Pews News – 15th March 2020

15th March 2020 – 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.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Coronavirus
Following guidance from the Church of England centrally, who in turn have been advised by Health Authorities, from this morning, we are requesting that the Peace is shared without making physical contact. Also, the Common Cup has been suspended, and only the Priest will consume wine. For centuries, it has been the clear teaching of the Church that one has fully participated in communion by taking bread alone. Hand sanitiser is available for anyone who wants to make use of it.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

St Andy’s
St Andy’s has a new home! From 29th March, St Andy’s will be meeting at St Oswald’s Church in Tile Hill on Jardine Crescent at 3pm each week. For our first service on March 29th at 3pm we are planning to gather there for an all-age St Andy’s service, enjoy some time of worship, explore the place and eat cake! All welcome! There will be a second performance of the Palm Sunday Passion drama on 5th April. Please pray for St Andy’s as they make this move.

Palm Sunday
We are still looking for a couple of additional performers for our Palm Sunday dramatic retelling of the Passion story. If you are interested in helping with this, please speak to Greg asap.

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrew’s. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area. Please speak to Greg or Lesley if you would like to know more about this.

Praying Together
Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.

Volunteers and Contribution towards Easter Flowers
Volunteers needed on Saturday 21st March at 9.15am to make up the bunches of flowers for Mother’s day. ALSO, volunteers needed on Saturday 11th April at 9.15am to decorate the church for Easter. It is essential that we get enough people to help, it doesn’t take long! If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Easter Tea Party
Date: 4th April, Time: 3pm-5pm. Venue: St Andrew’s School. There will be games/crafts and an afternoon style tea sandwiches/cakes and tea or coffee) followed by a story in church. Cost £2.50 per person. Tickets will be available in church or from Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise has restarted, with the next service on March 24th. This very informal gathering is aimed at pre-school children (toddlers and babies) and their carers. Doors open at 8.45am when refreshments are served and there are table activities. At 9.15am we start a short service consisting of a story, some songs and prayers. All welcome.

Social Calendar

Quiz Night Mar 20th at the Jaguar Club
Skittles Evening May 22nd
Proms at the Vicarage June 27th
Party in the Park June 6th
Quiz Night Sept 18th
Sixties Night Sept 19th

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night, jointly organised by St Andrew’s and the Allesley Green Residents Association at the Jag Club on Friday March 20th at 7.30pm. Please bring your own table snacks. There is a bar to buy drinks. Tickets are available from Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847 or from Rita at a cost of just £5.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Children’s Society Boxes
It is that time of year again.! If you are able, please bring your box to church, otherwise I will collect from you during the next month. As you are probably aware, I am retiring after 22 years collecting for this worthy charity, but am pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me, so nothing will change for you. Thank you so much for your loyal support over the years, you have raised £27,697 in that time, a very commendable sum, to help homeless and disadvantaged children, so I hope you will continue to do so. See you soon and thanks again, Jackie Lynch.

Village Hall Roof
The roof of Eastern Green Village Hall is in need of urgent repair, with a likely cost of c £10,000. The Hall, managed by a committee of volunteers, belongs to the whole community. Please support them in any way you can.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Easter Eggs for Kidz Klub
Historically, some in the congregation have generously supported Kidz Klub, which works with primary school aged children in Tile Hill, at Easter by buying Easter Eggs. There is an opportunity to do this again this year. Eggs or donations should be brought to church by March 23rd at the very latest. The Easter eggs should be Real Easter Eggs (which are a brand and tell the Easter story as well as supplying chocolate). This is to ensure every child gets the same.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month.  If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie.

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Skillzbank
We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

 Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch.

Prayer List
Please pray for Mike Lynch, Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Sun 15th 6.00pm Rock Solid
6.30pm Praying Together
Tues 17th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the side room
6.00pm Drama Club at Our Lady of the Assumption
7.30pm Home Group leaders meet
Weds 18th 2.00pm Pastoral Care meeting in the side room
7.00pm Allesley Green Res Assoc meet at Park Hill School
Fri 20th 7.30pm Quiz Night at the Jaguar Sports Club
Mon 23rd 7.30pm Leadership Team meet at 23 Mary Herbert St
Tues 24th 9.15am Tots Praise
Weds 25th 6.00pm Palm Sunday rehearsal
Readings Phil 2.5-11 (p 1179) & Mark 9.14-29 (p 1013)
Readers Trevor Hill & Jeremy Thomas
Preacher Lesley Lee
President Lynnette Clarke
Intercessions Di Fellowes
Next week Col 3.12-17 & Luke 2.33-35

Pews News – 8th March 2020

8th March 2020 – 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.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Volunteers and Contribution towards Easter Flowers
Volunteers needed on Saturday 21st March at 9.15am to make up the bunches of flowers for Mother’s day. ALSO, volunteers needed on Saturday 11th April at 9.15am to decorate the church for Easter. It is essential that we get enough people to help, it doesn’t take long! If you would like to contribute towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Easter Tea Party
Date: 4th April, Time: 3pm-5pm. Venue: St Andrew’s School. There will be games/crafts and an afternoon style tea sandwiches/cakes and tea or coffee) followed by a story in church. Cost £2.50 per person. Tickets will be available next week in church or from Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Praying Together
Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held next Sunday, 15th March, at 6.30 pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.

