Church Groups

There is a vibrant array of active Church Groups at St Andrew’s Church

Click on the links below to scroll directly to information about a particular group.

Time for Parents Group
Music Groups
Drama Group
Bereavement Group
Men’s Group
Eco-Church

Time for Parents
A new parents group has been launched in church (with refreshments and crèche provided) to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting; to support and learn from each other.  The first course has now finished but please look out for future courses.

Music Groups
St. Andrew’s has both robed choir and contemporary worship band, both of which warmly welcome new members.

Choir
The principal act of worship (except on the first Sunday of the month) is led by the choir, singing the very best of old and new music. The choir meets on alternate Tuesdays at 6.45pm for an hour long practice. For further information, please contact Dawn Easthope at morningstar68@hotmail.co.uk.

Worship Band
The worship band leads Worship 4 All on the first Sunday of the month; and StAPH (our church plant) on the fourth Sunday of the month. For further information, please contact Daniel Smith.

Drama Group
St. Andrew’s runs a regular drama group for young people aged 8-12.

Future workshops will be advertised in Pews News and on the welcome page of the website. The leaders have DBS clearance and a passion for the theatre.

Adults are also involved in numerous dramatic presentations, whether sketches in services; murder mysteries, plays written by members of the community or well known contemporary authors.  Please e-mail us if you would like to join us.

Lunch n Chat – Bereavement Group

Where: St. Andrew’s Church
When:  On Wednesday’s of every month
From: 11.45am-1.30pm
Who for: Anyone who has suffered bereavement and lives in the area

What we do:

  • Provide a simple lunch (soup and a roll)
  • A chance to talk to someone who will make time to listen
  • An opportunity to make new friends
  • A tranquil setting
  • No pressure to do anything or say anything

Cost: ₤2 per session

Come just once or come every time.

We understand that when you’ve lost a loved one, you experience a wide range of emotions, often unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. It may feel as no one could possibly understand what you are going through. But others have been through it, and so there’s no need to be alone. Taking that first step to go out can often be the most important step of all.

We also know that if it’s some time since your loved one died, it may not be any easier. In fact, in some cases, it feels worse than ever. Again, there are people who do understand this and who have time for you.

Contact: Rita Muir on 024 76460744

Men’s Group
We meet bi-monthly and undertake a diverse range of activities from Disc Golf to Brewery visits. From history walks to pub lunches. The aim of the Group is to meet together in Christian fellowship and have some fun. There are some events that have a competitive edge while others are just a chance to get together.

Contact: Nick Tooby 024 76397442

Eco-Church
St Andrew’s is the first church in the diocese to achieve an Eco-church Bronze Award. The certificate was presented at the June 2016 Worship 4 All service. Many thanks to Dawn Easthope for her hard work in undertaking all the administration and green championing around our gaining this important recognition. St Andrew’s was presented with a Yew Tree, planted by the Bishop of Coventry in March 2017 in recognition of this. Following on from this success, we would like a group of people to take us forward into achieving the Silver and Gold awards. If you are interested in joining the group, please speak to Dawn Easthope – 07513 753899.

Environmental Tips

Did you know that you can dispose of any unwanted items without just having to throw them away? 

You can advertise free of charge anything that you would like to see go to a good home, using the website detailed below.  The new owner will come and collect from you so that there is minimum inconvenience.  Have a look at the site: you may even find something you need.

https://www.freecycle.org/

God’s Creation

It is the Bible’s teaching that this is God’s world and it is the responsibility of human beings to care for it: exercising stewardship.

As a church therefore, we have attempted to show this care by the following:

  • Switching to a green electricity supplier
  • Encouraging members of the congregation to walk to church or engage in car sharing
  • Distributing free low energy light bulbs
  • Holding services which focus on the wonder of creation and our responsibility for it
  • Fitting a condensing boiler and a zoned heating system
  • Distributing water saving ‘hippos’
  • Encouraging members to exercise Christian stewardship in their own lives
  • Our commitment to Eco-church

Go to a Farmers’ Market
The farming community have been through difficult times recently and farmers’ markets provide an excellent way of supporting them.  By cutting out the middle man, more of the money ends up with the producer and you can be certain of where the produce has come from and under what conditions it has been produced.  It also helps the environment by reducing food miles and packaging. So why not try out one the following markets for some fresh and local food:

  • Coventry, Spon St – 2nd Thursday, 9am – 2pm
  • Kenilworth, Abbey End – 2nd Saturday, 9am – 2pm
  • Leamington Spa, Pump Room Gardens – 4th Saturday, 9am – 2pm
  • Nuneaton, Market Place – 3rd Friday, 9am – 2pm
  • Rugby, Clock Tower – last Thursday, 9am – 2pm
  • Solihull, High St – 1st Friday, 9am – 5pm

The above dates and times may have changed so please check before you go!

Alternatively, visit one of the farm shops in the area – listings can be found in the local business telephone directories.

Pass on reusable items

When you’re next having a clearout, think about whether any of the items you no longer need could be used by someone else. Many items can be found a new home though charity shops, jumble sales, classified ads, etc. Furniture and other household goods can be refurbished by the Coventry-based charity :-

Are all good places to advertise other odds and ends, such as computer parts, DIY materials, garden furniture, electrical items, car parts, office equipment, etc.  It is amazing what people can reuse!

THINK RECYCLED!

We are all aware of global warming and know that we need to do what we can to reduce our environmental footprint. But it can seem like an impossible task – surely it will take a lot of effort and/or money to make a difference? 

Support the kerbside recycling scheme – then buy recycled!

Recycling is a loop – it only works if there is demand for recycled products. So don’t forget to look out for recycled paper pads, printer paper, envelopes, etc.

Remember –  Think recycled!

Green Energy

As part of our commitment to the environment (God’s world), St Andrew’s has selected a green energy supplier.  After careful investigation on the internet, we have found a supplier and tariff that is not going to cost us any more, but will help reduce our carbon footprint significantly.  If you decide to go down this road, check carefully, since some companies advertise a green tariff, but in reality they are only using customers to fulfill their legal obligation to ensure that 5% of their supply is green rather than generating anything new.