Pews News – 23rd September 2018

23rd September 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Next Sunday
Godfrey Armitage, who is Chair of the Diocesan Environment Group, will be preaching at our communion service next Sunday. We look forward to giving him a very warm welcome.

Ella Joy Richardson
A baby girl, Ella Joy, was born to Phil & Anne Richardson in the early hours of Monday 27th August at 9 lbs 7 ½ ozs. Do continue to pray for them as a family. Phil’s paternity leave continues until October 6th.

Harvest Flowers
Volunteers are needed please to help decorate the church for Harvest on Saturday 6th October at 9.15am in the side room. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Harvest flowers it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Ann Dove.

The Font
You will see that the 1975 font has now been removed from the church. The top section has been retained and it is hoped may be used as an ornamental feature in the churchyard. The new carved oak font is now in situ and will be dedicated by the Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, tonight at 6.30pm at a special Songs of Praise service. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to help lead worship. Please do join us for this very special occasion.

St Andrew’s and St Andy’s Light Party
We are holding a Light Party for primary aged children on Wednesday 31st October in church from 5-6.30pm. There will be lots of fun with crafts, games, songs and a snack tea. Registration forms are available from Hilary, Emma Wildman or Shirley. For more information contact Hilary on 07980 596646 or Emma on 07969 066979. There is no charge for this event.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Sponsored Walk
We are nearly at our target of £2,500 raised through our sponsored walk last month. If you have been kind enough to sponsor us, please settle up as soon as you can. If you didn’t, additional gifts will still be gratefully received.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over.

Parish Weekend 10th-12th May 2019
Now that summer is over why not look ahead to next Spring and join us on the Parish weekend.  Following a successful weekend this year we are doing it again in 2019 and would love you to join us. The cost will be £150 for adults with reductions for children and we will operate a saving scheme if that helps make it possible for you. There will be an early bird discount of £10 for those signing up before end of November. Places are going fast so if you are interested or would like more information please speak with Sue Masters or Greg. For those already signed up we are happy to take deposits or to start your saving plan. Please speak with Sue about this.

Complex Trauma
Please see the poster at the back of church if you are interested in receiving some training on complex trauma. This is being held at Queens Road Baptist Church on Saturday 3rd November.

Michael Bublé Tribute Night
On Saturday 27th October at 7.30pm at The Green Social Club, Church Lane. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Rosemarie Over on 07778 397284. Guaranteed to be a fabulous evening.

Safeguarding
We regularly review our work and as part of this process, I have updated our Safeguarding children’s policy and written a new policy for safeguarding vulnerable adults. These policies have now been formally adopted by the PCC, and are available for all to read. They are pinned at the back of church on the notice board. Lin Chylinski.

Fundraising for Selah
A 9-year-old girl, Selah, a pupil at Eastern Green Junior School has recently very sadly been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation and Neuro-Cranio-Vertebral Syndrome (Filum Disease). This is a rare and complex condition, causing numerous neurological and structural problems related to her brain and spine. Heartbreakingly, this condition has dramatically affected Selah’s mobility and has meant that a once very active, vibrant child, who has a passion for dancing and singing, has to now greatly depend upon a wheelchair to get around. The condition has left her suffering with constant pain, which sometimes becomes excruciating. The hope of her family is that they can raise enough funds to be able to take Selah over to Barcelona, in order for her to have life changing treatment, restoring her health and giving her back her mobility. Further details and access to the fundraising page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/selahs-life-changing-surgery

Cathedral
In case you hadn’t heard the news, admission to Coventry Cathedral is now free, although donations are invited. If you’ve never taken the opportunity to look round this historic building, why not take the chance.

Comedy & Curry
A great evening is promised on Friday 12th October at the Village Hotel. Award winning (and very funny) comedian, Andy Kind, is appearing, having been invited by local churches. There is a two-course meal provided by the Village and a great opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones. Tickets which are in very limited supply cost £18 and are available from Rita Muir. Please ensure you provide your meal choice at the same time as you purchase your ticket.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Harvest
We will be celebrating Harvest this year on two consecutive Sundays 7th and 14th October. Gifts of long-life food and fresh vegetables will be passed on to the foodbank in Tile Hill. Monetary gifts will be given to DFN UK, a charity that provides dignity and freedom for the poor, the marginalised and outcastes in South Asia.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund too address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope.

Facebook
We are looking for people to write devotions for us to post on our Facebook page. We would like to be posting more regularly and feel this would be something to engage people and encourage everyone to take some time out of their busy lifestyle and sit and reflect. If you are interested or would like some more information, please email Carys on carysegner@hotmail.co.uk or speak to Greg.

For Sale
An Invacare “Lynx” four-wheel mobility scooter. Originally purchased in 2010 and last serviced in May 2018. The sale includes rider’s cape and scooter cover. One owner – £195. Any enquiries please telephone 07969 420675.

