Sunday Service for 5th April 2020

Please find the video for this Sunday Service for the date of 5th April 2020 included below.

To start the playback click on the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of Service

  • Opening Prayer, Confession and Absolution: Nick Tooby
  • 1st Reading – Matthew 21 vs 1-11: Jacob Fellowes
  • 2nd Reading – Luke 22 vs 14-21: Sara Parkes
  • Sermon: Rev. Greg Smith
  • Song – Hosanna: Di Fellowes
  • Intercessions: Di Fellowes
  • Service Summary: Nick Tooby
  • Blessing of Palm Crosses: Rev. Greg Smith

Bulletin – 3rd April 2020

Church Bulletin

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1.14.  It is tempting to wonder whether God isn’t looking down on us impassively, wondering what we will all do in the face of the corona crisis.  The reality is that he makes his dwelling among us.  Literally, he pitches his tent amongst us: you and I in our isolation; the homeless, the laid off, the redundant, the lonely and the frightened.  There he is.  The rest of the verse goes on to remind us that as Christians “we have seen His glory”

Palm Sunday

A service will be posted this Sunday from just after 9 a.m.  As in previous weeks, we encourage everyone to tune in at 10 a.m.  Please have your (palm) cross to hand for a blessing at the end of the service.  We have discovered that those who try to watch the service via some iPads and smart phones are having difficulty finding us.  Simply use the search facility and type in “service” and then click on today’s dated service.

Feedback

We are extremely grateful for all the feedback we are getting in response to our Sunday morning services.  Please do keep the texts and emails coming.  We appreciate them so much.  You may also wish to take advantage of the church Facebook page (even if you’ve never posted on Facebook before – phone a grandchild and when they’ve stopped laughing, they will tell you what to do).  Giving feedback this way means that others can read your comments and you can read theirs.  It increases the sense of community we are trying to keep alive.

Contacting the Vicar

You are welcome to contact Greg on his mobile number as well as the Vicarage line.  The number is 07902 794653.  Morning, noon or night, but remembering Friday is his day off.  Any emergencies on a Friday should be directed to a churchwarden.

Funerals/Weddings

You will have probably seen reports in the media about funerals and weddings.  Just so that you are clear about the local situation.  Weddings cannot happen anywhere at present.  Weddings at St Andrews in May/June have been rescheduled for later in the year or next year.  Funerals cannot happen in church; only at the graveside (with a maximum of 12 in attendance) or at the Crematorium (where the maximum is 5).  In some cases, a Memorial Service later in the year is a possibility.

Youth

If you have young people in your household or are in touch with them, you might like to direct them to Youtube/covyfc where there is lots of great material for youth interested in the Christian faith.

Food shopping

To date, we have had 23 requests for shopping and picking up prescriptions.  We know for some, it is a question of swallowing pride to ask for help to do something you’ve always done for yourselves, but please ask.  It’s a privilege to be able to help.  Both those who shop for others and those who voluntarily refrain from exposing themselves and the NHS are equally doing their bit.  For some, it is harder than for others.  The only request we haven’t been able to meet to date has been the one that somehow found its way to us from Binley!

Sermons on the phone

We are investigating the possibility of recording sermons and giving you a phone number to ring so that you can listen in at no charge.  This is for people who can’t watch the services online.  If you know anyone who would like to take advantage of this, please let us know.

Keep smiling.  You never know it might be infectious!

Thanks to Veronika for that thought.

Here is a Hymn Emoji Challenge provided by Nick Tooby. Answers next Wednesday! 

 

 

Bulletin – 1st April 2020

Church Bulletin

Apologies for the late arrival of the bulletin today.  I have just been taking my first funeral since lockdown, Naomi Lewis’s uncle.  It was a very strange experience, just Naomi and I.  Especially difficult is the ruling that one has to maintain a 2m distance from someone who is grieving.  Despite it being unlike any other funeral I have ever taken, the declaration made at the start of the service, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 13.35) remains as true as ever.  Spare a thought in your prayers for those who are experiencing the double agony of losing loved ones and unable to say goodbye to them properly.

