Pews News – 05/02/2012

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 questions.

Please do stay for tea and coffee afterwards, and feel free to carry your drink into the main body of the church.

Education Sunday
We welcome the children, staff and parents of St Andrews and Eastern Green Schools who are helping to lead the service in celebration of Education Sunday this morning.

Thanks to those who supported the special one off St@PH service at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Jan 22nd.  Please note that St@PH returns to Parkhill School next week at the normal time of 10.30 a.m. and will continue to meet there on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

Father Nick Leggett at St Oswalds is leading a pilgrimage to Walsingham over the weekend 23rd-25th March at a cost of £112 for adults and £68 for children.  Numbers need to be finalized soon, so if you are interested in joining the party, please speak to Greg.

Lent Challenge
The congregation is being challenged to read Mark’s Gospel through the course of Lent.  It is the shortest and arguably the most readable of the four gospels, only 16 chapters long and full of action, recounting the essentials of Jesus’ life and ministry.  People will need to read approximately 3 chapters a week to meet the challenge.  A full bible reading plan will be provided in Pews News and will appear on the website.

Home Groups
Recommence after the Half Term break, with the groups studying Women of the New Testament.  The groups are open to anyone and meet on different evenings and afternoons.  Simply, put your name on the list to join the group which suits you best for this coming 6 week programme.

Flower Rota
We would very much like additional volunteers for the flower rota.  Please consider whether you would like to sponsor flowers at an approximate cost of £10 for a week in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a birthday/anniversary.  Please put your name on the rota at the back of church or speak to Ann Dove.  You would be asked to specify colours of flowers but would not be expected to undertake the arrangement.  There are just a few slots left now.

Coventry Pilgrimage
Please see the leaflets at the back of church, which describe the Coventry Pilgrimage that will take place next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Coventry Cathedral.  It invites you to walk the Coventry Way either individually or as part of a group.

Community Activities
With the disbandment of COG (Community Outreach Group), we are still hoping to run a number of events this year to further our links with local people and raise much needed funds for the church.  These events potentially include a Quiz Night, Barn Dance and Plant Sale.  There is a list at the back of church detail all we hope to offer.  We are looking for volunteers to offer to co-ordinate each individual activity.  Please think seriously about whether you might be able to do this and sign up if you can.

Scirebourne Tavern
From Monday February 13th (on the second Monday of each month) from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. there is to be a fun hour at the Scirebourne Tavern play area for pre-school children and their carers.  The cost is £1.50 payable on the day.  Please just come along or speak to Greg, Eileen or Norah in advance.

Monday Night Club
The next meeting of the Monday Night Club (a social group) is a Casino Night at 12 Shottery Close tomorrow Monday 6th February at 7.30 p.m.  Please speak to Steve & Rebecca Martin if you would like to attend.

Suttons Seeds
There is a possibility of raising funds for the church with the assistance of Suttons Seeds.  The scheme enables members to purchase their seeds through the church, with 20% of contributions being donated to church funds.  However, this scheme will need a co-ordinator to place orders if it is to succeed.  If anyone is willing to volunteer, please speak to Greg or Jackie Lynch.

Safeguarding Training
Anyone needing or wishing to attend Safeguarding Training should see the noticeboard, which provides details of forthcoming courses offered by the Diocese.

Mon Feb 6th                Monday Night Club at 12 Shottery Close
Tues Feb 7th                Pastoral Care Ctte at 5 Lambourne Close at 2 p.m.
Tues Feb 7th                Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Tues Feb 7th                Deanery Synod at Finham at 7.30 p.m.
Mon Feb 13th              Fun hour at Scirebourne Tavern at 10 a.m.
Mon Feb 13th              PCC at 7.45 p.m. in church
Tues Feb 14th              Men’s Group at Massey’s Club at 7.30 p.m.
Weds Feb 15th             Band Practice at 8 p.m.

Readings at 8 a.m.     Isaiah 40.21-31 (p 724) & Mark 1.29-39 (p 1003)
Reader                         Elizabeth Shelton
Next week                   2 Kings 5.1-14 & Mark 1.40-45