Sunday Service – 20th September

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 20th September 2020.

To join us in this service please click the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order Of Service

  • Welcome & Opening Prayer – Sue
  • Prayer Of Preparation – Sue
  • Confession And Absolution – Sue
  • Collect – Sue
  • Readings: Philippians 1:21-30 & Matthew 20:1-16 – Trevor
  • Sermon – Greg
  • Worship: Lord Of All Hopefulness – Di
  • Intercessions – Sue
  • Lord’s Prayer – Sue
  • Notices & Final Blessing – Greg

Bulletin – 18th September 2020

Church Bulletin

The government have issued the small matter of 489 guidance documents on Covid-19 related issues since the pandemic outbreak. It is therefore no wonder that I am having to field queries from colleagues as to whether this is permissible or not. Where I am clear about the rules, I am committed to keeping them. Thus, our grandson and his parents will not be visiting our house after his Baptism on Sunday because together with our other son and his wife who live with us, that makes seven. However, in other cases I fear the guidelines are so difficult to follow that it will be left to an individual police officer to decide whether Forest Church (that is a real thing) constitutes worship and is therefore exempt or is social and should be dispersed. I am reminded that when Moses came down from the mountain, all of God’s laws were recorded on two tablets of stone. By the time of the exile, many hundreds of religious laws had been added. Do not Murder still seems like it’s important. Do not eat shellfish sounds like it might just be something man made up! I wonder how many of the current laws and guidance documents will still seem sensible in a couple of year’s time?

Attendance at Church

Managing attendance at church remains a huge challenge for Julie and Greg. Please understand what a relief it is when someone phones up and asks to come rather than us having to phone round. We would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who would be prepared to go on the short-notice list (i.e. would be happy to receive a message on Saturday afternoon/evening and would be likely to be able to attend on Sunday morning)

Light Lunch

We are going to relaunch Light Lunch later in this month on Thursday afternoons at the Village Hall. This group is for those who have been recently bereaved. Attendance at the group will be by invitation only, but if you know someone who might like to join us, do let Lynnette Clarke or Sue Masters know.

Stewardship

Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. You are welcome to join us to complete a three mile stage (please let us know so that we can ensure any group is kept to a maximum of 6). Please do sponsor us if you can. 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. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (over £300 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.

Building our Faith

Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are the same:

Meeting ID 812 4505 0020

Password 295068

Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958322026 susanmasters@sky.com

Please pray

For Natasha, aged 5, who is having a plate inserted in her head on Monday. And for her naturally anxious family. We continue to pray for Ted Drayton.

Congratulations

To Athan Smith being baptised on Sunday and to Alan & Marian Letton, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this week.

“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall rise up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not grow faint” Isaiah 40.31

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for reminding us of that promise.

Light Lunch

Light Lunch, for the newly bereaved, will be relaunched on Thursday 24th September from 1pm to 2.30pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. We will meet every fortnight. Everyone welcome.

If you are interested, have questions, need more information please contact me.
Sue Masters, 07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com

Bulletin – 14th September 2020

Church Bulletin

We do miss our neighbours Charles and Jill. Charles, who died 15 months ago and Jill who moved south to be nearer family later that year. One of the many things I miss is Charles turning up on our doorstep with a carrier bag of fruit that he had picked from our garden. He assured us that in my predecessor’s day, Charles had planted fruit trees in our garden that he would tend and ensure we got our fair share of fruit: three varieties of apples. I wonder what he’d make of this year. Never have I seen fruit like it, abundance that makes me want to break into a Keats’ poem. We must have had just the right combination of rain and sunshine at just the right times, all resulting in an explosion of fruitfulness. It’s hard not to make a link with the lockdown. Nature (God’s creation) has been left to its own devices this year and seems to have thrived. God is described in John 15 as a gardener. It is not clear to me that any of our attempts to breed new seeds, research new fertilisers or implement new farming techniques has improved on what happens without any human interference. God is in the business of fruitfulness!

APCM

Apologies for missing John Ross-Barnard off the list of those elected to the PCC at our APCM last week. His loyal service, along with other PCC members is much appreciated.

The Joy of Six

Church services are not affected by the new rule limiting social gatherings to six. Although we much enjoy the social dimension of church, the primary purpose of coming together remains to worship God.

