Pews News – 3rd May 2015

3rd May 2015 – Fifth 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.

Special Welcome
To Philippa and Dan Munday, our missionary partners, who are speaking at our service this morning about their work in Nepal. Dan and Philippa were scheduled to join us this morning before the terrible earthquake struck Nepal, so the timing of their visit is coincidental. However, we are immensely grateful to them for their guidance they are able to give us in praying for Nepal and its people and supporting them in more practical ways at this time of tragedy.

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.

At our AGM last month, 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.

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.

Foodbank is in need of tea, coffee and sugar, so any donations of these will be warmly appreciated. Please no more baked beans. We have a baked bean mountain!

May Day in Allesley Green
St. Andrew’s is organizing a second Fun Day in Allesley Green tomorrow, Monday 4th May from 1pm to 5pm. We still need cakes! Please let Greg or Julie know if you are willing and able to donate a cake for sale.

Don’t forget to vote on Thursday. Church leaders of all denominations are urging all Christians to exercise their democratic right. Do take this seriously.

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.

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.

Brenda Lawrence
Brenda would be very much like to rejoin the St. Andrew’s fellowship following the death of her husband Nev, but needs a lift to church. The person giving a lift would need to be able to push Brenda and her wheelchair and lift the wheelchair which collapses into the boot of a medium sized car. However, Brenda is able to lift herself in and out of the wheelchair and in and out of the car. If anyone is willing to help with this (even on an occasional basis) please speak to Sara Parkes or Greg.

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

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

Tea and Coffee
Following a brief meeting last week after church, it has been decided to discontinue the experiment (as of this morning) of hosting tea and coffee at the back of church. Refreshments will be served in the side room after the service as before.  However, we would want to remind the congregation as to the purpose of the experiment: to encourage more people to stay for a short time after the service to catch up with others members of the St. Andrew’s family. People are welcome to bring drinks into the church.

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 tonight at 6.30pm and will be led by Kate Dagger.

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.

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.

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.

Nepal Tea
Dan & Philippa Munday invite you to an afternoon tea fundraising event on Monday 4th May from 2-4pm at St Mark’s Church Hall , Rugby Road. For further details please see the poster and message in the red folder at the back of church.

Volunteers Wanted
Can you spare a few hours on 27th May and 28th May (mornings only) to support a summer school in Tile Hill for local children? In return you will receive training, practical experience for CV enhancement, lunch and travel costs. For more information contact Noreen on 07534 912578 or email : For further details please see the poster in the red folder at the back of church.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Aileen Barwick.

Prayer List
Please pray for 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.

Diary Dates
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
Sat 9th May10-12 noonPlant sale in church
Sat 9th May7.30pmPoetry evening at the Village Hall
Sun 10th May6.30pmSeek His Face in church
Mon 11th May7.30pmPCC meeting in church
Tues 12th May9.15amPram Service
Readings at 8amActs 8.26-40 (p 1101) & John 15.1-8 (p 1083)
ReaderMaureen Hall
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
Worship 4 All Led ByGreg Smith
SpeakersDan & Philippa Munday
SidespersonsTrevor Hill & Ann Dove
Next WeekActs 10.44-48 & John 15.9-17