Bulletin – 29th April 2020

Posted on 29 April 2020Categories News

Church Bulletin

Romans 8.28 reminds us that all things work together under God’s purposes. I am especially conscious of this when I see how one person’s practical need to have someone do the shopping, pick up a prescription or provide an emergency food parcel is met by someone else (possibly a stranger) desperate in these times of lockdown and furlough to be able to do something of value for another. I would encourage you if you are hesitating to ask for help to think not so much in terms of being the recipient of charity but as being the donor of an opportunity for someone else to serve: to play our part in God’s outworking of His purposes.

Weds gatherings

It was good to see familiar and friendly faces this morning at our first Weds gathering. Do join us next Weds at 10 a.m. for the next section of Romans (chapter 5.12-21). You should be able to use the same link as this week.

Using Zoom

If you are trying to use zoom to join us for our weekly post-service coffee time, and are struggling to get on, please feel free to text 07902 794653 and ask for help.   That’s what we’re here for.

Book Group

After a pause occasioned by the corona lockdown, we plan to relaunch our book group with a virtual meeting via zoom on Monday June 22nd in the evening. If you would like to join us, please email Sue on susanmasters@sky.com If you have any suggestions for a Christian book that we might read and discuss, Sue would be pleased to hear from you.

Doreen Hand

It is with sadness that the family of Doreen Hand, a former member of our congregation, report that she died on 19 April. Doreen was an active member of the community, and was involved in several church and fellowship groups, and in U3A, which she remembered with fondness after she moved to be closer to her family in Cheltenham. Doreen continued to visit her friends in Eastern Green, most recently in 2018, and missed their company until she died.  Her daughter, Sue, son in law Voytek and grandchildren Ellen, Joseph and Sebastian, will be holding a short service for her in Cheltenham (Ellen remotely, as she is living and working in South Korea) on 30 April. They hope to return Doreen’s ashes to St Andrew’s to join those of her late husband John, once the restrictions caused by COVID 19 are lifted.  Sue wishes to thank Doreen’s neighbours and friends in Eastern Green for their support and friendship to Doreen over the years, and for their kind wishes at this time. 

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the fourth in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on how to answer the question ‘how are you?’ truthfully. Click here DAY FOUR

Domestic Violence

Did you know that if you ring 999 and then 55, it is a way of alerting the police to your being under threat without having to speak to them.

Congratulations

To Steve Wankling whose birthday it is today.

Birthdays

Do keep letting us know if you are aware of anyone celebrating a birthday so that we can congratulate them.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! 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 Activity Sheet

Click here for the Children’s Activity Sheet 03-may-2020-childrens-sheet

For your prayers

Mike and Jackie Lynch.   Mike began chemotherapy and radiotherapy last Monday and has been very sick. He is now home from hospital, but please continue to pray. Pray also for Brenda Lawrence. Although Brenda appears to have fought off the corona virus and is likely to be discharged into a care home in Ash Green, her recent falls appear to have knocked all fight out of her.

Pat Dove (Ann and Frank’s sister-in law) who had a stroke on Saturday. Please pray for her recovery.

Romans 8.38-39 tells us “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. I am convinced that neither death nor life, angels nor demons…nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

Thanks to Jayne Nye for those words.

Morrisons Doorstep Delivery Service

Posted on 29 April 2020Categories News

Morrisons Doorstep delivery service is available to vulnerable and elderly members of the community, unable to go shopping in-store.

Call 0345 611 6111 and select option 5 to place your order.

Any order placed before 5pm we will aim to deliver the next day. In order to use this service you must live within 10 miles of a Morrisons store. There is an limit of three per item whilst using this service.

Deliveries will adhere to the current social distancing rules so to avoid contact we strongly encourage contactless card payments only, if this isn’t possible chip and pin card payments are available but no cash payments can be accepted.

Click the link below for further details:

https://my.morrisons.com/doorstep-deliveries/

Thank You for Visors

Posted on 27 April 2020Categories News
Greg and Fran Smith received a delivery of visors for the work of the emergency food hub in Tile Hill from the Rugby PPE Response initiative which was started by Dr Keith Edgar a recently retired Rugby GP.
Keith linked with the Head of School, Department of Engineering at Coventry University and they have been producing 300 visors per week. The visors have been distributed to care homes, nurses who were not classed as critical care front line workers and Foodbank staff. He has been supported by the Westside Medical Centre in Rugby, who managed the distribution process.
The main funding came from a local business man and was also supported by Friends of the Hospital of St Cross.

