Pews News – 22nd April 2018

22nd April 2018 – 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.

Thanks
To Nick Tooby for taking the service of Morning Prayer today, while many of us enjoy the sunshine at the Parish Weekend in Staffordshire.

APCM
At the Annual Meeting, Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were elected as churchwardens. Jill Pinks was elected as a Deanery Synod Rep and the following were elected to the PCC: Trevor Hill, Jeremy Thomas, Richard Marr, Hilary Wankling, Paul Crowe, Gill Tunnicliffe, John Ross-Barnard, Kate Dagger, Rita Muir, Linda Chylinski. Please pray for them as they take on this responsibility. Copies of the annual report and Treasurer’s Report are available at the back of church. Please free to take these away, although the annual report should be returned within a week.

Cleaning
After many, many years Diane Wilson has decided to hang up her mop. She has epitomised loyalty and professionalism in this role. In replacing her, we want to investigate whether it might be possible to recruit a band of volunteers to clean for an hour once a week. We probably need 5 people altogether to allow volunteers to take a week off when necessary. If you are interested in helping, please speak to Greg, Diane or Jackie Lynch.

Wedding Choir
We are looking to put together a choir for the wedding on 5th May at 12 noon. If you would be willing to be part of the choir for this wedding please either speak to Rebecca Martin or contact Julie, the Parish Administrator, on 07756 91884 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. Please add your name to the list at the back of church.

David & Frances Hawkey
June Clarke has advised that after a recent visit to David and Frances Hawkey they would like to say ‘hello’ to their friends at St Andrew’s.

Alpha Course 2018
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 23rd May. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7pm and the course runs over eight weeks, with an Away Day during that eight-week period. If you would like more information or want to join the course please speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters 07958 322026 or susanmasters@sky.com

Alpha Caterers Needed
The Alpha course runs for 8 weeks at the Vicarage from 23rd May to 11th July. We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal, help to serve and clear away after the meal. Caterers would be paid for each evening catered for. If you would be willing to cater for one evening (or more) please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Children’s Society Boxes
My thanks to all loyal supporters of this worthy charity. The boxes have been emptied and counted and a grand total of £1208.04 has been sent to help rescue disadvantaged and abused children. It is amazing how loose change can amount to so much! Thanks again, see you next year. Please contact Jackie Lynch on 76467344, if you would like to become a supporter.

Message from Norah Hall
I have been overwhelmed by all the prayers and good wishes from everyone at Church. Thank you all very much for your ongoing thoughts and prayers, which have certainly given me the strength to carry on. Please continue to pray for me. God Bless you all.  Thanks again, Norah x

Chaplain Advert
WORKCARE has been supplying Workplace Chaplains to the Coventry and Warwickshire area since 1947. We require Christians who are able to offer their time to become Workplace Chaplains. They will regularly visit workplaces and be a ‘listening ear’ to those who work there at all levels. they will receive out of pocket expense, transport costs and vehicle mileage. We have openings now at Jaguar Land Rover (Whitley site) and from July/August at the Gaydon site both in the Coventry area. There will be more opportunities to join our team shortly. More details from our Development Officer on: 07903 129501 or email syd@workcare.org / website: www.workcare.org. Please get in touch about learning more about Workcare, hearing about Workcare’s ‘WORK AWARE’ training and supporting Workcare financially.

Silver Award
St Andrew’s has been granted the Silver Eco-Church Award. Many thanks to Dawn, Jill, Paul, Selina and Veronika: our wonderful Eco-team for this achievement.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia and their carers next meets on Tuesday 24th April at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter, free to a good home, is available.  If you or anyone you know needs this, please speak to Greg.

Village Hall Car Park
The Village Hall/Eastern Green club carpark will be out of use for 2 weeks, while resurfacing takes place. Please consider our neighbours as you seek alternative parking.

Font
After nearly two years of delay, we are now in a position to press forward with plans to remove the font (which will be interred in the churchyard) and replace it with a wooden, portable font. We are immensely grateful to Stan & Beryl Cooper who have agreed to pay for this in memory of their baby daughter; and to Frank Dove who has undertaken to craft the new stand for the font. Please speak to Trevor Hill if you have any queries.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 24th April at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

Allesley Green Prayer
The small group who meet to pray for Allesley Green on the fourth Tuesday of the month welcomes new members. Our next gathering for an hour is at 7.45pm on 24th April at 27 Polperro Drive. All welcome.

Prayer Tent
We are looking for a large tent or Gazebo that can be used at Party in the Park on May 7th as a Prayer Tent. Anyone able to help should speak to Greg or Veronika.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes or savouries e.g. sausage rolls for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Party in the Park Volunteers
St Andrew’s is always very generous in providing volunteers for Party in the Park. We trust this year will be no exception. We need people to help set up at 9.30am through to 11am. Some heavy lifting included. We also need lots of people to staff stalls during the afternoon. Please let Greg know if you are able to help.

Altar Servers
We would like to supplement our small team of altar servers, who set up the altar for communion on an occasional basis. If you are able to help, please speak to Greg, Steve Wankling or Rita.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Thy Kingdom Come
An international prayer movement, initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury three years ago, is now embraced by millions. Each year between the Ascension (May 10th) and Pentecost (May 20th) churches are encouraged to pray for the coming of the Kingdom. You can pledge to pray as an individual or family at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/. You are also encouraged to come along on Saturday May 12th any time between 3 – 5pm when there will be prayer stations available to help you pray. Anyone, who would like devotional material to help them pray through this 10 day period can obtain it via the website.

Link Deliveries
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner.

Distributors Urgently Needed for The Link
The rounds are as follows: Both sides of Despard Road (65 copies), both sides of Windermere Aveue and Next Pond Farm (26 copies), Tilewood Avenue (77 copies), 31-89 and 481-523 Lower Eastern Green Lane (54 copies). If you don’t already do a round, or if you live close to or are prepared to deliver the Link can you please contact me on – 02476 403458/07846 288036 or email me on bwarner113@gmail.com

Prayer Thanks
We praise God that Tako N’Gambi is now out of hospital after 9 months; and also for Darren Lee (Lesley’s son) successful operation.

Prayer List
Please pray for Margaret Shale, Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April
Fri – Sun Parish Weekend at Shallowford House
Tues 24th 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not in church
7.45pm Allesley Green Prayer Group at 27 Polperro Drive
Weds 25th 7.30pm Prayer Team meet at 9 Nailcote Avenue
Thurs 26th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company (8-12s) at St Oswald’s
Sat 28th 9.45am PCC Away Day at Christchurch
Sun 29th 3.30pm Retreat in Daily Life in church
Mon 30th 7.30pm Leadership meeting at the Vicarage
Reading 1 John 3.16-24 (p 1227) & John 10.11-18 (p 1076)
Readers Sara Parkes
Led by Nick Tooby
Preacher Nick Tooby
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Music Ben Hoyland
Sidespersons Peter Bruton & Kath Houldsworth
Next week 1 John 4.7-21 & John 15.1-8

 

Pews News – 15th April 2018

15th April 2018 – 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.

Next Sunday
Many of us will be away at the Parish Weekend in Staffordshire. Grateful thanks to Nick who will be leading a service of Morning Prayer at the usual time of 10am.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall next week (22nd April) as leaders will be away at the Parish Weekend. We will provide the usual craft activity box in the side room. Parents are very welcome to help their children with the activities. Children’s Church will be open again as normal on 29th April.

Worship Survey
Following the retirement of the choir, we want to consult the congregation about the best way forward for worship leading in the years ahead. There is therefore a short survey about this available at the back of church. Please complete this if you can and return by the end of the month. Feel free to write additional comments although it would be helpful if these were relatively brief.

