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)
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
Many congratulations to Charley Watts whose 30th birthday it is today. He remains a great encouragement and inspiration to us all!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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