Bulletin – 15th January 2021

Church Bulletin

One of the great curses of the pandemic has been the social isolation that has meant many people who live alone have had the most wretched 12 months imaginable. Meanwhile, some of us can only raise a wry smile at the very idea of isolation. I would be grateful for your prayers for middle son, Dan, daughter-in-law, Kirstie and grandson Athan, who having sold their house locally have encountered serious difficulties in securing a new home on the Wirral. As a result, they are currently living with us (and don’t we know it! He may only be 20 months but Athan is the loudest toddler). This coupled with the fact that our youngest and his wife have been living with us for the last five years (having moved in for 3 weeks!) means that peace and quiet is something we can only dream about. Please don’t get me wrong, I know a fortnight after we move, when just the two of us have been rattling around in a four-bedroom house, not able to invite our friends to stay because of Covid, we will be longing for a little child shouting “Daisy!” (I don’t know where he gets the idea that the dog is primarily addressed by being shouted at?). We will take comfort as I hope many of you are able to do in the Lord’s voice that speaks comfort and encouragement to all His children when they make time to listen.

Sunday Service

Although there will be no in-person service on Sunday morning, we have pre-recorded a service to be broadcast at 10 a.m. as usual. This can be accessed via the website at any time from 10 onwards.

Greg and Fran’s leaving service

Just in case anyone didn’t see the message on Wednesday, Greg and Fran’s leaving service will be streamed live on Sun 24th at 6.30 p.m. Details about how to access this service will be published in the bulletin on Monday. There will be no other service in person or online that day.

Sunday Coffee

Sunday coffee gatherings via zoom will continue after Greg and Fran’s departure provided there is sufficient demand. The link for this will be published in the bulletin. On the 24th, we will meet a little earlier at 11 a.m. and there will be an opportunity via zoom to say farewell to Greg and Fran. Please contact Greg, one of the church wardens or the parish administrator for the access codes.

Building our Faith Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Our weekly Wednesday evening group begins again on Wednesday 20th January at 7.30pm on zoom. For four weeks commencing on the 20th, we will be looking at Women in the Bible and the first session will be led by Greg focusing on Esther.

The format for the evening is a brief talk and then a chance to share together, ask questions and discuss the theme for the evening. If you have been part of the group previously, we look forward to welcoming you back; if you have not joined us before or never been to a group like this, now may be the time to think about joining us.

The zoom meeting details are: 812 4505 0020 ID 295068

If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me.

Sue Masters, 07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Safeguarding Training

If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. A reminder will be sent out to each person that this concerns over the coming weeks. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk.

Please Pray

Please pray for Ann Dove following her knee operation; Mike Lynch who on top of everything else has contracted Covid-19 while in hospital; for a speedy and successful roll out of the vaccine.

“The Lord has anointed me to bind up the brokenhearted…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning.” Isaiah 61

Church Closure

Dear Friends

It is with regret that I write to you to tell you that on Monday night the Church Council decided to close St Andrew’s with immediate effect, a decision that will be reviewed at the PCC on Feb 8th. This applies both to public worship and private prayer.

This painful decision was taken in light of the ever rising Covid 19 infection rate in the city and after consultation with clergy colleagues. It transpires that no other church in the Deanery is staying open and therefore if St Andrew’s were to do so, it would send out a very strong message. The message we would want to send is that worshipping God is of prime importance and that the church is a Covid secure place. Both of those things remain true, but as all good communicators know the message one intends to send and the message that is received can be two different things. More likely, people would hear the message that the church doesn’t care; and doesn’t take people’s health and safety seriously. There remain far too many people who refuse to abide by the rules and the PCC wants to underline in the strongest possible terms that careless behaviour costs lives. Keeping personal interactions to the absolute minimum is the only way to preserve life and safeguard an overburdened NHS until the vaccines are widely available.

I can’t tell you how bitterly Fran and I regret not being able to have a ‘proper’ leaving service, but we have had to bow to the inevitable, grateful as always for the incredible support of our wonderful co-leaders and their collective wisdom.

This coming Sunday, January 17th, we will revert to the pattern established in the first lockdown: prerecording a service and posting it on the website at 10 a.m.

