Pews News – 31st January 2016

31st January 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

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.

Worship and Encounter
This morning sees the start of a three part sermon series on worship, with Sue Masters speaking today, Dan Smith at Worship 4 All and Greg on 14th February. To coincide with this series, we are hosting a special worship event ‘Encounter’ on Sunday 21st February at 6.30pm with extended times of worship to facilitate our encounter with God, without rushing on to the next thing in the service. Please do come and join us. We have invited guest worship leaders from Westwood Church and we want to welcome them by showing our commitment to worship.

Choir Mistress
The PCC are delighted to announce the appointment of Dawn Easthope as the new leader of the choir. She will be ably supported by our two organists, Michael and Ben. No doubt, George will continue to be available to provide support and advice. We are very grateful to all the choir for their hard work over the last 12 months since George’s retirement, with special thanks to Sue Barnes for all her work. Any queries about the choir should be directed to Dawn in person or at

Plans are being finalized to redevelop the porch that serves as the entrance to St. Andrew’s. We have two objectives in mind: to make the church appear more welcoming and to conserve energy. Accordingly, we will glaze the porch, move the oak doors to replace the gate and install more welcoming doors that are part glazed. This project, which has been funded by a generous legacy should enable us to save on our heating consumption, given how much heat is lost on a Sunday by the doors opening and closing. At the same time, during the day when the church is open, it should be possible for people to see inside without having to open the forbidding oak doors first. Anyone who wishes to comment on this project should speak to Trevor Hill.

Ignatian Service
Please note our monthly Ignatian Service will take place next Sunday at 6.30pm led by Kate Dagger and Dawn Easthope and giving opportunity for prayer and meditation.

Eco Church Launch
The Diocesan Environmental Group invites you to join them for the launch of Eco Church at St. Peter’s, Wellesbourne on Tuesday 23rd February at 8.00pm. Please see the poster at the back of church for further details.

Valentine’s Night Social
Following the success of last year’s Valentine’s dinner, another dinner dance, open to all, will take place on Saturday 13th February at 7pm at Westwood Social Club. Tickets cost £20 per person and are now available from Fran 76422856, Rosemarie 76679512 or Jackie 76467344.

Restored Lives
St. Andrew’s will be running a further Restored Lives course for those who have been through relationship breakdown on Thursday evenings from February 4th (poster at the back of church). Anyone willing to help cater one of the evenings should speak to Fran.

St. Andrew’s Lent Group 2016
Christmas not long forgotten and already Easter is upon us! This year we will again be running a small group during Lent where we will spend time together looking at Scripture as we prepare for the significance of Easter. The group will meet on Thursday afternoons over five weeks starting on Thursday 18th February. We will be using the York Lent Course material The Psalms- prayers for today’s church which focuses on five different Psalms over the five weeks. The afternoon will include a time for fellowship and group discussion as we share together. The afternoons will begin at 2.00pm and finish at 3.30pm and will be held at 55 Handsworth Crescent. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on

A message from foodbank. The most urgently required items at present are nappies and personal hygiene items.

Prayer before Service
Anyone who would like to pray before the service would be welcome to join the small group in the upper room between 9.40 and 9.50am.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service, for pre-school children and their carers, takes place on Tues 9th February at 9.15am with refreshments served from 8.45am. The theme of the service is Daniel’s friends, with stories, craft and songs to entertain and educate the little ones.

Holiday Club
Please note that St. Andrew’s will be running a Holiday Club for St. Andrew’s and Eastern Green children on Monday 22nd February from 9am – 3.15pm. This has been arranged to coincide with a Teacher Day for the two schools. The theme of the day led by Greg, Jonathan, Lesley and Selina will be Jonah and the Whale. The cost of the day will be £5, including lunch and drinks. Please bring outwear footwear and a coat. For further information, please contact Julie at

Palm Crosses
In readiness for our Ash Wednesday service at 7pm on 10th February, the congregation are invited to return any palm crosses that have been saved since last Lent. These will be burnt and combined with olive oil to form the ashes with which we will be anointed at the Ashing Service. Please return the crosses to church by Sunday 7th February at the latest.

Party in the Park
The Church Council have just agreed to sponsor Party in the Park, a fun day in Allesley Green for the third year. This will take place on Monday 2nd May on Juniper Park and will be organized jointly with Allesely Green Residents Association. The organizing committee would be pleased to receive suggestions from anyone with ideas as to how to build on the success of the last two years.  Please speak to Richard Marr, Julia McNaney or Greg.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Philippa Munday, our Mission Partners is at the back of church.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rosemarie Over.

Prayer List
Please pray for Betty Wright, Angela Satchwell, Hannah Miller, Pam Bennell, John Mills, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Flix Haynes, Pauline & Colin Smith, Derek Shale, Ian Morris, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Margaret & Albert Whitehouse, Kay Wilding and Peter Shale. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 31st Jan12.30pmStAPH Social
Mon 1st Feb5.45pmDrama club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 1st Feb7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Tues 2nd Feb7.30pmDeanery Synod at Berkswell
Weds 3rd Feb7.30pmPrayer meeting at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church
Weds 3rd Feb7.00pmMarriage Preparation in church
Thurs 4th Feb7.00pmRestored Lives at the Vicarage
Sun 7th Feb6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 8th Feb7.30pmPCC in church
Tues 9th Feb2.00pmPastoral Care Ctte
ReadingsPsalm 100 and Revelation 22 1-9
ReadersNorah Hall & Trevor Hill
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
Led bySue Masters
IntercessionsSue Masters
Comm AsstSue/Emma/Harvey
CrècheAlison & Claire
SidespersonsJune Orton & Sandra Watts
Readings next week at 8am2 Cor 3.12-4.2 & Luke 9.28-36