Pews News – 6th May 2018

6th May 2018 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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.

Eco Church
St Andrew’s Church is hosting the Big Brekkie on Sunday 13th May as part of raising money for Christian Aid Week. It starts at 9am until 9.45am and then continues after the service. We are asking for donations of easy to serve breakfast items, your time or money to support this worthy cause. For more information, please see Paul, Veronika, Selina, Gill Pinks or Dawn.

Parish Weekend
Many thanks to Sue Masters (organiser), Emma Wildman and Team (children’s team), Steve Wankling (photographer) and Phil/Jill (worship team) and everyone else for their fellowship for a truly fantastic Parish Weekend. Details about next year will appear shortly.

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
The Alpha course runs for 8 weeks at the Vicarage from 23rd May to 11th July. We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal, help to serve and clear away after the meal. Caterers would be paid for each evening catered for. 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.

Annual Plant Sale
This will take place in the Church and side room on Saturday 12th May between 10am and 12 pm. We welcome your support, either by supplying plants, buying the cheapest plants on sale in the area, helping out. If you require any more information contact Trevor Hill at church or David Griffiths – tel:01675 442240, email edgriff@uwclub.net

Poetry Evening
A chance to enjoy the performance of many and varied poems and to share your own favourites. At Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 19th May from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £8 and include coffee and cake (or tea and cake if you prefer). Tickets available at St Andrew’s Church, St Andy’s Church or directly from Stephen and Eileen Warne. You are welcome to bring wine or beer if you wish. If you wish to choose a poem to be read, if you are happy to choose and read it yourself, or if you would be willing to read a poem someone else has chosen, please contact Stephen or Eileen Warne on 024 7647 1350.

Children’s Society Boxes
My thanks to all loyal supporters of this worthy charity. The boxes have been emptied and counted and a grand total of £1208.04 has been sent to help rescue disadvantaged and abused children. It is amazing how loose change can amount to so much! Thanks again, see you next year. Please contact Jackie Lynch on 76467344, if you would like to become a supporter.

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.

Budget Report
Our quarterly budget report was published this week. 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.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly service of prayer and reflection takes place this evening at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place next Sunday, May 13th from 6.30-7.30pm. All welcome.

APCM
At the Annual Meeting, Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were elected as churchwardens. Jill Pinks was elected as a Deanery Synod Rep and the following were elected to the PCC: Trevor Hill, Jeremy Thomas, Richard Marr, Hilary Wankling, Paul Crowe, Gill Tunnicliffe, John Ross-Barnard, Kate Dagger, Rita Muir, Linda Chylinski and Rosemarie Over. Please pray for them as they take on this responsibility. Copies of the annual report and Treasurer’s Report are available at the back of church. Please free to take these away, although the annual report should be returned within a week.

Ascension Day
There will be a service of 40 minutes with 2 hymns and Holy Communion on Ascension Day, Thursday 10th May at 7pm. All welcome.

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.

Deanery Synod
There will be a talk on faith and science at Deanery Synod on Tues 8th May at 7.30pm at St James Church on Tile Hill Lane. All welcome to attend. You do not need to be a synod member.

Gideons
St Andrew’s has been invited to send a representative to the Gideon’s Branch Recruitment Dinner at the Quality Hotel on Weds 23rd May. Anyone who would like to go along, have a free meal (!) and hear more about the Gideon’s work should speak to Greg by 15th May.

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.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes or savouries e.g. sausage rolls for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Party in the Park Volunteers
St Andrew’s is always very generous in providing volunteers for Party in the Park. We trust this year will be no exception. We need people to help set up at 9.30am through to 11am. Some heavy lifting included. We also need lots of people to staff stalls during the afternoon. Please let Greg know if you are able to help.

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!

Thy Kingdom Come
An international prayer movement, initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury three years ago, is now embraced by millions.  Each year between the Ascension (May 10th) and Pentecost (May 20th) churches are encouraged to pray for the coming of the Kingdom. You can pledge to pray as an individual or family at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ You are also encouraged to come along on Saturday May 12th any time between 3 – 5pm when there will be prayer stations available to help you pray. The upper room in the church will be available to pray in from 6-9pm every week night 14-18 May and on Sunday May 13th between 8.30-9.30am. You are welcome to pop in any time to pray, but there is also a rota to ensure that someone is praying in church throughout this period. Anyone, who would like devotional material to help them pray through this 10-day period can obtain it via the website.

