Bulletin

Church Bulletin

As of today, you are now free to meet in a group of up to 6 people, provided you are outside and stay 2 metres apart. The Bible isn’t very keen on the number 6. Seven is the perfect number and therefore six falls short of perfection.  It doesn’t really work for us either.  All three of our grandsons have two parents and since we live in a household of four – well you do the maths! But this is to cavil when we have been deprived for so long.  Our biggest concern (and therefore prayer) should be that the government have got the releasing of lockdown right in terms of when and how much and that the people will adhere to the guidelines. Jesus said: “Trust in God. Trust also in me.” John 14.1

Sunday Service

Thanks to Sue and Vicky for putting together yesterday’s very moving service; as well as thanks to the other contributors: Lynnette, Angela, Jeremy and Di.  It really does take a team (although if my maths is right, that makes seven if you include me!)

Thy Kingdom Come

Anyone who has any stories of answered prayer following the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative, please do share them with us.

Prayer Testimonies

We are grateful to those who have bravely shared a small insight into their prayer lives as a means of inspiring others to pray.  We are looking for anyone who can use a phone to record themselves who is willing to speak briefly about their prayer lives and be honest about the joys and challenges of it.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Lesley Lee at lesleylee4@hotmail.co.uk

Prayer Diary

We attach the monthly prayer diary today. Thanks to Jeremy for producing this.

Open Heaven

For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June.  We need St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green is included in this.  At present, they have been rather neglected compared to the rest of the city. You can download an app from the Open Heaven Coventry website and claim roads for yourself or let us know and we will claim them for you. Please consider claiming your road.  We will be sending out resources to help with this with the Weds and Fri bulletins.

For your prayers

Give thanks for Mike Lynch being discharged from hospital. Please pray for the family of Meg Hare (her husband Geoff was a regular at the Weds morning service in the past) who died on Saturday and for the family of Brenda Lawrence whose funeral takes place tomorrow.

Prophecy

If during the period of the corona lockdown, anyone has had pictures, bible verses or any other kind of revelation of what God might be saying to us, please let us know – even if you have no idea what it means! Kate Dagger felt God might be saying to us: “God is winning our hearts back” and referenced Psalm 4 v 4. Let us know if that resonates with you in any way.

June Prayer Guide

Click here for the prayer guide for June Prayer Guide JUNE 2020

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41.13 (Thanks to Jayne Nye for drawing our attention to these words)

Bulletin – 29th May 2020

Church Bulletin

I wonder why so many people dislike seeing themselves? Perhaps like me you’ve been to weddings where there always seems to be one person that in spite of every encouragement from the wedding photographer will insist on standing behind the tallest person in the group and will not let their face be seen however much pleading goes on.  Like most phobias, this can be addressed by a programme of desensitisation.  We have a large flat screen telly on which I have been watching our Sunday morning services.  While I might have had to watch myself from behind my hands the first week or two, I have got used to seeing myself and can now watch without breaking out into a cold sweat.  Meanwhile, perhaps we should all remember the promise of the Psalms that the Lord is always watching us and loves us more than any other.

Sunday

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning as we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, the church’s birthday and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon all God’s people.  Do join us for coffee afterwards via the usual link. Meeting and Password available from Greg.

Thy Kingdom Come

Continues today and tomorrow and then climaxes on Sunday with Pentecost Praise, a service for the whole diocese, which may be watched either on the Cathedral Facebook page or on the Diocesan Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuWeQd6g5n-J1FUSQQZ_XJQ/featured

Prayer Testimonies

We are grateful to those who have bravely shared a small insight into their prayer lives as a means of inspiring others to pray.  We are looking for anyone who can use a phone to record themselves who is willing to speak briefly about their prayer lives and be honest about the joys and challenges of it.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Lesley Lee at lesleylee4@hotmail.co.uk

Open Heaven

For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June.  We need St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green is included in this.  At present, they have been rather neglected compared to the rest of the city. You can download an app from the Open Heaven Coventry website and claim roads for yourself or let us know and we will claim them for you. Please consider claiming your road.

For your prayers

For Mike Lynch who has been readmitted to hospital.

Thank you

To Diane Wilson for weeding the path round to the church yard. This was hard work in this hot weather, so thank you.

