And so my final words are ones of thanks. You may well have seen last night that we received flowers (for Fran) and wine (also for Fran!), but you may not know that we also received a wonderful photo album with pictures of our many friends, some recently taken, some from days gone by. We will truly treasure this forever and want to thank Nick for organising this wonderful gift. We were also overwhelmed by a financial gift of £1400. Not for the first time, we were awestruck by the sheer generosity of our friends. Thank you. We are also deeply appreciative of the many messages of tribute we have received. As I said last night, I hope you will forgive me if these are not properly acknowledged. There have been so many and this next week will not be one of leisure as we turn our attention to the boxes waiting to be packed up. We are also extremely grateful for the personal gifts brought to us. I smile at the thought that we have a picture of St Andrews on every item imaginable: plates, canvas, plaques, cushions, calendars, key-rings and even a bottle of wine. Many of these will find their way to our home in Wales I’m sure. We have not published our new address idly. There is a warm welcome to anyone willing to brave the M6 and M54 or the train to Shrewsbury station.
So, who’s in charge now?
Technically, I will remain Vicar of St Andrew’s until we finally leave the Vicarage on Feb 3rd, which means if Becky and Nick decide to pave over the churchyard, I will be held legally responsible! Thereafter, the churchwardens along with the Area Dean have legal responsibility for the life of St Andrew’s and specifically care of the building and the maintenance of worship. Day to day queries should be addressed to Julie at the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07756 918847 or 2 Manderley Close, Eastern Green.
Again, to Revd Matt Taylor, Vicar of Finham, and his church for the generosity of their hospitality in hosting the farewell service and for their technical expertise. If you haven’t yet seen the service, it can accessed via this link.
We trust last night that you witnessed 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 or via bank transfer details available from Clive at email@example.com
Building our Faith Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Our weekly Wednesday evening group takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm on zoom. For four weeks commencing on 20th we will be looking at Women in the Bible.
The format for the evening is a brief talk and then a chance to share together, ask questions and discuss the theme for the evening. If you have been part of the group previously, we look forward to welcoming you back; if you have not joined us before or never been to a group like this, now may be the time to think about joining us.
If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact Sue Masters, 07958 322026, firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Sunday Coffee Gathering
Please note that there are new access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering. Please contact the parish administrator or one of the church wardens to obtain the codes.
Warwickshire Police are appealing for help to locate missing 61-year-old Keith Appleton missing in Rugby. He lives in Eastern Green. Keith was last seen at 9.45am yesterday walking on Newbold Road. He is white, 5’10” of slim build. He is believed to be wearing a black jacket with a hood, a shirt and jumper, smart suit trousers and formal shoes. Officers and Keith’s family are growing concerned for his welfare. If anyone has seen him or knows of his whereabouts, please call 101 quoting incident number 220.
Leslie Neil, a long-standing member of the community, passed away in hospital on 21st January. Les lived in Sutton Avenue for 58 years just prior to moving to Avalon Care in November.
Please pray for Mike Lynch who is back home, battling with Covid; for Les Neil’s family who sadly were unable to be with him at the end; for the leadership of St Andrew’s as it enters a new phase; and for Greg & Fran for a smooth move.
Greg and Fran’s new address:
They will be in residence from 3rd February. The email address and mobile nos remain the same.
Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses for inclusion in the bulletin
“Glorify the Lord with me; Let us exalt His Name together” Psalm 34.3