St Andy’s
The St Andy’s church plant will be relocating to the St Oswald’s church building in the near future. As many of you will be aware, St Andy’s has been meeting in a very unsatisfactory location over the last couple of years (a portacabin in West Coventry Academy) and so this move promises stability as well as exciting new opportunities. Please pray for St Andy’s as they make this move. There is an act of commissioning for Phil and St Andy’s as part of the Worship 4 all service this morning.

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrew’s. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area. Please speak to Greg or Lesley if you would like to know more about this.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Children’s Society Boxes
It is that time of year again.! If you are able, please bring your box to church, otherwise I will collect from you during the next month. As you are probably aware, I am retiring after 22 years collecting for this worthy charity, but am pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me, so nothing will change for you. Thank you so much for your loyal support over the years, you have raised £27,697 in that time, a very commendable sum, to help homeless and disadvantaged children, so I hope you will continue to do so. See you soon and thanks again, Jackie Lynch.

St Andrew’s Day Time Lent Group 2020
Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group? This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 2nd March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

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

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026). 

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend. 

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves.If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration.Jackie Lynch.

Tots Praise
Tots Praise will restart on March 10th. This very informal gathering is aimed at pre-school children (toddlers and babies) and their carers. Doors open at 8.45am when refreshments are served and there are table activities. At 9.15am we start a short service consisting of a story, some songs and prayers. We will be looking for the Lost Sheep. All welcome.

Kidz Praise
Sadly, due to lack of support, we are having to bring the Kidz Praise service to a close.

Count Your Blessings
Each Lent, there is an opportunity to support the important work of Christian Aid by Counting Your Blessings. Christian Aid have produced sheets for you to take away to use to pray and consider how blessed we are compared with millions of people across the world who do not have access to the things we take for granted. The sheets encourage us to make a donation to Christian Aid at the end of Lent. Please take one from the back of church.

Social Calendar

Quiz Night Mar 20th at the Jaguar Club
Skittles Evening May 22nd
Proms at the Vicarage June 27th
Party in the Park June 6th
Quiz Night Sept 18th
Sixties Night Sept 19th

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night, jointly organised by St Andrew’s and the Allesley Green Residents Association at the Jaguar Club on Friday March 20th at 7.30pm. Please bring your own table snacks. There is a bar to buy drinks. Tickets are available from Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847 or from Rita at a cost of just £5.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

8th March Nick Singing
15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Village Hall Roof
The roof of Eastern Green Village Hall is in need of urgent repair, with a likely cost of c £10,000. The Hall, managed by a committee of volunteers, belongs to the whole community. Please support them in any way you can.

Easter Eggs for Kidz Klub
Historically, some in the congregation have generously supported Kidz Klub, which works with primary school aged children in Tile Hill, at Easter by buying Easter Eggs. There is an opportunity to do this again this year. Eggs or donations should be brought to church by March 23rd at the very latest. The Easter eggs should be Real Easter Eggs (which are a brand and tell the Easter story as well as supplying chocolate). This is to ensure every child gets the same.

Skillzbank
We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

The One Show
Are you one of the children from 1962 who donated your pocket money towards the Children’s Window at Coventry Cathedral? Or were you involved in the building of the New Cathedral all those years ago? The BBC are filming a piece at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 8th March 2020, and we’d love for you to come along with your family members, from approximately 12 noon until 3pm. For more details, please contact Mark Lewis on mark.lewis03@bbc.co.uk

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Sun 8th 6.00pm Rock Solid
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 9th 7.30pm PCC in church
Tues 10th 9.15am Tots Praise
12.00pm Light Lunch
2.00pm Forget me Not
6.00pm Drama Club
Thurs 12th 7.00pm BCDM
Sun 15th 6.00pm Rock Solid
6.30pm Praying Together
Tues 17th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the side room
6.00pm Drama Club
Weds 18th 2.00pm Pastoral Care meeting in the side room
Readings Psalm 149.1-3 & Mark 14.1-26
Readers John Ross-Barnard & Peter Bruton
Preacher Nick Tooby
President Greg Smith
Led by Sue Masters
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Prayers Lesley Lee
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week Romans 5.1-11 & John 4.5-42

Pews News – 1st March 2020

1st March 2020 – 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.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

St Andy’s
The St Andy’s church plant will be relocating to the St Oswald’s church building in the near future. As many of you will be aware, St Andy’s has been meeting in a very unsatisfactory location over the last couple of years (a portacabin in West Coventry Academy) and so this move promises stability as well as exciting new opportunities. Please pray for St Andy’s as they make this move. There is an act of commissioning for Phil and St Andy’s as part of the Worship 4 all service this morning.

