Pews News – 5th March 2017

5th March 2017 – First Sunday of 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.

Special Welcome
To Anya from Kidz Klub who will be sharing something of the work of Kidz Klub this morning.

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.

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.

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.

Coventry LGCM monthly get together- Christian Meditation
James will be leading Coventry LGCM’s (Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement) monthly get together on Friday 10th March at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. We will be meditating in the Christian Meditation tradition and also having a time of open prayer as well as tea, coffee and biscuits. All welcome. If you’d like to know more, please ring James on 07964224391 or email For more information on Christian Meditation, please follow these links: and

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.

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.

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 on 07756 918847 or or from Veronika.

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

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service of prayer and reflection takes place this evening at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Many of you will have heard of cursillo, but are not sure what it is. There is a regional gathering of cursillo people at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 11th March from 10am – 12 noon. There is no charge and all are welcome. If you would like to know more, please speak to Rita. If you would like a lift, please speak to Greg.

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 is in the red folder at the back of church. If you would like your own copy for prayer, please contact Julie.

Talent Show
Sadly, our Talent Show has had to be cancelled due to lack of support. We will try again next year, so that gives you a whole 12 months to polish your act!

Pram Service
The next Pram Service for pre-school children takes place on Tuesday 14th March at 9.15am. Story, song and craft. Refreshments provided from 8.45am.

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.

Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday, April 9th, we will be dramatizing the Passion story in place of our 10am service. We are looking to recruit cast members (a number of the roles are non-speaking); technical people to operate sound and vision, as well as costume makers and a stage manager. It is a very powerful thing to watch and even more powerful to take part in. Anyone willing to get involved in this performance should contact Greg.

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

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy (Seek His Face) takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm in church. All welcome.

St Andrew’s Vision Statement
Following the sermon on Feb 12th, a reminder of St Andrews Vision Statement adopted in 2014.
The purpose of St Andrews 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)

Prayer List
Please pray for George Cooke, Ann Crowley, 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 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
Thurs 9th Mar7.30pmThank you evening for all children’s workers in church
Fri 10th Mar7.30pmLGCM service in church
Sat 11th Mar10am–12 noonCursillo gathering at Coventry Cathedral
Sun 12th Mar6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 13th Mar7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 14th Mar9.15amPram Service
Readings at 8amRom 5.12-19 (p 1132) & Matt 4.1-11 (p 967)
ReaderMaureen Hall
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 all led byPhil Richardson
Next weekMatthew 17.1-9