Bulletin – 8th July 2020

Church Bulletin

I have just reread my last message to you. I wonder how many spotted the deliberate mistake: attributing the encouragement to be in the world by not of it to St Paul? These, of course, are words spoken by Jesus in John’s gospel. I must be tired and I apologise. It reminds me how scripture can be misremembered and then misquoted. Perhaps the most famous example is: “The sun shines on the righteous” when in fact the Bible actually says “The sun shines on the righteous and the unrighteous” which has pretty much the opposite meaning and also happens to be truer! Much of the time, no harm is done. But there are times, when Scripture is misquoted or quoted out of context and it’s used to discourage and condemn. The best remedy for avoiding this: to read, mark and inwardly digest as much of the Bible as we can. I think that was St Paul!

Communion on Sunday

For the first time in nearly four months, we will be administering Holy Communion on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. As before, this will be by invitation only. It will not look like the communion services we all remember. The Priest (Greg on this occasion) will distribute bread only to members who will remain in their seats. No words will be spoken at the moment of distribution. The Peace will be shared without making physical contact. We may continue to be conscious more of what is different than grateful for what has been restored. I have refrained from taking bread and wine over the last four months, although along with Lynnette and Phil, I am legally allowed to do so. I have done this because it has seemed right to abstain while others have been deprived. But now, while you might think the same principle could apply, I would hope that those who are not able to join us will rejoice that these holy mysteries are once more being celebrated by God’s people in His church.

Volunteer drivers

We have been overwhelmed by offers to deliver breakfast parcels to hungry families in Tile Hill. People’s generosity and willingness to help others in need is truly humbling. Thanks to Julie who is having to work hard to process all the volunteers. Because of the volume of the response, we are pressing pause on the request and not looking for anyone else to come forward at this stage.

Greetings

From David & Frances Hawkey who were in touch yesterday and asked to be remembered to their many friends at St Andrews.

Congratulations

To Andy and Tracey Tidmarsh upon becoming grandparents for the first time. Baby Rosie was born to Hannah, who was a member of children’s church when I first arrived at St Andrews. How time flies!

Please pray for

Continue to pray for the Smith family. Fran and Greg’s eldest son is getting married on July 18th at St Andrews. A lot to plan and sort out at very short notice!

We are not reciting the Creed at the moment. It’s worth being reminded of its great claims:

We believe in one God,

The Father, the Almighty

Maker of heaven and earth

Of all that is, seen and unseen.

Baptisms

We are now able to conduct small baptisms. The maximum we can accommodate is 20 people (including children). These will take place at 12pm on a Sunday. Please note that no singing is currently permitted.


Please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk for further details

Bulletin – 6th July 2020

Church Bulletin

And so it was that people celebrated an end to lockdown with a pint (or seven) at their local. Many of us will have tutted at the complete breakdown of responsible behaviour that inevitably comes with drunkenness, with one Landlord apparently announcing that he won’t be opening again so much at risk did he feel by drinkers’ behaviour. Christians instinctively know where the moral high ground is located and make our feelings known from this vantage point. Our own difficulty is that the Gospel reading from this Sunday past sees Jesus not, as you might expect, railing against excessive drinking, but himself being accused of it. John the Baptist withdrew from human society. Christ, it seems, sought it out wherever it might be found. How much He himself drank on these occasions we will never know, but spend time with those who drank plenty, he certainly did. St Paul sums it up as being in the world but not of it. Never easy!

Reopening for Worship

As previously advertised, St Andrew’s Church was open for live worship on Sunday morning. It was a very low-key occasion, with only 15 in total worshiping; unable to sit together, sing or participate in communion. The most important thing was that we were there and God was with us. We have safely navigated our first time together and will be considering how we do more in the weeks to come. Thanks to Nick, Becky and Steve for making reopening in this way possible. And thanks to all those who ensured that we were able to maintain our online worship just as before.

Weds Gathering

We will be meeting to study Ephesians 1.3-14 on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. The link for this zoom meeting can be obtained from Greg Smith.

Jigsaw Puzzles

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Please pray for

The church leadership who meet tonight to decide how to develop live worship – what kind of service to have next Sunday. Pray for the Smith family. Fran and Greg’s eldest son is getting married on July 18th at St Andrew’s. A lot to plan and sort out at very short notice!

Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty,
I put my trust in you.
I trust in God and am not afraid;
I praise him for what he has promised.

