Pews News – 26th April 2015

26th April 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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.

To Alex on his new post as Vicar of the Pastrow Benefice near Andover in Winchester Diocese. Alex’s final Sunday will be July 12th, with his licensing on Thursday 10th September in the evening. Please put both dates in your diary. And do pray for Alex, Bev, Jacob and Bronte at this exciting time of change.

Thank You
Grateful thanks to all who came to decorate the church on Easter Saturday. Also, thanks to Fay Gibbs and Alan Letten for the foliage and to everybody who donated so generously towards the flowers for Easter.

Many thanks to all those who supported our annual meeting last week. Emma Read and Nigel Dawes were reelected as churchwardens. The following were elected to the PCC: Nick Tooby, Richard Marr, Mathis Baumert, Anne Richardson, Diane Wilson, Jackie Lynch, Jeremy Thomas, Terri Beales, Daniel Smith, Trevor Hill and Steven Warne, who will serve alongside clergy, readers and Deanery Synod reps. Our grateful thanks go to Stan Cooper and Tricia Jewsbury who are standing down.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church is today at St. Oswald’s Church between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. This month’s theme is “Loving Easter”. There will be lots of fun activities in the main hall for all the family including making “Messy Crosses” involving paint splattering, making junk model angels, bead bracelets, woven placemats and decorating Easter cards, plus many more activities to celebrate Easter. After the activities the families will meet in the main church for a short celebration followed by a party tea with food and drinks for all.

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.

Pentecost Collection
We will be taking up a second collection this morning for the Pentecost event that takes place in Coventry city centre on May 23rd, organized by the churches together in Coventry. Please do give as generously to this as you are able. It is the principal act of witness that the church undertakes in our city.

Seek His Face
We feel that God is calling us to prioritise prayer and to make space for prophecy at St. Andrew’s and StAPH. Therefore Seek His Face is going to become a monthly gathering for worship, prayer and prophecy on the 2nd Sunday of every month (from May) from 6.30-7.30pm at St. Andrew’s. Do consider prioritising it, especially if you feel that God is calling you to pray or you think you may be interested in prophecy.

Children’s Society
Many thanks to all box holders who have helped to raise a record total of £1325.14 to help vulnerable and homeless children. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated. If you know anyone who would like to have a box to help this amazing charity, please contact Jackie Lynch on  024 7646 7344.

Limbrick Wood Prayer
Anyone wanting to join the prayer meeting at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church on Wednesday 6th May at 7.30pm should speak to Greg.

Peace House Meal Volunteers
Coventry Peace House supports refugees and homeless asylum seekers and is situated on the Stoney Stanton Road. Would you be able to provide a vegetarian meal for x20 refugees once every 2 months? If so, please speak with Bev on 07717 11 11 03 and I would be really pleased to speak with you about this.

May Day in Allesley Green
St. Andrew’s is organizing a second Fun Day in Allesley Green on Monday 4th May from 1pm to 5pm. If you are willing to help with this by staffing a game or stall, please speak to Greg or email Julie at or telephone 07756 918847. We will also need cakes! Please let Greg or Julie know if you are willing and able to donate a cake for sale.

Dan and Philippa Munday
We look forward to welcoming our missionary partners, Dan and Philippa, to our Worship 4 All service next Sunday May 3rd, when they will be speaking about their experiences in Nepal.

Plant Sale
The Plant Sale will take place in St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday 9th May between the hours of 10am and 12pm. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be made available and there will be a raffle. For further information please contact either Trevor Hill or David Griffiths.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday April 28th at 9.15am when the theme will be Noah’s Ark. All welcome.

Christian Aid
Christian Aid week commences on Sunday 10th May. If you are willing to join our loyal band of collectors, please contact Pat Sullivan on 024 7647 0550 or speak to Greg.

We are going to trial hosting crèche in the school to facilitate a closer working relationship between the crèche and Junior Church. Please see Becky Crowe for further information.

Please note there will be an Ascension Day service on Thursday 14th May at 7pm at which Alex will be presiding.

Please see the red folder at the back of church for information on:
Distraction Theft
Young Expectant Parents Courses

Coventry Way
On 12th September, a party from St. Andrew’s will be walking the Coventry Way. This is a forty mile path that circuits the city, mainly through fields and off road paths, and unlike last year’s venture is entirely flat! You are invited to consider walking some or all of the route, mindful that we will be raising funds for both St. Andrew’s and the Laura Centre (a charity that provides support to bereaved children and parents who have lost children). We are also looking for a support group to provide refreshments and transport. There is a briefing meeting on Monday 22nd June at the Vicarage. Please see Greg for further information.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm and will be led by Kate Dagger.

Please note that Greg and Fran will be taking holiday from 12th-21st May. Please contact Alex on 07717 778853 if you need to speak to a member of the clergy.

Please note that the PCC recently agreed the following three priorities for 2015:

Encountering God through worship, prayer and prophecy
Deepening our fellowship
The mission and ministry of StAPH and Bannerbrook Park

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

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

Diary Dates
Sun 26th April4.00pmFamily Service 4 all@4
Tues 28th April9.15amPram Service
Tues 28th April7.30pmLeadership Meeting at 39 Poundgate Lane
Thurs 30th AprHealing Team meeting
Mon 4th May1-5pmMay Day in Allesley Green
Tues 5th May7.30pmDeanery Synod at Westwood Church
Weds 6th May11.00amHome Communion briefing at the Vicarage
Weds 6th May7.30pmPrayer meeting at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church
Weds 6th May7.30pmStAPH Leadership Team meeting
ReadingsActs 4.5-12 (p 1095) & John 10.11-18 (p 1076)
ReadersGeorge Cooke & Ann Crowley
PreacherAlex Randle-Bissell
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstNick Tooby
OrganistMichael Watts
CrècheVeronika and Gary
Next Week at 8amActs 8.26-40 & John 15.1-8