Pews News – 24th August 2014

24th August 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.

Pat Yates
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Pat Yates on Wednesday morning at home.  Pat was a very longstanding member at St Andrews and a former churchwarden, who was still worshipping with us a fortnight ago.  Her funeral is hosted at St Andrews on Friday 29th August at 9.30 a.m.

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.

The church council has been advised by the Archdeacon of Coventry that we must take steps to clear any graves in the churchyard that have any unauthorised objects: this includes anything that is not sited in the gravestone itself e.g. vases, ornaments, artificial flowers etc. to facilitate the cutting of the grass.  We would be grateful if you are responsible for any grave that does not conform to the Diocese’s rules if you would remove unauthorised objects by the end of September at the latest.  If you know anyone else who is responsible for such a grave, please bring these concerns to their attention.  Beyond this date, the PCC will remove objects itself.

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 next Sunday Aug 31st.

4 p.m. Service
From September 28th, St Andrews is looking to launch a monthly service at 4 p.m. 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.

Walking Across Wales
St Andrews is planning to walk across Wales on Sat Sept 20th.  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.

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.

Garden Thanks
Many thanks to those who worked so hard last Saturday to tidy up the front churchyard garden.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly service for preschool children and their carers takes place on Tuesday at 9.15 a.m. Older children welcome during the school holidays

The foodbank have requested donations of the following: Tins of Custard,Tins of Rice pudding, Bags of sugar, Tins of Vegetables, Jams, Jars of Coffee, Jars of Sauce, Tins of Fish, Tins of meat, Milk, Tins of Soup, Biscuits, Tea bags, Tins of Chopped Tomatoes, Toilet rolls, Pasta, Rice, Juice, Nappy bags, Kitchen rolls, Tins of spaghetti, Tins of Marconi cheese and Tins of Evaporated milk

Limbrick Wood Prayer
Limbrick Wood Baptist Church was delighted when a small group from St Andrews joined their prayer meeting earlier this month.  There is a chance to do this again on Weds 3rd Sept at 7.30 p.m.  Please speak to Greg or Phil if you are interested in going.

Listen Again
Over 300 people have now visited the St Andrews website to listen to recent sermons on the ‘Listen Again Page’.  Do remember if you miss a week that this facility is available.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Jo Hanney, Anne McNulty, Heather Dukes and Flix Haynes. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Sermon Summary
Words are important for:
a)      Showing commitment
b)      Speaking love
c)      Declaring God’s praise

Tues 26th Aug              Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.
Tues 26th Aug              Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Fri 29th Aug                 Pat Yates funeral at 9.30 a.m.
Mon 1st Sep                 Leadership meeting at 7.30 p.m. at 55 Handsworth Cresc.
Weds 3rd Sep               Allesley Green meeting at 7.30 p.m.

Reading                       Matt 16.13-20 (p 983)
Reader                         Hilary Wankling
Preacher                      Greg Smith
President                     Greg Smith
Intercessions               Greg Smith
Comm Asst                  Emma Read
Sidespersons               June Orton & Sandra Watts
Organist                      Michael Watkins
Next week                   Matt 16.21-28