Raffle Tickets
The Party in the Park raffle is now open, with a wonderful array of prizes that includes a Spa Day for 2 at the Windmill Hotel; a meal for 2 at Fairways Restaurant and a Golf Day for 4 at West Midlands Golf Club.Tickets are £1 a strip and available from Lin Chylinski or Rita Muir.

Easter Raffle
Charley and Linda would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Easter raffle a success. That is to those who very kindly donated raffle prizes and also to all who bought tickets. Without you all we would not have raised the £231 that we did. We hope all the winners enjoyed their prizes and monies raised have helped to boost St Andrew’s funds. Thank you.

Distributors Urgently Needed for The Link
The rounds are as follows: Both sides of Despard Road (65 copies), Both sides of Windermere Aveue and Next Pond Farm (26 copies), Tilewood Avenue (77 copies), 31-89 and 481-523 Lower Eastern Green Lane (54 copies). If you don’t already do a round, or if you live close to or are prepared to deliver the Link can you please contact me on – 02476 403458/07846 288036 or email me on bwarner113@gmail.com

BCDM at St Andrew’s
St. Andrew’s is hosting the following BCDM Module starting on 18th April 2018 – Jesus and the Gospels. This module will look at each of the four gospels in turn, so that you have the opportunity to get to grips with the unique approach to Jesus that each one of them offers. By the end of the module, you will have read all four gospels and you will find fresh ways of talking about what Jesus means to you. There will be five sessions held on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.30pm from 18th April to 16th May. There is no cost for members of St Andrew’s/St.Andy’s. If you would like to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958322026) or sign up on the diocesan website www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister

Silver Award
St Andrew’s has been granted the Silver Eco-Church Award. Many thanks to Dawn, Jill, Paul, Selina and Veronika: our wonderful Eco-team for this achievement.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia and their carers next meets on Tuesday 24th April at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Kidz Praise
The next Kidz Praise service will take place on Thursday 19th April at 4pm for parents and primary school children. From 3.15-4pm there are craft activities, games, songs and toasts. The short service of story, prayers and song starts at 4pm. Our theme is the Secret Baby. All welcome to arrive any time up to 4pm.

APCM
The annual meeting of the church takes place tomorrow, Monday 16th April, at 7.30pm preceded by a short service of Holy Communion at 7pm. We warmly encourage everyone to come along and hear all that has happened in the life of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s over the last 12 months. There will be vacancies on the PCC and for Deanery Synod. Please pray about taking up a place.

Font
After nearly two years of delay, we are now in a position to press forward with plans to remove the font (which will be interred in the churchyard) and replace it with a wooden, portable font. We are immensely grateful to Stan & Beryl Cooper who have agreed to pay for this in memory of their baby daughter; and to Frank Dove who has undertaken to craft the new stand for the font. Please speak to Trevor Hill if you have any queries.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 24th April at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

Alpha Course 2018
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 23rd May. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7pm and the course runs over eight weeks, with an Away Day during that eight-week period. If you would like more information or want to join the course please speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters 07958 322026 or susanmasters@sky.com

Allesley Green Prayer
The small group who meet to pray for Allesley Green on the fourth Tuesday of the month welcomes new members. Our next gathering for an hour is at 7.45pm on 24th April at 27 Polperro Drive. All welcome.

Prayer Tent
We are looking for a large tent or Gazebo that can be used at Party in the Park on May 7th as a Prayer Tent. Anyone able to help should speak to Greg or Veronika.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes or savouries e.g. sausage rolls for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Altar Servers
We would like to supplement our small team of altar servers, who set up the altar for communion on an occasional basis. If you are able to help, please speak to Greg, Steve Wankling or Rita.

Car Theft
Car theft seems to be prevalent in the Eastern Green and Allesley Green area as car thieves target higher end cars. One tactic thieves use is to place a half brick outside a property, which police advise is a technique they use to identify a targeted vehicle. Please be vigilant for yourselves and your neighbours.

Pam Bennell
We are sad to announce the death of Pam Bennell, a much-loved member of St Andy’s who died on Friday 23rd March. Her funeral will take place at St Andrews on Thursday May 3rd at 10.30am. Please pray for Alan and the rest of the family.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Link Deliveries
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner. We currently have three rounds needing a deliverer. If you can spare half an hour once a month, please speak to Gill or Barbara about this.

Prayer Thanks
We praise God that Tako N’Gambi is now out of hospital after 9 months; and also for Darren Lee (Lesley’s son) successful operation.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April
Mon 16th 7.30pm AGM preceded by Communion at 7pm
Tues 17th 12.15pm Ladies Fellowship meet at Oakes Farm Café
Weds 18th 7.30pm BCDM in church
Thurs 19th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
6.00pm Drama at St Oswald’s Church
Fri – Sun Parish Weekend at Shallowford House
Tues 24th 7.45pm Allesley Green Prayer Group at 27 Polperro Drive
Weds 25th 7.30pm Prayer Team meet at 9 Nailcote Avenue
Reading Acts 4.32-35 (p 1096) & Luke 24.36-49 (p 1062)
Preacher Greg Smith
Readers Victoria Kaczur & Hilary Wankling
Intercessions Greg Smith
Music Di Fellowes
Sidespersons Steve & Hilary Wankling
Next week 1 John 3.16-24 & John 10.11-18

 

Pews News – 1st April 2018

1st April 2018 – Easter 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 or next Sunday (8-4-2018), but there is a box of craft activities in the side room which children may use during the service if they wish. We will do our best to ensure that there is a Children’s Church volunteer on hand, but parents are asked to check before sending their children into the sideroom. Children’s Church opens again on 15th April. We look forward to welcoming the children back. We have room for more pre-school and primary aged children. For more information phone Hilary on 07980 596646. Please note that Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall on 22nd April as leaders will be away at the Parish Weekend. We will provide the usual craft activity box in the sideroom on that day.

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to all those who came and helped to decorate the church for Easter. Also, thank you to those who gave donations towards the cost of the flowers. Ann Dove.

Silver Award
St Andrew’s has been granted the Silver Eco-Church Award. Many thanks to Dawn, Jill, Paul, Selina and Veronika: our wonderful Eco-team for this achievement.

Palm Sunday
Grateful thanks to our wonderful Palm Sunday team for last Sunday’s re-enactment of the Passion story. Special thanks to Selina, our Director, Kate, our Stage Manager and Steve, our technical director.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia next meets on Tuesday 10th April at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Holidays
Please note that Greg and Phil will be both on holiday immediately after Easter. The Church Office will also be closed. Please contact Sue Masters in an emergency.

Kidz Praise
Please note there is no Kidz Praise service on April 5th (the next one being April 19th).

Wednesday Communion
Please note that there is no Wednesday Communion service this Wednesday, April 4th.

APCM
The annual meeting of the church takes place on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm preceded by a short service of Holy Communion at 7pm. We warmly encourage everyone to come along and hear all that has happened in the life of St Andrews/St Andy’s over the last 12 months. There will be vacancies on the PCC and for Deanery Synod. Please pray about taking up a place.

Electoral Roll
Today is the last chance to join the electoral roll. Anyone who has attended St Andrew’s/St Andy’s regularly over the last 6 months is entitled to join. Please see Greg or Lesley Harrison for a form, which can be filled in within a few moments. The electoral roll effectively makes you a full member of the church.

Font
After nearly two years of delay, we are now in a position to press forward with plans to remove the font (which will be interred in the churchyard) and replace it with a wooden, portable font.  We are immensely grateful to Stan & Beryl Cooper who have agreed to pay for this in memory of their baby daughter; and to Frank Dove who has undertaken to craft the new stand for the font. Please speak to Trevor Hill if you have any queries.

