One of the joys of experiencing illness that entails emergency visits to A&E, is the appreciation of those wonderful people who support you during your time of crisis. Paramedics who visit your home so calmly and reassuringly, testing and questioning, administering pain killers that actually work, nurses who are rushed off their feet but are patient, kind and gentle. Doctors, also rushed off their feet but are efficient and thorough.
When in fragile condition, these are the people we rely on together, in my case, an amazing daughter who, with her own medical knowledge was able to ask the right questions and answer questions I couldn’t. It is a time when, as Christians, we see Christ all around us in these wonderful people so blessed with the amazing Gifts of the Spirit. Of course, there is the other side – so many fragile people, all ages and cultures and, yes, you see Christ in their suffering and fear too. They, too, are amazing. Such courage, determination and endurance. These also gifts from God. As we continue to cope with the threat of this invisible enemy, let us thank God that our hospitals, clinics, surgeries and care homes are filled with the tangible expression of His amazing healing and loving power in the form of those amazing NHS staff and carers and celebrate that we are not alone in this battle but upheld through God’s Grace and Power. And let us support all, the medics and supportive staff and all patients with prayer.
Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday in not very sunny Wales until Thursday 1st October. While he is away, any concerns or questions to be addressed to Julie or the churchwardens.
The message from the Public Health Director in Coventry is that the infection rate is much higher than a couple of weeks ago, but that Coventry is still doing much better than Birmingham and Solihull. Local lockdown will best be avoided by people observing the rules and by continuing to take proper precautions. Woodlands Ward was a hotspot last week for no obvious reason, so we need to be vigilant.
Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.
A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (nearly £500 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.
The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.
We will meet on 19th 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 (07958322026) or Greg Smith.
To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/
Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided. 2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm. You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.
If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770
Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager email@example.com
Building our Faith
Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are the same.
Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958 322026 firstname.lastname@example.org
For Marilyn Starr who is expecting to start cancer treatment very soon, Ted Drayton continuing to undergo treatment and Lesley Lee who has been diagnosed with pneumonia.