Pews News – 12th January 2014

January 12th 2014

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.

The church council has agreed to employ a half time leader of StAPH (our church plant that meets at Woodlands School), with a salary of £11k, starting in May.  Please speak to Greg or Alex for an informal discussion.  The job description, person specification and application form are available on the St Andrews Website at The post is being advertised across other local churches, but we want to do everything possible to encourage applications from within our own fellowship.  Do pray for StAPH as it commences another exciting stage of its journey.

Seek His Face
Our quarterly gathering for prayer, Seek His Face (2 Chronicles 7.14), takes place on Mon 20th Jan at 6.30 p.m. and will be led by the StAPH fellowship.  Do come and pray with us and for the ministry of the church to our world.

Care of Creation Champion
The Diocese are encouraging every church to appoint a Care of Creation Champion, who will take responsibility for liaising with the diocese over environmental issues.  A role description is available for this.  Please speak to Alex if you wish to know more or would like to consider volunteering to be St Andrews representative.

St Andrews Web address
Please note the St Andrews Church website address has changed:  However, if you continue to use the old address, you will still be directed immediately to the right place.  Do check out the website which has lots of new information on it.

Thank you to those who volunteered to help in the crèche, which is launched this morning.  Any child too young for Junior Church (approx 3 years of age) is welcome in our crèche in the side room.  This is staffed by volunteers have been subject to a DBS check, confirming they are safe to work with children!  They will summon you if your child becomes distressed.  Please collect your child during the administration of communion to enable you to bring your child forward for a blessing and to allow volunteers to receive the bread and wine.

Junior Church
Junior Church recommences for another term this morning over at St Andrews School. Tracy Huckfield has agreed to take over the role as co-ordinator of Junior Church.  She and Frances will jointly lead the team over the coming term before Tracy takes up the reins after Easter.  We would warmly encourage new volunteers to join this happy team in such a rewarding ministry.  Do speak to Tracy or Frances if you feel called to do this.

Baptism Visiting Team
We are looking for volunteers to join our baptism visiting team.  Please speak to Norah Hall for further information.

Forties Night
A date for the diaries.  A blitz Forties Night is being hosted at the Village Hall on Friday January 24th at 8 p.m.  Tickets are £10 and available from Julia McNaney on 7640 2149.  Forties dress strongly encouraged.

Sidespersons Thank you Evening
There is a thank you evening for all volunteers on the sidespersons rota, taking place in the church side room on Monday 27th January.  Cheese and wine will be served and we can celebrate a happy year of welcoming together.

Next week we welcome to StAPH John Owen from Coventry Cursillo (pronounced Kerrseeyo).  Do go along to Woodlands next Sunday at 10.30 if you want to know more about Cursillo.

Youth Service
Our next Youth Service takes place next Sunday, Jan 19th, at 6.30 p.m. and will be a Christingle.  Please speak to Ben Martin if you want to be involved.  Do support our young people if you possibly can.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, David Davies, John Checkling, Angela Satchwell, Mary Anderson and Rita Muir.  To add names to the list please contact Greg or Alex.

Sun 12th Jan                 Post confirmation group at the Vicarage at 7.30 p.m.
Mon 13th Jan               PCC at 7.30 p.m. in church
Weds 15th Jan              Alpha starts on Bannerbrook Park
Thurs 16th Jan             Divorce Recovery Wk 3 at the Vicarage
Sun 19th Jan                 Youth Service at 6.30 p.m.
Mon 20th Jan               Seek His Face at 6.30 p.m.
Tues 21st Jan               Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Tues 21st Jan               Sub 40 Ctte at 7.45 at the Rectory, Meriden

Readings                      Is 42.1-9 (p 727) & Matt 3.13-17 (p 967)
Readers                       Hilary Wankling & Pete Brueton
Preacher                      Alex Randle-Bissell
Intercessions               Julia McNaney
Comm Asst                 Frances Hawkey
Organist                      George Cooke
Next Sunday               Is 49.1-7 & John 1.29-42