I had the great joy of baptising my grandson yesterday. He screamed of course, but otherwise all went well. Shortly before the service, it occurred to me that this had been the longest time (six months) in my whole ministry that I had gone without baptising anyone. I think I must have sown a seed of doubt in my son’s mind as to my competence because he texted me last night to check whether it was okay that I had omitted the baby’s last name (the Smith bit)? I assured him that it was, but it got me thinking about why we baptise with first and middle names, but not surnames. Of course, we used to call first names “Christian names” making the connection with christening and indeed Christ. In our more secular society, we now talk about given names. There was a time when the last name would have been that of the father, assuming the father acknowledged the child, but now a child may have either its father’s or mother’s name or even a combination of the two. But what distinguishes them is their Christian name (if you like the name God gives them). However strange or commonplace your Christian name may be, God calls you His son or His daughter.
Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday in not very sunny Wales from Weds of this week through to the following Thursday inclusive. Please do not be deceived or confused if Greg still makes an appearance at the online service next Sunday! While he is away concerns or questions to be addressed to Julie or the churchwardens.
The message from the Public Health Director in Coventry is that the infection rate is much higher than a couple of weeks ago, but that Coventry is still doing much better than Birmingham and Solihull. Local lockdown will best be avoided by people observing the rules and by continuing to take proper precautions. Woodlands Ward was a hotspot last week for no obvious reason, so we need to be vigilant.
St Andrew’s is now holding a Children’s Service on the first Sunday of every month. Due to social distancing, there is limited capacity in the church, however there are a few spaces left for any families who would like to attend the service on 4th October. Please contact the parish administrator if you are interested in attending. Contact Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our church members will have received a letter inviting you to join our new Parish Giving Scheme. If you haven’t already applied to join the new scheme, please give this your prayerful consideration. If you would like to join the Scheme but have never received an application form, or misplaced the one posted to you, please contact Julie, our Parish Administrator.
A small party from St Andrews will be walking along Coventry Canal on Saturday Oct 3rd to raise funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. Please do sponsor us if you can. You can do this by a direct bank transfer to St Andrews Church, sort code 40-18-37, account number 91162098, putting “sponsorship” as your reference or by visiting our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-4?utm_term=vy7EkNkbV or simply by posting a donation through the Vicarage door. All contributions gratefully received. We are very grateful for the sponsorship already received (nearly £500 to date). Please keep your gifts coming.
The next St Andrew’s Book Club meeting is on Monday 19th October 2020 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be discussing is Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – an invitation worth considering, by David Gregory. The book centres on a man who is invited to dinner with a man calling himself Jesus of Nazareth. Stressed, overworked he accepts the invitation and as the meal progresses, this modern-day Doubting Thomas confronts his own unfulfilled longings, spiritual uncertainties and anger with God…and he begins to wonder if it’s possible that the man across from him has the answers to his deepest questions.
We will meet on 19th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us. The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group, please contact Sue Masters (07958322026) or Greg Smith.
To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at email@example.com. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/
Pantomime season is on the horizon (Oh no it isn’t!) We are hoping to produce Cinderella in one of four ways: with a full audience; a reduced audience; a pre-recorded broadcast; or live via zoom. Whichever way we pursue this, we need more performers, large and small parts still available. If interested, please contact Greg or Kate Howarth, our wonderful stage manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Building our Faith
Eleven people attended the first Building our Faith meeting on Wednesday. You are still very welcome to join even if you missed week 1. The access details are available from Sue Masters.
Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958 322026 email@example.com
For Marilyn Starr who is expecting to start cancer treatment very soon; and for Ted Drayton continuing to undergo treatment.
To Lauren & Harry on the birth of Benjamin, the first baby born in the Old Vicarage since the 1960s
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” 1 Tim 1.15