wardens (Nick Tooby or Becky Crowe) or the parish administrator (Julie Crow).

Remembrance Sunday

The Sunday Service on 8th November will commence at 10.15am to allow for an act of remembrance at 11am. If you would like to attend please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Memorial Service

We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm.  The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently has 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will have only limited windows to do this and that the deadline is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday 6th December. We know some of you have started Xmas shopping already and might appreciate this early warning.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is on Monday 4th January 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be reading and discussing is THE RUTHLESS ELIMINATION OF HURRY, by John Mark Comer.  The book’s focus is ‘How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive’ and addresses ‘the compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry in favour of a slower, simpler way of life. Whether or not you have been thinking about this over the last year the book may help to focus on this.

We will meet on 4th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us.  The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group please contact Sue Masters (07958 322026) or Greg Smith.

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/

Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided.  2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm.  You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770.

Please Pray

For Brian Walker, who has been admitted to hospital; Grace Latham, who has just started radiotherapy, Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip

Bulletin – 23rd October 2020

Church Bulletin

Greg and Fran’s announcement on Sunday will for many people have come out of the blue. The responses were as expected. Feelings of initial shock were immediately followed by a focus on what we as a church and community were going to lose after they’ve gone.

For some people it posed the questions, “who will take our daughter’s wedding next year?” or “what about our babies christening?” or “I’d hoped Greg would be around to take my funeral”. For others, the thought of Greg not visiting their school, attending a particular community event or standing leading the services in church, jumped to the forefront of their minds.

Strangely, probably because I’d had a little bit more time to absorb the announcement, my first thought on Sunday was very different. It struck me as Greg was announcing the news that we would now have to get that heavy wooden vicars board down off the wall and get it updated!

As I looked at the board and the lists of all the previous vicars, I reflected on the other occasions, when like Greg, previous vicars had stood and announced they were leaving. I’m sure their congregations would have equally been shocked and asked the “what’s next questions”, but on each occasion God had a plan. Each time God led someone to Eastern Green to lead his people forward.

So, although it’s sad to be saying farewell to Greg and Fran as they leave us in January 2021, God has revealed a plan for them. He is no doubt also sowing the seed in the heart of someone else to step forward and become the next name to be inscribed on the vicar’s board in church.

Acts 14 vs 23 “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and with prayer committed them to the Lord in whom they had put their trust” 

Nick Tooby

Holiday

Greg is now on holiday until Sunday 1st November. Any queries should be addressed to one of the church wardens (Nick Tooby or Becky Crowe) or the parish administrator (Julie Crow).

Memorial Service

We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm.  The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently has 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will have only limited windows to do this and that the deadline is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday 6th December. We know some of you have started Xmas shopping already and might appreciate this early warning.

Light Party

At our 10 o’clock service on 1st November, we are hosting a Light Party for our children, with party games; and a story about a party from the Bible. If you know any children who might want to come (numbers strictly limited), they will require an invitation. Please approach Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

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/

Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided.  2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm.  You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770.

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.

Sad News

We regret to announce the death of Ted Drayton after a short battle with cancer on Saturday morning. Please pray for his wife Heike and their family.

Please Pray

For Brian Walker, who has been admitted to hospital; Grace Latham, who has just started radiotherapy, Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip

Bulletin – 19th October 2020

Church Bulletin

By now, most of you will have heard the news Fran and I shared yesterday morning: that we are going to be leaving St Andrew’s early in the new year. I run marathons, so this is not the first time in my life, I have made myself do something painful because it seems the right thing to do. On balance, we would rather be leaving when people are sorry to see us go than leave when people are glad that we’re going. I recognize that over the last 16 years, I have conducted weddings and funerals, baptised babies, prayed with people who have been sick or counselled those going through difficult times to the extent that there is hardly anyone in the St Andrew’s family whose life I haven’t shared at the most important times. This has meant as much to me as I know it does to you. This isn’t the time for farewells. Just the time to remind ourselves of those ever-inspiring words from Hebrews 12: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith….so that you will not lose heart

Memorial Service

We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm.  The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.

Book Group

Join us this evening at 7.30 to discuss “Dinner with a perfect stranger”. Contact Greg or Sue Masters for the zoom link.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently has 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will have only limited windows to do this and that the deadline is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday 6th December. We know some of you have started Xmas shopping already and might appreciate this early warning.

