“Have you had your first vaccination yet?” It seems to be what everybody wants to know – family, friends, neighbours; on the telephone, in the shops, casual meetings on walks or on the doorstep. Over 18.5 million people in the UK have now received their first jab in an unprecedented feat of administration and organisation that is gradually offering greater protection from Coronavirus, and offering hope that most of the population will be covered and we can look to a possible end of restrictions by mid-summer. I had mine on February 3rd at Stoneleigh Agricultural Centre – a quite extraordinary experience! A massive, specially erected marquee, partitioned, highly organised and sanitised for the administering of the vaccinations and a quite wonderful array of lovely people, from the dedicated staff who delivered the jabs and their assistants to the host of volunteers – car park attendants, stewards giving directions and ordering the queue, giving support and/or advice and showing the way out. Some of them told me they were there all day every day and enjoyed the opportunity to talk to people, while feeling that they were “giving something back”. My late wife, Pam (I make no apology for mentioning Pam again!) was a great advocate of taking something up for Lent rather than giving something up!! But back to February 3rd. It was an unusually warm and sunny day too, for early February, and, being instructed to rest and not to drive for 15 minutes, I took advantage of the refreshments van stationed outside to enjoy a mocha at one of the picnic tables in the sunshine. A few others were doing the same – safely distanced, of course! Gentle conversation flowed between the tables and with passers-by; notes were compared, experiences shared. “We should have brought a picnic,” someone observed! Maybe, by the time my second comes round towards the end of April, I may actually be able to take and enjoy a picnic!! But my main observation was and my point is the very cheerful, positive and caring attitude and spirit of cooperation and camaraderie that was evident in every single person I encountered. It was quite wonderful and so refreshing. So let us give thanks to the Lord for all who selflessly give of their time, energy, skills and resources for the benefit of society and to help and encourage each other and those who are in need – even if only of a kindly word or a cheerful smile!
Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13. 34-35)
What are the Qualities we want in our New Vicar?
On the 8th March the PCC will discuss and make a decision on the type of Vicar we would prefer, and the answer can’t be “someone like Greg”. To answer this quite challenging question we will have to describe the essential and desirable qualities we want to see in this person. Is it essential or desirable that our new vicar is a good preacher? is interested in young people? interested in visiting? or an enthusiast for new styles of worship? If you had to describe the essential and desirable qualities, you want to see in our new vicar what would they be? If you’ve got some thoughts, then please send them to me under the headings of essential and desirable to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Tooby – Churchwarden
Thanks from Liz & Chris Reed
We would like to extend our heartfelt love and thanks to all at St Andrew’s for your prayers, cards, flowers and messages of support whilst we have been so unwell with Covid. It has meant so much at such a challenging time. A special thank you to Steve and Rebecca Martin for running around at the drop of a hat to get us food and medications, as well as making an amazing lasagne(!); we really don’t know how we’d have coped without your help.
This outpouring of love and care reminds us how fortunate we are to be part of such an amazing and caring Church family. Thank you all so much.
We hope to see you all again very soon and pray everyone is keeping safe and well. xxx
The road map for the unlocking of restrictions been published this week beginning with the return of children to school from 8th March. The message from our health authority is that the number of infections, hospitalisation and deaths are coming down but the figures, although declining, are still high in West Midlands. Even with the take up of vaccines in the city we must still follow the Hands, Face, space requirements and the Stay at Home message.
The roll out of the vaccination programme continues and the take up in Coventry has been good. Any patients who are aged 70 and over and who haven’t had their first vaccine can arrange a vaccination through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.
Scam Emails and Calls
A resident has asked me to make you aware of scam emails circulating relating to EE bills. There also appears to be a lot of scam telephone calls around the area purporting to be from Amazon. Please be aware.
‘Be Still and Know’
It’s a year since the Contemplation Group met when we studied texts from the psalms. Perhaps we could now read together psalm 46. Love to you all, you are in my prayers. Let there be hope shared among us. Kate Dagger, 024 7646 5418.
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/
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.
Sunday Coffee Gathering
Please note that the access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the church wardens.
Book Club – Monday 1st March 2021
We meet on Monday evening to discuss the book we have been reading – Plainsong by Kent Haruf.
The zoom details are available from 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 basic course C0 (mandatory) and foundation course 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
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 email@example.com. 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.
March Prayer Guide
Click the link below for the prayer guide for March.
Please pray for John Shelton who is currently in hospital recovering from a ruptured colon and peritonitis and for Greg Smith who has an infection of the larynx.
Please also pray 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 firstname.lastname@example.org