Pram Service
Our Easter Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 10th April at 9.15 a.m. (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

BCDM at St Andrew’s
St. Andrew’s is hosting the following BCDM Module starting on 18th April 2018 – Jesus and the Gospels. This module will look at each of the four gospels in turn, so that you have the opportunity to get to grips with the unique approach to Jesus that each one of them offers. By the end of the module, you will have read all four gospels and you will find fresh ways of talking about what Jesus means to you. There will be five sessions held on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.30pm from 18th April to 16th May. There is no cost for members of St Andrew’s / St.Andy’s. If you would like to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958322026) or sign up on the diocesan website www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates each week to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s using the Weekly Giving Envelopes. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of 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. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the weekly envelopes 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 £13383 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

Alpha Course 2018
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 23rd May. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7pm and the course runs over eight weeks, with an Away Day during that eight-week period. If you would like more information or want to join the course please speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters 07958 322026 or susanmasters@sky.com

 Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Retreat in Daily Life
St. Andrew’s will be holding a Retreat in Daily Life, commencing Sunday 14th April 2018. Such retreats offer an opportunity to commit to a period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. For further information, please see the Leaflet “A Coventry Retreat in Daily Life” or have a word with Lesley Lee.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

Prayer Tent
We are looking for a large tent or Gazebo that can be used at Party in the Park on May 7th as a Prayer Tent. Anyone able to help should speak to Greg or Veronika.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place next Sunday, April 8th, at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Altar Servers
We would like to supplement our small team of altar servers, who set up the altar for communion on an occasional basis. If you are able to help, please speak to Greg, Steve Wankling or Rita.

Car Theft
Car theft seems to be prevalent in the Eastern Green and Allesley Green area as car thieves target higher end cars. One tactic thieves use is to place a half brick outside a property, which police advise is a technique they use to identify a targeted vehicle. Please be vigilant for yourselves and your neighbours.

Pam Bennell
We are sad to announce the death of Pam Bennell, a much-loved member of St Andy’s who died on Friday 23rd March. Her funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Thursday May 3rd at 10.30am. Please pray for Alan and the rest of the family.

Crossing Petition
A petition has been raised, following the decision to no longer employ a Lollipop lady on Hockley Lane, to ask the City Council to install a crossing to ensure the safety of our children. This may be viewed online at https://myaccount.coventry.gov.uk/Petitions –  there is also a paper copy of the petition at the back of church.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Link Deliveries
Barbara Warner is looking for a volunteer to share the role of coordinating link deliveries, perhaps on a month about basis. The role entails bundling the links up when they arrive towards the end of the month and recruiting new deliverers as necessary. For further information, please speak to Greg or Barbara at bwarner113@gmail.com

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York
There is a letter regarding safeguarding and Holy week at the back church from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York. If you would like a copy, please take one.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano 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 8th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 9th 7.30pm Baptism Preparation in church
Tues 10th 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not
Weds 11th 11.00am Safeguarding meeting at the Vicarage
Mon 16th 7.30pm AGM
Reading Acts 10.34-43 (p 1104) & John 20.1-18 (p 1089)
Preacher Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Music Di Fellowes
Sidespersons Trevor & Rosemarie
Next week Acts 4.32-35 & John 20.19-31

 

Pews News – 25th March 2018

25th March 2018 – 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
The Spring Term programme for Children’s Church finishes today. We will not be using the school hall during the school holiday, but there will be a craft box in the side room for children to use during the Eucharist services. We will do our best to support the craft activities, but parents are asked to check that there is a Children’s Church volunteer present before sending children into the side room. Parents are very welcome to support their children with the activities. Children’s Church will open again on 15th April when we will begin a series of sessions about Isaac and his family. We look forward to welcoming the children back next term. We have space for more primary aged children and parents are encouraged to join us while their children settle in.

Congratulations
To Jon & Tracey who were married at St Andrew’s last Saturday.

4th April
Please note Wednesday Communion on 4th April has been cancelled. 

Volunteers Needed
On Saturday 31st March at 9.15am we will be decorating the church for Easter. Volunteers required please. If you can help, please let me know. Thank you, Ann Dove.

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

Link Deliverers
The Link is ready for collection in the side room, if you deliver or are able to take to someone who does near to you, we would be grateful if you could take the bundle for delivery. If anyone should have incorrect numbers or their bundle is missing please contact Barbara Warner. Thank you.

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates each week to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s using the Weekly Giving Envelopes. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of 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. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the weekly envelopes 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 £13383 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

Alpha Course 2018
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 23rd May. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7pm and the course runs over eight weeks, with an Away Day during that eight-week period. If you would like more information or want to join the course please speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters 07958 322026 or susanmasters@sky.com

New Home Group
A new evening home group is starting on Thursday evenings. The group will be led by Becky Crowe and Rita, and will meet at Rita’s home in Nailcote Avenue. The new group will meet on a fortnightly basis from 7.30pm-9pm and will be a time of fellowship, Bible study and discussion. We would love you to join us so please think about if you would like to be part of this new group. If you would like to know more or interested in joining please speak with Becky or Rita or contact Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Retreat in Daily Life
St. Andrew’s will be holding a Retreat in Daily Life, commencing Sunday 14th April 2018. Such retreats offer an opportunity to commit to a period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. For further information, please see the Leaflet “A Coventry Retreat in Daily Life” or have a word with Lesley Lee.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

Silver Award
St Andrew’s has been granted the Silver Eco-Church Award.  Many thanks to Dawn, Jill, Paul, Selina and Veronika: our wonderful Eco-team for this achievement.

Palm Sunday
Grateful thanks to our wonderful Palm Sunday team for this morning’s re-enactment of the Passion story. Special thanks to Selina, our Director, Kate, our Stage Manager and Steve, our technical director.

Passover
Our annual Passover service/meal takes place tomorrow evening Monday March 26th at 7pm. For catering purposes, if you wish to attend, please sign on the list at the back of church. Please don’t leave this till the last minute because there is a limit to our capacity. There is a special role for children at the meal, so children’s attendance is warmly encouraged.

Passion Praise
On Tuesday of Holy Week (the 27th) there will be a service at 7pm with music and readings commemorating the Passion of our Lord. If you would like to read at this service, please speak to Greg.

Service of Light
Anyone willing to act as sidesperson or reader at the Service of Light, the first communion of Easter on Holy Saturday should speak to Greg.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia next meets on Tuesday 27th March at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Holidays
Please note that Greg and Phil will be both on holiday immediately after Easter. The Church Office will also be closed. Please contact one of the Readers in an emergency.

Kidz Praise
Please note there is no Kidz Praise service on April 5th (the next one being April 19th).

Pat Trickett
Those who knew her will be sad to learn of the death of Pat Trickett from cancer last week. Pat is a much-loved friend of St Andrew’s having led the Nightingales who performed many fundraising Christmas concerts at the church over the years.

Font
After nearly two years of delay, we are now in a position to press forward with plans to remove the font (which will be interred in the churchyard) and replace it with a wooden, portable font. We are immensely grateful to Stan & Beryl Cooper who have agreed to pay for this in memory of their baby daughter; and to Frank Dove who has undertaken to craft the new stand for the font. Please speak to Trevor Hill if you have any queries.

Pram Service
Our Easter Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 27th March at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt.  For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Prayer Tent
We are looking for a large tent or Gazebo that can be used at Party in the Park on May 7th as a Prayer Tent. Anyone able to help should speak to Greg or Veronika.

