Pews News – 12th July 2015

12th July 2015 – Sixth Sunday after Trinity 

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.

We bid a sad farewell to Alex, Bev, Jacob and Bronte today. It has been a great joy to have them as members of the St. Andrew’s family over the last three years. And we wish them God’s many blessings in their onward journey. Do continue to remember them in your prayers. All are welcome to stay for lunch after the service.

Thank you
To everyone who supported the recent plant sale as helpers or as buyers. We raised £200. See you all again net year! David Griffiths.

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 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 immensely grateful for those who have volunteered to be part of the support group. A practice walk is planned on 21st August.  Anyone who can walk 3 miles an hour is welcome to join us for this. Please see Greg for further information.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service for pre-school children and carers takes place on Tuesday 14th July at 9.15am with refreshments served before and after this time of song, craft and story. All welcome.

140th Anniversary Weekend
Jonathan Veira, a renowned Christian international singer, raconteur and comedian has agreed to perform along with his family at our 140th anniversary concert on Saturday 15th August, which will be held at the Massey Ferguson Social Concert room. Jonathan Veira is an international baritone who has performed with the English National Opera as well as in the West End. Tickets are available from Fran, Rosemarie, Jackie or Julie at a cost of £12. Because we anticipate great interest in this concert, we are not putting tickets on general sale until June 28th. Also that weekend, on Sunday 16th, there will be a tea party at the Vicarage between 4 and 6pm, during which time Charles and Jill Holbrook have very kindly offered to open up the old Vicarage to guided tours. At 6.30pm we will have a Songs of Praise Service in church.

Songs of Praise
If you want to nominate a hymn or song for Songs of Praise on 16th August, there is a box at the back of church in which to place your vote. Please write clearly, include your name and if you wish the reason for choosing that hymn. Closing date for voting is 2nd August.

Holiday Club
We are going to be running a Holiday Club for primary school aged children on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July from 9-3.30pm in church on the theme of creation. We have a maximum capacity for the two days of 30. The cost is £10 per child (£5 per day), lunch included. Please contact Julie at or 07756 918847 to reserve a place. Anyone willing to help with the two days, by providing refreshments or assisting one of the leaders should speak to Lesley Lee.

Alex Induction Service
Alex will be inducted into his new parish on Thursday 10th September at 7.30pm. St. Andrew’s will organize a coach to take us provided there is sufficient interest. We also need to know absolute numbers who would like to go (even if you would prefer to make your own way) because places in the church may be limited. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of church as soon as possible.

Seek His Face
Our monthly time of prayer, prophecy and worship takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome.

Bannerbrook Park Community Day
Many thanks to all those who supported the Community Day on Bannerbrook Park yesterday, especially those who volunteered their time to staff stalls etc.  Special thanks to Phil, the chief organizer.

Youth Picnic
On Sunday 19th July, in place of our regular Youth Service, there will be a picnic in Stratford upon Avon for young people. Parents and anyone else is welcome to join us from 3pm. We will have a walking treasure hunt and play a variety of games for all the family. If you wish to join us and/or able to offer a lift please see Nick or email

Fair Trade
We have decided to offer sales of food and gifts on just one Sunday a month (the 3rd Sunday). We hope that more people will support this worthwhile charity which gives producers a fair price.  This enables them to help educate their children and have better healthcare and housing. Thank you, Flix Haynes and Alison Watts.

Reconciling a Wounded Planet Conference – Volunteers Needed
Some of you may be aware that Alex is running a major environmental conference for the Diocese on 18th & 19th September 2015. Volunteers are needed to help with catering, stewarding etc. If you would like to help, please speak to Dawn Easthope or email

Kids Klub
Which operates at Jardine Youth Centre in Tile Hill providing games and other activities for Primary School children in a Christian context, now includes a parents café. Anyone who would like to support this by serving refreshments should speak to Greg. The Club runs every Tuesday from 4.30-6.30pm.

Please note that Greg and Fran will be on holiday from 15th-18th July inclusive.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Julia McNaney.

Prayer List
Please pray for Matt Monnington, Brenda Lawrence, Barbara Anderson, Fred Mickelwright, Dave Best, 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 12th July6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 13th July7.30pmPCC
Tues 14th July9.15amPram Service
Sun 19th JulyYouth Picnic at Stratford
Mon 20th & Tues 21st July9-3.30pmHoliday Club
Tues 21st July7.00pmChoir meeting
ReadingsPsalm 18.3-19 (p 551) & Matt 14.22-36 (p 981)
ReadersPeter Brueton & John Ross-Barnard
PreacherAlex Randle-Bissell
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
Led byGreg Smith
Comm AsstsBev, Greg & Harvey
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary Wankling
Readings Next WeekActs 10.9-23 & John 8.1-11