Bulletin – 23rd November 2020

Church Bulletin

One thing I have failed to pass on to you in recent days (in my defence there has been quite a lot happening!) has been the call by the national church (the two Archbishops) to the nation to pray. I confess that I was perhaps a little resistant to it because it seemed to have been prompted by the news that the churches were to be locked down again rather than the terrible tragedy of the thousands of deaths and the mental anguish of millions having to cope with social isolation. Also, the call rather begged the question as to why this hadn’t happened earlier right at the start of the pandemic? Nonetheless, prayer is always a good idea and I should have pointed out to you the encouragement that comes daily to my inbox at around 5 p.m. to join the nation in prayer. I am sure some of you will have picked this up despite my neglect and many others are praying daily anyway. However, is it coincidence that the call to prayer was so swiftly followed by the announcement of a very successful vaccine, quickly succeeded by several similar announcements? Prayer truly works. Never forget that as well as teaching His disciples and showing them the way, Jesus also prays for them. At this time, therefore, let us renew our commitment to praying for our nation in its time of need.

Corona Update

It seems certain that we will come out of national lockdown on December 2nd and re-enter a tiered system. The highest tier is likely to mean very little change for those subject to it. Coventry is in serious danger of being in the highest tier since infection rates remain worryingly high. We can all do our bit, but ensuring we keep the rules as strictly and reliably as possible for this next 10 days.

Toy Appeal

We are anticipating another fantastic response to our toy appeal. A reminder that we will not be able to accept late donations and that the final deadline for bringing toys to church will be 5 p.m. on Sunday Dec 6th. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone with a large car boot or a van willing to help transport the toys on either Weds 9th or Thurs 10th Sept.

Building our Faith

Below are the dates for the rest of the year for the Building our Faith Wednesday Group (7.30pm). For the zoom access codes please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Date 

Theme

25 November

Worship & Learning

2 December

Advent

9 December

Advent

16 December

Advent

Operation Christmas Child

The ‘Shoebox Appeal’, has been delayed due to the Covid lockdown etc. Shoeboxes will now need to be ready for collection between 5th and 14th December 2020. If you wish to put shoeboxes together, they can be dropped off at church and I will take them into the collection centre. Julia McNaney.

Live Streaming

The appeal for people to make pledges to a livestreaming fund has engendered little response. It is not clear why this might be. Perhaps Christmas is a bad time to be making an appeal. Perhaps you are so happy with the pre-recorded broadcasts, you see no reason for us to do more. Perhaps you just haven’t got round to making a pledge yet. Please contact one of the leadership team and let them know your thoughts. Listen to Sunday morning’s broadcast, when Greg will outline the importance of trying to make this happen.

Planning Application

The proposal to build 2,400 homes, plus old people’s home, primary school, shops and other facilities on the land between Eastern Green and the A45 is coming to planning committee on Thursday 26th November at 2 p.m. You are able to log in to this meeting if you wish. Please visit the council website to learn more. If you want to make a written submission to be read out at the meeting, please email governance.services@coventry.gov.uk

Safeguarding Training

If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Please Pray

For Beryl Lee, convalescing at a home in Keresley; for Peter Shale who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, for Marilyn Starr undergoing cancer treatment and for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Please pray for the church leadership team, which meets tonight to further plan for the forthcoming vacancy.

“The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it”

Sunday Service for 22nd November 2020

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 22nd November 2020. Christ the King Sunday next before Advent.

Coffee Morning

An informal Sunday morning coffee meeting will be held via Zoom from 11:15AM the details are:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/754808403?pwd=VkthS3JwYTd1TUpMS0ZjMTFIMUNZdz09

Meeting ID: 754 808 403 – Password: 031195

Sunday Service

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

Order of Service

  • Opening Prayer – Nick
  • Prayer of Preparation – Nick
  • Confession, Absolution, Collect – Nick
  • Epistle – Hilary
  • Gospel – Hilary
  • Song – Spirit of the Living God – Di
  • Sermon – Greg
  • Intro to Worship Song – Nick
  • Song – Be Still – Di
  • Intercessions- Sue
  • Lords Prayer – Sue
  • Notices and Blessing – Greg

Bulletin – 20th November 2020

Church Bulletin

I remember years ago being in Sainsburys, helping Fran to fill the trolley and her sending me off to the far end of the store to get some toilet rolls (apparently this task currently involves having to knock people down to get to the last pack) and my asking her what colour to get? She shouted after me to just make sure they matched the colours in the bathroom. I wondered why after 25 years of marriage (at that point) she still imagined I had any idea what our bathroom looked like? I got white in the hope that they would match anything. I was reminded of that incident this week when I found myself recording two bits of Sunday’s service on different days. I was aware of the importance of continuity, so determined to wear the same outer clothes on both days. However, when I watched the footage back, I realised I had dismally failed in this simple task (see if you can spot the error on Sunday). I’m probably never going to be much good when it comes to remembering colour, but Jesus does encourage us to notice the world around us. Many of his parables assume his audience is familiar with the world he is referencing, that they have noticed the things he brings into his stories. Consider the lilies. It’s good to notice the world around us. After all, He made it!