Car Theft
Car theft seems to be prevalent in the Eastern Green and Allesley Green area as car thieves target higher end cars. One tactic thieves use is to place a half brick outside a property, which police advise is a technique they use to identify a targeted vehicle. Please be vigilant for yourselves and your neighbours.

Crossing Petition
A petition has been raised, following the decision to no longer employ a Lollipop lady on Hockley Lane, to ask the City Council to install a crossing to ensure the safety of our children. This may be viewed online at https://myaccount.coventry.gov.uk/Petitions. There is also a paper copy of the petition at the back of church.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Link Deliveries
Barbara Warner is looking for a volunteer to share the role of coordinating link deliveries, perhaps on a month about basis. The role entails bundling the links up when they arrive towards the end of the month and recruiting new deliverers as necessary. For further information, please speak to Greg or Barbara at bwarner113@gmail.com

Quiz Night
Thanks to all those who supported the Quiz Night last Friday. Thanks to our Quizmaster John and to the 100 people who bravely answered his questions.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Edie Chylinski, Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Sun 25th 6.30pm Rehearsal for Service of Light
Mon 26th 7.00pm Passover Supper
Tues 27th 9.30am Finance Ctte at the Vicarage
2.00pm Forget me Not in church
4.30pm Kidz Klub Easter party
7.00pm Passion Praise
Weds 28th 7.00pm Service of Meditation
Thurs 29th 7.00pm Holy communion and vigil
Good Friday 10.00am Worship 4 All
12 noon Service on the Green at Tile Hill
2.00pm Hour at the Cross
Sat 30th 7.45pm Service of Light
Reading Mark 14.1-15.39
Readers Trevor Hill & Jeremy Thomas
Music Di Fellowes
Children Hilary & Lesley
Next week Acts 10.34-43 & John 20.1-18

 

Pews News – 18th March 2018

18th March 2018 – 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.

Congratulations
To Jon & Tracey who were married at St Andrew’s yesterday.

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to all those who came and helped to make the Mother’s Day posies. Ann Dove.

Silver Award
St Andrew’s has been granted the Silver Eco-Church Award. Many thanks to Dawn, Jill, Paul, Selina and Veronika: our wonderful Eco-team for this achievement.

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg, Selina or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Passover
Our annual Passover service/meal takes place on Monday 26th March at 7pm. For catering purposes, if you wish to attend, please sign on the list at the back of church. Please don’t leave this till the last minute because there is a limit to our capacity. There is a special role for children at the meal, so children’s attendance is warmly encouraged.

Passion Praise
On Tuesday of Holy Week (the 27th) there will be a service at 7pm with music and readings commemorating the Passion of our Lord. If you would like to read at this service, please speak to Greg.

Service of Light
Anyone willing to act as sidesperson or reader at the Service of Light, the first communion of Easter on Holy Saturday 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.

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates each week to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s using the Weekly Giving Envelopes. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of 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. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the weekly envelopes 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 £13383 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

St Andrew’s Choir
On February 12th, St Andrew’s PCC took the difficult decision to ask our wonderful choir to retire at Easter. While this decision was almost unanimous, it was not taken without recognizing that it would be painful for some members of the choir and congregation. The decision was taken after a period of consultation with the choir and much prayer. We were mindful that choir numbers have reduced in recent years, with the loss of two younger members in the past months; and with ill health an increasing factor affecting attendance. Our intention is that Dawn Easthope should remain as Director of Music and to recruit a Festival Choir from among the existing choir and wider congregation to sing on special occasions e.g. Easter/Christmas/Harvest. We would especially like to host a Songs of Praise service in the summer. There is no plan to change our style of worship, nor any other hidden agenda. Greg is willing to visit anyone to talk further one to one and pray.

Volunteers Needed
On Saturday 31st March at 9.15am we will be decorating the church for Easter. Volunteers required please. If you can help, please let me know. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Kidz Klub – Admin Volunteer Needed
Although we have a paid administrator at Kidz Klub, the time we pay for doesn’t quite cover all the many things to do, so to help take the pressure off we’d love it if someone would do a day or half a day of admin voluntarily for us. We have provided a job description detailing the tasks we’d be looking for someone to do. They don’t need to have all the skills on the list – we can tailor the role to suit the individual. Please see the red folder at the back of church for further details.

Brandon’s Natural Way – Memorial Garden Fundraiser
“I Bake it – You Take It” – today, 2pm – 4pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. In memory of Brandon a little boy from St Andrew’s Infant C of E School who passed away suddenly before Christmas. All funds will go towards creating an everlasting memory of Brandon within the school grounds by way of a memorial garden to honour this little boy’s true love of the outdoors and nature. If you would like to buy raffle tickets Gary/Daniel will be selling them 50p a ticket/£2.50 a book.

Children’s Society Boxes
If you have a box, please either bring to Church and ensure it is left in the vestry for me to collect, or I will collect from your home. I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuing support for this worthy charity. God bless you all. Jackie Lynch

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

Pram Service
Our Easter Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 27th March at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

Alpha Course 2018
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 23rd May. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7pm and the course runs over eight weeks, with an Away Day during that eight-week period. If you would like more information or want to join the course please speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters 07958 322026 or susanmasters@sky.com

New Home Group
A new evening home group is starting on Thursday evenings. The group will be led by Becky Crowe and Rita and will meet at Rita’s home in Nailcote Avenue. The new group will meet on a fortnightly basis from 7.30pm-9pm and will be a time of fellowship, Bible study and discussion. We would love you to join us so please think about if you would like to be part of this new group. If you would like to know more or interested in joining please speak with Becky or Rita or contact Sue Masters (07958 322026).

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia next meets on Tuesday 27th March at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Retreat in Daily Life
St. Andrew’s will be holding a Retreat in Daily Life, commencing Sunday 14th April 2018. Such retreats offer an opportunity to commit to a period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. For further information, please see the Leaflet “A Coventry Retreat in Daily Life” or have a word with Lesley Lee.

Pat Trickett
Those who knew her will be sad to learn of the death of Pat Trickett from cancer last week. Pat is a much loved friend of St Andrew’s having led the Nightingales who performed many fundraising Christmas concerts at the church over the years.

New Archdeacon
The next Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, the first woman ever to be selected for a senior post in Coventry Diocese is to be inducted at Coventry Cathedral this afternoon 18th March at 4pm. All are welcome to attend. If you are thinking of going along, please speak to Greg.

Kidz Klub
Anyone who is able to help out at Kidz Klub on Tuesday 27th March from 5-6.15pm to help with refreshments etc. should contact Sarah Adamson at kidzklubcov@gmail.com. Kidz Klub is based at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and is supported by St Andrew’s in prayer and with occasional financial support because of their commitment to sharing God’s love with the children of Tile Hill.

Font
After nearly two years of delay, we are now in a position to press forward with plans to remove the font (which will be interred in the churchyard) and replace it with a wooden, portable font. We are immensely grateful to Stan & Beryl Cooper who have agreed to pay for this in memory of their baby daughter; and to Frank Dove who has undertaken to craft the new stand for the font. Please speak to Trevor Hill if you have any queries.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Link Deliveries
Barbara Warner is looking for a volunteer to share the role of coordinating link deliveries, perhaps on a month about basis. The role entails bundling the links up when they arrive towards the end of the month and recruiting new deliverers as necessary. For further information, please speak to Greg or Barbara at bwarner113@gmail.com

Quiz Night
Thanks to all those who supported the Quiz Night on Friday. Refunds will be returned within the week to anyone who was not able to make the revised date.

Main Door
Please remember to close the main door and windows when not in use. This will help to keep the church warmer during colder months and save on energy bills.