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrew’s. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area. Please speak to Greg or Lesley if you would like to know more about this.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Children’s Society Boxes
It is that time of year again.! If you are able, please bring your box to church, otherwise I will collect from you during the next month. As you are probably aware, I am retiring after 22 years collecting for this worthy charity, but am pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me, so nothing will change for you. Thank you so much for your loyal support over the years, you have raised £27,697 in that time, a very commendable sum, to help homeless and disadvantaged children, so I hope you will continue to do so. See you soon and thanks again, Jackie Lynch.

St Andrew’s Day Time Lent Group 2020
Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group? This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 2nd March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

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

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch

Tots Praise
Tots Praise will restart on March 10th. This very informal gathering is aimed at pre-school children (toddlers and babies) and their carers. Doors open at 8.45am when refreshments are served and there are table activities. At 9.15am we start a short service consisting of a story, some songs and prayers. We will be looking for the Lost Sheep. All welcome.

Kidz Praise
Sadly, due to lack of support, we are having to bring the Kidz Praise service to a close.

Holiday
Greg and Fran will be on holiday from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March inclusive. Any enquiries should be directed to the church office or a churchwarden.

Count Your Blessings
Each Lent, there is an opportunity to support the important work of Christian Aid by Counting Your Blessings. Christian Aid have produced sheets for you to take away to use to pray and consider how blessed we are compared with millions of people across the world who do not have access to the things we take for granted. The sheets encourage us to make a donation to Christian Aid at the end of Lent. Please take one from the back of church.

Social Calendar

Quiz Night Mar 20th at the Jaguar Club
Skittles Evening May 22nd
Proms at the Vicarage June 27th
Party in the Park June 6th
Quiz Night Sept 18th
Sixties Night Sept 19th

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night, jointly organised by St Andrew’s and the Allesley Green Residents Association at the Jaguar Club on Friday March 20th at 7.30pm. Please bring your own table snacks. There is a bar to buy drinks. Tickets are available from Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847 or from Rita at a cost of just £5.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

23rd Feb Sue Confession
8th March Nick Singing
15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Village Hall Roof
The roof of Eastern Green Village Hall is in need of urgent repair, with a likely cost of c £10,000. The Hall, managed by a committee of volunteers, belongs to the whole community. Please support them in any way you can.

Easter Eggs for Kidz Klub
Historically, some in the congregation have generously supported Kidz Klub, which works with primary school aged children in Tile Hill, at Easter by buying Easter Eggs. There is an opportunity to do this again this year. Eggs or donations should be brought to church by March 23rd at the very latest. The Easter eggs should be Real Easter Eggs (which are a brand and tell the Easter story as well as supplying chocolate). This is to ensure every child gets the same.

Skillzbank
We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

The One Show
Are you one of the children from 1962 who donated your pocket money towards the Children’s Window at Coventry Cathedral? Or were you involved in the building of the New Cathedral all those years ago? The BBC are filming a piece at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 8th March 2020, and we’d love for you to come along with your family members, from approximately 12 noon until 3pm. For more details, please contact Mark Lewis on mark.lewis03@bbc.co.uk

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March
Sun 1st 8.00am Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Service of Contemplation
Mon 2nd 10.30am Lent Group at 55 Handsworth Crescent
7.00pm Baptism Preparation in church
Sun 8th 6.00pm Rock Solid
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 9th 7.30pm PCC in church
Tues 10th 9.15am Tots Praise
6.00pm Drama Club
Readings at 8am Rom 5.12-19 (p 1132) & Matt 4.1-11 (p 967)
Reader Elizabeth Shelton
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All led by Nick Tooby
Music The Band
Next week Psalm 149.1-3 & Mark 14.1-26

 

Pews News – 23rd February 2020

23rd February 2020 – 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.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

St Andy’s
The St Andy’s church plant will be relocating to the St Oswald’s church building in the near future. As many of you will be aware, St Andy’s has been meeting in a very unsatisfactory location over the last couple of years (a portacabin in West Coventry Academy) and so this move promises stability as well as exciting new opportunities. Please pray for St Andy’s as they make this move. There will be an act of commissioning for Phil and St Andy’s as part of the Worship 4 all service next Sunday, whose theme is Joy!

Ash Wednesday
There will be a special service of Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm. Many find this a very powerful and poignant way to start Lent. All welcome. If you have palm crosses distributed last year, please return them by the morning of the 26th at the latest.

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrews. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area.

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

First Sunday
Next Sunday sees our regular first Sunday pattern of communion at 8am; Worship 4 All at 10am and a Service of Contemplation at 6.30pm.

The One Show
Are you one of the children from 1962 who donated your pocket money towards the Children’s Window at Coventry Cathedral? Or were you involved in the building of the New Cathedral all those years ago? The BBC are filming a piece at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 8th March 2020, and we’d love for you to come along with your family members, from approximately 12 noon until 3pm. For more details, please contact Mark Lewis on mark.lewis03@bbc.co.uk

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Children’s Society Boxes
It is that time of year again.! If you are able, please bring your box to church, otherwise I will collect from you during the next month. As you are probably aware, I am retiring after 22 years collecting for this worthy charity, but am pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me, so nothing will change for you. Thank you so much for your loyal support over the years, you have raised £27,697 in that time, a very commendable sum, to help homeless and disadvantaged children, so I hope you will continue to do so. See you soon and thanks again, Jackie Lynch.

