Bulletin – 7th January 2022

Church Bulletin

Happy New Year! I am writing this on the feast of the Epiphany, the time when many Churches in the Eastern traditions celebrate Christmas, with the arrival of the Magi at Bethlehem. Although tradition dictates they were three kings, based on the number of gifts, the bible doesn’t state who they were, whether they were men or women, or indeed how many there were. All we know is that they came from the East following a star to worship a new king. These mysterious visitors not just show us that all are welcome in worship, but also that sometimes God speaks through the unexpected.

It was the warning they received in a dream that meant the Holy family travelled on to Egypt rather than returning home. I have on my mantle piece a small carving of Mary, Joseph and Jesus on that journey to remind me of the story of their flight to Egypt. Of their being helped by strangers from afar. It reminds me that they understood what it was to be unsettled, to feel far from home, to live as a refugee. This year as many of us perhaps feel uncertain and unsettled about what the future with Covid may hold, may we take comfort from this, and by God’s grace be challenged to be open to God speaking in new ways through those different to us, and mindful of those who are far from home and need to know our welcome this year.

This will be the last bulletin in this format as we move to something a little more sustainable going forward. I would like to express my thanks to all those who have contributed since it started. I am sure it has been an encouragement to many over the months of lockdown. From next week we are going to be trialling a new look pews news. It will be coming to your inbox as does the bulletin currently and there will be some paper copies in church. We will continue to deliver to those who are unable to receive it in other ways.

I hope that you have found God’s peace this festive season, please be assured of my prayers as we journey into this New Year together.

Jo

8am Communion

Our 8am Communion service on the first Sunday of the month has now restarted. All welcome.

Building our Faith

Our Building our Faith bible study meetings will not be running for the next few weeks and will recommence on Wednesday 12th January.

Book Club

Please note that the Book Club meeting will take place on Monday 17th January at 7.30pm via zoom, rescheduled from 6th January. If you are interested in being part of the group, or have any questions please contact Sue Masters (07958322026).

Sad News

Margaret Tooby, wife of the Revd Derrick Tooby former vicar of St Andrew’s, passed away on Tuesday 4th January. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick, Diane, Helen and the family.

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/

Diary Dates January
Sun 9th  8.00amParish Communion
 6.00pmRock Solid
 3.30pmSt Andy’s Service at St Oswald’s Church
Mon 10th7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 11th6.00pmDrama Club at St Oswald’s Church
Weds 12th10.00amWednesday Service
 7.30pmBuilding our Faith
Mon 17th7.30pmBook Club

9th January 2022 – The Baptism of Christ

Readings
Isaiah 43:1-7 and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Preside & Preach
Jo Joyce

Reader
Susan Barnes

Intercessions
Di Fellowes

Next week
Isaiah 62:1-5 and John 2:1-11

Church Contacts

Vicar: Jo Joyce – 07588 576351 email revjoannajoyce@outlook.com

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

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Parish Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Advocate: Linda Chylinski – 024 7646 8535 

Bulletin – 22nd December 2021

Church Bulletin

As we approach Christmas this year, once again we have some uncertainty over what the restrictions may be and what will change. With the covid situation so frequently changing it can be easy to be disheartened – don’t ‘cancel Christmas’ cry the headlines – but the reality is Christmas is never really cancelled. The way we celebrate it might well be altered, the parties on hold, but the central truth we remember each Christmas that God came down to live on earth remains the same however we celebrate it.

Of course, it is disappointing if plans have to change, it can be stressful trying to cope with an ever-changing rulebook, but the central message of Christmas remains one of hope. Jesus comes as Emmanuel – ‘God with us.’ With us in the changing plans, with us when we feel sad or lonely, and – remembering the wedding at Cana – with us when we party. But for those who are feeling sad this isn’t always much comfort, because of course God may be with us, but if we cannot see God, be hugged by God or have Gods’ help with the daily tasks, it can be hard to understand this. That’s of course where the Church comes in. We are together the hands and feet of God. We are the ones who can call a friend on their own, offer to do shopping or lend a helping hand. We are called to be the hands and feet of God – we are called to be Emmanuel to those around us, if you like.

