Bulletin – 19th July 2021

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Church Bulletin

I waited until the cool of the evening before taking my walk yesterday and decided to take a different route to usual.  As I turned a corner, I noticed a family group enjoying the last remnants of the sunshine.  They had a large paddling pool and the children were obviously thoroughly enjoying themselves.  As I walked past, one of the boys called out to the others.  “Let’s change the game now.  We won’t have any rules!

I smiled wryly to myself thinking, “Well, that sums up the situation rather well.” because, today, as Covid restrictions are eased, it does feel as if someone has said just that, “Let’s change the game now.  We won’t have rules anymore.”

There is, of course, a condition to this no rules idea.  We are expected to behave responsibly and take sensible precautions.  I’m sure that we are only too happy to do that.  True we are hungry for normality – to be able to fill our church without the 2 metre rule and to sing hymns at the top of our voices would be wonderful.  Are we ready for that yet?  I suspect not.  We need to ‘behave responsibly and take sensible precautions’. 

This, in keeping with recommendations from our Diocese, is something the PCC will need to consider and one of those situations where it will not be possible to please everyone.  The range of our opinions is diverse.  Some of us with a ‘Let’s bite the bullet approach and get on with it.’  Some of us who live in fear for their loved ones or themselves and are really not ready for change yet – and, then, there are all sorts of opinions in between. 

We, as Christians, however, do have a vital advantage.  We have a faith and we are able to feel the power of God’s love and protection. We are able to say those beautiful words from Psalm 27:

“The Lord is my light and my salvation –
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Whatever decision is agreed, it will be prayerfully considered but, meanwhile, let us hold our leadership team and the PCC in prayer and thank our Lord Jesus for His guidance as to the way forward.

Lesley Lee
Reader

Church Opening

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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 current arrangements for attending church will remain in place after 19th July and until the PCC have met to consider the new Church of England guidance. A further update will be included in the bulletin.

Children’s Service

Our next Children’s service will take place in church on Sunday 1st August. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

St Andrew’s ‘Rocks’  

This Summer we would like you to join us in designing and painting a rock on the theme ‘Why I love our Area’.

If you would like to paint a rock there will be a box outside the Church Entrance on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the Summer for you to pop your finished rocks in.

We will then display these rocks in our Rockery at the front of the Church to view and spread a little joy this Summer.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

If you have any further questions then feel free to contact our Youth Worker Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Building Our Faith

Zoom access details are available from Sue Masters.

Youth Work

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 standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Please Pray

For the next stage of the appointment process for our new vicar. Please also pray for the Leadership Team and the PCC as they meet to consider the options for the church following the government changes effective from today.

Below is a hymn shared by Terri Beales remembering school days and the school life shared:

Lord dismiss us with thy blessing
Thanks for mercies past receive
Pardon all, their faults confessing
Time that’s lost may all retrieve
May thy children
Ne’er again thy Spirit grieve.

Let thy Father-hand be shielding
All who here shall meet no more;
May thy seed-time past be yielding
Year by year a richer store
Those returning
Make more faithful than before.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Bulletin – 16th July 2021

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It has been a busy time recently, and while I love to be busy a day away from the laptop and the list of things to do was calling. So, yesterday we went to a National Trust property in Northamptonshire. As we drove along the A46 we hit a long queue of traffic that didn’t move and that threatened to disrupt the day. We crawled along for a while and then my trusted driver took a detour from the Sat-Nag route and we ended up driving along lovely country roads with no other traffic and beautiful views. We were on roads we hadn’t driven before and we saw only four other cars in the whole time we drove this route, until we parked at the National Trust Property.