Link Deliveries
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner. 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

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Aileen Barwick.

Prayer List
Please pray for Margaret Shale, Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, 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 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 6th 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 7th 1-5pm Party in the Park at Juniper Park, Allesley Green
Tues 8th 7.30pm Deanery Synod at St James Fletchamstead
Weds 9th 8.00pm Alpha Leaders at the Vicarage
Thurs 10th 7.00pm Ascension Day Service
Sat 12th 10am-12 noon Plant Sale in church
3-5pm Thy Kingdom Come prayer stations
Sun 13th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 14th 7.30pm PCC meeting in church
Weds 16th 7.15pm Children’s Council meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Thurs 17th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Readings at 8am 1 John 5.1-6 (p 1228) & John 15.9-17 (p 1083)
Reader Richard Marr
President Greg Smith
W4All led by     Sue Masters
Speaker Greg Smith
Sidespersons June & Rita
Next week 1 John 5.9-13 & John 17.6-19

 

Pews News – 29th April 2018

29th April 2018 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

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.

Parish Weekend
Many thanks to Sue Masters (organiser), Emma Wildman and Team (children’s team), Steve Wankling (photographer) and Phil/Jill (worship team) and everyone else for their fellowship for a truly fantastic Parish Weekend. Details about next year will appear shortly.

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.

APCM
At the Annual Meeting, Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were elected as Church Wardens. Jill Pinks was elected as a Deanery Synod Rep and the following were elected to the PCC: Trevor Hill, Jeremy Thomas, Richard Marr, Hilary Wankling, Paul Crowe, Gill Tunnicliffe, John Ross-Barnard, Kate Dagger, Rita Muir, Linda Chylinski and Rosemarie Over.  Please pray for them as they take on this responsibility. Copies of the annual report and Treasurer’s Report are available at the back of church. Please free to take these away, although the annual report should be returned within a week.

Annual Plant Sale
This will take place in the Church and side room on Saturday 12th May between 10am and 12 pm. We welcome your support, either by supplying plants, buying the cheapest plants on sale in the area, helping out. If you require any more information contact Trevor Hill at church or David Griffiths – tel:01675 442240, email edgriff@uwclub.net.

Eco Church
St Andrew’s Church is hosting the Big Brekkie on Sunday 13th May as part of raising money for Christian Aid Week. It starts at 9am until 9.45am and then continues after the service. We are asking for donations of easy to serve breakfast items, your time or money to support this worthy cause. For more information, please see Paul, Veronika, Selina, Gill Pinks or Dawn.

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.

Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter, free to a good home, is available. If you or anyone you know needs this, please speak to Greg.

Ascension Day
There will be a service of 40 minutes with 2 hymns and Holy Communion on Ascension Day, Thursday May 10th at 7pm. All welcome.

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.

Poetry Evening
A chance to enjoy the performance of many and varied poems and to share your own favourites. At Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 19th May from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £8 and include coffee and cake (or tea and cake if you prefer). Tickets available at St Andrew’s Church, St Andy’s Church or directly from Stephen and Eileen Warne. You are welcome to bring wine or beer if you wish. If you wish to choose a poem to be read, if you are happy to choose and read it yourself, or if you would be willing to read a poem someone else has chosen, please contact Stephen or Eileen Warne on 024 7647 1350.

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
The Alpha course runs for 8 weeks at the Vicarage from 23rd May to 11th July. We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal, help to serve and clear away after the meal. Caterers would be paid for each evening catered for. 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 Society Boxes
My thanks to all loyal supporters of this worthy charity. The boxes have been emptied and counted and a grand total of £1208.04 has been sent to help rescue disadvantaged and abused children. It is amazing how loose change can amount to so much! Thanks again, see you next year. Please contact Jackie Lynch on 76467344, if you would like to become a supporter.

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.

Sponsored Walk
A group of intrepid walkers will be raising funds by walking in September. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or by offering support. There is a planning meeting at the Vicarage at 7.15pm on Thursday 3rd May.

Deanery Synod
There will be a talk on faith and science at Deanery Synod on Tues 8th May at 7.30pm at St James Church on Tile Hill Lane. All welcome to attend. You do not need to be a synod member. (See poster 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!