Sad News

We regret to announce the death of Colin Bullas, who will be known to some as the founder of Wilfirs in Eastern Green Road and a long-time supporter of the church and an attendee at Lunch n Chat after the death of his wife Mavis.

Corona Update

Coventry is still struggling to keep corona at bay. This includes Eastern Green, where the infection rate is higher than the national average. All this is in spite of the apparent reluctance of people to get a test in the city. Please do so if you have any symptoms.

Sponsored Walk

We are now able to share a final total for the sponsored walk, which four of us undertook on behalf of St Andrews in the driving rain at the beginning of last month. It is a staggering £2,951.35, far more than in any previous year. Thank you so much to everyone who gave so generously. We are now confident we can balance the books for the year, but anticipate another tough year ahead, with lockdown and social distancing still in force for the first part of the year at least.

Live Streaming

The PCC are committed to enabling St Andrews to become a church that is able to live stream its worship (we are the only church in the deanery not able to do this). This will enable us to broadcast our Sunday services live as well as enabling weddings and funerals to be relayed all over the world. However, to do this will comes at a cost. We now have a quote of £6,800. It is our intention to apply for a grant application to meet some of this cost, but it is unlikely that we would be successful in raising the whole amount. We hope that if we were able to present to the grant makers a church congregation that had committed itself to meeting half the cost, they would look favourably upon meeting the other half. Accordingly, we are inviting you to make a pledge towards the cost. There is no need to send money at this stage (probably next Spring before we are able to move forward) and if your financial circumstances changed, we wouldn’t hold you to account! Please consider and pray carefully. A similar appeal 10 years ago raised a larger amount to have the screens installed. We can do it again!

Safeguarding Training

If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Planning Application

The proposal to build 2,400 homes, plus old people’s home, primary school, shops and other facilities on the land between Eastern Green and the A45 is coming to planning committee on Thurs 26th November at 2 p.m. You are able to log in to this meeting if you wish. Please visit the council website to learn more. If you want to make a written submission to be read out at the meeting, please email governance.services@coventry.gov.uk

Book Club

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

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

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Operation Christmas Child

The ‘Shoebox Appeal’, has been delayed due to the Covid lockdown etc. Shoeboxes will now need to be ready for collection between 5th and 14th December 2020. If you wish to put shoeboxes together, they can be dropped off at church and I will take them into the collection centre. Julia McNaney.

Jigsaw Puzzles

We have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500-piece puzzles which may be useful for people over the next few months. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Please Pray

For Beryl Lee, convalescing at a home in Keresley; for Marilyn Starr undergoing cancer treatment, for Peter Shale who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Please pray for Phil and Anne as they look for a new job down south.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” Galatians 5.1

Bulletin – 16th November 2020

Church Bulletin

My grandson, Athan, has now turned 18 months. He has developed a personality that is largely sunny in disposition if very loud. Inevitably, grandad and grandma find themselves comparing him to other children of the same age. We can’t help noting with some concern that his vocabulary is very limited. He has not yet managed (so far as we can tell) mamma or dadda. However, there is nothing wrong with his vocal chords since morning, noon and night, he barks out incomprehensible instructions. For all we know, he may be quite fluent in Danish! It causes a reflective grandad to ask the question what is speech for? At the age of 18 months, surely it is a means to get what you want. Athan seems to have discovered more kinetic ways of achieving this. If he wants milk, he just grabs mum’s t-shirt and pulls it up, pretty much helping himself. If he wants a toy, he marches up to grandad, takes him by the hand and leads him to it. And if he wants cake, he takes grandma through to the kitchen and then stares meaningfully up at the cupboard. For us, the primary purpose of speech is not to get what we want, but to articulate our praise of God. Many of us like to do that with the aid of a tune, but if this is denied us, still we must use our voices to proclaim “Praise my soul the King of Heaven”!

