At the beginning of the lockdown I, like many, decided to try something new. I bought a few pots, cleared part of our garden and decided to have a go at growing my own veg. I’d never done it before and to be honest never saw the appeal. The thought of digging and planting, taking hours looking after the plants all seemed a waste of time, when I could get them from the shop. However, this year we’ve had lettuce, runner beans, tomatoes, leeks, cucumbers and believe it or not sweet potatoes galore and I’ve really enjoyed trying something new. To the amusement of everyone I’ve even started watching Gardeners World! Monty Don has become my new guiding light on all things to do with my garden.
Tomorrow is Halloween which has become a commercialised celebration of the ‘dark’ things of life. This past week I’ve heard quite a few parents bemoan that this year, due to the restrictions; it’s not going to be the same. The youngsters won’t be able to go out trick and treating as much, and in as bigger groups as usual. And that’s quite true, similar to many things this year we’ve had to change how we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc and do it in a different way. So how about looking at the 31st October in a different way?
Halloween once had a lighter brighter side: on All Hallows’ Eve churches would celebrate the lives of the saints, those inspiring men and women who gave up everything to follow Jesus. So this year when so much in our lives has been dark, why not turn on the light and change the approach. The youngsters can still enjoy games built around the theme of light, for example: – make brightly coloured hats or get the youngsters to take selfies of themselves using the torch to light their faces, up or in the dark use the torch to hunt for bugs etc in the garden.
In John 8 vs 12 we read these words Jesus says “ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.
Physical light is necessary for our physical life. We switch the light on each evening to dispel the darkness. As Monty Don often says my veg plants need plenty of light to grow, in fact they will never move away from light but are drawn to it.
On this Halloween why not turn away from the commercial darkness and instead celebrate and be drawn to the light that Jesus can bring to our lives.
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.
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
Fundraising for Church
As those of you who know me, I enjoy crafting. I continued throughout the year hoping that we may be at some normal come the end of the year and that St Andrew’s Autumn/Christmas fayre would go ahead. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I have therefore put together an online stall which can be found by using the link : https://youtu.be/fmsKDEBrV90 (For those of you who receive a paper copy of this bulletin a flyer is attached of what is available).
If you wish to purchase anything please contact me either by Tel 024 7646 1508 or email email@example.com to arrange purchase and I can make delivery to the local area.
Many thanks for looking.
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 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 Peter Shale, who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer; Brian Walker and Beryl Lee, who have been admitted to hospital; Grace Latham, who has just started radiotherapy and Lesley Lee continuing to recover slowly from pneumonia.