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 3rd May. Families are welcome to arrive any time between 3.15pm and 4pm with craft activities, games and songs, followed by stories and prayer. The theme of our next service is Let my People go!

Party in the Park Volunteers
St Andrew’s is always very generous in providing volunteers for Party in the Park. We trust this year will be no exception. We need people to help set up at 9.30am through to 11am. Some heavy lifting included. We also need lots of people to staff stalls during the afternoon. Please let Greg know if you are able to help.

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

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes or savouries e.g. sausage rolls for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Thy Kingdom Come
An international prayer movement, initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury three years ago, is now embraced by millions. Each year between the Ascension (May 10th) and Pentecost (May 20th) churches are encouraged to pray for the coming of the Kingdom. You can pledge to pray as an individual or family at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ You are also encouraged to come along on Saturday 12th May any time between 3 – 5pm when there will be prayer stations available to help you pray. The upper room in the church will be available to pray in from 6-9pm every week night 14-18 May and on Sunday 13th May between 8.30-9.30am. You are welcome to pop in any time to pray, but there is also a rota to ensure that someone is praying in church throughout this period. Anyone, who would like devotional material to help them pray through this 10-day period can obtain it via the website.

Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting Coventry in early May and wants to meet as many people as possible. There is a free centenary festival on Saturday 5th May at the Cathedral from 10.30am – 4pm. Entrance is free and as many people as possible are encouraged to attend. You can pop in at any time.  Please see poster at the back of church for further details.

Chaplain Advert
WORKCARE has been supplying Workplace Chaplains to the Coventry and Warwickshire area since 1947. We require Christians who are able to offer their time to become Workplace Chaplains. They will regularly visit workplaces and be a ‘listening ear’ to those who work there at all levels. they will receive out of pocket expense, transport costs and vehicle mileage. We have openings now at Jaguar Land Rover (Whitley site) and from July/August at the Gaydon site both in the Coventry area. There will be more opportunities to join our team shortly. More details from our Development Officer on: 07903 129501 or email syd@workcare.org / website: www.workcare.org Please get in touch about learning more about Workcare, hearing about Workcare’s ‘WORK AWARE’ training and supporting Workcare financially.

Link Deliveries
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner. We currently have three rounds needing a deliverer. If you don’t already do a round, or if you live close to 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

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 or Gill Tunnicliffe. Thank you.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Margaret Shale, Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, 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 and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April/May
Sun 29th April 3.30pm Retreat in Daily Life in church
6.30pm City Praise
Mon 30th April 7.30pm Leadership meeting at the Vicarage
Weds 2nd May 7.00pm Bishop’s Certificate for Discipleship & Mission in church
Thurs 3rd May 10.30am Pam Bennell’s funeral in church
3.15pm Kidz Praise
7.15pm Walk meeting at the Vicarage
Sat 5th May 10.30am – 4pm Centenary Festival with Archbishop at the Cathedral
Sun 6th May 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Worship 4 All
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 7th May 1-5pm Party in the Park at Juniper Park, Allesley Green
Tues 8th May 7.30pm Deanery Synod at St James Fletchamstead
Reading 1 John 4.7-21 (p 1227) & John 15.1-8 (p 1083)
Led by Dawn Easthope
Preacher Lesley Lee
Intercessions Jeremy Thomas
Music Di Fellowes
Children Hilary, Veronika & Victoria
Next week at 8am 1 John 5.1-6 & John 15.9-17

 

Pews News – 22nd April 2018

22nd April 2018 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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 Nick Tooby for taking the service of Morning Prayer today, while many of us enjoy the sunshine at the Parish Weekend in Staffordshire.

APCM
At the Annual Meeting, Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were elected as churchwardens. Jill Pinks was elected as a Deanery Synod Rep and the following were elected to the PCC: Trevor Hill, Jeremy Thomas, Richard Marr, Hilary Wankling, Paul Crowe, Gill Tunnicliffe, John Ross-Barnard, Kate Dagger, Rita Muir, Linda Chylinski. Please pray for them as they take on this responsibility. Copies of the annual report and Treasurer’s Report are available at the back of church. Please free to take these away, although the annual report should be returned within a week.

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.

Wedding Choir
We are looking to put together a choir for the wedding on 5th May at 12 noon. If you would be willing to be part of the choir for this wedding please either speak to Rebecca Martin or contact Julie, the Parish Administrator, on 07756 91884 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. Please add your name to the list at the back of church.

