“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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.