Sad News

We regret to announce the death of Jean Selby, who was a regular member of the Wednesday congregation for many years before she moved away to be closer to her family.

Welcome

We are delighted to welcome Rebecca and Abi, two Nexus students who have joined the St Andy’s/St Andrew’s family. Both are singers, Rebecca from Northern Ireland and Abi from Nottinghamshire. When you meet them in the flesh (or virtually) please extend them a warm welcome.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently have 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will only open the church between Thurs 3rd Dec through to Sunday 6th December for toys to be brought.

Building our Faith

Below are the dates for the rest of the year for the Building our Faith Wednesday Group (7.30pm). Please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026 if you need the access codes.

Date 

Theme

18 November

Worship & Praise

25 November

Worship & Learning

2 December

Advent

9 December

Advent

16 December

Advent

Operation Christmas Child

The ‘Shoebox Appeal’, has been delayed due to the Covid lockdown etc. Shoeboxes will now need to be ready for collection between 5th and 14th December 2020. If you wish to put shoeboxes together, they can be dropped off at church and I will take them into the collection centre. Julia McNaney.

Safeguarding Training

If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory – only needs to be completed once) and C1 (depending on your role – requires completion every 3 years) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have are unsure whether you need to complete a course please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Live Streaming

The PCC are committed to enabling St Andrew’s to become a church that is able to live stream its worship (we are the only church in the deanery not able to do this). This will enable us to broadcast our Sunday services live as well as enabling weddings and funerals to be relayed all over the world. However, to do this well comes at a cost. We now have a quote of £6,800. It is our intention to apply for a grant application to meet some of this cost, but it is unlikely that we would be successful in raising the whole amount. We hope that if we were able to present to the grant makers a church congregation that had committed itself to meeting half the cost, they would look favourably upon meeting the other half. Accordingly, we are inviting to make a pledge towards the cost. There is no need to send money at this stage (probably next Spring before we are able to move forward) and if your financial circumstances changed, we wouldn’t hold you to account! Please consider and pray carefully. To raise £4,000, we need 80 people to pledge £50 or 40 people £100. It’s a big ask, but your generosity has manifested itself time and again; and I’m sure you’d agree it’s an important cause.

Ted’s Funeral

Ted Drayton’s funeral was recorded and may be viewed by visiting www.obitus.com before December 7th. The log in details are: username Saze5303 and password 244138. A wonderful eulogy given by the children and music to make one smile.

Please Pray

For Beryl Lee, discharged from hospital but not well enough to go home; for Marilyn Starr undergoing cancer treatment, for Peter Shale who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer and for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Pray for our Worship Committee meeting tonight to further plans for Christmas.

Sunday Service – 15th November 2020

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 15th November 2020. The 2nd Sunday before Advent.

Coffee Morning

An informal Sunday morning coffee meeting will be held via Zoom from 11:15AM the details are:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/754808403?pwd=VkthS3JwYTd1TUpMS0ZjMTFIMUNZdz09

Meeting ID: 754 808 403
Password: 031195

Sunday Service

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

Order of Service

  • Welcome & Opening Prayer: Greg
  • Prayer Of Preparation: Greg
  • Confession And Absolution: Greg
  • Collect: Greg
  • 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11: Sara
  • Alleluia, Alleluia, Give thanks to the Risen Lord: Di
  • Matthew 25.14-30: Sara
  • Sermon: Lesley
  • Intercessions: Greg
  • Praise my Soul the King of Heaven: Di
  • Lord’s Prayer: Greg
  • Notices: Greg
  • Final Blessing: Greg

Bulletin – 13th November 2020

Church Bulletin

Somebody asked me this week whether I knew what date Easter was next year (I didn’t). It occurred to me that nobody ever asks you that question about Christmas. We have two great Christian feasts, one of which has taken place on exactly the same date for the last millennium and a half while the other has 28 different days on which it might fall. If you know me well, you’ll know which of those I prefer! I say this because I have at last been given a date to commence my new post: Feb 10th. Working backwards, this means we shall be moving over 2 days on the 2nd/3rd February and will have our final service together on Sunday 24th January. None of this means that I am any more looking forward to leaving, but I confess to being relieved that there are settled dates for us to work towards. Having a date does make it all seem more real. The excitement and the grief are growing in equal measure. Fran and I will continue to be grateful for your prayers.

Sunday Coffee Gathering

Please contact Greg if you need the zoom link for the Sunday coffee gathering.