David & Frances Hawkey
June Clarke has advised that after a recent visit to David and Frances Hawkey they would like to say ‘hello’ to their friends at St Andrew’s.

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
The Alpha course runs for 8 weeks at the Vicarage from 23rd May to 11th July. We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal, help to serve and clear away after the meal. Caterers would be paid for each evening catered for. 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 Society Boxes
My thanks to all loyal supporters of this worthy charity. The boxes have been emptied and counted and a grand total of £1208.04 has been sent to help rescue disadvantaged and abused children. It is amazing how loose change can amount to so much! Thanks again, see you next year. Please contact Jackie Lynch on 76467344, if you would like to become a supporter.

Message from Norah Hall
I have been overwhelmed by all the prayers and good wishes from everyone at Church. Thank you all very much for your ongoing thoughts and prayers, which have certainly given me the strength to carry on. Please continue to pray for me. God Bless you all.  Thanks again, Norah x

Chaplain Advert
WORKCARE has been supplying Workplace Chaplains to the Coventry and Warwickshire area since 1947. We require Christians who are able to offer their time to become Workplace Chaplains. They will regularly visit workplaces and be a ‘listening ear’ to those who work there at all levels. they will receive out of pocket expense, transport costs and vehicle mileage. We have openings now at Jaguar Land Rover (Whitley site) and from July/August at the Gaydon site both in the Coventry area. There will be more opportunities to join our team shortly. More details from our Development Officer on: 07903 129501 or email syd@workcare.org / website: www.workcare.org. Please get in touch about learning more about Workcare, hearing about Workcare’s ‘WORK AWARE’ training and supporting Workcare financially.

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.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia and their carers next meets on Tuesday 24th April at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter, free to a good home, is available.  If you or anyone you know needs this, please speak to Greg.

Village Hall Car Park
The Village Hall/Eastern Green club carpark will be out of use for 2 weeks, while resurfacing takes place. Please consider our neighbours as you seek alternative parking.

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 next Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 24th April at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

Allesley Green Prayer
The small group who meet to pray for Allesley Green on the fourth Tuesday of the month welcomes new members. Our next gathering for an hour is at 7.45pm on 24th April at 27 Polperro Drive. All welcome.

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.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes or savouries e.g. sausage rolls for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Party in the Park Volunteers
St Andrew’s is always very generous in providing volunteers for Party in the Park. We trust this year will be no exception. We need people to help set up at 9.30am through to 11am. Some heavy lifting included. We also need lots of people to staff stalls during the afternoon. Please let Greg know if you are able to help.

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.

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!

Thy Kingdom Come
An international prayer movement, initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury three years ago, is now embraced by millions. Each year between the Ascension (May 10th) and Pentecost (May 20th) churches are encouraged to pray for the coming of the Kingdom. You can pledge to pray as an individual or family at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/. You are also encouraged to come along on Saturday May 12th any time between 3 – 5pm when there will be prayer stations available to help you pray. Anyone, who would like devotional material to help them pray through this 10 day period can obtain it via the website.

Link Deliveries
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner.

Distributors Urgently Needed for The Link
The rounds are as follows: Both sides of Despard Road (65 copies), both sides of Windermere Aveue and Next Pond Farm (26 copies), Tilewood Avenue (77 copies), 31-89 and 481-523 Lower Eastern Green Lane (54 copies). If you don’t already do a round, or if you live close to or are prepared to deliver the Link can you please contact me on – 02476 403458/07846 288036 or email me on bwarner113@gmail.com

Prayer Thanks
We praise God that Tako N’Gambi is now out of hospital after 9 months; and also for Darren Lee (Lesley’s son) successful operation.

