Bulletin – 28th September 2020

Church Bulletin

One of the joys of experiencing illness that entails emergency visits to A&E, is the appreciation of those wonderful people who support you during your time of crisis. Paramedics who visit your home so calmly and reassuringly, testing and questioning, administering pain killers that actually work, nurses who are rushed off their feet but are patient, kind and gentle. Doctors, also rushed off their feet but are efficient and thorough.

When in fragile condition, these are the people we rely on together, in my case, an amazing daughter who, with her own medical knowledge was able to ask the right questions and answer questions I couldn’t. It is a time when, as Christians, we see Christ all around us in these wonderful people so blessed with the amazing Gifts of the Spirit. Of course, there is the other side – so many fragile people, all ages and cultures and, yes, you see Christ in their suffering and fear too. They, too, are amazing. Such courage, determination and endurance. These also gifts from God. As we continue to cope with the threat of this invisible enemy, let us thank God that our hospitals, clinics, surgeries and care homes are filled with the tangible expression of His amazing healing and loving power in the form of those amazing NHS staff and carers and celebrate that we are not alone in this battle but upheld through God’s Grace and Power. And let us support all, the medics and supportive staff and all patients with prayer.
Lesley Lee

Holiday

Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday in not very sunny Wales until Thursday 1st October. While he is away, any concerns or questions to be addressed to Julie or the churchwardens.

Corona Issues

The message from the Public Health Director in Coventry is that the infection rate is much higher than a couple of weeks ago, but that Coventry is still doing much better than Birmingham and Solihull. Local lockdown will best be avoided by people observing the rules and by continuing to take proper precautions. Woodlands Ward was a hotspot last week for no obvious reason, so we need to be vigilant.

Stewardship

Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (nearly £500 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th 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 (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided.  2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm.  You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.

If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770

Cinderella                                                                       

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.com

Building our Faith

Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are the same.

Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958 322026 susanmasters@sky.com

Please Pray

For Marilyn Starr who is expecting to start cancer treatment very soon, Ted Drayton continuing to undergo treatment and Lesley Lee who has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Sunday Service – 27th September 2020

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 27th September 2020.

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

Order Of Service

  • Welcome & Opening Prayer – Nick
  • Prayer Of Preparation – Nick
  • Confession And Absolution – Nick
  • Collect – Nick
  • Readings: Philippians 2:1-13 & Matthew 21:23-32 – Rita
  • Sermon – Sue
  • Worship: What a Beautiful Name – Kirstie
  • Intercessions – Nick
  • Lord’s Prayer – Nick
  • Notices & Final Blessing – Greg

Bulletin – 25th September 2020

Church Bulletin

Love is very much on my mind right now. Tomorrow I will be taking two weddings on the same day (I haven’t taken a wedding for about 6-months and now two come along at once). But one of these weddings has only been in the diary for about 2 days. The couple contacted us to see if we could marry them before the reduction to wedding guest numbers next week. So why have I and Rebecca and the church warden (from the other church they were going to get married in) and the diocesan lawyer all scrambled to help this wedding to happen at such short notice? Because it is the loving thing to do. We are called to love each other as we want to be loved and by helping this young couple get married (and not to have to uninvite half their guests) I think felt like something we would all personally appreciate. Let’s continue to demonstrate the love of God to others in whatever big or small ways we can. 
Phil Richardson

Holiday

Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday in not very sunny Wales until Thursday 1st October. Please do not be deceived or confused if Greg still makes an appearance at the online service on Sunday! While he is away, any concerns or questions to be addressed to Julie or the churchwardens.

Corona Issues

The message from the Public Health Director in Coventry is that the infection rate is much higher than a couple of weeks ago, but that Coventry is still doing much better than Birmingham and Solihull. Local lockdown will best be avoided by people observing the rules and by continuing to take proper precautions. Woodlands Ward was a hotspot last week for no obvious reason, so we need to be vigilant.

Stewardship

Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (nearly £500 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th 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 (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Cinderella                                                                       

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.com

Building our Faith

Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are the same and are available from Sue Masters 07958 322026 susanmasters@sky.com

Please Pray

For Marilyn Starr who is expecting to start cancer treatment very soon; and for Ted Drayton continuing to undergo treatment.

