Pews News – 8th May 2016

8th May 2016 – Seventh Sunday of Easter / Sunday after Ascension Day

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.

This morning Greg will be preaching on St Andrew’s second priority for 2016: Empowering our community with skills and confidence to live the Christian life.

Prayer before Service
Anyone who would like to pray before the service would be welcome to join the small group who do so between 9.40 and 9.50am. We will be meeting upstairs to do this. Please be aware that there is always prayer available after the service for any issue of concern.

Eastern Green’s Got Talent
Many thanks to all those who supported Eastern Green’s Got Talent, both the acts who so bravely performed and those who came along to cheer them on. Congratulations to Zoe Hutchinson, whose beautiful singing narrowly won her first prize. Special thanks to Victoria for all her hard work as chief organizer. £308 was raised to be shared jointly with Eastern Green Village Hall.

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.

Supper n Chat
After many successful years of running Lunch n Chat, a support group for those who have been bereaved, we are extending our support to the bereaved by offering an evening group on Thursday evenings, commencing June 16th. We are looking for a small group of volunteers to help with this. If you would like more information, please speak to Rita Muir.

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.

Youth Café
St. Andrew’s are supporting the establishment of a youth café running out of Jardine Youth Centre on Mondays straight after school. There is a training session tomorrow, Monday 9th May from 4-7pm for all would be volunteers. Please speak to Greg if you wish to know more.

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.

Children’s Society
The boxes for 2015/16 have been emptied and counted and a cheque for £1354.34 has been sent to the Children’s Society. Sincere thanks to all box holders for your loyal and generous support. It’s amazing how a little loose change can amount to so much! See you next year. Jackie Lynch.

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. If you are unable to do the walking but would like to use this period for prayer, a booklet focusing on spiritual gifts, containing a short reading, brief reflection, prayer and simple task, is available from the back of church.  Although designed for this period, the booklets are undated and can be used at any time. Further details available from Greg or on our website.

Pentecost – 15th May 2016
Please note that our Pentecost service on Sunday, 15th May, 2016, will commence at 11.00 am  – NOT 10.00 am.  Pentecost is the festival when we celebrate the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit. It is also regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission in the world. Such a special event should be celebrated in style and this year, as part of the festivities, YOU ARE ALL INVITED to join in a Bring and Share Lunch which will be held in Eastern Green Social Club after the service. We hope this will be a time of joy, fun and fellowship and there will, of course, be a celebration cake. The celebration will culminate with a balloon release sharing our Good News and blessings to the local community (and beyond). If you are able to come, please sign up on the sheet provided at the rear of the church.  Further details are available from Mathis Baumert, Sue Masters, Jeremy Thomas, Nick Tooby and Lesley Lee.

Link Distribution
A volunteer is needed to take over a round on Upper Eastern Green Lane: 192-230, 240-288 and 294-298 (46 magazines in total). If someone is willing to take over this round I would be very grateful. Please contact me on (02476 403458 or 07846 288036 or email Many thanks, Barbara Warner.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and worship takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Party in the Park
Many thanks to the amazing band of volunteers, who braved the elements to help with Party in the Park on the Bank Holiday Monday. You worked so hard and made such a difference. Thanks also to those who came along to support the day. Despite the weather, many hundreds of people took part.

Bake for the Queen
Congratulations to Pauline Walker who was one of the winners of the Bake for the Queen competition.

Coventry Blaze Tickets
Thanks to Jean Selby, who won a Family Ticket to Coventry Blaze, and has donated the tickets to the church. Anyone who would like the ticket should make an offer and proceeds will be used to offset the cost of Party in the Park.

Walk to Church Sunday
Please note that May 22nd sees our annual Walk to Church Sunday, when we encourage the congregation to abandon the car for the day and walk to St. Andrew’s or StAPH or cycle or walk half if you can’t manage the whole journey on foot. Greg is looking for two volunteers who are willing to arrive early at church that morning and conduct a survey with the congregation as they arrive.

Hope 16 Poster
Please see the invitation on the notice board at the back of church to attend an evening of inspirational talks on climate change and care of our environment from a spiritual and practical perspective.

Sermon Summary
Others can give us confidence and skills
God gives us gifts
But we take courage

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jean Selby.

Prayer List
Please pray for Andrew Rennie, Gemma Candy, Jo Hanney, Alan House, Beryl Kimberley, 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
Sun 8th May6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 9th May4-7pmYouth Café training at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 9th May7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 10th May9.15amPram Service
Tues 10th May2.00pmPastoral Care Ctte at 9 Nailcote Avenue
Weds 11thMay7.30pmDeanery Synod
Sat 14th May10am-12 noonPlant Sale
Sat 14th May10.30am–4pmPCC Away Day at Meriden
Sun 15th May11.00amPentecost Service followed by lunch
Tues 17th May6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 18th May7.30pmArchdeacon’s Visitation at St James Styvechale
ReadingMatthew 14.22-33 (p 981)
ReaderTrevor Hill
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
MusicDawn Easthope
ChildrenBecky & Claire
Readings next weekActs 2.1-21 & John 17.20-23