Prayer List
Please pray for Margaret Shale, Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, 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 and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April
Fri – Sun Parish Weekend at Shallowford House
Tues 24th 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not in church
7.45pm Allesley Green Prayer Group at 27 Polperro Drive
Weds 25th 7.30pm Prayer Team meet at 9 Nailcote Avenue
Thurs 26th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company (8-12s) at St Oswald’s
Sat 28th 9.45am PCC Away Day at Christchurch
Sun 29th 3.30pm Retreat in Daily Life in church
Mon 30th 7.30pm Leadership meeting at the Vicarage
Reading 1 John 3.16-24 (p 1227) & John 10.11-18 (p 1076)
Readers Sara Parkes
Led by Nick Tooby
Preacher Nick Tooby
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Music Ben Hoyland
Sidespersons Peter Bruton & Kath Houldsworth
Next week 1 John 4.7-21 & John 15.1-8

 

Pews News – 15th April 2018

15th April 2018 – The Third Sunday of Easter

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
Many of us will be away at the Parish Weekend in Staffordshire. Grateful thanks to Nick who will be leading a service of Morning Prayer at the usual time of 10am.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall next week (22nd April) as leaders will be away at the Parish Weekend. We will provide the usual craft activity box in the side room. Parents are very welcome to help their children with the activities. Children’s Church will be open again as normal on 29th April.

Worship Survey
Following the retirement of the choir, we want to consult the congregation about the best way forward for worship leading in the years ahead. There is therefore a short survey about this available at the back of church. Please complete this if you can and return by the end of the month. Feel free to write additional comments although it would be helpful if these were relatively brief.

Raffle Tickets
The Party in the Park raffle is now open, with a wonderful array of prizes that includes a Spa Day for 2 at the Windmill Hotel; a meal for 2 at Fairways Restaurant and a Golf Day for 4 at West Midlands Golf Club.Tickets are £1 a strip and available from Lin Chylinski or Rita Muir.

Easter Raffle
Charley and Linda would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Easter raffle a success. That is to those who very kindly donated raffle prizes and also to all who bought tickets. Without you all we would not have raised the £231 that we did. We hope all the winners enjoyed their prizes and monies raised have helped to boost St Andrew’s funds. Thank you.

Distributors Urgently Needed for The Link
The rounds are as follows: Both sides of Despard Road (65 copies), Both sides of Windermere Aveue and Next Pond Farm (26 copies), Tilewood Avenue (77 copies), 31-89 and 481-523 Lower Eastern Green Lane (54 copies). If you don’t already do a round, or if you live close to or are prepared to deliver the Link can you please contact me on – 02476 403458/07846 288036 or email me on bwarner113@gmail.com

BCDM at St Andrew’s
St. Andrew’s is hosting the following BCDM Module starting on 18th April 2018 – Jesus and the Gospels. This module will look at each of the four gospels in turn, so that you have the opportunity to get to grips with the unique approach to Jesus that each one of them offers. By the end of the module, you will have read all four gospels and you will find fresh ways of talking about what Jesus means to you. There will be five sessions held on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.30pm from 18th April to 16th May. There is no cost for members of St Andrew’s/St.Andy’s. If you would like to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958322026) or sign up on the diocesan website www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister

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.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia and their carers next meets on Tuesday 24th April at 2pm. All welcome. For further details, please speak to Rita.

Kidz Praise
The next Kidz Praise service will take place on Thursday 19th April at 4pm for parents and primary school children. From 3.15-4pm there are craft activities, games, songs and toasts. The short service of story, prayers and song starts at 4pm. Our theme is the Secret Baby. All welcome to arrive any time up to 4pm.

APCM
The annual meeting of the church takes place tomorrow, Monday 16th April, at 7.30pm preceded by a short service of Holy Communion at 7pm. We warmly encourage everyone to come along and hear all that has happened in the life of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s over the last 12 months. There will be vacancies on the PCC and for Deanery Synod. Please pray about taking up a place.

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 next Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 24th April at 9.15am (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

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

Allesley Green Prayer
The small group who meet to pray for Allesley Green on the fourth Tuesday of the month welcomes new members. Our next gathering for an hour is at 7.45pm on 24th April at 27 Polperro Drive. All welcome.

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.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes or savouries e.g. sausage rolls for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

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.

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.

Pam Bennell
We are sad to announce the death of Pam Bennell, a much-loved member of St Andy’s who died on Friday 23rd March. Her funeral will take place at St Andrews on Thursday May 3rd at 10.30am. Please pray for Alan and the rest of the family.

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
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner. We currently have three rounds needing a deliverer. If you can spare half an hour once a month, please speak to Gill or Barbara about this.