Stairlift
There is a stairlift free to a good home available, with the offer of help with fitting. Please ring Andrew on 07940 023732. 

Prayer List
Please pray for Ann Crowley, Hayley Moore, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 Sept/Oct
Sun 23rd 6.30pm Songs of Praise
Mon 24th 7.30pm 10am Communion Review meeting at 180 Dunhill Ave
Tues 25th 9.15am Tots Praise
2.00pm Forget me Not
Weds 26th 7-9pm Children’s Ministry Thank You Evening in the side room
7.30pm Deanery Synod at Leek Wooton
Mon 1st 7.30pm Baptism Prep in church
Tues 2nd 12.00pm Joan Moles funeral
7.30pm Growing Leaders session 2 in church
Readings Jeremiah 11.18-20 (p 770) & Mark 9.30-37 (p 1013)
Readers Hilary Wankling & Ann Crowley
Preacher Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Greg Smith
Comm Asst. Nick Tooby
Music Di Fellowes
Children Linda/Victoria/Lesley
Next week Numbers 11.4-6, 10-16, 24-29 & Mark 9.38-50

 

Pews News – 16th September 2018

16th September 2018 – Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Ella Joy Richardson
A baby girl, Ella Joy, was born to Phil & Anne Richardson in the early hours of Monday 27th August at 9 lbs 7 ½ ozs. Do continue to pray for them as a family. Phil’s paternity leave continues until October 6th.

The Font
You will see that the 1975 font has now been removed from the church. The top section has been retained and it is hoped may be used as an ornamental feature in the churchyard. The new carved oak font is now in situ and will be dedicated by the Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, next Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm at a special Songs of Praise service. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to help lead worship. Please do make a note in your diaries of this special occasion. We would like to provide refreshments to mark this special occasion. If you are willing and able to volunteer, please speak to Fran.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Safeguarding
We regularly review our work and as part of this process, I have updated our Safeguarding children’s policy and written a new policy for safeguarding vulnerable adults. These policies have now been formally adopted by the PCC, and are available for all to read. They are pinned at the back of church on the notice board. Lin Chylinski.

Fundraising for Selah
A 9-year-old girl, Selah, a pupil at Eastern Green Junior School has recently very sadly been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation and Neuro-Cranio-Vertebral Syndrome (Filum Disease). This is a rare and complex condition, causing numerous neurological and structural problems related to her brain and spine. Heartbreakingly, this condition has dramatically affected Selah’s mobility and has meant that a once very active, vibrant child, who has a passion for dancing and singing, has to now greatly depend upon a wheelchair to get around. The condition has left her suffering with constant pain, which sometimes becomes excruciating. The hope of her family is that they can raise enough funds to be able to take Selah over to Barcelona, in order for her to have life changing treatment, restoring her health and giving her back her mobility. Further details and access to the fundraising page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/selahs-life-changing-surgery

Facebook
We are looking for people to write devotions for us to post on our Facebook page. We would like to be posting more regularly and feel this would be something to engage people and encourage everyone to take some time out of their busy lifestyle and sit and reflect. If you are interested or would like some more information, please e-mail Carys on carysegner@hotmail.co.uk or speak to Greg.

Harvest Flowers
Volunteers are needed please to help decorate the church for Harvest on Saturday 6th October at 9.15am in the side room. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Harvest flowers it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Introductory Morning to Crossline Listener Training
Could you help by giving 2 hours a week to listen, pray and give hope to people over the phone? Come and find out more at an Intoductory Morning on Saturday 22nd September. Crossline, (part of the National Christian Helpline) receives over 400 calls per day between 9am and Midnight. New listeners are needed to meet the demand (50% of calls are not answered), especially during the daytime between 2 – 6pm. Find out more: https://www.covcitymission.org.uk/ministries/crossline.html or ring 02476 615931.

Sponsored Walk
We are nearly at our target of £2,500 raised through our sponsored walk last month. If you have been kind enough to sponsor us, please settle up as soon as you can. If you didn’t, additional gifts will still be gratefully received.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over.

Fish n Chips Quiz Night
There is another Quiz Night co-hosted by Allesley Green Residents Association at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 21st September at 7pm. Tickets, which include a choice of Fish n Chips, Chicken n Chips, veggie burger n chips or pie n chips, cost £9 and are available from Rita. We would be grateful for the donation of a couple of raffle prizes for the occasion.

Cathedral
In case you hadn’t heard the news, admission to Coventry Cathedral is now free, although donations are invited. If you’ve never taken the opportunity to look round this historic building, why not take the chance.

