Pews News – 13th March 2016

13th March 2016 – Fifth 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.

Special Welcome
To Revd Anne Richards, minister at St James Fletchamstead, who is leading our service this morning while Greg presides at StAPH.

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to all those who came and helped to make the Mothers Day posies. Ann Dove.

Easter Flowers
Volunteers needed please to help decorate the church for Easter on Saturday 26th March at 9.15am. Also, if you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers please see Ann Dove.

Good Friday Walk of Witness
This Good Friday (25th March) we will be doing the traditional walk of witness, meeting outside the shops at Sutton Avenue (CV5 7ES) at 11.30am. We will walk to St Oswalds to take part in a joint Good Friday service with other Churches in the area. All welcome.

Bannerbrook Park Easter Egg Hunt
Bannerbrook Park’s 4th annual easter egg hunt will take place on Saturday 26th March between 10am – 12 noon. Come and join the fun for free. All ages welcome!

Electoral Roll
The annual revision of the electoral roll is soon to take place from Feb 21st to March 20th. 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.

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of St. Andrew’s will take place on Monday 11th April at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. This is the only opportunity for the church leaders to report to the wider congregation and parish on God’s work amongst us over the last 12 months. It is also an opportunity to show appreciation to all those who work so hard to make St. Andrew’s what it is.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters (07958322026).

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates each week to St Andrew’s using the Weekly Giving Envelopes. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of envelopes for the next twelve months are at the back of the church. Should anyone wish to join the envelope scheme please contact Richard Marr (01676 522697). Regular giving by envelope or by Standing Order helps us plan the church’s finances in the coming year and we are most grateful to all those who give regularly every week or every month. If you are a regular giver and a tax payer but haven’t already completed a Gift Aid Form, please do so as soon as possible to enable us to recover the tax you have already paid on your giving. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the weekly envelopes or your Standing Order, please do so any time as you do not need to complete a new Gift Aid Form. Last year we recovered £11590 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving. Richard Marr.

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.

Congratulations
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.

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 morningstar68@hotmail.co.uk.

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.

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. 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 are three rehearsals this week for everyone involved on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 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.

Passion Praise
On Tuesday Mar 22nd, there will be a special service at 7pm. Passion Praise is a service that celebrates the very best music through the centuries inspired by the Cross. Both choir and band have been working very hard to prepare for this service and would much appreciate the support of the wider congregation. The band has written a new song and the choir leader has written a poem, both inspired by the Cross. Do join us if you can.

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.

Eastern Green’s Got Talent
On Saturday 23rd April, we are organizing Eastern Green’s Got Talent at the Village Hall.  Anyone willing to perform (or has an animal willing to perform!) should contact Victoria at kaczurv@gmail.com or speak to Selina. This special evening, being jointly hosted by Eastern Green Village Hall committee marks the reopening of the hall, following a major refurbishment project over the Easter Holidays.

Seek His Face
Our next gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place this evening Sunday March 13th 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.

Samaritan’s Purse
Please see the poster at the back of church with an invitation to attend an event on Wednesday 6th April at 6.30pm on Operation Christmas Child and ‘The Greatest Journey’.

Crossline
Bringing hope by being on the end of a telephone, Crossline (Coventry), as part of the National Christian Helpline, is in the business of bringing hope to all who call by listening and then praying with them. More listeners are needed to meet demand, to speak with another Christian who often does little more than listen and give reassurance and then lift them up in prayer. For information on how you can become involved with Crossline training as a listener please see the poster at the back of church.

Prayer List
Please pray for Pauline Savage, Pete Watts, Andrew Rennie, Jo Hanney, 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 13th March6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 14th March7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 15th March1.30pmLadies Fellowship Meeting at Berryfields Café
Tues 15th March6.00pmPalm Sunday Rehearsal
Tues 15th March6.45pmChoir Practice
Wed 16th March6.00pmPalm Sunday Rehearsal
Wed 16th March7.30pmLeadership Team meets at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Thurs 17th March7.30pmAllesley Green Mission Group at 27 Polperro Dv
Sat 19th March6.00pmPalm Sunday Rehearsal
Sun 20th March2.30pmPrayer walk commencing at St Andrews
Mon 21st March7.00pmPassover
Tues 22nd March9.15amPram Service
Tues 22nd March7.00pmPassion Praise
ReadingJohn 12.1-8 (p 1079)
ReaderVictoria Kaczur
PreacherHarvey Wyatt
PresidentAnne Richards
IntercessionsSue Masters
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
Crèche            Victoria & Gary
Next weekPalm Sunday Gospel according to Matthew