January 24th will be different for obvious reasons. There will be no service of any kind at 10 a.m. At 6.30 p.m. we will livestream a service from St Martin’s Finham. This will only be attended in person by Fran and I, our son Dan (who is back living with us), Sue Masters who will lead the service, Nick Tooby who will be speaking on behalf of the congregation, Revd Kate Massey, who will be speaking on behalf of clergy colleagues and two staff from Finham who will enable the livestreaming. We will publish details later as to how to access this service, but please note two things: it is live so if you tune in late, you will miss it. However, we are also intending to record the service and make it available at a later date, which will enable those of you who are not especially technically proficient to wait for a son/daughter/grandchild to visit and allow you to watch it on their device.

Thereafter, we will revert to the practice of posting services at 10 a.m. that can be watched at any time.

I will save words of farewell and thanks for another occasion but would remain grateful for your prayers through these coming weeks.

Every blessing

Greg

Bulletin – 11th January 2021

Church Bulletin

I was a big fan of the television series ‘Hustle’ that was retired a few years back. The show introduced us to a team of hustlers who would identify a mark and then con them out of a small fortune. The premise of the series was that the marks were all corrupt and venal, deserved what they were getting and were only victims because of their own greed and dishonesty. Meanwhile in the real world the much celebrated appearance of the vaccine has been accompanied by unscrupulous attempts to extort money by rogues purporting to have a vaccine for sale. The victims are not greedy and dishonest, but trusting and vulnerable. This is a heinous crime, with no redeeming features. Scripture encourages us in sundry places to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves. There is no need to be over-anxious, but please do be careful.

Greg and Fran’s leaving service

The leaving service for Greg and Fran at St Andrews on Jan 24th in the morning is now full. If you are unable to take up your place, please do let us know as soon as possible. The evening service has been moved to St Martin’s Finham. It will still take place at 6.30 p.m. We have taken this decision because their capacity is slightly more and because they are much more experienced at streaming live services. We wanted to ensure that those watching at home had the best possible sense of being part of things. Directions to St Martin’s will be provided in the next bulletin.

Sunday Coffee

Sunday coffee gatherings via zoom will continue after Greg and Fran’s departure provided there is sufficient demand. The new access codes are available from the parish administrator or one of the church wardens.

Service collection and online gifts/donations

We trialled an online Christmas Church Collection page for our Christmas services this year and quite a few people used it to make their church collection / gift. The people I’ve spoken to have said they found it easy to find and use. We have decided that we will continue to offer this approach for people who attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or who may wish to make a donation to the work of the church. The attached link is the way to make a gift and this will also be included on the service link each week. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/eef64318-0a22-4db7-8d81-0ab3ccddf15d

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Finance

Thanks to the generosity of so many and the wise stewardship of our Treasurer, Clive, and the leadership team, St Andrew’s was able to break even in 2020. This happened in spite of the loss of wedding income, plate giving by irregular attenders and letting income. However, 2021 is likely to be as tough if not tougher. There seems no prospect of a return to full churches before the autumn and we know that we will be losing some generous givers in the coming days. If you haven’t automatically reviewed your giving at the outset of 2021, please do think carefully about whether you might be able to do so.

Sad News

We regret to announce that Marilyn Starr, a member of the St Andrews family for many years, died on Friday evening. Her funeral will be hosted by St Andrews. Do pray for her children, David & Lisa. Flix Haynes funeral will take place at Hampton in Arden on Monday 18th January, led by Greg. She too has a son and a daughter, Tim and Deb.

Congratulations

To Lily Kaczur who was nine years old yesterday.

Please Pray

Please pray for Ann Dove following her knee operation; Mike Lynch in hospital following a fall and hip replacement; for our overburdened health service and for the PCC which meets tonight.

Galatians 6.2 “carry each other’s burdens” Thanks to Veronika for drawing our attention to this verse.

Sunday Service for 10th January

Welcome to our online service for 10th January 2021. Please click on the video link below to take part.

Coffee Morning

An informal Sunday morning coffee meeting will be held via Zoom from 11:15AM. The details are:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/754808403?pwd=VkthS3JwYTd1TUpMS0ZjMTFIMUNZdz09

Meeting ID: 754 808 403 – Password: 031195

Service Collection and online gifts/donations

If you attend our on line services and normally give via the collection plate, or if you wish to make a donation to the work of the church, you can use the attached link to make a gift. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrews Church. Your contributions are very much appreciated. 