Comedy & Curry
A great evening is promised on Friday 12th October at the Village Hotel. Award winning (and very funny) comedian, Andy Kind, is appearing, having been invited by local churches. There is a two course meal provided by the Village and a great opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones. Tickets which are in very limited supply cost £18 and are available from Rita Muir. Please ensure you provide your meal choice at the same time as you purchase your ticket.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on.  Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Stairlift
There is a stairlift free to a good home available, with the offer of help with fitting. Please ring Andrew on 07940 023732.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund too address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope.

Drama Club
The drama club, run by All Star Theatre Company (Selina, Emma and Greg) starts up again for a new year, on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church on Tile Hill Lane. The group is for 8-12 year olds. Please contact Julie on 07756 918847 to book a place.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Irene & Maurice Jelfs.

Prayer List
Please pray for Hayley Moore, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 September
Tues 18th 6.00pm Drama club at Our Ladies
7.30pm Leadership Team meets at 180 Dunhill Ave
Fri 21st 7.00pm Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club
Sat 22nd 10.00am Safeguarding briefing for leaders in church
Sun 23rd 6.30pm Songs of Praise
Mon 24th 7.30pm 10am Communion Review meeting at 180 Dunhill Ave
Tues 25th 9.15am Tots Praise
2.00pm Forget me Not
Weds 26th 7-9pm Children’s Ministry Thank You Evening in the side room
Readings Isaiah 50.4-9a (p 737) & Mark 8.27-38 (p 1012)
Readers Peter Bruton & Sara Parkes
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Jeremy Thomas
Comm Asst. Emma Read
Music Michael Watkins
Next week Jeremiah 11.18-20 & Mark 9.30-37

 

Pews News – 9th September 2018

9th September 2018 – Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Ella Joy Richardson
A baby girl, Ella Joy, was born to Phil & Anne Richardson in the early hours of Monday 27th August at 9 lbs 7 ½ ozs. Phil’s paternity leave continues until October 6th.

The Font
You will see that the 1975 font has now been removed from the church. The top section has been retained and it is hoped may be used as an ornamental feature in the churchyard. The new carved oak font will be dedicated by the Archdeacon Pastor, Sue Field, on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm at a special Songs of Praise service. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to help lead worship. Please do make a note in your diaries of this special occasion. We would like to provide refreshments to mark this special occasion. If you are willing and able to volunteer, please speak to Greg.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more.If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Harvest Flowers
Volunteers are needed please to help decorate the church for Harvest on Saturday 6th October at 9.15am in the side room. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Harvest flowers it would be much appreciated. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Introductory Morning to Crossline Listener Training
Could you help by giving 2 hours a week to listen, pray and give hope to people over the phone? Come and find out more at an Intoductory Morning on Saturday 22nd September. Crossline, (part of the National Christian Helpline) receives over 400 calls per day between 9am and Midnight. New listeners are needed to meet the demand (50% of calls are not answered), especially during the daytime between 2 – 6pm. Find out more: https://www.covcitymission.org.uk/ministries/crossline.html or ring 02476 615931.

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers undertook the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) on August 11th, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water. There were many joys along the way: seeing the sunrise over the Cotswolds, enjoying wildlife (foxes, hares and grouse) that only come out in the early hours, the wonderful fellowship as we faced up this challenge; the selfless devotion of the support crew; and hearing a 7 year-old complain because he was only allowed to walk 7 miles. There were also trials along the way: having a blister after only 4 miles; getting drenched during the final third of the walk when we were most tired; and getting lost because the Vicar misremembered the route. It has all been worth it because of the incredibly generous response of our sponsors and the excellent cause we are supporting. We are raising funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. The good news is that it’s still not too late to sponsor us.

Tots Praise
Our next Pram Service (now known as Tots Praise), specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday, September 11th at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service. This week’s service (led by Greg) is Joseph goes to Egypt.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over.

Fish n Chips Quiz Night
There is another Quiz Night co-hosted by Allesley Green Residents Association at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 21st September at 7pm. Tickets, which include a choice of Fish n Chips, Chicken n Chips, veggie burger n chips or pie n chips, cost £9 and are available from Rita. We would be grateful for the donation of a couple of raffle prizes for the occasion.

Cathedral
In case you hadn’t heard the news, admission to Coventry Cathedral is now free, although donations are invited. If you’ve never taken the opportunity to look round this historic building, why not take the chance.

