Pews News – 5th August 2018

5th August 2018 – Tenth 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.

To all those who ministered and administered during Greg & Fran’s holiday. It is very much appreciated. We have a wonderful team.

Phil Richardson
This morning sees Phil’s last service with us before he begins his paternity leave. The baby is due on 19th August. Please do pray for him and Anne as they await this happy event and also settle into their new home to which they moved this week. The new address is 23 Mary Herbert St, Cheylesmore, CV3 2ER. Although you may see Phil around (and hopefully baby!) over the next couple of months, he won’t be working again until 6th October. Please do respect this special family time.

Social Committee
The PCC agreed to introduce a Social Committee to co-ordinate a programme of events to meet three aims

1)      Build fellowship

2)      Encourage non-church members to build relationships with the church

3)      Fund raising for the churches mission.

We are looking for 5 or 6 people who would be interested in joining the group and to support the above aim. We are looking especially for people who are keen on organising and co-ordinating activities. The group is not expected to plan and run all events, but certainly will be expected to take an active role in taking forward some of them. If you think this is you please speak to Nick (

This is without doubt an important ministry within the church and without willing volunteers the life of the church will be poorer, both financially, but also as a family who join together in fellowship. Please don’t be shy….the good news is we have terms of reference for the committee, so what more could you want!

Job Vacancy
The Berkswell Charities’ are seeking to appoint a Clerk which may suit a suitably qualified person. Please see the advert on the noticeboard at the back of church.

The Font
We have finally received legal permission to remove the font and install a new portable font, which is close to completion. Many thanks again to Beryl and Stan Cooper who have generously sponsored this project, Frank Dove who is crafting the new font and to Trevor Hill who has tirelessly pursued the Diocese to get an answer.

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.

Sponsored Walk
A dozen walkers will be undertaking the southern third of the Heart of England Way (approximately 35 miles) on Saturday 11th August, walking from Alcester to Bourton-on-the-Water.  We are seeking to raise funds for the church and for a memorial garden at St Andrew’s School in memory of Brandon Gurney the 6 year old who died at Christmas. It is not too late to join us. Participants only need complete a stage or two of the walk (individual stages are 3-5 miles long). Additions to the valiant support crew also welcomed. Sponsor forms are available at the back of church. If you are able to take one away for us, please do.

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.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service, specially designed for pre-school children and their families, takes place Tuesday, 14th August at 9.15am with doors open from 8.45am. The service consists of stories, songs, craft and prayers for little ones as well as refreshments served both before and after the service.

Seek His Face
A reminder that our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise (Seek His Face) takes place next Sunday, 12th August at 6.30pm. All welcome.

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.

Drama Workshop
Selina, Emma and Greg will be leading ‘Play in a Day’ at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday 23rd August from 10-4pm for children aged 8-12. The cost of the day is £4, with lunch provided. Registration via Julie, Emma or Greg in advance is not absolutely necessary but is helpful for planning purposes.

Songs of Praise
St Andrew’s will be hosting a Songs of Praise service on Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm. Congregation members are invited to nominate their favourite hymn/song. Please either do this by giving a piece of paper to Greg or one of the churchwardens or by emailing Julie, our administrator. A few words about why you have chosen that particular hymn would be helpful but is not absolutely necessary. The Nightingales choir have kindly agreed to participate in the service.

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.

We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hilary and Steve Wankling.

Prayer List
Please pray for Barbara Hesketh, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, 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 August
Sat 11thHeart of England Way Walk
Sun 12th6.30pmSeek His Face
Tues 14th9.15amPram Service
Weds 15th11.00amSafeguarding meeting at the Vicarage
Thurs 16th7.00pmBaptism Team meeting at the Vicarage
Readings at 8amExodus 6.2-4, 9-15 (p 62) & John 6.24-35 (p 1070)
ReaderJill Joyce
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All led byPhil Richardson
IntercessionsNick Tooby
MusicDan & Kirstie
Next week1 Kings 19.4-8 & John 6.35, 41-51