Pews News – 2nd April 2017

2nd April 2017 – Fifth 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.

Children’s Worker
From September, St Andrews 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. The deadline for an application is April 7th.

Irene Lissaman
We are sad to announce the death of Irene Lissaman after a short illness at the age of 91. Irene’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Monday 24th April at 1.30pm. Please pray for Tricia and the rest of the family at this sad time.

Bishop’s Visit
Thanks to those who turned out in the rain to support the planting of the Yew Tree in the churchyard and the opening of Juniper Park by Bishop Christopher on Monday 20th March. It was an inspiring occasion for all involved.

Children’s Church and Crèche
Children’s Church will be closed over the Easter school holiday, but colouring and simple craft activities will be available in the side room. We will open again on 23rd April. During the holiday, Crèche will meet in the side room. We have spaces for more primary aged and pre-school children to join us next term. If you would like more information about our programme, please ask Hilary or Becky. Hilary (07980 596646)

Volunteers Needed
On Saturday 15th April at 9.15am we will be decorating the church for Easter. Volunteers required please. If you can help, please let me know. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to all those who came and helped to make the Mother’s Day posies. Ann Dove.

Fairtrade at St Andrew’s
Sadly, it will no longer be possible to have Fairtrade food and gifts on sale in church. This is because the Fairtrade shop in Coventry (where we get our stock on sale or return) is closing. We are very grateful to all those kind people who have supported Fairtrade in church over many years. Thank you, Flix Haynes and Alison Watts.

Anne Richardson
If anyone would like to contribute towards a gift for Anne as she steps down in her role as Church Together Development Officer, please pass to Greg in a clearly marked envelope.

Bric a Brac Stall
We plan to run a bric a brac stall at the Party in the Park on Monday 1st May. The organising committee is looking for someone to run this. If you are able to help, please contact Julie or speak to Greg.

Bring and Share Lunch: Sunday 30th April
By now we probably all know that Greg is due to be on sabbatical leave from May 2nd until the end of July. This will be an opportunity for the Church to wish him and Fran ‘Bon Voyage’, as they embark on a period of refreshment. The Eastern Green Social Club has been booked after the Morning Service on Sunday, April 30th, and we hope that many of you will want to join us there to give Greg and Fran a good ‘send-off’ with a ‘Bring and Share’ Lunch. So that we may ensure that we have a balanced selection of foods on offer, you are invited to sign on the sheet at the back of Church to indicate what you would like to contribute. please feel free to add to the list, if you would like to bring something else! 

East Africa Food Crisis
You are invited to respond to the famine in East Africa by donating to the Emergency Appeal for the food crisis launched by the Disasters Emergencies Committee. Donations can be placed in clearly marked envelopes and cheques should be made payable to Save the Children.

Open the Book
The Open the Book team, which Kate Howarth, has kindly agreed to coordinate, led its first assembly at St Andrew’s School last week. If anyone else wants to join the team to tell bible stories using simple drama, they should speak to Kate or Greg.

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.

Walk of Witness on Good Friday
The annual Walk of Witness on Good Friday will be starting at Sutton Avenue Shops at 11.30am, finishing at St Oswalds at 12 noon for the joint Good Friday service. All welcome!

Link Distribution
I would be grateful for a volunteer(s) to deliver to Hockley Lane and Lyndhurst close (102). If two people were willing this could be halved for ease of delivery. Please contact Barbara (02476 403458/07846 288036) or email me, Many thanks in anticipation.

Dementia Support Group
The PCC have agreed to set up a Dementia Support group for sufferers and their carers, starting on Thursday afternoons from September. We are looking to recruit volunteers. No experience necessary, just an ability to listen and care for those in need. Please speak to Greg or Rita. We are hoping to host a taster session in May.