Light Party

At our 10 o’clock service on 1st November, we are hosting a Light Party for our children, with party games; and a story about a party from the Bible. If you know any children who might want to come (numbers strictly limited), they will require an invitation. Please approach Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Congratulations

To John Ross-Barnard who celebrates his 81st birthday tomorrow and to John and Connie who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Sad News

We regret to announce the death of Ted Drayton after a short battle with cancer on Saturday morning. Please pray for his wife Heike and their family.

Please Pray

For Brian Walker, who has been admitted to hospital; Grace Latham, who has just started radiotherapy, Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things – Psalm 98:1

Bulletin – 16th October 2020

Church Bulletin

Over the last couple of years, I have spent increasing amounts of spare time (as much as an hour a week) researching my family tree (and Fran’s). I have discovered relatives who died in the psychiatric hospital; teenagers sent to the workhouse, children who died in infancy and enormous families. One family I am still trying to get to the bottom of. Either they had 20 children and named three of them Jane or there were two brothers who married two sisters in the same part of Yorkshire. I have relatives all over England. Most of Fran’s are from the same village in South Wales! One or two perhaps a little wealthier than average, but most very working class. And definitely no royalty. There is something about this experience that brings home how we are all related to each other or as Scripture puts it: all children of the same Heavenly Father. Of course, all too often we don’t behave as though we’re related to each other, but it’s the church’s job to model this to others.

Sunday Sermon

This week’s Sunday Sermon will be posted on the website at 10am.

Memorial Service

We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm (not the 1st as the Vicar announced yesterday) The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.

Light Lunch

We are going to move our bereavement group from the Village Hall to Limbrick Wood Baptist Church as a more comfortable and conducive venue. The group is aimed at anyone who has recently lost a loved one and will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 12.30-2 p.m. Attendance is by invitation only, but we would be pleased to hear from you if you or someone you know what like to join us.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently have 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will have only limited windows to do this and that the deadline is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday 6th December. We know some of you have started Xmas shopping already and might appreciate this early warning.

Light Party

At our 10 o’clock service on 1st November, we are hosting a Light Party for our children, with party games; and a story about a party from the Bible. If you know any children who might want to come (numbers strictly limited), they will require an invitation. Please approach Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Cinderella

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.com

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us.  The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group, please contact Sue Masters (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

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/

Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided.  2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm.  You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770

Jigsaw Puzzles

We still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500-piece puzzles. 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.

Please Pray

For Brian Walker, suffering with a UTI; Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip; and the family of Charley Watts’ Aunty Josie who died last Saturday evening.

“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb-line” Isaiah 28.17

Bulletin – 12th October 2020

Church Bulletin

A few short weeks ago, commentators were still talking about if there would be a second wave of the virus. Now, the only question is how bad it will be. I have sensed a weariness in the face of this. The government and the local council are saying quite clearly that they can’t respond so fully second time around: there isn’t the money or resources to do it. I am confident that a luke-warm response to our community in a time of need will not characterise the Church. We may be weary and our resources may be limited, but let’s not be found wanting. Galatians 6.9 has long been an inspiration. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will receive a harvest if we do not give up”.

Sponsored Walk

Many thanks to all those who have so generously sponsored the Coventry Canal walkers. We have now reached our £2,000 target. We don’t have to stop there. You can still make a donation by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door.

Memorial Service

We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm (not the 1st as the Vicar announced yesterday) The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.

Building our Faith

Growing numbers are attending Building our Faith on Wednesday evenings. This week, we will be talking about church. To obtain the link please contact Greg Smith or Sue Masters.

Cinderella                                                                       

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.com

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us.  The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group, please contact Sue Masters (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

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/

Please Pray

For Brian Walker, suffering with a UTI; Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip; and the family of Charley Watts’ Aunty Josie who died on Saturday evening.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” Proverbs 22:1

Cinderella

Cinderella
St Andrews are hoping to stage a production of the pantomime Cinderella early next year. We are looking for cast members for large and smaller parts, aged 8-80. Please contact Kate at katehowarth@btinternet.com if you are interested or want to know more. Rehearsals will largely be online, although we are still hopeful that the performances can be live, with reduced audiences. Join us and bring a little joy to your reduced social calendar!

Bulletin – 9th October 2020

Church Bulletin

I attended our worship committee on Monday evening with a heavy heart. We were going to be talking about Christmas (something I hate doing before December 1st at the best of times). Christmas, I knew, was not going to be the same this year. No packed carol service or hundreds of children shouting and singing along at our Crib Service. It was a depressing thought. However, by the end of the meeting, I was feeling in great spirits. In part, this is because we have such a wonderful, creative and committed team of people willing to think outside the box and work hard to make good things happen. And in part, I had simply underestimated the Lord’s commitment to and interest in our worship. Consequently, we have developed an exciting programme for Christmas, different from previous years but hopefully every bit as uplifting. More to follow.