Once there we meandered through the beautiful formal gardens, and walked out into the deserted parklands, although only part of them because the sheep were loitering and there was a warning about cows! My love of nature only goes so far. After the obligatory coffee and cake, we sat in the formal gardens and it was so nice to just sit and be still, to look at the scenery and people watch. It felt like a while since I had done that and it reminded me of the need for all of us to take time out to rest, reflect and restore. We did have a chat about our Wednesday evening Bible study and the questions it had thrown up, and also about small groups in general, so maybe not a complete switch off!  But time nevertheless to reflect and to just be still. On the way home we stopped at a canal-side hostelry and sat again while enjoying a glass of something nice.

I know we are very fortunate that we are able to do this, and despite the fact my head tells me I am 20 years younger than I actually am, this is a benefit of having become a ‘concession’.

The Bible tells us about Sabbath, a time set aside, to come close to God, but also a time to rest, to regenerate. We need to remember this and take time to breathe, to look around us and to enjoy the moment and the place we are in.  Our gospel reading for this Sunday tells us of Jesus’ encouraging  His disciples to do just this. As the disciples return to Jesus, after a time of teaching and healing among the people, the gospel tells us: Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6: 31).  Jesus encouraging time for rest and refreshment, for rebuilding and renewal. Their rest didn’t last long as people perused Jesus and the disciples for more teaching, but the principle was established of the need for time without activity, that can be good for the body and the soul.

Sue Masters
Reader

Church Opening

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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 current arrangements for attending church will remain in place after 19th July and until the PCC have met to consider the new Church of England guidance. A further update will be included in the bulletin.

Children’s Service on 1st August

Our next Children’s service will take place in church on Sunday 1st August a 10am. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Activities for 50+ at Eastern Green Village Hall

Please see the enclosed poster with activities at Eastern Green Village Hall.

50 Plus Whats On 1

St Andrew’s ‘Rocks’  

This Summer we would like you to join us in designing and painting a rock on the theme ‘Why I love our Area’.

If you would like to paint a rock there will be a box outside the Church Entrance on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the Summer for you to pop your finished rocks in.

We will then display these rocks in our Rockery at the front of the Church to view and spread a little joy this Summer.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

If you have any further questions then feel free to contact our Youth Worker Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be on Tuesday 14th September at 7.30pm and the book we have chosen is: Who moved the Stone, by Frank Morrison.  A well-known book seller says this about the book: The classic text on examining the evidence for the Resurrection. Convinced that the story wasn’t true, Frank Morison started to write about Jesus’ last days. However, as he studied this crucial period something happened… First published in 1930, this is an exploration of what happened between the death of Jesus and the resurrection as recorded in the Bible. Writing this book changed Morison’s life.

Why not read it and join us to discuss what it says?

Any questions please contact Sue Masters.

Foodbank Donations

To donate to Central foodbank, Sue Barnes is coordinating this so please contact her to drop off food at her house. Contact Sue at susanbarnes1960@outlook.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 the next stage of the appointment process for our 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Bulletin – 12th July 2021

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I wanted this bulletin to be a football free zone but I know I am in a minority of those not interested in the football. According to one national newspaper today, 35 million people watched the football on TV last night, along I expect with the hours of commentary before and after the match. I was even present in our living room for the penalties, although I was doing a sudoku as well. After much anticipation and excitement peoples hopes were crushed and there were many tears shed.

Huge crowds gathered everywhere, wanting to be part of something big, people excited, hopeful, drawn together. In Coventry City centre yesterday the new Assembly Festival Gardens were setting up for an evening of football and there were many people wearing the England colours, some carrying boxes of alcoholic beverages, in preparation and anticipation of the evening to come. All wanting to be part of this moment.

Huge crowds followed Jesus too as he went about from town to town speaking about the kingdom of God. People gathering together, drawn by him, wanting to be part of this new future that He spoke of; people filled with hope and excitement. The hope we have is Jesus, a hope that is offered to all and which does not fail or fade.

How can we as 21st century disciples encourage and excite people about Jesus and attract people in the way the sports events have in the last month? The commentaries from those close to the event, the chatter among the excited followers an example perhaps to us as we seek to make Jesus known.

