Even though it’s more than four decades ago, I still remember both the day I got my A Level results and what those results were (No I’m not telling – although they were enough to get me into Warwick University to do Theatre Studies). I therefore sympathise with those young people who have had results this week that have fallen short of their expectations and feel as though their lives are close to an end. However, despite having pursued an academic career (one more degree than Diana Ross), I’m not convinced those results actually counted for very much along the way, there being other qualities (thankfully) that employers are looking for. It’s worth remembering that Jesus had no academic qualifications but when he called the fishermen to follow him, they didn’t demand to see his certificates. We are told (Luke 2.52) that Jesus grew in wisdom and in favour with men. One suspects that the influence he had over others was a product of his character and not his qualifications. May the same be true of each of us.
At a Covid briefing with Liz Gaulton, the Director of Public Health for Coventry, some interesting facts emerged. Along with the rest of the country, the infection rate is on the rise in the city, although nothing like Leicester or Oldham, which have been in the news. Hot spots in the city have been the north and the east, with no reported infections in Eastern Green and Allesley Green in the week commencing 2nd August. She also pointed out that throughout the pandemic there have been no reported transmissions via places of worship, which demonstrates how well people of faith have responded to the crisis. If you have any concerns about a particular shop, business or work place, do let Greg know and he will alert the council. It is also worth noting that the most common way the virus is passed on in the city is via large family gatherings.
A reminder that you should only turn up for church on Sunday mornings if you have been invited (do ask for an invitation if you want one!) If you have been invited and have accepted and are subsequently unable to come, please let us know at the earliest opportunity.
We continue to work our way through the letter to the Ephesians on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. via the regular zoom link.
No prior knowledge or attendance is necessary. All are welcome. You are welcome to join the discussion or simply observe as you prefer. This week we have reached Ephesians 4.11-16 and Sue will be leading us.
To Bill & Rosemarie Over who celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary today.
The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday Sept 7th via zoom (details to follow). If you would normally provide a written report for the AGM, please send this to Julie asap. There are still a small handful of people who have not yet joined the electoral roll. It would be enormously helpful if everyone did so. Please contact Greg or Lesley Harrison in order to get a form.
Thanks to the person who has come forward and agreed to consider taking on responsibility for the Remembrance Garden at St Andrew’s School.
Please pray for
Angela Lamb’s mother who has been taken into hospital following a fall.
“Lift up your heads, O you gates that the King of Glory may come in.” Psalm 24