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

Sunday Service – 18th April 2021

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 18th April 2021
Third Sunday of Easter

Service Collection and Online Gifts/Donations
We have decided that we will continue to offer this approach for people who attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or who may wish to make a donation to the work of the church. The attached link is the way to make a gift and this will also be included on the service link each week. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).
https://givealittle.co/campaigns/eef64318-0a22-4db7-8d81-0ab3ccddf15d

Coffee Morning
An informal Sunday morning coffee meeting will be held via Zoom from 11:15AM.
Click to join today’s coffee morning
Meeting ID: 889 5975 8216
Password: 504896

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 Collect: Nick Tooby
  • Scripture Reading – Acts 3, vs 12-19: Elizabeth Shelton
  • Song – Be Thou My Vision: Di Fellowes
  • Gospel Reading – Luke 24, vs 36-48: Graham Shelton
  • Sermon: Phil Richardson
  • Song – Be Still in the Presence of the Lord: Di Fellowes
  • Intercessions: Lynnette Clarke
  • Lord’s Prayer: Nick Tooby
  • Notices & Blessing: Nick Tooby

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

Service for the 11th April 2021, 2nd Sunday of Easter.

Service Collection and Online Gifts/Donations
If you attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or if you wish to make a donation to the work of the church, please used the attached link to make a gift. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church. Your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).
https://givealittle.co/campaigns/eef64318-0a22-4db7-8d81-0ab3ccddf15d

Coffee Morning
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88959758216?pwd=RXJ2SWdWNW5DMlhKOXJsak1GUzRCdz09

Meeting ID: 889 5975 8216
Passcode: 504896

To take part in the video service, please click on the YouTube link below:


Order of Service

  • WELCOME & OPENING PRAYER – SUE
  • PRAYER OF PREPARATION – SUE
  • CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION – SUE
  • COLLECT – SUE
  • HYMN – DI – ALLELUIA ALLELUIA (GIVE THANKS)
  • READINGS – ACTS 4: 32-35, JOHN 20; 19-30 – PETER
  • SERMON – DAVID MAYHEW
  • INTERCESSIONS – DI
  • LORD’S PRAYER – SUE
  • HYMN – DI – ALL HEAVEN DECLARES
  • NOTICES – SUE
  • FINAL BLESSING – SUE

At the Cross – Recorded Reflection

Please click on the video below to take part in the service for Good Friday.

Led by Sue Masters.

  • Welcome and Introduction – Sue
  • Opening Prayer – Sue
  • Isaiah 52 – Sue
  • Matthew 27: 1&2 & 11-31 – Sue
  • Luke 23: 26-43 – Sue
  • Matthew 27: 45-56 – Sue
  • Reflection of Mary – Sue
  • Matthew 27: 57-61 – Dave
  • Blessing – Sue

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.

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

Third Meditation of Holy Week (Wednesday)

Please click on the video below to take part in the third meditation for Holy Week.
Led by Lesley Lee, Bible Reading by Victoria – Luke 22; 1-6, Matthew 26; 47-50, Matthew 27;3-5.

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.

First Meditation of Holy Week

Please click on the video below to take part in the first meditation for Holy Week.
Led by Lesley Lee
Bible Reading by Rita Muir – Matthew chapter 26, vs. 31-35 & 69-75.

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.