Pews News – 20th May 2018

20th May 2018 – Whit Sunday – Day of Pentecost

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.

Pentecost
Today is the church’s birthday (Pentecost) and the service will be led by Revd Kate Pearson, the Chaplain at the University of Warwick

Eco Church
The Eco Church team at St Andrew’s Church hosted a Big Brekkie event on Sunday 13th May in the side room to raise money for Christian Aid. We are pleased to announce that we raised £35 which will go towards the good work which Christian Aid does around the world. I would like to thank Paul, Veronika and Jill for all their hard work and donations as well as everyone who supported the cause on the day. Dawn Easthope.

Party in the Park
God blessed us with amazing sunshine (too hot for some!) for Party in the Park, which was the most successful ever, with approximately 2,000 attending and £750 raised towards church funds. We are grateful to Allesley Green Residents Association for working in partnership with us again. Special thanks go to Richard Marr, Julia McNaney and Julie Crow for their hard work on the organising committee and most of all to our loyal volunteers, who staffed stalls, baked cakes, arrived early or stayed late.

Poetry Evening
Many thanks to all those who attended the Poetry Evening yesterday.

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

Social Media
We are looking to set up a small working group to develop policy around the church’s use of social media. Anyone willing to get involved with this should speak to Greg or Paul Crowe.

Kidz Klub
Kidz Klub meets every Tuesday during term time at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church from 5-6pm to offer Primary School children in the area a chance to think about the Christian faith, with lots of games and high-octane fun. They are in need of volunteers who are free at this time and are excited by working with children and teaching them about God’s love. They always welcome visitors if you want to see what happens before making a commitment. For further information, please speak to Greg or Phil.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place on Tues 22nd May at 9.15am. This informal gathering includes stories, songs and craft activities for babies and pre-schoolers. All welcome.

Budget Report
Our quarterly budget report was published 2 weeks ago. We are extremely grateful to those donors who have funded our roof repairs, which we have been able to undertake without any drain on church funds. However, despite being within budget on all expenditure lines, on current levels of giving a shortfall for the year is still projected because given is not yet in line with what we have hoped and prayed for. Please continue to pray about this.

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

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

Alpha Caterers Needed
We are still looking for volunteers cater for some sessions of the Alpha Course. If you would be willing to cater for one evening (or more) please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Children’s Holiday Club
We would like to hold a holiday club for primary aged children on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July, but to do this we need lots of volunteers – male and female! We will plan activities as a team and training and support will be given as necessary. We need people to help with games, craft activities, serve drinks and snacks and give general support. A holiday club would be a great way to further our children’s ministry within the parish, but we can only go ahead if we have adequate child:adult ratios. If you are interested in helping (even if it is only for a few hours) and would like more information, please speak to Hilary or phone 07980 596646. A firm commitment is needed by the end of May to give us time to plan activities and advertise the event. Many thanks, Hilary.

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 Rounds
We currently have three rounds needing a deliverer. If you don’t already do a round and/or are prepared to deliver The Link can you please contact Barbara Warner on 02476 403458/07846 288036 / email bwarner113@gmail.com or Gill Tunnicliffe on 024 7646 2618 or email gilltun26@talktalk.net

Dan & Phillipa Munday
Please see the latest newsletter from our mission partners, Dan and Phillipa who are working in Nepal. It is in the red folder at the back of church. If you would like your own copy for prayer, please contact Julie.

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

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

Diary Dates May
Sun 20th Pentecost
Tues 22nd 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not
7.45pm Allesley Green prayer group at 14 Ash Green Close
Weds 23rd 7.00pm Alpha Week 1 at the Vicarage
7.15pm BCDM in church
Sun 27th 10.00am Parish Communion
Readings Acts 2.1-21 & John 15.26-27; 16.4-15
Readers Trevor Hill & Victoria Kaczur
Preacher Kate Pearson
President Kate Pearson
Led by Lesley Lee
Music Di Fellowes
Sidespersons Julia McNaney & Tracey Tooby
Children Linda/Emma/Gary
Next week Isaiah 6.1-8 & John 3.1-17