Comedy & Curry
A great evening is promised on Friday 12th October at the Village Hotel. Award winning (and very funny) comedian, Andy Kind, is appearing, having been invited by local churches. There is a two-course meal provided by the Village and a great opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones. Tickets which are in very limited supply cost £18 and are available from Rita Muir.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Drama Club
The drama club, run by All Star Theatre Company (Selina, Emma and Greg) starts up again for a new year, on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church on Tile Hill Lane. The group is for 8-12 year olds.  Please contact Julie on 07756 918847 to book a place.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

Prayer List
Please pray for Harold Latham, Hayley Moore, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 September
Mon 10th 7.30pm PCC meeting in church
Tues 11th 9.15am Tots Praise
Tues 11th 6.00pm Drama at Our Ladies
Sat 15th 9.45am – 4pm Growing Leaders Away Day at Berkswell
Tues 18th 7.30pm Leadership Team meets at 180 Dunhill Ave
Readings Isaiah 35.4-7 (p 719) & Mark 7.24-37 (p 1010)
Readers Trevor Hill & Angela Lamb
Preacher Kate Pearson
President Kate Pearson
Intercessions Harvey Wyatt
Music Sue Hill
Next week Isaiah 50.4-9a & Mark 8.27-38

 

Pews News – 26th August 2018

26th August 2018 – Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

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
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall during the summer holiday. There are folders available (in the side room) with colouring activities, which children may take into church to do while they sit with their parents. Alternatively, parents are welcome to take their children into the side room where there is a craft box on the table next to the photocopier. Please use any of the items in this box and do feel free to leave the side room doors open so you can still feel part of the service. Children’s Church will return on Sunday, 9th September.

Volunteers for New Project at Coventry Foodbank
In September Coventry Foodbank is starting a new project in collaboration with Coventry Citizens Advice called Resilience. This service aims to listen to people as they come to foodbank, asking foodbank guests questions about their circumstances and signposting them onto the right services so that they can get as much support as possible. It will be run by a team from Coventry Citizens Advice, along with a group of volunteers. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer as part of this new project please see the poster on the noticeboard at the back of church, there are application forms for anyone who would like to apply.

Job Vacancy
The Berkswell Charities’ are seeking to appoint a Clerk which may suit a suitably qualified person. Please see the advert on the noticeboard at the back of church.

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.

Phil Richardson
Phil has now begun his paternity leave. The baby is being induced today! Please do pray for him and Anne as they await this happy event and also settle into their new home to which they moved last week. The new address is 23 Mary Herbert St, Cheylesmore, CV3 2ER. Although you may see Phil around (and hopefully baby!) over the next couple of months, he won’t be working again until Oct 6th. Please do respect this special family time.

Encountering God in Worship
This morning, we continue a short sermon series on Encountering God in Worship.

Next Sunday
We have our regular pattern of worship, with said communion at 8am, Worship 4 All led by Greg at 10am and the meditative Ignatian Service at 6.30pm.

The Font
We have finally received legal permission to remove the existing font and install a new portable font, which Frank Dove has very kindly and very skilfully completed to David Joyce’s excellent design. Many thanks again to Beryl and Stan Cooper who have generously sponsored this project and to Trevor Hill who has tirelessly pursued the Diocese to get an answer. The font will be dedicated at the Songs of Praise service by the Archdeacon Pastor, Ven. Sue Field. Please do join us for this very special occasion.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers undertook the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) on August 11th, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water. There were many joys along the way: seeing the sunrise over the Cotswolds, enjoying wildlife (foxes, hares and grouse) that only come out in the early hours, the wonderful fellowship as we faced up this challenge; the selfless devotion of the support crew; and hearing a 7 year-old complain because he was only allowed to walk 7 miles. There were also trials along the way: having a blister after only 4 miles; getting drenched during the final third of the walk when we were most tired; and getting lost because the Vicar misremembered the route. It has all been worth it because of the incredibly generous response of our sponsors and the excellent cause we are supporting. We are raising funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. The good news is that it’s still not too late to sponsor us.

Tots Praise
Our next Pram Service (now known as Tots Praise), specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday 28th August at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over.

Comedy & Curry
A great evening is promised on Friday 12th October at the Village Hotel. Award winning (and very funny) comedian, Andy Kind, is appearing, having been invited by local churches. There is a two-course meal provided by the Village and a great opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones. Tickets which are in limited supply cost £18 and are available from Rita Muir.

Cuppa with a Copper
If you would like to meet your local police officers or have specific concerns to raise with them, there is an open session at Tile Hill library on Tuesday 4th September from 10.30am-12pm. Anyone welcome.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Songs of Praise
St Andrew’s will be hosting a Songs of Praise service on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm. Congregation members are invited to nominate their favourite hymn/song. Please either do this by giving a piece of paper to Greg or one of the churchwardens or by emailing Julie, our administrator. A few words about why you have chosen that particular hymn would be helpful but is not absolutely necessary. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to participate in the service.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Holiday and Pews News
The Parish Administrator is now on holiday until 3rd September. Any urgent enquiries should be addressed to the vicar or Church Wardens. Please note there will be no Pews News next week.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rita Muir. Next week’s flowers will be donated by Beryl Lee.

