Pews News – 2nd March 2014

2nd March 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.

Ignatian Service
Our popular monthly service engaging with Ignatian Spirituality is taking place tonight in church at 6.30pm.  It’s an ideal time to just relax and be with God.  Tonight we are reflecting on ‘Forgiving Ourselves’.

Ash Wednesday Service
Our annual Ash Wednesday service will take place on Wednesday 5th March at 7pm.  Please could you return Palm Crosses to church by Sunday Mar 2nd so we can prepare for this service.

New StAPH Leader
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Richardson as the new leader of StAPH from 1st May.  Phil and his wife Anne, live on the Nailcote Grange estate off Banner Lane and currently worship at St John’s Westwood.  Please do pray for Phil as he prepares to take up this exciting challenge.

Parish Administrator
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Crow as our new administrator.  In her role as Parish Administrator, Julie will be the first point of contact for all routine enquiries about church matters.  Her e-mail address is: and telephone number 07756 918847.  Julie will be working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Church Diary
With the appointment of a new Administrator, we will be able to operate a church diary. Julie should be advised (see above for contact details) about any event that is scheduled for church including services, meetings and groups, whether regular or one off.  In this way, we can ensure that the heating is on when it is needed and the church is never double booked.  In the same way, if an event in the church is cancelled, Julie again should be notified.

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator
We are extremely grateful to David Griffiths for agreeing to take on the role of pastoral care co-ordinator for St Andrews.  David may be contacted on 01675 442240.  He would be keen to hear from anyone currently undertaking pastoral visiting or who might like to in the future.

Vicar’s Cruise
Greg, Fran and Daniel will be away cruising in the Caribbean (!) from Feb 13th to March 13th.  Routine enquires should be addressed to our administrator.  Pastoral enquiries should be brought to the attention of David Griffiths (see above).  All other urgent matters should be addressed to Alex on 07717 778853.  Please look out for the postcard!

Healing Ministry Prayer Team Training
The next Healing Ministry training day will be on Saturday 22nd March at St Andrew’s.  Anyone who feels they may be called to this ministry should speak to Bev or Alex.

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

New 4pm Service
We are going to be setting up a new service once a month on a fourth Sunday.  If you would like to be involved in planning and developing this exciting new ministry please speak to Alex.

Under 30s Bible Study
A small bible study group for adults aged 18-30 is being launched on Wednesday evenings in mid March.  Anyone interested should contact Dan on 7642 2856.

Window Fund
We are close to completing work on the subsidence that has so badly affected St Andrews Church building.  That work should be complete by the end of next month.  However, despite the incredible generosity of church members and other parishioners, we are approximately £1800 short of the amount we need to pay contractors and engineers.  We would be immensely grateful to anyone able to make any further donation to this vital project.

Care of Creation Champions
Many thanks to Veronika Rangulis-Toor and Selina Toor for volunteering to share the role of Care for Creation Champions for St Andrews.

The Christian Aid Count Your Blessings leaflet with daily thoughts and actions for Lent is ready at the back of Church – please take one and follow it through. There is a Young People’s one too! Thank you. David Hawkey 024 7646 5450.

Easter Flowers
If you wish to make a donation towards Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

Thanks to Steve Martin
Many thanks to Steve Martin for many years faithful production of Pews News.  We should be very grateful to him for such a reliable and informative resource.  Steve will continue to provide invaluable support to the church by producing high quality publicity etc.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, David Davies, John Checkling, Irene Lissaman, Jean Selby and Angela Satchwell.  To add names to the list please contact Greg or Alex.

Sun 2nd March              Ignatian Service 6.30pm
Weds 5th March           Alpha on Bannerbrook Park 7pm
Weds 5th March           Ash Wednesday Service 7pm

Next Sunday                Gen 2.15-17, 3.1-7 & Matt 4.1-11