Pews News – 10th April 2016

10th April 2016 – Third Sunday of Easter

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.

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!

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of St. Andrew’s will take place tomorrow 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 are vacancies.

Welcome Team
The meeting of the Welcome Team scheduled for 17th April has been postponed until the
following Sunday 24th April at 11.30am.

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.

Limbrick Wood 60th Anniversary
Our sister church, Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, is celebrating its 60th anniversary over the weekend of 22nd-24th April. It would be especially good if St. Andrew’s and StAPH could show our friendship by attending the Praise service on the evening of Friday 22nd April at 7.30pm. Please speak to Greg if you would like a lift.

Ignatian Services
Please note those of you who enjoy our Ignatian Service that St. Oswald’s in Jardine Crescent offer a similar service on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm. Ignatian Service at St. Andrew’s takes place at 6.30pm on the 1st Sunday of each month, for more details please contact Kate Dagger on 024 7645 418.

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.

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 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.

Job Club
The Tile Hill Job Club is now running very successfully, but needs more volunteers who can people with very few social skills to put together a CV or to serve them drinks. If you want to know more, speak to Anne Richardson at

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 / 07973 221635.

Safeguarding Training
Please note that the list of dates and venues for a new term’s safeguarding training has been posted at the back of church.

Andrew Rodgers
Andrew has sent a letter to the congregation which is available to read at the back of church.

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).

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 (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 14th 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.

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 07513 753899 or

The Jesus Prayer
On Monday 25th April at 7.30pm at Berkswell Church, Father Timothy Curtis, an orthodox Priest and senior university lecturer will be speaking on the Jesus’ Prayer. The Jesus prayer (‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’) is thought to be as old as the church itself. The session is open to all who wish to deepen their prayer life and relationship with God.

Party in the Park
The third Party in the Park will take place in Juniper Park, Woodridge Avenue, Allesley Green on Monday 2nd May from 1-5pm.  Attractions include the Coventry Festival Band, Speak Brother Rock band, Fairground rides, donkey rides, bouncy castles, the great Allesley Green Bake Off and a fancy dress competition (for details see below) and the Wasps rugby zone. We need volunteers who would be willing to give an hour or two that afternoon to staff stalls and rides etc. Please speak to Greg or Julie if you are able to help.

Bake for the Queen
Allesley Green is hosting its own Bake off competition. Your challenge is to bake a cake fit for the Queen, whose 90th birthday we will soon be celebrating. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: under 14 best taste; under 14 best presentation; over 14 best taste and over 14 best presentation. Judging will take place at Party in the Park on Monday 2nd May at 1.15pm with international stars from the Wasps. Cakes must be delivered to the site by 12.30pm to be eligible. Cakes will be sold afterwards to cover the cost of the event. Anyone attending Party in the Park is eligible to enter.

Dress for the Queen
Also, in celebration of the Queen’s birthday, at approximately 3pm on Monday 2nd May at Party in the Park, there will be a fancy dress competition. You are invited to dress as a member of the Royal Family past or present, British or foreign. Prizes will be awarded in age categories. Enter on the day by presenting yourself to the stage.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Beryl Ganley.

Prayer List
Please pray for Andrew Rennie, Jo Hanney, Alan House, Beryl Kimberley, 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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
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
Mon 18th April3.30pmYouth café interest meeting at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 19th April6.45pmChoir practice
Weds 20th April7.00pmAlpha week 1 at the Vicarage
ReadingJohn 21.1-19 (p 1090)
ReaderAnn Crowley
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstSue Masters
MusicMichael Watkins & Dan Smith
Readings next weekActs 9.36-43 & John 10.22-30