Reminder
Next Sunday the clocks go forward an hour. Please don’t be late for our Palm Sunday Service. At 9.55am, we will congregate outside Fay’s farm and then re-enact the entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday.  Anyone not able to manage the walk down the drive is welcome to wait in the church for our dramatic telling of the Passion story to begin.

Prayer List
Please pray for Bette Thorpe, Edie Chylinski, Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Mon 19th 7.30pm Prayer Team meets at 9 Nailcote Ave
Tues 20th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the side room
7.45pm Allesley Green Prayer Group at 27 Polperro Drive
Weds 21st 7.00pm Link editorial committee meets at the Vicarage
Thurs 22nd 7.15pm Children’s Council meeting at 538 Broad Lane
6.00pm Drama at St Oswald’s church
Sat 24th 2-3.30pm Easter Egg hunt on Bannerbrook Park
Sun 25th 10.00am Palm Sunday Passion Play
6.30pm Rehearsal for Service of Light
Tues 27th 2.00pm Forget me Not in church
4.30pm Kidz Klub Easter party
Readings Jer 31.31-34 (p 793) & John 12.20-33 (p 1080)
Readers Trevor Hill & Jeremy Thomas
Preacher Lesley Lee
President Lynnette Clarke
Intercessions Harvey Wyatt
Communion Asst Nick Tooby
Next week Mark 14.1-15.39

 

Pews News – 11th March 2018

11th March 2018 – 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.

Special Welcome
To Rachel King who is on placement at St Andrew’s for the next couple of months, while she explores the possible of ordination in the Church of England. She comes with her husband Jonty and two young boys, Jack and Barnaby. Please introduce yourselves and make them welcome.

Thank You
It is with great pleasure that Linda and Paul Chylinski announce the birth of their granddaughter Edie, born on 1st March. Sadly Eddie was really poorly, but so many of you said prayers for her and our family. We are so pleased to say she is now safely at home. Many, many thanks to all those her prayed for her. She is still to go back to hospital for bloods and checks, but without all your prayers, we would not be where we are today. We cannot thank you all enough. She is a real fighter and a wonderful, amazing blessing. Thank you all.

Congratulations
To Jon & Tracey who will be married at St Andrew’s next Saturday.

Silver Award
St Andrew’s has been granted the Silver Eco-Church Award. Many thanks to Dawn, Jill, Paul and Veronika: our wonderful Eco-team for this achievement.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

Brandon’s Natural Way – Memorial Garden Fundraiser
“I Bake it – You Take It” – Sunday 18th March, 2pm – 4pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. In memory of Brandon a little boy from St Andrew’s Infant C of E School who passed away suddenly before Christmas. All funds will go towards creating an everlasting memory of Brandon within the school grounds by way of a memorial garden to honour this little boy’s true love of the outdoors and nature. If you would like to buy raffle tickets Gary/Daniel will be selling them 50p a ticket/£2.50 a book.

Children’s Society Boxes
If you have a box, please either bring to Church and ensure it is left in the vestry for me to collect, or I will collect from your home. I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuing support for this worthy charity. God bless you all. Jackie Lynch

New Home Group
A new evening home group is starting on Thursday evenings. The group will be led by Becky Crowe and Rita and will meet at Rita’s home in Nailcote Avenue. The new group will meet on a fortnightly basis from 7.30pm-9pm and will be a time of fellowship, Bible study and discussion. We would love you to join us so please think about if you would like to be part of this new group. If you would like to know more or interested in joining please speak with Becky or Rita or contact Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Retreat in Daily Life
St. Andrew’s will be holding a Retreat in Daily Life, commencing Sunday 14th April 2018. Such retreats offer an opportunity to commit to a period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. For further information, please see the Leaflet “A Coventry Retreat in Daily Life” or have a word with Lesley Lee.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

Altar Dressing
We are looking for volunteers to join the Sunday Service Rota, particularly for dressing the Altar before the 10am Sunday Service. This would require those who feel they would be able to help arriving at church in good time to have the Altar prepared before the majority of worshipers arrive. This is not an arduous or complicated task and full instruction will be given. The frequency of duty would be every three or four weeks, depending on the number of volunteers coming forward. Those interested please contact Greg or Steve Wankling. Thank you.

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

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg, Selina or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Passover
Our annual Passover service/meal takes place on Monday 26th March at 7pm. For catering purposes, if you wish to attend, please sign on the list at the back of church. Please don’t leave this till the last minute because there is a limit to our capacity. There is a special role for children at the meal, so children’s attendance is warmly encouraged.

Passion Praise
On Tuesday of Holy Week (the 27th) there will be a service at 7pm with music and readings commemorating the Passion of our Lord. If you would like to read at this service, please speak to Greg.

Service of Light
Anyone willing to act as sidesperson or reader at the Service of Light, the first communion of Easter on Holy Saturday should speak to Greg.

Eastern Green Community Group
The newly constituted Eastern Green Community Group meets on Thursday 15th  March at 7.30pm at the Eastern Green Club. Agenda items include: the new green belt development; speed watch and a summer community event. All Eastern Green residents welcome.

St Andrew’s Choir
On February 12th, St Andrew’s PCC took the difficult decision to ask our wonderful choir to retire at Easter. While this decision was almost unanimous, it was not taken without recognizing that it would be painful for some members of the choir and congregation. The decision was taken after a period of consultation with the choir and much prayer. We were mindful that choir numbers have reduced in recent years, with the loss of two younger members in the past months; and with ill health an increasing factor affecting attendance. Our intention is that Dawn Easthope should remain as Director of Music and to recruit a Festival Choir from among the existing choir and wider congregation to sing on special occasions e.g. Easter/Christmas/Harvest. We would especially like to host a Songs of Praise service in the summer. There is no plan to change our style of worship, nor any other hidden agenda. Greg is willing to visit anyone to talk further one to one and pray.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia next meets on Tuesday 27th March at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Pat Trickett
Those who knew her will be sad to learn of the death of Pat Trickett from cancer last week. Pat is a much-loved friend of St Andrew’s having led the Nightingales who performed many fundraising Christmas concerts at the church over the years.

All Star Theatre Company
The drama group run by Greg, Selina and Emma will be running on Thursdays at 6pm at St Oswald’s Church. The project this term is Rapunzel.

Seek His Face
Our next gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place tonight at 6.30pm led by Greg.

New Archdeacon
The next Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, the first woman ever to be selected for a senior post in Coventry Diocese is to be inducted at Coventry Cathedral next Sunday 18th March at 4pm. All are welcome to attend. If you are thinking of going along, please speak to Greg.

Kidz Klub
Anyone who is able to help out at Kidz Klub on Tues 27th March from 5-6.15pm to help with refreshments etc. should contact Sarah Adamson at kidzklubcov@gmail.com. Kidz Klub is based at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and is supported by St Andrew’s in prayer and with occasional financial support because of their commitment to sharing God’s love with the children of Tile Hill. You can also support them at this time by buying a Real Easter Egg or donating £4 so that each child receives an Easter Egg. Please give eggs or money to Greg or Phil (they promise not to eat the eggs!) by March 14th.

Pram Service
Our next ever popular Pram Service takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.  This week’s theme: Leaving God’s Garden.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt.  For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Kidz Praise
The next Kidz Praise service takes place on Thursday 15th March at 3.15pm led by Greg. Stories, song and craft, about Joseph. An informal gathering for primary school children and their families. Arrive any time between 3.15pm and 4pm.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Link Deliveries
Barbara Warner is looking for a volunteer to share the role of coordinating link deliveries, perhaps on a month about basis. The role entails bundling the links up when they arrive towards the end of the month and recruiting new deliverers as necessary. For further information, please speak to Greg or Barbara at bwarner113@gmail.com

Quiz Night
The very popular Quiz Night, which had to be postponed has been rescheduled for this Friday, March 16th at 7pm. Tickets which are £9 and include a Fish n Chip supper are available from Rita.

