What an emotional time it has been this week as we have officially said goodbye to Greg, Fran and the family as they prepare to move to their new parish. So many lovely tributes have been given and it only goes to strengthen the view that we have been extremely fortunate to have had Greg and Fran in our lives for the past 16 years.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who sent photographs for the album and made donations to the leaving gift. Especially, Richard Marr who helped me with the album.
When things change in our life, we all find it a little uncomfortable. We have all had to get used to more changes in the past 12 months than we ever imagined.
I’m sure many people have questioned what the future will now hold for St Andrews. Some may even be reflecting on whether they will stay at the church now Greg has left. We sincerely hope you will as you are part of the church family.
Please be assured that Becky and I, as your Churchwardens, along with the PCC and Leadership Team, will be working hard, continuing to build on the work undertaken by Greg and Fran, as we look towards appointing a new Vicar. The work of God in St Andrews Church will not be standing still while we wait for a new appointment.
Someone said to me recently “I bet you regret standing again this year as Churchwarden now you have all that added responsibility”. Not at all. The church in Eastern Green is a vibrant place. The people who worship there have many gifts and I know you will support us and help us over this period.
Although like you, I’m very sad to see Greg and Fran leave, I’m also excited for the future. While looking to the past can strengthen our faith in God in reminding us of his blessings. Living in the past can blind us to all the fresh work of Gods spirit today.
I’m reminded of the passage in Isaiah chapter 43 vs 19 – “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
The work of the Holy Spirit continues in St Andrews and we look forward to an exciting time ahead of us. Please keep the churchwardens, the Leadership and PCC Team in your prayers, at this time.
So, who’s in charge now?
Technically, Greg will remain Vicar of St Andrew’s until he leaves the Vicarage on Feb 3rd. 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, CV5 7NR.
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.
Last Sunday evening you may have 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, CV5 7NR or via bank transfer details available from Clive at email@example.com
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 Julie or one of the church wardens if you need the codes.
Greg and Fran’s new address:
They will be in residence from 3rd February. The email address and mobile nos remain the same.
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).
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
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.
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.
Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays or celebrations for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or email@example.com