I have mentioned several times how grateful I am for the response to our Christmas Toy Appeal. Every year, I am bowled over by the sheer volume of toys. However, this year, knowing the shops weren’t even open until Dec 2nd and that many are still avoiding shopping altogether, I was expecting a rather muted response – perhaps half of what we normally achieve. In the event, however, we have had more toys than ever. With the help of Hilary, Steve, Fran and Becky, those toys have now been taken to the Mosaic Centre in Tile Hill. The expression on the faces of the staff who came out to help unload the cars told its own story. I felt a bit sorry for them, knowing they now have to become little Santas and get these toys to where they need to go – not quite as logistical a challenge as rolling out the vaccine, but pretty demanding nonetheless. There is quite simply no better response to God’s gift to us of a child than our own willingness to give to all His children.
On a one-off experimental basis, we will be distributing communion in both kinds (bread and wine) on Sunday. We have thought very carefully about how to do this while maintaining the highest levels of Covid safety. We are doing this in line with the rest of the Church of England. Interestingly, the Methodist has refused permission to its ministers to open their buildings throughout the pandemic.
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 (spaces 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.
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.
Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services
Thanks to those who have already made pledges or gifts to our livestreaming appeal. The running total is now £650. We have a way to go, but this is a good start.
Coronavirus has required St Andrew’s to be innovative in the way it reaches out and supports our community. We have recorded Sunday services each week and posted them on our website for people to feel connected with our church and to worship God.
This has been really well received by members of the church community, the parish and yes, across the country (we have received some lovely feedback from people who have watched the services who don’t live in Eastern Green, or even Coventry).
We are planning some exciting services to celebrate Christmas, from our Carol Service to an interactive Crib Service for young families, please look out for them on our webpage.
However, although this has been great, it does have some limitations, especially in these times when numbers allowed in church are so restricted. With your help we want to expand and improve our service to the community. We are launching an appeal to raise £8,000 to install equipment to allow us to live stream our services. This will give us the capability and opportunity to live stream Sunday Services. It will also give us the opportunity, when appropriate and possible, to live stream other important services, for example funerals. We can all understand how difficult it is for families and friends not to be together to celebrate someone’s life. An online service, streamed to a person’s home can help both support the family and those not able to attend.
We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you……….
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
If you wish to purchase anything please contact me either by Tel 024 7646 1508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange purchase and I can make delivery to the local area.
Many thanks for looking. Rebecca Martin.
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 email@example.com
I still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and a few 500-piece puzzles which are available for anyone can loan. If you would like one (or more) please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to collect a jigsaw please give me a call and I can arrange for one to be delivered to you.
Give thanks that Beryl Lee is now back at home. Please pray for Peter Shale who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, for Marilyn Starr whose condition is now terminal but is hoping for one last Christmas with her family; and for Austin Wildman, only 18 months old, having eye surgery on Monday. Please pray for those experiencing mental health challenges because of the corona virus.
There is an arm that never tires
When human strength gives way;
There is a love that never fails
When earthly loves decay.
Thanks to Elizabeth Cuthbert for this verse from a little known hymn.