I thought it was an incredibly powerful Remembrance Day service broadcast by St Andrew’s yesterday. The Act of Remembrance itself was so well done that I did not miss being in church for it. Many thanks to Sue Masters and Steve Martin in particular for putting this together. For my own part, I apologise (to anyone who noticed) for not wearing a poppy; the first time I have ever been guilty of such an oversight (although some years it has only been as I have walked out the front door that I have remembered). My only excuse for this is how disorientated I feel at times. The fact that we record midweek makes it difficult to fully inhabit a Sunday morning mindset. I have grown in admiration for the producers of Songs of Praise who put together their Christmas programmes in the height of the summer! It is encouraging to remember that the God we worship is outside of time and that all the days ordained for us are already written in his book.
No doubt, many of you are taking the second national lockdown in your stride and are praying with me that it may prove the gateway to being able to share something of Christmas with our families. However, if you have any need at all (whether that be shopping or a listening ear), please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are there for you. The church will be opened on Thursdays and Sundays for anyone to visit and pray quietly.
If you have symptoms of corona infection and phone 119, you will be discouraged from seeking a test unless there is clear evidence that your symptoms match the most obvious and pronounced symptoms of the corona virus. However, Coventry, with 5 test centres has plenty of capacity and public health officials are asking us to get tested if we have anything at all. At present, the suspicion is that reluctance to seek a test means that the city is underestimating the scope of its problem. If you have symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek a test. You should be able to get one within 24 hours
Many thanks to Vicky, Nick, Fran, Dan & Kirstie and Rita for their contributions to yesterday’s Memorial Service. It was a powerful occasion. If you have not yet seen the service, it can be found on the website.
Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently have 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will only open the church between Thurs 3rd Dec through to Sunday 6th December for toys to be brought.
For Marilyn Starr and Grace Latham, undergoing cancer treatment. Please continue to pray for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Pray for the PCC which meets tonight.
“Not that I have already obtained all this or have already been made perfect…but one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has called me” Phil 3