Pews News – 27th April 2014

27th April 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.

Crèche & Junior Church
Please note that because of the increased number of babies/toddlers attending St. Andrew’s on Sunday mornings for the 10am service, we have begun to offer a staffed crèche in the side room for the convenience of parents.  Also, children of three and upwards are welcome to join Junior Church which meets at St. Andrew’s School (during term-time only).

Holy Week services
Thanks to all who made Easter and Holy Week so special by serving in whatever way last week.

Easter Thank You
Grateful thanks to all the volunteers who willingly gave of their time to help decorate the church for Easter.  Thank you to Fay Gibbs and Alan Letten for providing the greenery.  Also, a very big ‘Thank You’ to all who gave donations towards the flowers.  Your generosity was overwhelming.  Thank you again, Ann Dove.

Welcome Lunch
Today there will be a welcome lunch for Phil Richardson, the new StAPH leader and his wife Ann at Woodlands School after the StAPH service.  This is a bring and share lunch from 12 noon onwards.  All are welcome.

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, Park Hill 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 Griffiths know – 01675 442240 or email

Pastoral Care Team
We are looking to recruit new members for a pastoral care team, those willing to visit those who are sick, bereaved or otherwise in need of a visit.  If you would like to know more, please speak to David Griffiths on 01675 442240 or one of the clergy.

Annual Meeting
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place tomorrow, Monday 28th April at 7.30pm.  Please do come along and hear about all the wonderful things that have been happening over the last 12 months and support those to be elected as churchwardens and to the PCC.  The meeting is preceded by a short Holy Communion at 7pm.  All welcome.

Gift Day
Thank you to all those who so generously supported our Gift Day for StAPH.  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.

Link Delivery
Delivery of the Link
depends on the monthly commitment of a wonderful group of people who feed it through the letterbox of every house in the parish.  Unfortunately when someone leaves or is sick this falls on the shoulders of those who already have a round.  We desperately need new people who can deliver to Garrick Close (66 copies) since Cathy has returned to Ireland.  We will also need to cover 1-53 Faulconbridge Avenue (53 copies) in the near future.  If you can help, can you please contact me on 07846 288036/02476 403458.  With many thanks in ancitipation , Barbara Warner.

Burglaries in Eastern Green
Eastern Green residents should be warned that there has been a spate of burglaries in the area, some of them during the day when home owners have been in the garden.

St. Andrew’s will be running Alpha on Thursday evenings at the Vicarage for 10 weeks starting this week, 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.

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.

Count Your Blessings
Please return these Christian Aid Lent collections to David Hawkey (2 Olton Avenue, 02476 465450) as soon as possible! Thank you.

Gideon Bibles
I am pleased to say that I have been able to send a further £50 from St. Andrew’s.  I am told this will provide 55 testaments and that all money collected goes to provide these, nothing at all goes on administration which is good news.  Can I remind you that there are empty tubes at the back of the church if you would like to help this very worthy cause.  With grateful thanks, Barbara Warner.

Food Bank
The following items have been requested by staff at the Tile Hill foodbank: sugar, coffee, milk, juice, toilet rolls and jam.  Many thanks to all those who give so generously and to Rory for conscientiously delivering on our behalf.

Dog Food Free to Good Home
John Ross-Barnard has the equivalent of a sackful decanted into in plastic screw top containers of AUTARKY Chicken dog food.  Please speak to John if you are able to relieve him of this food, which his dog has not taken to.

Prayer Tree
A prayer tree has been introduced at the back of church.  Please feel free to place prayer requests on the tree using the tags in the nearby basket.  These requests will be prayed for by members of the prayer team and hopefully others.  Any questions about the prayer tree should be addressed to Bev Randle-Bissell.

Healing Service
St. Andrew’s will be a hosting a service with anointing and prayer for healing on Sunday May 11th at 6.30pm.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, David Davies, Jo Hanney, Irene Lissaman, Anne McNulty, Ted Kirk , Angela Satchwell and Beryl Poppit.  To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847

Diary Dates April/May
Sun 27th April                Phil Richardson’s Welcome Lunch at 12 noon
Sun 27th April                Allesley Green meeting at Vicarage at 6pm
Mon 28th April               APCM preceded by communion at 7pm in church
Tues 29th April              Alpha Leaders meeting at 7.30pm at the Vicarage
Thur 1st May                 Alpha starts 7pm at the Vicarage

Readings                      1 Peter 1.3-9 & John 20.19-end
Readers Preacher        Greg Smith
Intercessions                Greg Smith
Comm Assts                 Fran
Organist                       George Cooke
Next Sunday                 Worship4All