Bulletin – 7th June 2021

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)

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

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

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

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

Ash Wednesday Reflective Service

Although we are not able to be in church this will be a reflective service is to mark the start of Lent.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY IN LENT

As we start the season of Lent why not join our weekly Bible study group on Wednesday evenings. For five weeks starting on Wednesday 24th February we will be meeting on zoom to look at The Prayers of Jesus . Each week we look at a different prayer and there will be time for discussion and questions.

Come to as many as you can we would love you to join us.

The zoom meeting details are: 812 4505 0020 , Password: 295068

If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact me.

Sue Masters – 07958322026

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

Order of Service

  • WELCOME & OPENING PRAYER – SUE
  • LITURGY OF PENITENCE – SUE
  • READING – Isaiah 58: 1-18 – RITA
  • SONG – ON JORDAN’S BANK THE BAPTIST CRY – DI
  • MEDITATION – LESLEY
  • READING – MATTHEW 6: 1-6., 16-21 – RITA
  • INTERCESSIONS – SUE
  • COLLECT – SUE
  • FINAL BLESSING – SUE

Bulletin – 25th January 2021

Church Bulletin

And so my final words are ones of thanks. You may well have seen last night that we received flowers (for Fran) and wine (also for Fran!), but you may not know that we also received a wonderful photo album with pictures of our many friends, some recently taken, some from days gone by. We will truly treasure this forever and want to thank Nick for organising this wonderful gift. We were also overwhelmed by a financial gift of £1400. Not for the first time, we were awestruck by the sheer generosity of our friends. Thank you. We are also deeply appreciative of the many messages of tribute we have received. As I said last night, I hope you will forgive me if these are not properly acknowledged. There have been so many and this next week will not be one of leisure as we turn our attention to the boxes waiting to be packed up. We are also extremely grateful for the personal gifts brought to us. I smile at the thought that we have a picture of St Andrews on every item imaginable: plates, canvas, plaques, cushions, calendars, key-rings and even a bottle of wine. Many of these will find their way to our home in Wales I’m sure. We have not published our new address idly. There is a warm welcome to anyone willing to brave the M6 and M54 or the train to Shrewsbury station.

So, who’s in charge now?

Technically, I will remain Vicar of St Andrew’s until we finally leave the Vicarage on Feb 3rd, which means if Becky and Nick decide to pave over the churchyard, I will be held legally responsible! Thereafter, the churchwardens along with the Area Dean have legal responsibility for the life of St Andrew’s and specifically care of the building and the maintenance of worship. Day to day queries should be addressed to Julie at the Church Office at administrator@standrews-eg.org or 07756 918847 or 2 Manderley Close, Eastern Green.

Pastoral concerns should be shared with Lesley or Sue at lesleylee4@hotmail.co.uk or susanmasters@sky.com

Thanks

Again, to Revd Matt Taylor, Vicar of Finham, and his church for the generosity of their hospitality in hosting the farewell service and for their technical expertise. If you haven’t yet seen the service, it can accessed via this link.

https://youtu.be/0LX8SLLHevo

Livestreaming Appeal

We trust last night that you witnessed the benefits of livestreaming. The PCC have decided to pursue the cheaper of two quotes. We are inviting those of you who have made pledges to the appeal to now make your contribution if you are still able. We still need a little bit more and will be immensely grateful for any donation however small. Donations may be posted to 2 Manderley Close, Eastern Green or via bank transfer details available from Clive at clive.murden@btinternet.com

Building our Faith Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Our weekly Wednesday evening group takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm on zoom. For four weeks commencing on 20th we will be looking at Women in the Bible.

The format for the evening is a brief talk and then a chance to share together, ask questions and discuss the theme for the evening. If you have been part of the group previously, we look forward to welcoming you back; if you have not joined us before or never been to a group like this, now may be the time to think about joining us.

If you are interested and have questions, or you need more information please contact Sue Masters, 07958 322026, susanmasters@sky.com

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

Sunday Coffee Gathering

Please note that there are new access codes for the 11.15am Sunday gathering. Please contact the parish administrator or one of the church wardens to obtain the codes.

Missing Person

Warwickshire Police are appealing for help to locate missing 61-year-old Keith Appleton missing in Rugby. He lives in Eastern Green. Keith was last seen at 9.45am yesterday walking on Newbold Road. He is white, 5’10” of slim build. He is believed to be wearing a black jacket with a hood, a shirt and jumper, smart suit trousers and formal shoes. Officers and Keith’s family are growing concerned for his welfare. If anyone has seen him or knows of his whereabouts, please call 101 quoting incident number 220.

Sad News

Leslie Neil, a long-standing member of the community, passed away in hospital on 21st January. Les lived in Sutton Avenue for 58 years just prior to moving to Avalon Care in November.

Please Pray

Please pray for Mike Lynch who is back home, battling with Covid; for Les Neil’s family who sadly were unable to be with him at the end; for the leadership of St Andrew’s as it enters a new phase; and for Greg & Fran for a smooth move.

Greg and Fran’s new address:

The Deanery
Main Road
Pontesbury
SY5 0PS

They will be in residence from 3rd February. The email address and mobile nos remain the same.

Do send Julie your favourite bible verses or hymn verses for inclusion in the bulletin

“Glorify the Lord with me; Let us exalt His Name together” Psalm 34.3

REMINDER – Leaving Service for Greg and Fran

A live service will be streamed at 6.30pm.

The link for this is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhR0tXrrNHICK0t11QUU9Q/live

You can paste it into your browser, visit the website, or the Facebook page and click onto it. You will be able to access this from Sunday 24th Jan 2021 at 6.20pm  to check that everything is working. You will see a welcome message and a countdown. The service is live, which means that you can join at any time, but you will miss whatever has already happened. We will record the service and will make it available to watch at a later date.