According to a journalist on the BBC News last week, our most prevalent feeling, during this time of COVID, is worry. This, of course, is not surprising; given the challenges we are dealing with, our nervous system is bound to be on high alert.
Worry is part of our self-defence mechanism. It alerts us to a possible problem that may need a solution and gives us the opportunity to explore contingency plans. The problem with ‘worry’ is that it can get out of hand because it tends to be about “What if…” For example, “What if I fail my exam…”, “What if I lose my job…” We have vivid imaginations and are all capable of conjuring a multiple of “what if” scenarios to any situation.
“…I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…” states Jesus during his sermon on the mount. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life…? Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mat. 6; 25-34
I must admit I can be a worrier. Then the Lord reminds me to give my worries to him. I do so and he restores my peace. He is amazingly generous. As Paul says in his letter to the Philippians, “Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, asking him with a thankful heart.” Phil. 4; 6.
Greg is now on holiday until Sunday 1st November. Any queries should be addressed to one of the church wardens (Nick Tooby or Becky Crowe) or the parish administrator (Julie Crow).
The Sunday Service on 8th November will commence at 10.15am to allow for an act of remembrance at 11am. If you would like to attend please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be hosting a Memorial Service online on November 8th at 6 pm. 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.
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 has 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.
The next Book Club meeting is on Monday 4th January 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be reading and discussing is THE RUTHLESS ELIMINATION OF HURRY, by John Mark Comer. The book’s focus is ‘How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive’ and addresses ‘the compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry in favour of a slower, simpler way of life. Whether or not you have been thinking about this over the last year the book may help to focus on this.
We will meet on 4th 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 (07958 322026) 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/
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 Brian Walker, who has been admitted to hospital; Grace Latham, who has just started radiotherapy, Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia; Les Neill who is in hospital with a broken hip