Prayer List
Please pray for Harold Latham, Hayley Moore, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 Aug – Sept
Tues 28th 9.15am Tots Praise
Sun 2nd 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 3rd 7.30pm Social Media Committee
Tues 4th 10.30am–12 noon Cuppa with a Copper at Tile Hill library
Weds 5th 7.00pm Alpha Week 8 at the Vicarage
Readings Exodus 3.1-6 (p 59) & John 20.24-29 (p 1089)
Readers Peter Bruton & Jeremy Thomas
Preacher Greg & Dan Smith
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Music Michael Watkins
Next week at 8am Deut 4.1-2, 6-9 & Mark 7.1-8, 14, 15, 21-23

 

Pews News – 19th August 2018

19th August 2018 – Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

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
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall during the summer holiday. There are folders available (in the side room) with colouring activities, which children may take into church to do while they sit with their parents. Alternatively, parents are welcome to take their children into the side room where there is a craft box on the table next to the photocopier. Please use any of the items in this box and do feel free to leave the side room doors open so you can still feel part of the service. Children’s Church will return on Sunday, 9th September.

Phil Richardson
Phil has now begun his paternity leave. The baby is due today! Please do pray for him and Anne as they await this happy event and also settle into their new home to which they moved last week. The new address is 23 Mary Herbert St, Cheylesmore, CV3 2ER. Although you may see Phil around (and hopefully baby!) over the next couple of months, he won’t be working again until Oct 6th. Please do respect this special family time.

Volunteers for New Project at Coventry Foodbank
In September Coventry Foodbank is starting a new project in collaboration with Coventry Citizens Advice called Resilience. This service aims to listen to people as they come to foodbank, asking foodbank guests questions about their circumstances and signposting them onto the right services so that they can get as much support as possible. It will be run by a team from Coventry Citizens Advice, along with a group of volunteers. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer as part of this new project please see the poster on the noticeboard at the back of church, there are application forms for anyone who would like to apply.

Job Vacancy
The Berkswell Charities’ are seeking to appoint a Clerk which may suit a suitably qualified person. Please see the advert on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Social Committee
The PCC agreed to introduce a Social Committee to co-ordinate a programme of events to meet three aims

1)      Build fellowship

2)      Encourage non-church members to build relationships with the church

3)      Fund raising for the churches mission.

We are looking for 5 or 6 people who would be interested in joining the group and to support the above aim. We are looking especially for people who are keen on organising and co-ordinating activities. The group is not expected to plan and run all events, but certainly will be expected to take an active role in taking forward some of them. If you think this is you please speak to Nick (nicktooby@btinternet.com).

This is without doubt an important ministry within the church and without willing volunteers the life of the church will be poorer, both financially, but also as a family who join together in fellowship. Please don’t be shy….the good news is we have terms of reference for the committee, so what more could you want!

Encountering God in Worship
This morning, we continue a short sermon series on Encountering God in Worship.

The Font
We have finally received legal permission to remove the existing font and install a new portable font, which Frank Dove has very kindly and very skilfully completed to David Joyce’s excellent design. Many thanks again to Beryl and Stan Cooper who have generously sponsored this project and to Trevor Hill who has tirelessly pursued the Diocese to get an answer.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers undertook the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) last Saturday, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water. There were many joys along the way: seeing the sunrise over the Cotswolds, enjoying wildlife (foxes, hares and grouse) that only come out in the early hours, the wonderful fellowship as we faced up this challenge; the selfless devotion of the support crew; and hearing a 7 year-old complain because he was only allowed to walk 7 miles. There were also trials along the way: having a blister after only 4 miles; getting drenched during the final third of the walk when we were most tired; and getting lost because the Vicar misremembered the route. It has all been worth it because of the incredibly generous response of our sponsors and the excellent cause we are supporting. We are raising funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. The good news is that it’s still not too late to sponsor us.

Tots Praise
Our next Pram Service (now known as Tots Praise), specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday, August 28th at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over

Comedy & Curry
A great evening is promised on Friday 12th October at the Village Hotel. Award winning (and very funny) comedian, Andy Kind, is appearing, having been invited by local churches. There is a two course meal provided by the Village and a great opportunity to socialise with friends and make new ones. Tickets cost £18 and are available from Rita Muir (024 7646 0744).

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Drama Workshop
Selina, Emma and Greg will be leading ‘Play in a Day’ at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday 23rd August from 10am-4pm for children aged 8-12. The cost of the day is £4, with lunch provided. Registration via Julie, Emma or Greg in advance is not absolutely necessary but is helpful for planning purposes.

Songs of Praise
St Andrew’s will be hosting a Songs of Praise service on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm. Congregation members are invited to nominate their favourite hymn/song. Please either do this by giving a piece of paper to Greg or one of the churchwardens or by emailing Julie, our administrator. A few words about why you have chosen that particular hymn would be helpful but is not absolutely necessary. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to participate in the service.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Beryl Ganley.

