At the beginning of this week, I spoke about resilience and remembering, marking the past and looking forward in hope. Today I want to encourage you in that hope as we look forward as a church and community. Today is the final day for applications for Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church. The end of this part of a process, that began when Greg was called by God to do His work in another place, but also the beginning of another phase, as those whom God has called will send their applications for the post of Vicar. We remember the past and the legacy of Greg and those who went before him, as we look forward to the plans that God has for our future and the person who will join us in that future.
I have recently been using a prayer app called Lectio 365, which I know others have also been using. It offers a short time of reflection based on a passage from the Bible and this morning’s theme was expectancy. As we wait on God, we are called to wait in expectancy; that God has a plan for us, that he hears us when we call to him, and that he holds us in the waiting. Very poignant I feel for us at this crossroad, where we look back in thankfulness and ahead in expectation.
So please pray, for those people who God is prompting to consider their future entwinned with us, and also for the process of interviewing and appointing a vicar; praying for God’s wisdom and discernment. Pray in confidence that God knows our hearts, our church and our community, praying in expectation that God will hear our pray.
‘’For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.“ (Jeremiah 29: 11-12)
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 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.
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.
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.
Our next Children’s service will take place in church on Sunday 4th July. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or email@example.com
Covid-19 Drop in Vaccination Clinics
Are you aged 40 and over and haven’t had your Covid jab? Why not come along to this weekend’s pop-up clinic at Hillfields in Coventry. No appointment is needed, so you can drop-in anytime between 11am to 4pm at a time to suit you. The clinic will be held at the Village Square, making it easy to stop by on either Saturday, 19th June or Sunday, 20th June.
Second dose drop-in vaccination clinic at Foleshill Family Hub this Saturday 19th June 10am – 2pm, for those who had their first doses in April.
Local people are asked not to attend if they have any symptoms of Covid, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature (above 37.8) or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell. If you do have symptoms, you must self-isolate and book a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test by ringing 119 or visit: Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Recruitment of Volunteers at St Andrew’s and St Andy’s
We would like to highlight that all church volunteers must be safely recruited and some volunteers are also required to undergo a DBS check and complete safeguarding modules. This isn’t St Andrew’s being picky, it is a legal requirement stipulated by the diocese for every volunteer role.
As lockdown eases, we must now be vigilant and ensure all the necessary checks are completed.
If you are a church volunteer and have not yet been safely recruited, please contact Julie (Parish Administrator) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Chylinski (Parish Safeguarding Officer) at email@example.com to arrange for this to be completed.
All members of the PCC must ensure that they complete Parish Safeguarding module C0 (Basic safeguarding Awareness) which is available online.
Aldermoor Farm school have really depleted stocks of children’s books in their library. Many have disappeared and funding is now low to restock. Please could I ask people to hunt in their cupboards for any age children’s books please they no longer require. I am happy to collect from anyone kind enough to donate. Please ring me, Linda Chylinski, on 07962 028625. Thank you.
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
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 parish administrator or the church wardens.
Please 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
Church Wardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518
Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847