This Christmas take a moment to think about those you know. Is there someone who would value a phone call or an offer to shop? Maybe take a moment to pray each day of the Christmas season for any you know who might be finding it hard. And, whatever happens, however plans change, remember the central message is the same, the story of Christmas is about more then cute nativity scenes, it’s a radical, life changing message, that God cared enough to come on earth and live among us. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year.

Jo Joyce – Vicar

Christmas Services

Due to the high transmission of the Omicron variant, it is with deep regret that our in-person crib services will not be taking place this year as originally planned. However, please check our church website and Facebook pages as a link to the recorded showing of the crib service will be made available.

For Midnight and Christmas Day Communion services we are asking that people book a place by contacting the vicar or one of the church wardens. Contact details are provided below.

Christmas Collection

If you are not able to attend church over the Christmas period but would still like to make a donation to the work of the church, the link below will take you to our on-line giving page. The page is secure and will offer you the chance to receive a receipt. Thank you for your ongoing support to the work of our church.

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

Nick Tooby – Churchwarden

8am Communion

Our 8am Communion service on the first Sunday of the month has now restarted. All welcome. Our next service will be on 2nd January.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in being part of the group, or have any questions please contact Sue Masters (07958322026).

Building our Faith

Our Building our Faith bible study meetings will not be running for the next few weeks and will recommence on Wednesday 12th January.

Prayer Guide

The Prayer guide for January is enclosed.

Prayer Guide JANUARY 2022

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s

The House of Bishops policies (2006, 2010) highlight the importance of regular safeguarding training for everyone who works either with children (under 18 years), or vulnerable adults. Also, for anyone in a position of trust whether it is a paid or unpaid role. 

The diocese provides a range of training accessible via the website and they are free of charge. Courses have been updated and have been renamed.

C0 – Basic Safeguarding Module. This is only required once.

C1 – Foundation Safeguarding Module. Refresh every three years unless completed leadership module.

C2 – Leadership Module. This is a training session accessible via the diocesan website and is repeated every three years.

Please can everyone required to complete training now get up to date, as covid/lockdown previously made training unavailable. The diocese has worked hard to enable us to complete our training via the diocesan website which you can access using the following link

https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

You will need to create a username and password.

Any queries or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Linda Chylinski or Julie Crow, our administrator. Please let us know once you have completed a course.

Many thanks,

Linda Chylinski – Parish Safeguarding Officer
024 7646 8535 

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/

Bulletin/Pews News

This is the final bulletin of 2021. The weekly bulletin will be replaced by Pews News in the new year, copies of which will be available in church. We will email Pews News on a weekly basis to everyone subscribed to the bulletin.

For the recipients of the postal bulletin, if you would like to continue to receive Pews News by post then please contact Julie on 07756 918847 and we will be happy to continue to send this to you.

The parish administrator, Julie, is on holiday until 5th January 2022.  All enquiries until 25th December should be directed to the vicar and from 26th December to one of the church wardens.

Archaeology Open Day

There will be an open day for our excavations at Upper Eastern Green on the 8th of January from 10am-2pm. This is in the fields across to Pickford before the building commences. Of course, this is with the caveat that we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation carefully, and we may need to reschedule depending on Government advice/restrictions, however, we hope this won’t be the case and we very much look forward to welcoming people onto the site.

Numbers will be limited as will parking onsite, with space for 20 cars per hour. Anyone who wishes to arrive by car should book via this eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/archaeology-open-day-eastern-green-tickets-226888267917 

There is a public footpath to the site, which can be accessed from the Juniper Play Park in Allesley Green (CV5 7QH). We do ask people intending to arrive by foot to book a ticket using the same eventbrite link, just to give us an idea of numbers, however these tickets are not for timed slots.