Our project to live stream services may be a one of the ways to introduce the kingdom of God to our neighbourhood and a catalyst for people talking about God. And we all can gossip the gospel, encouraging others to come close to Jesus, the source of our hope and expectation.

‘Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.’ (Mark 16: 15; The Message translation).

Sue Masters
Reader

Church Opening

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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.

Covid Updates

We await the Prime Minister’s announcement later today about the next step on the road map and the changes expected on 19th July. Our leadership team will be meeting tonight to discuss the plans for the future so please hold us in prayer.

In the meantime, the message from Coventry Health team is;

·         Rates across the city are still continuing to see a rise. There is good availability for everyone across the city to get LFT home testing kits, these are for those that are not displaying symptoms. Testing yourself twice a week allows you to keep your family, friends, work colleagues safe when mixing. There are a range of ways you can access testing kits (order online, pop in to a local registered pharmacy, attend a community testing site in the city), head to the website to find out;

https://www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus

·         PCR vs LFT tests – a gentle reminder of the difference between PCR and LFT tests. If you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID19 then you are encouraged to use LFT (lateral flow tests) as it helps identify cases that may go unnoticed but still be spreading across the community (see above of ways to access these tests). PCR tests are for those that are displaying symptoms of COVID19 – you must book this through the national booking system. Those that have also been notified as a close contact to a COVID9 case will now also be required to go for a PCR test- https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

See below attachment regarding mask wearing.

Book Club

Tuesday 13th July 7.30pm on zoom.

Zoom access details:

870 9541 3079

Password: 379324

Building Our Faith

Wednesday 13th July at 7.30pm looking at the parable of The Prodigal Son. Lesley will be leading us as we loom together at this parable.

Zoom access details:

812 4505 0020

Password: 295068

St Andrew’s ‘Rocks’

This Summer we would like you to join us in designing and painting a rock on the theme ‘Why I love our Area’.

If you would like to paint a rock there will be a box outside the Church Entrance on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the Summer for you to pop your finished rocks in.

We will then display these rocks in our Rockery at the front of the Church to view and spread a little joy this Summer.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

If you have any further questions then feel free to contact our Youth Worker Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Children’s Books

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.

Youth Work

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 standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Please Pray

For the next stage of the appointment process for our new vicar.

Birthdays

Today Veronika and Jackie Page celebrate their birthdays; we wish them, and anyone else with a birthday this week, a very happy birthday.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Bulletin – 7th June 2021

Posted on 7 June 2021Categories Uncategorized

As many of you will be aware I’m very interested in military history, especially concerning the two World Wars. The 6th June 1944 was D Day, the date the largest military naval, air and land operation ever attempted began, and started the campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied north west Europe. Over the past two years, due to the pandemic, I’ve not been able to travel to Normandy in June to be part of the remembrance events, something that I’ve missed. However, I’ve lots of recent memories of talking to veterans as they recount their different stories. They reflect on their emotions, their fears and yes for some the excitement, as they played their small part in the battle being fought across 50 miles of beaches.

Jump forward now 77 years and recently I was on a train, the first time for over 12 months, and in a near empty and very quiet carriage I was listening to a group of four ladies as they chatted on their journey. As I listened to their conversation, it seemed that within their families everyone was facing some significant battle of their own. Two had parents fighting cancer, another a daughter with an eating disorder and another was waiting for a hip replacement operation. And I reflected on how we all at different times and in different ways are facing battles of our own. In the first book of Chronicles ch 16 vs 11 we read these words “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” That’s not bad advice to follow when illness, family concerns and other battles confront us, because we haven’t been left to fight alone. God is present; God is strong; and God will get us through.

Nick Tooby
Churchwarden

Church Opening

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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.

Holiday

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 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.

St Andy’s

For St Andy’s bookings for this week please contact Penny Wakefield at wenthewoodle@hotmail.co.uk

Churchyard Working Party

 We are having a working party to tidy up the front of the churchyard this Saturday morning (12th June) from 09:30am. If you can spare sometime please turn up. Please bring your own brushes, spades etc.

