Pews News – 10th August 2014

10th August 2014 – 8th 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.

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.

Summer Communion
Through the summer communion services are designed to be child friendly, 50 minutes in length and allow the children and young people to participate. There is no Junior Church until September, but crèche will run as usual.

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.

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. The closing date to sponsor a book is Sunday 31st August.

4pm Service
From September 28th, St. Andrew’s is looking to launch a monthly service at 4pm on the last Sunday of each 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, either speak to Greg or attend a briefing session at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church on Monday 18th August. See poster at back of church.

Readers Rota
The new rota for readers/sidespersons etc is available for collection at the back of church.

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 just north of Aberystwyth. We are looking for people who would be willing to do the whole walk; just walk one or more stages of 5-8 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. A sponsor form is available at the back of church. For further details please speak to Greg or Fran.

Baptism Visiting Team
We are looking for new members of our Baptism Visiting Team. For further information about what this entails, please speak to Greg.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service for parents and pre-school children (older children very welcome during the holidays) takes place this Tuesday at 9.15 a.m. A friendly welcome plus biscuits available to all.

Now that the subsidence has been fully remedied, we are finally in a position to repair our beautiful stained glass window. However, funds have been swallowed up by the remedial work and we have discovered this week that the bill for the repair to the window is likely to in the region of £4,000. All donations and fundraising projects warmly welcomed.

St. Andrew’s is looking for any group or individual who would like to organise a fundraising event on behalf of St. Andrew’s. Do feel free to think as creatively and imaginatively as possible.  If you have any ideas, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

Leather Sofa
A very good condition three seater cream leather sofa is available free to a good home.  Please contact Julia on 76402149 or

Alpha Hosting
We are looking to run a small Alpha course after Christmas and are looking for a host for the course.  There would be no need to cater or lead groups, only to open your home one night a week for 10 weeks.  If you want to know more please speak to Lesley Harrison or Greg.

Your Churchyard Needs You!!
The churchyard flower beds need to be kept tidy. Anyone interested to help on an occasional basis please talk to Trevor Hill (024 7646 6752). Thanks in anticipation.

Church Autumn Fayre
On Saturday 6th September, 11am-2pm, the church fayre is being held in St.Andrew’s School hall. We need help running the various stalls and contributions towards the stalls including cakes, bottles for tombola (see below), unwanted gifts, bric a brac, toys, books, plants, raffle prizes, chocolate for tombola etc. Any new ideas very welcome, but mostly we need your support. See Jackie, Barbara, Julia or Fran. Thank you in anticipation.

Bottle Tombola
As mentioned above, the choir will, as usual, be running the Bottle Tombola. We would be very grateful for any contributions of bottles of anything …. shampoo, washing up liquid, squash … in fact anything in a bottle! Wine etc more than welcome as it encourages the punters to spend their money! Please contact me, George or Beryl or any choir member if you can help. Many thanks in anticipation. Barbara Warner (024 7640 3458/07846 288036) – collection can be arranged.

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.

Child Life Saving Course
A course is available for those interested in attending a two hour session which covers basic child life support and clearing an obstructed airway. The course is being held in church on Wednesday 10th September at 7pm at a cost of £12.50 per person. For further details or to book a place, please contact Lisa Slevin on 07748 223 408 or email

August Bank Holiday Monday Car Boot Sale
Bannerbrook Mission Team is holding a car boot sale on Monday 25th August from 10am to 1pm at a cost of £5 per space. For more information contact Charley on 07943 804026, Eileen on 024 7647 1350 or Alex on 07717 778853.

St. Oswald’s Summer School
From 11th to the 15th August, St. Oswald’s are 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

Altar Flowers
This week’s flowers are donated by Trevor Smith in memory of Daniel Warburton.

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, Anne McNulty, Mary Dalessandro, Colin Saunders, Trevor Cooper, Beryl Poppit, Lara and Flix Haynes. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Tues 12th Aug                Pram Service at 9.15am
Tues 12th Aug                Choir Practice at 7pm
Sat 16th Aug                  Across Wales Practice Walk

Reading                         Matt 14.22-33 (p 981)
Reader                          Jeremy Thomas
Preacher                        Sue Masters
Service led by                Sue Masters
President                       Greg Smith
Intercessions                 Greg Smith
Comm Asst                    Sue Masters
Sidespersons                 Jill Joyce & Rosemarie Over
Next week                     Matt 15.21-28