Pews News – 7th May 2017

7th May 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Welcome
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.

Sabbatical
Please note that Greg and Fran are on sabbatical until Aug 3rd. Enquiries should be addressed to the church office on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or to one of the church wardens.

Party in the Park
Many, many thanks to all those who supported Party in the Park last Monday. None of it could have happened without the amazing band of volunteers who worked so hard on the day. Special thanks goes to the organizing committee.

StAPH Games Night
On May 17th, 7.30-9.30pm, StAPH is organising an evening of Virtual Reality games, retro games and board games at Woodlands. All welcome! See www.facebook.com/staphchurch or contact philrichardson@gmail.com if you would like to come.

Pastoral Care Meeting
This is a reminder that the Pastoral Care meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th May at 2pm at Rita Muir’s house (9 Nailcote Avenue).

Orientation Evening Monday 22nd May at 7.30pm
This is an opportunity for relative newcomers to the church to be inducted into its mysteries. It will provide the chance to put a face to names that you have heard; discover the wide range of activities and ministries that go on at St Andrew’s and StAPH and ask as many questions as you like about what we do and why we do it. Wine, tea and coffee and cake will be provided and you will get opportunity to identify other people, who like you have joined the congregation in the last year or two. If you would like to know more please speak with Lesley Lee (024 7646 0048) or Sue Masters (07958322026).

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

Finances
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.

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 edgriff@uwclub.net.

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, bwarner113@gmail.com. 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 – carysegner@hotmail.co.uk 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 james_durrant@hotmail.com.

Nexus
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
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/trekandtour

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.

Make Lunch Volunteers Needed
Can you help fill the ‘Holiday Hunger Gap’? We need cooks and volunteers to provide healthy food and lots of fun for children in Tile Hill missing free school meals. 10.45-1.30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school summer holidays at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church. Contact John Finlayson: 07793526691 / MakeLunchTileHill@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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 when he returns from sabbatical.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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 www.searchlighttheatre.org. For more information or to purchase from the church, email admin@stchristopher.org.uk or phone 02476 672879.

Dan & Phillipa Munday
Please see the latest 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Aileen Barwick.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 7th May6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 8th May7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 9th May9.15amPram Service
Tues 9th May2.00pmPastoral Care Meeting at 9 Nailcote Avenue
Tues 9th May7.00pmChoir practice
Thurs 11th May7.30pmBaptism Preparation in church
Sat 13th May10am-12 noonPlant sale in church
Readings at 8amPsalm 23 & John 10.10-10
ReaderJill Joyce
Worship 4 All led byNick Tooby
Next week John 14.1-14