Pews News – 29th June 2014

29th June 2014 – 2nd 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).

StAPH will not be meeting at Woodlands on July 13th! Instead we will be joining the special service on Bannerbrook Park at 11.30am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Credit Union
St. Andrew’s is partnering with other local churches to staff a credit union collection point at St. Oswald’s Church on Friday mornings from 10-12 noon. 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 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, please speak to Greg or Fran or see brochure at the back of church. Bookings will need to be made by July 6th.

The PCC has 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.

Hymn Books
We are looking to add 20 additional hymn books to our store, and so are inviting individual members of the congregation to sponsor a copy at the cost of £8 each. Please contact our administrator, Julie, on 07756 918847 or with details of any dedication required. Donations should either be given to Jackie Lynch or placed on the collection plate in a clearly marked envelope.

Next Sunday
We will have a usual range of services with Holy Communion at 8am; Worship 4 All at 10am and the Ignatian Service at 6.30pm.

Walking Church
The next edition of Walking Church takes place next 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.

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.

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
This event continues today 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

Thank you
I am most grateful for all the cards, good wishes and prayers, which I have received since my fall and subsequent operation. I feel very privileged to have one of the beautiful shawls too. Thank you so much. I hope to be back at St Andrew’s very soon. Flix Haynes.

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.

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 this Tues 1st July at 8.15pm to find out more. The event is designed to be both fellowship building as well as a fundraising venture.

David and Frances Hawkey
David and Frances have now moved away to Newbury. They wish to express their huge gratitude to all their friends for such a moving farewell. They were also grateful for the framed picture which they received as a farewell gift.

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.

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, Beryl Poppit, Mary Dalessandro, Flix Haynes 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.


Mon 30th June              StAPH leadership team meet
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 the Vicarage
Thurs 3rd July               Alpha week 9 at the Vicarage
Fri 4th July                    Credit Union Collection 10-12 noon at St. Oswald’s
Sat 5th July                   Walking Church at 11am from the Red Lion, Corley
Mon 7th July                 Home Group Leaders at 7.30pm at 25a Nailcote Avenue
Tues 8th July                Pram Service at 9.15am
Tues 8th July                Choir Practice at 7pm

Readings                      Psalm 119.105-112(p 620) & John 1.1-14 (p 1063)
Readers                        Harvey Wyatt & Sara Parkes
Leader                         Greg Smith
Preacher                      Alex Randle-Bissell
Intercessions               Nick Tooby
Communion Asst         Greg, Emma, Fran
Organist                      George Cooke
Healing Team              Alex & Bev Randle-Bissell
Sidespersons                June Orton & Sandra Watts
Next Week at 8 a.m.       Psalm 45.10-17