Pews News – 1st June 2014

1st June 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.

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.

Also to Phil Richardson, who has been accepted for training for ordination by the Church of England. Phil will train part time for three years, commencing in September.  Please pray for him as he seeks to discern the right college.

David and Frances Hawkey
Next Sunday will be David & Frances’s last Sunday at St. Andrew’s before their move to Newbury later this month. We will miss them enormously. The principal focus for our farewell will be the Strawberry Tea next Sunday afternoon.

Transport Survey
Thanks to all those who participated in our annual transport survey a fortnight ago, 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.

Credit Union
St. Andrew’s is partnering with other local churches to open a credit union collection point at St Oswalds 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. Nearly 100 people have already accessed this page on the website. Do let us know if you are having any problems with this or if you find it especially helpful.

Spring Harvest
St. Andrew’s is hoping to take a party to Spring Harvest next year from April 6th (Easter Monday)-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 June 13th at 7 p.m. Please let Greg or Fran know you are intending to come along for catering purposes.

Fasting and Prayer
If you were unable to make the session on Fasting and Prayer this week, but want to find out more or participate in our 10 day challenge, please visit the church website:

4 p.m. Service
From September, St. Andrew’s is looking to launch a monthly service at 4 p.m. 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.

Archdeacon’s Visitation
Please pray for our new churchwardens, Nigel and Emma, as they are sworn into office on Weds of this week at the Archdeacon’s Visitation in Leamington. There are a couple of spare places in the car if anyone wants to join us. Please contact Greg.

Christian Aid
Many thanks to all those who collected for Christian Aid this year. The total raised was in excess of £2100.  Special thanks to David Hawkey who has co-ordinated our Christian Aid response for so many years.

St. Andrew’s Holiday Club
We are running a summer holiday club from 9.30am -12.15pm on 23rd-25th July for primary school aged children with games, songs, crafts. If you would be able to help at holiday club, either as a leader or to prepare and serve the mid-morning snack, please speak to Rebecca Martin, Victoria Kaczur or Kate Massey.

Strawberry Cream Tea
Our annual Strawberry Cream Tea takes place on Sunday June 8th from 3-6 p.m. 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 (76422856) or Barbara (76403458) 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.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30 p.m. led by Alex and Kate Dagger. This hour long service offers the opportunity to take part in compline, the evening office and for meditation.  Join us if you can.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Jo Hanney, Jean Buckley, Anne McNulty, Ted Kirk, and Angela Satchwell. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847. Grateful thanks have been received from Sam Coyle’s mum, following a great recovery from open heart surgery.

Sun 1st June                 Ignatian Service at 6.30 p.m.
Mon 2nd June               Baptism Preparation at 7.30 p.m. at the Vicarage
Tues 3rd June              Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Weds 4th June              Archdeacon’s Visitation at 7.30 p.m. at St Mary’s Leamington
Thurs 5th June              Alpha week 5 at the Vicarage at 7 p.m.
Sat 7th June                  Big Birthday Bash in Broadgate from 11-3 p.m.
Sun 8th June                 Strawberry Cream Tea from 3-6 p.m.
Mon 9th June               PCC at 7.30 p.m. in church
Tues 17th June             Choir Practice at 7 p.m.

Readings at 8 a.m.      1 Peter 4.12-14 (p 1220) & John 17.1-11(1085)
Next Sunday               Acts 2.1-21 & John 20.19-23