It’s a lovely God-incidence (rather than a co-incidence!) that we are looking to open up services around Easter Day this year. What a wonderful picture of the message of Easter, that when things seem dead and buried, they once again come back to life. But the message of Easter is more than simply a fighting back against death. When Jesus was raised from the dead, he didn’t simply climb off the canvass, ready to go another round. He destroyed death and sin in his body, and therefore he can never die. And the same is true for us when we put our trust in the one who didn’t just side-step death, but overcame it and won!
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
The PCC met on Monday and have agreed that the church can re-open for live worship on Easter Sunday. There will also be a Children’s Service on Good Friday at 10am.
Due to limited seating, places may be reserved by contacting Julie on a first come, first served basis. As before, we urge you if you have an invitation not to forget and if you are suddenly unable to attend to let us know at the earliest possible moment. Face masks continue to be required. If you see anyone not wearing a face mask, it is because they have medical exemption. We are not allowing any other exception. It is imperative the rules are strictly adhered to. This means gelling hands immediately upon arrival, taking your pew straight away as directed by the steward including whether to sit by the wall or the aisle; not moving from your place at any point during the service; and leaving promptly afterwards.
Please note that bookings for Easter Sunday and the Good Friday Children’s Service will be taken from 9am on Monday 15th March via Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Covid Stats for Coventry
Cases per 100k 74.56
Case in CV1 – CV6 40
In patients – 81 (not so many now in the 80+ age group)
There are currently 8 recorded cases in Woodlands Ward – however cases remain high in Radford, Foleshill, St Michael’s, Wyken and Westwood Wards.
The message is not to be complacent especially with schools returning this week.
The local hospitals are expected to remain very busy – particularly as they have a lot of elective surgery to catch up on.
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/
Sunday Coffee Gathering
Please note that the access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the churchwardens.
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.
To Elizabeth Cuthbert who celebrates her birthday tomorrow (Saturday 13th).
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.
Matt 6v34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. The Beach Boys sang about the same verse 2000 years later…….”don’t worry baby” they sang.
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