Light Lunch

We are going to relaunch Light Lunch later in this month on Thursday afternoons at the Village Hall. This group is for those who have been recently bereaved. Attendance at the group will be by invitation only, but if you know someone who might like to join us, do let Lynnette Clarke or Sue Masters know.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. You are welcome to join us to complete a three mile stage (please let us know so that we can ensure any group is kept to a maximum of 6). Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098 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. All contributions gratefully received.

Building our Faith

We are planning a Wednesday evening group for the Autumn which will be an opportunity to come together to look at the Bible, and to build our faith.  There will be a brief talk and then space to discuss the topic for that evening, points raised in the talk and any related questions people have. It will be a place to explore, to learn and to build our faith together.

Access details are available from Sue Masters.

If you are interested, have questions, need more information please contact me.

Sue Masters

07958322026

susanmasters@sky.com

Please pray

For Rock Solid which relaunched online yesterday and for all our work with young people and Jill Pinks and Lesley Lee with their health challenges

Congratulations

To Kirstie Smith and Diane Wilson who celebrate birthdays this week.

“Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land”

Transport to medical appointments

Transport to medical appointments

After a long interval, brought about by the Covid-19 restrictions, St Andrews Church is relaunching its volunteer transport service.

We are offering to give a lift to anyone who has a medical appointment at the hospital, doctors or dentists. We will guarantee to get you to your appointment on time, but you may need to make other arrangements to get back home again. There is no charge for this service. We offer it freely to the community in recognition that if you live in Eastern Green or Allesley Green, getting to the University Hospital can be exceptionally difficult. Public transport can be unreliable and may not feel very safe at present.

If you would like a lift please contact our administrator, Julie, at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847. We would appreciate a week’s notice wherever possible. We cannot guarantee to meet every request, but will endeavour to do our best.

Please note that although sharing of private transport with someone outside your own bubble is prohibited in normal circumstances, as a charity we are exempt from this. We are following government and council guidelines to ensure that the journey is as safe as possible. Please remember to wear a face mask when travelling with us, as our drivers will.

Sunday Service – 13th September

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 13th September 2020.

To join us in this service please click the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of Service

  • Welcome, Prayers of preparation, confession and absolution: Revd Greg Smith
  • Scripture Reading – Colossians 1, vs 15-20: Rebecca Martin
  • Gospel Reading – Matthew 18, vs 21-35: Sara Parkes
  • Sermon: Revd Greg Smith
  • Song – Amazing Grace: Dan & Kirstie Smith
  • Intercessions: Sue Masters
  • Lord’s Prayer: Revd Greg Smith
  • Notices & Blessing: Revd Greg Smith

Sunday Service – 30th August 2020

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 30th August 2020.
To join us in this service please click the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of Service

  • Welcome & Opening Prayer: Nick
  • Prayer of Preperation: Nick
  • Confession: Nick
  • Epistle: Hilary
  • Gospel: Hilary
  • Sermon: Greg
  • Song: Dan
  • Intercessions: Nick
  • Notices & Final Blessing: Greg

Bulletin – 28th August 2020

Church Bulletin

A year or so ago, when I was investigating the possibility of a cruise to the Fjords, I must have inadvertently signed up to a cruise website, which since then has resulted in my receiving emails advertising the latest cruise three times a day (just for once I’m not exaggerating!) I rarely read them, so who knows how many fantastic deals I might have missed out on. But I did read one that arrived in the early days of Covid-19. It was during the period people were being incarcerated in their cabins on cruise ships and stranded for weeks on end while governments tried to work out how to rescue them. While these stories featured prominently on the news, I received an email whose headline was: “there has never been a better time to book a cruise”. We are well used to adverts telling us things that are not true, but most of the time there is some connection with reality. After all, there is probably a cat somewhere that prefers Whiskas. We seem to live now in a society whose relationship with the truth has become increasingly distant. And yet the truth, it seems to me, has never mattered more. I thank God for Scripture that has consistently spoken the truth into my life for the last four decades and no doubt will continue to do so.

Phone lines

I know you’ve heard this before, but the Vicarage telephone line is still down. If you need to speak to Greg, please call him on his mobile on 07902 794653 or email and he will call you. If you have left a message on his answer machine in the last few days, he will not have received it. The phone will sound like it is ringing and working normally, but it’s not!

