As I have being saying goodbye this week (surely the hardest word), I have been struck by two metaphors. The first is of the luxuriant warm bath. We had ours replaced by a walk-in shower years ago, but I still remember the comfort and pleasure of a long hot soak. I also remember how hard it was to leave the bath. Just five more minutes, I would say to myself. At any given moment, it is always easier to stay in the bath than get out, but of course no reasonable person would suggest you can stay in the bath forever. I have reminded myself that as difficult as it is to leave St Andrew’s, there will never be a time when it will be easy and I can’t stay forever. The second metaphor concerns the death of a spouse. There are two possibilities when this happens. First, you don’t grieve very much because you never really cared for them. Or second, it is incredibly painful because you loved each other so much. No one wants the pain, but we would all accept it if it was the price for having a long and loving relationship. This is where things are at. The pain we feel (and I know many of you as well) at parting is huge, but only because we have been so happy here. I do hope you will join Fran and I on Sunday evening. We may not be able to see you, but I know that we will feel your love as we have in so many ways over the years.
There will be no service posted Sunday morning, but there will be coffee at 11am for anyone who wants to say a virtual farewell to Greg and Fran. The access details are available from Greg or one of the church wardens.
The regular St Andy’s service will take place via zoom at 3.30pm which will be an opportunity for the St Andy’s congregation to say goodbye.
A live service will be streamed at 6.30pm. The link for this is:
You can paste it into your browser or visit the website or Facebook page and click onto it. You will be able to access this from 6.20pm to check that everything is working. You will see a welcome message and a countdown. The service is live, which means that you can join at any time, but you will miss whatever has already happened. We will record the service and will make it available to watch at a later date.
To Revd Matt Taylor, Vicar of Finham, and his church for the generosity of their hospitality in hosting the aforementioned farewell service.
The number of corona infections remain exceptionally high in Coventry; 70% of current infections are from the new variant which is being transmitted much more easily. The impact on our local hospitals is little short of catastrophic with 10% of staff off sick or shielding. It remains vital that social interactions are kept to the absolute minimum. If instructed to self-isolate, please comply fully. Let us know if you need anything. We have willing volunteers only too ready to shop or collect prescriptions.
Greg and Fran’s new address:
They will be in residence from 3rd February. The email address and mobile nos remain the same.
Hopefully, this Sunday many of you will see at first hand the benefits of livestreaming. The PCC have decided to pursue the cheaper of two quotes. We are inviting those of you who have made pledges to the appeal to now make your contribution if you are still able. We still need a little bit more and will be immensely grateful for any donation however small. Donations may be posted to 2 Manderley Close, Eastern Green, CV5 7NR or via bank transfer details available from Clive at firstname.lastname@example.org
An event called Window Wanderland will be happening in our area between the 6th and 12th March 2021. Basically, people decorate their windows during this period and then a walking trail is created for other people to appreciate the artwork.
Window Wanderland can be enjoyed by everyone in the area, it is also Covid safe. The idea is that you make something to display in your window during the dates above it can be small and simple or large and impressive. If you don’t think you are an artist there will be some free online workshops to give you some ideas.
This is a great opportunity to show off our area of the City and for families to be involved in the City of Culture by being creative together. Although there is no theme perhaps we could look at putting a religious theme or message into your window display? But the most important thing is to take part.
This is the link for people to sign up https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/tile-hill-eastern-green-2021/
Anyone in Eastern Green, Tile Hill, Mount Nod, Bannerbrook and Allesley Green is included in our area.
Tile Hill Job Club & Advice Centre is re-launching
To get people in west Coventry back on their feet after the pandemic, the Tile Hill Job Club & Advice Centre is re-launching next month and is appealing for volunteers. This is a great opportunity to gain some valuable experience or give something back. For further details please see the enclosed flyer.
Service collection and online gifts/donations
We trialled an online Christmas Church Collection page for our Christmas services this year and quite a few people used it to make their church collection / gift. The people I’ve spoken to have said they found it easy to find and use. We have decided that we will continue to offer this approach for people who attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or who may wish to make a donation to the work of the church. The attached link is the way to make a gift and this will also be included on the service link each week. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).
The next Book Club meeting is on Monday 1st March 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom. The book we will be reading and discussing is Plainsong by Kent Haruf.; ‘a novel of haunting beauty from one of America’s greatest writers of our time, Plainsong explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind’s infinite capacity for love.’
We will meet on 1st 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).
Please pray for Mike Lynch who is back home, recovering from Covid; for Marilyn Starr’s family, whose funeral was yesterday but whose internment is today; those who have lost jobs due to the latest lockdown.
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock” Ps 62