Pews News – 25th March 2018

25th March 2018 – Palm Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates each week to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s using the Weekly Giving Envelopes. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of envelopes for the next twelve months are at the back of the church. Should anyone wish to join the envelope scheme please contact Richard Marr (01676 522697). Regular giving by envelope or by Standing Order helps us plan the church’s finances in the coming year and we are most grateful to all those who give regularly every week or every month. If you are a regular giver and a tax payer but haven’t already completed a Gift Aid Form, please do so as soon as possible to enable us to recover the tax you have already paid on your giving. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the weekly envelopes or your Standing Order, please do so any time as you do not need to complete a new Gift Aid Form. Last year we recovered £13383 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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