St Andrew’s Day Time Lent Group 2020
Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group? This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 2nd March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Tots Praise
Tots Praise will restart on March 10th. This very informal gathering is aimed at pre-school children (toddlers and babies) and their carers. Doors open at 8.45am when refreshments are served and there are table activities. At 9.15am we start a short service consisting of a story, some songs and prayers. We will be looking for the Lost Sheep. All welcome.

Kidz Praise
Sadly, due to lack of support, we are having to bring the Kidz Praise service to a close.

Holiday
Greg and Fran will be on holiday from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March inclusive. Any enquiries should be directed to the church office or a churchwarden.

Count Your Blessings
Each Lent, there is an opportunity to support the important work of Christian Aid by Counting Your Blessings. Christian Aid have produced sheets for you to take away to use to pray and consider how blessed we are compared with millions of people across the world who do not have access to the things we take for granted. The sheets encourage us to make a donation to Christian Aid at the end of Lent. Please take one from the back of church.

Rod Stewart
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organizing such a wonderful evening’s entertainment with the Rod Stewart tribute act. £1377 was raised for church funds.

Social Calendar

Quiz Night Mar 20th at the Jaguar Club
Skittles Evening May 22nd
Proms at the Vicarage June 27th
Party in the Park June 6th
Quiz Night Sept 18th
Sixties Night Sept 19th

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night, jointly organised by St Andrew’s and the Allesley Green Residents Association at the Jaguar Club on Friday 20th March at 7.30pm. Please bring your own table snacks.  There is a bar to buy drinks. Tickets are available from Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847 or from Rita.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

23rd Feb Sue Confession
8th March Nick Singing
15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Skillzbank
We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
The Allesley Green Prayer Group next meets on Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Drive. Anyone who would like to pray for the area is welcome to join us. If you know anyone on the estate who needs our prayers, please let Greg or Veronika know.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

Treasurer
We are looking for a new Treasurer to assist Jackie Lynch with the computer aspect of the bookkeeping. Jackie is happy to continue to do the day to day management of the cash, but wants help keeping an electronic record. If you are interested in this important job, please speak to Greg or Jackie.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Selina Toor.

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates February – March
Tues 25th 6.00pm Easter Event planning meeting at High Park Close
7.30pm Allesley Green Prayer Group
Weds 26th 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Service
Thurs 27th Tastelife week 4
Sun 1st 8.00am Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Service of Contemplation
Mon 2nd 10.30am Lent Group at 55 Handsworth Crescent
7.00pm Baptism Preparation in church
Readings 1 John 1.5-10 (p 1225) & Luke 15.1-7 (p 1049)
Readers Sara Parkes & Jill Joyce
Preacher Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Led by Lesley Lee
Comm Asst Sue Masters
Prayers Nick Tooby
Organist Michael Watkins
Next week at 8am Rom 5.12-19 & Matt 4.1-11

Pews News – 16th February 2020

16th February 2020 – The Second Sunday 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.

Priorities 2020

  1. Stewardship and Finance
  2. St Andy’s
  3. Children and young people
  4. Inspiring Worship

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Lighthouse
We warmly welcome David Depledge this morning. David is the founder of Lighthouse, a Christian Counselling Service that has been operating in the city for many years. David has come to talk to us about the ongoing work of this wonderful ministry.

Ladies Fellowship
At our meeting this Tuesday, 18th February, at 1.30pm in the church side room, Janet Baker will be telling us about the origins of our group from its former name ‘Target Ring’ to the various forms it has taken over the years. This promises to be a very informative and pleasant afternoon. The usual tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. All ladies will be made very welcome. Please do come and join us. Hazel.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at the Vicarage and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Children’s Society Boxes
It is that time of year again.! If you are able, please bring your box to church, otherwise I will collect from you during the next month. As you are probably aware, I am retiring after 22 years collecting for this worthy charity, but am pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me, so nothing will change for you. Thank you so much for your loyal support over the years, you have raised £27,697 in that time, a very commendable sum, to help homeless and disadvantaged children, so I hope you will continue to do so. See you soon and thanks again, Jackie Lynch.

St Andrew’s Day Time Lent Group 2020
Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group? This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 2nd March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

Ash Wednesday
There will be a special service of Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, 26th February at 7pm. Many find this a very powerful and poignant way to start Lent. All welcome. If you have palm crosses distributed last year, please return them next Sunday or by the morning of the 25th at the latest.

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrew’s. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area. This week provides a great opportunity to find out more about what it entails. You are welcome to attend the Synod on Tuesday at St Barnabas Kenilworth when there will be an opportunity to find out more about what is entailed, without any obligation.

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise will restart on March 10th. This very informal gathering is aimed at pre-school children (toddlers and babies) and their carers. Doors open at 8.45am when refreshments are served and there are table activities. At 9.15am we start a short service consisting of a story, some songs and prayers. We will be looking for the Lost Sheep. All welcome.

