Pews News – 22/04/2012

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.

To Revd Penny Hughes who is presiding and preaching this morning, she and Geoffrey always very welcome visitors.

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.  St@PH meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at the school each month.

Next Sunday
Nick Tooby will be leading a service of Morning Worship at 10 a.m. while Greg is running the marathon.  It will also be Open Junior Church.  Please do invite non regulars who have children to come along and see what Junior Church might have to offer them.

Our Alpha course, which many think is the best way of exploring the Christian faith and getting to know new people at church, begins this Wednesday, 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 have one remaining vacancy.  Please contact Leslie Harrison to register your interest on 7669 5022 or

Stratford Marathon
Next Sunday April 29th, Greg will be participating in the Stratford Marathon, raising money for church funds including the Window Appeal.  Many thanks for the generous offers of sponsorship to date.  If you have not yet put your name down, please do consider doing so.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place this Tuesday at 9.15 a.m.  All parents/carers and their pre-school children are welcome.  The theme of the service is Zaccheus.  Refreshments are served both before and afterwards.

To musicians, readers, flower arrangers and all other helpers who have helped to make this Holy Week and Easter such a special time.

Bible Reading
Congratulations to all those who successfully read Mark’s Gospel during Lent.  It has been really encouraging to hear how many have undertaken this challenge.  For those who wish to continue such a pattern, John’s Gospel would be a very good place to go next.  You will see that it is very different in tone and content to Mark, but is the favourite gospel of many.  Why not use the summer term to read the fourth gospel.  If you would like a bible reading plan for this, please speak to Greg.

Window Appeal
The structural engineers who have been monitoring the cracks at the east end of the church have now reported and confirmed that subsidence has been caused by tree roots.  A tree specialist has provided us with a report, but we still need clarification before we can approach Coventry City Council for permission to fell one or more trees.

A wonderful concert was held on Monday evening, with the Nightingales singing alongside a choir from Kiel in Germany.  Many thanks to those who attended and to David, Bernice and Marguerite for their hard work on our behalf.  £290 was raised towards church funds.

Weds Service
Please note the morning service this Weds 25th April, will be Morning Prayer led by Beryl Allen.

To Lily Kaczur who is being baptized today, following the morning service.

Count Your Blessings
Thanks to all those who have completed Count Your Blessing sheets over Lent.  Please give your donation for Christian Aid to David and Frances Hawkey.

I believe
A new Christian lifestyle magazine is on the market.  Free copies of the first edition are available at the back of church.  Please do feel free to take a copy.

Welcome Leaflet
Our new Welcome Leaflets have just been produced, with thanks to Steve Martin.  If you would like a copy, you should find one at the end of the pew.  Please do feel free to take it away.  If you are new to the church, do take a moment to fill in the tear off slip and return it.

Please do come to our Annual General Meeting which takes place tomorrow Monday April 23rd at 7.30 p.m. preceded by a communion service at 7 p.m.  This is an excellent opportunity to hear about the work of St Andrews over the last 12 months and to ask questions. It is not a long and dry meeting!  If anyone would like to stand for the PCC, please speak to Greg or one of the churchwardens.

Rogation Service
A special Rogation Service is to be held at the Massey Ferguson’s Club on Rogation Sunday, May 13th at 6 p.m., a joint service with St Oswald’s, celebrating the tractor, which has been so significant in the life of our communities.  Do please make every effort to attend.  A ploughman’s supper will be served afterwards at a cost of £4 for adults and £2 for children.  If you wish to have food, please put your name down at the back of church.


Mon 23rd Apr             AGM in church, starting with communion at 7 p.m.
Tue 24th Apr               Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.
Tue 24th Apr               Baptism Preparation at 7.30 p.m. at the Vicarage
Weds 25th Apr                        Alpha Week 1 – Who is Jesus at 7 p.m. at the Vicarage
Mon 30th Apr             Leadership Meeting at 7.30 p.m. at 4 Seatons Field
Weds 2nd Apr              Worship Ctte at 7.30 p.m.


Readings                      Acts 3.12-19 (p 1095) & Luke 24.36b-48 (p 1062)
Readers                       Norah Hall & Trevor Hill
Preacher                      Penny Hughes
Intercessions               Harvey Wyatt
Comm Asst                 Beryl Allen
Organist                      Carol Watts
Next week                   Acts 4.5-12 & John 10.11-18