Pews News – 19th May 2019

19th May 2019 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Children’s Church at Half Term
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school on Sunday 26th May when it is the half term holiday. The usual craft box will be available in the side room for parents to use with their children during the morning service. We hope to see you at Worship for All on Sunday 2nd June. Children’s Church will re-open on Sunday 9th June.

Parish Weekend
We had a fabulous time at Shallowford House last week, enjoying teaching from Revd Richard Cooke, great food, joyful fellowship and beautiful surroundings. We are hoping to go again next year. Please speak to Sue Masters next year if you would like to know more.

Altar setting up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

PowerPoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Walk to Church Sunday
Please note today is Walk to Church Sunday, when we encourage our congregations (as many as physically can) to walk (or cycle) to church. It’s good for our bodies, good for our planet and good for our souls (not to mention the parking!) If you enjoyed walking this morning, why not make it a habit throughout the summer. Failing that, is there someone with whom you can share transport?

Holiday Club 2019
Following last year’s successful holiday club, we will be open once again for more crafts, games and fun for 5-11 year olds on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th July from 9am-2pm in Kenthurst Scout Hut. The cost will be £11 per day or £25 for all three days. To request a registration form, please contact either Emma or Julie during office hours 8am – 2pm Mon & Wed & 8am – 12 noon on Friday. Emma: 07969 066979 st_andrews_emma@outlook.com / Julie: 07756 918847 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Job Vacancy
St Francis of Assisi Church, Links Road, Coventry are looking to recruit a Community Support Officer. For further details please see the information in the red folder at the back of church. The closing date for applications is 28th May. 

Serving those in Need
In June there will be a sermon series on Serving those in Need. To accompany the series there will be a mid-week session where we will explore the theme from that week’s sermon and look at how we as individuals, and as a church, can be people who serve those in need. The mid-week group will meet in church from 8-9.30pm and refreshments will be available from 7.30pm. The mid-week sessions are on the following dates and everyone is welcome to all or some of them:

Tuesday 18th June Material need
Tuesday 25th June Emotional need
Tuesday 2nd July Spiritual need

If you are interested or want to know more please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Book Club
Want to join a book club? We are starting one in July 2019 and everyone is welcome to come along. It will be held every two months either on a Saturday morning or an evening in the week, in church. This will be an opportunity to discuss the selected book and gain insight from others. We will start with Mere Christianity by C S Lewis. Each person will need a copy of the book and need to read it before we meet.

The first meetings will be on:

Saturday 6th July 9-10.30am (Light breakfast available)
Thursday 5th September 7.30-9.00pm

If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters

Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship & Mission (BCDM)
The Diocese offers a range of short courses to help us as disciples of God to deepen our faith and our understanding of the Bible. They are five session modules, open to everyone and are a good way of meeting with other Christians to learn and explore in a group. Each module is delivered in various venues across the Diocese, and there is a small cost. The following modules are being offered across the diocese this summer.

Creation Care St Peter’s Dunchurch, The Square, Dunchurch, CV22 6PE

We Believe at St Michael’s House, 11 Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX

Empowering Leadership at St. Bartholomew Church, Brinklow Road, Binley, CV3 2DT

If you are interested in any of the modules listed above or have more general questions about the courses please speak with Sue Masters on 07958322026 or email me at susanmasters@sky.com

To attend any of these you need to register with the Diocese www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDM/register

Beetle Drive
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are holding a Beetle Drive on Saturday, 1st June from 6-8pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £4 for Adults and £2 for Children (under 4’s are free) which will include refreshments in the interval. Please do come along and support us as it is great fun for all the family. Tickets are now available from Gill Tunnicliffe at St Andrew’s and Anne Packwood at St Andy’s.

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s have started a new and exciting youth group. It is an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group meets on Sunday’s from 6-30-8pm in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday, the next one being 19th May. We recognise it can be a bit scary going to something new, so why not bring a friend along. If you aren’t able too don’t worry, you will be able to make plenty of others. If you are planning to come along or you have any questions please phone text Nick on 07951 925772.

Foodbank
It was reported at last week’s AGM of St Oswald’s Church that this last year has seen the highest ever take up of foodbank parcels. Most Wednesdays, the bank runs out of essential items by the time they close. St Oswald’s members wished to convey their appreciation of all that St Andrew’s does to support Foodbank. Please continue or even start bringing essential food items to church and placing them in the blue box at the back of church.

City Praise
There is the biannual gathering of all churches in the city to worship and pray together tonight at the Welcome Centre at Parkside at 6.30pm. If you want to experience hundreds of Christians worshipping together in one place and see the power of that many people praying together, do come along.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) and National Grid, and the additional extremely generous support from many members of the congregation, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Work is to begin on the refurbishment mid-June.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another.  Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Andrew Rennie
Sadly, Andrew’s health has deteriorated and he is being forced to move flat over the next couple of months. Because of his disability and health problems, this will be a challenge for him. Hence, he has asked whether there might be a couple of people who would be prepared to help him declutter in advance of this by packing stuff away and possibly taking items away for him. If you think you might be able to help, please contact Greg or Phil.

Allesley Green Prayer Walk
A group of us will be meeting at 14 New Ash Close in Allesley Green on Tuesday 28th May to prayer walk on the estate. We gather at 7.30pm and will pray for an hour. All welcome.

Party in the Park
Huge thanks to all those who supported Party in the Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Something like 2,500 attended, making it the most successful so far. Particular thanks to those who volunteered on the day. You are real heroes, every one of you! The event costs £4,500 to put on, but we think because of the turnout we may have still made a very small profit. Church members won two raffle prizes (yellow tickets 411-415 & 416-420).

Tots Praise
Our next gathering for pre-school children and their carers (Tots Praise) on Tuesday 28th May. Doors open at 8.45am, with refreshments served and toys/craft activities available. The short service of songs, story and prayer begins at 9.15am led by Greg on Deborah.

Ascension Day
There will be a communion service at 7pm on Ascension Day, Thursday 30th May. Anyone who would like to read at the service should contact Greg.

Thy Kingdom Come
Ascension marks the start of the 11-day period, Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The period will conclude with a Prayer Walk from the Chinese Church in Lime Tree Avenue and finishing at St Andrew’s on Pentecost Sunday, 9th June, starting at 2.30pm and including the Bishop of Coventry.

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid week concludes today Sunday 19th May. Many thanks to all volunteers who have collected door to door or supported Christian Aid in some other way. Please contact Pat Sullivan at patsullivan8186@gmail.com if you have a collection to hand over.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service in the autumn, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital. In order to do this, we need volunteer drivers who would be willing to help out once or twice a week with a lift to the hospital or doctors. Full training and briefing will be provided. Any expression of interest will not be taken as a firm commitment at this stage. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please contact Julie 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Colin Sanders, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates May
Sun 19th 6.30pm Rock Solid at Kenthurst Scout Hut
6.30pm City Praise at the Welcome Centre
Tues 21st 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meet at the Mocha Lounge
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Tues 28th 9.15am Tots Praise
12.00pm Light Lunch
2.00pm Forget me Not
7.30pm Allesley Green prayer walk
Readings Acts 2.42-47 (p 1094) & Luke 19.1-10 (p 1053)
Readers Trevor Hill & Vicky Yardley
Preacher Greg Smith
President Lynnette Clarke
Led by Nick Tooby
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Music Michael Watkins
Next week Acts 16.9-15 & John 14.23-29

 

Pews News – 12th May 2019

12th May 2019 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Special Welcome
To Revd David Howard, a retired minister (former Vicar of St Bartholomew’s, Binley) who is leading our service this morning, while many of us are at the Parish Weekend.

