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Care for those you are praying for, pray for those you are caring for

During these difficult and trying times, we believe that now more than ever, presents an incredible opportunity for the Church worldwide, to unite in prayer so that our family, friends and neighbours will come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ for themselves. One of our Key themes for Thy Kingdom Come is prayer and care. As we are praying for those we love to come to know the hope and love of Christ we also are encouraging all to see how they can show God’s love towards them. By caring for them. Here are 5 ideas on how we can care and love those we know, even when we are socially distanced:         

1. Keep up contact. Make a phone call, send an email, letter or card saying that you are praying for them at this time.                                                                                               2. Keep an eye out for the anniversaries of life events. Make that phone call to let people know you care.                                                                                                                                        3. Send a small gift or book purchased on line, maybe insert life words etc.                                                                                                                                                                   4. Serve where you can in delivering groceries or medications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           5. Make sure the people you pray for know how much you value them by whatever means you can find.

 

 

Thought for the day: Bishop of Warwick

‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.’ Eph.4.32.

Be kind to another - People get this. So many people are saying this now, irrespective of any faith position. It is being printed on T-shirts and on cards. People get what it means and that it matters. It is human and not religious. Jesus comes to bring life in all its fullness, to help us become truly human. What a ‘bridge’!

Tender-hearted - How much thought do we give to this? To keeping our hearts soft. Irenaeus of Lyons (2nd cent.) wrote ‘Keep your hearts soft and tractable, lest they lose the imprint of his love.’ We are warned again and again by God ‘Harden not your hearts.’ What is the state of our hearts before God? Have they become hardened or calloused by unforgiveness, by bitterness, by pain or grief not released to God? Or, more subtly perhaps, by pride, vanity or egotism?

Is this the time to do what it says on the tin? ‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.’ Prov.4.23. In the midst of all that is going on around us and within us, might we want to ponder the question ‘is God waiting for a ‘heart to heart’ with us?’   

From the Right Reverend John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick

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Prayer requests: For anyone wanting prayer at this difficult time for themselves or a loved one - friend or family, please contact one of the Listen and Pray team listed below.

Alan and Mary Boddington  263643, Becks Bartlett   Rebecca.bartlett@rockstile.co.uk

Bob Macvie  551767, Brenda Whitbread  266078, Jackie Daniels  266637, Jane Ireland 297321

Liz Talbot 296829, Sarah Cushing, Susie Fletcher 29873

 

Church Finance -  I am really anxious that the current situation doesn’t affect our church financially.  St. Andrew’s, as all churches, rely on your generosity to support our mission and ministry. We have of course lost the income generated through our church hall as well as the money given on the collection plate each week. Many of you I know give regularly to the church by standing order and for this I am very grateful. Many others give in cash when the collection is taken in a church service or when visiting the church. People obviously will not be able to give in this way whilst our church building is closed. I suggested a few weeks ago that if you give through the envelope scheme then please (if circumstances allow) continue to do that each week but keep your envelopes safe somewhere until we are back together in church when you can then physically offer them. 

I am aware too that many individuals are going through financial uncertainty as a result of lost or changed employment during the restrictions, and as a result their giving may be affected. This means therefore that it is even more important that those who can give are able to do so now, when our churches are in greatest need. I would like you to consider setting up a Standing Order (Direct Debit is not an option at the moment) –  It really does help us as a church if most (if not all) of our giving can be through this method. This is what we call planned giving. It enables us to plan financially, to forecast more accurately and to budget effectively as we know what income is coming in each month. The problem with cash on the plate is that it fluctuates and is very hard for us to plan ahead. 

Can I really encourage you to think about setting up a standing order with us.   Anne Challis is the person who administers Standing Orders. If you give Anne a call (298388) she will be able to tell you how you can do this – it really will help us enormously.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
The Listening and Prayer Team are still ‘meeting’ via Zoom each Sunday at  11am and pray as a team for those on the prayer list.

If you would like a prayer for a friend, loved one, yourself or a general prayer for the current situation, contact the parish office phone number – 01789 293381 and leave a message or a phone number so that you can be contacted.

Craig holds a list of people happy to give their numbers out to people wanting to keep in touch with other members of the congregation.