We will finally know that the “new normal” has arrived when the things we once thought strange happen without thought or comment. We are not quite there in the Smith household. I was on my way out of the door yesterday morning, shouting to Fran, “I’m off now”. She looked at me in genuine astonishment: “where are you going?” “Church”, I responded. “Is that on?” she enquired in surprise. I was still feeling a little smug at how well I had adapted to changing times when I opened church up and started to get ready for the service, when I realised that despite double-checking I had brought everything I needed I had to go back for my face mask. In similar vein, my automatic assumption when I turned on the England v South Africa cricket match and saw that play had been abandoned for the day was that rain had interfered with proceedings, but no it transpired that one of the South African squad had tested positive for corona. The words of Malachi chapter 3 are of some comfort to me: “I, the Lord, do not change” and Hebrews 13.8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”
We are offering the following services over the Christmas period.
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 (places still available) and online
Anyone wishing to attend an in-person service at St Oswald’s or St Andrew’s should book via Julie before 11.30am on Friday 18th December. Note that the 10 a.m. services on the 13th and 20th are fully booked.
Once Fran has departed these shores, we will need someone who is willing to verge at funerals. A full job description is available, but duties include welcoming guests and ensuring Covid compliance; liaising with the minister and funeral director on arrival; cleaning the church afterwards and operating the sound/music system. The post attracts a payment of £25 per service. Please contact Greg for further details.
You can see from this photo how fantastic (surely our best ever) the response has been to this year’s toy appeal. Thank you to everyone who has been so generous in these difficult times. However, please do not attempt to add to the appeal because it is now closed. The toys will be left in church for 72 hours untouched before being taken to the Mosaic Centre in Tile Hill for distribution. And thank you to Hilary who led a wonderful Toy Service yesterday morning.
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.
An appeal has been put out by our local foodbank for men’s toiletries. These can be brought to church this coming Thursday or Sunday, after which they will be taken directly to the foodbank at St Oswald’s.
Thanks to those who have already made pledges or gifts to our livestreaming appeal. The running total is now £620. We have a way to go, but this is a good start.
If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please 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
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 all those looking towards a Christmas spent alone.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat, without money and without cost” Isaiah 55.1