Thank you,

Nick

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or Linda Chylinski (Parish Safeguarding Officer) at onelindilou@gmail.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 (susanbest369@btinternet.com/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:

812 4505 0020

295068

The zoom access codes are available from Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Youth Work

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 standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Donations of Children’s Books

Aldermoor  farm school have asked for any donations of children’s books ( any age), if possible please. They are desperately short, as children take them home and never return them I am happy to collect from peoples homes who are willing to donate. Thank you. Phone 07962028625.
Linda Chylinski

Christian Aid

Christian Aid was a challenge this year with COVID, changing attitudes to collecting at the door and my inability to walk far. However, with 3 loyal collectors we managed to raise £315.82 plus £ 25.63 which was gift aided making a total of £341.45.

Thank you to everyone.

Kind regards

Pat Sullivan

Congratulations

To Emma & Graham Read who celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on 8th June.

Please Pray

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

 

Church Contacts

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Sunday Service for 30th May 2021 (Trinity Sunday)

Posted on 30 May 2021Categories Online Services, Uncategorized

Welcome to our service for 30th May 2021.

Service Collection and Online Gifts/Donations
If you attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or if you wish to make a donation to the work of the church, please used the attached link to make a gift. 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

Coffee Morning
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88959758216?pwd=RXJ2SWdWNW5DMlhKOXJsak1GUzRCdz09

Meeting ID: 889 5975 8216
Passcode: 504896

To take part in the video service, please click on the YouTube link below:

Order of Service for Sunday, 30th May 2021

  • Welcome and Opening Prayer – Lesley
  • Prayer of Preparation – Lesley
  • Prayer of Confession – Lesley
  • 1st Reading – Isaiah 6; 1-8 – Vicky
  • Hymn – Immortal, Invisible – Di
  • Gospel Reading – John 3; 1-17 – Vicky
  • Sermon – Lesley
  • Hymn – Our Father Everlasting (The Creed) – Dan & Kirstie
  • Intercessions – Charley
  • Lord’s prayer – Lesley
  • Notices & Blessing – Lesley

Bulletin – 17th May 2021

Posted on 17 May 2021Categories Uncategorized

Church Bulletin

FREEDOM! This week is a significant one in the calendar that we have been looking towards for months. Did you know:

This week in 1536 Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London, losing her freedom and her head!

This week in 1649 England is declared a Commonwealth by an act of the Rump Parliament, making England a republic for the next 11 years.

Significant events on these days that affected individuals, families and the nation.

From today we can again go into an art gallery or museum; we can go out for breakfast or lunch without the rain dripping on us watering down our coffee; we can meet indoors with one other household. Who would have thought these things that we took for granted would be such a big thing for many of us? Our freedoms have been restricted in the last year as we have come together to protect each other and to support one another. This week some freedoms are restored. The anticipation has been dampened somewhat in the last few days with the concerns about the variants of Covid but we will be able to do some things that we couldn’t before, while exercising some caution.

As we think about freedom, we are called to remember that we have freedom in Christ:

2 Corinthians 3:17. ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’. Our freedom is in knowing the Lord and being held in good and in dark times by Him. Jesus the constant, our freedom assured as he is unchanging, even during Covid, unlike the regulations and guidelines. 

As we meet tonight for our annual meeting we will reflect on the past year. A year with much change, not just covid, but also Greg our much-loved vicar moving to a new parish. We will also look forward to what God has in store for us, as we remember that Christ has set us free, free to worship and witness, albeit in different ways, free to rest in Him. So, as we put our trust in God, enjoy the freedoms you have this week whatever that entails for you.

Sue Masters

Reader

APCM

This evening, at 7.30pm we will be holding our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The meeting will be via zoom and the details and link are available from the churchwardens.

The meeting will be chaired by the Area Dean. It is an opportunity to find out how our church has been active in its ministry, through its people, over the past twelve months.

