I recently wrote a story for a family service about Moaning Monica, a small girl fed up with Covid and not seeing her friends. Was Monica a child I knew? Well, some of the things Monica liked is based on my beautiful Granddaughter, but not the moaning bit; she has been really resilient as have many of our children. Are we like Moaning Monica? Fed up with not seeing our family, not going to church, not going out for lunch and so on. How has God spoken into that? Moaning may help us to vent frustrations but as Monica realised, she is not alone, God is with us, holding and sustaining us. There is light; we have a road map published by the Government that helps us to see ahead, our church family supporting each other and shining light into our communities, and of course God has a road map for us too. His light the light that guides us, His faithfulness and commitment to us the salve to our restlessness and fears, His love unconditional even when we moan.
Sue Masters – Reader
The PCC met last 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 seats for Easter Sunday are now fully booked. There are still places for the Good Friday Children’s Service.
Have you ever thought about joining a book club, been a member of one in the past or thought that’s not for me? Is now the time to think about being part of St. Andrew’s book club?
We set up the book club two years ago and although interrupted briefly by Covid have continued to meet over zoom. Some members have recently left the area and so we are relaunching and looking to encourage more people to join.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th June at 7.30pm on zoom (We hope to resume in person meetings at a later date). The book we have chosen is The Shack by William P Young. This is a novel published in 2008 and is a story of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever. You may have read it before but we felt it was worth revisiting.
We would love more people to join with us to read and discuss the book. If you have any questions please contact Sue Masters on 07958 322026.
Building our Faith
Wednesday evening Bible study for Lent on theme of Prayers of Jesus. This week will be led by Lesley Lee and we are looking at the prayer Jesus prayed in Garden of Gethsemane. All are welcome to join us and you don’t need to have been to previous sessions to join in.
We meet at 7.30pm on zoom. If you are interested, have questions, or you need more information please contact me, Sue Masters, on 07958 322026.
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:
To our churchwarden, Becky Crowe, who celebrates her birthday on Wednesday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org