Pews News – 27th August 2017

27th August 2017 – Eleventh 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.

Children’s Church
During the school summer holiday Crèche will meet in the side room. There will be craft activities available for primary age children, which parents are welcome to help their children with. Children’s Church will resume in the school after the holiday, starting on September 10th.

Sponsored Walk
On 2nd Sept, a party of walkers from St Andrew’s will be walking part of the Heart of England Way from Cannock Chase to Meriden in order to raise funds for the church and the charity Archie’s Smile which supports children with Down’s Syndrome and their families. All offers of sponsorship gratefully received. Please complete the forms at the back of church.

Children’s Worker
Emma Wildman takes up her role as our new children’s worker from next Friday, September 1st. She can be contacted on 07969 066979 or

Church on the Park
On Sept 17th at 10.30am we will be holding the StAPH service in a marquee on Bannerbrook park to celebrate 10 years of StAPH, followed by a cream tea. Bishop Chris will be joining us for this special event. Offers of scones for the cream tea also gratefully received. All welcome!

Link Deliverer Needed
A volunteer to deliver the The Link is needed – Morgans Road, only 22 copies. Please contact Barbara Warner if you can help, or telephone 02476 403458/07846 288036.

Autumn Fayre – Saturday 9th September
It is only about 6 weeks, so we need to start requesting help on the day for setting up and managing stalls. We need bric a brac, books, toys unwanted gifts, bottles and chocolate for tombola, cakes, raffle prizes etc. I was thinking of having a produce stall, so if you have an allotment or a veggie patch, we would appreciate any donations. Of anyone wants a table to sell their own crafts, let me know. Most of all we need your support, so please bring friends and family along on the day. Jackie Lynch

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.

Worship 4 All
Our monthly all age service takes place next Sunday where the theme is discipleship and will be led by Greg.

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.

Lunch n Chat Leaders
There is a lunch for all Lunch n Chat helpers (or would be helpers) on Wednesday at 11.45am. It is a bring and share lunch. If you want to know more about what we do, please come along.

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.

Link Deliverers
The Link is ready for collection in the side room, if you deliver or are able to take to someone who does near to you, we would be grateful if you could take the bundle for delivery … many thanks. Barbara Warner.

Dementia Support Group
The PCC have agreed to set up a Dementia Support group for sufferers and their carers. There is a briefing session with Alzheimer’s UK for volunteers on Thursday Sept 7th at 2pm in church.  Further volunteers are welcome. No experience necessary, just an ability to listen and care for those in need. Please speak to Greg or Rita.

Many, many thanks to all the wonderful people who took on extra duties and responsibilities during Greg’s sabbatical.

Dates for your diary
Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday Oct 13th
Barn Dance at Eastern Green Village on Saturday Oct 28th
Blitz Ball on Saturday Nov 18th

Nativity 2017
It’s a long way off, but plans are afoot for a live nativity in December 2017. Anyone interested in being involved in this should speak to Greg. We are especially seeking practical people, stage hands and a carpenter.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rita Muir.

Sermon Summary
The Church is the people not the building
The foundation of the Church is Jesus
The rock on which we build is Him and not Peter

Prayer List

Please pray for Ann Dove, 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 29th Aug2.00pmPlanning meeting for StAPH celebration
Tues 29th Aug7.30pmFinance meeting at the Vicarage
Weds 30th Aug11.45amLunch n Chat Leaders in church
Sat 2nd Sept5.00amSponsored walk from Cannock Chase
Sun 3rd Sept6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 4th Sept11.00amSafeguarding meeting
Mon 4th Sept7.30pmBaptism Preparation at church
Tues 5th Sept2.00pmPastoral Care Committee at 9 Nailcote Ave
ReadingMatthew 16.13-20 (p 983)
ReaderHarvey Wyatt
PreacherGreg Smith
IntercessionsGreg Smith
Led byLesley Lee
Comm AsstHarvey Wyatt
CrècheClaire & Veronika
SidespersonsGill Tunnicliffe & Julia McNaney
Next week at 8amJeremiah 15.15-21 & Matthew 16.21-28