In Monday’s bulletin I spoke about transformation, the transforming power of God in our lives. This theme of transformation has continued as this week I had my first hair appointment in 21 weeks, Halleluiah, I have emerged from the ear muffs and shaggy fringe into a newish woman!
This week was important for us as a church as we have completed the first stage of the process to find a new vicar. At an open meeting on zoom we presented the Parish Profile, an outline of the church which will be important in attracting people to consider if God is calling them to serve Him and us at St. Andrew’s. As we look at who we are as a church, and at how we serve God by serving others, God’s transforming power and love is very evident. The profile also looks forward at our vision for the future as God continues to transform us as individuals and as church family.
We ask you to continue to pray for this important time in the life of our church remembering the words of St. Paul in Ephesians (3:17-21).
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Sue Masters – Reader
The church has now re-opened for live worship every Sunday and will also open for private prayer on Thursdays.
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.
To reserve a seat please contact Julie at email@example.com or 07756 918847.
Attending St Andy’s Services
If you would like to attend a service at St Andy’s please contact Julie as she will be taking bookings. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07756 918847 if you want to attend.
If you would like to attend our Children’s Service on 2nd May please let Julie know by contacting email@example.com or 07756 918847.
Farewell Message to Phil, Anne & Ella
As it’s a bit difficult to do a physical farewell card at the moment, Tim Stratton has put together a digital form to add farewell messages for Phil, Ella and Anne. Feel free to add bible verses, bits of wisdom or just a short farewell message. The box should expand to write as long a message as you’d like!
Just click the link below, submit your message and Tim will collate them and send them over to Phil.
Tim will aim to send them to Phil after the service on Sunday, so if you could complete it by then that would be great!
How to Pray with your Family
The Church of England have circulated the article below adapted from How to Pray by Stephen Cottrell. It contains some interesting points which may be helpful.
Covid Vaccine – Aged 45 and over
A reminder that from Tuesday 13 April people aged 45 and over are being invited to book their appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at a large vaccination site including Stoneleigh NAEC or at a community pharmacy. People can book through the national booking centre Book a coronavirus vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or by calling 119 free of charge.
Text messages and letters will be sent to eligible patients by NHS England.
Patients are asked not to contact their GP.
Help Needed for an English Conversation Class
Are you a native English speaker? St Andy’s have started running a conversation class for refugees and asylum seekers in the Tile Hill area. We need volunteers to help run the conversation class on Wednesdays, 11.15am-12, currently meeting on Zoom. All you need is to be able to speak English and love God! If you are interested, please contact Sue Best (firstname.lastname@example.org/07837488721).
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 email@example.com
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 1st May or if you are interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.
Children’s Society Boxes
It’s that time of year, so if you have a money collection box can you either leave it in church please, or contact me to collect it. I will not be able to personally collect the boxes till mid-April. Thank you for your support and a special thank you to Jackie Lynch who has stood down this year as the Children Society parish representative. Nick Tooby.
Building our Faith
Our zoom Bible study starts again this week on Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm. The theme for the coming weeks is The Holy Spirit and all are welcome to join us.
The zoom details are available from the parish administrator.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are available from the churchwardens.
Walsgrave Baptist Church – Family and Community Worker Vacancy
Walsgrave Baptist Church currently has a new job role open for applications until 14th May. Please see the Facebook page for more info:
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