Plant Sale
Thanks to all those who supported our annual plant sale. Over £100 was raised towards church funds. Thanks also to David Griffiths and Gill Tunnicliffe for all their hard work in organising this.

Altar setting up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Beetle Drive
St Andrews and St Andy’s are holding a Beetle Drive on Saturday, 1st June from 6-8pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £4 for Adults and £2 for Children (under 4’s are free) which will include refreshments in the interval. Please do come along and support us as it is great fun for all the family. Tickets are now available from Gill Tunnicliffe at St Andrew’s and Anne Packwood at St Andy’s.

Powerpoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Walk to Church Sunday
Please note next Sunday, May 19th, is Walk to Church Sunday, when we encourage our congregations (as many as physically can) to walk (or cycle) to church. It’s good for our bodies, good for our planet and good for our souls (not to mention the parking!).

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s have started a new and exciting youth group. It is an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group meets on Sunday’s from 6-30-8pm in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday, the next one being 19th May. We recognise it can be a bit scary going to something new, so why not bring a friend along. If you aren’t able too don’t worry, you will be able to make plenty of others. If you are planning to come along or you have any questions please phone text Nick on 07951 925772.

Kidz Klub Camp
In May half term, Kidz Klub are taking around ten children from Tile Hill and Canley Kidz Klubs on a camp to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre for two days. Many of the families can’t afford to pay the full cost of this but we don’t want that to exclude children from coming. The approximate cost per child is £75 (including accommodation, food, transport and activities). We are asking families to contribute a minimum of £10, which leaves us with £650 to raise. If you feel you are able to make a donation towards this trip please contact Sarah Adamson, Kidz Klub Coventry on 07890 868390.

Foodbank
It was reported at last week’s AGM of St Oswald’s Church that this last year has seen the highest ever take up of foodbank parcels. Most Wednesdays, the bank runs out of essential items by the time they close. St Oswald’s members wished to convey their appreciation of all that St Andrew’s does to support Foodbank. Please continue or even start bringing essential food items to church and placing them in the blue box at the back of church.

City Praise
There is the biannual gathering of all churches in the city to worship and pray together next Sunday at the Welcome Centre at Parkside at 6.30pm. If you want to experience hundreds of Christians worshipping together in one place and see the power of that many people praying together, do come along.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) and National Grid, and the additional extremely generous support from many members of the congregation, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Work is likely to begin on the refurbishment mid-June.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Andrew Rennie
Sadly, Andrew’s health has deteriorated and he is being forced to move flat over the next couple of months. Because of his disability and health problems, this will be a challenge for him. Hence, he has asked whether there might be a couple of people who would be prepared to help him declutter in advance of this by packing stuff away and possibly taking items away for him. If you think you might be able to help, please contact Greg or Phil.

Party in the Park
Huge thanks to all those who supported Party in the Park last Monday. Something like 2,500 attended, making it the most successful so far. Particular thanks to those who volunteered on the day. You are real heroes, every one of you! The event costs £4,500 to put on, but we think because of the turnout we may have still made a very small profit. Church members won two raffle prizes (yellow tickets 411-415 & 416-420).

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 16th May. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when our story is Daniel in the Lion’s Den.

Serving those in Need
In June there will be a sermon series on Serving those in Need. To accompany the series there will be a mid-week session where we will explore the theme from that week’s sermon and look at how we as individuals, and as a church, can be people who serve those in need. The mid-week group will meet in church from 8-9.30pm and refreshments will be available from 7.30pm. The mid-week sessions are on the following dates and everyone is welcome to all or some of them:

Tuesday 18th June Material need
Tuesday 25th June Emotional need
Tuesday 2nd July Spiritual need

If you are interested or want to know more please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Book Club
Want to join a book club? We are starting one in July 2019 and everyone is welcome to come along. It will be held every two months either on a Saturday morning or an evening in the week, in church. This will be an opportunity to discuss the selected book and gain insight from others. We will start with Mere Christianity by C S Lewis. Each person will need a copy of the book and need to read it before we meet. The first meetings will be on:

Saturday 6th July 9-10.30am (Light breakfast available)
Thursday 5th September 7.30-9.00pm

If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters

Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship & Mission (BCDM)
The Diocese offers a range of short courses to help us as disciples of God to deepen our faith and our understanding of the Bible. They are five session modules, open to everyone and are a good way of meeting with other Christians to learn and explore in a group. Each module is delivered in various venues across the Diocese, and there is a small cost. The following modules are being offered across the diocese this summer.
Creation Care St Peter’s Dunchurch, The Square, Dunchurch, CV22 6PE
We Believe at St Michael’s House, 11 Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX
Empowering Leadership at St. Bartholomew Church, Brinklow Road, Binley, CV3 2DT
If you are interested in any of the modules listed above or have more general questions about the courses please speak with Sue Masters on 07958322026 or email me at susanmasters@sky.com. To attend any of these you need to register with the Diocese www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDM/register

Come and sing with Songs of Praise!
You are warmly invited to a special Songs of Praise music recording of hymns and songs at Warwick Road URC, Coventry this May. All are welcome and we are especially keen for enthusiastic singers to join us and lead the viewers at home in the singing. If interested, please see the poster at the back of church.

Tots Praise
Our next gathering for pre-school children and their carers (Tots Praise) on Tuesday 14th May. Doors open at 8.45am, with refreshments served and toys/craft activities available. The short service of songs, story and prayer begins at 9.15am led by Emma on Gideon.

Ascension Day
There will be a communion service at 7pm on Ascension Day, Thursday 30th May. Anyone who would like to read at the service should contact Greg.

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid week starts today Sunday 12th May. We are looking for new volunteers to collect in the parish, as short or as long a round as you are able. Please contact Pat Sullivan at patsullivan8186@gmail.com

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Ann Crowley
Ann would like to convey her grateful thanks to all those who have supported her through her health challenges with their prayers and expressions of support and care. Thankfully, her health is now much improved.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Lisa Barwick.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Colin Sanders, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates May  
Fri 10th Parish Weekend at Shallowford House until Sunday afternoon
Mon 13th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 14th 9.15am Tots Praise
12 noon Light Lunch
2.00pm Forget me Not
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Thurs 16th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
7.30pm Decisions Course continues
Sat 18th 9.15am PCC Away Day at the Breathing Space
Sun 19th 6.30pm Rock Solid at Kenthurst Scout Hut
6.30pm City Praise at the Welcome Centre
Readings Acts 9.36-43 (p 1103) & John 10.22-30 (p 1077)
Readers Vicky Yardley & Trevor Hill
Preacher David Howard
President David Howard
Intercessions Di Fellowes
Music Di/Victoria
Next week Acts 2.42-47 & Luke 19.1-10

 

Pews News – 5th May 2019

5th May 2019 – The Third Sunday of Easter

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Today
We have our usual first Sunday pattern today of Holy Communion at 8am, Worship 4 All at 10am (theme: turning your life around) and Ignatian service of reflection at 6.30pm.