Birthdays

Betty Rippingale would like to thank everyone who sent cards/flowers and good wishes on her 96th birthday.

Prophecy

If during the period of the corona lockdown, anyone has had pictures, bible verses or any other kind of revelation of what God might be saying to us, please let us know – even if you have no idea what it means!

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the HEART OF GOD,
A place where we our SAVIOUR meet,
near to the HEART OF GOD.

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for drawing our attention to this hymn.

 

Coventry Churches Wellbeing Info Line

A new telephone support line, the Coventry Churches Wellbeing Info Line has just launched. This line will be open each Tuesday between 10 am and 12 noon, and each Thursday between 2 pm and 4 pm. There is a 24-hour answerphone which will be responded to during session times only. The volunteers who run it are people with lived experience of mental ill health, and those who are trained in signposting, listening and guidance. It is a place to get information on mental health services throughout the city, find a listening ear and a reminder of God’s presence in the brokenness of the current circumstances. There is a Punjabi speaker available.

The number to ring is: 07467 807437

Bulletin – 27th May 2020

Church Bulletin

Moses came down the mountain with ten commandments, the detail of which many of God’s people have managed to grasp through the centuries. However, these laws left many questions unanswered and over time, the religious authorities updated and added to them so that by Jesus’ day there were nearly 300 additional regulations. There were so many of them that no ordinary person could be expected to have grasped them. There were only two options: to listen carefully and be obedient to everything the religious authorities said or to follow common sense and hope for the best. If this sounds familiar, you may like to meditate on the words of Psalm 1: “the righteous man meditates on His law day and night”

Sunday

Thanks to all those who joined us on Sunday morning (over a hundred it would seem). We look forward to seeing you next Sunday when we will be celebrating the great feast of Pentecost, which is often regarded as the birthday of the Church.

Thy Kingdom Come

One of the virtues of Thy Kingdom Come is that if you forget to watch a 2 minute video (a prompt to prayer) on any given day, it doesn’t take very long to catch up. The important thing is to pray!

Open Heaven

For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June. There are nearly 100 churches committed to making this happen. We would like St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green and Tile Hill are included in this. You can download an app from the Open Heaven Coventry website and claim roads for yourself or let us know and we will claim them for you. While much of the inner city has been claimed, not much of Eastern Green has had offers of prayer. Please consider claiming your road. If you don’t live in the area, it’s perfectly acceptable to pray for where you live instead.

For your prayers

We thank God that Bryan Walker is now back at home following a fortnight’s hospital stay. We also pray for Betty Wright who has had a nasty fall and broken her hip. Pray also for the Children’s Council that meets tonight.

Birthdays

A reminder that we are pleased to hear news of people’s birthdays. Do let us know so that we can celebrate them together.

Cleaning

An elderly parishioner is looking for someone to clean for him twice a week for 1 hour and is offering £11 an hour. If you think you might be able to help with this either immediately or temporarily, please let Julie know.

Prophecy

If during the period of the corona lockdown, anyone has had pictures, bible verses or any other kind of revelation of what God might be saying to us, please let us know – even if you have no idea what it means!

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.   A couple of days’ notice would be helpful. Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Children’s Sheet

Click here for this week’s children’s sheet.

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Veronika has reminded us of those lovely words in Romans 8.26-27: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Bulletin – 22nd May 2020

Church Bulletin

You are living stones! So says St Peter (1 Peter 2.5) in his first letter.  I am fairly confident that he was not thinking of beautifully fashioned bricks when he made this assertion; the kind of bricks that are laid neatly in a row with just the right amount of cement separating them from their fellow bricks so that the resulting pattern is neat and pleasing to the eye, with none of the bricks standing out or memorable in any kind of way.  Rather, the stones St Peter has in view are rough (all different kinds of shapes and sizes) much more like us.  God carefully places us (like dry stone walling) so that the way in which we complement each other is amplified.  The result is not so neat but much more beautiful!

A reminder that there will not be a bulletin on Monday because of the Bank Holiday.

Sunday

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) on Sunday morning.  Do tune into our 10 a.m. service by clicking on the website link. If you want to do any preparatory reading, look at John chapter 17.  Do join us for coffee afterwards at 11 a.m. via zoom. Please contact Greg if you require the link.

