I found out the other day why the Spanish flu is called the ‘Spanish flu’. It ravaged Europe towards the end of the first world war. It devastated both England and Germany with huge loss of life, but because those nations were at war with each other, neither was prepared to admit the extent of the problem to avoid giving succour to the enemy and bring discouragement to their own people. Meanwhile, Spain was neutral and therefore had nothing to hide from the world, admitting how serious the problem was. Hence, Spanish flu. A reminder of the man who was asked when on trial for his life: what is truth? A man who once claimed: I am the Truth. I have found that claim to be true through the course of my life.
Do join us for our second Wednesday gathering next week at 10 a.m. when Sue will be leading us through an exploration of Romans 5.12-21. The link will be sent out on Monday.
Do join us for worship this Sunday at 10 a.m. using the link from the website and then for coffee via zoom (If you have not received the bulletin please contact Greg for the login details).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any suggestions for a Christian book that we might read and discuss, Sue would be pleased to hear from you.
Supporting Mental Health
Please find attached the fifth in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on how well we are spending our time.
The Finance Committee met this week to review our finances in light of the corona lockdown. We recognized that we have lost considerable income through having no weddings and no longer charging for funerals; through lost rental income for use of the church during the week and of course lost income from our congregation. As things stand, we will be £12,000 short at the end of the year. We would therefore warmly encourage you if you haven’t already done so to set up a direct debit or make a one off bank transfer to help us through. The sort code is: 40-18-37 and account no 91162098 and the account is in the name of ‘St Andrews Church’. Cheques, of course, are also acceptable!
Monthly prayer letter
Also attached today is our monthly prayer letter. Thanks to Lesley for producing this. Do use it to pray for the church and the needs of the world.
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 email@example.com
Churches across Coventry are all invited to tune in to an hour-long service on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. using this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7QluipNlFQmZUJOJEpVueA/. City Praise is a biennial event that usually brings up to 70 churches together in prayer and worship and as many as 900 worshipers. We hope that despite having to go online, this can be matched this Sunday. It would be good to join in at this time, but the link will still work later in the day or later in the week.
Elizabeth Cuthbert has been reading the book of Job and draws our attention to Job 23.10 which says: He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.