Giving

It is true that the church bills have been reduced a little during the lockdown with money saved on gas, electricity and candles!  However, most of our outgoings remain unaffected and our reliance on your generosity is as great as ever.  One person has very kindly pushed a donation through my door, and I am grateful for this.  However, rather than risk breaking physical isolation rules, might I suggest that you save up your donations (in a jar or equivalent) and bring them to church when we reconvene.  It would be good to do this tangibly rather than just making a mental note.  Of course, those who give by direct debit or standing order come into their own; and we are immensely grateful to continue to receive their gifts.

Readers

We would love to have more volunteer readers to take part in services.  You will need a smart phone and an internet connection for this.  Even if you are not very confident about this, we will happily hold your hands (metaphorically) and talk you through it.

Contacting the Vicar

You are welcome to contact Greg on his mobile number as well as the Vicarage line.  The number is 07902 794653.  Morning, noon or night, but remembering Friday is his day off.  Any emergencies on a Friday should be directed to a churchwarden.

Food shopping

Requests for food shopping are slowly growing.  We are here to help the whole parish and not just church members. If you need help with getting food, do get in touch with Julie by responding to this email or by phoning 07756 918847.  Please give us a couple of days’ notice and don’t wait until you’ve completely run out of something before letting us know.  This service is not just for the elderly, but for anyone who isn’t allowed to shop for themselves.

Prayer Guide

Thanks to Jeremy for producing this month’s Prayer Guide which is attached to this message.  Please do pray!

Sermons on the phone

We are investigating the possibility of recording sermons and giving you a phone number to ring so that you can listen in at no charge.  This is for people who can’t watch the services online.  If you know anyone who would like to take advantage of this, please let us know.

Palm Sunday

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Due to the ongoing circumstances it will not be possible to distribute Palm crosses. Can I encourage you this year to recycle your Palm cross from last year. However, if you don’t have one available or would prefer, how about making a cross and colouring it in.

As things are changing with the way we as a church reach out to people, you may want to write across the horizontal limb ‘CHANGING CHURCH and something appropriate down the vertical limb ie FAITHFUL GOD.

Please have your crosses with you for our Sunday service, to make it a special occasion

You could also take a selfie and post it on our Facebook page.

Easter Programme

Our Easter Programme won’t be as full as previous years for obvious reasons.  However, there will be plenty to help you as you complete the journey of Lent and beyond to the Resurrection.

Sun April 5th at 10 a.m.                   Palm Sunday worship

Tues April 7th at 7 p.m.                   A meditation

Weds April 8th at 7 p.m.                 Passion Praise

Thurs April 9th at 7 p.m.                 A guided Maundy Thursday vigil

Fri April 10th at 10 a.m.                  Good Friday Worship 4 All

2 p.m.                   A meditation

Sun April 12th at 10 a.m.                Easter Sunday worship

NOW UNTO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP US FROM FALLING, TO PRESENT US FAULTLESS BEFORE

THE PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY WITH EXCEEDING JOY!  TO THE ONLY WISE GOD OUR SAVIOUR, BE GLORY AND MAJESTY, DOMINION AND POWER, BOTH NOW AND EVER. AMEN”.

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for these words from the epistle of Jude

Click here for the April Prayer Guide  Prayer Guide APRIL 2020

Click here for today’s Children’s Sheet   05-apr-2020-childrens-sheet

Bulletin – 30th March 2020

Church Bulletin

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  Six months!  This is what some of the papers are reporting this morning about the possible length of time we may have to observe social isolation.  These words from Hebrews 12 are an encouragement to me in the face of this.  The writer continues: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”  Good advice.

Church Service

Once again, we have had some lovely feedback about the service posted yesterday.  I very much appreciated Jeremy’s message and it was great to see faces that I haven’t seen since before the lockdown.  If you haven’t yet seen it, it can be accessed via the church website at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/.  Please do let us know about any technical problems.  One lady (who I don’t know) was emailing me back and forth yesterday and we were both overjoyed when she was finally able to access it.

Readers

We would love to have more volunteer readers to take part in services.  You will need a smart phone and an internet connection for this.

Prayer resource

Please find attached another prayer resource kindly supplied by Lesley.