Bulletin – 27th April 2020

Posted on 27 April 2020Categories News

Church Bulletin

According to new reports, there has been a dramatic increase in domestic violence since the corona lockdown.  One understands how being in close proximity to other family members morning, noon and night can lead to explosions of inappropriate rage.  Perhaps, the household we are most familiar with in the Gospels is that of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, which we regularly visit.  It is easy to imagine the simmering resentment behind Martha demanding of the Lord that he has serious words with Mary about her failure to help with the washing up.  When outside pressures rise, so do tempers.  Jesus response is for us all to hear.  Mary has chosen the better thing.  Sit with her at my feet.

Weds gatherings

Starting this Weds (April 29th) at 10 a.m. we will be launching a Weds morning service. This will be live so that you will need access to zoom to be able to join us. Please contact Greg or the Parish Administrator for the link to join this. The format initially will be talk, discussion, prayer and coffee (bring your own), although this may vary depending on who is leading it.  We are going to work our way through the middle chapters of Romans, 5-8, which contain the fullest expression of St Paul’s understanding of the Gospel. We look forward to seeing you then.

Using Zoom

To download Zoom, please visit http://zoom.us and click on sign up. When you open the zoom app, you will be offered the opportunity to ‘Join a Meeting’. Please click on this option. The meeting will have an ID number which you should input. This will be 9 or 10 digits (e.g. the Weds gathering). You will then be given the option to click on join and will be invited to enter a password. This is a six digit number that will also have been provided to you. Please do not share this password publicly. Only share it with trusted friends in a closed forum. There will be an icon that will allow you to turn your microphone and camera on.

Sunday’s service

Thanks to Nick and Steve for putting Sunday’s service together, which was again very well received.  Thanks also to Charley, Sara and Dan & Kirstie (and Athan) for their contributions.  Breaking into smaller groups for coffee/chat seemed to work better this week.

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the third in our series on coping with lockdown, with a particular focus on how extraverts cope with spending so much time on their own. Click here DAY THREE

Congratulations

To Betty Rip, who is 96 years old today!!  As the oldest member of the St Andrew’s family, she continues to be an inspiration to us all.

Birthdays

Do keep letting us know if you are aware of anyone celebrating a birthday so that we can congratulate them.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! 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

For your prayers

Mike and Jackie Lynch.  Mike began chemotherapy and radiotherapy last Monday, but has been very sick, so much so that he was taken into hospital yesterday.  Pray also for Brenda Lawrence.  Although Brenda appears to have fought off the corona virus and is likely to be discharged into a care home in Ash Green tomorrow, her recent falls appear to have knocked all fight out of her.

Sad news

We learnt over the weekend of the death of Doreen Hand, a longstanding member of the St Andrew’s family who moved away to Cheltenham about 10 years ago.  She is fondly remembered and much missed by her family and friends.

A Prayer

God give us rain when we expect sunshine
Give us music when we expect trouble
Give us tears when we expect breakfast
Give us dreams when we expect a storm
Give us a stray dog when we expect congratulations
God play with us, turn us sideways and around
Amen.

Michael Leunig

 

Supporting Kidz Klub Coventry

Posted on 27 April 2020Categories News

Dear all,

I wanted to bring to your attention the financial needs of Kidz Klub at this time. I have been volunteering with Kidz Klub for almost 2 years now and they have really impressed me with how they engage children in communities such as Tile Hill. I have seen first hand how their work changes the lives of not just the children but the families of these areas.

Growing up in an area like Tile Hill, the challenge for children can be to have hope, as they do not see how their futures can be any different. Therefore, as the headteacher at Limbrick Wood school has told me, children as young as 8 have been enticed into drug dealing and other illegal activities. Another attraction for the children is that of gangs, and we’ve seen only last year the outcome of this; a young lad killed in a knife crime in Tile Hill as a result of gang warfare. With the youth services in Tile Hill shutting down, this has hardly helped matters.

What Kidz Klub do is bring children together for a weekly event in which they play games, sing songs and have fun, providing a safe and boundaried space to enjoy themselves. But within this they also explicitly offer an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus and to follow Jesus for themselves. Children who wish to can not only make commitments to following Jesus, but are later trained as teenage helpers, and given experiences and responsibilities that provide essential work experience for them. Additionally, the needs of the families are addressed, as parents and the rest of the family are visited mid-week and offered prayer and a listening ear.

As we move into Tile Hill I feel that a close connection with Kidz Klub is going to be a fruitful relationship for us as a Church, and so I was very concerned when I heard of the financial pressures Kidz Klub are in right now. This is from Anya, their administrator:

Currently, Kidz Klub’s finances are in a critical place. Funding is often tight at this time of year, because while our bills need to be paid every month, a lot of our income is irregular.  We have sent out fundraising appeals and applications, but trusts often don’t meet until later in the year to award grants. There is of course the added uncertainty as to whether trusts will indeed meet at all during the current pandemic.

This year, the situation is especially serious and we need your help to keep the charity running during this season of isolation and beyond, so we can be ready to start our Klubs back up again as soon as the government deems it safe enough to do so. (During the pandemic we are still providing support for families we work with and have started creating online content for the children.)

