Pews News – 8th March 2015

8th March 2015 – Third 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.

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.

Bannerbrook Park Easter Egg Hunt
The Bannerbrook Easter Egg Hunt is taking place in the park on Bannerbrook from 12-2pm on Saturday 4th April. Do come along, and contact Phil on if you are interested in helping out.

Budget Headlines
The Church Council recently approved the new budget for 2015. We are anticipating an increase in expenditure of 8% on last year’s budget. This includes an increase of 4% on the money we pay the diocese (as our contribution to help poorer churches increases); an increased musician budget; and an increase in the amount we are paying Phil Richardson since he will work a full year in 2015 compared to the seven months of 2014. We will not be hosting a gift day, which raised £4,000 last year, but we are hoping that those members of the congregation who are able to increase their giving will consider doing so. We would also like to encourage those who put money on the plate to consider switching to the envelope scheme or direct debit. We continue to be grateful to the Diocesan Mission Fund for a £4,000 grant to support the work of StAPH.  We are also immensely grateful to Pat Yates and Doris Pratt for generously remembering St. Andrew’s with bequests. Greg or Jackie Lynch will be happy to answer any questions about the budget.

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.

Home Groups
Following our series on home groups, we would want to encourage members who have never tried a home group to think seriously about joining a group on a trial basis. Please speak to Sue Masters if you want to know about how to find the right home group for you.

Electoral Roll
We are in the process of updating our electoral roll. This is the record of church membership and anyone who attends St. Andrew’s regularly should be on it. A brief form must be completed before the end of March and is available from our Electoral Roll officer, Lesley Harrison or Greg.

Roy Emery
Sad news that Roy Emery, a St.Andrew’s stalwart from years gone by, died very suddenly at home on Monday at the age of 75. His funeral takes place on Tuesday 17th March at 2pm at St. Leonard’s Church, Sandridge, St Albans.

Canon Tony Darby
We also learnt this week of the death of Canon Tony Darby at the age of 90, former Vicar of St. Mary Magdalene and supporter of this church during holiday times and times of interregnum.

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

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 and continues tomorrow, March 9th. Please see Greg, Selina or Ben for further details.

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
Next 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.

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.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am with the telling of the story of Noah’s Ark for pre-school children and their carers.

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 2-3.30pm. All are welcome. We are studying Stephen Cotterell’s book, The Nail.

Operations Manager (Venture and Falcon holidays)
CPAS are an evangelical mission agency recruiting for an operations manager. Applicants will be committed to mission and passionate about the operational structures that make mission possible. This is a significant role at the centre of our team which includes partnering with the team leader to influence strategy for the future of Ventures and Falcons, creating systems to support new initiatives, innovating changes to make our current systems more efficient, line managing operational staff and releasing our 3,000 volunteers to lead life-changing holidays. The deadline for applications is 11am on Thursday 26 March, 2015. For more information and an application pack, please visit

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
Mon 9th March5.30pmYouth Drama at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 9th March7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 10th March9.15amPram Service
Tues 10th March6.30pmPalm Sunday meeting for production staff in church
Tues 10th March7.30pmJunior Church Leaders at 28 Poundgate Lane
Thurs 12th March7.00pmSidespersons evening in church
Tues 17th March7.00pmChoir Practice
Weds 18th March7.30pmAllesley Green Group
Fri 20th March7.00pmSpring Harvest Social at the Vicarage
ReadingsExodus 10.1-17 (p 67) & John 2.13-22 (p 1065)
ReadersHarvey Wyatt & George Cooke
PreacherSue Masters
Led byNick Tooby
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstNick Tooby
Next Week1 Sam 1.20-28 & Luke 2.33-35