We’ll Meet Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin – 13th July 2020

Church Bulletin

Week two back in church felt much better than week one. I find myself wondering why they might have been. There are three factors that occur to me. First, we celebrated the communion (the first time in 4 months for me). Though there are many who are missing out on this, and it wasn’t communion as we remember it, we were once more participating in that age-old mystery. Secondly, people seemed to join in better, lending a bit of volume to the responses, which meant at last we weren’t just talking into a camera wondering whether anyone was listening. Finally, perhaps we had succeeded in lowering our own expectations. However much one might prepare oneself, it’s difficult not to compare worship with the last time we were in church. If the last time, the church was full and everyone was singing, then it’s bound to feel flat, whereas if the last time, there were only 15 people and we didn’t even have communion, then suddenly it feels as though we’re going in the right direction!

Communion on Sundays

We remain very limited as to who we can invite to share a live Sunday service with us as long as restrictions still apply. However, gradually, we do want to extend this opportunity to all. If you would like to come, do let us know. You may have to wait 2 or 3 weeks before we can fit you in, but we would like to give that opportunity to everyone who is ready to venture out. It is a much more efficient use of time if you let us know than if we have to ring you! Do contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847 to let us know

Lap tops

Tile Hill Community Partnership have launched a new project to supply laptops to children without access to IT at home and therefore the school curriculum as well as older isolated people. If you have a second-hand lap top that is no longer in use and are able to restore it to its factory settings, please consider donating it to this project. Machines can be brought to the Vicarage. We will get them PAT tested and distribute them to those in need across the area. We have already raised £6,000 for this project and have purchased 10 new lap tops along with connectivity bundles for children in schools across the local area. Photo above depicts presentation of 6 new machines to Westwood Academy.

Weds gathering

Please join us for the third instalment of our series on St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (chapter 1.18-23), a reminder of the incomparably great power at work within us. Please contact Greg if you need the link.

Volunteer packers

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

Please pray for

Ted Drayton who begins chemotherapy on Wednesday.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” Isaiah 40

Baptisms

We are now able to conduct small baptisms. The maximum we can accommodate is 20 people (including children). These will take place at 12pm on a Sunday. Please note that no singing is currently permitted.


Please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk for further details

Sunday service for 5th July

To take part in today’s service, please click on the video below:

Order of service:

  • Welcome and opening prayer/confession Greg
  • 1st Reading (Sara)
  • 1st Hymn – Immortal, Invisible (Di)
  • 2nd Reading (Sara)
  • Sermon (Sue)
  • 2nd Hymn – For all the Saints (Di)
  • Prayers (Charley)
  • Notices and blessing (Greg)

Sunday Service for 14th June

Please click on the video below to take part in the service for Sunday 14th June.

Order of service:

  • Welcome: Rev. Greg Smith
  • Prayer Testimony: Lesley Lee
  • Prayer of Preparation and Confession: Rev. Greg Smith
  • Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:35-10:8: Peter Bruton
  • Sermon: Nick Tooby
  • Intercessions: Lesley Lee
  • Notices and Blessing: Rev. Greg Smith

Sunday Service for 19th April 2020

Please click on the video below to take part in the Sunday service for 19th April 2020.

Order of Service

  • Welcome and opening prayers, Confession and Absolution – Lesley Lee
  • Reading – John 20; 19-31 – Vicky Yardley
  • Sermon – Sue Masters
  • Song – Be Still – Di Fellowes
  • Intercessions – Jeremy Thomas
  • Lord’s Prayer – Jeremy Thomas
  • Notices and blessing – Rev. Greg Smith

 

A meditation for Holy Tuesday

Please click on the video below to take part in a short meditation for Holy Tuesday led by Lesley Lee.

Reading text:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John; 4; 7-10

Here is a link to the worship song “Such Love” by Graham Kendrick (© 1988 Make Way Music)

Sunday Service for 29th March 2020

Please find the video for this Sunday Service for the date of 29th March 2020 included below.

To start the playback click on the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of service:

  • Welcome and explanation: Rev. Greg Smith
  • 1st Reading – Psalm 51 vv1-4,7-12,15-17: Rita Muir
  • 2nd Reading – Mark 2; 1-12: Elizabeth Cuthbert
  • Sermon: Jeremy Thomas
  • Song – Everyone Needs Compassion: Daniel and Kirstie Smith
  • Intercessions: Lesley Lee
  • Confession: Lesley Lee
  • Absolution and blessing: Rev. Greg Smith

If you’d like to hear a musical setting of Psalm 51, here is a link to Allegri’s Misere Mei, Deus performed by the choir of New College, Oxford.