Rod Stewart
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organizing such a wonderful evening’s entertainment with the Rod Stewart tribute act. £1377 was raised for church funds.

Social Calendar
Quiz Night                                            Mar 20th
Megfest                                                May 2nd
Skittles Evening                                    May 22nd
Proms at the Vicarage                          June 27th
Party in the Park                                   June 6th
Quiz Night                                             Sept 18th
Sixties Night                                          Sept 19th

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night, jointly organised by St Andrew’s and the Allesley Green Residents Association at the Jag Club on Friday March 20th at 7.30pm. Please bring your own table snacks. There is a bar to buy drinks. Tickets are available from Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847 or from Rita.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

23rd Feb Sue Confession
8th March Nick Singing
15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Skillzbank
We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
The Allesley Green Prayer Group next meets on Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Drive. Anyone who would like to pray for the area is welcome to join us. If you know anyone on the estate who needs our prayers, please let Greg or Veronika know.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates February
Sun 16th 6.00pm Rock Solid at Kenthurst Scout Hut
6.30pm Praying Together
Tues 18th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship in the church side room
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
7.30pm Deanery Synod at St Barnabas, Kenilworth
Thurs 20th Tastelife week 3
6.00pm Easter Event planning meeting at the Vicarage
7.30pm Allesley Green Prayer Group
Weds 26th 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Service
Readings Isaiah 61.1-3 (p 748) & Matt 6.25-34 (p 971)
Readers Victoria Kaczur & Vicky Yardley
Preacher David Depledge
President Greg Smith
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Prayers Sue Masters
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week 1 John 1.5-10 & Luke 15.1-7

Pews News – 9th February 2020

9th February 2020 – The Third Sunday 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.

Priorities 2020

  1. Stewardship and Finance
  2. St Andy’s
  3. Children and young people
  4. Inspiring Worship

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Week of Christian Unity
Many thanks to all who supported the various prayer meetings and two services which constituted the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Special thanks to those who produced cakes for the two services.

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrew’s. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area. This week provides a great opportunity to find out more about what it entails. You are welcome to attend the Synod on Tuesday at St Barnabas Kenilworth when there will be an opportunity to find out more about what is entailed, without any obligation.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at the Vicarage and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch.

Many Thanks
To all that gave donations towards Christmas altar flowers. They were put into the church on 21st December and we have taken the last ones out this week. Thank you so much. Ann Dove.

Flower List
There are 8 spaces on the flower list at the back of church. If you would like to pay for flowers for a particular week, please fill your name in as soon as possible. If a week is left empty the church has to pay for the flowers that week. If you don’t want a particular week maybe you would just like to make a donation. It costs £12 a week for flowers, which could be quite a drain on church finances. Thank you. Ann Dove.

St Andrew’s Day Time Lent Group 2020
Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group? This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 2nd March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on susanmasters@sky.com.

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is having a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

Rod Stewart
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organizing such a wonderful evening’s entertainment with the Rod Stewart tribute act. Thanks to those others who helped Rosemarie on the day and with ticket sales.

Social Calendar

Quiz Night Mar 20th
Megfest May 2nd
Skittles Evening May 22nd
Proms at the Vicarage June 27th
Party in the Park June 6th
Quiz Night Sept 18th

Volunteers Evening
There is a warm welcome to all those who help with the volunteers rota on a Sunday or during the week by reading, cleaning, setting up the altar etc. If you haven’t received a written invitation, do please still come to our thank you evening on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the side room.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

23rd Feb Sue Confession
8th March Nick Singing
15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Tastelife
St Andrew’s will be running a new group for those suffering with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating etc.) and also those caring for sufferers. It began on Thursday evening but it’s not too late to join. The course which helps sufferers to break free of their eating disorder is nationally accredited by the University of Brighton. Places need to be booked in advance. For further information, please speak to Greg or Rosemarie.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering to share prophecy, praise and prayer takes place this evening at 6.30pm in church. Seek His Face is a small group who warmly welcome newcomers. Do join us.

Skillzbank
We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

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

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Barbara & Jack Bartlett, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates February
Sun 9th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 10th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 11th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
7.30pm Volunteer thank you evening in church
Thurs 13th Tastelife Week 2
Sun 16th 6.30pm Praying Together
Tues 18th 7.30pm Deanery Synod at St Barnabas, Kenilworth
Readings 1 Cor 2.1-12 (p 1145) & Matt 5.13-20 (p 969)
Readers Jeremy Thomas & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher Lynnette Clarke
President Lynnette Clarke
Led by Nick Tooby
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Prayers Di Fellowes
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week Rom 8.18-25 & Matt 6.25-34

Pews News – 2nd February 2020

2nd February 2020 – Presentation of Christ in the Temple / Candlemas

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.

Priorities 2020

  • Stewardship and Finance
  • St Andy’s
  • Children and young people
  • Inspiring Worship

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch.

Many Thanks
To all that gave donations towards Christmas altar flowers. They were put into the church on 21st December and we have taken the last ones out this week. Thank you so much. Ann Dove.

