Pews News – 25th June 2017

25th June 2017 – Second Sunday after Trinity

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.

Please note that Greg and Fran are on sabbatical until Aug 3rd. Enquiries should be addressed to the church office on 07756 918847 or or to one of the church wardens.

Phil Richardson’s Ordination & Sign-up Sheet for Barbeque
Phil Richardson’s ordination will be on 2nd July in Coventry Cathedral at 4pm. Afterwards, St Andrews will be hosting a barbeque in the vicarage garden from 6pm. All are welcome to both! There is now a sign-up sheet at the back of church for those who will be attending the barbeque. Please indicate and dietary requirements and any extra food that you are willing to bring.

Phil’s Induction & StAPH’s 10yr Anniversary
Phil’s induction by Bishop Chris (and StAPH 10 year anniversary celebration) will be taking place on Sunday 17th September. Venue is to be confirmed so just keep the date free for now!

Eco Church
St Andrew’s Church held a churchyard treasure hunt event on Sunday 4th June as part of Cherishing Churchyards month and it was a huge success. We had some fun activities including the treasure hunt, leaf rubbings and making animal masks. We also had James Allen from Coventry City Council come along with tools and materials to show us how to make bird boxes. As a result, we have now installed 5 new bird boxes around the churchyard, the front of the church and in the driveway going towards the vicarage. I would like to thank the adults and children who came along to the event and made it a success and also to Veronika Toor, Jill Pinks, James Allen and Peter Male who helped and supported the event. If you have missed this event, there are more events taking place around the Diocese and these can be found on

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.

St Andrew’s Churchyard
As a Church we are very concerned about our effect on the ecology of the world. As a result, the Parochial Church Council has developed a policy of allowing the grass in the older part of the Churchyard to grow wild through the spring and early summer. This encourages wildlife, particularly insects which are vital to the welfare of all our crops and plants. We are also hoping that as we leave the grass to grow we will have a greater number and variety of wild flowers. We also save energy by not cutting the grass as often. As a result, parts of the Churchyard may look unloved, but this is not the case. Our small part of God’s creation is being allowed to grow. Now that is why the Churchyard looks like it does. But that does not mean that we do not care about the graves, or those who visit them. If you want the area round a particular grave cleared, or a path to a specific grave cut, please let us know. We will endeavour to get it done as soon as possible. Also remember that if you have a loved one in the Churchyard you are welcome to tend the grave and the area immediately around it yourself. St Andrew’s PCC.

Drama Workshop
Selina and Emma are running a 5 week drama workshop at Jardine Youth Centre which commenced on Monday 12th June and starts at the slightly later time of 6-7pm. The theme is ‘Under the Sea’. The workshop is free and aimed at 8-12 year olds. Anyone in that age bracket is welcome. Please speak to Selina or Emma if you wish to know more.

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
There is now a new on line basic safeguarding Training …module C0. It is a one off and the information for completing it is on the notice board at the back of church. Everyone is now expected to complete this module prior to attending C1. A certificate will be available to print off and you will be asked to show this when attending for C1 training. We are aware safeguarding can be a sensitive subject for survivors of any sort of abuse. In this case, please do not complete this module alone, but complete it with a friend or in a group, or if preferred, Helen Tebbatt can be contacted for help via telephone or email. 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

Operation Noah: Working Towards a Net Zero Carbon Economy
The Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry Team and the Coventry Diocesan Environment Group are hosting a day conference for Operation Noah at St Michael’s House, Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 8th July 2017 from 10am to 3pm, called Working towards a net Zero Carbon Economy. The keynote speaker is James Buchanan from Operation Noah. In addition, we have a group of great local speakers joining us for the day, who are involved in various ways in reducing carbon consumption, responding to the challenges facing our fragile world environment. Please see the poster at the back of church. We have created an Eventbrite page for this upcoming day conference. For further details and to register for the event, please visit: Please register your place. It’s free! Places are limited so please sign up quickly if you are interested.

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 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 /

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.

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 Val Walters.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jill Pinks, Emma Read, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, 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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Mon 26th June6-7pmDrama Group Wk3 Jardine Youth Centre
Tues 27th June9.15amPram Service
Thurs 29th June7.00pmChristian Meditation Group in the side room
Sun 2nd July8.00amHoly Communion
Sun 2nd July10.00amWorship 4 All
Sun 2nd July4.00pmPhil’s ordination at Coventry Cathedral
followed by a barbeque at the Vicarage at 6pm
Mon 3rd July7.30pmBaptism Preparation Evening
ReadingJeremiah 20.7-13 & Matthew 10.24-39
ReadersJeremy Thomas & Harvey Wyatt
PresidentLynnette Clarke
PreacherLynnette Clarke
Led byLesley Lee
Comm AsstLesley Lee
IntercessionsLesley Lee
SidespersonsJune Orton & Sandra Watts
Next week at 8amJeremiah 28.5-9 & Matthew 10.40-42