Bulletin – 19th March 2021

Church Bulletin

The dreaded words ‘can you take me to a garden centre’ rang out in our house this week; Dave’s response ‘yes my dear’ offered in his normal voice but did his heart sink at that request?

The sunshine and signs of spring have given me hope and, with the signs of winter coming to an end, there is the promise of growth and new life to come. For me this has led to a desire to get out in the garden, hence the request to visit a garden centre. I will need to clear away and prepare the ground for new growth, and I will be looking for signs of new life where things have looked dead. I am now prepared for my first real foray into garden and as I plant my seeds and repot plants I will look ahead to transformation and renewal, and perhaps even a glass of something in the garden in the summer.

As we move forward in faith, we, like the gardeners, look ahead to renewal and transformation. We are called to sow seeds of faith for ourselves and for others, to tend God’s people and planet, and to anticipate with joy, new growth and new life. As we approach Easter that is the promise of the cross and we remember Jesus’ words: ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10)

Sue Masters – Reader

Church Opening

The PCC 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 a few places left for the Good Friday Children’s Service.

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:

St Andrews Church Lent Appeal – Give A Little

Thank you

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.com

If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/

Sunday Coffee Gathering

The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the churchwardens.

Jigsaw Puzzles                                                                                

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. 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

Please pray for John Shelton who is now home from hospital but has a long recovery ahead.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 & Becky Crowe – 07875 552518