Pews News – 21st May 2017

21st May 2017 – Sixth 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.

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).

Kenthurst Spring Fayre
Kenthurst Spring Fayre, at Kenthurst pre-school in Kenthurst Close, will take place today from 12-2pm. There will be lots of fun activities. Please see the poster on the noticeboard at the back of church. All welcome.

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
Thank you to all those who supported the plant sale last week, either by helping out, donating plants or buying plants. Your support is greatly appreciated.

St Andrew’s Churchyard Day 2017
The Eco Church team at St Andrew’s Church are holding a Nature Treasure Hunt on Sunday June 4th starting at 12pm around the churchyard as part of Cherishing Churchyards week. There will be craft activities such as animal mask making inside the side room and the event will be followed by a bring your own picnic in the park behind the Social Club at 3pm, weather permitting. For more information talk to Dawn Easthope.

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s
As Greg and Fran are on sabbatical leave, 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.

Safeguarding Training
Two new additional training sessions have been added for C1 foundation module. Both are at Coventry Cathedral and are on Thursday 25th May. 9.30am-12 noon/12.30-3pm. Places can be booked by logging onto diocesan website. There are also some places still available at old Blue Coat school for the evening 7th June at 7.15-9.45pm. Can anyone who can attend please do so, as these sessions get full very quickly, and we should all attend on an annual basis. Thank you, Linda Chylinski.

Christian Meditation Group
A new Christian Meditation Group started at St Andrew’s Church on Thursday 4th May at 7pm and continues 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.

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.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Lesley Lee.

Prayer List
Please pray for Andrew Rennie, 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
Mon 22nd May7.30pmOrientation Evening
Tues 23rd May9.15amPram Service
Tues 23rd May6.45pmChoir Practice
Thurs 25th May7.00pmAscension Day Service
Thurs 1st June7.00pmChristian Meditation Group
Sun 4th June8.00amHoly Communion
Sun 4th June10.00amWorship 4 All
Sun 4th June12-3pmChurchyard Treasure Hunt & Picnic
Sun 4th June6.30pmIgnatian Service
ReadingPsalm 66.7-18 & John 14.15-21
ReadersJeremy Thomas & Victoria Kaczur
PresidentAlan Davies
PreacherAlan Davies
Led bySue Masters
Comm AsstNick Tooby
IntercessionsJames Durrant
SidespersonsRosemarie Over & Stan Cooper
ChildrenLesley L/Becky/Lesley H
Next weekPsalm 68.1-10*, 32-35 & John 17.1-11