Pews News – 6th March 2016

6th March 2016 – Mothering 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.

Mothering Sunday
St. Andrew’s wishes all mothers a very happy Mothering Sunday! We hope you get treated as the special people you are!

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.

Children’s Society Boxes
The annual collection will take place during March. If you take your box to church, please ensure it is left in the vestry, otherwise I will collect from your home. Many thanks once again for your loyalty and continuing support for this worthy charity. See you soon. Jackie Lynch

Valentine’s Night
Many thanks to everyone who supported this event. We all had a great time whilst raising £720.40 for much needed church funds. Well done all!

Once again St. Andrew’s have collected nearly £50 for the Gideon Society. They were very grateful for this amount and thanked everyone for their continued support. If you would like to support this worthy cause there are empty tubes on the table at the back of the church. Many thanks to you all, Barbara Warner.

St. Andrew’s Choir
St. Andrew’s choir are looking for new people to add to their existing members. We currently meet twice a month on a Tuesday evening at 6.45pm. If anybody is interested in joining, please contact Dawn Easthope on 07513753899 or

Easter Flowers
Volunteers needed to help decorate the church for Easter on Saturday 26th March at 9.30am. Also, if you would like to donate towards the cost of Easter flowers please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Alpha Course 2016
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 20th April. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7.00pm and the course runs over ten weeks with an Away Day during that ten week period. Further details can be obtained from our parish administrator Julie Crow on or speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Prayer before Service
Anyone who would like to pray before the service would be welcome to join the small group in the choir pews between 9.40 and 9.50am. Please be aware that there is always prayer available after the service for any issue of concern.

To St. Andrew’s School on been graded a Good school following its recent Ofsted. Much credit must go to the school leadership and the very hard working staff for this accolade, very well deserved.

Healing Ministry
Jane Nye has stepped down as coordinator of the Healing Ministry Team due to work commitments. We are very grateful to Jayne for all that she has done in leading the team over the last 8 months. She will remain a valued part of the team. Lesley Lee has been appointed by the PCC to take over this responsibility. Kate Dagger will be the first point of contact at StAPH.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday 8th March at 9.15am. Stories, songs and craft in a very informal atmosphere with refreshments both before and afterwards. The theme this week is the story of Jonah. All welcome.

Hope for Mothering Sunday
At this morning’s Worship 4 All service, 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 this afternoon 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.

Youth Drama
Our youth drama course continues on Monday evenings at Jardine Youth Centre at 5.45pm.  Our theme this term is cartoon characters. Anyone aged 8-12 is welcome. Please speak to Greg or Selina if you wish to know more.

Ignatian Service
Tonight sees our monthly Ignatian Service in church at 6.30pm. This is a gentle service of reflection, meditation and fellowship, which takes place on the first Sunday of each month. We are a friendly group and all newcomers will be made very welcome. For more details please contact Kate Dagger on 0247645418.

Palm Sunday
As in previous years, on Palm Sunday, 20th March, we will be staging a re-enactment of the Passion story in our Sunday morning service. We can promise a powerful and uplifting experience which brings home what it was like to be caught in the action of Holy Week in Jerusalem that first Easter. Please note there is rehearsal for everyone involved on Wednesday at 6pm.

Passover Supper
On Monday of Holy Week, March 21st, at 7pm we will be hosting a Passover Supper, re-enacting the Jewish feast which Jesus would have celebrated just before his death. This supper has proved increasingly popular since we first introduced it. For catering purposes, we do need to know numbers attending. Please put your names on the list at the back of church. There is a maximum limit of 20, with places offered on a first come first served basis.

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.

Seek His Face
Our next gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place next Sunday 13th March at 6.30pm when the focus will be on healing.

Easter Services
Leaflets are available at the back of church, detailing all our services over Easter. Additional to this is a special Church Together Prayer Walk on Palm Sunday, March 20th starting at St. Andrew’s at 2pm. Leaflets now available with further details.

Party in the Park
The Church Council have 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 Pauline Savage, Betty Wright, Angela Satchwell, Hannah Miller, Pam Bennell, 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
Mon 7th March5.45pmDrama club at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 8th March9.15amPram Service
Tues 8th March6.45pmChoir Practice
Wed 9th March6.00pmPalm Sunday rehearsal
Thurs 10th March2.00pmLent Group at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Sun 13th March6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 14th March7.30pmPCC Meeting
Wed 16th March7.30pmLeadership Team meets at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Readings at 8am2 Cor 5.16-21 (p 1161) & Luke 15.1-3, 11-32 (p 1048)
ReaderMaureen Hall
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 all led by  Greg Smith
Reading next weekJohn 12.1-8