News Sheet

WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S NEWSLETTER – for the next few weeks or even months things will be very different for everyone due to the dreaded Coronavirus but as a Church Family we will do all within our power to help all friends in anyway we can – see below for the plans that are already in place :

  • The Prayer Vine as it is, will continue, and may be very widely used.  Just let Stella know who you want put onto it.
  • Glenda, Leah and Stella are acting as co-ordinators of what needs to be done, so please get in touch with one of them about anything that is needed.
  • Pastoral Visitors are being asked to check on ‘their’ folk each week by phone and offer help.  Requests for help will then be forwarded to a team of volunteers that we will have.  Glenda, Leah and Stella will keep that list.   They are also hoping that we can fulfil any requests that are made to them (shopping, collection of items etc). 
  • The church notices will be used as a means of communication to all, and so are asking for volunteers to put them through the letterboxes of those who do not receive the electronic version.  THE NOTICES ARE IN A DIFFERENT FORM FROM NORMAL BUT IN ‘PORTRAIT’ FORM THEY ARE EASIER TO COPY FOR THOSE WHO ARE COPYING THEIR COPY AND DISTRIBUTING TO THOSE NOT ON EMAIL – THANKS TO ALL WHO ARE DOING THIS – WE ARE POSTING COPIES TO THOSE WHO LIVE FURTHER AWAY FROM CHURCH AND NOT WITHIN REACH OF THE ALLOWED ‘ONCE PER DAY OUTING’ INTO THE BIG BAD WORLD!  Take Care and do try to keep the required distance away from anyone you may meet whilst outside.

AS INDIVIDUALS we do hope that as many as possible will continue to light a candle and put it in our windows at 8.00 pm on a Sunday Evening (note the new later time now the evenings are lighter) to show solidarity with our communities, and especially for us, care for all the people at the hospital. Even if the light cannot be seen by many or anyone else this small action will bring the St Andrew’s Church Family closer together at this time on a Sunday Evening.

 

ALL OF US have to be mindful of ourselves, our neighbours and our community, but that starts with being mindful of God.  God’s love desperately needs to be seen and it is up to us to demonstrate it.

 

NEW BUILDING PROJECT - no matter what else is happening in the country we just want to let you know that planning for the new building is still proceeding.  Now that planning permission has been granted the Church Development Group is researching where grants might be forthcoming.  Every possible source will be checked out. The more we can attract from elsewhere the less we have to raise within our congregation!  Please pray for everyone's continuing support, please enthuse about the project with your friends, neighbours and work colleagues.

 

DURING THESE DIFFICULT AND UNCERTAIN TIMES all the causes dear to our hearts are struggling with cash flow, as are the many UK and World-wide Charities including the ones the St Andrew’s Church Family are supporting at this time – they are our own

 

CHURCH FINANCES – Gregg writes ‘During these uncertain times, it feels like certain aspects of life have been put on hold. Unfortunately, finance isn’t one of them.  Utilities, insurances, assessments and other bills still need to be paid, and of course we are trying to raise money for the new building project. As the building is closed we are not receiving any lettings income, there are no collections during the service and much-needed fundraising events are having to be postponed. With this in mind, can I thank all of you who are giving directly to the church bank accounts, and encourage those of you who feel able, to use this method to contribute to the church.  If you use telephone or online banking please find details of the main accounts below.  If you would like to contribute but cannot use these methods, please contact me either by email gregg.s@hotmail.co.uk or by telephone 07917 146320.’

Bank Account details

General Church Funds

St Andrews Methodist Church Finance A/c, Account no. 90773395 Sort Code 20-35-84

Church Development Account

St Andrews Methodist Church Business Premium A/c, Account no. 40512729 Sort Code 20-35-84

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THE EBENEZER DROP IN CENTRE – as you can imagine things are very difficult for the Drop in Centre as obviously with no church services, there will be no food collections or deliveries. Equally obviously the people who go to the Drop in Centre are as much in need as ever. Parcels will still be given out, but at the door of Ebenezer not inside the building. Christine (Henderson) had two suggestions: Either send a cheque payable to Christians Together Calderdale, with Drop-in clearly marked on the back. Post to The Gathering Place, 1 St James Road, HX1 1YS. Or alternatively deliver money or goods to Christine at 11 Princes Gate, Savile Park. She is happy for people to contact her by phone (07708968029).  Christine particularly asks that we should pray for the people who come to the Drop-in and all the helpers at this most unusual time for each and every one of us – Thank you!

 

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ST AUGUSTINE’S CENTRE – as we can no longer collect goods to take to St Augustine’s people may wish to continue to support them in their work by making cash donations.  It is possible to make these through their website – just search for ‘St Augustine’s Halifax) – Thank you!   - PLEASE KEEP ALL THESE CONCERNS IN YOUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS –

 

MRS PAULINE HOLROYD – please do remember Pauline, giving thanks for her long association and love for her friends at St Andrew’s over many, many years.  Pauline’s Funeral Service and cremation will take place at Park Wood Crematorium this coming Wednesday at 2.15 p.m.  Please do prayerfully support her family at this time.

 

PLEASE WILL FRIENDS NOTE THAT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH IS NOW CLOSED FOR DEEP CLEANING AND ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES AND OUTSIDE GROUP MEETINGS PLUS ALL BIBLE STUDY AND HOUSE GROUP MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE – SORRY!

 

CIRCUIT OFFICE - Please note that for the time being the Circuit Office IS NOW CLOSED with Janet and Lynne both working from home and can be contacted on the following numbers: Janet – 07989 801365 on Monday to Wednesday -  Lynne – 07922 173789 on Wednesday to Friday.

THIS WEEK we join with other members of the Calderdale Circuit as collectively we pray for the Outreach Work being done by the New Ebenezer Centre and thank God for the wonderful contribution made by the staff and many volunteers.  Please note the request made above regarding the extra stress that many people who visit the Centre are experiencing through these difficult days.

DURING YOUR PRAYER TIMES THIS WEEK please pray for:

The Revd Terry Keen our Minister and Linda, his wife. Mrs Stella Christie our Pastoral Lay Worker and all those who are working hard to keep the Church alive and the Church family together during this present time.

Our personal Holy Week preparations in the lead up to Easter Day which will be for everyone somewhat different from our usual Holy Week journey.

All who are being asked to stay indoors and self-isolate at this time and for all the ‘Good Samaritan’s’ as they try to ease the pressure for these very same folk who are isolated during this Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please continue to thank God for the on-going and tremendous amount of  work being done behind the scenes by the Church Development Group in getting our building scheme approved, also remembering to ask that God will continue to lead us as a Church Family as we move further forward with our fund raising which is now urgently needed. Thank God for all the support we are receiving from the Circuit, District and Connexion and also our professional advisors and for all the work that is being done by members of the Church Development Group – it’s mammoth, time consuming and so very necessary to ensure that we reach our goal. Please also pray that our plans are not brought to a standstill due to the present situation.

Our Circuit Ministers and Lay Workers as they continue to do the work that God has called them to do during this very unusual and anxious time.

Please pray for members of the St Andrew’s Church Family who need our prayers at this time, only the Lord may know the reason, we remember those who are not well, those who may be going into hospital or recovering at home after being in hospital and for those who are awaiting tests/test results and also for others who have family members or friends unwell at this time and for those who are mourning the loss of a beloved friend or family member.  May the peace and love of God surround and support all our friends in need at this time. 

IMPORTANT ring Dorothy (250509) for news of lettings or if you want to use a room.  Items for the News Sheet – please send to Enid by email to j.turner302@btinternet.com or by phone (362654). Our Church website address is www.standrewsmethodisthalifax.org.uk