Bulletin – 19th November 2021

Church Bulletin

Hello everyone

I am delighted to be joining you this Sunday as your new Vicar and for this week’s bulletin I have been asked if I can do a short introduction to myself. So here is a little bit about me!

I join you following my curacy in St Paul’s Stockingford in Nuneaton with Rev Kate Massey, whom some of you may remember following her curacy here a few years ago. St Paul’s is a lovely friendly church and I have learnt so much there, I am very grateful to them. Prior to that I trained in Cambridge for two years. My sending Diocese was Canterbury (where I was living and working when I started to explore ordained ministry) and I grew up in Essex, where my family still live. Having moved around a lot over the last few years I am looking forward to settling here in Eastern Green.

Before going into ministry, I worked in horticulture for 20 years in different roles from gardener to parks manager – which I think is fortunate from looking at the size of the vicarage garden! I still love gardening as a way of getting out and reflecting on the beauty of creation, and have been enjoying exploring some lovely new walks.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Nick, Becky and all those who have worked hard to make the vicarage lovely and welcome me here, and to all those who donated towards my welcome hampers and have been praying for me. I shall look forward to getting to know you all, please be patient with me as I am learning names! I am here as your priest so do feel free to pop in and say hello, and do continue to pray for me as I settle in.

I am very excited to be joining you and it somehow seems appropriate that its almost advent and the start of the new church year as we embark on ministry together.

Jo Joyce

Come and join the celebration!

Firstly, thank you to all who contributed to the Licensing service on Wednesday. It was fantastic that we could live stream the service, with around 50 people joining on line. Thank you to Steve Martin who did a sterling job with only 24 hours’ notice that he was responsible for getting everything arranged.

However, the celebration doesn’t finish there. This Sunday will be Jo’s first Sunday and she will be preaching and presiding at the Communion service. We look forward to as many people as possible attending to give her a warm welcome! With coffee and biscuits afterwards to give you a chance to meet her. See you Sunday at 10:00……….

Nick Tooby – Churchwarden.

Thank You

A very big thank you to Steve Martin for his Remembrance Day presentation. It was beautiful and the final picture was very moving. It encompassed all that Remembrance Day is about. Thank you Steve.

Wednesday Service

Our Wednesday Service has now resumed and commences weekly at 10am. Everyone welcome. However, please note that there will be no service on 24th November due to the installation of the livestreaming equipment.


Please note that there will be no access to the church from Wednesday to Friday next week due to the installation of the livestreaming equipment.

Worship 4 All

Our Worship 4 All Toy Service, will take place on Sunday, 5th December, starting at 10am. Everyone welcome.


We are looking for people to do a bible reading in church at the Sunday service once every six to eight weeks. If you are willing, please could you let Julie know on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 7.30pm. The book we will be reading and discussing is Doing Time with God by Bill Dyer. The summary of the book says:

‘The writer was robbed and shot at an ATM and was locked up in anger, hatred, and resentment. Then a miracle happened. God led Bill out of darkness and into prison for unfinished business. Like other Christian testimony books, true story impact and meaning will touch you in such a way that you will experience these things happening in yourself.’

We will meet on 6th to share our views on the book and to discuss some of the questions it raises for us. The group is open to all; if you have never been part of a book club this might be the time to give it a try. If you are interested in being part of the group, or have any questions please contact Sue Masters (07958322026).

Flower Rota

We would like to return to the tradition of placing flowers on our altar table each week.  As from Sunday, 26th September, there will be a Rota available on the Notice Board at the rear of the Church for the period October-December, 2021.  If you would like to reserve a week in which to remember a loved one by having flowers in Church, please would you sign up for the appropriate Sunday.

The procedure has changed, and we will not be collecting money from you.  Instead, we are returning to the original system:  You are asked to provide your own flowers and bring them to Church on the Thursday before the relevant Sunday.   Please arrange them in the brass vases and stand them on the altar table. (Water is available in the kitchen and scissors are in the kitchen drawer.) Any flowers from the previous week with remaining life can be transferred to the stoneware jug which stands at the back of church or other appropriate vases.  Dead flowers/cuttings and any rubbish should be taken to the appropriate bins outside church.

A special thank you to Ann and Frank Dove, for their amazing commitment and hard work in maintaining our flowers inside church over so many years. 

If you have any queries, please speak to Lesley Lee.

Building Our Faith

Our Wednesday evening bible study and fellowship takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm on Zoom.  We will be looking at Old Testament characters over the next few weeks and everyone is welcome to join us.

The zoom joining details are available from Sue Masters on 07958 322026 or email:  susanmasters@sky.com

If you have not joined us before you are very welcome. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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/

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 

21st November 2021 – Sunday next before Advent

Revelation 1.4b-8 & John 18.33-37

Elizabeth and Graham Shelton

Jo Joyce

Jo Joyce

Nick Tooby

Next week
1 Thessalonians 3. 9-13 & Luke 21.25-36

Diary Dates November
Sun 21st10amSunday Communion Service
 3.30pmSt Andy’s at St Oswald’s church
 6.00pmRock Solid
Tues 23rd6.00pmDrama Group at St Oswald’s Church
Weds 24th7.30pmBuilding our Faith on Zoom
Weds 24th – Fri 26thAll dayChurch closed for installation of livestreaming equipment

St Andy’s Services

21st November – St Andy’s at St Oswald’s church, 3.30pm, all ages welcome

28th November – St Andy’s at St Oswald’s church, 3.30pm, all ages welcome for Mini Messy Café church

5th December – St Andy’s at St Oswald’s church, 3.30pm, all ages welcome – Church without Walls

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

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