Pews News – 16th March 2014

16th 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.

Welcome back..!!
A warm welcome to Greg, Fran and Daniel who are returning this Sunday after their cruise – we are looking forward to hearing all about their adventures!

New 4pm Service
We are in the process of setting up a new service on the last Sunday of the month, meeting at 4pm at St Andrew’s.  It is aimed especially at Primary School aged children and their families.  We are looking for a team of people who would be willing to plan for this exciting new ministry and there will be an initial planning meeting on Tuesday 8th April at 45 Steinway.  If you would like to attend please speak to Alex or Greg.

Youth Service
Our bi-monthly Youth Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm in church.  Please do come along and support our youth.

Big Birthday Bash – 7th June
A date for your diary!  As part of the Hope 2014 programme in Coventry, there is going to be a ‘Big Birthday Bash’ in Broadgate on Saturday 7th June from 11am – 3pm.  There will be stalls celebrating family life, free barbecues, hot drinks, musical entertainment, circus type acts and much more!  If you would like to bake a cake, or help in any way, please email Angus Ormes at

Passion Play for Lent
Riding Lights Theatre Company is touring its new Passion Play, Inheritance, a play ‘which weaves together the biblical Passion into a dramatic new narrative, exploring in particular some of Jesus’ encounters with women in the gospels’ on Sunday 6th April at 7.30pm at Coventry Cathedral.  You can get tickets by phoning the box office on 024 7652 1210 or online at

Smartphone User?
Daily Prayer is the latest app from the Church of England.  This app enables people to pray the words of the Anglican liturgy with the aid of their smartphone and tablets, and it’s free!  It can be downloaded by visiting

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
Just a reminder of Julie’s contact details as our Parish Administrator, Julie is 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 9am until 1pm.

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 Andrew’s.  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.

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.

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 024 7642 2856.

Window Fund
We are close to completing work on the subsidence that has so badly affected St Andrew’s 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.

Allesley Green Fun Day
St Andrew’s will be organising a Fun Day on Monday 5th May in Allesley Green (Woodbridge Avenue). One of the church’s events will be the PLANT STALL for which we would like the donation of plants and helpers to man the stall. If you can help please let Trevor Hill or David Griffiths know – 01675 442240 or email

Easter Flowers
To decorate the church for Easter costs a lot of money for the flowers.  If you wish to make a donation towards the cost, please see Ann Dove.

Mothers Day Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to make up Mothering Sunday bunches of flowers, on Saturday 29th March at 9am in the side room.  Please see Ann Dove.

Weekly Offering Envelopes
Boxes of Weekly Offering Envelopes for the tax year beginning in April are now at the back of the church.  If you are a tax payer, Gift Aiding benefits our church by enabling us to claim tax relief on your donations at the end of each year.  Thanks to all those who have completed Gift Aid Forms and Gift Aid Envelopes (from the back of the pews) we were repaid £7306 by the Inland Revenue for the last Tax Year.  Anyone not already giving regularly and who would like Offering Envelopes, or regular givers who are tax payers and would like to complete a Gift Aid Form, please contact Richard Marr (Tel: 01676 522697).

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

Sun 16th  March           Youth service at 6.30pm
Wed 19th March           Mission Team meeting on Bannerbrook Park
Sat 22nd   March           Healing Prayer Ministry Training @ St Andrew’s

Readings                     Gen 12.1-4a & John 3.1-17
Preacher                      Greg Smith
Intercessions               Harvey Watson
Comm Asst                  Emma Read
Organist                       George Cooke
Next Sunday                Ex 17.1-7 & John 4.5-42