Bulletin – 11th January 2021

Posted on 11 January 2021Categories News

Church Bulletin

I was a big fan of the television series ‘Hustle’ that was retired a few years back. The show introduced us to a team of hustlers who would identify a mark and then con them out of a small fortune. The premise of the series was that the marks were all corrupt and venal, deserved what they were getting and were only victims because of their own greed and dishonesty. Meanwhile in the real world the much celebrated appearance of the vaccine has been accompanied by unscrupulous attempts to extort money by rogues purporting to have a vaccine for sale. The victims are not greedy and dishonest, but trusting and vulnerable. This is a heinous crime, with no redeeming features. Scripture encourages us in sundry places to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves. There is no need to be over-anxious, but please do be careful.

Greg and Fran’s leaving service

The leaving service for Greg and Fran at St Andrews on Jan 24th in the morning is now full. If you are unable to take up your place, please do let us know as soon as possible. The evening service has been moved to St Martin’s Finham. It will still take place at 6.30 p.m. We have taken this decision because their capacity is slightly more and because they are much more experienced at streaming live services. We wanted to ensure that those watching at home had the best possible sense of being part of things. Directions to St Martin’s will be provided in the next bulletin.

Sunday Coffee

Sunday coffee gatherings via zoom will continue after Greg and Fran’s departure provided there is sufficient demand. The new access codes are available from the parish administrator or one of the church wardens.

Service collection and online gifts/donations

We trialled an online Christmas Church Collection page for our Christmas services this year and quite a few people used it to make their church collection / gift. The people I’ve spoken to have said they found it easy to find and use. We have decided that we will continue to offer this approach for people who attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or who may wish to make a donation to the work of the church. The attached link is the way to make a gift and this will also be included on the service link each week. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/eef64318-0a22-4db7-8d81-0ab3ccddf15d

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Finance

Thanks to the generosity of so many and the wise stewardship of our Treasurer, Clive, and the leadership team, St Andrew’s was able to break even in 2020. This happened in spite of the loss of wedding income, plate giving by irregular attenders and letting income. However, 2021 is likely to be as tough if not tougher. There seems no prospect of a return to full churches before the autumn and we know that we will be losing some generous givers in the coming days. If you haven’t automatically reviewed your giving at the outset of 2021, please do think carefully about whether you might be able to do so.

Sad News

We regret to announce that Marilyn Starr, a member of the St Andrews family for many years, died on Friday evening. Her funeral will be hosted by St Andrews. Do pray for her children, David & Lisa. Flix Haynes funeral will take place at Hampton in Arden on Monday 18th January, led by Greg. She too has a son and a daughter, Tim and Deb.

Congratulations

To Lily Kaczur who was nine years old yesterday.

Please Pray

Please pray for Ann Dove following her knee operation; Mike Lynch in hospital following a fall and hip replacement; for our overburdened health service and for the PCC which meets tonight.

Galatians 6.2 “carry each other’s burdens” Thanks to Veronika for drawing our attention to this verse.

Sunday Service for 10th January

Posted on 10 January 2021Categories Online Services

Welcome to our online service for 10th January 2021. Please click on the video link below to take part.

Coffee Morning

An informal Sunday morning coffee meeting will be held via Zoom from 11:15AM. The details are:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/754808403?pwd=VkthS3JwYTd1TUpMS0ZjMTFIMUNZdz09

Meeting ID: 754 808 403 – Password: 031195

Service Collection and online gifts/donations

If you attend our on line services and normally give via the collection plate, or if you wish to make a donation to the work of the church, you can use the attached link to make a gift. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrews Church. Your contributions are very much appreciated.