Thy Kingdom Come

The period of Thy Kingdom Come began yesterday, in which we are encouraged to pray for our friends, family and nation.  Each day we are posting a 2 minute video at 6 p.m. to assist you in your prayers (thanks to Vicky for sorting this out for us).  You can pray while watching the video or wait till it’s finished and pray afterwards for as long as you feel led to.

Open Heaven

For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June.  There are nearly 100 churches committed to making this happen.  We would like St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green and Tile Hill are included in this.  The opportunity to reserve streets via an app opens this evening, so if there is a special street you would like to prayer walk, please download the app from the Open Heaven website or let Julie or Greg know as soon as possible.  We will be sharing resources as to how to go about prayer walking nearer the time. If you are experienced at using apps, you might like to volunteer to be a guide to others who are less familiar.  Please let us know if you are able to help.

For your prayers

We thank God that Mike Lynch is back at home and feeling better. We pray for the family of John Vernon whose funeral takes place today.

Cleaning

An elderly parishioner is looking for someone to clean for him twice a week for 1 hour and is offering £11 an hour.  If you think you might be able to help with this either immediately or temporarily, please let Julie know.

Tastelife

We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday June 4th for 8 weeks, following the success of the first course.  Tastelife is a course aimed at those suffering with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  It is also suitable for carers.  The course will be online and will require access to zoom.  For further information, please visit the Tastelife website at https://www.tastelifeuk.org/

Survey

The Church Times has launched a survey to investigate how church people are coping with corona and what they think about the way the crisis has been managed. This can be accessed via the link tinyurl.com/ycsq9fy2 Please have your say and help this valuable piece of research.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46 verse 1)

Bulletin – 20th May 2020

Church Bulletin

The church crashed zoom! This appears to be what happened on Sunday, when people struggled to join us for coffee after the morning service and then later the St Andy’s service was forced to switch to another platform.  People were reporting from all over the country that zoom wasn’t functioning properly on Sunday.  Since this is the first time there have been such problems since so many switched to online conferencing following the corona lockdown, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that it was the church that done it! A reminder that God has placed in the hearts of men and woman a desire to worship that even the mighty virus cannot conquer.

Ascension

Tomorrow, Thursday 21st May is the Feast of Ascension, when we mark Christ’s leaving this world to go into heaven.  To celebrate this, we will be posting a service led by Greg (in a similar format to Sunday mornings) at 7 p.m.  Just visit the website to find it. Thanks to Steve Martin for putting this together.

Thy Kingdom Come

Pray for 5 is an initiative connected to Thy Kingdom Come.  This move of prayer, launched by our Archbishops 4 years ago has swept around the world, taking in churches of every denomination. It encourages the church and individual believers to pray for their family, friends and nation during the period between Ascension (May 21st) and Pentecost (May 31st). This year we are specifically encouraged by our own Bishop among others to pray for 5.  Each evening at around 6 p.m. we will be posting a 2 minute video as a prompt to prayer.  You should watch them and then pray for as short or as long a period afterwards as you wish. These will be posted on the website and are designed to be played each day at that time, but can be played at any time (2 or 3 together if you prefer).  Thanks to Lesley Lee who will be posting out material to those not online.

Open Heaven

For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June.  There are nearly 100 churches committed to making this happen.  We would like St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green and Tile Hill are included in this.  The opportunity to reserve streets via an app opens this evening, so if there is a special street you would like to prayer walk, please download the app from the Open Heaven website or let Julie or Greg know as soon as possible.  We will be sharing resources as to how to go about prayer walking nearer the time. If you are experienced at using apps, you might like to volunteer to be a guide to others who are less familiar.  Please let us know if you are able to help.

For your prayers

Please pray for Mike Lynch who has been readmitted to hospital, being very weak because of his cancer treatment. Do pray also for Jackie at this worrying and tiring time.

