Pews News – 15th June 2014

15th 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.

Crèche & Junior Church
Please note that because of the increased number of babies/toddlers attending St. Andrew’s on Sunday mornings for the 10 a.m. 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).

Happy Father’s Day
To all the dads in the congregation.

Thank you from David and Frances
We were surrounded by such love and friendship on Sunday that we almost decided not to move after all!!  Seriously, though, we do thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for Greg’s ministry and for love and fellowship we have received over the years at St. Andrew’s – and also for the wonderful feast on Sunday afternoon. We will continue to pray for the Church and its outreach to the community and to the world. We will miss you all so much. May God continue to bless you.

Fellowship Meeting
Please note that the meeting due to take place on Tuesday 17th June has been cancelled.

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. Oswald’s Church on Friday mornings from 10-12 noon, beginning on 27th June. 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 6th April (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, please speak to Greg or Fran. Bookings will need to be made by 6th July.

Quiet Day at St. Laurence Church, Meriden
This is a relaxed and reassuring introduction to the basics of prayer on 28th June from 9.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. It will include opportunities to try different ways of praying and provide resources to continue your growth in prayer. For further information or to book your place see Kate Massey, or visit

The PCC agreed on Monday evening not to take any future grave or ashes plot reservations.  Any applications already in the pipeline will be honoured, but it was the unanimous view of the Church Council that all other space should be taken up by those who are actually dead rather than by those who were planning to die! Please speak to Trevor Hill if you require further clarification about this policy.

Fasting and Prayer
Approximately 10 people responded to our 10 day challenge to fast and pray during the period between Pentecost and Ascension, please visit the church website: to find out more.

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.

St. Andrew’s Holiday Club
We are running a summer holiday club from 9.30 a.m. -12.15 p.m. 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.

Memorial Book
The Memorial Book at the back of church is due to go to be updated shortly and will not be going in again this year. If you wish to have a memorial to a loved one, and would like to have their name in the book, please contact either Ann Dove on 024 7646 1702 or Julie Crow on 07756 918847. The cost is a one-off payment of approx £25. Thank you.

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.

Are there any accomplished pianists in the congregation who would be willing to play at services on an occasional basis? If so, please speak to George Cooke, our organist.

Race for Life
Eastern Green School is taking part in Race for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research on Saturday 28th June at 10 a.m. If you wish to support this by taking part or by sponsoring others, please see Greg for further details.

Walking Across Wales
St. Andrew’s is planning to walk across Wales on Saturday 20th September. The walk entails 45 miles of undulating countryside starting at the Welsh border and finishing on the coast near Harlech. We are looking for people who would be willing to do the whole walk; just walk one or more stages of approx 8 miles or be part of the support team, providing transport, refreshments and encouragement along the way. There is a meeting at the Vicarage on Tuesday 1st July at 8.15 p.m. to find out more. The event is designed to be both fellowship building as well as a fundraising venture.

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, Pat Yates, Anne McNulty, Ted Kirk and Angela Satchwell. To add names to the list please contact Julie Crow at or 07756 918847. Grateful thanks have been received from Sam Coyle’s mum, following a great recovery from open heart surgery.

Sermon Summary

  • Christianity is the only religion to call God Father
  • Jesus speaks incessantly of his Father
  • Fathers offer authority, protection and love

Tues 17th June                        Kidz Klub in Tile Hill at 5.30 p.m.
Tues 17th June                        Sub 40 Ctte in Meriden at 7.45
Thurs 19th June                       Alpha Week 7 at 7 p.m. at the Vicarage
Fri 20th June                            Credit Union Launch at St Oswalds Church at 12 noon
Mon 23rd June                        Junior Church Leaders at 7.30 p.m. at 28 Poundgate
Tues 24th June                        Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.
Tues 24th June                        Bannerbrook Park Mission Team
Tues 24th June                        Finance and Fabric Ctte at 7.30 p.m. at the Vicarage
Tues 24th June                        Choir Practice at 7 p.m.

Readings                      Psalm 8 (p 546) & Matthew 28.16-20 (p 1001)Readers                        John Ross Barnard & Jeremy Thomas
Preacher                      Greg Smith
President                      Alex Randle-Bissell
Intercessions                Greg Smith
Communion Asst          Greg Smith
Organist                        George Cooke
Healing Team               Bev Randle-Bissell & Beryl Cooper
Sidespersons                Jackie Page & Jill Joyce
Next Sunday                 Psalm 86.1-10 & Matthew 10-24-39