Pews News – 10th May 2015

10th May 2015 – Sixth Sunday of Easter 

Welcome
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.

Nepal
Following the visit of Dan & Philippa Munday to St. Andrew’s last Sunday, anyone who wishes to make a financial donation to support the people of Nepal and in particular Dan & Philippa’s work may do so by visiting the CMS website at www.cms-uk.org and looking for the Nepal earthquake fund.  If you wish, you can follow this up with an e-mail to income@cms-uk.orgto confirm that you wish the donation to go towards the rebuilding of the school KISC where Philippa works and the staff accommodation.

Foodbank
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
Many, many thanks to all those who supported Party in the Park last Monday. Something in the region of 1500 attended an event that was very warmly welcomed by residents on the estate. None of it could have happened without the volunteers who worked so hard on the day. Special thanks to the organizing committee: Julia, Richard, Emma, Lindsey, Veronika and Selina.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday May 11th at 9.15am when the theme will be the Tower of Babel. All welcome.

Christian Aid
Christian Aid week commences today, 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 Alex.

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.

Crèche
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.

Ascension
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 of interested parties, it has been decided to discontinue the experiment 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.

Pentecost
We will be celebrating Pentecost with a service of Family communion on Sunday 24th May at 10am. All welcome. Please also see the red folder at the back of church for events being held in Coventry City Centre to celebrate Pentecost.

Coventry Way
On September 12th, 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.

Recycling Medicines Volunteer
St. Andrew’s continues to support InterCare medical aid for Africa by being a collection point for people to donate unused medicines and other items, and the collection box continues to be used. InterCare sends medicines to health clinics in 6 of Africa’s poorest countries where pregnant women walk x45 kilometres to be treated at a clinic. If you would be able to help sort the medicines and items and drive them to Intercare in Leicester as and when required, please let me know. Please speak with Bev 07717 11 11 03.

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 today) 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.

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 oswaldsummerschool@yahoo.co.uk. For further details please see the poster in the red folder at the back of church.

Risen! The Musical
Saturday 23rd May at 7.30pm sees the Premiere of ‘Risen! The Musical’ in the big marquee in Broadgate. Featuring a large cast from the London College of Music, this amazing performance journeys through the incredible story of the Life, Death & Resurrection of Jesus – moving on to Pentecost. Risen! It is also an event that you can bring a friend to without it feeling “churchy”. Tickets are being subsidised by Coventry Pentecost with Adults just £5 and Children £2. For further details please see the poster in the red folder at the back of church.

Holiday
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 Ann Dove.

Prayer List
Please pray for Wendy Wilcox, Matt Monnington, Jack & Evelyn Gannon, Barbara Anderson, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Jackie Page, Margaret & Albert Whitehouse, Kay Wilding, Lara Santostefano and Peter Shale. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 10th May6.30pmSeek His Face in church
Mon 11th May7.30pmPCC meeting in church side room
Tues 12th May9.15amPram Service
Thurs 14th May7.00pmAscension Day Service
Tues 19th May7.30pmGrowing Leaders church
ReadingsActs 10.44-48 (p1105) & John 15.9-17 (p 1083)
ReadersPete Brueton & John Ross Barnard
PreacherHarvey Wyatt
Led ByLesley Lee
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
IntercessionsAlex Randle-Bissell
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary Wankling
Next WeekActs 1.15-17, 21-26 & John 17.6-19