Pews News – 6th April 2014

6th April 2014 – Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passiontide Begins)

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.

Crèche and Junior Church
For young children 0-3 years old we have a crèche in the side room of the church.  For 3+ year olds we hold a Junior Church which commences in the side room during the second hymn.  All children are welcome to attend.

Gift Day
Thank you to all those who so generously supported our Gift Day for StAPH last Saturday.  The total given was £2601, most of which was gift aided, which means in practice over £3,000 has been raised.  This is a magnificent response that confirms God is with us on this new stage of StAPH’s journey.  It’s not too late to add your contribution.  Gifts may be placed in the blue envelopes and should be clearly marked: Gift Day.

May Day
St. Andrew’s is hosting an exciting May Day event on the park in Allesley Green at the far end of the parish on Monday 5th May from 1-9pm.  There will be music (brass band, Parkhill School choir and contemporary rock band); morris dancing, maypole dancing, donkey rides, fairground rides and many stalls.  The organising committee (Julia, Emma, Fran, Richard, Greg and Lindsey) would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to help out on the day, by setting up, running a stall or acting as a steward.  Also, 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

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

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.

Easter Volunteers
Volunteers are required to help decorate the church for Easter on Saturday 19th April at 9am, in the side room.  Please let Ann Dove know if you can help.

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who gave of their time to help make up 60 bunches of flowers for Mother’s Day.  Thanks again, Ann Dove.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday’s 10am service (next Sunday) will feature a dramatised enactment of the Passion story.  If anyone (from 8-85) wishes to help with this, please speak to Greg or Rebecca.

St. Andrew’s will be running Alpha on Thursday evenings at the Vicarage for 10 weeks from May 1st.  This course, which has been undertaken by so many, requires no prior knowledge of Christian faith, but is a wonderful introduction to it as well as an opportunity to revisit lessons dimly remembered.  It also is a great to get to meet new people and to be more fully immersed in life at St. Andrew’s.  Please complete a form from the back table and return to Lesley Harrison or a sidesperson.

Passover Meal
As last year, as part of our Holy Week celebrations, we are hosting a Passover Meal in church on Monday, April 14th.  Everyone (adults and children) is welcome, but for catering purposes it is important to know in advance by next Sunday 11am who is attending.  Please sign up on the list at the back of church.

Maundy Thursday
There is a service of rededication to Christian ministry on Maundy Thursday, April 17th at 10.30am in Coventry Cathedral, to which all are invited.  If anyone would like to attend this service, please let Greg know.  Lifts are available.

Christian Aid
We are looking for someone to take on the responsibility of co-ordinating our Christian Aid collection.  There is an opportunity to shadow David and Frances this year, before taking on full responsibility next year.  Anyone who feels they might be able to do this should speak to David or Frances.

14+ Socials
Could you spare a Saturday evening once every other month to eat pizza, play games and hang out with our young people at the 14+ Socials.  These relaxed, informal evenings are designed to promote friendship and fellowship between young Christians at St. Andrew’s (and from time to time they invite young people from neighbouring churches too.)  If you think you might be interested in helping but want to know more, please speak to Greg or Kate.

Children’s Society Boxes
The collection has been completed, the money counted and banked, and a fantastic sum of £1261.21 has been sent to the children’s society.  Thanks again to you all for your loyal support.  Until next March !!!!  Jackie Lynch.

Electoral Roll
It is that time of year when we update the electoral roll.  Anyone who has been worshiping at St. Andrew’s regularly for the last 6 months or more (including StAPH) should complete a short electoral roll form and return it to Lesley Harrison or one of the sidespersons.

To Sean and Emma who are being married at St. Andrew’s next Saturday.

Prayer Series
This morning sees the final part of our brief series on prayer as we focus on the most famous prayer of all: The Lord’s Prayer.

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

Pastoral Care Co-Ordinator
Our Pastoral Care Co-Ordinator is David Griffiths. He can be contacted on 01675 442240 alternatively his e-mail address is

Tues 8th April             Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Weds 9th April            Palm Sunday rehearsal at 6 p.m. in church
Sat 12th April              Palm Sunday rehearsal at 3.15 p.m. in church
Mon-Thurs                  Holy Week services at 7 p.m.
Fri 18th April               Good Friday Worship 4 All at 10 a.m.
Fri 18th April               Hour at the cross at 2 p.m.

Readings at 8 a.m.       Romans 8.6-11(p 1134) & John 11.1-45(p 1077)Readers                        David & Jill Joyce
Next Sunday                 Palm Sunday Passion Gospel from Matthew