Pews News – 16th July 2017

16th July 2017 – Fifth 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.

Churchyard Working Party
A churchyard working party is taking place on Saturday 22nd July from 9am. The aim is to de-weed the front flower bed. Garden implements will be provided if needed. Trevor Hill.

Christian Meditation Group
The Christian Meditation Group has now broken up for the summer. We will start again on Thursday 14th September at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church. For more information about Christian Meditation please visit the websites: and If you’d like to discuss it with someone please email me at or ring 07964224391.

Seek His Face
Please note that Seek His Face has been cancelled for July and as there is no Seek His Face in August will now return in September.

A message from the Foodbank to say the items they are in most need of are: soup, tinned vegetables (not red kidney beans), tinned meat, tinned fruit, rice pudding, custard, biscuits (please do not split packs as they need to have use by date on), sugar, tea, coffee, juice/squash, milk UHT/powder, sauces (ketchup etc), snacks/chocolate, jam and toilet rolls.

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.

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. Please note that there is also a revised list for C1 safeguarding Training now on the noticeboard covering from July until February next year.

The Nexus annual Raising and Giving week has now been completed, so please do give Carys and Dewi any money you pledged, in person or via

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 /

Job Club – Help Needed
A few of us from St Andrew’s and StAPH attend an amazing Job Club each Thursday from 2-4 in St Oswalds Church on Tile Hill Crescent. However, we have grown in popularity and so need more help to …make teas and bacon sarnies- help people write CVs- chat to people – help people use the internet- and more! If you are free on Thursday afternoons, pop in or chat to Phil, Steve or Eileen for more info.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

Prayer List
Please pray for Jill, Pinks, Emma Read, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, 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
Tues 18th July1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in side room
Tues 18th July6.45pmChoir Practice
Thurs 20th July9.00amSt Andrew’s School end of year service in church
Sat 22nd July4.00pmWedding
Tues 25th July9.15amPram Service
ReadingIsaiah 55.10-13 & Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23
ReadersDawn Easthope & Peter Bruton
PresidentLynnette Clarke
PreacherLesley Lee
Led byNick Tooby
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
SidespersonsJulia McNaney & Peter Bruton
Next weekMatthew 13.24-30, 36-43