Children’s Church on 12-5-2019
As a number of our volunteers will be at the Parish Weekend on Sunday, 12th May, Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall on this day. There will, however, be the usual craft box available in the side room which parents are welcome to use with their children during the service. We look forward to seeing you all again on 19th May.

Plant Sale
Thanks to all those who supported our annual plant sale last week. Over £100 was raised towards church funds. Thanks also to David Griffiths and Gill Tunnicliffe for all their hard work in organising this.

Come and sing with Songs of Praise!
You are warmly invited to a special Songs of Praise music recording of hymns and songs at Warwick Road URC, Coventry this May. All are welcome and we are especially keen for enthusiastic singers to join us and lead the viewers at home in the singing. If interested, please see the poster at the back of church.

Stan Cooper
Many thanks for the support given to myself and family at Stan’s funeral and the many cards and sympathy I received following his death. It was a great comfort to me and I really felt the warmth and friendship from you all. Although a sad occasion it was an opportunity to celebrate, with St Andrew’s loving family, his long life and 60 years of marriage. Beryl Cooper.

Beetle Drive
St Andrews and St Andy’s are holding a Beetle Drive on Saturday, 1st June from 6-8pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £4 for Adults and £2 for Children (under 4’s are free) which will include refreshments in the interval. Please do come along and support us as it is great fun for all the family. Tickets are now available from Gill Tunnicliffe at St Andrew’s and Anne Packwood at St Andy’s.

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are starting a new and exciting youth group. It will be an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group will hold its first meeting this evening, 5th May, in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. We will meet between 6.30-8pm. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday. We recognise it can be a bit scary going to something new, so why not bring a friend along. If you aren’t able too don’t worry, you will be able to make plenty of others. If you are planning to come along or you have any questions please phone text Nick on 07951 925772.

Kidz Klub Camp
In May half term, Kidz Klub are taking around ten children from Tile Hill and Canley Kidz Klubs on a camp to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre for two days. Many of the families can’t afford to pay the full cost of this but we don’t want that to exclude children from coming. The approximate cost per child is £75 (including accommodation, food, transport and activities). We are asking families to contribute a minimum of £10, which leaves us with £650 to raise. If you feel you are able to make a donation towards this trip please contact Sarah Adamson, Kidz Klub Coventry on 07890 868390.

Altar Setting Up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Powerpoint
We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the powerpoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Foodbank
It was reported at last week’s AGM of St Oswald’s Church that this last year has seen the highest ever take up of foodbank parcels. Most Wednesdays, the bank runs out of essential items by the time they close. St Oswald’s members wished to convey their appreciation of all that St Andrew’s does to support Foodbank. Please continue or even start bringing essential food items to church and placing them in the blue box at the back of church.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) and National Grid, and the additional extremely generous support from many members of the congregation, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any promised gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost. You can also do this by bank transfer, but please let us know if you do so. Work is likely to begin on the refurbishment mid-June.

Flowers
Many thanks to Fay Gibbs for the Easter flowers

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Party in the Park
Do join us for Party in the Park tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May from 1-5pm. There is a wide variety of live entertainment including a Ukelele Orchestra, Dance School, All Star Theatre Company, Catch the Arrow and Soulful Gospel band. There are also lots of stalls, rides and food outlets in our biggest event yet. We are looking for volunteers to help with stalls/rides.  Please speak to Greg or Julie if able to help for an hour or two. We are also looking for people to come along at 9.30am and help with set up. Finally, we need cake! All offerings gratefully accepted, either home-made or shop bought. These can be brought on the day to Juniper Park or dropped off next Sunday at church or at the Vicarage.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 2nd May. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when our story is ‘The Men who liked to say no’.

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid week starts on Sunday May 12th.  We are looking for new volunteers to collect in the parish, as short or as long a round as you are able. Please contact Pat Sullivan at patsullivan8186@gmail.com or speak to Greg.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Ann Crowley
Ann would like to convey her grateful thanks to all those who have supported her through her health challenges with their prayers and expressions of support and care. Thankfully, her health is now much improved.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Colin Sanders, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates May  
Sun 5th 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 6th 1-6pm Party in the Park in Juniper Park, Allesley Green
Tues 7th 7.30pm Deanery Synod at Westwood Church
Weds 8th 7.30pm Growing Leaders in church
Thurs 9th 7.30pm Decisions Course starts in church
Children’s Council at 538 Broad Lane
Fri 10th Parish Weekend at Shallowford House until Sunday afternoon
Mon 13th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Readings at 8am Acts 9.1-6 (p 1102) & John 21.1-19 (p 1090)
Reader Jill Joyce
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All led by Nick Tooby
Speaker Greg Smith
Next week Acts 9.36-43 & John 10.22-30

 

Pews News – 21st April 2019

21st April 2019 – Easter Day

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

A Joyful and Blessed Easter
To all our readers

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to Faye Gibbs for the Easter flowers and for decorating the church.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church volunteers wish all of the children and their families a happy Easter. There is a craft box available in the sideroom for use during today’s service. Children’s Church will open for the summer term next Sunday, 28th April. As always there will be lots of games, stories and crafts as we hear stories from the old and new testaments. We would love more children to join us and we have spaces for pre-school and primary aged children. Contact Hilary (07980 596646) if you would like more information.

APCM
Thanks to those who attended our AGM last Monday. Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were re-elected as churchwardens. The following were elected to the PCC: Julia McNaney, Linda Chylinski, Richard Marr, Paul Crowe, Rita Muir, Jill Pinks, Gill Tunicliffe, Jeremy Thomas, Hilary Wankling, Rosemarie Over, Kate Dagger, John Ross-Barnard and Trevor Hill.

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are starting a new and exciting youth group. It will be an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group will hold its first meeting on Sunday 5th May in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. We will meet between 6.30-8pm. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday. We recognise it can be a bit scary going to something new, so why not bring a friend along. If you aren’t able too don’t worry, you will be able to make plenty of others. If you are planning to come along or you have any questions please phone text Nick on 07951 925772.

Kidz Klub Camp
In May half term, Kidz Klub are taking around ten children from Tile Hill and Canley Kidz Klubs on a camp to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre for two days. Many of the families can’t afford to pay the full cost of this but we don’t want that to exclude children from coming. The approximate cost per child is £75 (including accommodation, food, transport and activities). We are asking families to contribute a minimum of £10, which leaves us with £650 to raise. If you feel you are able to make a donation towards this trip please contact Sarah Adamson, Kidz Klub Coventry on 07890 868390.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015.  35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Annual Plant Sale
Our annual plant sale takes place in church on Saturday April 27th from 10am to 12 noon. Please do support this event and take the opportunity of obtaining plants very cheaply. If anyone would like to donate plants, ornamental pots etc. we can arrange collection. We should also be grateful for any help on the day, serving refreshments etc. If you can help please contact David, Trevor or Gill.