Giving link

Order of Service:

  • Welcome and Opening prayer – Sue
  • Prayer of Preparation – Sue
  • Confession and Absolution – Sue
  • Collect – Sue
  • Readings: Acts 19: 1-7 – Elizabeth
  • Mark 1: 4-11 Graham
  • Sermon – Greg
  • Song: Breathe on me, Breath of God – Di
  • Intercessions and Lord’s Prayer – Sue
  • Notices and Final Blessing – Greg

Bulletin – 8th January 2021

Posted on 8 January 2021Categories News

Church Bulletin

I shed tears for the first time this morning since making the decision to leave St Andrews (Fran has long since lost count of her tearful times). I suspect it was brought on by the meeting the previous evening planning our leaving service. The reality and enormity of what we are doing is finally starting to sink in. As a man, I was brought up to believe that boys don’t cry; and while I no longer believe that is right, it’s hard to shake off a lifetime of conditioning. The great promise of Revelation 21 is that Heaven is a place where He will wipe every tear from our eyes, but not because we will be granted greater powers of stoicism but because He will remove every cause for sadness: Heaven is a place where there is no more death or loss or pain! Meanwhile, there are many causes for sadness here on earth in the midst of a pandemic and therefore I encourage you when necessary to shed tears of healing.

SCAMS

We have taken further action to reduce the danger of scams being perpetrated using our website as resource for criminals. However, it is vital that individuals are vigilant. If you have an unexpected request for money or indeed an unexpected offer of money, please do not part with cash or bank details without checking carefully the authenticity of the request.

Greg and Fran’s leaving service

A reminder that from 10 a.m. today, we are welcoming bookings to attend Greg and Fran’s leaving service at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday Jan 24th at St James, Tile Hill Lane. We will be livestreaming this service for those who would prefer to watch from home.

Church Opening

The church is open for live worship this Sunday (although all places have been taken). The PCC meet on Monday to consider what to do about the rest of lockdown. In the meantime, 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. Thank God that our government have recognized that worship is vital to the nation’s health, but please understand that this is why churches are open: to provide opportunities for worship not for socialising. The zoom after church coffee will continue for as long as it’s not possible to socialise in person.

Service collection and online gifts/donations

We trialled an online Christmas Church Collection page for our Christmas services this year and quite a few people used it to make their church collection / gift. The people I’ve spoken to have said they found it easy to find and use. We have decided that we will continue to offer this approach for people who attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or who may wish to make a donation to the work of the church. The attached link is the way to make a gift and this will also be included on the service link each week. Can I say thank you to everyone who continues to support the work of St Andrew’s Church your contributions are very much appreciated. Nick Tooby (Churchwarden).

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/eef64318-0a22-4db7-8d81-0ab3ccddf15d

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you.

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Winter Grant Scheme

The winter grant scheme is available to support families and individuals with access to food, energy, water bills and other essential items.  The aim is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run-up to Christmas and over the winter months during the pandemic by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, so every child will be warm and well-fed this winter. The scheme will run through until 31 March 2021.

https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/1/council_and_democracy/3551/covid-19_coronavirus/8

Corona update

Please find attached a helpful summary of the new rules pertaining to lockdown.

Lockdown rules

Christmas Tree

Many thanks to Fran, Steve, Hilary and Diane who kindly ensured that the Christmas was safely taken down by the end of the 12 days of Christmas.

Please Pray

Please pray for Marilyn Starr in Myton Hospice; Ann Dove now at home following her knee operation; Mike Lynch in hospital following a fall and hip replacement; for our schools and nursery teachers and for parents home schooling.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13.8

Bulletin – 4th January 2021

Posted on 4 January 2021Categories News

Church Bulletin

And a Happy New Year. I hope you had a joyous, peaceful and healthy Christmas. I start the first bulletin of the new year with some sad news. Flix Haynes died in the early hours of yesterday morning, having finally lost her battle against three different sorts of cancer at the age of 89. Flix’s death seems especially poignant for me, since Flix arrived at St Andrew’s three months after Fran and I and it now transpires has left at much the same time. She typifies what makes St Andrew’s such a special place, with her generosity, kindness, care of others and her passion for the needs of the poor. I was able to visit just before Christmas to say goodbye and even though bed bound and fading fast, she was still asking with genuine concern after others. Although health has prevented her from attending St Andrew’s in recent years, she will be much missed. Thankfully, kindness, generosity and caring for others will continue to typify the life of St Andrew’s.

