As a friend and colleague used to say a long time ago, “Sometimes I sits and thinks; and sometimes I just sits.”!! During the last 14 months, there has been more opportunity perhaps to sit looking at the garden or walk in the park, and maybe appreciate the changing seasons and colours, the trees, blossom and flowers, the breezes and warm sunshine and soft refreshing rain; and, in the unusual quietness – at least in the earlier stages, to hear afresh the birdsong, admire the butterflies, birds, squirrels and even a fox or two. The pandemic, with all the restrictions, hardship, distress and loss that it has imposed on lives, has reminded us of the freedoms, blessings and people that we had maybe come to take too much for granted. At the same time, there has been an astonishing display of courage, care and self-sacrifice shown by the NHS, carers and other essential workers, a widespread appreciation of their efforts and a degree of neighbourliness, service, support and generosity by volunteers that, for those who remember them, was reminiscent of the war years. Now those restrictions and demonstrations of Christian love, supported by an amazingly successful vaccination programme, have seen the situation improve, to the extent that we can see light at the end of the tunnel and maybe an imminent return to “normal” – or some sort of “new normal”. Whatever that may be, I rather hope that lessons will have been learned from the experience; that we appreciate each other and God’s gifts better; and that we take time to sit quietly and give thanks to God for His many blessings to us. As we look around us at parts of our world and those closer to home who are still struggling, there is great comfort, power and hope in the words of the Lord’s Prayer, that Jesus himself taught us, including “Your kingdom come, Lord; your will be done”; and, as we repeat the familiar words to their conclusion, we can with praise and thankfulness affirm: “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, Lord, now and for ever. Amen.”
“He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.’ ” (Psalm 46: 10)
Message from Phil, Anne and Ella
Hello everyone, by the time you read this, Anne, Ella and I will have moved down to Farnborough and will probably be living amongst many moving boxes!
I just wanted to let you know how thankful we are for your kind leaving gifts, and also the joint card with St Andy’s. We were really overwhelmed by the generosity of the gifts, and a little goodbye gift for Ella was such a lovely touch too.
The rose plant, you’ll be pleased to hear, is still alive, we have already bought a book from Eden and the other money has already gone towards a dishwasher for the vicarage, which I’m sure you’ll agree will be a real blessing to have!
With lots of love from us and many thanks again,
Phil, Anne and Ella.
The church is now open for live worship every Sunday and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Having had empty pews in previous weeks, 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.
Did you know St Andy’s has a website!? Recently relaunched, revamped and made to look spiffing, you can find it here: standyschurch.com. Meant as a place to provide some info about the church, what we do and where to find us, it makes an excellent way to show people who we are.
If you would like to attend a service at St Andy’s please contact Julie as she will be taking bookings. Please contact email@example.com or 07756 918847 if you want to attend.
Rita Muir would like to pass on her thanks to everyone for their prayers, thoughts and cards wishing her well after her fall. Rita is feeling a bit better but is still very bruised.
With the church now open for public worship we are seeing an increase in requests for baptisms and therefore have an urgent need to add some people to our Baptism Verger rota. Baptisms take place after the morning service on Sundays usually at 12 noon and last about an hour to hour and half. If you are interested, please let Julie or the Churchwardens know and training can be arranged. This role is important as you will be the welcoming face of St Andrew’s to people who may not have been to church before. A fixed rate is paid for each baptism.
We are also looking for a Baptism Visitor. This volunteer role involves contacting families to meet with them to obtain details for the baptism and assisting with baptism preparation. If you are interested, please contact Julie for a full job description.
Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May
As we were unable to collect house-to-house in 2020 this year is a very important year for Christian Aid. Like so many other charities they desperately need your support. However, this year the collection will be very different.
Firstly, I was due the first of 2 knee replacements which did not take place and now I can only walk with a stick which will limit the number of houses I am able to collect from.
Christian Aid has produced some envelopes which will be delivered locally. I will include my details and if you wish to donate you can just return the envelope through my door. Also, I have set up an e-envelope should you wish to donate online. (link below)
At a time when we are all being asked to donate for one thing or another, I understand you cannot give to all. Do please try and support us if you can.
8 Osbaston Close
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.
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 interested in standing, please let the one of the churchwardens know.
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.
Please pray for Rita Muir who has had a fall and is badly bruised: and for John Shelton whose health is improving but has a slow 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