Have you ever had a moment where you read a Bible passage and noticed something that you’d never seen before? I was recently reading a passage in Acts, a speech in which Peter is encouraging the Temple-goers to repent, after having healed a beggar at a temple gate. I had never noticed the line where he says “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” (Acts 3 v 19). What a wonderful promise! And particularly for now, where we wait for lockdown to slowly ease and for opportunities to see family and friends again. Let’s keep turning to God, not just for forgiveness of sin, but also for the wonderful-sounding “times of refreshing”I!
Phil Richardson – Curate
Visit to Pontesbury
As we all know we were unable to hold a farewell event for Greg & Fran when we said goodbye in January. Plans were originally set out for and event in the summer for them to return so we could say goodbye properly. Having been in their new parish for a few weeks Greg and Fran feel a return would be too emotionally difficult.
However, Greg & Fran has invited the members of St Andrew’s to a Thanksgiving service on the 21st June at 7pm. The service will be held at St George’s in Pontesbury, to thank God for what we hope will be the permanent end to lockdown.
During the afternoon, Greg is offering to show people around his new parish and hopefully in true St Andrew’s tradition there will be lots of cake! You will need to make your own arrangements to travel to and from Pontesbury.
Of course this is all provisional and is subject to the lockdown being lifted as per the roadmap set out by the government. At this time we are asking if this is something you would like to attend (both/afternoon/evening) please can you send myself or a Julie your intentions so we can send rough numbers to Greg. We will confirm full details nearer the time.
Becky Crowe – Churchwarden
Lent Appeal 2021
Last week Jeremy spoke about the vaccination programme and the positive experience it has been for many of those who have had their first, and for some their second vaccinations. We are fortunate in the UK in the research and development of the vaccine and the speed and manner in which the programme has been implemented.
UNICEF are involved in providing Covid-19 vaccinations in countries across the globe that do not have the same access to the COVID-19 vaccinations. They are inviting people to donate to their vaccination programme and they say on their website: ‘With your support, UNICEF will deliver 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines for health workers and the most high risk people on our planet.
As our Lent appeal this year we are inviting you to consider donating to the UNICEF vaccination appeal by using the following Link to our donation page:
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.
The zoom meeting details are: 812 4505 0020, Password: 295068
If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me.
Sue Masters – 07958 322026
Below are some photos of window displays within our parish for the Winter Wanderland. How colourful they all are. See how many you can spot when you are out and about!
Please pray for John Shelton who is currently in hospital recovering from a ruptured colon and peritonitis.
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 email@example.com