Pews News – 13th May 2018

13th May 2018 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter

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 is the church’s birthday (Pentecost) and the service will be led by Revd Kate Pearson, the Chaplain at the University of Warwick

Plant Sale
Thanks to Dave Griffiths and his team for the annual Plant Sale yesterday.

Party in the Park
God blessed us with amazing sunshine (too hot for some!) for Party in the Park, which was the most successful ever, with approximately 2,000 attending and £750 raised towards church funds. We are grateful to Allesley Green Residents Association for working in partnership with us again. Special thanks go to Richard Marr, Julia McNaney and Julie Crow for their hard work on the organising committee and most of all to our loyal volunteers, who staffed stalls, baked cakes, arrived early or stayed late.

Parish Weekend
Many thanks to Sue Masters (organiser), Emma Wildman and Team (children’s team), Steve Wankling (photographer) and Phil/Jill (worship team) and everyone else for their fellowship for a truly fantastic Parish Weekend. Details about next year will appear shortly.

Poetry Evening
A chance to enjoy the performance of many and varied poems and to share your own favourites. At Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 19th May from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £8 and include coffee and cake (or tea and cake if you prefer). Tickets available at St Andrew’s Church, St Andy’s Church or directly from Stephen and Eileen Warne. You are welcome to bring wine or beer if you wish. If you wish to choose a poem to be read, if you are happy to choose and read it yourself, or if you would be willing to read a poem someone else has chosen, please contact Stephen or Eileen Warne on 024 7647 1350.

After many, many years Diane Wilson has decided to hang up her mop. She has epitomised loyalty and professionalism in this role. In replacing her, we want to investigate whether it might be possible to recruit a band of volunteers to clean for an hour once a week. We probably need 5 people altogether to allow volunteers to take a week off when necessary. If you are interested in helping, please speak to Greg, Diane or Jackie Lynch.

Social Media
We are looking to set up a small working group to develop policy around the church’s use of social media. Anyone willing to get involved with this should speak to Greg or Paul Crowe.

Kidz Klub
Kidz Klub meets every Tuesday during term time at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church from 5-6pm to offer Primary School children in the area a chance to think about the Christian faith, with lots of games and high-octane fun. They are in need of volunteers who are free at this time and are excited by working with children and teaching them about God’s love. They always welcome visitors if you want to see what happens before making a commitment. For further information, please speak to Greg or Phil.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place on Tues May 22nd at 9.15am. This informal gathering includes stories, songs and craft activities for babies and pre-schoolers. All welcome.

Budget Report
Our quarterly budget report was published last week. We are extremely grateful to those donors who have funded our roof repairs, which we have been able to undertake without any drain on church funds. However, despite being within budget on all expenditure lines, on current levels of giving a shortfall for the year is still projected because given is not yet in line with what we have hoped and prayed for. Please continue to pray about this.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy takes place tonight, May 13th from 6.30-7.30pm. All welcome.

Altar Servers
We would like to supplement our small team of altar servers, who set up the altar for communion on an occasional basis. If you are able to help, please speak to Greg, Steve Wankling or Rita.

Alpha Course 2018
Want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible, faith? Why not be part of the Alpha Course which starts on Wednesday 23rd May. We meet at the Vicarage, are served a wonderful home cooked meal, make new friends, listen to a talk on a key aspect of the Christian faith and then take part in a small group discussion with a handful of others who are seeking to know more and share their doubts and questions. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The evenings start at 7pm and the course runs over eight weeks, with an Away Day during that eight-week period. If you would like more information or want to join the course please speak with Greg Smith or Sue Masters 07958 322026 or

Alpha Caterers Needed
The Alpha course runs for 8 weeks at the Vicarage from 23rd May to 11th July. We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal, help to serve and clear away after the meal. Caterers would be paid for each evening catered for. If you would be willing to cater for one evening (or more) please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or

Children’s Holiday Club
We would like to hold a holiday club for primary aged children on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July, but to do this we need lots of volunteers – male and female! We will plan activities as a team and training and support will be given as necessary. We need people to help with games, craft activities, serve drinks and snacks and give general support. A holiday club would be a great way to further our children’s ministry within the parish, but we can only go ahead if we have adequate child:adult ratios. If you are interested in helping (even if it is only for a few hours) and would like more information, please speak to Hilary or phone 07980 596646. A firm commitment is needed by the end of May to give us time to plan activities and advertise the event. Many thanks, Hilary.

St Andrews has been invited to send a representative to the Gideon’s Branch Recruitment Dinner at the Quality Hotel on Weds 23rd May. Anyone who would like to go along, have a free meal (!) and hear more about the Gideon’s work should speak to Greg by May 14th.

Screen Technician
We are looking to recruit an additional audio-visual operator to join our select team of Steve and Paul. This would only require a once in a while commitment on a Sunday morning to cover holidays. Full training provided. Concentration is the most important gift needed!

Walk to Church Sunday
Each year on the third Sunday in May (when the hope the sun will be shining), we encourage members to walk to church if at all possible; and if not to cycle or come by public transport; and failing all that to share a car with others. By doing so, we remind ourselves that we are stewards of God’s creation and that when we work together we can make a difference. It is also a means of encouraging us to think more carefully about the carbon emissions we are personally responsible for. Thanks to Dawn and her eco-team for administering our survey.

Thy Kingdom Come
An international prayer movement, initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury three years ago, is now embraced by millions. Each year between the Ascension (May 10th) and Pentecost (May 20th) churches are encouraged to pray for the coming of the Kingdom. You can pledge to pray as an individual or family at You are also encouraged to visit the church any time during daylight hours during this period to spend time in prayer, taking advantage of the prayer stations that have been set up in the choir stalls and upstairs room. Anyone, who would like devotional material to help them pray through this 10 day period can obtain it via the website.

Link Deliveries
Many thanks to Gill Tunnicliffe who has kindly agreed to share the responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Link magazine with Barbara Warner. We currently have three rounds needing a deliverer. If you don’t already do a round and/or are prepared to deliver The Link can you please contact Barbara Warner on 02476 403458/07846 288036 / email or Gill Tunnicliffe on 024 7646 2618 or email

Dan & Phillipa Munday
Please see the latest newsletter from our mission partners, Dan and Phillipa who are working in Nepal. It is in the red folder at the back of church. If you would like your own copy for prayer, please contact Julie.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Margaret Shale, Jan Roberts, Jill Vernon, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, 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 and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates May
Sun 13th6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 14th7.30pmPCC meeting in church
Tues 15th1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in the side room
Weds 16th7.15pmChildren’s Council meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Thurs 17th3.15pmKidz Praise
Sat 19th7.00pmPoetry Evening at the Village Hall
Sun 20thPentecost
Tues 22nd9.15amPram Service
2.00pmForget me Not
7.45pmAllesley Green prayer group at 14 Ash Green Close
Weds 23rd7.00pmAlpha Week 1
Readings1 John 5.9-13 (p 1228) & John 17.6-19 (1085)
ReadersAnn Crowley & Hilary Wankling
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
Led byNick Tooby
MusicDi Fellowes
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary Wankling
Next weekActs 2.1-21 & John 15.26-27; 16.4-15