Pews News – 10th September 2017

10th September 2017 – Thirteenth 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.

Next Sunday
Having been unable to find a priest to take next Sunday’s service, there will be a service of said Holy Communion at 8.30am led by Greg and a service of Morning Prayer at 10am led by Sue Masters.

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.

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!

Children’s Worker
As of 1st September, Emma Wildman took up her role as our new children’s worker.  She can be contacted on 07969 066979 or There is an opportunity to meet Emma face to face next Saturday, 16th September from 10am-12pm in church. Activities for children provided and refreshments for adults.

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

Christian Meditation Group
The Christian Meditation Group scheduled to start on Thursday 14th September will not now be going ahead. The group may or may not return in January. If you’re interested in exploring Christian Meditation please go to: and

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 early October to be announced. A great fun evening and arranged again by popular demand!

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 024 7646 0744.

To Mike Lynch who has done a wonderful job of levelling the church path.

Sue Masters
Sue is being relicensed as a Reader on Saturday 16th September at Coventry Cathedral at 4pm. All welcome at the service.

Dementia Support Group
The PCC have agreed to set up a Dementia Support group for sufferers and their carers. Further volunteers are welcome. No experience necessary, just an ability to listen and care for those in need. Please speak to Greg or Rita.

Cathedral Liaison Officer
Norah Hall, after years of loyal service, has stepped down as our Cathedral Liaison Officer. We are therefore looking for someone to take on this role, which is primarily about disseminating messages from the cathedral to the wider congregation on an occasional basis. Anyone interested in the role should speak to Greg.

Kidz Praise
Please note a new service titled ‘Kidz Praise’ starts on Thursday 21st September 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.

Diocesan Vocations Evening
Where do I fit in God’s Story? Are you or someone you know interested in exploring God’s calling? On Wednesday 4th October we are running another Vocations Evening. These sessions aim to enable participants to consider God’s calling within a wider understanding of vocation as well as discovering more of their own calling in mission and ministry. All are welcome to these sessions which are held at 7.30-9.30pm (including refreshments) at All Saints Church, Emscote (Warwick CV34 5NL). To find out more see the link below or to book your place please contact Sarah Palmer on or 02476 521316. Website:

Dates for your Diary
Quiz Night at Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 13th Oct
Barn Dance at Eastern Green Village on Saturday 28th Oct
60s/70s Night at Westwood Social Club on Saturday 25th November (replacing the The Blitz Ball on Saturday Nov 18th).

The Diocese offers a range of short courses to help us as disciples of God to deepen our faith and our understanding of the Bible. These modules, delivered across the Diocese, are open to everyone and are a good way of meeting with other Christians to learn and explore in a group. They are held in various churches across the Diocese and there is a small cost. The following modules are being delivered across the diocese in September and October: Creation Care, at St. Edmund’s Church, Shipston; Music, at St. James’  Church Snitterfield and Prayer at All Saints’ Church Leamington. If you are interested in any of the modules listed above or have more general questions about the course please speak with Sue Masters on 07958322026 or email me at To attend any of these you need to register with the Diocese

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who generously sponsored the group who walked 45 miles of the Heart of England Way last Saturday to raise funds for the church and Archie’s Smile, a charity working with children with Down’s Syndrome. Please place your donation in the basket at the back of church or hand to one of the walkers. All donations gratefully received even if the form wasn’t filled out in advance.

Village Fete at the Hall
There is a Fete run by the Eastern Green Village Hall committee at the Hall on Sunday 17th September from 2-6p.m with live music, games, stalls etc. All welcome.

Drama Club
Drama club for 8-12 year olds will start up on Thurs 21st September from 6-7pm at St Oswalds Church. This term will have a Harry Potter theme. If you want to know more, please speak to Emma, Selina or Greg.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove.

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
Sun 10th Sept6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 11th Sept7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 12th Sept9.15amPram Service
Sat 16th Sept10-12 noonMeet with Emma from in church
Sun 17th Sept8.30amSaid Communion
Sun 17th Sept10.00amMorning Prayer
Sun 17th Sept10.30amStAPH’s 10th anniversary celebration
Mon 18th Sept7.30pmNativity meeting at the Vicarage
ReadingMatthew 18.15-20 (p 985)
ReaderJohn Ross-Barnard
PresidentGreg Smith
PreacherGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm Asst.Lesley Lee
SidespersonsKath Houldsworth & Rita Muir
ChildrenHilary, Alison & Gary
Next weekRomans 14.1-12 & Matthew 18.21-35