Pews News – 25th May 2014

25th May 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).

Many Congratulations
To Phil Richardson, StAPH leader, who has been accepted by the Church of England for training for ordination. Phil will train part time, starting in September for three years. This will not affect his role as StAPH leader. Please do pray for him at this exciting time.

Many Congratulations
To Kate Massey who has successfully completed her Curate’s training. Sadly, this means that she will be looking for her next post, probably moving on some time before Christmas. Please do pray for her as she seeks God’s guidance for this next stage of her ministry.

Please pray for Alex and Bev as they take a well earned holiday until 31st May.

Transport Survey
Thanks to all those who participated in our annual transport survey last Sunday, and special thanks to Amelia, Laura and Ben for asking the questions. It seems we love our cars as much as ever at St. Andrew’s and the proportion using cars has actually gone up since last year to 81%. However, the numbers sharing vehicles has remained static. If you’re able to offer a lift to someone else, please speak to our transport officer, Sara Parkes. The good news is that the numbers walking to StAPH at Woodlands have significantly improved from just 4% 2 years ago to 41% this year. All this is to remind ourselves of the importance of being good stewards of God’s creation.

Link Deliverers
We are looking for one or two people to volunteer to deliver the Link magazine on an ad hoc basis to cover for holidays. If you are able to help in this way, please speak to Barbara Warner, 024 7640 3458.

Walking Church
Takes place this afternoon at 2.30pm. We will be walking from Berkswell Church to Meriden, approx 1 ½ miles, where refreshments will be served. Walking Church gives people an opportunity to combine two favourite activities. We will pause along the way to hear bible passages read and will discuss these as we go with our fellow travellers. Walking Church is very suitable for children who can manage to walk that distance. If you would like to come along but need a lift either to Berkswell or back from Meriden, please speak to Greg. There is still room in the car.

Credit Union
St. Andrew’s is partnering with other local churches to open a credit union collection point at St. Oswald’s Church on Friday mornings from 10-12 noon, beginning on June 27th. Anyone able to give up a couple of hours to staff the collection point on a rota basis should speak to Greg. Full training will be given in the fairly elementary record keeping.

Sermon Recordings
With the exception of Worship 4 All, sermons are now regularly being recorded on Sunday mornings. If you want to hear a sermon again or are away and want to catch up, please visit the website.

Spring Harvest
St. Andrew’s is hoping to take a party to Spring Harvest next year from 6th April (Easter Monday) to 10th. Spring Harvest is hosted by Butlins in Minehead and has a wonderful and varied Christian programme, suitable for all ages. If you want to know more, you are warmly invited to a BBQ at the Vicarage on Friday 13th June at 7pm. Please let Greg or Fran know you are intending to come along for catering purposes.

There will be an Ascension Day service of Holy Communion at 7pm this Thursday 29th May. This will be followed by a teaching session on fasting in the side room at 7.30pm. For those who consider fasting is not for them, you are urged to come with an open mind, since fasting takes many forms, and doesn’t necessarily entail total abstention from food. But it does concern the important matter of drawing closer to God. You are welcome to attend either or both of these events that evening. We are seeking to encourage people to make the 10 day period between Ascension and Pentecost a time of seeking God. If you are unable to make this session, but want to participate, please visit the church website:

4pm Service
From September, St. Andrew’s is looking to launch a monthly service at 4pm on one Sunday a month. Nick Tooby has agreed to head up a team. If you would like to volunteer for this team, please speak to Nick or Greg. We are looking for people who will lead services or prayers, do readings, lead activities or just help practically with refreshments or welcoming people.

Messy Church
St. Andrew’s is working in partnership with other local churches to set up ‘Messy Church’, a family friendly interactive experience that has a national profile and many churches across the city are running successfully. We are looking for 2 or 3 people to represent St. Andrew’s on the team to run the service on a monthly basis on Sunday afternoons. You wouldn’t have to lead worship or speak publically necessarily. There is room for people to cook or lead craft activities with children as well as musicians etc. If you want to know more, please speak to Greg.

Healing Ministry
Please note that there are two members of the Healing Team available every Sunday, usually sitting in the choir stalls, to pray with people after the service as required. Do take advantage of this if you have any prayer needs.

Christian Aid
Many thanks to all those who collected for Christian Aid last week. Please bring your collection back to church and give to David Hawkey as soon as possible.

Strawberry Cream Tea
Our annual Strawberry Cream Tea takes place on Sunday 8th June from 3-6pm in the Vicarage garden. This is both a celebration of Pentecost as well as an opportunity to bid farewell to David and Frances on what will be their last Sunday in Eastern Green. Tickets are available from Fran (024 7642 2856) or Barbara (024 7640 3458) at £4 for adults and £2 for children.  Fran would also like volunteers to make cakes for the tea. Please speak to her if you are able to help.

Big Birthday Bash
Takes place in Broadgate on Saturday 7th June from 11am until 3pm to celebrate Pentecost.  There is entertainment, stalls, kids tents and a free BBQ. The organisers are also looking for contributors to a huge birthday cake. Please speak to Greg or visit if you are able to help with this.

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

Visitors Book
If you are new to the church, please sign the Visitors Book at the back of the church. We would be grateful to receive your comments.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Jo Hanney, Jean Buckley, Anne McNulty, Ted Kirk, Sam Coyle and Angela Satchwell.  To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847

Sun 25th May               Walking Church at 2.30pm at Berkswell
Tues 27th May              Pram Service at 9.15am
Thurs 29th May             Ascension Day Service at 7pm
Thurs 29th May             Fasting and Prayer teaching session at 7.30pm
Sat 31st May                 Bannerbrook Park Review 9.30am-12pm at Masseys
Mon 2nd June               Baptism Preparation at 7.30pm at the Vicarage
Weds 4th June              Archdeacon’s Visitation at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Leamington

Readings                      Eph 1.15-23 (p 1173) & Luke 24.44-53 (p 1062)Readers                        Norah Hall & Jill Joyce
Preacher                       Greg Smith
Leader                          Greg Smith
Intercessions                Greg Smith
Comm Asst                   Emma Read
Organist                       George Cooke
Sidespersons                Sara & Eddie Parkes
Healing Team               Terri Beales & Beryl Cooper
Next Sunday at 8am    1 Peter 4.12-14 & John 17.1-11