Giving link

 

Order of Service:

  • Welcome and Opening prayer – Sue 
  • Prayer of Preparation – Sue 
  • Confession and Absolution – Sue
  • Collect – Sue
  • Readings: Acts 19: 1-7 – Elizabeth
  • Mark 1: 4-11 Graham
  • Sermon – Greg
  • Song: Breathe on me, Breath of God – Di
  • Intercessions and Lord’s Prayer – Sue
  • Notices and Final Blessing – Greg

 

Bulletin – 8th January 2021

Church Bulletin

I shed tears for the first time this morning since making the decision to leave St Andrews (Fran has long since lost count of her tearful times). I suspect it was brought on by the meeting the previous evening planning our leaving service. The reality and enormity of what we are doing is finally starting to sink in. As a man, I was brought up to believe that boys don’t cry; and while I no longer believe that is right, it’s hard to shake off a lifetime of conditioning. The great promise of Revelation 21 is that Heaven is a place where He will wipe every tear from our eyes, but not because we will be granted greater powers of stoicism but because He will remove every cause for sadness: Heaven is a place where there is no more death or loss or pain! Meanwhile, there are many causes for sadness here on earth in the midst of a pandemic and therefore I encourage you when necessary to shed tears of healing.

SCAMS

We have taken further action to reduce the danger of scams being perpetrated using our website as resource for criminals. However, it is vital that individuals are vigilant. If you have an unexpected request for money or indeed an unexpected offer of money, please do not part with cash or bank details without checking carefully the authenticity of the request.

Greg and Fran’s leaving service

A reminder that from 10 a.m. today, we are welcoming bookings to attend Greg and Fran’s leaving service at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday Jan 24th at St James, Tile Hill Lane. We will be livestreaming this service for those who would prefer to watch from home.

Church Opening

The church is open for live worship this Sunday (although all places have been taken). The PCC meet on Monday to consider what to do about the rest of lockdown. In the meantime, it is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards. Thank God that our government have recognized that worship is vital to the nation’s health, but please understand that this is why churches are open: to provide opportunities for worship not for socialising. The zoom after church coffee will continue for as long as it’s not possible to socialise in person.

Service collection and online gifts/donations

We trialled an online Christmas Church Collection page for our Christmas services this year and quite a few people used it to make their church collection / gift. The people I’ve spoken to have said they found it easy to find and use. We have decided that we will continue to offer this approach for people who attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or who may wish to make a donation to the work of the church. The attached link is the way to make a gift and this will also be included on the service link each week. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/eef64318-0a22-4db7-8d81-0ab3ccddf15d

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Winter Grant Scheme

The winter grant scheme is available to support families and individuals with access to food, energy, water bills and other essential items.  The aim is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run-up to Christmas and over the winter months during the pandemic by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, so every child will be warm and well-fed this winter. The scheme will run through until 31 March 2021.

https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/1/council_and_democracy/3551/covid-19_coronavirus/8

Corona update

Please find attached a helpful summary of the new rules pertaining to lockdown.

Lockdown rules

Christmas Tree

Many thanks to Fran, Steve, Hilary and Diane who kindly ensured that the Christmas was safely taken down by the end of the 12 days of Christmas.

Please Pray

Please pray for Marilyn Starr in Myton Hospice; Ann Dove now at home following her knee operation; Mike Lynch in hospital following a fall and hip replacement; for our schools and nursery teachers and for parents home schooling.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13.8

Bulletin – 4th January 2021

Church Bulletin

And a Happy New Year. I hope you had a joyous, peaceful and healthy Christmas. I start the first bulletin of the new year with some sad news. Flix Haynes died in the early hours of yesterday morning, having finally lost her battle against three different sorts of cancer at the age of 89. Flix’s death seems especially poignant for me, since Flix arrived at St Andrew’s three months after Fran and I and it now transpires has left at much the same time. She typifies what makes St Andrew’s such a special place, with her generosity, kindness, care of others and her passion for the needs of the poor. I was able to visit just before Christmas to say goodbye and even though bed bound and fading fast, she was still asking with genuine concern after others. Although health has prevented her from attending St Andrew’s in recent years, she will be much missed. Thankfully, kindness, generosity and caring for others will continue to typify the life of St Andrew’s.

