Pews News – 11th February 2018

11th February 2018 – The Sunday next before Lent

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.

Palm Crosses
If you are able, please return your Palm Crosses by Sunday 11th February. Leave them at the back of church, and they will be burnt to produce ash for our Ash Wednesday service, which takes place on 14th February at 7pm. The service consists of the imposition of ashes, the Ash Wednesday litany and Holy Communion. All welcome. Anyone willing to act as sidesperson or read at the service should speak to Phil or Greg.

Pram Service 13th February
There will be a pancake race after the Pram Service on Shrove Tuesday. All parents / grandparents / carers/ babies and toddlers are welcome to join in the fun! There will be a pancake breakfast and crafts for the children from 8.45am, with a baby and toddler friendly service beginning at 9.15am. If you would like to come it would be helpful if you could let Emma know by emailing her at or phone Hilary on 07980 596646.

St. Andrew’s Lent Group 2018
Thinking about what to give up for Lent –biscuits, chocolate, your glass of wine? Why not try a different approach this year and take something up for Lent, like looking at the Bible, reflecting on the significance of Jesus life and sacrifice, sharing together with others. The Lent group could be the place for you to do this. This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent. The morning will include a time for fellowship and group discussion as we share together. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Lent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on

Ash Wednesday
Our special Ash Wednesday Service take place on 14th February at 7pm. The service includes the imposition of ashes to mark the start of Lent and Holy Communion. All welcome.

Palm Sunday
As we look forward to our Palm Sunday re-enactment of the passion story, we are looking for volunteer performers, seamstresses and prop makers. Anyone who would like to help in any way should speak to Greg or Kate Howarth. Actors should be 8+.

Easter Raffle
To raise funds for the church we intend to hold an Easter raffle and would be grateful for donations of prizes. If you are able to donate please pass you item(s) to Charley Watts or Linda Chylinski. Thank you.

Days Off
We thought it might be helpful to know when Church staff are not available.
Greg & Phil’s day off is usually Friday.
Emma is off from 6pm Friday until 9am Sunday.
Julie’s working hours are 8am-2pm Monday & Wednesday and 8am-12pm Friday
Please only disturb them in the event of death or serious illness.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service for pre-school babies and toddlers takes place on Tuesday 13th February. Come along and join in the pancake races. All welcome.

Parish Safeguarding Summary
1. There is now a pro forma for recording concerns or allegations of abuse within a church pinned to the noticeboard at the back of church.
2. Also on the noticeboard is a list of Course 1 dates until the end of March. Please check with Linda Chylinski if you are unsure whether you need to attend.
3. For those of you with a volunteer role within the church who have not yet completed Course 0, please could you ensure this is completed before 17th February either online or by attending the training session in the church on Saturday 17th February at 10am. Please let Julie or Linda know if you plan to attend the training session.

Bible Video Project
St Andrew’s will be making a short video in the coming weeks, interviewing people about what they get out of reading the bible. We are looking for volunteers to speak to camera for about 40 seconds. We are looking for people who don’t mind talking about the difficulties as well as the joys of bible reading. If you might be interested, please speak to Sue Masters.

Christians Against Poverty
Are looking for volunteers to act as befrienders, who will accompany one of the Christians Against Poverty staff as they visit clients in the area who are trying to free themselves from debt. For further information, contact or speak to Greg.

Job Club
The Tile Hill job club, one of the great successes in which the church is involved, is looking for non-specialist volunteers to supplement the team, as welcomers, people with basic IT skills to help assist with job hunts and people to can spare a listening ear. For more information, please speak to Dawn Easthope at

Seek His Face
A reminder that our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place this evening at 6.30pm in church. All welcome.

Forget me Not
Our new group for people living with dementia and their carers continues on Tuesday 13th February at 2pm in church. For further details, please speak to Lynnette.

Roof Appeal
There is some urgent remedial work needing to be undertaken on the church roof, costing approximately £700, which was not anticipated in the church budget for the year. Without these repairs, we will soon be experiencing climate change inside the church! Anyone who feels called to make a contribution towards meeting this bill, and who can afford to do so without it effecting their regular giving could put a gift in an envelope marked roof appeal and place it on the offertory plate or give it directly to a sidesperson or churchwarden. All gifts will be greatly appreciated.

Quiz Night
Another fun Quiz Night is planned for Friday 2nd March at the Massey Ferguson Social Club at 7pm. Tickets are available from Rita or Julie at or 07756 918847. They cost £9 adults and £5 children, including a fish & chip supper. The event is jointly organised by the church and Allesley Green Residents Association.

Flower Rota 2018
The 2018 flower rota is now at the back of church. There are still lots of spaces so if you would like to put your name down for a week, please do.

Parish Weekend Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018
WHAT IS IT? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for Bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. WHERE IS IT? Shallowford House, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry). WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone including children. There is a cost of £140 per adult (with reductions for children) which includes all meals. There is an early bird discount of £10 if booked before 25th February. Interested ? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters 07958322026 or Greg Smith

Courses Provided by Age UK
Age UK have forwarded details of several courses that are available which include paper crafts, photography, oil painting, woodworking skills and lots more. Please see the red folder at the back of church for further details.

Prayer List
Please pray for Lynnette Clarke, Ruth Sutcliffe, Jane Caswell, Pat Trickett, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Ann Crowley, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, George Cooke, Flix Haynes, Fred Edwards, Derek Shale, Jean Selby, Colin & Pauline Smith, Beryl Poppit, Lara Santostefano, Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, Jo Hanney and Hannah Miller. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates Feb
Sun 11th6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 12th7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 13th9.15amPram Service
Tues 13th2.00pmForget me Not
Weds 14th7.00pmAsh Wednesday Service
Thurs 15th3.15pmKidz Praise
Sat 17th10.00amCourse 0 Training session in the side room
Readings2 Kings 2.1-12 & Mark 9.2-9
ReadersJeremy Thomas & Harvey Wyatt
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsSue Masters
Comm AsstNick Tooby
SidespersonsStan Cooper & Trevor Hill
ChildrenHilary, Greg, Emma R & Claire
Next weekGenesis 9.8-17 & Mark 1.9-15