Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day, and I’m not ashamed to admit, that I fully intend to make myself some pancakes. After the children grew up and left home, I didn’t bother – but I’ve reached a stage in my life when I enjoy the occasional nostalgia trip – not to mention the carb and sugar fix.
Apparently, pancakes have pagan origins that go back to Anglo Saxon times, but we are more likely to associate them with the later explanation that they are the happy result of collecting and using up all the rich food of the household, such as eggs, milk and flour, in readiness for the discipline of Lent, with its fasting and plain food.
For, after the feast of Shrove Tuesday, we immediately move on to Ash Wednesday, the gateway to the 40 days of Lent, a period we usually associate with self-reflection, prayer and fasting.
It occurs to me that, this year, we are all only too familiar with the sacrifice of fasting. It is what we have been doing for almost 12 months during this Covid Pandemic: fasting from physical contact with family and friends, fasting from restaurants, from sports activities, theatre and cinema, fasting from travel, holidays, social interaction, our workplace and even our house of worship. We are certainly well practised in fasting. Perhaps, as we enter what we hope is the last phase of lockdown, it is this fasting that we should offer to God.
At their meeting last Monday, 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.
Building Our Faith Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Our weekly Wednesday evening group meets at 7.30pm on zoom. We would love you to join us as we come together to look at the Bible and to share together.
If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me. Sue Masters, 07958 322026.
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
Please see the enclosed paper providing updates from the Community Resilience Team.
The church has a bank of volunteers to help with shopping and picking up prescriptions for those self-isolating. Contact Julie at the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07756 918847 if you need assistance with this.
There have been a number of incidents involving cars, such as a car being keyed and number plates being removed, on Allesley Green. Please be extra vigilant as there seems to be some unusual activity in the area.
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/
With Greg having now left the vicarage, 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.
Please pray for St Andrew’s as meetings commence which mark the beginning of the process of finding a new vicar. Please also pray for St Andrew’s Vision Evening with Archdeacon Barry which takes place tonight.
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