Prayer List
Please pray for Hayley Moore, Barbara Hesketh, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 August
Weds 22nd 7.15pm Children’s Council Meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Thurs 23rd 10am-4pm Play in a Day at Our Ladies
Tues 28th 9.15am Tots Praise
Readings Acts 16.16-34 (p 1112) & Luke 23.32-43 (p 1060)
Readers Ann Crowley & Jill Pinks
Preacher Greg Smith
Led by Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Music Di/Daniel
Next week Exodus 3.1-6 & John 20.24-29

 

Pews News – 12th August 2018

12th August 2018 – Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

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
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall during the summer holiday. There are folders available (in the side room) with colouring activities, which children may take into church to do while they sit with their parents. Alternatively, parents are welcome to take their children into the side room where there is a craft box on the table next to the photocopier. Please use any of the items in this box and do feel free to leave the side room doors open so you can still feel part of the service. Children’s Church will return on Sunday, 9th September.

Encountering God in Worship
This morning, we begin a short sermon series on Encountering God in Worship, with Lesley sharing her thoughts with us.

Phil Richardson
Phil has now begun his paternity leave. The baby is due on Aug 19th. Please do pray for him and Anne as they await this happy event and also settle into their new home to which they moved last week. The new address is 23 Mary Herbert St, Cheylesmore, CV3 2ER. Although you may see Phil around (and hopefully baby!) over the next couple of months, he won’t be working again until Oct 6th. Please do respect this special family time.

The Font
We have finally received legal permission to remove the existing font and install a new portable font, which Frank Dove has very kindly and very skilfully completed. Many thanks again to Beryl and Stan Cooper who have generously sponsored this project and to Trevor Hill who has tirelessly pursued the Diocese to get an answer.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Volunteers for New Project at Coventry Foodbank
In September Coventry Foodbank is starting a new project in collaboration with Coventry Citizens Advice called Resilience. This service aims to listen to people as they come to foodbank, asking foodbank guests questions about their circumstances and signposting them onto the right services so that they can get as much support as possible. It will be run by a team from Coventry Citizens Advice, along with a group of volunteers. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer as part of this new project please see the poster on the noticeboard at the back of church, there are application forms for anyone who would like to apply.

Job Vacancy
The Berkswell Charities’ are seeking to appoint a Clerk which may suit a suitably qualified person. Please see the advert on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Social Committee
The PCC agreed to introduce a Social Committee to co-ordinate a programme of events to meet three aims

1)      Build fellowship

2)      Encourage non-church members to build relationships with the church

3)      Fund raising for the churches mission.

We are looking for 5 or 6 people who would be interested in joining the group and to support the above aim. We are looking especially for people who are keen on organising and co-ordinating activities. The group is not expected to plan and run all events, but certainly will be expected to take an active role in taking forward some of them. If you think this is you please speak to Nick (nicktooby@btinternet.com).

This is without doubt an important ministry within the church and without willing volunteers the life of the church will be poorer, both financially, but also as a family who join together in fellowship. Please don’t be shy….the good news is we have terms of reference for the committee, so what more could you want!

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers undertook the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) yesterday, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water. At the time of writing, we don’t know how it went, but you will be able to tell from the amount of limping you see in church this morning! We are seeking to raise funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. It is not too late to sponsor us. Participants only need complete a stage or two of the walk (individual stages are 3-5 miles long).

Thanks
To all those who ministered and administered during Greg & Fran’s holiday.  It is very much appreciated. We have a wonderful team.

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.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service (hereafter to be known as Tots Praise), specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday 14th August at 9.15am, with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service.

Social Committee
A new Social Committee is being set up to coordinate the Church’s social events. The committee won’t be responsible for all events, but for ensuring there is a good, balanced programme. If you’re interested in helping with this, please speak to Rosemarie Over.

Seek His Face
A reminder that our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise (Seek His Face) takes place tonight, August 12th at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Drama Workshop
Selina, Emma and Greg will be leading ‘Play in a Day’ at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday 23rd August from 10am-4pm for children aged 8-12. The cost of the day is £4, with lunch provided. Registration via Julie, Emma or Greg in advance is not absolutely necessary but is helpful for planning purposes.

Songs of Praise
St Andrew’s will be hosting a Songs of Praise service on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm.  Congregation members are invited to nominate their favourite hymn/song. Please either do this by giving a piece of paper to Greg or one of the churchwardens or by emailing Julie, our administrator. A few words about why you have chosen that particular hymn would be helpful but is not absolutely necessary. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to participate in the service.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Smith in memory of Daniel Warburton

Prayer List
Please pray for Hayley Moore, Barbara Hesketh, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 August
Sun 12th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Tues 14th 9.15am Tots Praise
Weds 15th 11.00am Safeguarding meeting at the Vicarage
Thurs 16th 7.00pm Baptism Team meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 21st 7.15pm Children’s Council Meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Thurs 23rd 10am-4pm Play in a day at Our Ladies
Readings Romans 5.1-11 & John 4.4-26
Readers Peter Bruton & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher Lesley Lee
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Music Ben Kimpton
Next week Acts 16.16-34 & Luke 23.32-43

 

Pews News – 5th August 2018

5th August 2018 – Tenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Thanks
To all those who ministered and administered during Greg & Fran’s holiday. It is very much appreciated. We have a wonderful team.

