Pews News – 26th February 2017

26th February 2017 – Sunday next before Lent

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.

Lynnette Clarke
We are delighted to welcome Revd Lynnette Clarke to the team at St Andrew’s. Lynnette is a retired priest, former Vicar of St Albans, Stoke Heath and Associate Minister at St Christopher’s Allesley Park. We do respect the fact that Lynnette is retired but are very grateful for her contributions to our ministry. Do make a point of introducing yourself to her.

Anne Richardson
Anne has recently decided to move on from her role as Development Officer for the Church Together in Tile Hill and seek an alternative church placement to complement her theological training for ordination, which she continues at St Mellitus. Do pray for her as she hands over the reins at the Church Together by April 16th and as she seeks the right placement to give her a wider experience of life in the Church of England before her curacy.

Discipleship Survey
We would be grateful to any member who has not yet completed our discipleship survey, whether you have been coming to St Andrew’s very long or not, if they would do it this morning. Only one off visitors should avoid filling out the questionnaire which shouldn’t take more than a minute. Please return the survey to a sidesperson at the end of the service or place folded in half in the cardboard box.

Crèche and Children’s Church
Good news – the number of children on roll is increasing, so we really need more volunteers to support the activities in Crèche and Children’s Church. You will not be asked to plan anything or lead activities, just be there to help! With a few more volunteers, we would only call on your services once every few months. Please speak to Becky or Hilary if you can help.

Pilgrim Course – ‘A Course for the Christian Journey’
The Pilgrim Course is designed to help you explore the journey of faith in a reflective and conversational way. We will be holding a Pilgrim Course at St Andrew’s during Lent aimed primarily at those who are enquiring about and exploring God, faith and their own journey with Jesus. It will run for six weeks on Wednesday evenings from 8th March to 12th April and the theme for these evenings is ‘Turning to Christ’. We will be meeting at the Vicarage starting at 7pm with a shared meal. If you would like to join us or want to know more, please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026) or Greg.

Catering Volunteers Required
We are looking for volunteers to cater for the Pilgrim Course. We need people to cater for 15th, 22nd, 29th March and 5th and 12th April. If you are able to help please could you speak to Fran Smith.

Children’s Society Boxes
The boxes will be collected and counted throughout February and March. You can either bring your box to church or I will collect from you. I take this opportunity of thanking you for your continuing support for this worthy charity. Jackie Lynch.

Musicians Wanted
Calling all organists, pianists and guitarists. We are looking to recruit musicians for baptisms, which take place on Sunday’s after Sunday worship. You will be required to play 2 or 3 hymns and would be paid £30. If you can help please speak to Greg or contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Service of Light
In recent years, St Andrew’s has hosted a Service of Light (the first communion of Easter) on Easter Saturday evening at sunset (this year at 8pm) however, the PCC are wondering whether to hold the same service at sunrise on Easter Day instead at 6am. This would be followed by breakfast in church. It would be helpful to know which of these services would most appeal to the congregation. If you would like to come to this service and have a strong preference, please indicate on the sheet that will be passed around this morning. If you would like to come, but have no preference, please write your name on both sides of the piece of paper.

Palm Crosses
If you have retained your palm crosses from last year, you are invited to return them to church by Sunday 26th February so that they can be used in the preparation for the Ash Wednesday Service on 1st March at 7pm. Everyone is warmly invited to this moving service, which will include Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes.

Diversity and Inclusion
St Andrew’s is looking to set up a Diversity and Inclusion working party to help us think about how we can effectively welcome all people into our fellowship. If you are interested in joining this small group, please speak to Greg or Steve Warne

Allesley Green Residents Association
The AGM of the Allesley Green Residents Association takes place at Park Hill School on Tuesday 7th March at 7pm. All residents of the area welcome.

Quiz Night
Please note that the next joint St Andrew’s and Allesley Green Residents Association Quiz Night will take place at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 31st March. Please note that this is different from the previous date advertised in the Link. Tickets are £9 for adults and £5 children and are now available from Julie or Veronika.

Drama Club
Drama club starts up again at Jardine Youth Centre on Monday 6th March at 5.45pm for an hour. Open to anyone aged 8-12. Speak to Greg or Selina for more info.

Next Week
Our regular 1st Sunday pattern, with said communion at 8am, Worship 4 All at 10am and an Ignatian Service of prayer and reflection at 6.30pm.

Good Neighbours Project
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Good Neighbours project or would like to know more about this really important new project visiting older, isolated people in the area should contact Jess Day-Pollard at

Dan & Phillipa Munday
Please see the latest prayer letter from our mission partners, Dan and Phillipa who are working in Nepal. It can be found in the red folder at the back of church. If you would like your own copy for prayer, please contact Julie.

Talent Show
The 3rd Eastern Green’s Got Talent Show will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 11th March. Cash prize of £30 for the winner, to take part please contact Victoria Kaczur at or Julie Crow at Tickets are available for £5 adults (12 and over) and £3 children (11 and under).

Count Your Blessings
In recent years, many people have found following Christian Aid’s Count Your Blessings scheme during Lent very helpful. There are sheets available at the back of church for adults and children that enable you to count your blessings through the course of Lent e.g. by counting how many hot meals we have in a day or how many times we turn on a tap to access clean water, resulting in our making an appropriate donation to Christian Aid at the end of Lent to support those around the world who do not have these blessings.

CAP Coventry: A message from Ian Burton, its Director
The Coventry CAP (Christians Against Poverty) debt centre has been up and running almost 2 years. We take on 1 new client a week and have had contact with 88 families so far. However, 40% of these do not get to the point of sorting out their debt (a figure consistent across all of the 260 CAP debt centres). This can be at the very beginning of the process (i.e. not even answering calls) or 6 months down the line. This is obviously very frustrating but we have to accept that we can only help those who want to be helped. This means of course that 60% of our clients are accepting help and are moving to become debt free. And even with the 40% we believe we are sowing seeds!! We have seen 3 people come to faith and numerous others start a journey with Jesus or begin again that awesome journey. This is our heart, to see people become debt free but more importantly to follow Jesus. Thank you for your prayers for what we do. If you could let your congregation know the ongoing need for befrienders and for people to pray whilst we are on visits, that would be brilliant. To see some stories about what we do please see the sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church. To find out more, contact Ian Burton at

Following the Sermon on 12th February, a Reminder of St Andrew’s Vision Statement Adopted in 2014
The purpose of St Andrew’s church is:
*To encounter the life changing God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through prayer, worship and bible study (Exodus 3.1-6)
*To make disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28.16-20)
*To serve those in need especially in our own local community as if they were Jesus (Matthew 25.31-46)

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were donated by a member of the congregation.

Prayer List
Please pray for Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Mary Lee, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Pam Bennell, Jo Hanney, Hannah Miller and Trevor Ratcliffe. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Mon 27th Feb7.30pmEastern Green History Group meets in church
Weds 1st Mar7.00pmAsh Wednesday Service
Weds 1st Mar7.45pmPilgrim Leaders meeting at the Vicarage
Mon 6th Mar5.45pmDrama Club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 6th Mar7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Tues 7th Mar6.45pmChoir Practice
Tues 7th Mar7.00pmAllesley Green Res Assoc AGM at Park Hill School
Weds 8th Mar7.00pmPilgrim week 1 at the Vicarage
Readings2 Peter 1.16-21 (p 1222) & Matt 17.1-9 (p 984)
ReadersJeremy Thomas & John Ross-Barnard
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstNick Tooby
SidespersonsHazel Elks & Jill Tunnicliffe
Next week at 8amRom 5.12-19 & Matt 4.1-11