Richard Humphries
We are sad to announce the death of Richard Humphries at the age of 92. His funeral will take place at St Andrew’s next Friday, April 26th at 1pm. Please remember Naomi and the rest of the family in your prayers.

Altar Setting Up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) and National Grid, and the additional extremely generous support from many members of the congregation, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any promised gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost. You can also do this by bank transfer, but please let us know if you do so.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Tots Praise
Our next service for pre-schoolers and their carers is on Tuesday 23rd April. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft activities, with stories, songs and prayer from 9.15am. We will be telling the story of Gideon.

Party in the Park
We are looking for volunteers for Party in the Park on Monday 6th May from 1-5pm to help with stalls/rides. Please contact Greg or Julie if able to help for an hour or two.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 2nd May. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when our story is ‘The Men who liked to say no’.

Ella’s Christening
We pray for Phil and Anne Richardson on the occasion of baby Ella’s christening next Sunday at St James, Styvechale. Please see the invitation at the back of the church.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

Holiday and Pews News
The Parish Administrator is now on holiday until 29th April. Any urgent enquiries should be addressed to the vicar or Church Wardens. Please note that notices for next week’s Pews News should be sent to Steve Martin at stevecmartin@talktalk.net

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April – May  
Tues 23rd 9.15am Tots Praise
Thurs 25th All Star Theatre Group trip to Stratford
Fri 26th 1.00pm Richard Humphries funeral
Sat 27th 10am – 12 noon Plant Sale in church
Mon 29th 7.30pm Baptism Prep in church
Prayer team meets
Tues 30th Games Night in church
Weds 1st May 2.00pm Pastoral Care Ctte
Readings Isaiah 65.17-25 (p 752) & John 20.1-18 (p 1089)
Readers Jill Joyce & Sara Parkes
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Comm Assts Lesley/Jeremy/Harvey
Music Di Fellowes
Next week Acts 5.27-32 & John 20.19-31

Pews News – 14th April 2019

14th April 2019 – Palm Sunday

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall today (Palm Sunday) or next week (Easter Day). We hope the children will be able to experience some or all of the Passion drama today and the Easter Day communion service next week. There will, however, be craft activities available in the side room during both of these services. Some parental help will be most welcome. Children’s Church will open for the summer term on 28th April when we will be looking at the story of David from the Book of Samuel in the Old Testament. As always, there will be lots of games and craft activities to follow up the stories.  We wish all of the children and their families a very happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all next term.

APCM
Thanks to those who attended our AGM last Monday. Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were re-elected as churchwardens. The following were elected to the PCC: Julia McNaney, Linda Chylinski, Richard Marr, Paul Crowe, Rita Muir, Jill Pinks, Gill Tunnicliffe, Jeremy Thomas, Hilary Wankling, Rosemarie Over, Kate Dagger and Trevor Hill.

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are starting a new and exciting youth group. It will be an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group will hold its first meeting on Sunday 5th May in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. We will meet between 6.30-8pm. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday. We recognise it can be a bit scary going to something new, so why not bring a friend along. If you aren’t able too don’t worry, you will be able to make plenty of others. If you are planning to come along or you have any questions please phone text Nick on 07951 925772.

Annual Plant Sale
We will be holding our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 12 noon. Please do support this event and take the opportunity of obtaining plants very cheaply. If anyone would like to donate plants, ornamental pots etc. we can arrange collection. We should also be grateful for any help on the day, serving refreshments etc. If you can help please contact David, Trevor or Gill.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Altar Setting Up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Easter Programme
Leaflets advertising our Easter programme are now available. Please note that the Passover Supper requires booking in advance by putting your name down on the sheet at the back of church on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only two places left. Anyone wishing to help by reading, setting up the altar or acting as sidespersons at our extra services should speak to Greg.

Walk of Witness
On Good Friday, we will be undertaking a walk of witness, following the cross from Sutton Avenue shops to St Oswald’s Church. We will gather at 11.30am and then participate in an ecumenical 15 minute service on the green outside St Oswald’s at 12 noon, followed by refreshments. Anyone able to walk a mile at a modest pace is welcome to join us. All welcome to the service outside St Oswald’s.

Party in the Park
We are looking for volunteers for Party in the Park on Monday 6th May from 1-5pm to help with stalls/rides. Please contact Greg or Julie if able to help for an hour or two.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. We have sufficient money to replace the carpet tiles in the side room with something similar, but have taken the view that a vinyl covering would be much longer lasting and much easier to clean. We are now within £100 of the target we need to raise. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday 14th September, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Tots Praise
Our next service for pre-schoolers and their carers is on Tuesday 23rd April. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft activities, with stories, songs and prayer from 9.15am. We will be telling the story of Gideon.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 18th April. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when we will be telling the Easter story.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

Kidz Klub Camp
In May half term, Kidz Klub are taking around ten children from Tile Hill and Canley Kidz Klubs on a camp to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre for two days. Many of the families can’t afford to pay the full cost of this but we don’t want that to exclude children from coming. The approximate cost per child is £75 (including accommodation, food, transport and activities). We are asking families to contribute a minimum of £10, which leaves us with £650 to raise. If you feel you are able to make a donation towards this trip please contact Sarah Adamson, Kidz Klub Coventry on 07890 868390.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015.  35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the last few months, we really hope you can join us to officially welcome her to the Christian family. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Prayer List
Please pray for Richard Humphries, Eddie Parkes, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April  
Sun 14th 10.00am Palm Sunday service
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 15th 2.00pm Party in the Park planning meeting
7.00pm Passover supper
Tues 16th 12.15pm Ladies Fellowship meeting at Oakes Farm Café
7.00pm Service of meditation
Weds 17th 2.00pm Funeral of Stan Cooper
7.00pm Passion Praise
Thurs 18th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
7.00pm Holy communion and vigil
Fri 19th 10.00am Worship 4 All
12.00pm Service on the green at Tile Hill
2.00pm Hour at the Cross
Sun 21st 10.00am Easter Sunday
Tues 23rd 9.15am Tots Praise
Reading Palm Sunday Gospel from Luke
Music Ben Kimpton
Next week Isaiah 65.17-25 & John 20.1-18

 

Pews News – 7th April 2019

7th April 2019 – The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm. A time of meditation, followed by refreshments and a short service of Compline. All welcome.

Rock Solid Returns – a group for young people
The Children’s Council are pleased to announce that Nick Tooby has volunteered to run Rock Solid on the first and third Sunday in each month. This will provide an opportunity for our young folk (10-14 year olds) to meet, have fun and enjoy Christian fellowship together from 6.30-8pm. To get this successfully off the ground Nick needs your support. Please consider if you can help with the sessions and please pray for the success of this venture. For further information, please speak to Nick, Emma or Hilary.

APCM
Please note that the church’s AGM will take place tomorrow, Monday April 8th at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. Do come along to hear about the church’s life over the last 12 months and give thanks for all that God has done.

Annual Plant Sale
We will be holding our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 12 noon. If anyone would like to donate plants, ornamental pots etc. we can arrange collection. We should also be grateful for any help on the day, serving refreshments etc. If you can help please contact David, Trevor or Gill.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015. 35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Altar Setting Up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at our 10am service. Come early for a good seat!