Phil Richardson
This morning sees Phil’s last service with us before he begins his paternity leave. The baby is due on 19th August. Please do pray for him and Anne as they await this happy event and also settle into their new home to which they moved this week. The new address is 23 Mary Herbert St, Cheylesmore, CV3 2ER. Although you may see Phil around (and hopefully baby!) over the next couple of months, he won’t be working again until 6th October. Please do respect this special family time.

Social Committee
The PCC agreed to introduce a Social Committee to co-ordinate a programme of events to meet three aims

1)      Build fellowship

2)      Encourage non-church members to build relationships with the church

3)      Fund raising for the churches mission.

We are looking for 5 or 6 people who would be interested in joining the group and to support the above aim. We are looking especially for people who are keen on organising and co-ordinating activities. The group is not expected to plan and run all events, but certainly will be expected to take an active role in taking forward some of them. If you think this is you please speak to Nick (nicktooby@btinternet.com).

This is without doubt an important ministry within the church and without willing volunteers the life of the church will be poorer, both financially, but also as a family who join together in fellowship. Please don’t be shy….the good news is we have terms of reference for the committee, so what more could you want!

Job Vacancy
The Berkswell Charities’ are seeking to appoint a Clerk which may suit a suitably qualified person. Please see the advert on the noticeboard at the back of church.

The Font
We have finally received legal permission to remove the font and install a new portable font, which is close to completion. Many thanks again to Beryl and Stan Cooper who have generously sponsored this project, Frank Dove who is crafting the new font and to Trevor Hill who has tirelessly pursued the Diocese to get an answer.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers will be undertaking the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) on Saturday 11th August, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water.  We are seeking to raise funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. It is not too late to join us. Participants only need complete a stage or two of the walk (individual stages are 3-5 miles long). Additions to the valiant support crew also welcomed. Sponsor forms are available at the back of church. If you are able to take one away for us, please do.

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.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service, specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday, 14th August at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service.

Seek His Face
A reminder that our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise (Seek His Face) takes place next Sunday, 12th August at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Drama Workshop
Selina, Emma and Greg will be leading ‘Play in a Day’ at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday 23rd August from 10-4pm for children aged 8-12. The cost of the day is £4, with lunch provided. Registration via Julie, Emma or Greg in advance is not absolutely necessary but is helpful for planning purposes.

Songs of Praise
St Andrew’s will be hosting a Songs of Praise service on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm. Congregation members are invited to nominate their favourite hymn/song. Please either do this by giving a piece of paper to Greg or one of the churchwardens or by emailing Julie, our administrator. A few words about why you have chosen that particular hymn would be helpful but is not absolutely necessary. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to participate in the service.

Home Insurance
The Smith family has recently changed its home insurance. Not only did we save nearly £200 over the year for ourselves, but Ecclesiastical Insurance then issued a cheque for £130 for St Andrew’s. If six more families were to do this come their renewal date, this would be an additional £1,000 for the church and savings for you. To find out more, ring 0800 783 0130 and quote TRUST130 or visit ecclesiastical.com/Trust130. This is fundraising as easy as it gets.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hilary and Steve Wankling.

Prayer List
Please pray for Barbara Hesketh, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 August
Sat 11th Heart of England Way Walk
Sun 12th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Tues 14th 9.15am Pram Service
Weds 15th 11.00am Safeguarding meeting at the Vicarage
Thurs 16th 7.00pm Baptism Team meeting at the Vicarage
Readings at 8am Exodus 6.2-4, 9-15 (p 62) & John 6.24-35 (p 1070)
Reader Jill Joyce
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All led by Phil Richardson
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Music Dan & Kirstie
Next week 1 Kings 19.4-8 & John 6.35, 41-51

 

Pews News – 29th July 2018

29th July 2018 – Ninth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Cleaning
We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Sponsored Walk
Greg and Phil are leading a group who will be undertaking the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) on Saturday Aug 11th.  We are seeking to raise funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6-year-old who died at Christmas. It is not too late to join us. Participants only need complete a stage or two of the walk (individual stages are 3-5 miles long). Additions to the valiant support crew also welcomed. Sponsor forms are available at the back of church. If you are able to take one away for us, please do.

Holiday
Please note that Fran and Greg will be on holiday from July 16th-31st inclusive.  Any enquiries should be directed to Phil Richardson on 07747 776230 or Julie Crow in 07756 918847.

