Pews News – 22nd March 2015

22nd March 2015 – Fifth 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.

Thank You
To all the volunteers that came and helped make up the Mothers Day posies last week. It was especially nice to see some children there. Thank you again, Ann Dove.

Pastoral Care Cards
As part of the Pastoral Care Group, cards are sent to bereaved, people who are ill in hospital or home, lonely or depressed to let them know that we at St. Andrew’s care and are thinking of them. If you know any person who would appreciate a card please let me know. Thank you, Ann Dove.

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.

Passover Meal
At the start of Holy Week on Monday 30th March at 7pm there will be a traditional Passover meal in church. It is a wonderful way of walking in the footsteps of Jesus – there is a sign up sheet at the back of church if you would like to come or please see Alex for details.

Easter Flowers
Volunteers needed to help decorate the church for Easter on Saturday 4th April at 9.00am. Also, if you would like to donate towards the cost of Easter flowers please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Messy Church
Messy Church takes place at St. Oswald’s Church today between 3.30pm and 5.30pm with the theme “Temptation” with lots of fun activities planned for all the family, followed by a short celebration and meal.

An Evening of Poetry and Prose
To take place on Saturday 9th May from 7.30pm until 10ish at Eastern Green Village Hall. Cheese, wine and soft drinks will be provided. Please Phone Stephen or Eileen Warne on 024 7647 1350 if you would be willing to contribute. Tickets cost £8 and are available at St. Andrew’s from Rita Muir and StaPH from Eileen Warne.

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Boxes of weekly giving envelopes for the new Tax Year beginning 12 April are now available at the back of the church. We are most grateful to all those who agree to donate regularly every week as this helps us to manage our budget for the coming year. Please continue to return your envelopes regularly. We are able to recover from the Inland Revenue 25p for every pound that is Gift Aided so please complete a Gift Aid Form (blue forms in the dispenser at the back of church) if you are a tax payer but have never completed a form. It is also important that we know if your circumstances change and you no longer pay tax. Last year our tax refund was£10380 making this an important source of income. Richard Marr (01676 522697).

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.

Due to my illness, it is nearly a year since there was a Fairtrade sales table in church. I hope to ‘start up again’ on 19th April and continue sales as before, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Fairtrade (Traidcraft) is a great charity, which helps producers get a fairer price for their products. This enables them and their families to have a better life style, with money for educating their children, better housing, a safer water supply etc. Please do support the Fairtrade sales in church, even if you only want to buy a chocolate bar once a month! Thanks, Flix Haynes.

StAPH and Bannerbrook Park
The Bannerbrook Park Mission Team has been decommissioned (and warmly thanked) and the lead responsibility for mission on the estate taken over by the StAPH congregation. The St. Andrew’s congregation remains very much committed to this mission. Anyone who wants to get practically involved should contact Phil Richardson at is a prayer walk on Bannerbrook Park next Sunday at 3pm starting at 53 Astoria Drive.

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.

The church’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday April 13th at 7.30pm preceded by Holy Communion at 7pm. If anyone would like to stand for PCC, please speak to Greg about this. Do come along to the annual meeting, which is a great chance to hear all that the church has been about over the last 12 months; and a good way of showing your support to all those who work so hard.

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. If you have comments about the new system, please feed them back to a churchwarden or other member of the PCC rather than our hard working coffee team.

Pram Service
Our bi-monthly Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am with doors open and refreshments served from 8.45am.

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.

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.

Our monthly service for primary school aged children and their families takes place this afternoon at 4pm. The theme of this informal, family friendly service this month is Creation.

Holy Week Services
There is a very full programme of services for Holy Week. Please see the back of church for details. Anyone wishing to attend the Passover Supper should complete the sign-up sheet for catering purposes.

Talent Show
Many thanks to all those who supported the Talent Show last night either by performing or coming along to cheer acts on. Special thanks to Victoria and the Sub 40 team for organizing the evening.

Maundy Thursday
There is a service at Coventry Cathedral on Maundy Thursday at 10.30am which offers the opportunity to worship as a diocese together and to renew our commitment to the Lord. For further details or a lift, please speak to Greg.

Drama Course
A 5 week drama course for 8-14 year olds at Jardine Youth Centre on Mondays from 5.30-6.30pm continues tomorrow, March 23rd. Please see Greg, Selina or Ben for further details.

City Praise
The twice yearly City Praise service takes place next Sunday, March 29th at 6.30pm at the Welcome Centre, Parkside in Coventry city centre. Last time, some 900 Christians from over 60 different churches gathered together to worship. If you would like a lift, please speak to Sara Parkes or Greg.

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

Vulnerable Mission Conference
Avoiding Dependency in Global Christian Mission…Vulnerable Mission a potential answer. On 18th April a conference is being held in Coventry for anyone in the West Midlands, involved in cross-cultural mission or interested in supporting it, to discuss some of these issues and to see how they impact on our support. Please see the flier at the back of church for further details.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Wendy Wilcox, 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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 22nd March4.00pmForall@4 service in church
Mon 23rd March5.30pmYouth Drama at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 23rd March7.30pmForall@4 Review meeting in church
Tues 24th March9.15amPram Service
Tues 24th March7.30pmHome Group Leaders social at the Unicorn
Weds 25th March2.00pmCredit Union Review in church
Weds 25th March6.00pmPalm Sunday Rehearsal
Sun 29th Mar6.30pmCity Praise at the Welcome Centre
Tues 31st Mar7.45pmService of Light rehearsal in church
ReadingsJeremiah 31.31-34 (p 793) & John 12.20-33 (p 1080)
ReadersPete Brueton & Hilary Wankling
PreacherAlex Randle-Bissell
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstAlex Randle-Bissell
CrècheVictoria Kaczur & Gary Corden
Next WeekPalm Sunday Gospel