Thanks to Lin Chylinski for those words

Sunday service for 5th July

To take part in today’s service, please click on the video below:

Order of service:

  • Welcome and opening prayer/confession Greg
  • 1st Reading (Sara)
  • 1st Hymn – Immortal, Invisible (Di)
  • 2nd Reading (Sara)
  • Sermon (Sue)
  • 2nd Hymn – For all the Saints (Di)
  • Prayers (Charley)
  • Notices and blessing (Greg)

Bulletin – 3rd July 2020

Church Bulletin

The Corona virus achieved what Hitler, Napoleon and the Spanish Armada all failed to do, and closed the churches of England. Of course, some of you will remember the winter of 2005 when the St Andrew’s Church boiler was condemned and after a week or two of members braving sub-zero temperatures, the church was abandoned and we all met in the school next door. On this occasion, the period of exile has been of similar length, but we have had to console ourselves with online worship and have been denied the fellowship that is so precious to us. It will be strange to share worship with real live human beings this Sunday, unlike anything we have experienced over the last three months, but also unlike what went before. I find myself reminded of the words of Psalm 84 which testify to a hunger for God, but also for His House. “Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”

Reopening for Worship

After more than three months, St Andrews will be open for worship this coming Sunday, July 5th at 10 a.m. We will be very limited in what we will do on the first Sunday and will try and replicate the online experience as closely as we can. This means that worshippers will have the same readings and sermons; the same hymns which will be played on the screens (we are not allowed to sing) and won’t on this occasion include communion. Please do not attend unless you have received a personal invitation. We will have to turn you away to ensure social distancing. The church building will be closed after the service to ensure it is safe for our first post-covid funeral on Weds morning. The church will be open for private prayer as usual on Thursday.

Thanks

There are a very limited number of churches opening in Coventry on Sunday. Indeed, there are whole dioceses (e.g. Bristol) where no church is opening until September. While only a limited number of people are going to be able to take advantage, we are delighted that St Andrews is one that will be open. This is only possible because of the incredible hard work and commitment of a dedicated leadership team and technical wizards. They are heroes!

Coffee

We will be meeting for coffee after the service on Sunday at 11 a.m. as usual. If you need the zoom link please contact Greg.

Volunteer drivers

We are looking for volunteer drivers to deliver breakfast packs around Tile Hill over the summer holidays. These are designed to supplement the free meals for children awarded by the government, but considered to be inadequate by many. You would be free to choose which days you are available and how often. If you would like to help or want to know more, please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Jigsaw Puzzles

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Children’s Sheet

Please pray for

A united and happy fellowship whether we are worshipping online or live.

“As the deer pants for water, so my soul pants for You, O God” Psalm 42.1

Bulletin – 1st July 2020

Church Bulletin

One of the hardest tasks known to most ordinary British Christians (we’re so polite, so wary of giving offence) is inviting people to come to church. I don’t claim to be especially good at it myself, confining my stock line “you’re always welcome” to people who have already shown an interest. It has been quite strange phoning members of the congregation up and inviting them to attend. It felt a little awkward and odd. And yet by the time I got to the fifth or sixth phone call, the invitation was starting to trip off my tongue. Like everything else in life, it seems, it gets easier with practice. This is perhaps a good time to be reminded of Jesus’ invitation which we will hear in our Gospel reading this Sunday: “come to me all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Reopening for Worship

After more than three months, St Andrews will be open for worship this coming Sunday, July 5th at 10 a.m. We will be very limited in what we will do on the first Sunday and will try and replicate the online experience as closely as we can. This means that worshippers will have the same readings and sermons; the same hymns which will be played on the screens (we are not allowed to sing) and won’t on this occasion include communion. Attendance (see above) is by invitation only. This is a terrible thing to say but: please do not turn up unless you have been specifically invited to do so. We will have to turn you away to ensure social distancing. Those who do attend should comply with the instructions of the churchwardens about hygiene and distancing. Invitations have been focused on those who have been unable to access online worship during lockdown. We hope everyone understands.

Feeding the hungry

Foodbanks in Coventry which are overwhelmingly staffed by church volunteers have provided an incredible 61 tons of food during the Covid outbreak. The food hub in Tile Hill is staffed by St Andy’s and St Andrew’s volunteers. It opens on Tues and Thurs mornings from 10-12. With volunteers returning to paid employment, there is a need for volunteers to come forward.  If you are interested please contact Phil on philrichardson@gmail.com or Natalie on nchylinski1987@gmail.com

Midweek and Sunday evenings

Just to be clear there is no intention to open the church for midweeks services or Sunday evening services through July/August. Our overarching approach is to move forwards, but very slowly and cautiously. We want people to feel safer worshipping at St Andrews than they do in the local supermarket, restaurant or pub. We will review what else we can do in time for the first week of September. Rest assured, we will continue to post an online service throughout the summer and the Weds gathering will continue each week at 10 a.m. studying the book of Ephesians.

For your prayers

Ted Drayton who is seeing the consultant this week, Guy Aspinall now safely back home after his hospitalisation and all those who will be returning to work this weekend, whether gladly or with trepidation.

Jigsaw Puzzles

We have several 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop or pick up prescriptions etc. Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

July Prayer Guide

The final verses of Jude proclaim: To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

Bulletin – 29th June 2020

Church Bulletin

It will be Church, but not as we have known it. We are still waiting for detailed guidelines before we can be sure what church will look like when we reopen. But we can be confident that many of the things that make church what it is will be denied to us. These may include singing our favourite hymns; receiving bread and wine; standing next to a friend and chatting with them after the service. It raises again that age-old question: why do people come to church? We do so in response to scripture which encourages us “Do not give up meeting together” Heb 10.25 and sets us an example c/f Acts 2.42-47. There are two things of which we may be sure. Numbers attending worship will be severely restricted for a while; and yet where two or three are gathered, there I am among them!

