I wonder if you made yourself a palm cross to wave at the Palm Sunday Service yesterday. There were some lovely ideas to do so creatively in last week’s Bulletin. I am afraid I didn’t! To be honest, it was a very busy week. So, I kept the one I made for Palm Sunday last year, when the start of the first lockdown put an end to our planned re-enactment in church of Christ’s Passion and when Nick suggested that we make our own crosses, possibly adding an inscription on the theme of “In Our Changing Church, Our God Is Faithful”. And what changes we have seen in the last year – in our church and everywhere! Some have been devastating and restricting, some of them positive and liberating, and all of them life-changing and offering lessons to be learned. And now things are changing again. We were still unable to re-enact the Passion of Christ in church yesterday; there will be no foot-washing on Maundy Thursday – not in church anyway(!); and on Good Friday we will be not be able to do our Walk of Witness, carrying the cross from St Andrew’s through the parish to join a Service of the Cross outside St Oswald’s; but, gradually and cautiously, some restrictions are being eased; already schools are back, though soon to enjoy a well-earned holiday, and we can now meet again outdoors, keeping to the “Rule of Six”, of course; and, next Sunday, fittingly on Easter Day, a limited number will be able once more to celebrate Holy Communion in church. We still have to do things a bit differently from what we are used to, and it may be a while before we return to something like normality, but there are definitely signs of hope and light at the end of the tunnel. So, as we start this week (Holy Week), to follow Jesus’ journey to the cross and glorious resurrection, perhaps tuning in to the daily online meditations, services and reflections, let us reflect on the fact that, amidst all the changes, our God is indeed faithful and loves us endlessly and unconditionally, to the extent of making the ultimate sacrifice for us – a sacrifice that changed the world forever and offered us all the promise of salvation and hope of eternal life with Jesus. And let us praise and glorify Him for it.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3: 16)
To Peter Wilson who will be getting confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on Easter Sunday.
Our parish administrator, Julie Crow, will be on holiday from Thursday 31st March until Monday 12th April. Any urgent queries should be addressed to one of the churchwardens whose phone numbers are provided at the end of the bulletin.
The next bulletin will be on Thursday however there will be no bulletins next week.
Programme for Holy Week
Monday 29th March to Wednesday 31st March – a 20-minute Meditation online each evening at 7pm.
1st April – Maundy Thursday recorded service online at 7pm.
2nd April – Good Friday Children’s Service in church at 10am.
2nd April – At the Cross recorded reflection online at 2pm.
4th April – Easter Sunday Parish Communion at 10am in church and online.
4th April – Easter Sunday service at St Andy’s at St Oswald’s Church at 3.30pm.
The PCC has 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. The church will also open for private prayer on Thursdays from April 8th.
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 Good Friday are now fully booked.
Due to holiday, if you wish to book a seat for the service on 11th April please contact Julie before 2pm on Wednesday 31st March.
Cleaning the Church
As we are opening the church again from Easter Day, our thoughts are turning back to cleaning the building. Currently, we have a very small team who are on the rota to clean once a week. The team is Phil and Denise Davies, Diane Wilson, Becky Crowe and I who clean on a voluntary basis. Ideally, we would like to add some more volunteers to help us.
It normally takes a couple of hours to clean the church and side room (we are not cleaning upstairs currently) to make sure it is ready for a service on Sunday.
Cleaning of the building is important at the moment, not just to show visitors that the church is cared for, but also as part of the arrangements to allow us to open the church safely. Would you be able to help? If so, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Nick Tooby
The date of the church’s annual meeting has been set for Monday 17th May at 7.30pm via zoom. The access codes to join the meeting will be available nearer the time.
The APCM will elect churchwardens and PCC members. If you are an existing PCC member, would you please let Julie know if you are willing to stand next year by 10th May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.
Phil’s Leaving Service
Sunday the 25th April will be Phil’s last service at St Andy’s. The service will also be in person at St Oswald’s, but if you are interested in attending that one please let Julie know on email@example.com. We will also be streaming the service on Facebook for those that can’t attend.
Phil Richardson’s Leaving
As you probably know our Curate, Phil Richardson, will be leaving us at the end of April. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift for Phil please use the following link.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a cash donation please pass this to either of the churchwardens, Nick Tooby and Becky Crowe, or the parish administrator, Julie Crow.
Phil’s last service at St Andy’s is on 25th April and 18th April at St Andrew’s. It would be good to get any donations to us by the week before at the latest (18th April). Any ideas for a gift are welcome!
Youth Wellbeing Course
St Andrew’s is running a 6-week course on youth wellbeing for ages 8-14 on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm via zoom. Starting April 21st. For more information contact Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking to safer recruit volunteers for our Youth work. If you feel you could help with either the Drama Club, Rock Solid or the Youth Wellbeing course then please get in touch with Emma at email@example.com
Building Our Faith
Following completion of our Lent series our Wednesday evening Bible study will be taking a break over the Easter period. We restart on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm on zoom. All are welcome to join us, Sue Masters.
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.
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 work continues to take place in 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
Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847
Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518