Pews News – 3rd April 2016

3rd April 2016 – Second Sunday of Easter

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.

Thanks
To all those who contributed to our Easter celebrations by leading services, praying, singing, reading, acting as sidespersons, decorating the church and offering admin support. You are all heroes! Thank you so much!

Worship 4 All
Our Worship 4 All service this morning has a representative from Radio Plus as our guest speaker.

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).

Catering Required for Alpha Course
Our Alpha Course starts on Wednesday April 20th and volunteers are needed to cater for each of those evenings. The course runs from April 20th to June 29th and if you could spare an evening to cater for the Alpha course or want to know more about what it entails please speak with Fran Smith or Sue Masters. You will be reimbursed for any expenditure.

Plant Sale
The Church’s Annual Plant Sale will take place on Saturday 14 May between 10am and 12pm. Donation of plants for sale will be gratefully received by Trevor Hill or David Griffiths. Please do your best to attend this sale as there will be bargains galore of a variety of plants.

Youth Café
Can you help us reach out to young people in Tile Hill by giving them a safe place to chat and play games? Church Together in Tile Hill with Youth For Christ are looking to set up an after-school youth café on Mondays at Jardine Youth Centre. To find out more come to the volunteer interest afternoon on Monday 18th April 3.30-4.30pm in Jardine Youth Centre. Your help could make a real difference to the lives of teenagers in Tile Hill. For more information contact talktoanne@gmail.com / 07973221635.

St. Andrew’s Men’s Group
The next activity of St. Andrew’s Men’s group is a Walking Treasure Hunt (2 miles/2.5 hours) around Abbey Fields and old Kenilworth, followed by a pub lunch (who knows how long that will be!). The date for this venture is Saturday 23rd April. Starting at 10.00 am, finishing early pm. Venue – starting at Abbey Fields Car Park – Kenilworth. If you are interested in joining the usual group of 10 or 12 please let Nick Tooby know. (tel 07951925772)

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.

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. Do consider whether you would like to stand for the PCC, since there will be vacancies.

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.

Ignatian Services
Please note those of you who enjoy our Ignatian Service that St Oswalds in Jardine Crescent offer a similar service on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm including this evening. You will receive a warm welcome from the congregation there. Our next service is tonight at 6.30pm, for more details please contact Kate Dagger on 0247645418.

Limbrick Wood Prayer Meeting
If anyone would like to join Limbrick Wood Baptist Church for their monthly prayer meeting, on Wednesday 6th April at 7.30pm please speak to Greg who will be going. A lift can be arranged.

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.

Welcome Team
There will be a short meeting of the welcome team after the service on 17th April. If you would like to join the team, please do come and join us.

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.

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 Allesley 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.

Raffle Prize
We are looking for someone who would be prepared to make up a hamper as a raffle prize for Party in the Park e.g. chocolate or fruit etc. Please speak to Greg or Richard Marr if able to help with this.

Operation Christmas Child
For details of the open evening on 6th April please see the poster at the back of church (in the red folder).

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

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by David Griffiths.

Prayer List
Please pray for Andrew Rennie, Jo Hanney, Betty Wright, Jackie Page, Brandon Stead, 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 3rd April6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 4th April7.30pmJunior Church Leaders meeting at 22 Hathaway Rd
Tues 5th April6.45pmChoir Practice
Tues 5th April8.00pmFinance and Fabric meeting in church
Weds 6th April7.30pmLimbrick Wood prayer meeting
Mon 11th April7.30pmAPCM preceded by Holy Communion at 7pm
Tues 12th April9.15amPram Service
Tues 12th April7.00pmAllesley Green Res Assoc AGM at Park Hill School
Readings at 8amRev 4.1-8 (p 1236) & John 20.19-31 (p 1089)
ReaderElizabeth Shelton
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All led byPhil Richardson
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