Bulletin – 22nd June 2020

Church Bulletin

As announced when I last wrote, we did indeed go to the zoo (Twycross) last Thursday while on holiday. Having carefully checked the weather forecast the week before and discovered that Thursday was going to be the best day weather-wise, in the event it was heavy rain. Being British that didn’t put us off, nor it seems everybody else who had pre-booked tickets. I was amused at the countless signs which read ‘if you haven’t pre-booked, you won’t get in’, finding myself wondering ‘who do they think has woken up this morning, looked out the window at the torrential rain and decided this seems like a good day to go to the zoo!?’. Pre-booking may become the order of the day as we move out of lockdown, even apparently a visit to the pub for a pint. As my experience with the zoo reminds us, planning ahead is something that makes God smile. I take encouragement from that great promise in Psalm 139. “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”

Thanks

To all those who kept the show on the road while Fran and I were on holiday. Special thanks to Nick for his work on getting the church ready for reopening, including relaying the church path to ensure there are no accidents as people visit to pray.  We are pleased that there has been take up of this opportunity.

Book Club

For our book club this evening, we are going to discuss Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, a Pullitzer prize winning novelist, who writes about Revd John Ames, a Presbyterian Pastor, who we meet in his final years in the 1950s.  We will discuss this book with a virtual meeting via zoom this evening. 

Zoom details: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85304160119?pwd=cWNuQndNUll2c1BOcWZ5S1ZxdEJhdz09

Meeting ID: 853 0416 0119

Password: 794362

Worship Survey

Just a quick reminder to complete and return all questionnaires by the 24th June 2020.

Online Service Questionnaire:

https://forms.gle/NStwAUHmM1ViboXp7

Communion Service Questionnaire:

https://forms.gle/Rp8EpaXXngNKKwzr7

Printed questionnaires can be emailed or posted to :-

Email response :-  administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Post address is :- St Andrews Administrator, 2 Manderley Close, Eastern Green, Coventry, CV5 7NR

Prayer Testimonies

We are grateful to those who have bravely shared a small insight into their prayer lives as a means of inspiring others to pray.  It’s not too late to contribute to this series. We are looking for anyone who can use a phone to record themselves who is willing to speak briefly about their prayer lives and be honest about the joys and challenges of it.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Lesley Lee at lesleylee4@hotmail.co.uk

For your prayers

Give thanks that Mike Lynch is back at home after 11 days in hospital. We pray for his continued strengthening following his extensive course of radiotherapy.

Transport

Please note we are unable to offer lifts to the hospital and other medical appointments at the moment, until restrictions are lifted.

Woodlands Consultation

There are plans to reopen Woodlands School as a Special School for children with a range of difficulties. There is a consultation process about this that runs until July 22nd. If you wish to know more or take part in the consultation, please visit https://letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/woodfields-school-consultation?tool=survey_tool&tool_id=sherbourne-fields-special-school-survey1#tool_tab  

Live worship

It seems likely that we will be able to use the church for live worship some time in early July. However, numbers allowed to attend will be restricted (we are not sure how restricted since the government is reviewing its 2 m policy). The PCC have taken the decision that priority for attending live worship will be given to those without access to online worship in the first weeks. Until we are able to host everyone in the building, we will continue to provide worship via the online medium. Do pray for us as we work out how to do this best, given the additional workload implications.

Jigsaw Puzzles

We have several 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. Also, if you have any jigsaws that you no longer want please contact Julie so these can be passed around in a type of lending library.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop or pick up prescriptions etc. 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for reminding us of the wonderful hymn:

When darkness seems to veil HIS face,

I rest on HIS unchanging Grace;

In every high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the veil.