Church Bulletin – 20th July 2020

Church Bulletin

“Would a couple of you be prepared to offer thoughts for the day on the Monday and Friday?” 

This was Greg’s request earlier this month after hearing that Wales was opening up as of 13th of the month and he and Fran could plan a few days away. “Oh, bless him,” I thought, “he does so deserve a holiday,” and blithely volunteered.

Then came the time to prepare my contribution.  Mentally, I played with various ideas, drew up a mind map, chose a topic and began writing.  After a few paragraphs, I deleted it and started again – no, that didn’t work either. It was at that point that I felt the full impact of appreciation for Greg.  He has been writing thoughts for the day 3 times a week since Lockdown began and, without fail, has produced an entertaining piece of prose with a Gospel message.   I think that is pretty impressive, especially given the size of the rest of his workload.  How blessed we all are in his leadership.

Last week, Greg was paying tribute to all of us in the St Andrew’s Church family (and yes, we are all amazing!)  This week, if you will please forgive my presumption, I would like to pay tribute to Greg.  What a wonderful helmsman he is as he steers this ship of St Andrew’s across such choppy seas, always fully attentive to the voice of his and our Captain, Jesus Christ. 

Greg and Fran, thank you for all that you are and all that you do. We thank God for the blessings you are. 

Our verse of encouragement for the day: 

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4; 13.

Communion on Sundays

Julie has taken over responsibility for issuing invitations (at Greg’s direction) to communion services on Sundays. If you find a message on your answer machine, please respond immediately or you may lose your place. If you are coming, please arrive promptly (doors will be shut at 10 a.m.). We are not yet requiring face masks, but please observe social distancing at all times and confine conversing with friends to outside. If you would like to join us do contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847 to let us know.

Volunteer Foodbank Coordinator

The Tile Hill Community Partnership is a small community group, consisting of local councillors, local churches, residents’ associations and local schools, dedicated to raising funds to meet the needs of Tile Hill residents. Our work has included sponsoring anti knife crime projects in schools; providing laptops and connectivity bundles to those in digital poverty and from 1st September 2020, responsibility for the emergency foodbank in Tile Hill which is to be relocated to St Oswald’s Church in Jardine Crescent.

We are therefore looking to appoint a volunteer coordinator to oversee the work of the foodbank, which is likely to run for two two hour sessions per week. Duties will include recruitment and supervision of volunteers, liaison with St Oswald’s Church, Coventry Foodbank and other agencies and ensuring policies and procedures are implemented.

The post will commence on 1st Sept, with interviews scheduled for the afternoon of Thurs Aug 6th.

Application form and full job description available from Julie Crow at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Please contact Revd Greg Smith on 02476 422856 or 07902 794653 for an informal conversation

Closing date for applications 9 a.m. Monday 3rd August

Lap tops

We are pleased with the response to our laptop appeal. BBC CWR radio picked up on this and featured it on Monday morning. We have now had offers from afar a field as Maidenhead. If you have a laptop you are no longer using, please restore it to factory settings and drop off at the Vicarage. These are being distributed to children and families who don’t have access to the internet and to older people who might otherwise experience social isolation. We have already delivered 6 new machines to Westwood Academy and 4 more to Our Lady of the Assumption School. We are also immensely grateful to the Allesley Green Residents Association for an offer of £250 towards the project. We have been asked to provide machines to those living in digital poverty in Willenhall; and we will see how we can help

Volunteer packers

We have been overwhelmed by generous offers to deliver breakfast parcels to hungry families in Tile Hill. People’s willingness to help others in need is truly humbling. We think we have sufficient drivers now. However, we have been asked whether we can recruit volunteers to help pack the breakfast boxes ready for delivery. You would be required for 2-3 hours on either a Monday or Wednesday afternoon. If you’re willing and able to volunteer for this, please contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847

Finances

We are very grateful for some sizeable donations that have arrived in recent weeks; and for those who have been saving up their collection contributions until they are able to attend church. On Monday evening, the PCC reviewed our current financial situation. We are still projecting a large deficit for the year; and would therefore be hugely grateful for any further assistance that friends might be able to provide.

Please pray for

Ted Drayton has been told that chemotherapy is unlikely to be successful in his struggle with bowel cancer and so is now preparing for an operation.