“Be still and know that I am God” is one of the most famous verses in the Psalms and one that is echoed in popular hymns. For many, it will summon up the story of Martha and Mary in which the former is asked to leave her duties bustling around in the kitchen and sit at Jesus’ feet. However, while Sabbath rest is an important principle that many have been reminded of during the Covid pandemic, I suspect the Psalmist refers not to stillness of body, but stillness of mind. Anyone who has ever lain awake at night worrying or stressing about their problems knows that sometimes the stiller the body the less still the mind. For those who have found lockdown a time to get increasingly anxious, I commend this verse to you: “Be still and know that I am God!”
Sunday morning coffee
Do join us for coffee on Sunday after the service at 11 a.m. This may be accessed via zoom. Please contact Greg is you need the access details.
We will be continuing the Wednesday gathering through July and August, meeting via zoom at 10 a.m. each week. Our intention is to study St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. There will be plenty on input to give fresh insights into Paul’s teaching as well as the opportunity to reflect on what it means for our lives today. All welcome.
Reopening for Worship
You will have seen Boris Johnson’s announcement that churches are to reopen for public worship from July 4th. While we rejoice at this opportunity have the effect of oversimplifying very complex questions. The PCC have delegated to the Vicar and Churchwardens the decision as to how and when the church will reopen. We will be meeting on Monday evening to discuss this. Please do pray for us. Please also be aware that we are still potentially many months away from being able to get back to normal. Meanwhile, an online service will continue to be provided for as long as it is needed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Natalie on email@example.com
For your prayers
Ted Drayton has been diagnosed with colon cancer. We pray for swift and effective treatment. Pray also for Bryan Walker, Rosemarie Over’s brother and Lesley Harrison’s brother-in-law.
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
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
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When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what are human beings that you are mindful of them: Psalm 8