Pews News – 22nd June 2014

22nd June 2014 – 1st Sunday after Trinity

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).

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.

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.

This month, the PCC have agreed 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.

Walking Church
The next edition of Walking Church takes place on Saturday 5th July at 11am. We will set out from the Red Lion pub in Corley Moor, CV7 8AP and walk to Meriden Church where refreshments will be served. We will talk, pray, hear bible readings and make new friends along the way. The walk is one way and just under 3 miles, but if you need a lift to Corley or back from Meriden please speak to Greg.

Quiet Day at St. Laurence Church, Meriden
This is a relaxed and reassuring introduction to the basics of prayer on 28th June from 9.30am until 1.30pm. 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mission on Bannerbrook Park
We are looking to expand the Mission Team on Bannerbrook Park over the next year. If you would be interested in joining this ministry, there will be a BBQ at 45 Steinway on Friday 4th July at 7.30pm where you can hear all about it! Please speak to Alex or Bev if you are interested in coming.

Bannerbrook Park Community Day
There will be another Community Day on Bannerbrook Park on Saturday 12th July from 12-4pm with craft stalls, fairground rides and a dog show! If you would be willing to help on the day please speak to Alex. On the Sunday, there will be service of celebration on the park from 11.30am – 12.15pm. Please do consider coming along to support this.

Burton Green Open Studio Event
On Saturday 28th June from 2-5pm and Sunday 29th from 11am-5pm, Burton Green Village Hall is holding an open studio, with arts and crafts, tea, coffee and cakes. Burton Green is nearly as famous for cakes as St. Andrew’s. Also, there will be a scarecrow and yarn bombing festival along the greenway, behind the Village Hall. So, if you want an afternoon out, come along and enjoy. The scarecrows and yarn bombing will be in situ until 13th July. Hope you can make it. Jackie Lynch

Race for Life
Eastern Green Junior School is taking part in Race for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research on Saturday 28th June at 10am. 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 Sat 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 Tues 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.

Road Safety Petition
Please give serious consideration to signing a road safety petition for Hockley Lane by visiting  This link can be cut and pasted from the web edition of this Pews News.

Degree in Theology and Mission
Please see flyers at the back of church for the degree programme offered by Springdale College in Birmingham in Theology and Mission.

St. Oswald’s Church are looking for a volunteer to be part of the leadership team taking a group of young people camping at Walsingham from 27th July to 1st August. Please see Greg for further details.

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, Mary Dalessandro, Flix Haynes, Beryl Poppitt 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.

Diary June/July
Mon 23rd June             Junior Church Leaders at 7.30pm at 28 Poundgate
Tues 24th June             Pram Service at 9.15am
Tues 24th June             Bannerbrook Park Mission Team
Tues 24th June             Finance and Fabric Ctte at 7.30pm at the Vicarage
Tues 24th June             Choir Practice at 7pm
Thurs 26th June            Alpha Week 8 at the Vicarage at 7pm
Fri 27th June                Credit Union Collection point opens 10-12 noon at St. Oswald’s
Sat 28th June                Alpha Away Day at Berkswell Church from 9.30am-4pm
Tues 1st July                Across Wales walkers and support team at vicarage at 8.15pm
Weds 2nd July              Allesley Green Mission Group at 7.30pm at 8 Juniper Drive

Readings                     Psalm 86.1-10 (p 596) & Matthew 10-24-39  (p 975)
Readers                       Graham & Elizabeth Shelton
Leader                         Alex Randle-Bissell
Preacher                      Sue Masters
President                     Greg Smith
Intercessions               Harvey Wyatt
Communion Asst         Sue Masters
Organist                       Michael Watkins
Healing Team              Sue Masters/Terri Beales
Sidespersons               Ann Dove & Stan Cooper