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

Vicar: Jo Joyce – 07588 576351 email revjoannajoyce@outlook.com

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

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Parish Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Advocate: Linda Chylinski – 024 7646 8535 

26th December 2021 – The First Sunday of Christmas

Readings
Colossians 3.12-17 & Luke 2.41-52

Preside
Jo Joyce

Preach
Jo Joyce

Reader
Sara Parkes

Intercessions
Di Fellowes

Next week
Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12


Diary Dates December – January
Friday 24th Crib Service online
 11.00pmMidnight Communion – please book your place
Sat 25th10.00amChristmas Day Communion – please book your place
Sun 26th10.00amParish Communion
Sun 2nd8.00amSaid Communion
 10.00amWorship 4 All
 3.30pmSt Andy’s Service at St Oswald’s Church
Weds 5th10.00amWednesday Service
Thurs 6th7.30pmBook Club

Bulletin – 17th December 2021

Church Bulletin

One of the joys of this festive season is seeing the wonderful displays of Christmas lights.  Cities and towns put on amazing and often sophisticated presentations in their high streets.  Villages will have their huge Christmas trees sparkling brightly.  All is delightful and much appreciated.

But what truly amazes me is all the energy, imagination and expense that many people put into the external decoration and lighting of their homes.  From illuminated inflatable Santas popping out of chimneys to wired-framed l.e.d. lit reindeer or snowmen parading on front drives.  Often it is a simple row of shimmering white lights hanging under the eaves of the roof or the more striking icicle-type lights surrounding bay windows; garden trees and hedges suddenly get adorned with baubles and brightly coloured fairy lights.

There is a broad spectrum of approach in how we adorn the outside of our homes in celebration of Christmas, from a simple circular wreath on the front door to the incredible, splendidly over-the-top and joyous displays which cause us to stop in our tracks and look in admiration; our inner child looking on in wonder, our grown-up self in awe of the time, expense and energy employed to achieve such magnificent affect.

I wonder if those of us who decorate our homes appreciate just how much we might be revealing about ourselves as individuals. 

You will notice that I have not once mentioned anything to do with the story of the nativity.  In fact, stars are quite common, and angels are popular in formal displays; the ones in Regent Street this year are stunning.  Sadly, the truth is that Crib scenes are few and far between.  Christmas – the Mass of Christ – in our street displays appears to be missing the point.  Do I want to see l.e.d. lit wire-framed Joseph and Mary, or inflatable shepherds with their sheep?  No, I do not!  I am only too aware that our Lord has a wonderful sense of humour and enjoys the fun-loving aspect of humanity; that our Creator God created us in His image and takes pleasure in our own creativity and that the character of Santa Clause with all his retinue developed from the generosity of Saint Nicholas.  Most important of all, is that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World and brings the light of His love to us all.  Something, that we may want to remember the next time we look at Christmas illuminations.

Lesley Lee – Reader

Christmas Services

Due to the high transmission of the Omicron variant, it is with deep regret that our in-person crib services will not be taking place this year as originally planned. However, please check our church website and Facebook pages as a link to the recorded showing of the crib service will be made available.

For Midnight and Christmas Day Communion services we are asking that people book a place by contacting the parish administrator by 22nd December. After this date, please contact the vicar or one of the church wardens.

Christmas Collection

If you are not able to attend church over the Christmas period but would still like to make a donation to the work of the church, the link below will take you to our on-line giving page. The page is secure and will offer you the chance to receive a receipt. Thank you for your ongoing support to the work of our church.

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

Nick Tooby – Churchwarden

8am Communion

Our 8am Communion service on the first Sunday of the month has now restarted. All welcome.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in being part of the group, or have any questions please contact Sue Masters (07958322026).

Building our Faith

Our Building our Faith bible study meetings will not be running for the next few weeks and will recommence on Wednesday 12th January.

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s

The House of Bishops policies (2006, 2010) highlight the importance of regular safeguarding training for everyone who works either with children (under 18 years), or vulnerable adults. Also, for anyone in a position of trust whether it is a paid or unpaid role. 

The diocese provides a range of training accessible via the website and they are free of charge. Courses have been updated and have been renamed.

C0 – Basic Safeguarding Module. This is only required once.

C1 – Foundation Safeguarding Module. Refresh every three years unless completed leadership module.

C2 – Leadership Module. This is a training session accessible via the diocesan website and is repeated every three years.

Please can everyone required to complete training now get up to date, as covid/lockdown previously made training unavailable. The diocese has worked hard to enable us to complete our training via the diocesan website which you can access using the following link

https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

You will need to create a username and password.

Any queries or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Linda Chylinski or Julie Crow, our administrator. Please let us know once you have completed a course.

