“What a difference a week can make in politics” the saying goes. What a difference a week away from the garden can make, I say! I returned from a week’s holiday to find my grass, which I’d cut the Friday before we left, looking like it hadn’t been mowed for a month. It wasn’t just my garden either, the grass in the churchyard seemed to have suddenly become a wild meadow, all within two weeks of the contractor cutting it. Now the gardeners out there will know that a wet period, followed by a warm sunny period, is the perfect scenario to give plants, flowers and yes grass, a massive growth spurt and last week certainly provided that.
It reminded me of a story of a four-year old telling his Grandma “ I know where God lives” Grandma’s curiosity made her ask “where’s that?” The little boy responded by saying “he lives in the woods, Grandad showed me”. Later that night she asked her husband “what have you been telling our grandson? He tells me you have shown him where God lives” Her husband chuckled and said “As we walked through the wood, we were making footprints on the ground, and I told him that even though we can’t see God, we can see the things he’s done. The animals, trees, grass and rivers are like God’s footprints.
The writer of Psalm 147 also pointed to the evidence for God within our creation saying “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving. He covers the skies with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes the grass grow on the hills. Praise the Lord” . Maybe as we look at the length of the grass at this time of year, and the fact it’s growing so quickly, we should see it as God’s footprints and praise the Lord for his goodness!
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.
The parish administrator, Julie Crow, will be on holiday from Thursday 3rd – 13th June. Any urgent queries should be addressed to one of the churchwardens whose phone numbers are provided at the end of the bulletin.
Bulletins this Friday and next week will only be available on the church website and Facebook page until the week beginning 14th June when an emailed bulletin will resume.
Sunday service is now fully booked for 13th June. Please email Julie if you wish to reserve a seat for the service on 20th June. There are still spaces available for the Children’s service this Sunday, see information below.
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.
Visit to Pontesbury
Greg & Fran are inviting members of St Andrew’s to a Thanksgiving service on Monday 21st June at 7pm. The service will be held at St George’s in Pontesbury.
The three available arrival times are 2.30pm for the full guided tour; 6pm for buffet or 7pm for service. If you would like to attend please confirm to Julie or one of the churchwardens by Friday 18th June.
You will need to make your own arrangements to travel to and from Pontesbury.
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).
Building our Faith (Wednesdays)
Our zoom Bible study continues this Wednesday at 7.30pm. The theme is The Holy Spirit and all are welcome to join us.
The zoom access codes are:
Meeting ID: 812 4505 0020 Passcode: 295068
The zoom access codes 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 email@example.com
Foodbank Donations (Fridays)
To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to give food you can also donate online here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/rddonate-checkout/
Sunday Coffee Gathering (Fridays)
The access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering are:
Meeting ID: 889 5975 8216 Passcode: 504896
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 email@example.com
Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518
Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847