Sunday morning

Thanks to Lynnette, Sue, Paul and the rest for putting yesterday morning’s service together. It’s great to know that there are over 100 people watching, most at the same time

Weds gathering

We will be continuing the Wednesday gathering through July and August, meeting via zoom at 10 a.m. each week. We will be studying St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. There will be plenty on input to give fresh insights into Paul’s teaching as well as the opportunity to reflect on what it means for our lives today. The passage for this coming Weds is Ephesians 1.3-10. Through the summer months, St Andy’s will be focusing on the same passages.

Reopening for Worship

Please look out for the Weds bulletin, which will give details about when and how we will reopen for worship. Online worship will continue to be provided as before for as long as necessary. Please remember that the building is open every Thursday and Sunday for private prayer.

Feeding the hungry

Foodbanks in Coventry which are overwhelmingly staffed by church volunteers have provided an incredible 61 tons of food during the Covid outbreak. The food hub in Tile Hill is staffed by St Andy’s and St Andrew’s volunteers. It opens on Tues and Thurs mornings from 10-12. With volunteers returning to paid employment, there is a need for volunteers to come forward.  If you are interested please contact Phil on philrichardson@gmail.com or Natalie on nchylinski1987@gmail.com

For your prayers

Do pray for the meeting tonight in which we will be planning how best to reopen the church for live worship. Pray also for our drama group which has started meeting online on Tuesday evenings. Some of the children have been going through very tough times during lockdown and we are pleased to be able to offer them some encouragement.

Transport

Please note we are unable to offer lifts to the hospital and other medical appointments at the moment, until restrictions are lifted.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop or pick up prescriptions etc. Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Thanks

To Nick, Diane, Phil & Denise who have kindly volunteered to clean the church to help us reopen with confidence. Thanks also to Rob and Valerie who continue to maintain the cremation plot.

Sunday Service – 28th June 2020

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 28th June 2020.

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: Sue
Readings: Hilary
Sermon: Lynette
Songs – Di
Intercessions: Nick
Lord’s Prayer: Sue
Notices & Blessing: Greg

Bulletin – 26th June 2020

Church Bulletin

“Be still and know that I am God” is one of the most famous verses in the Psalms and one that is echoed in popular hymns. For many, it will summon up the story of Martha and Mary in which the former is asked to leave her duties bustling around in the kitchen and sit at Jesus’ feet. However, while Sabbath rest is an important principle that many have been reminded of during the Covid pandemic, I suspect the Psalmist refers not to stillness of body, but stillness of mind. Anyone who has ever lain awake at night worrying or stressing about their problems knows that sometimes the stiller the body the less still the mind.  For those who have found lockdown a time to get increasingly anxious, I commend this verse to you: “Be still and know that I am God!”

Sunday morning coffee

Do join us for coffee on Sunday after the service at 11 a.m. This may be accessed via zoom. Please contact Greg is you need the access details.

Weds gathering

We will be continuing the Wednesday gathering through July and August, meeting via zoom at 10 a.m. each week. Our intention is to study St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. There will be plenty on input to give fresh insights into Paul’s teaching as well as the opportunity to reflect on what it means for our lives today. All welcome.

Reopening for Worship

You will have seen Boris Johnson’s announcement that churches are to reopen for public worship from July 4th. While we rejoice at this opportunity have the effect of oversimplifying very complex questions. The PCC have delegated to the Vicar and Churchwardens the decision as to how and when the church will reopen. We will be meeting on Monday evening to discuss this. Please do pray for us. Please also be aware that we are still potentially many months away from being able to get back to normal. Meanwhile, an online service will continue to be provided for as long as it is needed.

Feeding the hungry

Foodbanks in Coventry which are overwhelmingly staffed by church volunteers have provided an incredible 61 tons of food during the Covid outbreak. The food hub in Tile Hill is staffed by St Andy’s and St Andrew’s volunteers. It opens on Tues and Thurs mornings from 10-12. With volunteers returning to paid employment, there is a need for volunteers to come forward.  If you are interested please contact Phil on philrichardson@gmail.com or Natalie on nchylinski1987@gmail.com

For your prayers

Ted Drayton has been diagnosed with colon cancer. We pray for swift and effective treatment. Pray also for Bryan Walker, Rosemarie Over’s brother and Lesley Harrison’s brother-in-law.

Transport

Please note we are unable to offer lifts to the hospital and other medical appointments at the moment, until restrictions are lifted.

Woodlands Consultation

There are plans to reopen Woodlands School as a Special School for children with a range of difficulties. There is a consultation process about this that runs until July 22nd. If you wish to know more or take part in the consultation, please visit https://letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/woodfields-school-consultation?tool=survey_tool&tool_id=sherbourne-fields-special-school-survey1#tool_tab  

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop or pick up prescriptions etc. Please don’t wait until the cupboards are bare to ask for help.  A couple of days’ notice would be helpful.  Please contact Julie for assistance on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Children’s Sheet

Click here for the children’s sheet.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what are human beings that you are mindful of them: Psalm 8