Bulletin – 29th October 2021

Church Bulletin

This weekend St Andrews is holding its Annual Gift Day. This is a day that allows us to remember how blessed we are to receive Gods love in many aspects of our life. As a church we are actively involved in the community in many ways and are fortunate to have a lovely church and a new Vicar arriving.

It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are in this regard, as many parishes the size of Eastern Green would be sharing a vicar and possibly a church building. The Annual Gift Day helps towards financially supporting the work our church continues to do within the parish. Thank you in advance for your financial gift to help in this regard.

One aspect of our ministry is weddings. St Andrews will be holding an exhibition on Saturday 30th between 10am -3pm, celebrating the weddings that have been conducted in the church since 1875. Many couples over the years have stood at the altar in our church and exchanged their vows. For some that has meant a lifetime of commitment and love. For others, this may have turned out differently. However, on that day and in our church, there will have been a Bride and Groom sincere in their commitment to love each other. 

On Sunday 7th November we will also be holding our annual Memorial Service. This will give us a chance to remember those we have loved and lost over this year or in the past. This is an important service as it connects us with one another in our grief and provides support at this difficult time. Our grief is an outpouring of love that we feel for the person we have lost.

If you would like us to remember your loved one, then please let our Administrator know by next Thursday.

So, we have two very different events. One is a celebration of love and the second, a remembrance of those we have loved but now no longer can see.

At many of the weddings held in church the reading from the bible will have been 1 Corinthians ch 13 vs 1-13. Which reminds us of what love is. It’s a verse that is worth reading over and over again. I certainly need reminding regularly.

The essence of the verse reminds us of the strength of love in our lives, whether that be the love of God and the blessings we receive or the commitment we make to one another on our wedding day, or the strength of the love we hold for those we have lost.

The passage finishes with the statement that “and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”

May the love that we have in our hearts continue to show in our actions each day!

Nick Tooby

Hamper for new vicar of St Andrew’s  

The PCC of St Andrew’s are putting together a welcome hamper for our new vicar Jo when she arrives at the beginning of November. If people would like to contribute to this, could you please bring items and pass them to the churchwardens.

We are looking for donations of chocolates, fresh fruit, eggs, biscuits, sealed cake, a house plant, dog treats and monetary donations towards flowers. This Sunday will be the last day for donations.

Revd Jo Joyce – Licensing service

We have now confirmed that the Bishop of Warwick will conduct the licensing service for Jo as our new Vicar on Wednesday 17th November at 19:30pm, in church. The service congregation will include Jo’s family and friends, members of clergy from Coventry and Nuneaton Deanery as well as members of the congregations of St Pauls, St Andrews and St Andy’s. We have limited capacity due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, therefore, attendance I’m afraid will be by invitation only. Invitations have been issued, but it is likely that some additional places will be available for St Andrews and St Andy’s congregation. If you would like to attend, please can you let Julie know on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk and we will fill any availability from this list and will issue invitations to you. We are hoping to be able to stream the service as well.

Nick Tooby – Churchwarden

St Andrew’s Light Trail

Come and join in with the Light Trail this Saturday and Sunday from 4pm-7pm.

The first light poster will be on the Village Hall notice board and will then lead you down Church Lane following the trail and scanning the QR Codes to discover short video clips about ‘Jesus is the Light’ along the trail.

Keep an eye out in the videos for a hidden letter lighting up as these letters will form a word for you to access the final video!

A bit of light fun for all the family! 

Any questions please feel free to email Emma on standrewscovyouth@gmail.com

Gift Day

This Saturday St Andrew’s is holding a Gift Day. The church is currently forecasting a shortfall on its budget if £8,000.

We are celebrating the weddings held in St Andrews throughout the years with an exhibition, which will be an exciting event for people to attend and to donate to the Gift Day appeal. We look forward to seeing you between 10am and 3pm. The exhibition will also have craft stalls and refreshments.

Our Sunday service will also focus on the blessings we receive from God and be an opportunity for people to contribute to our Gift Day.

