Pews News – 17th April 2016

17th April 2016 – Fourth 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.

Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting of St. Andrew’s Mathis Baumert was elected and Emma Read was re-elected as churchwarden. Many thanks to Nigel Dawes who has very loyally served St. Andrews over the last two years. The following were elected to the PCC: Richard Marr, Hilary Wankling, Daniel Smith, Diane Wilson, Liz Reed, Paul Crowe, Dawn Easthope, Nick Tooby, Jackie Lynch, Trevor Hill, Steven Warne and Jeremy Thomas. Thank you to the forty plus people who attended. Copies of the annual report are available at the back of church. Please feel free to take a copy home and bring it back when you have read it.

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. Andrews 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.

Welcome Team Meeting
There will be a short meeting of the Welcome Team after the service on Sunday 24th April.  Please give your apologies to Greg if you cannot make it.

Ignatian Service
Please note that there is an Ignatian service with prayer and reflection as well as refreshments, at St Oswalds this evening at 6pm. All welcome.

Eastern Green’s Got Talent
Next 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. Tickets available from Victoria, Julie, Greg or Selina cost £5 which includes a fish or chicken supper.

Tile Hill Job Club
The Tile Hill Hob Club is now running very successfully, but needs more volunteers who can help people put together a CV and look for work or serve refreshments. Training can be provided. If you want to know more contact Anne Richardson, or come along Thursdays 2-4pm in St. Oswald’s Church Hall.

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.

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.

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 07951 925772).

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.

Cursillo (Spanish for short course and pronounced Kerr-see-o) is a wonderful way of Christians recharging/refreshing their faith designed for lay people. The next Cursillo weekend takes place from 21st-23rd October near Shipston. There is an information social evening on Saturday May 7th at the Vicarage if you would like to find out more. Anyone is warmly welcome to come along and hear more about it, but please advise Fran or Greg of your attendance for catering purposes.

You are encouraged to join the diocesan pilgrimage which takes place from May 5th (Ascension) to May 15th (Pentecost). We are planning to walk sections of the Coventry Way (3-4 miles) on Friday May 6th, Sat May 7th, Fri May 13th and Sun May 15th. Further details available from Greg or on our website.

Daytime Home Group
Looking for a space to meet with others and look at the Bible and aspects of faith? Want to be part of a Home Group that meets during the day? We are starting a day time Home group on Thursday 19th May. The group will meet on a fortnightly basis on Thursday mornings from 10.30 to 12.00 noon at Norah Hall’s House. The topic for the group in the first six weeks will be The Lord’s Prayer; looking at the prayer Jesus gave to his disciples and discussing how and when we use it and what it means to us. If you are interested in being part of this group or would like to know more, please speak with Norah Hall or Fran Smith, or contact Sue Masters 07958 322026.

The Jesus Prayer
On Monday April 25th 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.

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 / 07973221635.

Party in the Park
The third Party in the Park will take place in Juniper Park, Woodridge Avenue, Allesley Green on Monday May 2nd 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 May 2nd 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.

Family Breakfast
St. Christopher’s Church invites everyone to a fantastic family breakfast with Steve Legg on Saturday 14 May 8-9:30am (breakfast served from 8am, entertainment from 9am. Steve Legg – “international baffler and funny man” – Steve is an all round entertainer, escapologist, member of the Magic Circle & a committed Christian, once told he was too much fun for religious tv! £5 per person (includes full English breakfast) Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – £15. For further information please see the poster in the red folder at the back of church.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

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 18th April3.30pmYouth café interest meeting at Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 19th April1.30pmLadies Fellowship Meeting in the church side room
Tues 19th April6.45pmChoir practice
Weds 20th April7.00pmAlpha week 1 at the Vicarage
Thurs 21st April8.00pmLink committee meeting at the Vicarage
Fri 22nd April7.30pmLimbrick Wood 60th anniversary praise service
Tues 26th April9.15amPram Service
Tues 26th April7.30pmAllesley Green group at 27 Polperro Dv
ReadingsActs 9.36-43 (p 1103) & John 10.22-30 (p 1077)
ReadersGeorge Cooke & Sara Parkes
PreacherNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstNick Tooby
OrganistBen Kimpton
Readings next week1 Samuel 3.1-11 & Mark 10.13-16