Pews News – 4th March 2018

4th March 2018 – The Third 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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