Pews News – 15th May 2016

15th May 2016 – Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

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 what Pentecost celebration has to say about St. Andrew’s third priority for 2016: Developing the work of Church Together in Tile Hill.

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.

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.

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.

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 16th June. We are looking for a small group of volunteers to help with this. If you would like more information, please speak to Rita Muir. There is a gathering for volunteers on Thursday 2nd June at 7pm in the side room.

Car Parking
We have successfully negotiated with the Eastern Green Club the right to park on their car park for our morning services. Please park considerately, ensuring that the exit is not blocked, and please do not stay beyond midday.

Alan House
We regret to announce the death of Alan House. His funeral will take place at St. Andrew’s on Thursday 26th May at 2pm.

Plant Sale
Thanks to David Griffiths and his team for running the Plant Sale yesterday morning. Thanks also to all those whom came along to support it.

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.

City Praise
The biannual City Praise Service takes place next Sunday, May 22nd, at the Welcome Centre in Parkside at 6.30pm. This is a wonderful occasion in which nearly 100 churches from around the city gather together as an act of Christian unity to praise our God. All welcome. Please speak to Greg if you would like a lift.

Sermon Summary
Unity and Diversity
Pentecost brought people together
For the benefit of others

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Pete Watts, Andrew Rennie, Jo Hanney, Rosemary Pottinger, Pam Bennell, Beryl Kimberley, Angela Satchwell, Hannah Miller, Pauline and Colin Smith, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Kay Wilding, Peter Shale, Ian Morris and Gemma Candy. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove.

Diary Dates
Sun 15th May11.00amPentecost Service followed by lunch
Tues 17th May1.30pmLadies Fellowship Meeting in the church side room
Tues 17th May6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 18th May7.30pmArchdeacon’s Visitation at St James Styvechale
Thurs 19th May7.30pmHome group leaders meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Sun 22nd May6.30pmCity Praise
Tues 24th May9.15amPram Service
Tues 24th May7.30pmAllesley Green group at 11 Stonebury Ave
ReadingsActs 2.1-21 (p 1093) & John 17.20-23 (P 1085)
ReadersAnn Dove & Jeremy Thomas
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstLesley Lee
MusicBen Kimpton
ChildrenHilary, Victoria & Lesley
Next weekPsalm 8 & Luke 10.25-37