Pews News – 25th February 2018

25th February 2018 – The Second Sunday of Lent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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