I am therefore I am asking if you will pray and consider if you would like to give a one-off gift or a regular monthly standing order to support their work. And don’t forget, just like the widow’s penny, even the smallest amount can be used by God.

If you want to ask any questions, do get in touch. You can give here or find our more about Kidz Klub here.

God Bless and please do pray about whether you would like to, and how much you can give!

Phil Richardson
Curate, St Andy’s Church

Sunday Service 26th April 2020

Posted on 26 April 2020Categories News

Welcome to our Sunday Service for the 26th April 2020.

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

Order of Service

  • Welcome & Opening Prayers: Nick Tooby
  • 1st Reading – 1Peter 1 vs 17-23: Sara Parkes
  • Song – 10,000 Reasons: Dan & Kirstie
  • 2nd Reading – Luke 24 vs 13-35: Sara Parkes
  • Sermon: Rev. Greg Smith
  • Intercessions: Charley Watts
  • Lords Prayer: Nick Tooby
  • Notices & Blessing: Rev. Greg Smith

Bulletin – 24th April 2020

Posted on 24 April 2020Categories News

Church Bulletin

Feeding the hungry

What is often missed in the reading of the healing stories of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels, is that they are as much stories of social healing as physical healing. The blind man, the lame and the lepers cannot work and therefore are forced to beg for food. There is no social security for them to fall back on. We are told that Jesus is moved with compassion when he sees them, but we are not told which aspect of their plight most moves him. However, it is a terrible thing not to be able to feed your family. In this light, the emergency food hub we are operating in Tile Hill is a means of bringing God’s healing to those, who through no fault of their own, cannot feed their families. When you next applaud the NHS workers, spare a thought (and prayer) for our food hub volunteers and those across the city who are seeking to feed the hungry.

Phil Richardson

Many congratulations to Phil who has formally passed his curacy! He is free to look for a job as a Vicar now that he is fully qualified. However, he is not intending to do this until Anne has also passed her curacy at a similar time next year. Phil has been a tremendous blessing to us. And it now appears we haven’t done him any harm!

Weds gatherings

Starting next Weds (April 29th) at 10 a.m. we will be launching a Weds morning service. This will be live so that you will need access to zoom to be able to join us. We will publish access details on Monday. The format initially will be talk, discussion, prayer and coffee (bring your own).  We are going to work our way through the middle chapters of Romans, 5-8, which contain the fullest expression of St Paul’s understanding of the Gospel. We look forward to seeing you then.

Using Zoom

To download Zoom, please visit http://zoom.us and click on sign up. When you open the zoom app, you will be offered the opportunity to ‘Join a Meeting’. Please click on this option. The meeting will have an ID number which you should input. This will be 9 or 10 digits (e.g. see Sunday’s coffee meeting). You will then be given the option to click on join and will be invited to enter a password. This is a six digit number that will also have been provided to you. Please do not share this password publicly. Only share it with trusted friends in a closed forum.

Sunday

Do join us this Sunday at 10 a.m. for our walk down the Emmaus Road. It is encouraging to know that the vast majority of our friends are all tuning in at the same time.  Then join us for coffee from 11 a.m. by clicking on the link in last Friday’s bulletin or by inputting meeting ID  and password. We look forward to seeing you. The format is 20 minutes altogether (approx. 20 last week) followed by a time in break out rooms where you will find yourself just with 3 or 4 others to allow everyone to chat.

Supporting Mental Health

While one or two of you may be grateful for the current lockdown as a time to get on top of the garden or to read that book that you’ve never had time for, many more are finding it difficult.  In light of this, thanks to Emma Craddock, we publish today the second in a series of meditations designed to help you through.  Please click here  Day Two

Congratulations

To Fintan Wildman who is 5 today! And also to Sue Masters, whose birthday it is on Sunday and who may be a little older!

Birthdays

Do let us know if you are aware of anyone celebrating a birthday so that we can congratulate them.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! 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

Electoral Roll

There are a handful of people who haven’t joined St Andrew’s electoral roll and are eligible to do so.  We would warmly encourage you to do this. A form can be obtained by emailing Lesley Harrison at lesleyannharrison30@gmail.com

Love never fails

Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for reminding us of those inspirational words from 1 Cor 13.8

Bulletin – 22nd April 2020

Posted on 22 April 2020Categories News

Church Bulletin

Baby Steps

I rejoice to tell you that Athan, our grandson (not yet a year old) took his first steps on Saturday. He is now toddling around like a lunatic. He may be going out to work before we see him in the flesh, but this remains a thrilling moment for proud grandparents. I am reminded that one of the great lessons of the Tastelife Course St Andrews has been running with those struggling with eating disorders is the importance of baby steps. Baby steps towards a big, seemingly impossible goal. Baby steps are similar to small steps, which we are accustomed to talking about, but the difference is that falling down isn’t failure and cause for remonstration and recrimination, but met by parents with praise and encouragement that the baby has been brave enough to try at all. Baby steps are also replete with the confidence that before long the child will be running towards its goals. St Paul says: I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion (Phil 1.6)

