In my sermon last Sunday, I talked about image and identity and I mentioned a certain actress who is referred to as a national treasure. After I had written it there was an item on Radio 2 one afternoon that picked up the theme of national treasures. The radio show asked listeners to call in and nominate someone who they considered their National Treasure. It didn’t need to be a famous person, it could be someone who had inspired them, helped them, encouraged them; someone they loved, someone they respected, anyone who they felt warranted the title ‘Treasure’. Who is your national treasure? That person who is special and important to you. Not in a romantic sense necessarily but the person who inspires you, who goes the extra mile for you, who listens, who is just there for you. As we are coming up to Valentine’s day, I think it is a perfect opportunity to tell our personal nominee how special they are to us. It would be a real blessing if you do something nice for them, make them a cup of tea perhaps (if they live with you or are in your bubble of course) or phone them, text them, send them a note, and let them know how you treasure who they are and what they mean to you.
At their meeting this week, the PCC reviewed the decision to close the church. Although figures for cases, hospitalisations and deaths are starting to come down they still remain high and the message is still very much that we need to minimise interactions with other people not in our household. In light of this and in order to keep people safe the PCC have unanimously agreed that the church will remain closed for public worship and for private prayer. This decision will be reviewed again at the meeting on 8th March 2021. In the meantime, we will continue to offer our recorded Sunday services and there will be an Ash Wednesday service online in the evening.
Ash Wednesday Service 17th February 2021
Although we are not able to be in church there will be an online service for Ash Wednesday posted at 7pm. This will be a reflective service to mark the start of Lent and it can be accessed through our website.
Vaccinations for Those 70+
Hopefully those of you who are aged 70 and over have been vaccinated or have an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. The message from the Government now is that if you have not yet been contacted, or have not taken up the offer of a vaccine, please contact the NHS to book your vaccination You can do this online, by calling 119, or calling your GP.
Covid Infection Rates
Infection rates for the city are still decreasing, however it is still crucial that we all continue to follow the guidelines in order to keep this downward trend going.
2 new community testing sites have been set up at the Xcel and AT7 leisure centres. These centres are people showing no symptoms of covid. Results of tests will be available within an hour. For further information visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 08085 834 333
A resident of Allesley Green has advised of a car theft, stolen from the Allesley Green end of Eastern Green Lane last weekend. Two individuals wearing hoodies and it is likely that they cloned the ignition via the letter box. They were in a large black Ford saloon. There have also been a few incidents of an individual trying car doors – one in Beaumaris Close. Please ensure that your car doors are locked and that you are vigilant if you should see any unusual activity around cars.
Sunday Coffee Gathering
Please note that the new access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from either of the church wardens.
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.
I still have many 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and a few 500-piece puzzles which are available for anyone to 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. Please note that jigsaws will be available until the end of April.
for the leadership of St Andrew’s as it enters a new phase; and for Greg and Fran who have now moved to their new home in Pontesbury and also for a speedy recovery after their car accident.
Please also pray for St Andrew’s as meetings commence which mark the beginning of the process of finding a new vicar.
Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses, names for prayer and any birthdays, celebrations or articles for inclusion in the bulletin. Julie can be contacted on 07756 918847 or email@example.com