Happy St Andrews Day! How I wish we could celebrate it together. Strange to think next year I will be celebrating St George’s Day instead, which I can’t quite muster the same enthusiasm for unless someone can prove to me he really did kill a dragon! My favourite thing about Andrew is the story from John’s gospel in which Jesus sends his friends into the crowd to find enough food to feed five thousand people. Andrew returns with the famous five loaves and two fish. It’s clear that he doesn’t have faith that Jesus can use these gifts, but he offers them anyway. It’s a widow’s mite kind of offering: a reminder that we don’t have to think we are special or are especially gifted to serve the Lord, but that we bring Him what we have and let him use us.
We are offering the following services over the Christmas period.
Sunday Dec 20th at 10 a.m. In person and online
Sunday Dec 20th at 6 p.m. Carol Service online
Xmas Eve at 2 p.m. Crib Service online
Xmas Eve at 8 p.m. Midnight Mass at St Oswald’s presided by Phil
Xmas Eve at 11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass at St Oswald’s presided by Greg
Xmas Day at 10 a.m. Online from 8 p.m. on the 24th and in person
Sunday Dec 27th at 10 a.m. In person and online
Anyone wishing to attend an in-person service at St Oswald’s or St Andrew’s should book via Julie. As Julie will be on holiday from 12 noon on 18th December, please let her know before then if you wish to attend.
In person services recommence this Sunday, however we are fully booked for our Toy Service but places on Dec 13th and Dec 20th may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception.
After two and a half years as Area Dean for Coventry South, Greg has stepped down to allow him to concentrate on finishing well at St Andrews in his last two months. Please pray for his successor, Revd Matt Taylor, Vicar of St Martin’s Finham, who will be licensed at Deanery Synod tonight.
Building our Faith
Below are the dates the December for the Building our Faith Wednesday Group (7.30pm).
For the zoom access codes please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.
Operation Christmas Child
The ‘Shoebox Appeal’, has been delayed due to the Covid lockdown etc. Shoeboxes will now need to be ready for collection between 5th and 14th December 2020. If you wish to put shoeboxes together, they can be dropped off at church and I will take them into the collection centre. Julia McNaney.
If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Vicky for the morning service yesterday and Paul for the evening. Their technical wizardry is outstanding.
To Harvey whose birthday it is today.
We are anticipating another fantastic response to our toy appeal. A reminder that we will not be able to accept late donations and that the final deadline for bringing toys to church will be 5 p.m. on Sunday Dec 6th. Thanks to Hilary for agreeing to help with the transport.
For Beryl Lee, convalescing at a home in Keresley; for Peter Shale who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, for Marilyn Starr undergoing cancer treatment and for Bryan Walker who though home from hospital is still quite poorly. Please pray for our Wednesday night Advent group which begins this week.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matt 18.20