Welcome to the St. Andrew’s Church newsletter.
Normally this is a really exciting time of year when our children are counting down the days until the end of term and the beginning of the summer holidays! Schools are very good at marking the big transition points – like moving from year 6 to secondary school or moving from secondary school to college or university – and this is usually a time of celebrations and parties. This time of course it’s so different.
Transitions are difficult but they’re really important; an ‘in-between’ time, leaving one period of life before beginning a new one. If we want to begin well, then it’s essential to say goodbye well; to be honest about what we’re grateful for or what we’re sorry for; what has gone well, what has disappointed us. Sometimes it’s helpful to mark it with something symbolic, like a little card, a gift, photos, or other symbols for remembrance.
Branching out into something new – like a new school or even a new class – can be both exciting and scary. Some of us are desperate for more freedom with the gradual release of lockdown, while others are genuinely fearful of the risks involved. In the service we reflect a little on a transition for Paul as he said goodbye to his friends in Ephesus (Acts 20:28-38), knowing they would probably never see each other again, and moved on to a new chapter of his life.
Symbols can be helpful here too, steadying us through times of transition and uncertainty, and for this reason often Christians wear or carry a cross – a reminder of God’s constancy and utter dependability no matter what we face. If you don’t have your own cross at home, it’s not difficult to make one. You could make one for yourself or perhaps for someone you know who’s facing big changes or uncertainty at the moment. Parents might like to do this with their children. Kelly’s girls have been making bead crosses, and Revd Anne has made a lollipop stick and papier maché cross, instructions here: Bead & Paper Mache Cross Instructions. How about taking some pictures of cross-making and then forward them to us – we can feature them in next week’s service!
Whatever the transitions or unknowns you may be facing at the moment, may YOU know the constancy and reliability of God’s loving presence with you at all times.
Join us TODAY at 11.30 for a Zoom coffee after church
We may not be physically all together in church just yet, but at least this will give us a chance to see one another and say hello for a few minutes! If you’re on a smart phone or tablet, first download the Zoom app, then click on this link. On a computer, just click the link below:
Topic: St Andrew’s coffee after church
Meeting ID: 827 9180 4111 If you’re stuck, contact Jacob on 07423 290078!
Open for Private Prayer
Church continues to be open for private prayer at the following times:
· Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 12 noon
· Thursdays 7-8pm
· Sundays 6-7.30pm
Pop in alone or in household groups. Revd Anne or Revd Lesley will be available.
Church opening for public worship 26th July
Our first public service in church for four months will be happening soon! It will be very good to be together in the building again, but there will be necessary restrictions in order to keep one another safe. More details in the coming weeks.
New website launching on Saturday 11th July
Over recent weeks there has been a great deal of work happening to set up our brand new church website. The address remains the same – www.standrewsfulham.com – but the style and content will be completely updated (including lots of new photos!). Our huge thanks go to François who has executed this challenging task with great skill and patience, and to Gordon for managing the project, with Jacob and Revd Anne completing much of the background work.
Giving to your church
When church services begin again we will no longer be able to pass around the collection plate. But there are easy alternatives, the latest of which is a new contactless device now available at church. More information in the coming weeks.
Accessing all our services
Sunday 10am Family Communion
· Facebook St Andrew’s Church Fulham
The live broadcast on the Facebook page begins a few minutes before 10am with music from Trevor Dawson (Music Director). You can type in a comment, for example a greeting to let people know you’re there, or as part of the responses.
· Website www.
The latest service will be available on the website after it has finished live.
· YouTube St Andrew’s Fulham
All our services are available on our YouTube channel, from 10am on the day they are broadcast. You can also catch up with previous services there.
Sunday 8.30pm Compline (Night Prayer)
This is available to join on Zoom, where we can see each other and interact. To join, contact Revd Lesley (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07956 587176) and you will be sent a Zoom invitation. To follow on a phone or tablet, you will need to download the Zoom app. To follow on a computer, simply click the link sent to you.
Morning Prayer 8.30am (weekdays only)
This is only available on Facebook here (St Andrew’s Church Fulham) and is streamed live. Anyone can join.
Revd Lesley (Vicar)
The church office is not currently staffed.