One of the great ironies of social distancing is how vague some people appear to be about how much 2 metres is. If you go out for a walk, you encounter people who will give you a 20 metre berth to be on the safe side and others who appear to think that as long as they don’t actually bump into you, that’s good enough. Particularly ironic is the fact that those of us who were at school when we were taught in feet and inches largely seem to respect the importance of social distancing; while the younger generation who only deal in metres, litres and kilos have no idea at all. Meanwhile, it now appears we needn’t have bothered as social distances reduce in the face of the need to get our pubs and restaurants open again. As we continue to grieve the ban on hugging and actual touch, let us be encouraged by our God who promises to be close to the broken-hearted.
I understand that Sunday morning coffee via zoom did not happen last weekend. I had assumed you would all be able to meet without me, but it appears that although the Vicar isn’t required for services, he is still needed to facilitate social interaction after the service. Normal service will be restored this Sunday.
Today, we conclude our series on those momentous chapters in the middle of Romans in which St Pauls articulates the heart of the Gospel by looking at Romans 8.28-39. We start at 10 a.m. using the link Meeting ID: 814 4933 8280 Password: 000373
We are grateful to those who have bravely shared a small insight into their prayer lives as a means of inspiring others to pray. It’s not too late to contribute to this series. We are looking for anyone who can use a phone to record themselves who is willing to speak briefly about their prayer lives and be honest about the joys and challenges of it. If you would like to find out more, please let Greg know.
Feeding the hungry
Foodbanks in Coventry which are overwhelmingly staffed by church volunteers have provided an incredible 61 tons of food during the Covid outbreak. The food hub in Tile Hill is staffed by St Andy’s and St Andrew’s volunteers. It opens on Tues and Thurs mornings from 10-12. With volunteers returning to paid employment, there is a need for volunteers to come forward. If you are interested please contact Phil on email@example.com or Natalie on firstname.lastname@example.org
For your prayers
Please pray for the future of the foodbank in Tile Hill: that we find the right venue and the right leadership for it.
Please note we are unable to offer lifts to the hospital and other medical appointments at the moment, until restrictions are lifted.
There are plans to reopen Woodlands School as a Special School for children with a range of difficulties. There is a consultation process about this that runs until July 22nd. If you wish to know more or take part in the consultation, please visit https://letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/woodfields-school-consultation?tool=survey_tool&tool_id=sherbourne-fields-special-school-survey1#tool_tab
We have several 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500 piece puzzles which may be useful for people over the next few months. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or email@example.com. Also, if you have any jigsaws that you no longer want please contact Julie so these can be passed around in a type of lending library.
A reminder that we are here to shop or pick up prescriptions etc. 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
Thanks to Lin Chylinski (who has not seen my opening remarks) for words from Psalm 34:
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the broken – hearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.