Flower List
There are 8 spaces on the flower list at the back of church. If you would like to pay for flowers for a particular week, please fill your name in as soon as possible. If a week is left empty the church has to pay for the flowers that week. If you don’t want a particular week maybe you would just like to make a donation. It costs £12 a week for flowers, which could be quite a drain on church finances. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Worship 4 All
This year, Worship 4 All services will be exploring the fruit of the Spirit. Today we start with the first and most important of the fruit: Love

Week of Christian Unity
Many thanks to all who supported the various prayer meetings and two services which constituted the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Special thanks to those who produced cakes for the two services.

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is having a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

The Link Magazine
It is now a year since the Link was discontinued as a paper magazine distributed to every home in the parish. It is still much missed. However, please don’t forget that all the content is still available to read online on the St Andrew’s website on the first of each month.

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

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets available from Rosemarie Over or online at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/495503/
Skittles Evening – May 22nd
Party in the Park – June 6th

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

23rd Feb Sue Confession
8th March Nick Singing
15th March Lesley Creed
22nd March Greg Intercessions
29th March Prayer Team Peace
12th April Greg Communion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Tastelife
St Andrew’s will be running a new group for those suffering with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating etc.) and also those caring for sufferers. It begins this Thursday 6th February for 8 weeks. The course which helps sufferers to break free of their eating disorder is nationally accredited by the University of Brighton. Places need to be booked in advance. For further information, please speak to Greg or Rosemarie.

Service of Contemplation
Tonight Greg will be leading the service of contemplation at 6.30pm marking Candlemas. An Ignatian reflection will be followed by a candlelit service of Compline. All welcome.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Marilyn Starr.

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Barbara & Jack Bartlett, Jane Caswell, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates February
Sun 2nd 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Service of Contemplation
Mon 3rd 12.00pm Funeral of Barbara Baker
Tues 4th 3.00pm Social Committee meets at 9 Nailcote Ave
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies Church
Weds 5th 2.00pm Pastoral Care Committee
7.30pm St Andy’s Prayer
Thurs 6th 7.30pm Tastelife Week 1
Sat 8th 8.00pm Rod Stewart tribute
Sun 9th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 10th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 11th 7.30pm Volunteer thank you evening in church
Readings at 8am 1 Cor 1.18-31 (p 1144) & John 2.1-11 (p 1064)
Reader Richard Marr
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 all led by Greg Smith
Speaker Sue Masters
Prayers Susan Barnes
Music The Band
Next week Rom 4.1-5, 13-17 & Matt 4.1-11

Pews News – 26th January 2020

26th January 2020 – The Third Sunday of Epiphany

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.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Worship 4 All
This year, Worship 4 All services will be exploring the fruit of the Spirit, starting next week with Love.

Week of Christian Unity
The climax to the week of prayer for Christian unity is tonight, when churches from across the area will meet for a Celebration Service at St Oswald’s at 6.30pm. Greg will be speaking at our service led by Father Dexter Bracey, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s representative to Coventry Diocese. Do support this occasion if you possibly can. Any donations of cakes will be gratefully appreciated by St Oswald’s who have kindly agreed to host the service.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2020 is now at the back of church. If you would like to pay for flowers for a particular week, please fill your name in as soon as possible to get the date you want. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Eastern Green History Group
Please note that it is the AGM of the Eastern Green History Group which meets monthly at St Andrew’s on the 4th Monday of the month. The meeting starts at 7.15pm. All welcome.

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is going to have a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

The Link Magazine
It is now a year since the Link was discontinued as a paper magazine distributed to every home in the parish. It is still much missed. However, please don’t forget that all the content is still available to read online on the St Andrew’s website on the first of each month.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets available from Rosemarie Over or online at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/495503/
Skittles Evening – May 22nd
Party in the Park – June 6th

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service (Confession, hymn singing, the creed, the Peace, the Eucharist). We hope you will find this helpful.

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

Tastelife
St Andrew’s will be running a new group for those suffering with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating etc.) and also those caring for sufferers. It begins on Thursday February 6th for 8 weeks. The course which helps sufferers to break free of their eating disorder is nationally accredited by the University of Brighton. Places need to be booked in advance. For further information, please speak to Greg or Rosemarie.

Next Sunday
Sees our regular first Sunday pattern of said communion at 8am, followed by Worship 4 all at 10am and a service of contemplation led by Greg at 6.30pm marking Candlemas.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started.  To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rita Muir.

