Over the last couple of years, I have spent increasing amounts of spare time (as much as an hour a week) researching my family tree (and Fran’s). I have discovered relatives who died in the psychiatric hospital; teenagers sent to the workhouse, children who died in infancy and enormous families. One family I am still trying to get to the bottom of. Either they had 20 children and named three of them Jane or there were two brothers who married two sisters in the same part of Yorkshire. I have relatives all over England. Most of Fran’s are from the same village in South Wales! One or two perhaps a little wealthier than average, but most very working class. And definitely no royalty. There is something about this experience that brings home how we are all related to each other or as Scripture puts it: all children of the same Heavenly Father. Of course, all too often we don’t behave as though we’re related to each other, but it’s the church’s job to model this to others.
This week’s Sunday Sermon will be posted on the website at 10am.
We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm (not the 1st as the Vicar announced yesterday) 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.
We are going to move our bereavement group from the Village Hall to Limbrick Wood Baptist Church as a more comfortable and conducive venue. The group is aimed at anyone who has recently lost a loved one and will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 12.30-2 p.m. Attendance is by invitation only, but we would be pleased to hear from you if you or someone you know what like to join us.
Despite Covid restrictions, it is still our intention to collect toys this year for Christmas. They will be distributed via the Family Centre in Tile Hill to children in the area who might otherwise go without (not least those whose families have lost jobs through lockdown). The centre currently have 100 children on their books that they are trying to support. As always, we will ask you to bring only new toys, unwrapped, and place them under the Christmas tree. Covid rules mean that we will have only limited windows to do this and that the deadline is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday 6th December. We know some of you have started Xmas shopping already and might appreciate this early warning.
At our 10 o’clock service on 1st November, we are hosting a Light Party for our children, with party games; and a story about a party from the Bible. If you know any children who might want to come (numbers strictly limited), they will require an invitation. Please approach Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 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
We still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and some 500-piece puzzles. If you would like one please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or email@example.com. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.
For Brian Walker, suffering with a UTI; Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip; and the family of Charley Watts’ Aunty Josie who died last Saturday evening.
“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb-line” Isaiah 28.17