Plan A when I saw the weather forecast for Saturday (torrential rain without respite) was to find an alternative date for our 20-mile sponsored canal walk. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a time when Veronika, Linda, Victoria and myself were all available, so we were forced to stick with Oct 3rd. On to Plan B. Which was to visit Go Outdoors and buy a brand new waterproof coat (after 15 years, my old one keeps showers out but doesn’t cope well with prolonged proper rain). With Fran’s assistance, I chose carefully: making sure the size was right, the hood fitted snugly and there were pockets to hide cold hands, but still within our limited budget. After some time, we were confident we had made a good choice. At the end of the walk, Fran’s first question was how had the coat held up. I had to tell her that it was somewhat disappointing and I might have to take it back since it hadn’t performed the one job it was employed to do: keep me dry. It was only when I spotted the labels that I had cut off the night before that I realised that the coat I had worn for the duration of the walk was not the same one that I’d bought the night before. I had grabbed the wrong coat from the boot of the car and walked the 20 miles in Paul Chylinski’s coat (thanks Paul). It reminded me of the verse in Romans 13, in which we are invited to clothe ourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes, other people’s clothes do the job better than our own.
To Arthur Crowe whose birthday was at the weekend. Also, to Jackie and Mike Lynch who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday.
The infection rate in the city continues to be high, but not as high as many other parts of the country. If you have downloaded the app, you will know that the risk level is rated as high. This is a very crude tool. We have that rating throughout the city because neighbouring authorities have additional restrictions. Although younger people are the principle agents of spreading the disease, in Coventry there is a significant rise in the 50-59 age group. PLEASE. If you are asked to self-isolate, please comply.
All four walkers successfully completed the canal walk on Saturday, although Linda was taken to hospital afterwards to have six stitches in her hand, following a fall. We were raising funds for the church that it might continue its ministry in the community as the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt. We are very grateful to all those who have so generously sponsored us. It’s not too late to make your own contribution. 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.
Harvest has been very different this year, but the need for our generosity is no different. Today is the last day to support the Tile Hill foodbank by leaving a gift in the church porch.
We are also supporting Water Aid, which you can do by following the link below:
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.
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
Continues on Wednesday evening at 7.30. Growing numbers have been attending. This week Greg will be speaking on the Bible. For the zoom link please contact Greg or Sue.
Any questions, please contact Sue Masters 07958 322026 email@example.com
To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/
Coventry Foodbank are looking for volunteers. If you or you know someone who could spare a few hours a week helping us to continue packing the food parcels as demand grows as the COVID virus continues. The foodbank adheres to all government guidelines with Track and Trace, temperature checks, masks need to be worn in the warehouse and gloves are provided. 2m Social distancing is respected at all times. There are 4/5 places per session. Session 1 starts 9.30am to 12 noon and Session 2 Starts 1pm to 3.30pm. You are welcome to stay all day if you want to.
If you are interested please contact Dee (Project Co-Ordinator) at Coventry Foodbank 024 76993770
For those undergoing treatment in hospital or as outpatients. Give thanks for Beryl Lee being safely returned home.