Pews News – 3rd February 2019

3rd February 2019
Fifth Sunday before Lent
Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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.

Healing Service
Anyone who has been conscious of God’s healing power at work, since the Healing Service last Sunday, should let one of the Healing Team know. Anything shared will be kept confidential, but it is always a great encouragement to know how God has been at work amongst us.

Bob Littlewood
Eastern Greeners will be sorry to hear of the sudden death of Bob Littlewood, who has lived at the top of Church Lane for the last 35 years and has undertaken building work for large numbers of parishioners. Bob’s funeral takes place on Monday 11th February at 10am followed by a reception at the Eastern Green club. Please remember Bob and his family in your prayers.

The Link Magazine
At the last PCC meeting, the PCC reluctantly took the decision to bring to an end the Link as a paper magazine. Therefore, the February magazine will be the last in the current format. From March 1st onwards, the Link will be published online in a full colour digital format, which will be easily accessed directly through the St Andrew’s website, Facebook, My Eastern Green or the Allesley Green Residents Association website. It will contain all the usual content, except the advertising. We understand that this is a sad moment in the history of the parish and that not necessarily everyone will be able to access the new format. However, at a time when the church is struggling to make ends meet, we simply cannot afford to run a magazine, making a loss of £1500 per year and rising. Do pray for the continued success of the Link in reaching a new audience without losing its old. Finally, eternal thanks to the Link Team of Tracey, Richard and Barbara; and to all the faithful deliverers of the magazine.

Link Deliverers
The final printed edition of 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.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service will take place tonight at 6.30pm. A time of led meditation will be followed by refreshments and then a candlelit service of Compline.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for listening prayer, prophetic word and praise takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm.

BCDM Module on Prayer
St Andrew’s Church is hosting a BCDM Module again this year and the theme is Prayer. This interactive module will give opportunities to learn about as well as participate in different styles, methods and experiences of prayer. It will look at prayers in the Bible, different types and styles of prayer, the links between different spiritualities and methods of prayer and active methods of praying such as ‘prayer walks’ and ‘prayer stations’. Running during Lent this is an opportunity open to everyone to focus on prayer and on ways to develop your prayer life.  Dates and Time: Thursday evenings 7:00-9:30pm, 7th March – 4th April. If you want to participate you need to register www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister. If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters.

Carol Singing in Sutton Avenue
Thanks to all those (300+) who attended the carol singing in Sutton Avenue the Saturday before Christmas. £472 was collected for Coventry Mind.

Isaiah
We will be continuing our series on Isaiah next week.

Feb 10th Isaiah 53.1-12 Phil Richardson
Feb 17th Isaiah 40.21-31 Nick Tooby

If you haven’t already got a companion booklet, with an introduction to Isaiah and a reading plan, please take one with you this morning.

Electoral Roll
Every six years, our Electoral Roll has to be renewed. 2019 is such a year. Everyone who has previously been on the Electoral Roll should fill out a very short form to reapply. There are a number of advantages to being on the Electoral Roll around rights to baptism, funerals and weddings, as well as eligibility for church office and voting rights at the AGM. It is also vital to St Andrew’s to have the most reliable record of its membership, so we would urge everyone to take 2 minutes to do this. Forms are available from Greg, Phil or Lesley Harrison, our Electoral Roll officer. Anyone who lives in the parish or who has worshipped at St Andrew’s for 6 months or more is eligible.

Social Events
All the tickets for the Elvis Tribute evening have now been sold. Don’t miss out on your tickets for the Quiz Night which takes place at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday March 1st at 7pm. Tickets are available from Rita Muir or Ann Smith at a cost of £9 adults or £5 children, including fish and chips or an alternative. Also, there will be a Barn Dance at Masseys on Saturday 9th March at 7pm. Tickets which include a ploughman’s supper go on sale today at £10 adults and £5 children (under 14) available from Rita Muir and in church.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we are launching a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on 26th February. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

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 Rita Muir.

Prayer List
Please pray for Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, 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 3rd 6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 4th 7.30pm Deanery Synod at Berkswell Church
Tues 5th 5.30pm Drama club meets at Our Ladies
7.30pm Worship 4 All Planning Meeting
Weds 6th 7.30pm Leadership Team Meeting
Sat 9th Marriage preparation at Meriden/St Andrew’s
Sun 10th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 11th 7.30pm PCC Meeting
Weds 13th 6.30pm Prayer for future venue for St Andy’s
8.00pm Eastern Green Village Hall AGM
Readings at 8am Ezekiel 43.27-44.4 (p 876) & Luke 2.22-40 (p 1028)
Reader Hilary Wankling
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All Carys/Nick
Music The band
Next week Isaiah 40.21-31 & Luke 5.1-11