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the final part in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on LOVE

DAY THIRTEEN Love

Tastelife

We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday June 4th for 8 weeks, following the success of the first course.  Tastelife is a course aimed at those suffering with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  It is also suitable for carers.  The course will be online and will require access to zoom.  For further information, please visit the Tastelife website at https://www.tastelifeuk.org/

Survey

The Church Times has launched a survey to investigate how church people are coping with corona and what they think about the way the crisis has been managed. This can be accessed via the link tinyurl.com/ycsq9fy2 Please have your say and help this valuable piece of research.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Children’s sheet

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Elizabeth Cuthbert has reminded me of that wonderful promise in Revelation 2: “there will no more pain, no more death, no more tears” when we get to Heaven.

 

 

Bulletin – 18th May 2020

Church Bulletin

It has occurred to me how often in these little messages, I have referred to my garden.  Such are the limitations of my horizon at the moment! Where else would one search for inspiration other than to look around? I am encouraged by the fact that Jesus did the same thing.  His parables introduced familiar figures: the shepherd, the tax collector, the widow, the strict religious leader.  He also once famously said: ‘consider the lilies, look at the birds’.  He invited us to open our eyes, look around us and see the evidence of God’s presence with us. May you be able to do the same even if your horizons are limited for the time being.

Sunday Service and coffee

We hope you enjoyed our service yesterday.  If you didn’t catch it, it is still available on the website.  Apologies to those who tried to join us for coffee afterwards, but failed to gain access.  In part, zoom were having difficulties that were beyond our control. But we failed to send the link out on Friday for this.  We will try to do better next week!

Ascension

Thursday 21st May is the Feast of Ascension, when we mark Christ’s leaving this world to go into heaven.  To celebrate this, we will be posting a service (in a similar format to Sunday mornings) at 7 p.m.  Just visit the website to find it.

Thy Kingdom Come

Pray for 5 is an initiative connected to Thy Kingdom Come.  This move of prayer, launched by our Archbishops 4 years ago has swept around the world, taking in churches of every denomination. It encourages the church and individual believers to pray for their family, friends and nation during the period between Ascension (May 21st) and Pentecost (May 31st). This year we are specifically encouraged by our own Bishop among others to pray for 5.  Each evening at around 6 p.m. we will be posting a 2 minute video as a prompt to prayer.  You should watch them and then pray for as short or as long a period afterwards as you wish. These will be posted on the website and are designed to be played each day at that time, but can be played at any time (2 or 3 together if you prefer).  Thanks to Lesley Lee who will be posting out material to those not online.

Congratulations

To Kate Dagger whose birthday it is tomorrow.

Open Heaven

For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June.  There are nearly 100 churches committed to making this happen.  We would like St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green and Tile Hill are included in this.  The opportunity to reserve streets via an app opens on Wednesday, so if there is a special street you would like to prayer walk, please download the app from the Open Heaven website or let Julie or Greg know as soon as possible.  We will be sharing resources as to how to go about prayer walking nearer the time.

For your prayers

Please pray for the family and friends of John Vernon, whose funeral takes place on Friday.

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the twelfth and penultimate in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on forgiveness.

DAY TWELVE Forgiveness

Tastelife

We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday 28th May for 8 weeks, following the success of the first course.  Tastelife is a course aimed at those suffering with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  It is also suitable for carers.  The course will be online and will require access to zoom.  For further information, please visit the Tastelife website at https://www.tastelifeuk.org/

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Donations

Phil Richardson has kindly agreed to be our banker while Jackie is otherwise engaged supporting Mike.  If you have cheques, you would like to send by way of donation, please send them to Phil at 23 Mary Herbert St, Coventry CV3 5ER.  All donations are very gratefully received.

Thanks to Nick for reminding us on Sunday: Love never fails (1 Cor 13.8)

 

Bulletin – 15th May 2020

Church Bulletin

For the past three years or so, our pond has been covered with duck weed, a very small and very fast-growing plant that once it takes hold will cover a body of water very quickly.  It’s a sign of a healthy pond, but the appearance is that of thick scum.  However, the strong wind that has been blowing over the last few days has blown into all into one corner and my wonderful view of softly rippling water has been restored.  The Holy Spirit whose coming we celebrate at Pentecost in just a couple of week’s time is compared in Acts 2 with a wind blowing from heaven: a wind that restores things to new, bringing beauty and joy wherever it blows.

Sunday Service

Our Sunday service can be accessed in the usual way via the website at 10 a.m. Greg is leading, Nick preaching and Di is leading our worship.