Weds gatherings

Starting next Weds (April 29th) at 10 a.m. we will be launching a Weds morning service. This will be live so that you will need access to zoom to be able to join us. We will publish a help sheet for this on Friday as well as the link you will need. The format initially will be talk, discussion, prayer and coffee (bring your own).  We are going to work our way through the middle chapters of Romans, 5-8, which contain the fullest expression of St Paul’s understanding of the Gospel. We look forward to seeing you then.

Supporting Mental Health

While one or two of you may be grateful for the current lockdown as a time to get on top of the garden or to read that book that you’ve never had time for, many more are finding it difficult.  In light of this, thanks to Emma Craddock, we are publishing today the first in a series of meditations designed to help you through.  Click here for the attachment Day One

Congratulations

Many congratulations to Charley Watts whose 30th birthday it is today.  He remains a great encouragement and inspiration to us all!

Birthdays

Do let us know if you are aware of anyone celebrating a birthday so that we can congratulate them.

Please continue to pray

For Brenda Lawrence, who had a fall and has been admitted to Walsgrave, where she had a further fall. She has also been diagnosed with Covid-19. There has been no update since Monday.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop! 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

Food Hub volunteers

The emergency Food Hub in Tile Hill opened yesterday morning. Eight clients visited in need of food for their families. This may not seem like a large number, but this was without any advertising at all. We are anticipating large numbers as the word spreads. Many thanks to Natalie, Fran and Julianne for staffing this.

Electoral Roll

There are a handful of people who haven’t joined St Andrew’s electoral roll and are eligible to do so.  We would warmly encourage you to do this. A form can be obtained by emailing Lesley Harrison at lesleyannharrison30@gmail.com

Christian Aid

There is a climate justice petition you might like to sign. It feels as though the importance of this has taken on a new meaning in light of the corona lockdown and the increasingly fresh air that we’re breathing. This can be found at caid.org.uk/climate-justice-petition

“I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and earth” Psalm 121

Children’s Sheet: 26-apr-2020-childrens-sheet

Bulletin – 20th April 2020

Posted on 20 April 2020Categories News

Church Bulletin

Do not touch

One of the first things that Jesus says (according to John 20.17) after his resurrection is “Do not hold on to me” or if you prefer “don’t touch me”, words spoken to Mary Magdalene in the garden.  Later, that same day, he invites Doubting Thomas (whether that nickname is fair is for another day) to put his finger into his side.  I think this is best interpreted by recognizing there are two kinds of touch: the touch that imposes itself unwanted on others (including all kinds of abuse) and the touch that is invited and brings us closer together.  I have seen plenty of my grandchildren during lockdown including Athan taking his first steps (!) but the limitation of FaceTime etc. is that touch is not allowed.  And how I want to cuddle them.  I am confident there are lots of family members you long to be able to hold/hug/cuddle again.  Let us take encouragement from the Lord who said “don’t touch” and then invited his friend to reach out to him.

Yesterday’s Service

I hope you were able to watch yesterday’s service and enjoyed it.  Many thanks to Lesley and Vicky for putting this together, as well as all those who made a contribution.  Nick is planning next week’s service at which Greg will be preaching.

Please Pray

For Brenda Lawrence, who had a fall and has been admitted to Walsgrave, where she had a further fall.  She has also been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Bulletins

We are back to normal this week with issues on today, Weds and Friday.  We continue to aim to send these out at noon.

Birthdays

Do let us know if you are aware of anyone celebrating a birthday so that we can congratulate them.

Food shopping

A reminder that we are here to shop!  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

Food Hub volunteers

I am delighted by the response from would-be volunteers to help with the emergency food hub in Tile Hill.  We are fully staffed and have a healthy waiting list.  Don’t let that discourage you if you want to offer.  We are currently scheduled to open 10-12 Tuesdays and Thursdays but may need to open more often if the crisis deepens.

Electoral Roll

There are a handful of people who haven’t joined St Andrew’s electoral roll and are eligible to do so.  We would warmly encourage you to do this.  A form can be obtained by emailing Lesley Harrison at lesleyannharrison30@gmail.com

Christian Aid

If like me, you have been saving for Christian Aid by following the Count Your Blessings sheet, please note that you can make your donation on line via caid.org.uk/lent  £25 could buy two bags of cement to help with the construction of a dam to help in the battle against climate change in the developing world.

On a similar note, there is a climate justice petition you might like to sign.  This can be found at caid.org.uk/climate-justice-petition

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

John Donne