I am blessed with a delightful clump of snowdrops at the bottom of my garden. They first appeared at the end of January, gracefully beautiful, their waxy, white heads bowed modestly amongst the verdant green of their leaves. They look so delicate and yet they were not injured by the recent frosts or harmed by the thick layer of snow we enjoyed a couple of weeks ago. Staunch and upright they stand, a symbol of hope and rebirth, reminding us that spring is near and that it will not be long before crocus and daffodils follow their lead.
Snowdrops are not the only signs of the nearing of Spring; buds are fattening on shrubs and trees, the ground under hedgerows is alive with shoots and, halleluiah, we are enjoying more daylight.
Last year, we enjoyed a superb Spring. Lockdown had brought our human world to a standstill. Very few cars or vehicles of any sort and much decreased air traffic. Pollution was speedily reduced. The skies were blue, the sun was warm. Our two-hour exercise periods became opportunities for exploring our local neighbourhood, our woods and countryside and appreciating the wonder of God’s creation. Social distancing became the rule, but neighbours spoke to neighbours, support networks were set up, and strangers began to greet each other!
It is not that I have forgotten the negatives of Covid – far from it – there is so much to mourn. But, in all this our God has never abandoned us; always giving us hope, working His miracles, and shining His light and love in the dark places.
A note from Hilary and Steve Wankling
To all our friends at St Andrew’s
We both want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for the amazing gift of flowers, photograph of the church and garden tokens you have given us to see us on our way to West Lancashire. Our new garden is rather larger than we had anticipated when we started house-hunting, so the £195.00 of garden tokens will certainly help us fill it out. Our plan is to create a mini orchard, an area for growing vegetables in raised beds and a seating area surrounded by shrub borders. We will call one of these borders our ‘St Andrew’s Garden,’ and the stones painted by the children will be placed among the flowers. We can’t wait to get started now and although we haven’t got a definite moving date yet, we are hopeful that it will all happen maybe as early as next Monday. We are in a very long chain of buyers and sellers which is making everything complicated.
We have loved being part of the St Andrew’s family and have so many good friends here – worshipping with you, dancing with you sometimes, drinking wine and eating cake (Hilary especially)! Though we will miss you all, we have so many happy memories to take with us. We are sure we will visit Coventry occasionally and if you are ever on your way to the Lake District or Scotland, the door will always be open to you just off the M6, junction 26, at 8, Bardsley Close, Upholland, Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, WN8 0AP. So, we won’t say, ‘Goodbye,’ we’ll say, ‘God bless and see you later!’ Hilary and Steve Wankling (mobs: 07973 459073 & 07980 596646).
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.
There have also been a few incidents of dog theft/attempted dog theft around Coventry. There have been several incidents where people out dog walking have been confronted by a group of men who have pulled up next to them, jumped out and tried to take the dog. If you are out walking your dog, please be aware of your surroundings.
Sunday Coffee Gathering
Please note that the access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the church wardens.
Building Our Faith – Wednesday Evening Bible Study in Lent
As we start the season of Lent why not join our weekly Bible study group on Wednesday evenings. For five weeks starting on Wednesday 24th February, we will be meeting on zoom to look at The Prayers of Jesus. Each week we look at a different prayer and there will be time for discussion and questions.
Come to as many as you can we would love you to join us.
If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me.
Sue Masters, 07958 322026
To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Please pray for Jim Finlay who is currently in hospital and for St Andrew’s as meetings take place which begin 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