Many thanks,

Linda Chylinski – Parish Safeguarding Officer
024 7646 8535 

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/

Bulletin/Pews News

The weekly bulletin will be replaced by Pews News in the new year, copies of which will be available in church. We will email Pews News on a weekly basis to everyone subscribed to the bulletin.

For the recipients of the postal bulletin, if you would like to continue to receive Pews News by post then please contact Julie on 07756 918847 and we will be happy to continue to send this to you.

The final bulletin for 2021 will be emailed/posted on Wednesday 22nd December.

Archaeology Open Day

There will be an open day for our excavations at Upper Eastern Green on the 8th of January from 10am-2pm. This is in the fields across to Pickford before the building commences. Of course, this is with the caveat that we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation carefully, and we may need to reschedule depending on Government advice/restrictions, however, we hope this won’t be the case and we very much look forward to welcoming people onto the site.

Numbers will be limited as will parking on-site, with space for 20 cars per hour. Anyone who wishes to arrive by car should book via this eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/archaeology-open-day-eastern-green-tickets-226888267917

The site can be accessed on foot from behind the Garden Flats opposite the shop on Upper Eastern Green Lane then following the path straight up to the ridge. There is also a public footpath to the site, which can be accessed from the Juniper Play Park in Allesley Green (CV5 7QH). We do ask people intending to arrive by foot to book a ticket using the same eventbrite link, just to give us an idea of numbers, however these tickets are not for timed slots.

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

Vicar: Jo Joyce – 07588 576351 email revjoannajoyce@outlook.com

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

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Parish Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Advocate: Linda Chylinski – 024 7646 8535 

19th December 2021 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings
Hebrews 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45

Reader
Jill Joyce

Preside
Lynnette Clarke

Preach
Sue Masters

Intercessions
Lesley Lee

Next week
Colossians 3.12-17 & Luke 2.41-52

Diary Dates December
Sun 19th 10.00amParish Communion Service
 3.30pmLantern Procession from St Oswald’s church
Weds 22nd10.00amWednesday Service
Friday 24th Crib Service online
 11.00pmMidnight Communion – please book your place
Sat 25th10.00amChristmas Day Communion – please book your place
Sun 26th10.00amParish Communion
Sun 2nd8.00amSaid Communion
 10.00amWorship 4 All
 3.30pmSt Andy’s Service at St Oswald’s Church
Weds 5th10.00amWednesday Service
Thurs 6th7.30pmBook Club

St Andy’s Services

19th December – Lantern Procession from St Oswald’s church 3.30pm, all ages welcome

26th December – no meeting for St Andy’s church

Christmas Services Update

Due to the high transmission of the Omicron variant, it is with deep regret that our in person crib services will not be taking place this year as originally planned. However, please check our church website and Facebook pages as a link to the recorded showing of the crib service will be made available.

For Midnight and Christmas Day Communion services we are asking that people book a place by contacting the parish administrator by 22nd December. After this date please contact the vicar or one of the church wardens.

Contact details are:

Vicar: Jo Joyce – 07588 576351 email revjoannajoyce@outlook.com

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

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847

Bulletin – 10th December 2021

Church Bulletin

Last week I went on a Quiet Day for Advent organised by the Diocese.  When I first saw it advertised, I did think ‘that looks good but I am not sure I have the time for it.’ Obviously, that’s the point, that in this frenzied season of Advent as we wait the coming of Jesus, making time to reflect and actually wait on God is important.

For an extrovert like me who likes to be busy, quiet days and retreats are not always easy, in Dave’s words my head is always pinging. With three sermons and a Bible study to plan and write as well as a trip to Essex to prepare for and all the other things that Christmas brings, I was clearly in need of time to stop and reflect! It was a time where I sat, read my Bible, read some poetry focused on Advent and Christmas and just generally waited on God. It was time of refreshment, a time when I knew God was present and that he would bless the things that were of Him that I had on my ‘to do’ list.

The sermons are practically finished (in my head they are never actually finished), I have done a lot of shopping and most importantly I have spent time in waiting and reflection with God.

As we wait in Advent, I encourage you to take just a short time, when you can, to reflect on the coming of Christ, looking to Christ’s coming again in glory as we worship and witness to his kingdom here on earth.

