Pews News – 9th April 2017

9th April 2017 – Palm 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.

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.

Palm Sunday
This morning’s service retells the events of the final week of Jesus’ life in dramatic form. You are invited to join us at the top of the farm drive and re-enact the walk into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. Please watch the screens and join in as instructed. Grateful thanks to the cast for their performance; and special thanks to Steve Martin for his technical support; Jackie Page for the costumes; Nick Drayton for the filming and Kate Howarth for stage management.

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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. There will be a farewell to Anne at St Oswalds Church on Good Friday at 11.30am. All welcome.

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.

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.

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.

Student Accommodation
YMCA are aiming to provide a 5 month internship placement for Tobias Meyer, a young man aged 23 from Germany studying Social Work and Religious Pedagogy. Tobias would have a timetable of work with the YMCA which could also include some support to that particular church and/or its serving within the community. The placement would commence end of August 2017 and finish in January 2018. Tobias is aiming to raise funds in order to contribute 50-60 per week towards food/lodgings. If you have space and are willing to consider then please contact or call on 07855 340722.

Quiz Night
Thanks to the 85 people who attended the Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club on 31st March. Special thanks to quizmaster Paul Freelove and to Veronika for organizing the fish and chips.

Dan & Phillipa Munday
Please see the latest prayer letter from our mission partners, Dan and Philippa 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.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday, April 11th, at 9.15am with a Palm Sunday theme. All welcome. Refreshments served from 8.45am.

Walk 2017
Plans are afoot for a sponsored walk on Saturday 2nd September along the Heart of England Way. A planning meeting is taking place at the Vicarage on Sunday 23rd April at 6.30pm. All welcome.

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

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 today. 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.

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

At Nexus ICA we annually take a week, a Raising and Giving week towards the end of June, to do some fundraising for us as a college and us as a charity. This year we are all taking part in The Nexus Trek and Tour. This will be a combination of walking up four peaks in the Lake District and then cycling between them and around the area. This is a key part of the year for Nexus as it’s where community comes together and we raise money for the future years. If you’d like to sponsor us, pray for us or encourage us then please speak to Carys or Dewi. You can also head to

Beauty and the Beast
Thank you to the grown ups who supported the children’s mini-panto last Monday; and to Jackie and Nina for providing costumes

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 tonight at 6.30pm.

Pews News
The Parish Administrator is on holiday from 10th to 24th April. There will be no Pews News next week. Any articles for Pews News on Sunday 23rd April should be emailed to Greg before 20th April.

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 9th Apr6.30pmSeek His Face
7.45pmService of Light rehearsal
Mon 10th Apr7.00pmPassover
Tues 11th Apr9.15amPram Service
7.00pmPassion Praise
Weds 12th Apr7.00pmService of meditation
Pilgrim week 6
Thurs 13th Apr10.30amService at Cathedral
7.00pmMaundy Thurs Service Footwashing & Vigil
Fri 14th Apr10.00amWorship 4 All
11.30amWalk of Witness from Sutton Ave shops
12.00pmService of Witness at Tile Hill green
12.30pmAnne’s farewell at St Oswalds
2.00pmHour at the cross
Sat 15th Apr8.00pmService of Light
Sun 16th Apr10.00amParish Communion
Sun 23rd Apr6.30pmWalk planning meeting at the Vicarage
Readings at 8amPsalm 118.19-24 & Matt 21.1-11
Reading at 10amPalm Sunday Gospel from St Matthew
SidespersonsJulia McNaney & Stan Cooper
CrècheAlison & Victoria
Next weekActs 10.34-43 & Matt 28.1-10