Social Committee
The PCC agreed to introduce a Social Committee to co-ordinate a programme of events to meet three aims

1)      Build fellowship

2)      Encourage non-church members to build relationships with the church

3)      Fund raising for the churches mission.

We are looking for 5 or 6 people who would be interested in joining the group and to support the above aim. We are looking especially for people who are keen on organising and co-ordinating activities. The group is not expected to plan and run all events, but certainly will be expected to take an active role in taking forward some of them. If you think this is you please speak to Nick (nicktooby@btinternet.com).

This is without doubt an important ministry within the church and without willing volunteers the life of the church will be poorer, both financially, but also as a family who join together in fellowship. Please don’t be shy….the good news is we have terms of reference for the committee, so what more could you want!

Friends and Heroes Holiday Club 2018
16 children in total attended the holiday club on Monday and Tuesday this week. The children listened to the stories of Jonah and the whale and also David and Jonathan and then completed craft and drama activities based on the theme of the day. They also enjoyed games and races including parachute games. A really fun time was had by all, including the adults! Emma and Hilary would like to give a huge vote of thanks to Linda, Jackie, Selina and Nick for their time, enthusiasm and support and to Ann, for the lovely cakes she supplied to round off the event.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall during the summer holiday. There are folders available (in the side room) with colouring activities, which children may take into church to do while they sit with their parents. Alternatively, parents are welcome to take their children into the side room where there is a craft box on the table next to the photocopier. Please use any of the items in this box and do feel free to leave the side room doors open so you can still feel part of the service. Children’s Church will return on Sunday, 9th September.

Growing Leaders Course 2018
We are starting a new Growing Leaders Course in September 2018 and the first term will include one full Saturday and three subsequent evenings through the term. This is a course designed for anyone currently in leadership in the church or at work; or for anyone who is considering that they might be at some point in the future, whether that is working with a small group of children or adults, or taking on a specific responsibility in the church, at work or the community. The course publicity says: ‘It’s our hope that Growing Leaders will help equip leaders at every level of church life to be led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus.’ We are having a cheese and wine evening at 55 Handsworth Crescent on Thursday 12th July from 7–8.30pm. The purpose of this is to provide an opportunity for us to introduce the Growing Leaders programme to you. Interested? Curious? If you would like to know more please speak with Greg or with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Save the Date – Parish Weekend 10th – 12th May 2019
The Parish Weekend was so successful we are doing it again next year. If you want to join us sign up now and reserve your place. The cost will be £150 for adults with reductions for children and we will operate a saving scheme if that helps make it possible for you. There will be an early bird discount of £10 for those signing up before end of November. If you are interested or would like more information please speak with Sue Masters or Greg.

Link Deliverers
For those who haven’t already collected their bundle, The Link is now ready for collection in the side room.

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.

Housing Development
The consultation event with Hallam (land promoters for the fields in the north of the parish) and a meeting with Mark Andrews, the Chief Planning Officer of Coventry City Council this last week have confirmed the possibility that an additional 3,000 homes may be added to the parish over the next decade. The City Council will embark on its own consultation process around September time. It is important that every individual participates in this to maximise our influence over the nature of the development.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

Make Lunch
For the last two years, St Andrew’s has supported the wonderful Make Lunch project that runs out of Limbrick Wood Baptist Church to feed children in the Tile Hill/Eastern Green area who have free school meals during term time but don’t necessarily eat properly during the holidays.  In order for the club to run this summer, we desperately need more volunteers.  It will run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-1 p.m. from July 30th for 5 weeks. You can volunteer for as many or as few sessions as you are able. The team needs kitchen staff, children’s games organisers etc. If you want to know more, please speak to Greg or Hilary.

Churchyard
For those who are perturbed by uncut grass in the churchyard, please be encouraged to hear that a recent survey by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has found Downy Oat-grass, Yellow Oat-grass, Meadow Fescue, Tor-grass, Great Burnet, which are all rare grasses in Coventry.

Home Insurance
The Smith family has recently changed its home insurance. Not only did we save nearly £200 over the year for ourselves, but Ecclesiastical Insurance then issued a cheque for £130 for St Andrews. If six more families were to do this come their renewal date, this would be an additional £1,000 for the church and savings for you. To find out more, ring 0800 783 0130 and quote TRUST130 or visit ecclesiastical.com/Trust130.  This is fundraising as easy as it gets.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rosemarie Over.

Prayer List
Please pray for George Cooke, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, Jan Roberts, 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 August
Weds 1st 10.00am Midweek Communion
Sun 5th 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Readings 2 Kings 4.42-44 & John 6.1-21
Readers Angela Lamb & Sara Parkes
Preacher Nick Tooby
Morning Prayer Led by Lesley Lee
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Music Sue Hill
Sidespersons Julia McNaney & Rita Muir
Next week Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15 & John 6.24-35