Emma Wildman

Emma, our youth worker, will return to full duties on 1st September following a period of furlough. She may be contacted at standrewscovyouth@gmail.com or 07969 066979. Emma’s rest days are usually Friday and Saturday. Do pray for her as she tries to work out how to minister to the young people of our church and community without being able to do face to face contact.

Sponsored Walk

Please note that a number of people from the church will be walking the Coventry Canal from Atherstone to the canal basin, a stretch of approximately 24 miles on Saturday Oct 3rd. There will be plenty of opportunities along the way to join the walkers to complete a shorter (2-3 mile) stretch. Do get in touch with Greg or Veronika if you would like to join us. We have set up a Just Giving page if you would like to get families and friends to sponsor us. We are trying to raise £2,000 to make up some of the shortfall in funds due to the Covid lockdown. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday Sept 7th at 7.30 p.m. via zoom. The APCM Report is enclosed. The APCM will elect PCC members. If you would like to stand, please let Greg know. More pressingly, we will need to elect Deanery Synod reps. If you would like to stand or want to know more about what this entails, please speak to Greg. If you wish to join this meeting, please contact Greg for the link.

Children’s Sheet

A children’s sheet is enclosed. This is the last sheet for the Summer now the youngsters are returning to school.

Holiday

Julie Crow, the Parish Administrator, is now on holiday until Monday 14th September. Any urgent enquiries or requests to attend church should be addressed to the Vicar or Church Wardens.

Please pray for

Pat Aspinall, whose husband Guy sadly died on Sunday afternoon.

“The eyes of the Lord are on those whose hope is in His unfailing love” Psalm 33.18

Please note that the next bulletin will be sent on Tuesday and not Monday due to the bank holiday.

Bulletin – 24th August 2020

Church Bulletin

I go through many agonies each week trying to compose something profound for these bulletins. And which one gets all the feedback? The one about the dog! Thank you for all your expressions of concern. She is absolutely fine. I remember on one particularly bad day when I had been weeping, was emotionally and physically exhausted not having eaten or drunk all day, my youngest son, just before sharing something with me, prefacing his remarks by saying “don’t laugh”. I reflected that I had never felt less like laughing in all my life and how I wouldn’t be able to laugh even if paid hundreds of pounds. He then proceeded to tell me how special Daisy was to him and in spite of myself a broad smile broke out across my face. It reminds me of the old joke: if you want to know which one loves you most – your wife or your dog – try locking them both in the boot of your car for an hour and see which one is pleased to see you when you let them out. Dogs greet you with unconditional love, always overwhelmed with joy to see you even if you’ve only popped out to the shops for five minutes. This is a window onto the love of God: who rejoices in us on all occasions no matter how badly we treat Him or forget Him.

Phone Lines

The Vicarage telephone line is still down. If you need to speak to Greg, please call him on his mobile on 07902 794653 or email and he will call you. If you have left a message on his answer machine in the last few days, he may not have received it. The phone will sound like it is ringing and working normally, but it’s not!

Book Club

We meet tonight to discuss The Lovesong of Miss Queenie Hennessy. The link for this is available from Sue Masters at susanmasters@sky.com

Sponsored Walk

Please note that a number of people from the church will be walking the Coventry Canal from Atherstone to the canal basin, a stretch of approximately 24 miles. There will be plenty of opportunities along the way to join the walkers to complete a shorter (2-3 mile) stretch. Do get in touch with Greg or Veronika if you would like to join us.

APCM

The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday Sept 7th at 7.30 p.m. via zoom. The link is below. Nick and Becky are willing to stand again as churchwardens (Praise the Lord), but technically need to be nominated. Would someone do this via email to Greg and Julie. You are at liberty to nominate someone else if you wish, but please check with them first that they wish to be nominated! The AGM will elect PCC members. If you would like to stand, please let Greg know. More pressingly, we will need to elect Deanery Synod reps. If you would like to stand or want to know more about what this entails, please speak to Greg.

Please contact Greg if you require the link for the APCM.

Please pray for

Ted Drayton who continues chemotherapy this week and Pete Wilson who is recovering from a nasty work accident.

“If one part of the body suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it” 1 Cor 12.26