Ascension

Thursday 21st May is the Feast of Ascension, when we mark Christ’s leaving this world to go into heaven.  To celebrate this, we will be posting a service (in a similar format to Sunday mornings) at 7 p.m.  Just visit the website to find it.

Thy Kingdom Come

Pray for 5 is an initiative connected to Thy Kingdom Come.  This move of prayer, launched by our Archbishops 4 years ago has swept around the world, taking in churches of every denomination. It encourages the church and individual believers to pray for their family, friends and nation during the period between Ascension (May 21st) and Pentecost (May 31st). This year we are specifically encouraged by our own Bishop among others to pray for 5.  This entails identifying five people within your own circle of family and friends and praying each day of the Thy Kingdom Come season for them to come to faith.  Each evening at around 6 p.m. we will be posting a 2 minute video as a prompt to prayer.  These will be posted on the website and are designed to be played each day at that time, but can be played at any time (2 or 3 together if you prefer).  Thanks to Lesley Lee who will be posting out material to those not online.

Congratulations

To Hilary Wankling and Lynnette Clarke whose birthdays are today!

Sad News

We learnt on Wednesday afternoon of the death of Brenda Lawrence at the Haven Care Home in Ash Green.  Brenda was a much-loved member of the St Andrew’s family who has now been reunited with her beloved Nev. Please pray for their daughters – Michelle and Julia

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the eleventh in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on conducting an honest emotional inventory.

Day Eleven

Tastelife

We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday 28th May for 8 weeks, following the success of the first course.  Tastelife is a course aimed at those suffering with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  It is also suitable for carers.  The course will be online and will require access to zoom.  For further information, please visit the Tastelife website at https://www.tastelifeuk.org/

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Donations

Phil Richardson has kindly agreed to be our banker while Jackie is otherwise engaged supporting Mike.  If you have cheques, you would like to send by way of donation, please send them to Phil at 23 Mary Herbert St, Coventry CV3 5ER.  All donations are very gratefully received.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.” John 14.1

 

Bulletin – 13th May 2020

Church Bulletin

You will be familiar with that wonderful verse from Psalm 46.10: “Be still and know that I am God”.   The Passion translation renders it: “Surrender your anxiety”. Worry/anxiety is our way of trying to control the world with the power of our thoughts.   Instead, we are called to let God be God. After all, it is His job to look after the world and ours to trust Him. Some people find it helpful to make this a physical act. Write down your fears and anxieties on a piece of paper; then screw the paper up, place it in the palms of your hands and when your ready to surrender them, place the ball of paper into a bin.

Ascension

Thursday 21st May is the Feast of Ascension, when we mark Christ’s leaving this world to go into heaven. To celebrate this, we will be posting a service (in a similar format to Sunday mornings) at 7 p.m. Just visit the website to find it.

Thy Kingdom Come

Pray for 5 is an initiative connected to Thy Kingdom Come. This move of prayer, launched by our Archbishops 4 years ago has swept around the world, taking in churches of every denomination. It encourages the church and individual believers to pray for their family, friends and nation during the period between Ascension (May 21st) and Pentecost (May 31st). This year we are specifically encouraged by our own Bishop among others to pray for 5. This entails identifying five people within your own circle of family and friends and praying each day of the Thy Kingdom Come season for them to come to faith.   We will be posting resources to encourage you to pray in the coming days.

Congratulations

To Ann Dove whose birthday it is today.

Foodbanks

Since the corona outbreak, use of foodbanks across the city has increased by 80%! The economic challenges of corona are really taking hold and may well get worse. Remember all those who staff and supply foodbanks and the emergency food hubs when you clap tonight. If you know anyone who is struggling to afford food, direct them to our food hub at the Family Hub in Tile Hill, open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-12

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the tenth in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on how to cope when we are worried.

DAY TEN Worry

For your prayers

Mike Lynch who has just undergone his second round of chemotherapy. And Fran Smith who has just been diagnosed with a calcified coronary artery.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.   A couple of days’ notice would be helpful. Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Children’s Sheet

A Children’s sheet is enclosed.

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Rejoice in the Lord always.   I will say it again: rejoice! Philippians 4