My trusted and reliable old washing machine/drier did not owe me anything! After all, it had served us very well since it was installed as one of the semi-integrated appliances in the new kitchen that Pam and I planned and watched evolve about 30 years ago – and it has served me well since Pam died; all I had to do was press a couple of buttons and hey presto!! Likewise the dishwasher, which died over a year ago. I can manage comfortably washing dishes without a dishwasher, but a washing machine is different! And, last week, that too gave up the ghost. The visiting engineer declared that not only was neither machine repairable, but, horror of horrors, they were obsolete; no company manufactured semi-integrated machines anymore and I would have to consider a new and different style. I am not good at change, adhering rather to the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it!”!! Sometimes, however, change is thrust upon us and we have no choice! So, discussions commenced; options were considered, measurements taken and preferences expressed (and dismissed for various practical reasons). Finally, a decision was made. On Thursday, a brand new washer/drier and dishwasher were delivered and, on Friday, the engineer turned up to fit them, though not even sure at the time that he could make them fit properly! 4 hours later, and after some minor adaptations and a lot of prayer, I not only had a new look and fully operational washer/drier and dishwasher, but he had cleaned out the old plumbing and replaced worn parts, which were on the point of disintegrating and causing serious problems!! It may take a little while to get used to the new look and new operation, but I am already finding that the new machine is operating smoothly and offers new and interesting possibilities that the old one did not. Praise the Lord.
Now I know that this may not be applicable to every situation and I am fully aware of the lovely prayer, “God, grant me the grace to accept with serenity the things that I cannot change; the courage to change the things that I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” And I am not trying to draw exact parallels with the current situation in our church; but it did occur to me that there are maybe a few similarities: former trusted, reliable and familiar ways are not easily relinquished; changes thrust upon us can be both uncomfortable and challenging; but also that God’s love for us never changes; and that, with prayer, faith and trust in Him, not only will all be well, but there may also be new possibilities, that may challenge us and take a bit of getting used to, but may also prove to be exciting and ensure continued effective performance – in the case of the church, worshipping and serving the Lord, bringing the light of His love to His people and seeking to build His kingdom. So, as the church embarks upon the next stage of seeking our new vicar, let us pray with faith and thanksgiving for all concerned and involved, and put our trust in the Lord.
“Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21: 5)
“For we know that all things work together for good for those that love God.” (Romans 8: 28)
The church is 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.
There are still spaces left for the Children’s Service this Sunday, 4th July. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Building Our Faith
At our Wednesday evening Bible Study we are looking at the Parables of Jesus and this week Sue will be leading us on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. If you would like to join us or if you have not been before, or not for a while, you are very welcome.
The zoom access codes are available from Sue Masters on 07958 322026.
Our Book Club meeting takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 29th June, at 7.30pm on zoom. The book we are reading is The Shack by William P Young. If you would like to join our discussion or would like further information, please contact 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 email@example.com
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
Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518
Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847