Face masks are increasingly becoming part and parcel of British life. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were wondering whether we shouldn’t follow in the footsteps of France and ban the Hijab on the basis that not being able to see people’s faces properly was not conducive to community relations. It also doesn’t seem that long ago that the World Health Organisation was proclaiming that there was no conclusive evidence that face masks actually work. Would Jesus have worn a face mask. Scripture tells us that he was blindfolded when he was tortured and mocked by the guards after his arrest. His crucifixion was an attempt to shut his mouth, although he voluntarily chose not to speak at his trial. After his resurrection, he deliberately breathed on His disciples to impart the Holy Spirit. I will let you make your own minds up. This indeed is the official policy of St Andrews Church. Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in church by the Church of England. However, we are asking people to make their own minds up.
This will be the last Wednesday bulletin for the time being. We will continue to send out electronic bulletins at midday on Mondays and Fridays; and post bulletins to those not online on Fridays. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who would be willing to take responsibility for sending out the bulletin while Julie is on holiday at the end of August and the beginning of September.
Giving by envelope
Some of you have been saving your envelopes for the church collection. In some cases, this has meant a considerable amount of money lying around in people’s homes. If you are concerned about this, we will happily arrange for them to be collected. In the same way, because of when lockdown struck, some people were unable to pick up their giving envelopes and have had nowhere to put their donations. Again, we are happy to drop these off to anyone who requests them. Just let us know.
Pantomime read through
Just for a bit of fun, we will be reading through (via zoom) a version of Cinderella, the pantomime next Tuesday August 4th at 7.30. If you would like to join us, let Greg know and he will send you a script in advance.
A couple of years ago, a Remembrance Garden was established at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney, a six-year-old who died very suddenly in the parish. His mum, Louise, has been tending the garden in the years since, but is soon to begin a degree course in London. The school, therefore, is looking for a volunteer to look after the garden. This need not be an onerous task but might be one to cement links between church and school. Please speak to Greg or Paul Chylinski email@example.com to find out more
To Nick Tooby who celebrates a round birthday today! We know, he doesn’t look 70 does he?
Greg & Fran’s Day off
Now that things have quietened down, Greg and Fran will return to having Friday’s as their rest day. Please respect this.
Please pray for
All children who have been physically or emotionally affected by the corona virus and associated lockdown.
Pray also for Lesley Harrison and her family, following the death of her brother-in-law.
Elizabeth Cuthbert has reminded us that we all have angels ministering to us in times of need (Hebrews 1.14)