Contacting the Vicar

You are welcome to contact Greg on his mobile number as well as the Vicarage line.  The number is 07902 794653.  Morning, noon or night, but remembering Friday is his day off.  Any emergencies on a Friday should be directed to a churchwarden.

Limbrick Wood Baptist Church

Limbrick Wood Baptist Church are livestreaming worship at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day.  This can be accessed via their Facebook page.

Food shopping

A reminder that if you need help with getting food, do get in touch with Julie by responding to this email or by phoning 07756 918847.  Please give us a couple of days’ notice and don’t wait until you’ve completely run out of something before letting us know.  This service is not just for the elderly, but for anyone who is self isolating.

Easter Programme

Our Easter Programme won’t be as full as previous years for obvious reasons.  However, there will be plenty to help you as you complete the journey of Lent and beyond to the Resurrection.

Sun April 5th at 10 a.m.                   Palm Sunday worship

Tues April 7th at 7 p.m.                   A meditation

Weds April 8th at 7 p.m.                 Passion Praise

Thurs April 9th                                    A guided pre-written vigil

Fri April 10th                                        Good Friday Worship 4 All

Sun April 12th                                      Easter Sunday worship

God did not say “You will not be tempest-tossed” but “You will never be overcome”

Julian of Norwich

Thanks to Kate Dagger for those words

Prayer Pack

Please note that a link for the prayer pack has been included to the bulletins posted on 23rd and 25th March. The link for today is  On line Resource List for Prayer

Sunday Service for 29th March 2020

Please find the video for this Sunday Service for the date of 29th March 2020 included below.

To start the playback click on the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of service:

  • Welcome and explanation: Rev. Greg Smith
  • 1st Reading – Psalm 51 vv1-4,7-12,15-17: Rita Muir
  • 2nd Reading – Mark 2; 1-12: Elizabeth Cuthbert
  • Sermon: Jeremy Thomas
  • Song – Everyone Needs Compassion: Daniel and Kirstie Smith
  • Intercessions: Lesley Lee
  • Confession: Lesley Lee
  • Absolution and blessing: Rev. Greg Smith

If you’d like to hear a musical setting of Psalm 51, here is a link to Allegri’s Misere Mei, Deus performed by the choir of New College, Oxford.

Bulletin – 27th March 2020

Church Bulletin

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured every part rejoices with it. (1 Corinthians 12.) I hope if nothing else this thrice weekly bulletin will enable us to share our joys and sorrows; our anxieties, prayers and good news. For instance, I spoke to George Cooke yesterday, who was over the moon at having become a great grandfather for the first time. Congratulations to him. Meanwhile, there are at least 4 people currently suffering with corona like symptoms, so we pray for them.

Church Service

As last Sunday, we will be posting a service on the church website at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ on Sun 29th. You can watch at any time, but we would encourage you if you can (and what else could you be doing!) to watch it at 10 a.m. You should click on the link at the top of the right-hand column, and it should take you to the service. Do let us know if you had or have any technical problems and we will try and help you. We had wonderful feedback last week. Do let us know what you enjoyed and whether there is anything different you would like us to do. We would like more people to contribute to the online services. You will need a smart phone and access to email. Please let us know if you would like to do this.

Children resources

Please find attached a resource for children, kindly supplied by Nick Tooby. We will endeavour to send something weekly on Wednesdays.

22-mar-2020-childrens-sheet

Technology

Congratulations to those older members (and some younger ones) who have grasped new technologies in the face of the corona challenge. If you haven’t yet plucked up the courage, now is a great time to do this. We would especially recommend Skype and Zoom, both free to download and use; and which enable face to face contact. Let us know if you need any practical help with this.

Food shopping

A reminder that if you need help with getting food, do get in touch with Julie by responding to this email or by phoning 07756 918847. Please give us a couple of days’ notice and don’t wait until you’ve completely run out of something before letting us know.

Clocks spring forward

Having joined a wonderful St Andy’s service last Sunday half an hour late, because I had failed to work out whether my watch was telling the right time or was an hour ahead, it falls to me to remind you that the clocks go forward this Sunday. The service will be there whatever time you tune in, but it would be good if we could all do it at 10 a.m. BST!