Main Door
Please remember to close the main door and windows when not in use. This will help to keep the church warmer during colder months and save on energy bills.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Chylinski, Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Sun 11th 10.00am Parish Communion for Mothering Sunday
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 12th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 13th 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not in church
Weds 14th 7.30am Prayer at St James
Thurs 15th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Fri 16th 7.00pm Quiz Night at Massey’s Club
Tues 20th 7.45pm Allesley Green Prayer Group at 27 Polperro Drive
Thurs 22nd 7.15pm Children’s Council meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Readings Colossians 3.12-17 (p 1184) & Luke 2.33-35 (p 1029)
Readers John Ross-Barnard & Peter Bruton
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Led by Nick Tooby
Intercessions Jeremy Thomas
Communion Asst Sue Masters
Next week Jer 31.31-34 & John 12.20-33

 

Pews News – 4th March 2018

4th March 2018 – 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.

Special Welcome
To Rachel King who is on placement at St Andrew’s for the next couple of months, while she explores the possible of ordination in the Church of England. She comes with her husband Jonty and two young boys, Jack and Barnaby. Please introduce yourselves and make them welcome.

St Andrew’s Choir
On February 12th, St Andrew’s PCC took the difficult decision to ask our wonderful choir to retire at Easter. While this decision was almost unanimous, it was not taken without recognizing that it would be painful for some members of the choir and congregation. The decision was taken after a period of consultation with the choir and much prayer. We were mindful that choir numbers have reduced in recent years, with the loss of two younger members in the past months; and with ill health an increasing factor affecting attendance. Our intention is that Dawn Easthope should remain as Director of Music and to recruit a Festival Choir from among the existing choir and wider congregation to sing on special occasions e.g. Easter/Christmas/Harvest. We would especially like to host a Songs of Praise service in the summer. There is no plan to change our style of worship, nor any other hidden agenda. Greg is willing to visit anyone to talk further one to one and pray.

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Passover
Our annual Passover service/meal takes place on Monday 26th March at 7pm. For catering purposes, if you wish to attend, please sign on the list at the back of church.  Please don’t leave this till the last minute because there is a limit to our capacity. There is a special role for children at the meal, so children’s attendance is warmly encouraged.

Passion Praise
On Tuesday of Holy Week (the 27th) there will be a service at 7pm with music and readings commemorating the Passion of our Lord. If you would like to read at this service, please speak to Greg.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia next meets on Tuesday 13th March at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Pram Service
Our next service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday 13th March at 9.15am, (doors opening from 8.45am).

All Star Theatre Company
The drama group run by Greg, Selina and Emma will be running on Thursdays at 6pm at St Oswald’s Church. The project this term is Rapunzel.

Bible Video Project
St Andrew’s will be making a short video in the coming weeks, interviewing people about what they get out of reading the bible. We are looking for volunteers to speak to camera for about 40 seconds. We are looking for people who don’t mind talking about the difficulties as well as the joys of bible reading. If you might be interested, please speak to Sue Masters.

Seek His Face
Our next gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm led by Greg.

Kidz Klub
Anyone who is able to help out at Kidz Klub on Tues 27th March from 5-6.15pm to help with refreshments etc. should contact Sarah Adamson at kidzklubcov@gmail.com. Kidz Klub is based at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and is supported by St Andrew’s in prayer and with occasional financial support because of their commitment to sharing God’s love with the children of Tile Hill. You can also support them at this time by buying a Real Easter Egg or donating £4 so that each child receives an Easter Egg. Please give eggs or money to Greg or Phil (they promise not to eat the eggs!) by March 14th.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Local Church Prayer Meeting
Members of local churches gather together on the second Wednesday of each month at St James Church on Tile Hill Lane at 7.30am to pray for 30 minutes followed by breakfast for those who can stay. Please speak to Greg or Phil if you would like a lift.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Link Deliveries
Barbara Warner is looking for a volunteer to share the role of coordinating link deliveries, perhaps on a month about basis. The role entails bundling the links up when they arrive towards the end of the month and recruiting new deliverers as necessary. For further information, please speak to Greg or Barbara at bwarner113@gmail.com

Quiz Night
Thanks to all those who supported the Quiz Night on Friday. 140 tickets were sold, our best ever return.

Brandon’s Natural Way – Memorial Garden Fundraiser
“I Bake it – You Take It” – Sunday 18th March, 2pm – 4pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. In memory of Brandon a little boy from St Andrew’s Infant C of E School who passed away suddenly before Christmas. All funds will go towards creating an everlasting memory of Brandon within the school grounds by way of a memorial garden to honour this little boy’s true love of the outdoors and nature. If you would like to buy raffle tickets Gary/Daniel will be selling them 50p a ticket/£2.50 a book.

Children’s Society Boxes
If you have a box, please either bring to Church and ensure it is left in the vestry for me to collect, or I will collect from your home. I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuing support for this worthy charity. God bless you all. Jackie Lynch

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

New Home Group
A new evening home group is starting on Thursday evenings. The group will be led by Becky Crowe and Rita, and will meet at Rita’s home in Nailcote Avenue. The new group will meet on a fortnightly basis from 7.30pm-9pm and will be a time of fellowship, Bible study and discussion. We would love you to join us so please think about if you would like to be part of this new group. If you would like to know more or interested in joining please speak with Becky or Rita or contact Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Retreat in Daily Life
St. Andrew’s will be holding a Retreat in Daily Life, commencing Sunday 14th April 2018. Such retreats offer an opportunity to commit to a period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. For further information, please see the Leaflet “A Coventry Retreat in Daily Life” or have a word with Lesley Lee.

Gideon Bibles
We have been able to donate a further £45 to the Society for which they are extremely grateful and would like to thank all those who have filled the tubes (mites) with their spare change. It is amazing how it mounts up, and appreciate your continued support. A receipt for this amount is on the noticeboard at the back of the church. Many thanks, Barbara Warner.

Altar Dressing
We are looking for volunteers to join the Sunday Service Rota, particularly for dressing the Altar before the 10am Sunday Service. This would require those who feel they would be able to help arriving at church in good time to have the Altar prepared before the majority of worshipers arrive. This is not an arduous or complicated task and full instruction will be given. The frequency of duty would be every three or four weeks, depending on the number of volunteers coming forward. Those interested please contact Greg or Steve Wankling. Thank you.

Mother’s Day Posies
Volunteers needed on Saturday 10th March at 9.15am to make up posies for Mother’s Day. Thank you. Ann Dove.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

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

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Main Door
Please remember to close the main door and windows when not in use. This will help to keep the church warmer during colder months and save on energy bills.

Prayer List
Please pray for Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Pat Trickett, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Sun 4th 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
4.00pm Band Practice
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Thurs 8th 6.00pm Drama Club at St Oswald’s
Sun 11th 10.00am Parish Communion for Mothering Sunday
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 12th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 13th 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not in church
Weds 14th 7.30am Prayer at St James
Readings at 8am Exodus 20.1-17 (p 77) & John 2.13.22 (p 1065)
Reader Elizabeth Shelton
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 all led by Greg Smith
Preacher Sue Masters
Intercessions Emma Wildman
Technical Support Paul Crowe
Next week Colossians 3.12-17 & Luke 2.33-35

 

Pews News – 25th February 2018

25th February 2018 – 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.

