Pews News – 30th April 2017

30th April 2017 – Third Sunday of Easter

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.

Easter Thanks
Many thanks to all those who made Holy Week and Easter such a special celebration; whether by leading, reading, performing, flower arranging, undertaking additional sidespersons duties etc.

Church Wardens
Congratulations to Mathis Baumert, who was re-elected and Becky Crowe who was elected as church wardens at the APCM last week. Many thanks to Emma Read for her loyal and hard working service in the role of churchwarden over many years.

Party in the Park
The annual Party in the Park takes place at Juniper Park off Woodridge Avenue in Allesley Green tomorrow, Monday May 1st from 1-5pm. There will be lots of fun and entertainment for all the family including gospel choirs, contemporary rock band, brass bands, dance troupes, a ukulele band, fairground rides, donkey rides, bouncy castles and various food outlets. We still desperately need volunteers for the stalls. If you are able to help even for an hour, please speak to Greg. We are selling raffle tickets in advance as well as on the day at £1 each, with a fabulous array of prizes. Please see Rita or Rosemarie.

Bric-a-Brac Stall
We plan to run a bric a brac stall at the Party in the Park. Please bring donations to the church or Vicarage today at the latest.

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

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian service takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm led by Dawn and Kate. A lovely opportunity for quiet and reflection.

Last year, the church was able to balance its books through some last minute generous giving over Christmas. We are keen to avoid a deficit crisis this year, although the first quarter has not been good. There will never be a charge for church membership and we encourage our supporters to give what they can afford. However, in order to make ends meet, each electoral roll member needs to give on average £10 per week. We appreciate that some people give substantially more than this and are grateful for it. Since April is often a good time to review your finances, please prayerfully consider the level of your church giving. And remember that if you pay tax, you can increase the value of your gift by 25% by signing up to the gift aid scheme. Forms for this are available in the leaflet rack at the back of church.

Children’s Society Boxes
The annual collection and counting has been completed, and a wonderful total of £1402.06 has been sent to the Society. Thank you all so much for your support. See you next year! Jackie Lynch.

Annual Plant Sale
This will take place in the Church and side room on Saturday 13th May between 10am and 12 pm. We welcome your support, either by supplying plants, buying the cheapest plants on sale in the area, helping out. If you require any more information contact Trevor Hill at church or David Griffiths – tel:01675 442240, email

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s
As Greg and Fran will be on a sabbatical for three months starting next week, can I please remind everyone that I am the first point of contact should a safeguarding issue arise. My number is published weekly in the Pews News and also in the Link magazine. Should there be an imminent risk of harm and I am unavailable, then please contact Carol Clarke at the diocesan offices or the local statutory authorities. Thank you, Linda Chylinski.

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.

Nexus – Bring and Share Lunch
On Sunday 14th May, Carys and Dewi (our two Nexus students) are hosting a bring and share lunch at StAPH (Woodlands). This will take place at 12pm onwards. Carys and Dewi would like to take the opportunity to share more information about Nexus ICA and why they are attending the University. So do come along if you would like to hear more. Please email or text Carys to let her know what food you can bring – or 07511498283.

Christian Meditation Group
A new Christian Meditation Group is starting at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 4th May at 7pm and thereafter on a fortnightly basis. This form of silent, imageless prayer using a mantra or prayer word is rooted in the Gospel, the letters of St Paul and originated with the early desert fathers of the 4th Century. A Benedictine monk, Father John Main (1926 -1982) rediscovered this ancient prayer tradition for contemporary men and women. Newcomers are welcomed to the group. The 2 hour approx. session includes quiet music/guided meditation, 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by a short CD talk on meditation, followed by a question and answer period include tea, coffee and biscuits. For further information please contact James on 0796442391 or 02477 048189 or email

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

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.

Please note that Greg and Fran start their sabbatical on Tuesday May 2nd until Aug 3rd. Enquiries should be addressed to the church office on 07756 918847 or or to one of the church wardens.

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.

Walk 2017
Plans are afoot for a sponsored walk on Saturday 2nd September along the Heart of England Way. We are going to be raising funds for Archie’s Smile, a charity for children with Down’s Syndrome and for the church 50/50. We will be walking 44 miles, approximately the first half of the Heart of England Way. However, anyone is welcome to join us and walk as much or as little of the route as you feel able.

PCC Vacancies
The following were elected to the PCC last Monday: Nick Tooby, Eileen Warne, Kate Dagger, Nick Drayton, Richard Marr, Linda Chylinski, Paul Crowe, Jeremy Thomas, Trevor Hill, Dawn Easthope and Rita Muir. We are grateful to them for their offering of themselves. We are also grateful to Liz Reed, Hilary Wankling and Jackie Lynch who stood down at the meeting for their years of service. We are still carrying a significant number of vacancies, so anyone who is interested in taking part should speak to one of the church wardens about being co-opted.

Deanery Synod
The following were elected to represent St Andrew’s on Deanery Synod for the next three years: Fran Smith, Steve Warne, Charley Watts and Lesley Lee.

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. There is a planning meeting at the Vicarage on Sunday 30th April at 6pm.

NHS Prayer Walk
A group of Christians are undertaking a Pilgrimage in the time between Ascension tide and Pentecost, when the Archbishop of Canterbury has asked for moves of prayer. The prayer walk will start from Stafford (County Hospital) and end at London (Guys/St Thomas’s) via as many hospitals as possible. At each hospital we would hold a service of prayer and offer anointing and prayer to any Healthcare Staff who wished to come. The next day we would walk on. I would envisage a small core of walkers (5-6) undertaking the whole pilgrimage, but invite local Christians (ecumenically) to accompany us on their leg of the Pilgrimage. On Saturday 27th May, we will be leaving Solihull Hospital at 8.30am to walk to Coventry Hospital. We will stop at St Andrew’s Church, for refreshments and to wash down our packed lunches, from 12.20-1.30pm which will also allow us to have Midday Prayers. Please see further information in the red folder at the back of church. If you are available to help serve refreshments please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Adrian Plass… ‘Out of his head’
Tuesday 9th May at 7.15pm at St Christopher’s Church, Allesley Park Coventry, CV5 9NJ. Out of his head features Adrian and Bridget Plass with Searchlight Theatre Company. The evening includes readings, poetry, and dramatisations from many of Adrian’s books including his newly published novel, The Shadow Doctor. Lots of memories. Tickets are £8 in advance (£10 on the door). Buy direct from the church or online at For more information or to purchase from the church, email or phone 02476 672879.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

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 30th AprParish Lunch at Eastern Green Social Club
Sun 30th Apr6.00pmNativity planning meeting
Mon 1st May1-5pmParty in the Park at Juniper Park, Allesley Green
Sun 7th May8.00amCommunion
Sun 7th May10.00amWorship 4 All
Sun 7th May6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 8th May7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 9th May9.15amPram Service
Tues 9th May7.00pmChoir practice
ReadingsPsalm 116.1-3, 10-17 (p 615) & Luke 24.13-35 (p 1061)
ReadersClaire Kimpton & Harvey Wyatt
PreacherGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstEmma Read
ChildrenLinda, Lesley & Veronika
SidespersonsPeter Bruton & Sara Parkes
Next week at 8amPsalm 23 & John 10.10-10