As a Franciscan, I am supposed to live simply. Needless to say, I am not successful. This was very apparent a fortnight ago when I packed for a week’s holiday in Wales with my daughter and her family. Despite efforts to minimalize, I still found myself filling my suitcase, taking my laptop, mobile, kindle and their chargers, books, various footwear and appropriate toiletries. Fortunately, I was in my car. I suspect I would have minimalized it a great deal more had I been on a train.
As I reflected on this it led me to think of Robin Trew, who was vicar at All Saints’ Church, Allesley for many years. He would often go on Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) – following one of the ancient pilgrim routes in Europe which eventually lead to Santiago de Compestela (The Tomb of St. James) in Spain. He completed the route in stages, over a number of years. I remember him sharing how the first time he went, despite warnings from friends, he took far too much and learnt the hard way, that baggage gets heavier and heavier when walking. When he returned the following year, he reduced his baggage to the barest minimum – one change of clothes and absolute essentials all kept in a small backpack.
This, of course, is all rather allegorical if we relate it to our life journey. We all carry emotional baggage, sometimes far too much. We are human, we have made mistakes. We have hurt others. Others have hurt us. Such baggage can really weigh us down, getting heavier and heavier. We need to minimalize, and we do that by committing our baggage to God. Scripture instructs us, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7. It’s an offer that we can take the Lord up on with each new day. Regardless of what happened in our lives today, yesterday, last week, or last year, every morning is a new opportunity to start over.
Lesley Lee – 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.
After booking a seat, if you find that you are unable to attend a service please inform one of the churchwardens so that it can be offered to another person.
As there were empty pews this week we are looking to put together a reserve list of those people who are willing to be contacted at short notice to attend a service. If you would like to be included on this list then please let Julie know.
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.
There are still several places left for the Children’s Service this Sunday. If you would like to attend, please let Julie know by contacting email@example.com or 07756 918847.
Dogs in Churchyard
Due to an increasing amount of dog fouling in the churchyard we must ask dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead and ensure that any poop is bagged and binned immediately.
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.
Thank You Letter from Bishop Christopher
Please see the enclosed ‘Thank You’ letter from Bishop Christopher.
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 Sue Masters on 07958 322026.
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
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 email@example.com
Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847
Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 or Becky Crowe – 07875 552518