Pews News – 24th May 2015

24th May 2015 – Pentecost Sunday

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.

A special welcome to our Pentecost service this morning including Family Communion. It’s not too late to look in the red folder at the back of church for events being held in Coventry City Centre this afternoon to celebrate this special ocassion.

Thank You
To everyone who came to the Poetry and Prose Evening. It was a great evening with over twenty people contributing readings. Congratulations to all contributors and thanks also to all those who gave a hand with organisation. We raised over £200 for Church. Thanks, Stephen Warne.

Following the visit of Dan & Philippa Munday, and particularly in light of the recent events in Nepal, 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 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 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!

Christian Aid
Thank you to all those people who generously gave of their time to collect for Christian Aid last week, and for all who have given a donation. Please could you ensure that all money collected has been passed on to Pat Sullivan (024 7647 0550) or speak to Greg or 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.

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.

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.

Prayer Ministry Team
Next week the Prayer Ministry Team will be leading the service at St. Andrew’s, talking about the Holy Spirit the Comforter including Holy Communion.

Bannerbrook Park Community Day
A date for your diary. This year’s Community Day will be taking place on Saturday 11th July from 12-4pm. Please contact Phil Richardson if you would like a stall or can help out in any way.

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 kilometers to be treated at a clinic. Many thanks to Jill Joyce who has volunteered to take up coordinating this ministry. Please do continue to bring in any unused items on the list to send.

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 second Sunday of every month 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 this week 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jean Selby.

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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 24th May4.00pmFamily Service 4all@4
Wed 27th May10.00amHoly Communion
Wed 27th May7.30pmBaptism Team Meeting
Sun 31st May10.00amService led by Prayer Ministry Team at St. Andrew’s
ReadingsActs 2.1-21 & John 15.26-27,16.4-15
ReadersJames Durrant & George Cooke
PreacherGreg Smith
Led ByGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsHarvey Watson
SidespersonsRosemarie Over & Stan Cooper