Covid-19

The latest news from public health in Coventry is that the numbers of infections continue to rise, including two classes at St Andrews School being sent home due to a confirmed case. Public Health in the city is having to deal with so many outbreaks it is barely coping. The message is not just to stick to the letter of the law, but also the spirit of it. In other words, please avoid in person contact except in genuine need or emergency. And it is the law, with large fines levied against those caught breaking it.

Leaving Services

Our plan for anyone who wishes to say farewell to Fran and Greg is that anyone who can’t access online worship will be invited to the morning service at St Andrew’s on January 24th and everyone else to an evening service at St James on Tile Hill Lane, with that service also being live streamed. We are not yet taking requests to reserve a place but will give you plenty of notice when we do.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently have 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will only open the church between Thurs 3rd Dec through to Sunday 6th December for toys to be brought.

Operation Christmas Child

The ‘Shoebox Appeal’, has been delayed due to the Covid lockdown etc. Shoeboxes will now need to be ready for collection between 5th and 14th December 2020. If you wish to put shoeboxes together, they can be dropped off at church and I will take them into the collection centre. Julia McNaney.

Live Streaming

The PCC are committed to enabling St Andrews to become a church that is able to live stream its worship (we are the only church in the deanery not able to do this). This will enable us to broadcast our Sunday services live as well as enabling weddings and funerals to be relayed all over the world. However, to do this well comes at a cost. We will strive to get the very best possible deal, but we think the cost might be as much as £8,000. It is our intention to apply for a grant application to meet some of this cost, but it is unlikely that we would be successful in raising the whole amount. We hope that if we were able to present to the grant makers a church congregation that had committed itself to meeting half the cost, they would look favourably upon meeting the other half. Accordingly, we are inviting to make a pledge towards the cost. There is no need to send money at this stage (probably next Spring before we are able to move forward) and if your financial circumstances changed, we wouldn’t hold you to account! Please consider and pray carefully. To raise £4,000, we need 80 people to pledge £50 or 40 people £100. It’s a big ask, but your generosity has manifested itself time and again; and I’m sure you’d agree it’s an important cause.

Fundraising for Church

As those of you who know me, I enjoy crafting. I continued throughout the year hoping that we may be at some normal come the end of the year and that St Andrew’s Autumn/Christmas fayre would go ahead.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  I have therefore put together an online stall which can be found by using the link :  https://youtu.be/fmsKDEBrV90  

If you wish to purchase anything please contact me either by Tel 024 7646 1508 or email beccamartin@talktalk.net to arrange purchase and I can make delivery to the local area.

Many thanks for looking. Rebecca Martin

Book Club

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

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

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Jigsaw Puzzles

We have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500-piece puzzles which may be useful for people over the next few months. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Please Pray

For Beryl Lee, discharged from hospital but not well enough to go home; for Marilyn Starr and Grace Latham, undergoing cancer treatment. and for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Pray for the successful production of the corona vaccine.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Matt 5.6

Bulletin – 9th November 2020

Church Bulletin

I thought it was an incredibly powerful Remembrance Day service broadcast by St Andrew’s yesterday. The Act of Remembrance itself was so well done that I did not miss being in church for it. Many thanks to Sue Masters and Steve Martin in particular for putting this together. For my own part, I apologise (to anyone who noticed) for not wearing a poppy; the first time I have ever been guilty of such an oversight (although some years it has only been as I have walked out the front door that I have remembered). My only excuse for this is how disorientated I feel at times. The fact that we record midweek makes it difficult to fully inhabit a Sunday morning mindset. I have grown in admiration for the producers of Songs of Praise who put together their Christmas programmes in the height of the summer! It is encouraging to remember that the God we worship is outside of time and that all the days ordained for us are already written in his book.

Lockdown

No doubt, many of you are taking the second national lockdown in your stride and are praying with me that it may prove the gateway to being able to share something of Christmas with our families. However, if you have any need at all (whether that be shopping or a listening ear), please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are there for you. The church will be opened on Thursdays and Sundays for anyone to visit and pray quietly.

Corona Testing

If you have symptoms of corona infection and phone 119, you will be discouraged from seeking a test unless there is clear evidence that your symptoms match the most obvious and pronounced symptoms of the corona virus. However, Coventry, with 5 test centres has plenty of capacity and public health officials are asking us to get tested if we have anything at all. At present, the suspicion is that reluctance to seek a test means that the city is underestimating the scope of its problem. If you have symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek a test. You should be able to get one within 24 hours

Memorial Service

Many thanks to Vicky, Nick, Fran, Dan & Kirstie and Rita for their contributions to yesterday’s Memorial Service. It was a powerful occasion. If you have not yet seen the service, it can be found on the website.

