Pews News – 3rd September 2017

3rd September 2017 – Twelfth 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 and Crèche
Children’s Church opens for the autumn term next Sunday (10th September) with more games, crafts and fun activities based around Bible stories. We leave church to go to the school hall after the first hymn each Sunday during term time (except for the first Sunday in the month). Parents are welcome to join us. We are looking forward to welcoming all our previously registered children as well as some new faces. For more information, please speak to Hilary or Becky.

Children’s Worker
As of September 1st Emma Wildman took up her role as our new children’s worker. She can be contacted on 07969 066979 or

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.

Autumn Fayre
Saturday 9th September, starting at the later time of 2-4pm at Eastern Green Village Hall. It is now 1 week to the fayre, 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

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise takes place next Sunday in church at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Church in 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!

Barn Dance
Saturday 28th October in Eastern Green Village Hall. Tickets £8 adults £4 children (13 and under). Includes hot dog, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Tickets available soon. A great fun evening and arranged again by popular demand!

Link Deliverer Needed
A volunteer to deliver the The Link is needed – Upper Eastern Green Lane (192-230, 240-288, 294-298), 55 copies. Please contact Barbara Warner if you can help, or telephone 02476 403458/07846 288036.

Lunch n Chat
Lunch n Chat has just celebrated its 11th anniversary of helping those who have been bereaved. Providing lunch and a listening ear to those who have lost loved ones for more than a decade in the church room. Thank you so much to all our wonderful volunteers who make the group possible. If you know anyone who might benefit from this group, please speak to Rita on 76460744.

Dementia Support Group
The PCC has 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.

Kidz Praise
Please note a new service titled ‘Kidz Praise’ starts on Thursday Sept 21st at 3.45pm. The service is aimed at Primary School aged children and their families. Refreshments will be available from 3.15pm with craft activities for the children. The service will consist of stories, songs and prayers. It will continue every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. All welcome.

Christian Meditation Group
The Christian Meditation 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.

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.

Pram Service
The next Pram Service (for pre-school children and their carers) takes place on Tuesday 12th September at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am.

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 Rosemarie Over.

Prayer List
Please pray for Darren Lee, 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
Mon 4th Sept11.00amSafeguarding meeting
Mon 4th Sept7.30pmBaptism Preparation at church
Tues 5th Sept2.00pmPastoral Care Committee at 9 Nailcote Ave
Tues 5th Sept7.30pmLeadership Team meeting at 22 Hathaway Rd
Weds 6th SeptPrayer Team meets
Thurs 7th Sept2.00pmDementia Support Group volunteers meet
Sat 9th Sept2.00pmAutumn Fayre at Village Hall
Mon 11th Sept7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 12th Sept9.15amPram Service
Readings at 8amJeremiah 15.15-21 (p 774) & Matthew 16.21-28 (p 984)
ReaderJill Joyce
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 all led byGreg Smith
SidespersonsPeter Bruton & Trevor Hill
Next weekMatthew 18.15-20