Pews News – 1st July 2018

1st July 2018 – Fifth 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.

Phil’s Ordination
Please pray for Phil Richardson who is being ordained as a Priest this morning at Coventry Cathedral. Phil will be presiding at Holy Communion for the first time next Sunday, 8th July at 10 a.m. in a joint service with the St Andy’s congregation. We will be celebrating Phil’s priesting that afternoon with a Strawberry Cream Tea in the Vicarage garden. All welcome. Offers of cakes/strawberries and cream gratefully received. Please speak to Fran.

To the Prayer Team for leading such a moving service of prayer and healing last Sunday.

To Rosemarie Over for organizing the Rod Stewart tribute act last Saturday, which filled the dance floor at the Albany Club and raised in excess of £500 for church funds.

Link Round
We currently have one Link round needing a deliverer – Despard Road (65 copies). If you can spare half an hour once a month, please speak to Gill Tunnicliffe or Barbara Warner about this.

Growing Leaders Course 2018
We are starting a new Growing Leaders Course in September 2018 and the first term will include one full Saturday and three subsequent evenings through the term. This is a course designed for anyone currently in leadership in the church or at work; or for anyone who is considering that they might be at some point in the future, whether that is working with a small group of children or adults, or taking on a specific responsibility in the church, at work or the community. The course publicity says: ‘It’s our hope that Growing Leaders will help equip leaders at every level of church life to be led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus.’ We are having a cheese and wine evening at 55 Handsworth Crescent on Thursday 12th July from 7–8.30pm. The purpose of this is to provide an opportunity for us to introduce the Growing Leaders programme to you. Interested? Curious? If you would like to know more please speak with Greg or with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

We now have a band of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have one or two more. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran 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.

Housing Development
The consultation event with Hallam (land promoters for the fields in the north of the parish) and a meeting with Mark Andrews, the Chief Planning Officer of Coventry City Council this last week have confirmed the possibility that an additional 3,000 homes may be added to the parish over the next decade. The City Council will embark on its own consultation process around September time. It is important that every individual participates in this to maximise our influence over the nature of the development.

St. Andrew’s and St Andy’s Holiday Club
Children’s Church at St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are running a holiday club for primary school children aged between 5 and 11 years on Monday, 23rd July and Tuesday, 24th July. There will be lots of stories, crafts, games and activities on the theme of FRIENDS AND HEROES. Look out for more details and a registration form on our fliers or contact either Emma (07969 066979) or Hilary (07980 596646).

Holiday Club Volunteers’ Meeting
There will be a brief meeting for people who have volunteered to help at the Holiday Club after the morning service next Sunday, 8th July. We also need help preparing craft activities on Wednesday, 15th July at 538 Broad Lane, from 10.00am. It’s not too late to volunteer to help with the club on 23rd & 24th July or with the preparation. Please speak to Hilary for more information.

Save the Date – Parish Weekend 10th – 12th May 2019
The Parish Weekend was so successful we are doing it again next year. If you want to join us sign up now and reserve your place. The cost will be £150 for adults with reductions for children and we will operate a saving scheme if that helps make it possible for you. There will be an early bird discount of £10 for those signing up before end of November. If you are interested or would like more information please speak with Sue Masters or Greg.

Summer Party
A Summer Party will take place on Saturday 14th July at 7.30pm. Venue – Eastern Green Social Club. Tickets cost £10 per person, buffet included, and are available from Rosemarie Over on 07778 397284.

Sidespersons Rota
After a number of years in the role, Steve Wankling is going to retire in the Autumn from his responsibility for drawing up the termly Sidespersons/Readers rota. We are looking for a volunteer to take this on. Please speak to Steve if you would like further information about what is entailed.

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!

Make Lunch
For the last two years, St Andrew’s has supported the wonderful Make Lunch project that runs out of Limbrick Wood Baptist Church to feed children in the Tile Hill/Eastern Green area who have free school meals during term time but don’t necessarily eat properly during the holidays. In order for the club to run this summer, we desperately need more volunteers. It will run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-1 p.m. from July 30th for 5 weeks. You can volunteer for as many or as few sessions as you are able. The team needs kitchen staff, children’s games organisers etc. If you want to know more, please speak to Greg or Hilary.

Home Insurance
The Smith family has recently changed its home insurance. Not only did we save nearly £200 over the year for ourselves, but Ecclesiastical Insurance then issued a cheque for £130 for St Andrew’s. If six more families were to do this come their renewal date, this would be an additional £1,000 for the church and savings for you. To find out more, ring 0800 783 0130 and quote TRUST130 or visit This is fundraising as easy as it gets!

Hannah Miller, who has been managing our Facebook page over the last 18 months is stepping down from this role because of work commitments. We are therefore looking for a volunteer to take on the task of responding to messages from the church leadership and administration and ensuring they are posted regularly on the church facebook page. For further information, please speak to Phil or Greg.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were donated in memory of Edna Venn.

Prayer List
Please pray for George Cooke, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, Jan Roberts, Sandra Watts, Bette Thorpe, Lynnette Clarke, Tako N’gambi, Darren Lee, Norah Hall, Andrew Rennie, Flix Haynes, Lara Santostefano and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates July
Sun 1st8.00amSaid Communion
10.00amWorship 4 All
10.30amPhil’s ordination at Coventry Cathedral
4.00pmAnne Richardson’s ordination
Mon 2nd7.15pmChildren’s Church meeting at 538 Broad Lane
7.30pmBaptism prep in church
Weds 4th7.00pmAlpha week 7 at the Vicarage
Thurs 5th11.45amFinance Committee at the Vicarage
3.15pmKidz Praise
Sat 7thAlpha Away Day at Berkswell
Sun 8th10.00amJoint Service with St Andy’s
2-5pmStrawberry Tea at the Vicarage
Mon 9th7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 10th9.15amPram Service
Readings at 8am2 Corinthians 8.7-15 (p 1163) & Mark 5.21-43 (p 1007)
ReaderHilary Wankling
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All Led byNick Tooby
SidespersonsSteve & Hilary
Next weekEzekiel 2.1-5 & Mark 5.21-43