Somebody asked me this week whether I knew what date Easter was next year (I didn’t). It occurred to me that nobody ever asks you that question about Christmas. We have two great Christian feasts, one of which has taken place on exactly the same date for the last millennium and a half while the other has 28 different days on which it might fall. If you know me well, you’ll know which of those I prefer! I say this because I have at last been given a date to commence my new post: Feb 10th. Working backwards, this means we shall be moving over 2 days on the 2nd/3rd February and will have our final service together on Sunday 24th January. None of this means that I am any more looking forward to leaving, but I confess to being relieved that there are settled dates for us to work towards. Having a date does make it all seem more real. The excitement and the grief are growing in equal measure. Fran and I will continue to be grateful for your prayers.
Sunday Coffee Gathering
Please contact Greg if you need the zoom link for the Sunday coffee gathering.
The latest news from public health in Coventry is that the numbers of infections continue to rise, including two classes at St Andrews School being sent home due to a confirmed case. Public Health in the city is having to deal with so many outbreaks it is barely coping. The message is not just to stick to the letter of the law, but also the spirit of it. In other words, please avoid in person contact except in genuine need or emergency. And it is the law, with large fines levied against those caught breaking it.
Our plan for anyone who wishes to say farewell to Fran and Greg is that anyone who can’t access online worship will be invited to the morning service at St Andrew’s on January 24th and everyone else to an evening service at St James on Tile Hill Lane, with that service also being live streamed. We are not yet taking requests to reserve a place but will give you plenty of notice when we do.
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.
Operation Christmas Child
The ‘Shoebox Appeal’, has been delayed due to the Covid lockdown etc. Shoeboxes will now need to be ready for collection between 5th and 14th December 2020. If you wish to put shoeboxes together, they can be dropped off at church and I will take them into the collection centre. Julia McNaney.
The PCC are committed to enabling St Andrews to become a church that is able to live stream its worship (we are the only church in the deanery not able to do this). This will enable us to broadcast our Sunday services live as well as enabling weddings and funerals to be relayed all over the world. However, to do this well comes at a cost. We will strive to get the very best possible deal, but we think the cost might be as much as £8,000. It is our intention to apply for a grant application to meet some of this cost, but it is unlikely that we would be successful in raising the whole amount. We hope that if we were able to present to the grant makers a church congregation that had committed itself to meeting half the cost, they would look favourably upon meeting the other half. Accordingly, we are inviting to make a pledge towards the cost. There is no need to send money at this stage (probably next Spring before we are able to move forward) and if your financial circumstances changed, we wouldn’t hold you to account! Please consider and pray carefully. To raise £4,000, we need 80 people to pledge £50 or 40 people £100. It’s a big ask, but your generosity has manifested itself time and again; and I’m sure you’d agree it’s an important cause.
Fundraising for Church
As those of you who know me, I enjoy crafting. I continued throughout the year hoping that we may be at some normal come the end of the year and that St Andrew’s Autumn/Christmas fayre would go ahead. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I have therefore put together an online stall which can be found by using the link : https://youtu.be/fmsKDEBrV90
If you wish to purchase anything please contact me either by Tel 024 7646 1508 or email email@example.com to arrange purchase and I can make delivery to the local area.
Many thanks for looking. Rebecca Martin
The next Book Club meeting is on Monday 4th January 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be reading and discussing is THE RUTHLESS ELIMINATION OF HURRY, by John Mark Comer. The book’s focus is ‘How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive’ and addresses ‘the compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry in favour of a slower, simpler way of life. Whether or not you have been thinking about this over the last year the book may help to focus on this.
We will meet on 4th 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 (07958 322026) 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/
We have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500-piece puzzles which may be useful for people over the next few months. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or email@example.com. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.
For Beryl Lee, discharged from hospital but not well enough to go home; for Marilyn Starr and Grace Latham, undergoing cancer treatment. and for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Pray for the successful production of the corona vaccine.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Matt 5.6