For the past three years or so, our pond has been covered with duck weed, a very small and very fast-growing plant that once it takes hold will cover a body of water very quickly. It’s a sign of a healthy pond, but the appearance is that of thick scum. However, the strong wind that has been blowing over the last few days has blown into all into one corner and my wonderful view of softly rippling water has been restored. The Holy Spirit whose coming we celebrate at Pentecost in just a couple of week’s time is compared in Acts 2 with a wind blowing from heaven: a wind that restores things to new, bringing beauty and joy wherever it blows.
Our Sunday service can be accessed in the usual way via the website at 10 a.m. Greg is leading, Nick preaching and Di is leading our worship.
Thursday 21st May is the Feast of Ascension, when we mark Christ’s leaving this world to go into heaven. To celebrate this, we will be posting a service (in a similar format to Sunday mornings) at 7 p.m. Just visit the website to find it.
Thy Kingdom Come
Pray for 5 is an initiative connected to Thy Kingdom Come. This move of prayer, launched by our Archbishops 4 years ago has swept around the world, taking in churches of every denomination. It encourages the church and individual believers to pray for their family, friends and nation during the period between Ascension (May 21st) and Pentecost (May 31st). This year we are specifically encouraged by our own Bishop among others to pray for 5. This entails identifying five people within your own circle of family and friends and praying each day of the Thy Kingdom Come season for them to come to faith. Each evening at around 6 p.m. we will be posting a 2 minute video as a prompt to prayer. These will be posted on the website and are designed to be played each day at that time, but can be played at any time (2 or 3 together if you prefer). Thanks to Lesley Lee who will be posting out material to those not online.
To Hilary Wankling and Lynnette Clarke whose birthdays are today!
We learnt on Wednesday afternoon of the death of Brenda Lawrence at the Haven Care Home in Ash Green. Brenda was a much-loved member of the St Andrew’s family who has now been reunited with her beloved Nev. Please pray for their daughters – Michelle and Julia
Supporting Mental Health
Please find attached the eleventh in our series on coping with lockdown, with a focus on conducting an honest emotional inventory.
We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday 28th May for 8 weeks, following the success of the first course. Tastelife is a course aimed at those suffering with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. It is also suitable for carers. The course will be online and will require access to zoom. For further information, please visit the Tastelife website at https://www.tastelifeuk.org/
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
Phil Richardson has kindly agreed to be our banker while Jackie is otherwise engaged supporting Mike. If you have cheques, you would like to send by way of donation, please send them to Phil at 23 Mary Herbert St, Coventry CV3 5ER. All donations are very gratefully received.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.” John 14.1