Pews News 23/06/13

June 23rd 2013

Welcome

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.

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 next 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 or sign on the list at the back of church.  All those planning to come should also indicate on the list so that we can cater accordingly.

 

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.

 

Cremation Plot

Many thanks to Valerie Redfern, and her husband Rob, for their hard work on the cremation plot in strimming and tidying it.  They have done a wonderful job.

 

 

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

Congratulations to those who walked or cycled to church last Sunday 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. The results of the travel survey will be published next week.

 

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.

 

Holiday Club

St Andrews will be running a Holiday Club for three mornings during the first week of the summer holidays, Weds 24th-Fri 26th July from 9.30 a.m.-12 noon for Primary School aged children.  We are looking for helpers for one or more of those mornings, to lead activities, serve refreshments and sew costumes.  Anyone interested should speak to Kate or Rebecca. Places can be booked through Rebecca via beccamartin@talktalk.net at a cost of £2 per session or £5 for all three.

 

Sponsorship

Please sponsor Jackie Page if you are able, who is taking part in the Race for Life to raise money for cancer.

 

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.

 

Creche

There is a crèche in the sideroom for parents who would prefer to take their children out during the service.  There is now a speaker so that the service can still be fully heard, as well as a play mat and toys.  However, there is no expectation that young children be removed from the church, and they continue to be welcome if that is the parents’ preference.

 

 

Diary

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

Tues 25th June             Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.

Weds 26th June            Alpha week 9

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

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

Tues 2nd July              Home Group Leaders at 7.30 p.m. at 27 Polperro Drive

Tues 2nd July              Sub 40 Ctte at 7.30 p.m.

 

Readings                      Gal 3.23-29 (p 1170) & Luke 8.26-39 (p 1038)

Readers                       Liz Reed

Preacher                      Harvey Wyatt

Intercessions               Harvey Wyatt

Comm Assts               Harvey Wyatt

Organist                      Michael Watkins

Next week                    Gal 5.1, 13-25 & Luke 9.51-62