Bulletin – 21st September 2020

Church Bulletin

I had the great joy of baptising my grandson yesterday. He screamed of course, but otherwise all went well. Shortly before the service, it occurred to me that this had been the longest time (six months) in my whole ministry that I had gone without baptising anyone. I think I must have sown a seed of doubt in my son’s mind as to my competence because he texted me last night to check whether it was okay that I had omitted the baby’s last name (the Smith bit)? I assured him that it was, but it got me thinking about why we baptise with first and middle names, but not surnames. Of course, we used to call first names “Christian names” making the connection with christening and indeed Christ. In our more secular society, we now talk about given names. There was a time when the last name would have been that of the father, assuming the father acknowledged the child, but now a child may have either its father’s or mother’s name or even a combination of the two. But what distinguishes them is their Christian name (if you like the name God gives them). However strange or commonplace your Christian name may be, God calls you His son or His daughter.

Holiday

Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday in not very sunny Wales from Weds of this week through to the following Thursday inclusive. Please do not be deceived or confused if Greg still makes an appearance at the online service next Sunday! While he is away concerns or questions to be addressed to Julie or the churchwardens.

Corona Issues

The message from the Public Health Director in Coventry is that the infection rate is much higher than a couple of weeks ago, but that Coventry is still doing much better than Birmingham and Solihull. Local lockdown will best be avoided by people observing the rules and by continuing to take proper precautions. Woodlands Ward was a hotspot last week for no obvious reason, so we need to be vigilant.

Children’s Service

St Andrew’s is now holding a Children’s Service on the first Sunday of every month. Due to social distancing, there is limited capacity in the church, however there are a few spaces left for any families who would like to attend the service on 4th October. Please contact the parish administrator if you are interested in attending. Contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Stewardship

Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (nearly £500 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.

Book Club

The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.

We will meet on 19th 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 (07958322026) or Greg Smith.

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Cinderella                                                                                                 

Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager katehowarth@btinternet.com

Building our Faith

Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are available from Sue Masters.

Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958 322026 susanmasters@sky.com

Please Pray

For Marilyn Starr who is expecting to start cancer treatment very soon; and for Ted Drayton continuing to undergo treatment.

Congratulations

To Lauren & Harry on the birth of Benjamin, the first baby born in the Old Vicarage since the 1960s

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” 1 Tim 1.15

Sunday Service – 20th September

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 20th September 2020.

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

Order Of Service

  • Welcome & Opening Prayer – Sue
  • Prayer Of Preparation – Sue
  • Confession And Absolution – Sue
  • Collect – Sue
  • Readings: Philippians 1:21-30 & Matthew 20:1-16 – Trevor
  • Sermon – Greg
  • Worship: Lord Of All Hopefulness – Di
  • Intercessions – Sue
  • Lord’s Prayer – Sue
  • Notices & Final Blessing – Greg

Bulletin – 18th September 2020

Church Bulletin

The government have issued the small matter of 489 guidance documents on Covid-19 related issues since the pandemic outbreak. It is therefore no wonder that I am having to field queries from colleagues as to whether this is permissible or not. Where I am clear about the rules, I am committed to keeping them. Thus, our grandson and his parents will not be visiting our house after his Baptism on Sunday because together with our other son and his wife who live with us, that makes seven. However, in other cases I fear the guidelines are so difficult to follow that it will be left to an individual police officer to decide whether Forest Church (that is a real thing) constitutes worship and is therefore exempt or is social and should be dispersed. I am reminded that when Moses came down from the mountain, all of God’s laws were recorded on two tablets of stone. By the time of the exile, many hundreds of religious laws had been added. Do not Murder still seems like it’s important. Do not eat shellfish sounds like it might just be something man made up! I wonder how many of the current laws and guidance documents will still seem sensible in a couple of year’s time?

Attendance at Church

Managing attendance at church remains a huge challenge for Julie and Greg. Please understand what a relief it is when someone phones up and asks to come rather than us having to phone round. We would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who would be prepared to go on the short-notice list (i.e. would be happy to receive a message on Saturday afternoon/evening and would be likely to be able to attend on Sunday morning)

Light Lunch

We are going to relaunch Light Lunch later in this month on Thursday afternoons at the Village Hall. This group is for those who have been recently bereaved. Attendance at the group will be by invitation only, but if you know someone who might like to join us, do let Lynnette Clarke or Sue Masters know.