SCAM

Please under no circumstances respond to a scam; an email that purports to be from Greg (including his picture) asking for a ‘favor’. This is not me and not my email address. Please block it and do not reply. There are so many of these things around. Please always check with a phone call before parting with money. The number one hall mark of a scam is that the scammer will put pressure on you to do something immediately.

Greg and Fran’s Leaving Service

Apologies for the confusion over making reservations for attending Greg & Fran’s leaving service on the 24th. This should be done on Friday 8th at 10 a.m. or as soon after as you’re able. Please contact Julie to do this.

More Sad News

We heard yesterday that David Griffiths died about three weeks ago, not really having recovered from the death of Bernice last year. His funeral is in Hampton in Arden next Monday.

Corona Update

Please remember that if you are asked to self-isolate, it is likely to be without any notice. If you do not have neighbours or family close at hand, please do let us know. We are here to help. Do think ahead about what you might do under such circumstances

Christmas Tree

Anyone who has a spare hour at 3.30pm on Wednesday is invited to help take down the church Christmas tree. Please remember a mask!

January Prayer Guide

The prayer guide for January is available by clicking this link.

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

Coronavirus has required St Andrew’s to be innovative in the way it reaches out and supports our community. We have recorded Sunday services each week and posted them on our website for people to feel connected with our church and to worship God. 

This has been really well received by members of the church community, the parish and yes, across the country (we have received some lovely feedback from people who have watched the services who don’t live in Eastern Green, or even Coventry). 

We are planning some exciting services to celebrate Christmas, from our Carol Service to an interactive Crib Service for young families, please look out for them on our webpage.

However, although this has been great, it does have some limitations, especially in these times when numbers allowed in church are so restricted. With your help we want to expand and improve our service to the community.  We are launching an appeal to raise £8,000 to install equipment to allow us to live stream our services. This will give us the capability and opportunity to live stream Sunday Services. It will also give us the opportunity, when appropriate and possible, to live stream other important services, for example funerals. We can all understand how difficult it is for families and friends not to be together to celebrate someone’s life. An online service, streamed to a person’s home can help both support the family and those not able to attend.

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you……….

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Book Club

The Book Club meeting tonight starts at 7.30pm on Zoom. Contact Sue Masters (07958 322026) or Greg Smith for the Zoom access codes.

Safeguarding Training

If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. Individual reminders were sent out several weeks ago. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Please Pray

Please pray for Marilyn Starr in Myton Hospice; Ann Dove now at home following her knee operation; Mike Lynch in hospital following a fall and hip replacement; Alison Watts’ mother, Betty, who is having an operation today and our schools returning after the Christmas break.

“The City of God does not need the sun or moon for the glory of God is its light” Rev 21

 

 

 

Sunday Service – 3rd January 2021

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 3rd January 2021.

If you would like to make a contribution to support the work of St. Andrews Church in the local community please use the link below.
Christmas Collection – Give A Little

To join us in this service please click the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of Service

  • Welcome, Prayers of preparation, confession and absolution: Revd Greg Smith
  • Scripture Reading – Ephesians 3, vs 1-12: Rita Muir
  • Gospel Reading – Matthew 2, vs 1-12: Rita Muir
  • Song – O Little Town of Bethlehem: St Andrew’s Singers
  • Sermon: Lynnette Clarke
  • Song – Come and Join the Celebration: St Andrew’s Singers
  • Intercessions: Lesley Lee
  • Lord’s Prayer: Lesley Lee
  • Notices & Blessing: Revd Greg Smith

Sunday Service for 27th December

Welcome to our video service! To take part, please click on the video link below:

Order of service:

  • Welcome, prayer of preparation, confession, absolution: Greg
  • Reading – Titus 2.11-14: Victoria
  • Song: See Him Lying On A Bed Of Straw
  • Reading – Luke 2.1-20: Victoria
  • Sermon: Greg
  • Intercessions and Lord’s Prayer: Lynnette
  • Song: Once In Royal David’s City
  • Notices and Blessing: Greg