If you wish to make a donation you can:

1) give in person on the Saturday or Sunday

2) give a donation to the Churchwardens

3) make a donation on line using the link below


Thank you for all your support.

Nick Tooby

Memorial Service

Our annual Memorial Service takes place on Sunday 7th November at 6.30pm. Any names to be read out should be given to Julie at 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. We now have a few pews left which we can offer to those who wish to attend, however booking is essential so please contact Julie to reserve your seat. Seating is limited so this is on a first come first serve basis.

Wednesday Service

Our Wednesday Service has now resumed and commences weekly at 10am. Everyone welcome.

Worship 4 All

Our next children’s service, now resuming the name of Worship 4 All, will take place in church on Sunday 7th November starting at 10am. Everyone welcome.

The Christian Aid Global Neighbours Award

At St. Andrew’s Infants we are in the process of applying for the Christian Aid Global Neighbours Award.

As part of this award, we need to set up a task group that involves children, staff, governors and people from the local community. We would meet once a term to discuss ideas of what the children can do within their community and the wider world to demonstrate that we are Global Neighbours. Therefore, the meeting would take place via TEAMs and will be at 12:00 so that the children and staff are available, lasting 15-20 minutes. We are looking for someone from the Church community to support this initiative and join the meetings to support the children. If you think you’d like to get involved, please email nicktooby@btinternet.com

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.

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

Prayer Guide

The prayer guide for November is enclosed.

Prayer Guide NOVEMBER 2021

Pray For

Pete Maddock having had major surgery 9 weeks ago and is just starting to make progress. Please pray for his full recovery.

National Parenting Initiative

I am getting in touch from the National Parenting Initiative. As you may be aware, we are a Christian charity with a vision to see churches support and empower families in their community.

We wanted to let you know about a free event we will be running online for Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire from 12-1pm on 10th November, focused on supporting family life.

Our free online Vision Event will feature short interviews with leaders from charities supporting family life, Parenting for Faith, Manthano, Kids Matter and Fegans, and be followed by breakout room opportunities to ask questions about resources to empower families, and to make connections with these great charities.

Free tickets can be registered for at www.thenpi.org.uk/events  – We hope you and members of your team are able to join us. (See the enclosed flyer).

Jane Auld, National Parenting Initiative Coordinator, 07795 566927

Church Volunteers

This is a reminder that anyone who volunteers for a role at St Andrew’s, whether paid or unpaid, must be safely recruited and may also require a DBS check. St Andrew’s are proud to abide by the regulations stipulated by the diocese to ensure the safety of all as far as we possibly can. 

If you have a role, or volunteered for a role within the church and have not been safely recruited please contact either Julie Crow (Parish Administrator) or Linda Chylinksi (Parish Safeguarding Officer) immediately. The contact details are:

Parish Administrator: Julie Crow – 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officer: Linda Chylinski – 024 7646 8535 

Sidespersons Rota

We are looking to resume a sidespersons rota for Sunday services. If you are willing to do sidesperson duty please let Julie or one of the churchwardens know.

Please note that each individual will need to be safely recruited for this role. We will need a short application form completing and contact details to obtain 2 references. A DBS check will not be required for this role.

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 

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

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 

A Service of Morning Prayer – 31st October 2021 – 4th Sunday before Advent/All Saints’ Day

Mark 10 17-22 & 1 Timothy 6. 17-21

Sara Parkes

Preside & Preach
Lynnette Clarke

Nick Tooby

Next week
Hebrews 9.24-28 & Mark 1.14-20

Diary Dates October – November
Sat 30th10am – 3pmGift Day and Wedding Exhibition
Sun 31st10amParish Communion
 3.30pmSt Andy’s Service at St Oswald’s
Weds 3rd   10.00amWednesday Service of either communion or morning prayer
 7.30pmBuilding our Faith bible study on zoom
Sun 7th10amParish Communion
 3.30pmSt Andy’s Service at St Oswald’s
 6.30pmAnnual Memorial Service

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