Pews News – 16/06/2013

June 16th 2013


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.

Beryl Allen

Many thanks to all those who helped make Beryl’s memorial service such a wonderful occasion.  Special thanks to those who provided food, joined the choir or spoke at the service.  Thanks also to those who sang with the choir at Carol Watts’ funeral.  This was very much appreciated by Carol’s family.

Lunch n Chat

Last week saw the annual meeting of Lunch n Chat leaders in which we celebrated seven years of this important ministry.  If you know anyone who has been bereaved over the last year, do consider whether an invitation to Lunch n Chat might be helpful to them.  Please speak to Rosemary Pottinger (76461719) if you would like further details.  We would also be grateful to anyone who would be able to provide an occasional lift on a Weds morning to guests who might wish to attend the lunch, getting them to church for 11.45 a.m.  If able to help, please speak to Greg or Rosemary.

IF campaign

Many will have heard about the IF campaign to challenge governments to address the world hunger problem.  Please consider signing a postcard which can be found at the back of church.

Alex’s Ordination

All are welcome to attend Alex’s ordination as priest at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 5 p.m.  Alex will then preside over communion for the first time at St Andrews on Sunday June 30th.  We will celebrate his ordination with a BBQ in the vicarage garden at 2 p.m. on the Sunday afternoon.  Anyone willing to provide cakes should speak to Fran.


Dan& Philippa Munday


Our missionary partners Dan and Philippa Munday have sent their latest newsletter which is available to read on the noticeboard at the back of church.


Survey Results

Many thanks to all those (well over 100) who took part in our survey earlier this year.  The results are as follows: the average age of the congregation overall is 61 (the same as the last survey two years ago).  This varies across the congregations, with the Weds communion service being the oldest and the Pram Service being youngest (and we haven’t counted the babies!).  It has been encouraging to see that more than two-thirds of the congregation pray most days or more often, but less encouraging to discover that only 20% read the bible with that regularity.


Memorial Book

If anyone has recently requested an entry into the Memorial Book via Beryl, do please let us know so that we can follow up on this.


Tile Hill Community Day

St Andrews is supporting Tile Hill Community Day on Friday July 5th by providing lunch for the many volunteers who are staffing the day.  If you are able to provide a contribution to a buffet lunch by way of sandwiches, sausage rolls, salad etc. please speak to Greg or Alex.


No Car Day

Today is No Car Day.  Congratulations if you have walked or cycled to church today or made some other modification to your usual form of transport.  All scientific evidence suggests that our over reliance on the car is bad for God’s creation.  Do consider whether you can walk, cycle, catch a bus, share transport more often.


Link Delivery

We are looking for volunteers to do Link delivery as holiday cover as the need arises. Barbara Warner ideally would like two or three people to call upon when people are unable to deliver their round because of holidays or sickness.  Please speak to her if you are willing to help.


Christianity in the workplace

Revd Paul Simmonds, who visited St Andrews a few years ago, is returning to explore in a workshop setting what it means to be a Christian in the office or factory or the classroom or wherever your work takes you.  He is going to do this by way of two workshops on Monday July 15th and 22nd at 7.30 p.m.  While there is no need to book a place in advance, it would be helpful for planning purposes if you are able to indicate to Greg whether you are intending to attend.  Please pray at this time for Paul and his wife who were involved in a car crash earlier this week.




Mon 17th June             Prayer evening at 6.30 pm.

Mon 17th June             Baptism Preparation at the vicarage at 7.30 p.m.

Tues 18th June             Choir Practice at 7 p.m.

Weds 19th June            Alpha week 8 at the Vicarage

Fri 21st June                Rock Solid Stay Awake 6 p.m. onwards in church

Mon 24th June             Junior Church leaders at 7.30 p.m. at 2 Olton Ave

Sat 29th June                Alex’s Ordination at 5 p.m.

Sun 30th June               Alex’s celebratory BBQ at the Vicarage at 2 p.m.


Readings                      Gal 2.15-21 (p 1169) & Luke 7.36-8.3 (p 1036)

Readers                       Hilary Wankling & Pete Brueton

Preacher                      Alex Randle-Bissell

Intercessions               Nick Tooby

Comm Assts               Nick/Emma/Harvey

Organist                      George Cooke

Next week                    Gal 3.23-29 & Luke 8.26-39