Pews News – 22nd February 2015

22nd February 2015 – First Sunday of Lent

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 and Junior Church
Unless otherwise stated, Holy Communion on Sundays includes a crèche for under 3s and Junior Church for 3+.

Tea and Coffee
This week, as requested by the PCC, we are trying a new way of providing refreshments after the service. There will be a table at the back of church with hot water, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits. Paper cups are provided. It will be self-service. A member of the coffee rota will be there to help those who cannot serve themselves. It is hoped this will encourage more people to stay and enjoy a drink after the service for fellowship.  Please do take the opportunity to stay for a few minutes to meet people.

Mothering Sunday
Volunteers needed to make up bunches of flowers please on Saturday 14th March at 9.15am. Children over the age of 10 years would be welcome to come and help. It takes about half an hour. Please let Ann Dove know if you can help. Thank you.

Children’s Society Boxes
It’s that time of year again. I will be collecting the boxes throughout February. Please bring yours to church if you can, otherwise I will collect from you at some time in the month. Thank you for your continuing support. Jackie Lynch, 024 7646 7344.

The Foodbank have requested donations of the following items. Tins of: meat, fish, rice pudding and custard; jars of: pasta sauce, coffee and jam; toilet rolls, tooth brushes, toothpaste and kitchen roll.

Home Communion
We are exploring the possibility of developing a team to take home communion to the housebound. Anyone who would like to train for this vital ministry should speak to Greg. Also, if you know of anyone who might like to receive home communion, let Greg know.

Allesley Green Residents Association
The next meeting of the Allesley Green Residents Association, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Church, takes place at Park Hill School on Tuesday 23rd February at 7pm.

Home Groups
We continue our sermon series today on Home Groups:
Feb 8th             Sue Masters                 Home Groups and discipleship
Feb 22nd           Greg Smith                  Home Groups and pastoral care
March 1st         Greg/Sue                     Home Groups and mission
Please speak to Sue if you want to know more.

Projector Rota
We are still looking for volunteers to join the rota for operating the sound system and powerpoint. Anyone else willing to help should speak to Steve Martin or Steve Wankling.

Talent Show
St. Andrew’s has got talent show will take place on Saturday 21st March in the village hall, assuming St. Andrew’s has got talent and people are ready to display it for a fun evening. You don’t have to be very good, just brave! Please speak to Victoria Kaczur if interested at

Limbrick Wood Prayer
There will be a prayer meeting at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church on Wednesday 4th March at 7.30pm. Anyone wanting a lift should speak to Greg.

Drama Course
A 5 week drama course for 8-14 year olds will take place at Jardine Youth Centre on Mondays from 5.30-6.30pm starting 2nd March. Please see Greg, Selina or Ben for further details.

Spring Harvest
The party from St. Andrew’s attending Spring Harvest from April 6th-10th at Minehead are still hoping that others might join us. Four nights self catering at Butlins with access to an amazingly full programme of teaching, worship (led by Graham Kendrick), leisure activities and above all fellowship is £189, reduced rates for children. A week pass without accommodation is £114. If interested, please speak to Greg or Fran. There is a social evening at the Vicarage on Friday 20th March at 7pm for all those going.

Our church plant that meets at Woodlands School has moved. It is now in the more comfortable and more accessible venue of the Sixth Form Block at the school just to the left of the main gate.  The services take place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month at 10.30am.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am. Stories, song and craft, coffee and biscuits with doors open from 8.45am. The theme this week is ‘forbidden fruit’.

Beetle Drive
Please put our Beetle Drive on your calendars. This will take place at Park Hill School on Friday 6th March. Tickets are available from Emma Read or Julie on 07756 918847 at a cost of £3 for adults or £2 for children, with family tickets at £8.

Lent Group
We will be hosting a Lent group on Tuesday afternoons at the Vicarage, commencing this Tuesday, 24th February at 2-3.30pm. All are welcome, but it would be helpful to have some idea of numbers. Please let Greg or Sue Masters know if you are interested.

Forall@4 Service
Our next service will be held in church this afternoon. The service is aimed at primary school children and their families. It is a service full of fun games, quizzes and songs. The theme for this service is Love. Services take place every fourth Sunday.

Ignatian Service
The next Ignatian Service on Sunday 1st March at 6.30pm will be led by the Bishop of Warwick.

Visitors Book
Whether you are new to the church or a long-standing member we welcome your comments on the church, churchyard, service, etc. The Visitors Book is located at the back of church.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Wendy Wilcox, Barbara Hesketh, Matt Monnington, Jo Hanney, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Margaret & Albert Whitehouse, Kay Wilding and Lara Santostefano. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 22nd Feb4.00pmForall@4 at 4pm
Mon 23rd Feb7.30pmFinance and Fabric Committee in Church
Tues 24th Feb9.15amPram Service
Tues 24th Feb2.00pmLent Group at the Vicarage
Weds 25th FebSub 40 Group at 25 Tilewood Avenue
Thurs 26th Feb7.00pmRestored Lives at the Vicarage
Sun 1st March6.30pmIgnatian Service led by Bishop John
Mon 2nd March5.30pmYouth Drama starts at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 3rd March8.00pmAlpha leaders at the Vicarage
ReadingsPsalm 23 (p 555) & John 11.17-35 (p 1078)
ReadersFlix Haynes & Jill Joyce
PreacherGreg Smith
Led byAlex Randle-Bissell
IntercessionsGreg Smith
Comm AsstAlex Randle-Bissell
MusicGeorge Cooke
CrècheAshleigh Fowler & Alison Watts
Next Week at 8amGen 17.1-7,15-16 & Mark 8.31-38