It has occurred to me how often in these little messages, I have referred to my garden. Such are the limitations of my horizon at the moment! Where else would one search for inspiration other than to look around? I am encouraged by the fact that Jesus did the same thing. His parables introduced familiar figures: the shepherd, the tax collector, the widow, the strict religious leader. He also once famously said: ‘consider the lilies, look at the birds’. He invited us to open our eyes, look around us and see the evidence of God’s presence with us. May you be able to do the same even if your horizons are limited for the time being.
Sunday Service and coffee
We hope you enjoyed our service yesterday. If you didn’t catch it, it is still available on the website. Apologies to those who tried to join us for coffee afterwards, but failed to gain access. In part, zoom were having difficulties that were beyond our control. But we failed to send the link out on Friday for this. We will try to do better next week!
Thursday 21st May is the Feast of Ascension, when we mark Christ’s leaving this world to go into heaven. To celebrate this, we will be posting a service (in a similar format to Sunday mornings) at 7 p.m. Just visit the website to find it.
Thy Kingdom Come
Pray for 5 is an initiative connected to Thy Kingdom Come. This move of prayer, launched by our Archbishops 4 years ago has swept around the world, taking in churches of every denomination. It encourages the church and individual believers to pray for their family, friends and nation during the period between Ascension (May 21st) and Pentecost (May 31st). This year we are specifically encouraged by our own Bishop among others to pray for 5. Each evening at around 6 p.m. we will be posting a 2 minute video as a prompt to prayer. You should watch them and then pray for as short or as long a period afterwards as you wish. These will be posted on the website and are designed to be played each day at that time, but can be played at any time (2 or 3 together if you prefer). Thanks to Lesley Lee who will be posting out material to those not online.
To Kate Dagger whose birthday it is tomorrow.
For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June. There are nearly 100 churches committed to making this happen. We would like St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green and Tile Hill are included in this. The opportunity to reserve streets via an app opens on Wednesday, so if there is a special street you would like to prayer walk, please download the app from the Open Heaven website or let Julie or Greg know as soon as possible. We will be sharing resources as to how to go about prayer walking nearer the time.
For your prayers
Please pray for the family and friends of John Vernon, whose funeral takes place on Friday.
Supporting Mental Health
Please find attached the twelfth and penultimate in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on forgiveness.
We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday 28th May for 8 weeks, following the success of the first course. Tastelife is a course aimed at those suffering with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. It is also suitable for carers. The course will be online and will require access to zoom. For further information, please visit the Tastelife website at https://www.tastelifeuk.org/
A reminder that we are here to shop! Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help. A couple of days’ notice would be helpful. Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Richardson has kindly agreed to be our banker while Jackie is otherwise engaged supporting Mike. If you have cheques, you would like to send by way of donation, please send them to Phil at 23 Mary Herbert St, Coventry CV3 5ER. All donations are very gratefully received.
Thanks to Nick for reminding us on Sunday: Love never fails (1 Cor 13.8)