Church Choir
On February 12th, St Andrew’s PCC took the difficult decision to ask our wonderful choir to retire at Easter.  While this decision was almost unanimous, it was not taken without recognizing that it would be painful for some members of the choir and congregation. The decision was taken after a period of consultation with the choir and much prayer. We were mindful that choir numbers have reduced in recent years, with the loss of two younger members in the past months; and with ill health an increasing factor affecting attendance. Our intention is that Dawn Easthope should remain as Director of Music and to recruit a Festival Choir from among the existing choir and wider congregation to sing on special occasions e.g. Easter/Christmas/Harvest. We would especially like to host a Songs of Praise service in the summer. There is no plan to change our style of worship, nor any other hidden agenda. Our hope is that we can take the opportunity at Easter to properly thank the choir for their years of loyal service and celebrate their ministry. Greg is willing to visit anyone from the choir or congregation to talk further one to one and pray. Please let him know if you would like to take advantage of this.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

Link Deliverers
The Link is ready for collection in the side room, if you deliver or are able to take to someone who does near to you, we would be grateful if you could take the bundle for delivery. If anyone should have incorrect numbers or their bundle is missing please contact Barbara Warner. Thank you.

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested ? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

Retreat in Daily Life
St. Andrew’s will be holding a Retreat in Daily Life, commencing Sunday 14th April 2018. Such retreats offer an opportunity to commit to a period of more intentional prayer, while continuing our normal routines. For further information, please see the Leaflet “A Coventry Retreat in Daily Life” or have a word with Lesley Lee.

Favourite Bible Quotes
Most of us have favourite verses from the Bible that are inspirational in some way and help us in our day to day life. St Andrew’s would like to put up a wall display of such quotations within our church. Please see the leaflet entitled Favourite Bible Quotes being handed out today or speak to/contact Lesley Lee. 

Gideon Bibles
We have been able to donate a further £45 to the Society for which they are extremely grateful and would like to thank all those who have filled the tubes (mites) with their spare change. It is amazing how it mounts up, and appreciate your continued support. A receipt for this amount is on the noticeboard at the back of the church. Many thanks, Barbara Warner.

Good Neighbours Recruiting
HOPE Coventry’s Good Neighbours project is currently recruiting paid local coordinators (15 hours/week, days to be agreed) to serve older people and their communities, including churches. Anyone in the congregation who is interested in the job, please apply via hopecoventry.org.uk/latest/

Altar Dressing
We are looking for volunteers to join the Sunday Service Rota, particularly for dressing the Altar before the 10am Sunday Service. This would require those who feel they would be able to help arriving at church in good time to have the Altar prepared before the majority of worshipers arrive. This is not an arduous or complicated task and full instruction will be given. The frequency of duty would be every three or four weeks, depending on the number of volunteers coming forward. Those interested please contact Greg or Steve Wankling. Thank you.

Mother’s Day Posies
Volunteers needed on Saturday 10th March at 9.15am to make up posies for Mother’s Day. Thank you. Ann Dove.

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

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Forget me Not
Our new group for people living with dementia and their carers continues on Tuesday 27th February at 2pm in church. For further details, please speak to Rita.

All Star Theatre Company
The drama group run by Greg, Selina and Emma starts up again on Thursday at 6pm at St Oswald’s Church. The project this term is Rapunzel.

New Home Group
A new evening home group is starting on Thursday evenings. The group will be led by Becky Crowe and Rita, and will meet at Rita’s home in Nailcote Avenue. The new group will meet on a fortnightly basis from 7.30pm-9pm and will be a time of fellowship, Bible study and discussion. We would love you to join us so please think about if you would like to be part of this new group. If you would like to know more or interested in joining please speak with Becky or Rita or contact Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Bible Video Project
St Andrew’s will be making a short video in the coming weeks, interviewing people about what they get out of reading the bible. We are looking for volunteers to speak to camera for about 40 seconds. We are looking for people who don’t mind talking about the difficulties as well as the joys of bible reading. If you might be interested, please speak to Sue Masters.

Kidz Klub
Anyone who is able to help out at Kidz Klub on Tues 27th March from 5-6.15pm to help with refreshments etc. should contact Sarah Adamson at kidzklubcov@gmail.com. Kidz Klub is based at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and is supported by St Andrew’s in prayer and with occasional financial support because of their commitment to sharing God’s love with the children of Tile Hill. You can also support them at this time by buying a Real Easter Egg or donating £4 so that each child receives an Easter Egg. Please give eggs or money to Greg (He promises not to eat the eggs!).

Pram Service
Our next ever popular Pram Service takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories. This week’s theme: Leaving God’s Garden.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Quiz Night
Another fun Quiz Night is planned for Friday March 2nd at the Massey Ferguson Social Club at 7pm. Tickets are available from Rita or Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847. They cost £9 adults and £5 children, including a fish & chip supper. The event is jointly organised by the church and Allesley Green Residents Association. Today is the last day to get tickets.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Jane Caswell, Pat Trickett, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates Feb/Mar
Mon 26th Feb 10.30am Lent Group at 55 Handsworth Cresc
7.30pm Eastern Green History Group in church
7.30pm Prayer Team at 22 Hathaway Rd
Tues 27th Feb 9.15am Pram Service in church
2.00pm Forget me Not in church
7.00pm Allesley Green Residents Association
Weds 28th Feb 7.30pm Leadership meeting at 22 Hathaway Rd
Thurs 1st Mar 6.00pm Drama club at St Oswald’s Church
Fri 2nd Mar 7.00pm Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club
Sun 4th Mar 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
4.00pm Band Practice
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 4th Mar 7.30pm Baptism Preparation in church
Readings Gen 17.1-7, 15, 16 (p 16) & Mark 8.31-38 (p 1012)
Readers Sara Parkes & Jill Joyce
Preacher Nick Tooby
President Lynnette Clarke
Comm Asst Phil Richardson
Intercessions Phil Richardson
Children Linda & Veronika
Next week at 8am Exodus 20.1-17 & John 2.13.22

 

Pews News – 18th February 2018

18th February 2018 – 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.

Children’s Church
As it is the start of half term Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school today. A craft box of activities is available for children to use in the side room during today’s service. Children’s Church will meet again as normal next Sunday, when we will begin a series of sessions about people Jesus met. We have space for more children to join us. For further information please contact Hilary on 07980 596646.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998. The good news is that the GDPR main concepts and principles are very similar to those contained in the current act. As a church we take the responsibility of your personal data very seriously, with the new rules coming into effect, we must contain consent to hold your personal information. At any point you can ask for all data being held on you, and for all information to be removed. The information will only be shared by the leadership team for activities within the church or pastoral needs. Consent forms are being distributed over the next couple of weeks, please ensure these are returned to Becky Crowe or Linda Chylinski.

Altar Dressing
We are looking for volunteers to join the Sunday Service Rota, particularly for dressing the Altar before the 10am Sunday Service. This would require those who feel they would be able to help arriving at church in good time to have the Altar prepared before the majority of worshipers arrive. This is not an arduous or complicated task and full instruction will be given. The frequency of duty would be every three or four weeks, depending on the number of volunteers coming forward. Those interested please contact Greg or Steve Wankling. Thank you.

Days Off
We thought it might be helpful to know when Church staff are not available.
Greg & Phil’s day off is usually Friday.
Emma is off from 6pm Friday until 9am Sunday.
Julie’s working hours are 8am-2pm Monday & Wednesday and 8am-12pm Friday
Please only disturb them in the event of death or serious illness.

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

St. Andrew’s Lent Group 2018
Thinking about what to give up for Lent –biscuits, chocolate, your glass of wine? Why not try a different approach this year and take something up for Lent, like looking at the Bible, reflecting on the significance of Jesus life and sacrifice, sharing together with others. The Lent group could be the place for you to do this. This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent. The morning will include a time for fellowship and group discussion as we share together. 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.

