I attended our worship committee on Monday evening with a heavy heart. We were going to be talking about Christmas (something I hate doing before December 1st at the best of times). Christmas, I knew, was not going to be the same this year. No packed carol service or hundreds of children shouting and singing along at our Crib Service. It was a depressing thought. However, by the end of the meeting, I was feeling in great spirits. In part, this is because we have such a wonderful, creative and committed team of people willing to think outside the box and work hard to make good things happen. And in part, I had simply underestimated the Lord’s commitment to and interest in our worship. Consequently, we have developed an exciting programme for Christmas, different from previous years but hopefully every bit as uplifting. More to follow.
If you are asked to self-isolate, please comply. There is support for those having to do this. Anyone who stands to lose income, can apply at https://www.coventry.gov.uk/testandtracesupportpayments for a £500 lump sum. Anyone who needs support with shopping, picking up prescriptions etc, can contact the church at email@example.com or 07756 918847.
Many thanks to all those who have so generously sponsored four damp walkers. We have raised close to £1500 to date, but it’s not too late to help us reach our target of £2,000. 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.
We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm (not the 1st as the Vicar will mistakenly announce in the notices on Sunday!) The service is an opportunity to remember all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. Names will be read aloud in what we think will still be a very moving service. We are happy to add names of those who died longer ago or elsewhere. Please contact Julie with details.
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
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/
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 Ted Drayton attempting to get his diabetes and blood pressure under control while undergoing chemotherapy. For the family of Sheila White, a very long-term resident in Eastern Green who died at the beginning of this week.
“Great is your love reaching to the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies” Psalm 57.10