Do look out for a Youth Nativity which will be broadcast next Sunday as part of the morning service. I hope you will enjoy it in its own right (and it’s not too late to have family members feature in it – see details below). However, what makes it such a thrill for me is that it is a wonderful example of churches working together. As I hope you know it has ever been a priority throughout my time in west Coventry to persuade churches to work in partnership – to achieve together what can’t be achieved separately. As you may also know there have been times of agonising frustration when despite my best efforts, churches have not always played nicely together and the words of Jesus “love one another and by this all will know that you are my disciples” have sounded bitterly ironic. So, it is with joy I commend this youth nativity to you: planned by five different churches; written by the minister of one church, filmed and edited by another and performed by young people throughout the area. May I encourage to bring the brief film to your friends and family; and to continue to pray for partnership in the church.
The experiment of distributing both bread and wine on Sunday was a success. It does seem that the St Andrew’s congregation do trust its leaders to take every precaution to ensure its safety. But to be clear, the elements remain are only ever touched by the presiding Priest after s/he has gelled his/her hands. They remain covered during the eucharistic prayer and are only uncovered to intinct the wafers when the priest has his/her facemask in place. Congregants are asked to remain in their places. This is likely to be our practice until a vaccine restores us to normal service.
Building our Faith
The final meeting of the year for the Building our Faith Group will take place on Wednesday 16th December at 7.30pm. Access codes are available from Sue Masters.
St Andrew’s Church have organised a Christmas trail starting on Friday 18th December till Tuesday 29th December.
Find the posters with QR Codes on at the 4 trail points:
1. Sutton Avenue shops
2. Eastern Green Junior School
3. Eastern Green Village Hall
4. St Andrew’s Church
Scan the codes to discover the reason of the season!
And have a Merry Christmas from all at St Andrew’s Church.
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 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. service on the 20th is fully booked.
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 £700. 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……….
If you have a child or grandchild that would like to feature in the youth nativity, all you need is some tinsel and a camera phone. Please visit the following link for further information. This needs to be done within 48 hours. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3466107086800435&id=882135305197639
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/
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
To Tommy Watts, Victoria Kaczur and Sean Wildman all celebrating birthdays on Wednesday.
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; for Austin Wildman, only 18 months old, having eye surgery this morning; and for Ann Dove having a knee replacement on Thursday.
O use me lord, use even me, just as thou wilt, and when and where
Until thy blessed face I see, thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share!!!
Thanks again to Elizabeth Cuthbert for this verse.