Stewardship

Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. You are welcome to join us to complete a three mile stage (please let us know so that we can ensure any group is kept to a maximum of 6). Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (over £300 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.

Building our Faith

Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are the same:

Meeting ID 812 4505 0020

Password 295068

Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958322026 susanmasters@sky.com

Please pray

For Natasha, aged 5, who is having a plate inserted in her head on Monday. And for her naturally anxious family. We continue to pray for Ted Drayton.

Congratulations

To Athan Smith being baptised on Sunday and to Alan & Marian Letton, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this week.

“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall rise up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not grow faint” Isaiah 40.31

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for reminding us of that promise.

Light Lunch

Light Lunch, for the newly bereaved, will be relaunched on Thursday 24th September from 1pm to 2.30pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. We will meet every fortnight.

If you are interested, have questions, need more information please contact me.
Sue Masters, 07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com

Bulletin – 14th September 2020

Church Bulletin

We do miss our neighbours Charles and Jill. Charles, who died 15 months ago and Jill who moved south to be nearer family later that year. One of the many things I miss is Charles turning up on our doorstep with a carrier bag of fruit that he had picked from our garden. He assured us that in my predecessor’s day, Charles had planted fruit trees in our garden that he would tend and ensure we got our fair share of fruit: three varieties of apples. I wonder what he’d make of this year. Never have I seen fruit like it, abundance that makes me want to break into a Keats’ poem. We must have had just the right combination of rain and sunshine at just the right times, all resulting in an explosion of fruitfulness. It’s hard not to make a link with the lockdown. Nature (God’s creation) has been left to its own devices this year and seems to have thrived. God is described in John 15 as a gardener. It is not clear to me that any of our attempts to breed new seeds, research new fertilisers or implement new farming techniques has improved on what happens without any human interference. God is in the business of fruitfulness!

APCM

Apologies for missing John Ross-Barnard off the list of those elected to the PCC at our APCM last week. His loyal service, along with other PCC members is much appreciated.

The Joy of Six

Church services are not affected by the new rule limiting social gatherings to six. Although we much enjoy the social dimension of church, the primary purpose of coming together remains to worship God.

Light Lunch

We are going to relaunch Light Lunch later in this month on Thursday afternoons at the Village Hall. This group is for those who have been recently bereaved. Attendance at the group will be by invitation only, but if you know someone who might like to join us, do let Lynnette Clarke or Sue Masters know.

Sponsored Walk

A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. You are welcome to join us to complete a three mile stage (please let us know so that we can ensure any group is kept to a maximum of 6). Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098 or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received.

Building our Faith

We are planning a Wednesday evening group for the Autumn which will be an opportunity to come together to look at the Bible, and to build our faith.  There will be a brief talk and then space to discuss the topic for that evening, points raised in the talk and any related questions people have. It will be a place to explore, to learn and to build our faith together.

Access details are available from Sue Masters.

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

Sue Masters

07958322026

susanmasters@sky.com

Please pray

For Rock Solid which relaunched online yesterday and for all our work with young people and Jill Pinks and Lesley Lee with their health challenges

Congratulations

To Kirstie Smith and Diane Wilson who celebrate birthdays this week.

“Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land”

Transport to medical appointments

Transport to medical appointments

After a long interval, brought about by the Covid-19 restrictions, St Andrews Church is relaunching its volunteer transport service.

We are offering to give a lift to anyone who has a medical appointment at the hospital, doctors or dentists. We will guarantee to get you to your appointment on time, but you may need to make other arrangements to get back home again. There is no charge for this service. We offer it freely to the community in recognition that if you live in Eastern Green or Allesley Green, getting to the University Hospital can be exceptionally difficult. Public transport can be unreliable and may not feel very safe at present.

If you would like a lift please contact our administrator, Julie, at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847. We would appreciate a week’s notice wherever possible. We cannot guarantee to meet every request, but will endeavour to do our best.

Please note that although sharing of private transport with someone outside your own bubble is prohibited in normal circumstances, as a charity we are exempt from this. We are following government and council guidelines to ensure that the journey is as safe as possible. Please remember to wear a face mask when travelling with us, as our drivers will.