Walk of Witness
On Good Friday, we will be undertaking a walk of witness, following the cross from Sutton Avenue shops to St Oswald’s Church. We will gather at 11.30am and then participate in an ecumenical 15-minute service on the green outside St Oswald’s at 12 noon, followed by refreshments. Anyone able to walk a mile at a modest pace is welcome to join us. All welcome to the service outside St Oswald’s.

Kidz Klub
Kidz Klub, who work with primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, are looking for someone to operate their AV system. No prior knowledge necessary. It’s just a question of pressing buttons. Please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman if you can help.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. We have sufficient money to replace the carpet tiles in the side room with something similar, but have taken the view that a vinyl covering would be much longer lasting and much easier to clean. We are therefore £1500 short of the necessary funds. We are inviting individual members of the congregation to give £50 towards this. We need 30 to be willing to do so, and already have many pledges.  Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost.

Easter Programme
Leaflets advertising our Easter programme are now available. Please note that the Passover Supper requires booking in advance by putting your name down on the sheet at the back of church on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only two places left. Anyone wishing to help by reading, setting up the altar or acting as sidespersons at our extra services should speak to Greg.

Bannerbrook Park Easter Hunt
A fun filled family Easter hunt organised by St Andy’s Church. Come and find the clues to solve the Easter word to win a Chocolate egg kindly donated by the Penny Farthing pub! Refreshments and biscuit decorating will also be available for a voluntary donation. There is no charge for this event, just good family fun! Come and find us on Saturday 13th April between 1.30pm and 3pm at Bannerbrook Park (just after the first play area)!

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Children’s Society
The boxes have been collected, the money counted, and a cheque for £1067.36 has been sent to the Children’s Society. My thanks again go to all the loyal supporters of the society, a very worthy charity protecting vulnerable children. Over my 22 years of collecting we have raised £27, 697.45. That’s an awful lot of small change that we don’t really miss, but when added up, can make a massive difference. So, a huge thank you to you all. See you next year. Jackie Lynch

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another.  Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Access to Church Lane
You may be aware that roadworks are underway at the junction of Church Lane and Hockley Lane. It is worth allowing an extra 5 minutes for your travel time to church if you come by car or bus over the next 5 weeks. Forget me Not has been cancelled on March 26th and April 9th.

Tots Praise
Our next service for pre-schoolers and their carers is on Tuesday 9th April. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft activities, with stories, songs and prayer from 9.15am. This week we will be telling the story of the Walls of Jericho.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 18th April. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when we will be telling the Easter story.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Appeal for Volunteers from RAWKUS and Environmental Sustainability Team
Every year, tonnes of edible food and equipment are left in halls by students moving out. Whilst we encourage everyone to donate to local charities before moving out, RAWKUS are an important part of reducing the waste left behind! At the end of each term, RAWKUS volunteers combine to remove the leftover food that is still in date and edible as well as unwanted goods from Halls of Residence. The food and goods collected are then distributed to local charities in Coventry and Leamington, including food banks. The Spring collection of food and other items were collected by Carriers of Hope, Emmaus and Leamington Winter Shelter. In total we donated 1.249 tonnes worth, therefore saving all of that from ending up in Waste to Energy. Our next collection is June 29th and 30th for the Summer move outs where nearly all students across campus will move out. This is a large task so we will need as many volunteers as we can get. To sign up use the following website link https://www.warwicksu.com/campaigning/campaigns/development_environment/rawkus/

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the last few months, we really hope you can join us to officially welcome her to the Christian family. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April  
Sun 7th 12.30pm Thanksgiving Service for Hannah Lewis
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 8th 12.00pm Funeral Service for Adrian Rawlings
7.00pm Holy Communion
7.30pm APCM
Tues 9th 9.15am Tots Praise
6.00pm All Star Theatre company at Our Ladies
7.30pm Palm Sunday rehearsal
Sat 13th 1.30pm Easter Egg Hunt on Bannerbrook Park
4.30pm Palm Sunday rehearsal
Sun 14th 10.00am Palm Sunday service
6.30pm Seek His Face
Readings at 8am Is 43.16-21 (p 729) & John 12.1-8 (p1079)
Reader Richard Marr
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All Led by Nick Tooby
Music The band
Next week Palm Sunday Gospel from Luke

Pews News – 31st March 2019

31st March 2019 – The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

Mothering Sunday
A very happy Mother’s Day to all mums. We have a special message for you this morning.

Electoral Roll
Every six years, our Electoral Roll has to be renewed. 2019 is such a year. Everyone who has previously been on the Electoral Roll should fill out a very short form to reapply. There are a number of advantages to being on the Electoral Roll around rights to baptism, funerals and weddings, as well as eligibility for church office and voting rights at the AGM. It is also vital to St Andrew’s to have the most reliable record of its membership, so we would urge everyone to take 2 minutes to do this. Forms are available from Greg, Phil or Lesley Harrison, our Electoral Roll officer. Anyone who lives in the parish or who has worshipped at St Andrew’s for 6 months or more is eligible.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015.  35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Altar Setting up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Sad News
We have been saddened by the deaths of three members of the congregation over the last week or so: Mary Lee, Stan Cooper and Adrian Rawlings. Please hold their families in your prayers. The memorial service for Mary Lee was hosted at St Andrew’s last Thursday. Stan’s funeral takes place at St Andrew’s on Wednesday 17th April at 2pm and Adrian’s on Monday 8th April at 12 noon.

Rock Solid Returns – a group for young people
The Children’s Council are pleased to announce that Nick Tooby has volunteered to run Rock Solid on the first and third Sunday in each month. This will provide an opportunity for our young folk (10-14 year olds) to meet, have fun and enjoy Christian fellowship together from 6.30-8pm. To get this successfully off the ground Nick needs your support. Please consider if you can help with the sessions and please pray for the success of this venture. For further information, please speak to Nick, Emma or Hilary.

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at our 10am service. Come early for a good seat!

Social Events
Thanks to all those who supported recent social events: Elvis Tribute and Quiz Night. There was a fantastic turnout for each and between the two events £1250 raised towards church funds. Sadly, the Barn Dance had to be cancelled because of lack of support.

Kidz Klub
Kids Klub, who work with primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, are looking for someone to operate their AV system. No prior knowledge necessary. It’s just a question of pressing buttons. Please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman if you can help.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. We have sufficient money to replace the carpet tiles in the side room with something similar, but have taken the view that a vinyl covering would be much longer lasting and much easier to clean. We are therefore £1500 short of the necessary funds. We are inviting individual members of the congregation to give £50 towards this. We need 30 to be willing to do so, and already have 18 pledges.  Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost.

Easter Programme
Leaflets advertising our Easter programme are now available. Please note that the Passover Supper requires booking in advance by putting your name down on the sheet at the back of church on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only two places left. Anyone wishing to help by reading, setting up the altar or acting as sidespersons at our extra services should speak to Greg.

