Pews News – 12th March 2017

12th March 2017 – Second 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 Revd Pam Stote, associate minister at St Christopher’s Allesley Park, who has kindly agreed to preside over Holy Communion this morning for us. Do make her welcome.

Children’s Worker
From September, St Andrew’s is looking to employ a half-time Children’s Worker. If you would like further information about this, please contact Julie, our administrator, at or see the advert on our website or for an informal conversation, please speak to Greg or Hilary Wankling.

Juniper Park
The Bishop of Coventry is going to be opening the newly refurbished Juniper Park on Monday 20th March at 10.30am. All welcome at the short ceremony.

Volunteers Needed
At 9.15am on Saturday 25th March, in the side room, we will be making posies for Mothering Sunday. Can you spare half an hour to help? Please let me know if you can. Thank you, Ann Dove.

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.

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.

City Praise
Twice a year up to 100 churches of different denominations gather together in the city to worship God as an act of united witness and concerted prayer. The next such event happens at the Welcome Centre, Parkside, next Sunday, March 19th at 6.30pm. Discover what it’s like to worship alongside many hundreds of other Christians by coming along. Speak to Greg if you would like a lift.

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.

Quiz Night
Please note that the next joint St Andrews 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 Veronika or Julie, our administrator, at or 07756 918847.

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.

Drama Club
Drama club starts up again at Jardine Youth Centre tomorrow Monday 13th March at 5.45pm for an hour. Open to anyone aged 8-12. Speak to Greg or Selina for more info.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for praise, prayer and prophecy takes place this evening in church at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Communion on Palm Sunday
There will be an additional service on Palm Sunday, April 9th, this year, at 8am, a said communion. All welcome.

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 back of church. If you would like your own copy for prayer, please contact Julie.

Easter Egg Hunts
Please note there will be Easter Egg hunts on Saturday April 8th at Bannerbrook Park in the morning and in Allesley Green at Juniper Park in the afternoon, from 2pm.

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.

We are looking for volunteers to make cakes for Party in the Park on May 1st. Please speak to Fran if you are able to help.

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); 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.

Greenbelt Development
Those concerned about Coventry City Council’s proposals to redesignate the greenbelt land to the north of Eastern Green as available for development may wish to attend the full Council meeting on Tuesday 14th March at 2.45pm when this will be debated. Members of the public are welcome to sit in the public gallery, although not permitted to speak. Campaigners have suggested that a good turnout will demonstrate the strength of feeling in the area.

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

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
Sun 12th Mar6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 13th Mar5.45pmDrama Club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 13th Mar7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 14th Mar9.15amPram Service
Weds 15th Mar7.00pmPilgrim week 2 at the Vicarage
Thurs 16th Mar7.30pmChildren’s Church planning meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Sun 19th Mar6.30pmCity Praise at the Welcome Centre
Mon 20th Mar10.30amJuniper Park opening by the Bishop of Coventry
Mon 20th Mar7.30pmLink editorial meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 21st MarPrayer Team meeting
ReadingJohn 3.1-17 (p 1065)
ReaderAnn Dove
PresidentPam Stote
PreacherHarvey Wyatt
Led byNick Tooby
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Next weekRom 5.1-11 & John 4.5-42