You are living stones! So says St Peter (1 Peter 2.5) in his first letter. I am fairly confident that he was not thinking of beautifully fashioned bricks when he made this assertion; the kind of bricks that are laid neatly in a row with just the right amount of cement separating them from their fellow bricks so that the resulting pattern is neat and pleasing to the eye, with none of the bricks standing out or memorable in any kind of way. Rather, the stones St Peter has in view are rough (all different kinds of shapes and sizes) much more like us. God carefully places us (like dry stone walling) so that the way in which we complement each other is amplified. The result is not so neat but much more beautiful!
A reminder that there will not be a bulletin on Monday because of the Bank Holiday.
We look forward to seeing you (virtually) on Sunday morning. Do tune into our 10 a.m. service by clicking on the website link. If you want to do any preparatory reading, look at John chapter 17. Do join us for coffee afterwards at 11 a.m. via zoom. Please contact Greg if you require the link.
Thy Kingdom Come
The period of Thy Kingdom Come began yesterday, in which we are encouraged to pray for our friends, family and nation. Each day we are posting a 2 minute video at 6 p.m. to assist you in your prayers (thanks to Vicky for sorting this out for us). You can pray while watching the video or wait till it’s finished and pray afterwards for as long as you feel led to.
For your diaries, the churches of Coventry are planning to prayer walk every street in the city during the month of June. There are nearly 100 churches committed to making this happen. We would like St Andrews/St Andy’s to be part of ensuring that Eastern Green/Allesley Green and Tile Hill are included in this. The opportunity to reserve streets via an app opens this evening, so if there is a special street you would like to prayer walk, please download the app from the Open Heaven website or let Julie or Greg know as soon as possible. We will be sharing resources as to how to go about prayer walking nearer the time. If you are experienced at using apps, you might like to volunteer to be a guide to others who are less familiar. Please let us know if you are able to help.
For your prayers
We thank God that Mike Lynch is back at home and feeling better. We pray for the family of John Vernon whose funeral takes place today.
An elderly parishioner is looking for someone to clean for him twice a week for 1 hour and is offering £11 an hour. If you think you might be able to help with this either immediately or temporarily, please let Julie know.
We will be running a second Tastelife course, commencing Thursday June 4th 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/
The Church Times has launched a survey to investigate how church people are coping with corona and what they think about the way the crisis has been managed. This can be accessed via the link tinyurl.com/ycsq9fy2 Please have your say and help this valuable piece of research.
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
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46 verse 1)