Bulletin – 17th July 2020

Church Bulletin

I want to pay tribute to the generosity of St Andrew’s and when I say St Andrew’s I mean you! I remember 10 years or so ago, the PCC undertook a survey and we found that our weakest quality was meeting the needs of those outside the church. In the years since, we have run groups for the bereaved, those suffering with dementia and their carers; those recovering from divorce and those battling with eating disorders. I say we, but I mean you! In recent days, we have taken responsibility and staffed a foodbank; shopped for those who are shielding and picked up prescriptions; telephoned those living alone on a regular basis; provided laptops for children without access to the technology that enables them to do their school work. What is so wonderful about St Andrew’s is that no one ever questions the Gospel imperative to attend to the needs of the poor. I realise that sometimes I take that for granted, but you are all heroes!

Communion on Sundays

Julie has taken over responsibility for issuing invitations (at Greg’s direction) to communion services on Sundays. If you find a message on your answer machine, please respond immediately or you may lose your place. If you are coming, please arrive promptly (doors will be shut at 10 a.m.). We are not yet requiring face masks, but please observe social distancing at all times and confine conversing with friends to outside. If you would like to join us do contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847 to let us know.

Lap tops

We are pleased with the response to our laptop appeal. BBC CWR radio picked up on this and featured it on Monday morning. We have now had offers from afar a field as Maidenhead. If you have a laptop you are no longer using, please restore it to factory settings and drop off at the Vicarage. These are being distributed to children and families who don’t have access to the internet and to older people who might otherwise experience social isolation. We have already delivered 6 new machines to Westwood Academy and 4 more to Our Lady of the Assumption School. We are also immensely grateful to the Allesley Green Residents Association for an offer of £250 towards the project. We have been asked to provide machines to those living in digital poverty in Willenhall; and we will see how we can help

Volunteer packers

We have been overwhelmed by generous offers to deliver breakfast parcels to hungry families in Tile Hill. People’s willingness to help others in need is truly humbling. We think we have sufficient drivers now. However, we have been asked whether we can recruit volunteers to help pack the breakfast boxes ready for delivery. You would be required for 2-3 hours on either a Monday or Wednesday afternoon. If you’re willing and able to volunteer for this, please contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847

Book Club

Our next book club meeting is on Monday 24 August 7.30pm on Zoom and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (the author who also wrote The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry). A quote about the novel: ‘Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go. And most of all it is about finding joy in unexpected places and at times we least expect.’ The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others.  Each person will need a copy of the book (or access to an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet.

If you are interested in joining us to discuss the book please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Finances

We are very grateful for some sizeable donations that have arrived in recent weeks; and for those who have been saving up their collection contributions until they are able to attend church. On Monday evening, the PCC reviewed our current financial situation. We are still projecting a large deficit for the year; and would therefore be hugely grateful for any further assistance that friends might be able to provide.

Jigsaw Puzzles

We have many 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.

Children’s Sheet

Please pray for

Ted Drayton has been told that chemotherapy is unlikely to be successful in his struggle with bowel cancer and so is now preparing for an operation. Pete and Beth who are being married tomorrow at St Andrew’s.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55

Thanks to Lin Chylinski for those words