Cleaning

One result of the lockdown is that we won’t need to clean the church until Boris tells us otherwise. So, this is a good moment to pay tribute to our wonderful band of cleaners: Denise, both Jackies and Elizabeth (and Phil!)

Prescriptions at Tile Hill Pharmacy

Should you have a free prescription that needs collecting from Tile Hill Pharmacy on Tile Hill Lane, Sian Crow (our parish administrator’s daughter) is willing to collect these on a Saturday and deliver them over the weekend. Non-urgent prescriptions only please as Sian cannot guarantee to deliver before the weekend. We would need to know the full name, date of birth, address, telephone number and the items that require collecting. Contact slcrow@btinternet.com or Julie on 07756 918847.

Easter Programme

Our Easter Programme won’t be as full as previous years for obvious reasons.         However, there will be plenty to help you as you complete the journey of Lent and beyond to the Resurrection.

Sun April 5th at 10 a.m.                   Palm Sunday worship

Tues April 7th at 7 p.m.                   A meditation

Weds April 8th at 7 p.m.                 Passion Praise

Thurs April 9th                                    A guided pre-written vigil

Fri April 10th                                        Good Friday Worship 4 All

Sun April 12th                                      Easter Sunday worship

 

Be Still and Know that I am God

(Thanks to Jayne Nye for texting me those words)

 

Bulletin – 25th March 2020

Church Bulletin

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46.v10) In these times of enforced stillness for some, it is still easy to lose sight of that great truth. Our God remains Sovereign over the universe. At the best of times, many of us feel that life is out of control. But now, for pretty much all of us, we feel we can’t control whatever’s going to happen next. The government will issue directives that massively change our daily lives, but the government itself must wait for the daily reports of increased corona related deaths with the same feeling of helplessness as the rest of us. So, in the stillness, rather than focus on all the things we might be anxious about, let’s remind ourselves of this great truth: He is God!

Church Service

As last Sunday, we will be posting a service on the church website at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ on Sun 29th. You can watch at any time, but we would encourage you if you can (and what else could you be doing!) to watch it at 10 a.m. You should click on the link at the top of the right-hand column, and it should take you to the service. Do let us know if you had or have any technical problems and we will try and help you.

Prayer resources

Please find attached further prayer resources provided by Lesley

Simple forms of prayer

Staffing

Our two employees are faring rather differently in the face of the lockdown. We have regrettably been forced to lay off Emma Wildman, our Youth Worker, since It’s not possible to do youth work without seeing young people. Emma will be paid in full during this period, and we hope to be able to recoup 80% of her salary further down the line via the government scheme. She will return to work as soon as social distancing comes to an end. Meanwhile, Julie Crow, our administrator, is working extraordinarily hard, and I would like to pay tribute to her for all that she does to keep us going.

Food shopping

We have a large bank of volunteers keen to help with shopping. We have only received a couple of requests for help so far, so there is plenty of capacity. Do get in touch with Julie by responding to this email or by phoning 07756 918847. You can do this for yourself or on behalf of a neighbour/friend/family member. You may not need this now, but if you find yourself self-isolating later on, or the family member you have been depending on to get your food is self-isolating, don’t hesitate to get in touch

Signs of Life

Some of you will have heard me refer to the signs of life that become apparent during Spring in last Sunday’s sermon. The Vicarage pond has been providing further evidence.         I looked out of my study window the other day and saw two remarkable things. First, a great stirring of the water that turned out to be frogs mating en masse. Second, I planted a heron on the bank at the far side of the pond last summer (a plastic one to deter real ones). With the rains, he disappeared last month. However, the other day, I saw something moving in the water this side of the pond and when I investigated, it was the heron with just its head and beak above water. Life (I promise you) will go on

APCM

Inevitably, the APCM that was scheduled for 20th April has been cancelled and is likely to happen now in September. This means that if you had been asked to provide a report, but haven’t got around to doing it yet, you can leave it for now.

News updates

It is our hope to send this bulletin out three times a week at 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We hope to post something to our brothers and sisters who don’t have emails on a weekly basis.

