One of the hardest tasks known to most ordinary British Christians (we’re so polite, so wary of giving offence) is inviting people to come to church. I don’t claim to be especially good at it myself, confining my stock line “you’re always welcome” to people who have already shown an interest. It has been quite strange phoning members of the congregation up and inviting them to attend. It felt a little awkward and odd. And yet by the time I got to the fifth or sixth phone call, the invitation was starting to trip off my tongue. Like everything else in life, it seems, it gets easier with practice. This is perhaps a good time to be reminded of Jesus’ invitation which we will hear in our Gospel reading this Sunday: “come to me all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Reopening for Worship
After more than three months, St Andrews will be open for worship this coming Sunday, July 5th at 10 a.m. We will be very limited in what we will do on the first Sunday and will try and replicate the online experience as closely as we can. This means that worshippers will have the same readings and sermons; the same hymns which will be played on the screens (we are not allowed to sing) and won’t on this occasion include communion. Attendance (see above) is by invitation only. This is a terrible thing to say but: please do not turn up unless you have been specifically invited to do so. We will have to turn you away to ensure social distancing. Those who do attend should comply with the instructions of the churchwardens about hygiene and distancing. Invitations have been focused on those who have been unable to access online worship during lockdown. We hope everyone understands.
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
Midweek and Sunday evenings
Just to be clear there is no intention to open the church for midweeks services or Sunday evening services through July/August. Our overarching approach is to move forwards, but very slowly and cautiously. We want people to feel safer worshipping at St Andrews than they do in the local supermarket, restaurant or pub. We will review what else we can do in time for the first week of September. Rest assured, we will continue to post an online service throughout the summer and the Weds gathering will continue each week at 10 a.m. studying the book of Ephesians.
For your prayers
Ted Drayton who is seeing the consultant this week, Guy Aspinall now safely back home after his hospitalisation and all those who will be returning to work this weekend, whether gladly or with trepidation.
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. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.
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
July Prayer Guide
The final verses of Jude proclaim: To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!