Pews News – 26/02/2012

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.

Please note that parts of the morning service are being discreetly filmed.  No footage of children will be shown without parental permission.

St@PH takes place this morning at 10.30 a.m. at Parkhill School, with Sacha Slavic preaching.  We are back now to the regular pattern of 2nd and 4th Sundays at the school after the experiments of January.

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 is available at the back of church and will appear on the website.

Priorities 2012
The PCC (church council) have agreed the following priorities for 2012.

Discipleship through:

  1. Enhancing communication and networking
  2. Encouraging personal discipleship within the whole congregation
  3. Developing ministry in Bannerbrook Park in partnership with St Oswalds through the placement of our new curate

Home Groups
Recommence soon, 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

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.  We are very grateful to David Griffiths and Trevor Hill for volunteering to co-ordinate the plant sale, which will take place on May 12th.

Holiday Club
Thanks to all those who made our Holiday Club such a success, with over thirty children in attendance, making pancakes and learning about the significance of Lent.

Electric Armchair
A very good quality and very good condition electric armchair is available, free to good home.  Please speak to Ted Kirk or Greg if you are interested.  First come first served.

Our group for 14+ meets tonight to look at faith and discipleship in church.

Two people from St Andrews have been invited to attend a Gideon’s Convention at the Metropol Hotel on 5th May at 6.30 p.m.  If you would like to represent the church on this occasion and hear more about the work of the Gideons, please speak to Greg.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday 28th Feb, starting at 9.15 a.m.  This is a very informal get together, with stories, song and crafts: an excellent way of introducing little ones to church and meeting other parents/carers.

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

Sermon Summary
Resisting Temptation

1)     By reading the Bible
2)    Praying for others
3)    Seeking prayer for ourselves
4)    Christian fellowship

Sun Feb 26th                Mettle at 6.15 p.m.
Mon Feb 27th              Link Editorial Meeting at 8.15 p.m. at Vicarage
Tues Feb 28th              Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.
Tues Feb 28th              Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Weds Feb 29th             Band Practice at 6.30 p.m.
Weds Feb 29th             Bannerbrook Park committee at 7.30 at Tile Hill Vicarage
Weds Feb 29th             Junior Church Leaders Meeting at 8 p.m. at 2 Olton Avenue
Mon 5th March           Monday Night Club
Mon 5th March           Alpha Leaders Meeting at 15 Pheasant Oak at 7.30 p.m
Thurs 8th March          Youth Committee at 12 Shottery Close at 7.30 p.m.


Readings                      Gen 9.8-17(p 10) & Mark 1.9-15 (p 1002)
Readers                       Victoria Kaczur & Jeremy Thomas
Preacher                      Greg Smith
Intercessions               Harvey Wyatt
Comm Asst                 Frances Hawkey
Organist                      George Cooke
Next week at 8 a.m.    Gen 17.1-7 & Mark 8.31-38