Pews News – 1st March 2015

1st March 2015 – Second 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.

Valentine’s Thank You
Thank you to all those who supported the Valentine’s Dinner Dance last Saturday. A wonderful time was had by all. Special thanks to Jackie, Rosemarie and Fran for their incredible hard work.

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.

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.

Discipleship Survey
Every two years, we conduct a short survey which helps us plan our ministry with the congregation. For the survey to be really useful, it requires everyone to take part. The questionnaire takes less than 60 seconds to complete, asking only 4 questions. Unless you are a visitor, even if you have been attending for only a few weeks, please do fill in a questionnaire. It is entirely confidential.

Tea and Coffee
We have introduced a new self-service system for tea and coffee. Hot drinks dispensers are sited at the back of church for people to help themselves. We have introduced this to encourage more people to stay after the service for fellowship. Please do take the opportunity to stay for a few minutes to meet with old friends and make new ones.

Home Groups
We conclude our sermon series today on Home Groups:
8th Feb             Sue Masters                 Home Groups and discipleship
22nd Feb           Greg Smith                  Home Groups and pastoral care
1st March         Greg/Sue                     Home Groups and mission
Please speak to Sue if you want to know about how to find the right home group for you.

Technical 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 tomorrow, March 2nd. 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.

StAPH and Bannerbrook Park
On Sunday March 15th, the Bannerbrook Park Mission Team is going to be decommissioned (and warmly thanked) and the lead responsibility for mission on the estate taken over by the StAPH congregation. Do please pray for the Bannerbrook Park estate at this exciting time.

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. We are also looking for volunteers to bake a cake for the event. Please see Greg or Emma if you are able to help.

Sidespersons Evening
All sidespersons are warmly invited to a thank you cheese and wine party in the church sideroom on Thursday 12th March at 7pm. If you have not yet indicated whether you are able to attend, please let Greg or Steve Wankling know.

Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday (March 29th), we will be reenacting the passion story. Anyone wishing to take part in this should speak to Greg as soon as possible.

Lent Group
Our Lent group continues to meet on Tuesday afternoons (this week in church), at 2pm-3.30pm. All are welcome. We are studying Stephen Cotterell’s book, The Nail.

Ignatian Service
The next Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm and will be led by the Bishop of Warwick.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Wendy Wilcox, Barbara Hesketh, Matt Monnington, Jo Hanney, Barbara Anderson, 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 1st March6.30pmIgnatian Service led by Bishop John
Mon 2nd March5.30pmYouth Drama starts at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 3rd March2.00pmLent Group meets in Church
Tues 3rd March8.00pmAlpha leaders at the Vicarage
Weds 4th March7.30pmLimbrick Wood Prayer
Thurs 5th March7.00pmRestored Lives at the Vicarage
Fri 6th March7.00pmBeetle Drive at Park Hill School
Mon 9th March7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 10th March9.15amPram Service
Tues 10th March7.30pmJunior Church Leaders at 28 Poundgate Lane
Readings at 8amGen 17.1-7,15-16 (p 16) & Mark 8.31-38 (p 1012)
ReaderElizabeth Shelton
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All led bySue Masters and Greg Smith
Next WeekExodus 10.1-17 & John 2.13-22