Bulletin – 27th April 2020

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