Corona Issues

If you are asked to self-isolate, please comply. There is support for those having to do this. Anyone who stands to lose income, can apply at https://www.coventry.gov.uk/testandtracesupportpayments for a £500 lump sum. Anyone who needs support with shopping, picking up prescriptions etc, can contact the church at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Sponsored Walk

Many thanks to all those who have so generously sponsored four damp walkers. We have raised close to £1500 to date, but it’s not too late to help us reach our target of £2,000. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door.

Memorial Service

We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm (not the 1st as the Vicar will mistakenly announce in the notices on Sunday!) The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us.  The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group, please contact Sue Masters (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

Cinderella                                                                       

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.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/

Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided.  2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm.  You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770

Please Pray

For Ted Drayton attempting to get his diabetes and blood pressure under control while undergoing chemotherapy. For the family of Sheila White, a very long-term resident in Eastern Green who died at the beginning of this week.

“Great is your love reaching to the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies” Psalm 57.10

Tile Hill Food Hub

Here are some photos from Tile Hill Food Hub.

Lord Mayor, Anne Lucas, thanks Natalie Chylinski for her work as Tile Hill Food Hub coordinator.

The Lord Mayor with volunteers at the Tile Hill Food Hub.

Bulletin – 5th October 2020

Church Bulletin

Plan A when I saw the weather forecast for Saturday (torrential rain without respite) was to find an alternative date for our 20-mile sponsored canal walk. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a time when Veronika, Linda, Victoria and myself were all available, so we were forced to stick with Oct 3rd. On to Plan B. Which was to visit Go Outdoors and buy a brand new waterproof coat (after 15 years, my old one keeps showers out but doesn’t cope well with prolonged proper rain). With Fran’s assistance, I chose carefully: making sure the size was right, the hood fitted snugly and there were pockets to hide cold hands, but still within our limited budget. After some time, we were confident we had made a good choice. At the end of the walk, Fran’s first question was how had the coat held up. I had to tell her that it was somewhat disappointing and I might have to take it back since it hadn’t performed the one job it was employed to do: keep me dry. It was only when I spotted the labels that I had cut off the night before that I realised that the coat I had worn for the duration of the walk was not the same one that I’d bought the night before. I had grabbed the wrong coat from the boot of the car and walked the 20 miles in Paul Chylinski’s coat (thanks Paul). It reminded me of the verse in Romans 13, in which we are invited to clothe ourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes, other people’s clothes do the job better than our own.

Congratulations

To Arthur Crowe whose birthday was at the weekend. Also, to Jackie and Mike Lynch who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Corona Issues

The infection rate in the city continues to be high, but not as high as many other parts of the country. If you have downloaded the app, you will know that the risk level is rated as high. This is a very crude tool. We have that rating throughout the city because neighbouring authorities have additional restrictions. Although younger people are the principle agents of spreading the disease, in Coventry there is a significant rise in the 50-59 age group. PLEASE. If you are asked to self-isolate, please comply.

Sponsored Walk

All four walkers successfully completed the canal walk on Saturday, although Linda was taken to hospital afterwards to have six stitches in her hand, following a fall. We were raising funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. We are very grateful to all those who have so generously sponsored us. It’s not too late to make your own contribution. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door.

Harvest Appeal

Harvest has been very different this year, but the need for our generosity is no different. Today is the last day to support the Tile Hill foodbank by leaving a gift in the church porch.

We are also supporting Water Aid, which you can do by following the link below:

https://www.wateraid.org/uk/donate/donate-to-wateraid-today?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=Cj0KCQjwtsv7BRCmARIsANu-CQcOScwAJRk78z6FcudwZDdaQL-tKc3rA3KN2kZWCIkEGu_5Fe0dx9QaAidvEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us.  The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group, please contact Sue Masters (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

Cinderella                                                                       

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.com

Building our Faith

Continues on Wednesday evening at 7.30. Growing numbers have been attending. This week Greg will be speaking on the Bible. For the zoom link please contact Greg or Sue.

Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958 322026 susanmasters@sky.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/

Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided.  2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm.  You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770

Please Pray

For those undergoing treatment in hospital or as outpatients. Give thanks for Beryl Lee being safely returned home.