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

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith.

Bible Video Project
St Andrew’s will be making a short video in the coming weeks, interviewing people about what they get out of reading the bible. We are looking for volunteers to speak to camera for about 40 seconds. We are looking for people who don’t mind talking about the difficulties as well as the joys of bible reading. If you might be interested, please speak to Sue Masters.

Kidz Klub
Anyone who is able to help out at Kidz Klub on Tues 27th March from 5-6.15pm to help with refreshments etc. should contact Sarah Adamson at kidzklubcov@gmail.com. Kidz Klub is based at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and is supported by St Andrew’s in prayer and with occasional financial support because of their commitment to sharing God’s love with the children of Tile Hill. You can also support them at this time by buying a Real Easter Egg or donating £4 so that each child receives an Easter Egg. Please give eggs or money to Greg (He promises not to eat the eggs!).

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Forget me Not
Our new group for people living with dementia and their carers continues on Tuesday 27th February at 2pm in church. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
A small group meet to pray for Allesley Green once a month. Our next gathering is on Tuesday 20th February at 7.30pm at 27 Polperro Drive.

Roof Appeal
There is some urgent remedial work needing to be undertaken on the church roof, costing approximately £700, which was not anticipated in the church budget for the year. Without these repairs, we will soon be experiencing climate change inside the church! Anyone who feels called to make a contribution towards meeting this bill, and who can afford to do so without it effecting their regular giving could put a gift in an envelope marked roof appeal and place it on the offertory plate or give it directly to a sidesperson or churchwarden. All gifts will be greatly appreciated.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Quiz Night
Another fun Quiz Night is planned for Friday 2nd March at the Massey Ferguson Social Club at 7pm.  Tickets are available from Rita or Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847. They cost £9 adults and £5 children, including a fish & chip supper. The event is jointly organised by the church and Allesley Green Residents Association.

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

Sermon Summary
The three questions posed by the Christian faith:
Who do you say He is?
Do you love Him?
What are you going to do now?

Prayer List
Please pray for Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Jane Caswell, Pat Trickett, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates Feb
Mon 19th Lent group starts
Tues 20th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the church side room
Tues 20th 7.30pm Allesley Green Prayer Group
Thurs 22nd 7.30pm Children’s Church planning meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Tues 27th 7.00pm Allesley Green Residents Association
Weds 28th 7.30pm Leadership meeting at 22 Hathaway Rd
Readings Genesis 9.8-17 (p 10) & Mark 9.2-9 (p 1012)
Readers Victoria Kaczur & Jeremy Thomas
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Led by Sue Masters
Comm Asst Harvey Wyatt
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Sidespersons Hazel Elks & Rosemarie Over
Next week Gen 17.1-7, 15, 16 & Mark 8.31-38

 

Pews News – 11th February 2018

11th February 2018 – The Sunday next before 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.

Palm Crosses
If you are able, please return your Palm Crosses by Sunday 11th February. Leave them at the back of church, and they will be burnt to produce ash for our Ash Wednesday service, which takes place on 14th February at 7pm. The service consists of the imposition of ashes, the Ash Wednesday litany and Holy Communion. All welcome. Anyone willing to act as sidesperson or read at the service should speak to Phil or Greg.

Pram Service 13th February
There will be a pancake race after the Pram Service on Shrove Tuesday. All parents / grandparents / carers/ babies and toddlers are welcome to join in the fun! There will be a pancake breakfast and crafts for the children from 8.45am, with a baby and toddler friendly service beginning at 9.15am. If you would like to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma know by emailing her at st_andrews_emma@outlook.com or phone Hilary on 07980 596646.

St. Andrew’s Lent Group 2018
Thinking about what to give up for Lent –biscuits, chocolate, your glass of wine? Why not try a different approach this year and take something up for Lent, like looking at the Bible, reflecting on the significance of Jesus life and sacrifice, sharing together with others. The Lent group could be the place for you to do this. This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent. The morning will include a time for fellowship and group discussion as we share together. 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.

Ash Wednesday
Our special Ash Wednesday Service take place on 14th February at 7pm. The service includes the imposition of ashes to mark the start of Lent and Holy Communion. All welcome.

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Days Off
We thought it might be helpful to know when Church staff are not available.
Greg & Phil’s day off is usually Friday.
Emma is off from 6pm Friday until 9am Sunday.
Julie’s working hours are 8am-2pm Monday & Wednesday and 8am-12pm Friday
Please only disturb them in the event of death or serious illness.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service for pre-school babies and toddlers takes place on Tuesday 13th February. Come along and join in the pancake races. All welcome.

Parish Safeguarding Summary
1. There is now a pro forma for recording concerns or allegations of abuse within a church pinned to the noticeboard at the back of church.
2. Also on the noticeboard is a list of Course 1 dates until the end of March. Please check with Linda Chylinski if you are unsure whether you need to attend.
3. For those of you with a volunteer role within the church who have not yet completed Course 0, please could you ensure this is completed before 17th February either online or by attending the training session in the church on Saturday 17th February at 10am. Please let Julie or Linda know if you plan to attend the training session.

Bible Video Project
St Andrew’s will be making a short video in the coming weeks, interviewing people about what they get out of reading the bible. We are looking for volunteers to speak to camera for about 40 seconds. We are looking for people who don’t mind talking about the difficulties as well as the joys of bible reading. If you might be interested, please speak to Sue Masters.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact IanBurton@CAPUK.org or speak to Greg.

Job Club
The Tile Hill job club, one of the great successes in which the church is involved, is looking for non-specialist volunteers to supplement the team, as welcomers, people with basic IT skills to help assist with job hunts and people to can spare a listening ear. For more information, please speak to Dawn Easthope at morningstar68@hotmail.co.uk

Seek His Face
A reminder that our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place this evening at 6.30pm in church. All welcome.

Forget me Not
Our new group for people living with dementia and their carers continues on Tuesday 13th February at 2pm in church. For further details, please speak to Lynnette.

Roof Appeal
There is some urgent remedial work needing to be undertaken on the church roof, costing approximately £700, which was not anticipated in the church budget for the year. Without these repairs, we will soon be experiencing climate change inside the church! Anyone who feels called to make a contribution towards meeting this bill, and who can afford to do so without it effecting their regular giving could put a gift in an envelope marked roof appeal and place it on the offertory plate or give it directly to a sidesperson or churchwarden. All gifts will be greatly appreciated.

Quiz Night
Another fun Quiz Night is planned for Friday 2nd March at the Massey Ferguson Social Club at 7pm. Tickets are available from Rita or Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847. They cost £9 adults and £5 children, including a fish & chip supper. The event is jointly organised by the church and Allesley Green Residents Association.

Flower Rota 2018
The 2018 flower rota is now at the back of church. There are still lots of spaces so if you would like to put your name down for a week, please do.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested ? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith

Courses Provided by Age UK
Age UK have forwarded details of several courses that are available which include paper crafts, photography, oil painting, woodworking skills and lots more. Please see the red folder at the back of church for further details.

Prayer List
Please pray for Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Jane Caswell, Pat Trickett, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates Feb
Sun 11th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 12th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 13th 9.15am Pram Service
Tues 13th 2.00pm Forget me Not
Weds 14th 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Service
Thurs 15th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Sat 17th 10.00am Course 0 Training session in the side room
Readings 2 Kings 2.1-12 & Mark 9.2-9
Readers Jeremy Thomas & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Sidespersons Stan Cooper & Trevor Hill
Children Hilary, Greg, Emma R & Claire
Next week Genesis 9.8-17 & Mark 1.9-15