And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world

I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees,

Of skies and seas – HIS hand the wonders wrought.

 

This is my Father’s world,

The birds their carols raise, the morning light,

The lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world

He shines in all that’s fair, in the rustling grass

I hear HIM pass, HE spoke to me everywhere.

 

This is my Father’s world,

O LET ME NEVER FORGET, that though the wrong

Seems oft so strong, GOD IS THE RULER YET!

This is my Father’s world

THE BATTLE IS NOT DONE, JESUS WHO DIED

SHALL BE SATISFIED, and earth and heaven be one.

 

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for the inspiring words of this hymn

Bulletin – 23rd March 2020

Church Bulletin

There are different kinds of service but the same Lord. (1 Corinthians 12.5) These words of St Paul appear shortly before his great hymn to Love in 1 Corinthians 13 and serve as a reminder that Love means nothing if it does not display itself in the serving of others. There has been much focus in the news on those whose service has become more important than ever before – our national health staff and supermarket delivery drivers, but I want to pay tribute to those who have offered to serve in new ways: the shoppers, the phoner uppers, the technicians and the pray-ers. May the Holy Spirit equip you for all you are called to do.

Church Service

Something in the region of 70 people watched yesterday’s 10 a.m. service and we’ve had some lovely messages of appreciation, for which I am very grateful. Many thanks to Paul Crowe who made this possible. If you haven’t yet seen it, if you visit the church website at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ and click on the link at the top of the right hand column, it should take you to the service. Do let us know if you had or have any technical problems and we will try and help you.

Prayer Resources

Lesley Lee has very kindly prepared some resources to help you pray and worship during this period in which meeting face to face is denied us.         We trust you will find them helpful. Again, let us know if you can’t open the attached documents or need further guidance in using them.

Food Shopping

Although the situation may change, at the moment we have a large bank of volunteers keen to help with shopping. We have only received a couple of requests for help so far, so there is plenty of capacity. Do get in touch with Julie by responding to this email or by phoning 07756 918847. You can do this for yourself or on behalf of a neighbour/friend/family member. Please, please, please if you are over 70 or have other underlying health problems, let someone else do this for you. Keep yourself safe and do your bit in ensuring the NHS is not overwhelmed.

I have banned Fran from shopping, which means that I have had to visit Sainsbury’s when I have only ever trailed around behind her staring at my phone. This has caused a number of unanticipated difficulties. One thing on her shopping list was coleslaw. Simple, I thought. Who knew Sainsbury’s had 17 different varieties of coleslaw! She also asked for butternut squash for the delicious soup that she makes. I love eating the soup, but I’ve never seen a butternut squash in the wild! She has had to manage without.

Corona Response Team

St Andrew’s has set up a Corona Response Team (for want of a better name) which consists of the Vicar, the two churchwardens and the two Readers.         We are seeking to ensure that St Andrews Church is ready to answer the question: what did you do in the Great Corona battle? It is our hope to send out this bulletin three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Do let Julie know if you would prefer not to receive it. The conversation doesn’t have to be one way. Do send us comments, questions, prayer requests or even funny stories to share.

Finally

“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a Saving God”. Thanks to Kate Dagger for that quote from Tozer.

A Daily Prayer outline – common worship

A Prayer of Assurance

Sunday Service for the 22nd March 2020

Please find the playlist for this Sunday Service for the date of 22nd March 2020 included below.

To start the playback click on the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

The individual sections can be found here:

1) Welcome

2) Reading

3) Sermon
4) Intercessions

4) Intercessions

5) Notices & Blessings

Help for the vulnerable and isolated people in Eastern Green and Allesley Green

St Andrew’s Church has a pool of 12-15 volunteers who are prepared to help vulnerable, isolated people in Eastern Green and Allesley Green with shopping and picking up prescriptions to support those who are isolating or social distancing.  These volunteers have all been vetted as trustworthy.

We would be glad to add further volunteers to the pool.  Please contact us via administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk.  Please note that you will be vetted carefully.

We would also like to hear from anyone who needs this kind of support.  If you yourself or anyone you know is unable to get shopping and has no family living close by to help, please do get in touch via the email address above or by ringing 07756 918847