I pray that God will bless us and all that we do in his name; and in the words of a song that we sang often at my last church:

May God’s blessing surround you each day,
As you trust Him and walk in His way.
May His presence within,
guard and keep you from sin,
go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Sue Masters – Reader

Corrections to Christmas Services

Please note that the Lantern Procession from St Oswald’s church will take place on Sunday 19th December at 3.30pm (and not Saturday 18th December as previously stated).

Also, the Carol Singing in Allesley Green will not be taking place this year.

An updated leaflet detailing the Christmas services is provided below.

Volunteer

We are still looking for a volunteer to do a reading at the 2.30pm Crib Service on Christmas Eve. If you are able to help, please let Julie know on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

8am Communion

Our 8am Communion service on the first Sunday of the month has now restarted. All welcome.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 7.30pm. If you are interested in being part of the group, or have any questions please contact Sue Masters (07958322026).

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s

The House of Bishops policies (2006, 2010) highlight the importance of regular safeguarding training for everyone who works either with children (under 18 years), or vulnerable adults. Also, for anyone in a position of trust whether it is a paid or unpaid role. 

The diocese provides a range of training accessible via the website and they are free of charge. Courses have been updated and have been renamed.

C0 – Basic Safeguarding Module. This is only required once.

C1 – Foundation Safeguarding Module. Refresh every three years unless completed leadership module.

C2 – Leadership Module. This is a training session accessible via the diocesan website and is repeated every three years.

Please can everyone required to complete training now get up to date, as Covid/lockdown previously made training unavailable. The diocese has worked hard to enable us to complete our training via the diocesan website which you can access using the following link

https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

You will need to create a username and password.

Any queries or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Linda Chylinski or Julie Crow, our administrator. Please let us know once you have completed a course.

Many thanks,

Linda Chylinski – Parish Safeguarding Officer
024 7646 8535 

Building Our Faith

Our Wednesday evening bible study and fellowship takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm on Zoom.  From Wednesday 24th November for four weeks, we will have an Advent Theme and it is a space to read the Bible and to share together. Everyone is welcome to join us.

The zoom joining details are available from Sue Masters.

If you have not joined us before you are very welcome. If you have any questions, please contact me. Sue Masters, Tel:  07958 322026, Email:  susanmasters@sky.com

Coventry Public Health Team Message

With the new emergence of the Omicron variant, it is now more important than ever to encourage people to take regular lateral flow tests.  Coventry City Council currently run two lateral flow community testing mobile units. The aim is to reach out and offer a local, easily accessible testing service to some of most deprived and disproportionately affected communities in Coventry. This service is only for Coventry residents or workers who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.  There is no need to book an appointment, simply turn up and get tested. It is recommended that everyone takes a COVID-19 test at least twice a week to ensure that they do not have the virus.  Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. The units are scheduled to visit a number of community sites over the next couple of weeks (see below).

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/

Important Note

The weekly bulletin will be replaced by Pews News in the new year, copies of which will be available in church. We will continue to email Pews News on a weekly basis to everyone subscribed to the bulletin.

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

Vicar: Jo Joyce – 07588 576351 email revjoannajoyce@outlook.com
Churchwardens: Nick Tooby – 07951 925772 and Becky Crowe – 07875 552518
Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847
Parish Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Advocate: Linda Chylinski – 024 7646 8535

12th December 2021 – The Third Sunday of Advent

Readings
Philippians 4.4-7 & Luke 3.7-18

Reader
Elizabeth & Graham Shelton

Preside
Jo Joyce

Preach
Lynnette Clarke

Intercessions
Lynnette Clarke

Next week
Hebrews 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45

Diary Dates December
Sun 12th10.00amParish Communion Service
 3.30pmSt Andy’s at St Oswald’s church
 6.00pmCarol Service
Mon 13th7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 14th6.00pmDrama Group at St Oswald’s church
Weds 15th10.00amWednesday Service
 7.30pmBuilding our Faith on Zoom
Sun 19th  3.30pmLantern Procession from St Oswald’s church

St Andy’s Services

12th December – St Andy’s at St Oswald’s church, 3.30pm, all ages welcome

19th December – Lantern Procession from St Oswald’s church 3.30pm, all ages welcome

26th December – no meeting for St Andy’s church