Bulletin – 11th May 2020

Church Bulletin

I confess last night I was reminded of the old joke after a General Election.  “The People have spoken, we just don’t know what it is that they’ve said!”  Similarly, our Prime Minister has now spoken to announce a road map out of lockdown, but I remain unclear quite who will be working and who won’t.  I am pretty sure my barber can’t work from home, but I’m also fairly sure that I don’t want him trying to cut my hair with a pair of long-handled shears.  One of the reasons we must continue to return to Scripture is that we can check for ourselves what it is that the Lord is saying.  There is much clarity and great encouragement: He sends from Heaven and saves me (Psalm 57)

Sunday

We hope you enjoyed Sunday’s service.  Thanks to Lesley and Steve for putting this together.  Apologies that the final segment was out of synch. Next time, I will try harder to move my lips at the same time as speaking the words.  You may be interested to know that approximately 100 people are joining us each Sunday, 20-25 of them afterwards for virtual coffee.

Weds Gathering

We have now reached Romans 6 on Wednesday mornings.  Do join us this Weds at 10 a.m. via zoom, contact Greg for the Meeting ID and Password

Congratulations

To June Clarke, whose birthday falls tomorrow

Book Group

For our next book group, we are going to read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, a Pullitzer prize winning novelist, who writes about Revd John Ames, a Presbyterian Pastor, who we meet in his final years in the 1950s.  We plan to discuss this book 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 problems getting hold of the book, let us know.

Foodbanks

Since the corona outbreak, use of foodbanks across the city has increased by 80%! The economic challenges of corona are really taking hold and may well get worse.  Remember all those who staff and supply foodbanks and the emergency food hubs when you clap tonight.  If you know anyone who is struggling to afford food, direct them to our food hub at the Family Hub in Tile Hill, open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-12

Supporting Mental Health

Please find attached the ninth in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on God’s blessing when we are mourning or in pain.

DAY NINE

For your prayers

Bryan Walker who was taken into hospital on Saturday with high blood pressure and is likely to be in for a few days; Brenda Lawrence who has now been discharged from hospital to the Haven Care Home in Ash Green; and our PCC which meets tonight for the first time since lockdown.

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

Telephone Line

The Church of England has set up a telephone line that is free to call on 0800 804 8044 called Daily Hope which has a collection of hymns, reflections and prayers for you to listen to.

To the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore.  Jude 25