BCDM Modules Spring 2017
The Diocese offers a range of short courses to help us as disciples of God to deepen our faith and our understanding of the Bible. These modules, delivered across the Diocese, are open to everyone and are a good way of meeting with other Christians to learn and explore in a group. They are held in various churches across the Diocese and there is a small cost. The following modules are being delivered across the diocese in April and May; Creation Care at Westwood Church; The Bible in Five Acts at Christ Church, Cheylesmore; Understanding the Bible – Renewing your life at Ettington Church and The Book of Revelation at St Michael’s House, Coventry. If you are interested in any of the modules listed above or have more general questions about the course please speak with Sue Masters on 07958322026 or email me at To attend any of these you need to register with the Diocese

Quiz Night
Thanks to the 85 people who attended the Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday. Special thanks to quizmaster Paul Freelove and to Veronika for organizing the fish and chips.

Palm Sunday
Next Sunday, there will be a dramatic re-enactment of the passion story, the events of the first Easter. The congregation will meet in church as normal at 10am before transferring to the farm to take part in a Palm Sunday donkey led procession (you can wait in church if this is too much for you). The drama will include the sharing of bread and wine, but won’t be proper communion in the sense that the elements will have been consecrated by a priest. For anyone, who would prefer a more traditional celebration of communion or who is unavailable at 10am, there will be a said communion service, at 8am. All welcome.

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

Maundy Thursday Service
There will be the traditional Maundy service at Coventry Cathedral on 13th April at 10.30am to which all are invited. If you would like a lift, please speak to Greg.

Easter Egg Hunts
Please note there will be Easter Egg hunts on Saturday April 8th on Bannerbrook playground at 10.30am to 12 noon and in the afternoon in Allesley Green, at Juniper Park, from 2pm.

Electoral Roll
Anyone who has been worshipping regularly at St Andrew’s or StAPH for six months or more is eligible to join our electoral roll. This gives you full membership rights of your church, which is especially important when it comes to weddings, christenings and funerals. It is helpful to the church in its negotiations with the diocese to have the roll as accurate as possible, so if you have never joined, we would encourage you to do so before April 9th. Forms are available at the back of church.

The church’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday 24th April at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. The AGM is the occasion when churchwardens and the PCC are elected; as well as the time when we hear reports on the many varied ministries within the life of St Andrew’s over the last 12 months.

PCC Vacancies
There will be a number of vacancies on the Church council for the year beginning in May. The PCC meets 9 times a year on the 2nd Monday of the month. Anyone interested in standing should speak to Greg or Mathis. No previous experience of committees is required.

Beauty and the Beast
Jardine Drama club, which is run by Greg, Selina and Emma is staging a 15 minute version of Beauty and the Beast at Jardine Youth Centre tomorrow, Monday 3rd April at 6.30pm. Tickets are free and available in advance from one of the leaders or on the door. Please support the children if you possibly can.

Nativity 2017
It’s a long way off, but plans are afoot for a live nativity in December 2017. Anyone interested in being part of the planning for this should speak to Greg.

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.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and worship (Seek His Face) takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm.

If anyone has any old curtains that might be used for the Palm Sunday drama, please speak to Jackie Page.

Kidz Klub Easter Eggs
Kidz Klub Tile Hill who we have historically supported and who sent Anya and Phil to speak to Worship 4 All earlier this month are looking to give a Real Easter Egg at a cost of £4 to each of the children with whom they work. They are looking to the partner churches to support this. If you are willing to give £4 towards one egg, please place it in a clearly marked envelope.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian service takes place tonight at 6.30pm. A time for prayer and reflection. All welcome.

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 3rd Apr6.30pmBeauty and the Beast at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 3rd Apr7.30pmLink editorial meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 4th Apr5.45pmPalm Sunday rehearsal in church
Weds 5th Apr7.00pmPilgrim week 5 at 7pm at 55 Handsworth Crescent
Fri 7th Apr6.00pmPalm Sunday rehearsal
Sat 8th AprEaster egg hunts
Sun 9th Apr8.00amSaid communion
Sun 9th Apr10.00amPalm Sunday drama
Sun 9th Apr6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 10th Apr7.00pmPassover
Tues 11th Apr9.15amPram Service
Tues 11th Apr7.00pmPassion Praise
Weds 12th Apr7.00pmService of meditation
ReadingsRom 8.6-11 (p 1134) & John 11.1-45 (p 1077)
ReaderHilary Wankling
PresidentSteve Burch
Worship 4 all led bySteve Warne
Next weekPalm Sunday Gospel from St Matthew