Pews News – 14th February 2016

14th February 2016 – First Sunday of Lent

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.

Worship and Encounter
This morning sees the final part in a three part sermon series on worship. 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 morningstar68@hotmail.co.uk.

Holiday
Please note Greg and Fran will be taking a short holiday from Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th February inclusive. Enquiries should be directed to the Church Office.

Seek His Face
Our monthly service of prayer, worship and prophecy takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All welcome. The focus of our prayer will be our children and our ministry with them.

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

Electoral Roll
The annual revision of the electoral roll is soon to take place from 21st February to 20th March.  If you are already on the electoral roll at St. Andrew’s, there is no need to do anything. However, if you have joined the church over the last 12 months, we would strongly encourage you to register your membership by joining the roll. See Greg or Lesley Harrison to obtain a form.

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.

Hope for Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday is a day of great joy for many at our Worship 4 All service on Mothering Sunday 6th March, we will be celebrating all the good things our mums have brought into our lives. However, for some Mothering Sunday is one of the most difficult days of the year, a day to be endured rather than celebrated. With this in mind, St. Andrew’s is hosting a very special service on March 6th at 4pm. There will be an opportunity to light a candle as an act of healing as parents remember children they have lost through death or estrangement; children remember parents they have lost and would-be parents express their sorrow for the children they have been unable to bear. The readings and liturgy will be appropriate for such an occasion and we invite both those who struggle on Mothering Sunday and those who wish to show their love and support. Anyone who would like to help at this service in any way should speak to Greg.

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 outdoor footwear and a coat. For further information, please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk.

For Sale St. Andrew’s Canvas Shopping Bags
No need to get caught out having to pay for a carrier bag! These fold small enough to carry in your pocket or handbag. Available at the back of church £1 each, please place money in the wall safe.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Philippa Munday, our Mission Partners is at the back of church (in the red folder).

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 susanmasters@sky.com.

Welcomers Thank You Evening
There is a thank you evening for all those involved in the church’s welcome ministry: sidespersons, welcome team and coffee staff on Monday 22nd February at 7pm at the changed venue of the Vicarage. This is an opportunity to show our appreciation for this vital ministry in the life of the church. Anyone who would like to join this wonderful bunch of volunteers is also welcome to come along to find out more.

Youth Drama
A new four part youth drama course will be starting on Monday evenings after half term, starting 22nd February at 5.45pm. Our theme this term will be cartoon characters. Anyone aged 8-12 is welcome. Please speak to Greg or Selina if you wish to know more.

Palm Sunday
As in previous years, on Palm Sunday, March 20th, we will be staging a re-enactment of the Passion story in our Sunday morning service. Anyone who would like to assist with this, either as a performer or as part of the support crew should speak to Greg or Lesley Lee.

Job Club
The Tile Hill Job Club, led by Anne Richardson has got off to a great start with enthusiastic and committed volunteers supporting a good number of mainly young people seeking to get a foot on the job ladder. If you would like to help, please speak to Anne. Most importantly, please pray for the continued success to this key venture in the Church Together movement.

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.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 14th Feb6.30pmSeek His Face
Tues 16th Feb1.30pmLadies Fellowship in the church side room
Thurs 18th Feb2.00pmLent Group at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Thurs 18th FebRestored Lives week 3
Sat 20th Feb10am-4pmLeadership Team Away Day at Meriden
Sun 21st Feb6.30pmEncounter Worship Event
Mon 22nd Feb9am-3.15pmHoliday Club in church
Mon 22nd Feb5.45pmYouth/children’s drama at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 22nd Feb7.00pmWelcomers thank you evening at the Vicarage
Tues 23rd Feb6.45pmChoir Practice
ReadingMatt 28.16-20 (p 1001)
ReaderClaire Kimpton
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstNick Tooby
OrganistMichael Watkins
SidespersonsSara & Eddie Parkes
Readings next weekPhil 3.17-4.1 & Luke 13.31-35