Pews News – 11/03/2012

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.

Special Welcome
To Revd Penny Hughes, always a very welcome visitor, who is kindly leading our service this morning

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

St@PH takes place this morning at 10.30 a.m. at Parkhill School, with Greg leading a communion service.  St@PH meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at the school each month.

Youth Service
Please support our young people next Sunday at their bi-monthly Youth Service at 6.30 p.m.  The theme is exploring our relationship with animals.  You can bring a photo of your pet or favourite animal.

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.

Our next Alpha course will begin on April 25th at 7 p.m. at the Vicarage and for the following Wednesdays until July 4th, with an Away Day on Sat June 16th.  We anticipate a very good take up rate for the course, which many think is the best way of exploring the Christian faith and getting to know new people at church.  All welcome.  Please contact Leslie Harrison to register your interest on 7669 5022 or

Monday Night Club
There has been no Monday Night Club in March, but there will be a curry evening on the first Monday of April, which is being organized by Angela Lamb.

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
Have begun, with the groups studying Women of the New Testament.  It is still not too late to join a group.  They are open to anyone and meet on different evenings.  Simply, put your name on the list at the back of church.

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.

Scirebourne Fun Morning
Our now established monthly fun morning at the Scirebourne Tavern play area next takes place tomorrow, Monday May 12th from 10 a.m. till 11.  This is specifically for our baptism families.  Do speak to Norah Hall 7650 5521 for further details.  The cost is £1.50 for the session.

Pram Services
There will be no further Pram Services at St Oswalds for the foreseeable future.  Thanks to those who supported the venture.

Men’s Group
The next Men’s Group evening entails a visit to a micro-brewery on Thursday 15th March.  All men welcome.  Please speak to Steve Wankling for further details.

Charity Quiz
Rachel Howarth is hosting a quiz night at St Andrews on Friday March 30th  at 7.30 p.m. to raise funds for the Future for Nepal Charity.  Please support her if you can.  A poster at the back of church has details as to how to donate.

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.

Bus Services
A number of people have expressed their disquiet about changes to local bus services.  Councillor Heather Johnson has asked us to record our experiences of using the new services during March and then contact her so that she can write to do so.  You may do this directly through the Council website, or let Greg know your concerns and he will forward them.

Mon 12th March         Fun morning at the Scirebourne 10-11 a.m.
Mon 12th March         PCC at 7.45 p.m. in church
Tues 13th March         Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Sun 18th March           Youth Service at 6.30 p.m.
Mon 19th March         Prayer Evening at 6.30 p.m. in church
Weds 21st March         Band Practice at 6.30 p.m.

Readings                      Exodus 20.1-17 (p 77) & John 2.13-22 (p 1065)
Readers                      Frances & David Hawkey
Preacher                      Penny Hughes
Intercessions               Nick Tooby
Comm Asst.                Nick Tooby
Organist                      Carol Watts
Next week                   Numbers 21.4-9 & John 3.14-21