The papers for the meeting, and the agenda, can be found on our website at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/. We will also be giving an update on the progress being made to find a new vicar.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Nick Tooby – Churchwarden

Covid 19

From 17th May stage three on the road map comes into place. Coventry Council’s public health team have given us the following advice.

We encourage you to socially distance from those outside of your household, continue to wear face masks in venues that these are required in and wash your hands regularly. We also encourage everyone to now be ensuring that they have a lateral flow test twice a week to help control the spread of the virus.

Hugging, embracing and handshaking has been prohibited since the start of the pandemic as it is known to transmit infection. It is advisable that physical contact such as hugging embracing and handshaking is as limited as possible. People have been longing to hug embrace and shake hands, it is advisable that for the time being this is restricted to people in your family/household/support bubble.

Physical contact greetings (hug, embrace handshake) should be the very rare exception not the norm and it is suggested you use other types of greetings such as a wave or the elbow bump. This will help to keep the transmission of Covid as low as possible. 

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or Linda Chylinski (Parish Safeguarding Officer) at onelindilou@gmail.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.

Church Opening

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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.

Reserve List

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.

St Andy’s

If you would like to attend a service at St Andy’s please contact Julie as she will be taking bookings. Please contact administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Children’s Service

Our next Children’s service will take place in church on Sunday 6th June. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact Julie before Wednesday 2nd June on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

After this date there may still be places so, please contact Becky Crowe on 07875 552518 or rebecca.crowe@ourfaith.online

Baptism Verger

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.

Baptism Visitor

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.

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 nicktooby@btinternet.com

Thank you, Nick Tooby

Building our Faith

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 available from Sue Masters on 07958 322026.

Youth Work

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 standrewscovyouth@gmail.com 

Please Pray

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.

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him. These things God has revealed to us through the spirit. Corinthians 1 verses 9 and 10.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Church Contacts

Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 & Becky Crowe – 07875 552518

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Sunday Service – 18th April 2021

Posted on 18 April 2021Categories News, Online Services, Uncategorized

Welcome to our Sunday Service for Sunday 18th April 2021
Third Sunday of Easter

Service Collection and Online Gifts/Donations
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

Coffee Morning
An informal Sunday morning coffee meeting will be held via Zoom from 11:15AM.
Click to join today’s coffee morning
Meeting ID: 889 5975 8216
Password: 504896

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 Collect: Nick Tooby
  • Scripture Reading – Acts 3, vs 12-19: Elizabeth Shelton
  • Song – Be Thou My Vision: Di Fellowes
  • Gospel Reading – Luke 24, vs 36-48: Graham Shelton
  • Sermon: Phil Richardson
  • Song – Be Still in the Presence of the Lord: Di Fellowes
  • Intercessions: Lynnette Clarke
  • Lord’s Prayer: Nick Tooby
  • Notices & Blessing: Nick Tooby

Sunday Service for 28th March 2021, Palm Sunday

Posted on 28 March 2021Categories Uncategorized

Service Collection and Online Gifts/Donations
If you attend our online services and normally give via the collection plate, or if you wish to make a donation to the work of the church, please used the attached link to make a gift. 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

Coffee Morning
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88959758216?pwd=RXJ2SWdWNW5DMlhKOXJsak1GUzRCdz09

Meeting ID: 889 5975 8216
Passcode: 504896

To take part in the video service, please click on the YouTube link below:

Order of Service for Sunday, 28th March 2021

  • Welcome & prayer – Lesley
  • Prayer of Preparation, Confession, absolution & Collect – Lesley
  • 1st Reading – Psalm 118; 1-2,19-29 – Angela
  • Hymn – Ride on, Ride on in Majesty – Di
  • Gospel Reading – Mark 11; 1-11 – Angela
  • Sermon – Sue
  • Intercessions – Charlie
  • Lord’s Prayer – Lesley
  • Hymn – Sing Hosanna – Di
  • Notices & Blessing – Lesley