A few short weeks ago, commentators were still talking about if there would be a second wave of the virus. Now, the only question is how bad it will be. I have sensed a weariness in the face of this. The government and the local council are saying quite clearly that they can’t respond so fully second time around: there isn’t the money or resources to do it. I am confident that a luke-warm response to our community in a time of need will not characterise the Church. We may be weary and our resources may be limited, but let’s not be found wanting. Galatians 6.9 has long been an inspiration. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will receive a harvest if we do not give up”.
Many thanks to all those who have so generously sponsored the Coventry Canal walkers. We have now reached our £2,000 target. We don’t have to stop there. You can still make a donation 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.
We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm (not the 1st as the Vicar announced yesterday) The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.
Building our Faith
Growing numbers are attending Building our Faith on Wednesday evenings. This week, we will be talking about church. To obtain the link please contact Greg Smith or Sue Masters.
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
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/
For Brian Walker, suffering with a UTI; Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip; and the family of Charley Watts’ Aunty Josie who died on Saturday evening.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” Proverbs 22:1