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Bannerbrook Park Easter Hunt
A fun filled family Easter hunt organised by St Andy’s Church. Come and find the clues to solve the Easter word to win a Chocolate egg kindly donated by the Penny Farthing pub! Refreshments and biscuit decorating will also be available for a voluntary donation. There is no charge for this event, just good family fun! Come and find us on Saturday 13th April between 1.30pm and 3pm at Bannerbrook Park (just after the first play area)!

Annual Plant Sale
We will be holding our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 12 noon. If anyone would like to donate plants, ornamental pots etc. we can arrange collection. We should also be grateful for any help on the day, serving refreshments etc. If you can help please contact David, Trevor or Gill.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Access to Church Lane
You may be aware that roadworks have begun at the junction of Church Lane and Hockley Lane. It is worth allowing an extra 5 minutes for your travel time to church if you come by car or bus over the next few weeks. Forget me Not has been cancelled on March 26th and April 9th.

Appeal for Volunteers from RAWKUS and Environmental Sustainability Team
Every year, tonnes of edible food and equipment are left in halls by students moving out. Whilst we encourage everyone to donate to local charities before moving out, RAWKUS are an important part of reducing the waste left behind! At the end of each term, RAWKUS volunteers combine to remove the leftover food that is still in date and edible as well as unwanted goods from Halls of Residence. The food and goods collected are then distributed to local charities in Coventry and Leamington, including food banks. The Spring collection of food and other items were collected by Carriers of Hope, Emmaus and Leamington Winter Shelter. In total we donated 1.249 tonnes worth, therefore saving all of that from ending up in Waste to Energy. Our next collection is June 29th and 30th for the Summer move outs where nearly all students across campus will move out. This is a large task so we will need as many volunteers as we can get. To sign up use the following website link https://www.warwicksu.com/campaigning/campaigns/development_environment/rawkus/

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates regularly to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of Weekly Giving Envelopes for the next twelve months are at the back of the church. Should anyone wish to join the Envelope scheme please contact Richard Marr (01676 522697). Regular giving by Envelope or by Standing Order helps us plan the church’s finances in the coming year and we are most grateful to all those who give regularly every week or every month. If you are a regular giver and a tax payer but haven’t already completed a Gift Aid Form, please do so as soon as possible to enable us to recover the tax you have already paid on your giving. Forms can be found in the dispenser at the back of the church. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the Weekly Giving Envelope or your Standing Order, please do so any time as you do not need to complete a new Gift Aid Form. Last year we recovered £14898 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

Children’s Society
The boxes have been collected, the money counted, and a cheque for £1067.36 has been sent to the Children’s Society. My thanks again go to all the loyal supporters of the society, a very worthy charity protecting vulnerable children. Over my 22 years of collecting we have raised £27, 697.45. That’s an awful lot of small change that we don’t really miss, but when added up, can make a massive difference. So, a huge thank you to you all. See you next year. Jackie Lynch

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the last few months, we really hope you can join us to officially welcome her to the Christian family. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Tots Praise
Our next service for pre-schoolers and their carers is on Tuesday 9th April. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft activities, with stories, songs and prayer from 9.15am. This week we will be telling the story of the Walls of Jericho.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 4th April. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when we will be telling a story entitled: Down the Well.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

APCM
Please note that the church’s AGM will take place on Monday 8th April at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. Do come along to hear about the church’s life over the last 12 months and give thanks for all that God has done. If anyone, would like to join the PCC, please speak to Greg, Phil or one of the churchwardens.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover, especially over the next 2 weeks. If you’re able to help, please speak to Gill Tunnicliffe.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Bryan Walker, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April  
Tues 2nd 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Leadership Meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Thurs 4th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Bishop’s Certificate (prayer) in church
Sun 7th 12.30pm Thanksgiving Service for Hannah Lewis
Mon 8th 12.00pm Funeral Service for Adrian Rawlings
7.00pm Holy Communion
7.30pm APCM
Tues 9th 9.15am Tots Praise
11.30am Social Committee
7.30pm Palm Sunday rehearsal
Readings 1 Sam 1.20-28 (p 271) & Luke 2.33-35 (p 1028)
President Lynnette Clarke
Preacher Nick Tooby
Led by Greg Smith
Intercessions Harvey Wyatt
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Music Di/Victoria/Jayne
Children Lesley, Emma & Jill
Next week at 8am Is 43.16-21 & John 12.1-8

 

Pews News – 24th March 2019

24th March 2019 – The Third Sunday of Lent

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

The Link Magazine
Apologies that the first digital version of the Link was delayed in being posted for the first of the month.  The teething problems have been resolved and the magazine is now available to be viewed at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ or on the St Andrew’s Facebook page. In the coming months, it will be posted on the 1st of every month.

Electoral Roll
Every six years, our Electoral Roll has to be renewed. 2019 is such a year. Everyone who has previously been on the Electoral Roll should fill out a very short form to reapply. There are a number of advantages to being on the Electoral Roll around rights to baptism, funerals and weddings, as well as eligibility for church office and voting rights at the AGM. It is also vital to St Andrew’s to have the most reliable record of its membership, so we would urge everyone to take 2 minutes to do this. Forms are available from Greg, Phil or Lesley Harrison, our Electoral Roll officer. Anyone who lives in the parish or who has worshipped at St Andrew’s for 6 months or more is eligible.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015. 35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Sad News
We have been saddened by the deaths of three members of the congregation over the last week or so: Mary Lee, Stan Cooper and Adrian Rawlings. Please hold their families in your prayers. There will be a memorial service for Mary Lee hosted at St Andrew’s for her friends and family on Thursday 28th March at 1.30pm. Stan Cooper’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Wednesday 17th April at 2pm. We will advise as to the funeral arrangements of Adrian as they become available.

Stan Cooper
Thank you all for your support for Stan who sadly passed away on 18th March. Your prayers have been a great comfort to me and the family. God bless you all. Beryl.

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Mother’s Day Posies
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th March at 9.15am to make up posies for Mother’s Day. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly service for preschool children and their carers takes place next Tuesday, 26th March. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft. The short service of songs, stories and prayers commences at 9.15am. All welcome.

Appeal for Volunteers from RAWKUS and Environmental Sustainability Team
Every year, tonnes of edible food and equipment are left in halls by students moving out. Whilst we encourage everyone to donate to local charities before moving out, RAWKUS are an important part of reducing the waste left behind! At the end of each term, RAWKUS volunteers combine to remove the leftover food that is still in date and edible as well as unwanted goods from Halls of Residence. The food and goods collected are then distributed to local charities in Coventry and Leamington, including food banks. The Spring collection of food and other items were collected by Carriers of Hope, Emmaus and Leamington Winter Shelter. In total we donated 1.249 tonnes worth, therefore saving all of that from ending up in Waste to Energy. Our next collection is June 29th and 30th for the Summer move outs where nearly all students across campus will move out. This is a large task so we will need as many volunteers as we can get. To sign up use the following website link https://www.warwicksu.com/campaigning/campaigns/development_environment/rawkus/

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates regularly to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of Weekly Giving Envelopes for the next twelve months are at the back of the church. Should anyone wish to join the Envelope scheme please contact Richard Marr (01676 522697). Regular giving by Envelope or by Standing Order helps us plan the church’s finances in the coming year and we are most grateful to all those who give regularly every week or every month. If you are a regular giver and a tax payer but haven’t already completed a Gift Aid Form, please do so as soon as possible to enable us to recover the tax you have already paid on your giving. Forms can be found in the dispenser at the back of the church. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the Weekly Giving Envelope or your Standing Order, please do so any time as you do not need to complete a new Gift Aid Form. Last year we recovered £14898 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

Children’s Society
The boxes have been collected, the money counted, and a cheque for £1067.36 has been sent to the Children’s Society. My thanks again go to all the loyal supporters of the society, a very worthy charity protecting vulnerable children. Over my 22 years of collecting we have raised £27, 697.45. That’s an awful lot of small change that we don’t really miss, but when added up, can make a massive difference. So, a huge thank you to you all. See you next year. Jackie Lynch

Kidz Klub Easter Egg Appeal
If you can help Kidz Klub by donating an Easter egg please see the sign-up sheet which can be found at the back of church. Please note that donations are needed by this Monday, 25th March. Thank you.