Prayer List
Please pray for Rita Weston, Barbara & Jack Bartlett, Jane Caswell, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates January – February
Sun 26th 6.30pm Service of Christian Unity at St Oswald’s
Mon 27th 7.30pm Leadership Team meet at 22 Hathaway Rd
7.15pm History Group AGM in church
Tues 28th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Thurs 30th 7.30pm Tastelife Planning at the Vicarage
Sun 2nd 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Service of Contemplation
Mon 3rd 12.00pm Funeral of Barbara Baker
7.30pm Baptism preparation
Weds 5th 2.00pm Pastoral Care Committee
Readings 1 Cor 1.10-18 (p 1144) & Matt 4.12-23 (p 968)
Readers Peter Bruton & Trevor Hill
Preacher Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Led by Nick Tooby
Prayers Harvey Wyatt
Comm Asst Harvey Wyatt
Organist Ben Kimpton
Next week at 8am 1 Cor 1.18-31 & John 2.1-11

Pews News – 19th January 2020

19th January 2020 – The Second Sunday of Epiphany

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 are pleased to welcome Emma back from her maternity leave. In her new role of Youth Worker she will be joining us at Children’s Church on the third Sunday each month to work with the 9+ age group. In the spring term she will be joining us this Sunday (19th January) and on 16th February. We have spaces for pre-school and primary aged children to join us for stories, games and craft.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Week of Christian Unity
The programme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been finalised as follows:

Sun 19th Jan St James Family Service at 4pm
Mon 20th Jan St Oswald’s Prayer at 6pm
Tues 21st Jan Our Ladies Prayer at 1pm
Weds 22nd Jan St James Prayer at 8am
Thurs 23rd Jan Chinese Church Prayer at 8pm
Fri 24th Jan Limbrick Wood BC Prayer at 7.30am
Sat 25th Jan St Andrews Prayer at 8.45am
Sun 26th Jan St Oswald’s Celebration Service at 6.30pm

Do make an effort to support at least one of these gatherings. The prayer meetings will last 30 minutes and the services an hour. We need cake for both services. Please let Greg know if you are able to provide anything.

Norah Hall
We are extremely grateful to Norah, who has given a much appreciated legacy to St Andrew’s.

Holiday Club 2020
Following the success of our two previous holiday clubs, we are planning to hold this event again in 2020 on 20th, 21st & 22nd July. We need a minimum of 6 volunteers each day to help with crafts, games and serve drinks and fruit. We currently have 4 volunteers, so if you can help, even if it is only for one day, please contact Hilary on 07980 596646. A decision as to whether we can run the holiday club will be made in the new year, so please get in touch asap. You will not be expected to run any activities single handedly and full training and information will be given. At St Andrew’s we are committed to safeguarding all our children and young people, so we will safely recruit all volunteers and expect a DBS check to be completed with the help of our Safeguarding Officer.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

Praying Together
Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch.

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is going to have a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

The Link Magazine
It is now a year since the Link was discontinued as a paper magazine distributed to every home in the parish. It is still much missed. However, please don’t forget that all the content is still available to read online on the St Andrew’s website on the first of each month.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds has just started a new term. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm on Tuesdays. To find out, more speak to Greg or Emma. All welcome.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets £12 available from Rosemarie Over)

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service (Confession, hymn singing, the creed, the Peace, the Eucharist). We hope you will find this helpful.

Consultation
There is a consultation event at the Green Club on Thursday Jan 23rd from 4-7.30pm relating to the proposal to build 60 new houses just off Pickford Green Lane.

Tastelife
St Andrew’s will be running a new group for those suffering with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating etc.) and also those caring for sufferers. It begins on Thursday 6th February for 8 weeks. The course which helps sufferers to break free of their eating disorder is nationally accredited by the University of Brighton. Places need to be booked in advance. For further information, please speak to Greg or Rosemarie.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients’ department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Liz Reed.

Prayer List
Please pray for Rita Weston, Barbara & Jack Bartlett, Jane Caswell, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates January
Sun 19th 4.00pm Family Service at St James
6.00pm Rock Solid
6.30pm Praying Together
Tues 21st 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the side room
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Weds 22nd Marriage Preparation week 2 in church
Thurs 23rd 4-7pm Consultation event at the Green
7.30pm Book Group at 55 Handsworth Crescent
Sat 25th 9.45am PCC Away Day at the Breathing Space until 3.30pm
Sun 26th 6.30pm Service of Christian Unity at St Oswald’s
Mon 27th 7.30pm Leadership Team meet at 22 Hathaway Rd
Thurs 30th 7.30pm Tastelife Planning at the Vicarage
Readings 1 Cor 1.1-9 (p 1144) & John 1.29-42 (p 1064)
Readers Jill Pinks & Angela Lamb
Preacher Lynnette Clarke
President Lynnette Clarke
Prayers Lesley Lee
Comm Asst Emma Read
Organist Michael Watkins
Next week 1 Cor 1.10-18 & Matt 4.12-23

Pews News – 12th January 2020

12th January 2020 – The First Sunday of Epiphany

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

A Happy New Year to all our readers!
Many thanks from Greg & Fran and Phil, Anne & Ella for kind cards, gifts and good wishes over Christmas.

