A year or so ago, when I was investigating the possibility of a cruise to the Fjords, I must have inadvertently signed up to a cruise website, which since then has resulted in my receiving emails advertising the latest cruise three times a day (just for once I’m not exaggerating!) I rarely read them, so who knows how many fantastic deals I might have missed out on. But I did read one that arrived in the early days of Covid-19. It was during the period people were being incarcerated in their cabins on cruise ships and stranded for weeks on end while governments tried to work out how to rescue them. While these stories featured prominently on the news, I received an email whose headline was: “there has never been a better time to book a cruise”. We are well used to adverts telling us things that are not true, but most of the time there is some connection with reality. After all, there is probably a cat somewhere that prefers Whiskas. We seem to live now in a society whose relationship with the truth has become increasingly distant. And yet the truth, it seems to me, has never mattered more. I thank God for Scripture that has consistently spoken the truth into my life for the last four decades and no doubt will continue to do so.
I know you’ve heard this before, but the Vicarage telephone line is still down. If you need to speak to Greg, please call him on his mobile on 07902 794653 or email and he will call you. If you have left a message on his answer machine in the last few days, he will not have received it. The phone will sound like it is ringing and working normally, but it’s not!
Emma, our youth worker, will return to full duties on 1st September following a period of furlough. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07969 066979. Emma’s rest days are usually Friday and Saturday. Do pray for her as she tries to work out how to minister to the young people of our church and community without being able to do face to face contact.
Please note that a number of people from the church will be walking the Coventry Canal from Atherstone to the canal basin, a stretch of approximately 24 miles on Saturday Oct 3rd. There will be plenty of opportunities along the way to join the walkers to complete a shorter (2-3 mile) stretch. Do get in touch with Greg or Veronika if you would like to join us. We have set up a Just Giving page if you would like to get families and friends to sponsor us. We are trying to raise £2,000 to make up some of the shortfall in funds due to the Covid lockdown. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4
The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday Sept 7th at 7.30 p.m. via zoom. The APCM Report is enclosed. The APCM will elect PCC members. If you would like to stand, please let Greg know. More pressingly, we will need to elect Deanery Synod reps. If you would like to stand or want to know more about what this entails, please speak to Greg. If you wish to join this meeting, please contact Greg for the link.
A children’s sheet is enclosed. This is the last sheet for the Summer now the youngsters are returning to school.
Julie Crow, the Parish Administrator, is now on holiday until Monday 14th September. Any urgent enquiries or requests to attend church should be addressed to the Vicar or Church Wardens.
Please pray for
Pat Aspinall, whose husband Guy sadly died on Sunday afternoon.
“The eyes of the Lord are on those whose hope is in His unfailing love” Psalm 33.18
Please note that the next bulletin will be sent on Tuesday and not Monday due to the bank holiday.