Prayer Thanks
We praise God that Tako N’Gambi is now out of hospital after 9 months; and also for Darren Lee (Lesley’s son) successful operation.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, 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 and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April
Mon 16th 7.30pm AGM preceded by Communion at 7pm
Tues 17th 12.15pm Ladies Fellowship meet at Oakes Farm Café
Weds 18th 7.30pm BCDM in church
Thurs 19th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
6.00pm Drama at St Oswald’s Church
Fri – Sun Parish Weekend at Shallowford House
Tues 24th 7.45pm Allesley Green Prayer Group at 27 Polperro Drive
Weds 25th 7.30pm Prayer Team meet at 9 Nailcote Avenue
Reading Acts 4.32-35 (p 1096) & Luke 24.36-49 (p 1062)
Preacher Greg Smith
Readers Victoria Kaczur & Hilary Wankling
Intercessions Greg Smith
Music Di Fellowes
Sidespersons Steve & Hilary Wankling
Next week 1 John 3.16-24 & John 10.11-18

 

Pews News – 1st April 2018

1st April 2018 – Easter 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
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall today or next Sunday (8-4-2018), but there is a box of craft activities in the side room which children may use during the service if they wish. We will do our best to ensure that there is a Children’s Church volunteer on hand, but parents are asked to check before sending their children into the sideroom. Children’s Church opens again on 15th April. We look forward to welcoming the children back. We have room for more pre-school and primary aged children. For more information phone Hilary on 07980 596646. Please note that Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school hall on 22nd April as leaders will be away at the Parish Weekend. We will provide the usual craft activity box in the sideroom on that day.

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to all those who came and helped to decorate the church for Easter. Also, thank you to those who gave donations towards the cost of the flowers. Ann Dove.

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 last Sunday’s re-enactment of the Passion story. Special thanks to Selina, our Director, Kate, our Stage Manager and Steve, our technical director.

Forget me Not
Our fortnightly group for people living with dementia next meets on Tuesday 10th April 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 Sue Masters in an emergency.

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

Wednesday Communion
Please note that there is no Wednesday Communion service this Wednesday, April 4th.

APCM
The annual meeting of the church takes place on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm preceded by a short service of Holy Communion at 7pm. We warmly encourage everyone to come along and hear all that has happened in the life of St Andrews/St Andy’s over the last 12 months. There will be vacancies on the PCC and for Deanery Synod. Please pray about taking up a place.

Electoral Roll
Today is the last chance to join the electoral roll. Anyone who has attended St Andrew’s/St Andy’s regularly over the last 6 months is entitled to join. Please see Greg or Lesley Harrison for a form, which can be filled in within a few moments. The electoral roll effectively makes you a full member of the church.

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 10th April at 9.15 a.m. (doors open from 8.45am). The service is aimed at pre-school children and their carers with craft, song and stories.

BCDM at St Andrew’s
St. Andrew’s is hosting the following BCDM Module starting on 18th April 2018 – Jesus and the Gospels. This module will look at each of the four gospels in turn, so that you have the opportunity to get to grips with the unique approach to Jesus that each one of them offers. By the end of the module, you will have read all four gospels and you will find fresh ways of talking about what Jesus means to you. There will be five sessions held on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.30pm from 18th April to 16th May. There is no cost for members of St Andrew’s / St.Andy’s. If you would like to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958322026) or sign up on the diocesan website www.dioceseofcoventry.org/BCDMregister

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. 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

 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.

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.

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.

Cakes
Anyone willing to make cakes for Party in the Park on May 7th should speak to Fran. The more the better!

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place next Sunday, April 8th, at 6.30pm. All welcome.

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.

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.

Pam Bennell
We are sad to announce the death of Pam Bennell, a much-loved member of St Andy’s who died on Friday 23rd March. Her funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Thursday May 3rd at 10.30am. Please pray for Alan and the rest of the family.

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

Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York
There is a letter regarding safeguarding and Holy week at the back church from the Archbishops of Canterbury & York. If you would like a copy, please take one.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, 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 and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates April
Sun 8th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 9th 7.30pm Baptism Preparation in church
Tues 10th 9.15am Pram Service
2.00pm Forget me Not
Weds 11th 11.00am Safeguarding meeting at the Vicarage
Mon 16th 7.30pm AGM
Reading Acts 10.34-43 (p 1104) & John 20.1-18 (p 1089)
Preacher Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Music Di Fellowes
Sidespersons Trevor & Rosemarie
Next week Acts 4.32-35 & John 20.19-31

 

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