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Lent
We would encourage to take up one of two challenges this Lent. Count Your Blessings (which features at Worship 4 All last week) is a Christian Aid venture, encouraging us to note how blessed we are in the western world compared to the poor in developing countries. At the end of Lent, we are invited to make a donation to Christian Aid to help them lift others out of poverty. Alternatively, you may like to take on our Plastic-Free Lent Challenge. There is again a sheet at the back of church or it can be found posted on our website at standrews-eg.org.uk. Can you take some simple steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use?

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at our 10am service. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help with this, whether by a small acting part or costumes or in any other way.

Social Events
Thanks to all those who supported recent social events: Elvis Tribute and Quiz Night. There was a fantastic turnout for each and between the two events £1250 raised towards church funds. Sadly, the barn dance had to be cancelled because of lack of support.

Kidz Klub
Kids Klub, who work with primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, are looking for someone to operate their AV system. No prior knowledge necessary. It’s just a question of pressing buttons. Please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman if you can help.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. We have sufficient money to replace the carpet tiles in the side room with something similar, but have taken the view that a vinyl covering would be much longer lasting and much easier to clean. We are therefore £1500 short of the necessary funds. We are inviting individual members of the congregation to give £50 towards this. We need 30 to be willing to do so, and already have 18 pledges. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost.

Easter Programme
Leaflets advertising our Easter programme are now available. Please note that the Passover Supper requires booking in advance by putting your name down on the sheet at the back of church on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Access to Church Lane
You may be aware that roadworks are planned at the junction of Church Lane and Hockley Lane. It is worth allowing an extra 5 minutes for your travel time to church if you come by car or bus over the next 5 weeks. Forget me Not has been cancelled on March 26th and April 9th.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

APCM
Please note that the church’s AGM will take place on Monday April 8th at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. Do come along to hear about the church’s life over the last 12 months and give thanks for all that God has done. If anyone would like to join the PCC please speak to Greg, Phil or one of the churchwardens.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover, especially over the next 2 weeks. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Bryan Walker, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March-April  
Tues 26th 9.15am Tots Praise
12.00pm Lunch n Chat II
6.00pm Drama club
Weds 27th 6.15pm Prayer for St Andy’s at the Strattons
7.00pm Allesley Green Residents Association at Park Hill School
Thurs 28th 11.30am Finance Committee
1.30pm Memorial Service for Mary Lee
Sat 30th 10.00am Intercessors Workshop 10-12 in church
Tues 2nd Leadership Meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Readings Isaiah 55.1-9 (p 742) & Luke 13.1-9 (p 1046)
President Greg Smith
Preacher Sue Masters
Led by Nick Tooby
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Music Michael Watkins
Children Greg, Veronika & Becky
Next week 1 Sam 20-28 & Luke 2.33-35

 

Pews News – 17th March 2019

17th March 2019 – The Second Sunday of Lent

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

The Link Magazine
Apologies that the first digital version of the Link was delayed in being posted for the first of the month. The teething problems have been resolved and the magazine is now available to be viewed at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ or on the St Andrews Facebook page. In the coming months, it will be posted on the 1st of every month.

Electoral Roll
Every six years, our Electoral Roll has to be renewed.  2019 is such a year. Everyone who has previously been on the Electoral Roll should fill out a very short form to reapply. There are a number of advantages to being on the Electoral Roll around rights to baptism, funerals and weddings, as well as eligibility for church office and voting rights at the AGM. It is also vital to St Andrew’s to have the most reliable record of its membership, so we would urge everyone to take 2 minutes to do this. Forms are available from Greg, Phil or Lesley Harrison, our Electoral Roll officer. Anyone who lives in the parish or who has worshipped at St Andrew’s for 6 months or more is eligible.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015. 35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Mary Lee
We were saddened at the news of the death of Mary Lee. A memorial service will be hosted at St Andrew’s for her friends and family on Thursday 28th March at 1.30pm.

Kidz Klub Easter Egg Appeal
Kidz Klub gives each child who comes to the Easter special club an Easter egg. Following last year’s success, we would love to give at least some of the children real Easter eggs. The cost of the eggs is about four times our budget for Easter eggs, which is why we’re asking for help from our partner churches. We would love you to ask your congregations to either buy a real Easter egg for a Kidz Klub child, or make a donation so that we can purchase them on their behalf. A sign-up sheet can be found at the back of church. Please note that donations are needed by Monday 25th March. Thank you.

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Mother’s Day Posies
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th March at 9.15am to make up posies for Mother’s Day. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Lent
We would encourage to take up one of two challenges this Lent. Count Your Blessings (which features at Worship 4 All last week) is a Christian Aid venture, encouraging us to note how blessed we are in the western world compared to the poor in developing countries. At the end of Lent, we are invited to make a donation to Christian Aid to help them lift others out of poverty. Alternatively, you may like to take on our Plastic-Free Lent Challenge. There is again a sheet at the back of church or it can be found posted on our website at standrews-eg.org.uk. Can you take some simple steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use?

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at our 10am service. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help with this, whether by a small acting part or costumes or in any other way. There is a planning meeting after the service this morning for anyone interested.

St Andrew’s Lent Group 2019
It’s nearly Pancake Day and the season of Lent is almost here. Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group. This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 11th March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

Children’s Society Boxes
It’s that time of year again! The annual collection of the boxes. If you could bring your box to church, or alternatively I will collect from you. Once again, I take the opportunity to thank all of you who have stayed loyal to this worthy charity for so long. I cannot believe I have been collecting from you for 21 years! Look forward to seeing you soon. Jackie Lynch

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates regularly to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of Weekly Giving Envelopes for the next twelve months are at the back of the church. Should anyone wish to join the Envelope scheme please contact Richard Marr (01676 522697). Regular giving by Envelope or by Standing Order helps us plan the church’s finances in the coming year and we are most grateful to all those who give regularly every week or every month. If you are a regular giver and a tax payer but haven’t already completed a Gift Aid Form, please do so as soon as possible to enable us to recover the tax you have already paid on your giving. Forms can be found in the dispenser at the back of the church. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the Weekly Giving Envelope or your Standing Order, please do so any time as you do not need to complete a new Gift Aid Form. Last year we recovered £14898 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the last few months, we really hope you can join us to officially welcome her to the Christian family. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Social Events
Thanks to all those who supported recent social events: Elvis Tribute and Quiz Night. There was a fantastic turnout for each and between the two events £1250 raised towards church funds. Sadly, the barn dance had to be cancelled because of lack of support.

