Pews News – 6th July 2014

6th July 2014 – 3rd 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 ASAP.

Projector Rota
We are looking for volunteers to operate the laptop which projects powerpoint etc. onto the screens on a rota basis. Anyone who is interested should speak to Greg or Steve Martin.

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.

Ignatian Service
Please note that our monthly Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm and again on 3rd August, but on 7th September there will be a healing service.

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.

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.

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.

Safeguarding Training
The diocese is providing a programme of training on safeguarding issues through the autumn.  The training is required for all those working with children and young people, with details available on the noticeboard at the back of church.

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.

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. Oswald’s Summer School
From 11th to the 15th August, St. Oswald’sare looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support them in delivering a week-long event with various activities for 50 children aged 8-11 from the local area. They have archery, woodland adventures, a live owl show, story-telling, cooking, smoothie making, sowing and art and crafts. All activities will be presented by professionals but volunteers are needed to move the children around and generally keep an eye on them. All activities will take place in and around St. Oswald’s community hall. They will begin at 9am and finish around 3pm, and are looking for people who could do any amount of sessions and would be grateful if you could do just one session for them. In the first instance if you are interested or want to know more call Anna Marie on 02476850068 or email

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.

Seek His Face
Our quarterly prayer meeting, lasting approximately an hour takes place at 7pm on Monday 21st July and will be led by the band. Do come along to pray for the needs of the church and the world.

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.  The event is designed to be both fellowship building as well as a fundraising venture. For further details please speak to Greg or Fran.

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.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Jo Hanney, Jean Buckley, Anne McNulty, Ted Kirk, Mary Dalessandro, Beryl Poppit and Flix Haynes.  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.

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.

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
Tues 8th July                Leadership Meeting at 7.30pm at 4 Seatons Field
Thurs 10th July            Alpha week 10 at the Vicarage
Fri 11th July                  Credit Union Collection point from 10-12 noon
Sat 12th July                 Bannerbrook Park Community Day 12-4pm
Sat 12th July                 Grease on the big screen at Bannerbrook Park at 8.30pm
Sun 13th July                Bannerbrook Park Service at 11.30am
Mon 14th July               PCC at 7.30pm

Readings at 8 a.m.       Psalm 45.10-17 (p 570) & Matt 11.16-19, 25-30 (p 976)Reader                         Richard Mar
Leader                         Alex Randle-Bissell
Next week                   Colossians 3:12-17 & Luke 4:14-21