Toys

Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently have 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will only open the church between Thurs 3rd Dec through to Sunday 6th December for toys to be brought. 

Please Pray

For Marilyn Starr and Grace Latham, undergoing cancer treatment. Please continue to pray for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Pray for the PCC which meets tonight.

“Not that I have already obtained all this or have already been made perfect…but one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has called me” Phil 3

Remembrance Sunday Service – 8th November 2020

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 8th November 2020.

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

If you wish to join the Act of Remembrance at 11:00 please start the service at 10:30 

Order of Service

  • Welcome, Prayers of preparation, confession and absolution: Sue Masters
  • Scripture Reading – 1 Corinthians 11, vs 23-26: Jill Joyce
  • Gospel Reading – John 15, vs 9-17: Jill Joyce
  • Sermon: Sue Masters
  • Song – Be Still: Di Fellowes
  • Intercessions: Di Fellowes
  • Lord’s Prayer: Sue Masters
  • Notices: Revd Greg Smith
  • Act of Remembrance: Sue Masters
  • Blessing: Revd Greg Smith

Bulletin – 6th November 2020

Church Bulletin

I have been very entertained this week, but also a little disturbed. I have been taking assemblies for four different infant classes and asking them the question what bird made a noise after Peter’s denial (I didn’t use the word ‘denial’ with six-year olds!) The responses were fascinating and made me laugh out loud: owl, golden eagle, dove, dodo and griffin! In fairness, when I gave them a clue about birds that you might find on a farm and would make a noise early in the morning, we did get there. Also, this Easter’s school service was wiped out by the corona virus, so it’s not a story that would have been fresh in the memory. Nonetheless, those final two answers suggest that for many of our children, the Christian faith is something that is extinct or belongs firmly in the ‘legend’ category. This is a reminder of the huge challenge the church faces. I don’t quite know where to start with the two children who suggested Jesus’ disciples might have been called Allah or Tinkerbell! If your new Vicar asks what on earth his or her predecessor was teaching the children, please assure him or her, I tried my best!

Lockdown

No doubt, many of you are taking the second national lockdown in your stride and are praying with me that it may prove the gateway to being able to share something of Christmas with our families. However, if you have any need at all (whether that be shopping or a listening ear), please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are there for you. The church will be opened on Thursdays and Sundays for anyone to visit and pray quietly.

Remembrance Sunday

Please note that although the service for Remembrance Sunday will be posted at the usual time, it is designed for us to start watching at 10.15 a.m. so that we arrive at the act of Remembrance at 11 a.m.

Memorial Service

Sunday’s Memorial Service will be unaffected by the new lockdown measures and will still be posted online on November 8th at 6 p.m.  The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months and beyond. Thanks to Nick, Di, Fran and Rita for contributing to the service; and to Vicky for splicing it all together. We will meet afterwards for coffee (or a glass of wine!) at 6.45 via zoom. The link is available from Greg.

Toys

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

Safeguarding Training

Please see the enclosed Safeguarding Training document. If you are a church volunteer, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Fundraising for Church

As those of you who know me, I enjoy crafting. I continued throughout the year hoping that we may be at some normal come the end of the year and that St Andrew’s Autumn/Christmas fayre would go ahead.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  I have therefore put together an online stall which can be found by using the link :  https://youtu.be/fmsKDEBrV90  (For those of you who receive a paper copy of this bulletin a flyer is attached of what is available).

If you wish to purchase anything please contact me either by Tel 024 7646 1508 or email beccamartin@talktalk.net to arrange purchase and I can make delivery to the local area.

Many thanks for looking. Rebecca Martin

Book Club

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

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

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Good News

Thank God for answered prayer. Mike Lynch has been given the all clear.

Please Pray

For Marilyn Starr and Grace Latham, undergoing cancer treatment; for George Cooke, who has had a positive corona test, but is thankfully asymptomatic and for Hayley Davies who is in Intensive care with both Covid and pneumonia. Also for Bryan Walker who is still in hospital. Do pray for all those even more isolated by the lockdown.

Be THOU my Battle-shield, sword for the fight,
Be THOU my dignity, THOU my delight.
THOU my soul’s shelter, THOU my high tower;
Raise THOU me heavenward, O power of my power.

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for reminding us of these inspiring words from Be Thou my Vision