Kidz Praise
Our fortnightly service for Primary School children and their families takes place next Thursday. The short 20-minute service starts at 4pm with doors open at 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft and games. All welcome.

Kidz Klub
Kidz Klub, who work with primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, are looking for someone to operate their AV system. No prior knowledge necessary. It’s just a question of pressing buttons. Please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman if you can help.

Easter Programme
Leaflets advertising our Easter programme are now available. Please note that the Passover Supper requires booking in advance by putting your name down on the sheet at the back of church on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored Walk
A church sponsored walk is being planned for the autumn. If you would like to be involved in the planning process, do come along to a meeting at the Vicarage on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Access to Church Lane
You may be aware that roadworks are planned at the junction of Church Lane and Hockley Lane. It is worth allowing an extra 5 minutes for your travel time to church if you come by car or bus over the next 5 weeks. Forget me Not has been cancelled on March 26th and April 9th.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

APCM
Please note that the church’s AGM will take place on Monday April 8th at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. Do come along to hear about the church’s life over the last 12 months and give thanks for all that God has done. If anyone, would like to join the PCC, please speak to Greg, Phil or one of the churchwardens.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

Prayer List
Please pray for Adrian Rawlings, Eddie Parkes, Bryan Walker, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March  
Tues 19th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the side room
6.00pm Drama Club at Our Ladies
Weds 20th 7.30pm Walk planning meeting at the Vicarage
Thurs 21st 3.15pm Kidz Praise
7.30pm Worship 4 all planning at the Vicarage
Mon 25th 7.30pm Children’s Church meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Tues 26th 9.15am Tots Praise
Weds 27th 6.15pm Prayer for St Andy’s at the Strattons
7.00pm Allesley Green Residents Association at Park Hill School
Readings Gen 15.1-12, 17-18 & Luke 13.31-35
President Greg Smith
Preacher Lesley Lee
Intercessions Greg Smith
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Music Michael Watkins
Next Week Isaiah 55.1-9 & Luke 13.1-9

Pews News – 10th March 2018

10th March 2019 – The First Sunday of Lent

Welcome
St Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, whether this is your first time or thousandth time in church. You are welcome whatever your age, gender, marital status, disability, race or sexuality. You are welcome whether you have a deep and mature faith in Christ; are uncertain and still seeking; or have no faith. If you are new to church, please do take a welcome leaflet to be found in the pews; and do not hesitate to ask one of the welcomers if you have any queries.

The Link Magazine
Apologies that the first digital version of the Link was delayed in being posted for the first of the month. The teething problems have been resolved and the magazine is now available to be viewed at http://standrews-eg.org.uk/ or on the St Andrews Facebook page. In the coming months, it will be posted on the 1st of every month.

Electoral Roll
Every six years, our Electoral Roll has to be renewed. 2019 is such a year. Everyone who has previously been on the Electoral Roll should fill out a very short form to reapply. There are a number of advantages to being on the Electoral Roll around rights to baptism, funerals and weddings, as well as eligibility for church office and voting rights at the AGM. It is also vital to St Andrew’s to have the most reliable record of its membership, so we would urge everyone to take 2 minutes to do this. Forms are available from Greg, Phil or Lesley Harrison, our Electoral Roll officer. Anyone who lives in the parish or who has worshipped at St Andrew’s for 6 months or more is eligible.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place tonight at 6.30pm. If you’ve never been to Seek His Face, please come along and join us.

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the last few months, we really hope you can join us to officially welcome her to the Christian family. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Kidz Klub Easter Egg Appeal
Kidz Klub gives each child who comes to the Easter special club an Easter egg. Following last year’s success, we would love to give at least some of the children real Easter eggs. The cost of the eggs is about four times our budget for Easter eggs, which is why we’re asking for help from our partner churches. We would love you to ask your congregations to either buy a real Easter egg for a Kidz Klub child, or make a donation so that we can purchase them on their behalf. A sign-up sheet can be found at the back of church. Please note that donations are needed by Monday 25th March. Thank you.

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Mother’s Day Posies
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th March at 9.15am to make up posies for Mother’s Day. Thank you. Ann Dove.

St Andrew’s Lent Group 2019
It’s nearly Pancake Day and the season of Lent is almost here. Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group. This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 11th March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

Children’s Society Boxes
It’s that time of year again! The annual collection of the boxes. If you could bring your box to church, or alternatively I will collect from you. Once again, I take the opportunity to thank all of you who have stayed loyal to this worthy charity for so long. I cannot believe I have been collecting from you for 21 years! Look forward to seeing you soon. Jackie Lynch.

Discipleship Survey
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. We should be publishing the results of this next week.

Mary Lee
We were saddened at the news of the death of Mary Lee. A memorial service will be hosted at St Andrew’s for her friends and family on Thursday 28th March at 1.30pm.

Lent
We would encourage to take up one of two challenges this Lent. Count Your Blessings (which features at Worship 4 All last week) is a Christian Aid venture, encouraging us to note how blessed we are in the western world compared to the poor in developing countries. At the end of Lent, we are invited to make a donation to Christian Aid to help them lift others out of poverty. Alternatively, you may like to take on our Plastic-Free Lent Challenge. There is again a sheet at the back of church or it can be found posted on our website at standrews-eg.org.uk. Can you take some simple steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use?

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at our 10am service. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help with this, whether by a small acting part or costumes or in any other way.

Social Events
Thanks to all those who supported recent social events: Elvis Tribute and Quiz Night. There was a fantastic turnout for each and between the two events £1250 raised towards church funds. Sadly, the Barn Dance had to be cancelled because of lack of support.

Kidz Klub
Kidz Klub, who work with primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, are looking for someone to operate their AV system. No prior knowledge necessary. It’s just a question of pressing buttons. Please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman if you can help.

Phil Richardson
Please note that Phil is currently on holiday until March 18th

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

APCM
Please note that the church’s AGM will take place on Monday 8th April at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. Do come along to hear about the church’s life over the last 12 months and give thanks for all that God has done. If anyone, would like to join the PCC, please speak to Greg, Phil or one of the churchwardens.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Talent Show
We are looking for a volunteer to organise a children’s talent show in the Spring. We have a volunteer to compere but we need someone to work with the My Eastern Green Facebook page to recruit acts and plan the evening. If able to help, please speak to Greg, Rosemarie or Jackie.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

Prayer List
Please pray for Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March  
Sun 10th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 11th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 12th 9.15am Tots Praise
12.00pm Lunch n Chat
2.00pm Forget me Not
6.00pm Drama Club at Our Ladies
Readings Deut 26.1-11 (p 203) & Luke 4.1-13 (p 1030)
Readers John Ross-Barnard & Peter Bruton
President Lynnette Clarke
Preacher Lynnette Clarke
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Comm Asst Emma Read
Music Di Fellowes
Next week Gen 15.1-12, 17-18 & Luke 13.31-35