Holiday Club 2020
Following the success of our two previous holiday clubs, we are planning to hold this event again in 2020 on 20th, 21st & 22nd July. We need a minimum of 6 volunteers each day to help with crafts, games and serve drinks and fruit. We currently have 4 volunteers, so if you can help, even if it is only for one day, please contact Hilary on 07980 596646. A decision as to whether we can run the holiday club will be made in the new year, so please get in touch asap. You will not be expected to run any activities single handedly and full training and information will be given. At St Andrew’s we are committed to safeguarding all our children and young people, so we will safely recruit all volunteers and expect a DBS check to be completed with the help of our Safeguarding Officer.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Carys’ Commissioning Service
Carys has now moved on to a new church in Sutton Coldfield where she will be the Children and Families Worker. There will be a commissioning service for her and a couple of others on Sunday 19th January at 10.30am at Chester Road Baptist Church, B73 5HU. Carys would like to invite anyone interested to attend. If you are unable to make it but would like to send a message of support, please e-mail carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Parish Weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. 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. WHAT DOES IT COST? The cost is £160 per adult with reduced prices for children. If you want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com) or with Greg. Book now with a small deposit to secure your place on the weekend.

Christmas Hamper Raffle
Many thanks to Charley Watts, who sold the tickets and raised £131 for church funds. Well done. It was won by Brian Walker.

Thank You
Mike Lynch (Jackie’s husband), would like to thank everyone who purchased one of his wooden snowmen this Christmas and is delighted to let you know that he raised £2220, and presented a cheque to Zoe’s Place just before Christmas. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

Church Cleaning
We are looking for, hopefully, 6 volunteers to help clean the church. This means we could have 4 teams of 2, so it would only involve having to clean once a month. Denise and I would cover a five-week month. It only requires about 1 -2 hours of your time, and is an important ministry within the church. At the moment we clean on Fridays, from 10am to approx. 11.30am., but you could suit yourselves. If you are able to oblige, please have a word with me or Denise. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Lynch

Everyday Faith
Everyday Faith is a Church of England discipleship campaign starting Sunday 12 January (Plough Sunday). 21 days of reflections and prayers to help you find and follow God in everyday life will be available through campaign emails, an app, social media, audio and a booklet from Church House Publishing. Everyday resources for churches, including Plough Sunday services and a booklet with suggestions of how your church can encourage Sunday to Saturday faith, are now available. To find out more go to https://www.churchofengland.org/everydayfaith

Praying Together
Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held next Sunday, 19th January at 6.30 pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

Week of Christian Unity
The programme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been finalised as follows:

Sun 19th Jan St James Family Service at 4pm
Mon 20th Jan St Oswald’s Prayer at 6pm
Tues 21st Jan Our Ladies Prayer at 1pm
Weds 22nd Jan St James Prayer at 8am
Thurs 23rd Jan Chinese Church Prayer at 8pm
Fri 24th Jan Limbrick Wood BC Prayer at 7.30am
Sat 25th Jan St Andrews Prayer at 8.45am
Sun 26th Jan St Oswald’s Celebration Service at 6.30pm

Norah Hall
We are extremely grateful to Norah, who has given a much appreciated legacy to St Andrew’s.

Nativity 2019
Many thanks to all those who supported the Nativity, whether by performing in it, helping out behind the scenes or by coming to watch it. Special thanks to Rob Shaw for the scenery and to Paul and Ying for the Alpacas.

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

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is going to have a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

Kidz Praise
The first Kidz Praise service of 2020 takes place on Thursday at 4pm with the doors opening at 3.15pm for refreshments, craft and games. We will be exploring the story of John the Baptist. All welcome.

Catering for Marriage Preparation
We need two volunteers to provide up to 12 meals for our marriage preparation course in January; either 15th or 22nd. Please speak to Rebecca Martin if able to help.

The Link Magazine
It is now a year since the Link was discontinued as a paper magazine distributed to every home in the parish. It is still much missed. However, please don’t forget that all the content is still available to read online on the St Andrew’s website on the first of each month.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds starts a new term on Tuesday. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. To find out, more speak to Greg or Emma. All welcome.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets cost £12 and are available from Rosemarie Over)

Seek His Face
Our gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy (Seek His Face) meets for the first time this year this evening at 6.30pm in church. The theme will be Mission and led by Dan.

Consultation
There is a consultation event at the Green Club on Thursday 23rd January from 4-7.30pm relating to the proposal to build 60 new houses just off Pickford Green Lane.

Tastelife
St Andrew’s will be running a new group for those suffering with eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, overeating etc.) and also those caring for sufferers. It begins on Thursday February 6th for 8 weeks. The course which helps sufferers to break free of their eating disorder is nationally accredited by the University of Brighton. Places need to be booked in advance. For further information, please speak to Greg or Rosemarie.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrews new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Rita Weston, Barbara & Jack Bartlett, Jane Caswell, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates January
Sun 12th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 13th 7.00pm PCC in church
Tues 14th 2.00pm Worship 4 All planning meeting
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company
Weds 15th 7.00pm Marriage Preparation in church
Thurs 16th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Sun 19th 4.00pm Family Service at St James
6.00pm Rock Solid
Readings Acts 10.34-43 (p 1104) & Matt 3.13-17 (p 967)
Readers Sara Parkes & John Ross-Barnard
Preacher Lesley Lee
President Greg Smith
Prayers Nick Tooby
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week 1 Cor 1.1-9 & John 1.29-42