SCAM

Please under no circumstances respond to a scam; an email that purports to be from Greg (including his picture) asking for a ‘favor’. This is not me and not my email address. Please block it and do not reply. There are so many of these things around. Please always check with a phone call before parting with money. The number one hall mark of a scam is that the scammer will put pressure on you to do something immediately.

Greg and Fran’s Leaving Service

Apologies for the confusion over making reservations for attending Greg & Fran’s leaving service on the 24th. This should be done on Friday 8th at 10 a.m. or as soon after as you’re able. Please contact Julie to do this.

More Sad News

We heard yesterday that David Griffiths died about three weeks ago, not really having recovered from the death of Bernice last year. His funeral is in Hampton in Arden next Monday.

Corona Update

Please remember that if you are asked to self-isolate, it is likely to be without any notice. If you do not have neighbours or family close at hand, please do let us know. We are here to help. Do think ahead about what you might do under such circumstances

Christmas Tree

Anyone who has a spare hour at 3.30pm on Wednesday is invited to help take down the church Christmas tree. Please remember a mask!

January Prayer Guide

The prayer guide for January is available by clicking this link.

Online Services Appeal – Enabling your church to offer online services

Coronavirus has required St Andrew’s to be innovative in the way it reaches out and supports our community. We have recorded Sunday services each week and posted them on our website for people to feel connected with our church and to worship God.

This has been really well received by members of the church community, the parish and yes, across the country (we have received some lovely feedback from people who have watched the services who don’t live in Eastern Green, or even Coventry).

We are planning some exciting services to celebrate Christmas, from our Carol Service to an interactive Crib Service for young families, please look out for them on our webpage.

However, although this has been great, it does have some limitations, especially in these times when numbers allowed in church are so restricted. With your help we want to expand and improve our service to the community.  We are launching an appeal to raise £8,000 to install equipment to allow us to live stream our services. This will give us the capability and opportunity to live stream Sunday Services. It will also give us the opportunity, when appropriate and possible, to live stream other important services, for example funerals. We can all understand how difficult it is for families and friends not to be together to celebrate someone’s life. An online service, streamed to a person’s home can help both support the family and those not able to attend.

We are applying to organisations for grants to secure half the cost, but need to meet the other half from donations. If you feel that this is something you can support please make a donation via the link below. Thank you……….

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/b9308eca-1eae-48fd-9485-dad6d2d459f3

Book Club

The Book Club meeting tonight starts at 7.30pm on Zoom. Contact Sue Masters (07958 322026) or Greg Smith for the Zoom access codes.

Safeguarding Training

If you are a church volunteer, member of the PCC or have any role within the church, please ensure that you complete course C0 (mandatory) and C1 (depending on your role) which are both now available online at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/SafeguardingTraining. Individual reminders were sent out several weeks ago. Please send Julie a copy of the completion certificate once you have completed a course. If you have any queries please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Please Pray

Please pray for Marilyn Starr in Myton Hospice; Ann Dove now at home following her knee operation; Mike Lynch in hospital following a fall and hip replacement; Alison Watts’ mother, Betty, who is having an operation today and our schools returning after the Christmas break.

“The City of God does not need the sun or moon for the glory of God is its light” Rev 21

Sunday Service – 3rd January 2021

Posted on 3 January 2021Categories News, Online Services

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 3rd January 2021.

If you would like to make a contribution to support the work of St. Andrews Church in the local community please use the link below.
Christmas Collection – Give A Little

To join us in this service please click the YouTube button in the middle of the video.

Order of Service

  • Welcome, Prayers of preparation, confession and absolution: Revd Greg Smith
  • Scripture Reading – Ephesians 3, vs 1-12: Rita Muir
  • Gospel Reading – Matthew 2, vs 1-12: Rita Muir
  • Song – O Little Town of Bethlehem: St Andrew’s Singers
  • Sermon: Lynnette Clarke
  • Song – Come and Join the Celebration: St Andrew’s Singers
  • Intercessions: Lesley Lee
  • Lord’s Prayer: Lesley Lee
  • Notices & Blessing: Revd Greg Smith