Pews News – 17th February 2019

17th February 2019 – The Third Sunday 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.

The Link Magazine
The PCC have reluctantly taken the decision to bring to an end the Link as a paper magazine. Therefore, the February magazine will be the last in the current format. From March 1st onwards, the Link will be published online in a full colour digital format, which will be easily accessed directly through the St Andrews website, Facebook, My Eastern Green or the Allesley Green Residents Association website. It will contain all the usual content, except the advertising. We understand that this is a sad moment in the history of the parish and that not necessarily everyone will be able to access the new format. However, at a time when the church is struggling to make ends meet, we simply cannot afford to run a magazine, making a loss of £1500 per year and rising. Do pray for the continued success of the Link in reaching a new audience without losing its old. Finally, eternal thanks to the Link Team of Tracey, Richard and Barbara; and to all the faithful deliverers of the magazine.

Kidz Praise
Our fortnightly service aimed at Primary School children and their families (Kidz Praise) next takes place during half term on Thursday 21st February at 3.15pm. Games, stories, prayers and craft make for an entertaining hour and is a great way for children to explore their faith in Jesus.

This morning we conclude our series on Isaiah. If you haven’t already got a companion booklet, with an introduction to Isaiah and a reading plan, please take one with you this morning.

Children’s Society Boxes
It’s that time of year again! The annual collection of the boxes. If you could bring your box to church, or alternatively I will collect from you. Once again, I take the opportunity to thank all of you who have stayed loyal to this worthy charity for so long. I cannot believe I have been collecting from you for 21 years! Look forward to seeing you soon. Jackie Lynch.

Electoral Roll
Every six years, our Electoral Roll has to be renewed. 2019 is such a year. Everyone who has previously been on the Electoral Roll should fill out a very short form to reapply. There are a number of advantages to being on the Electoral Roll around rights to baptism, funerals and weddings, as well as eligibility for church office and voting rights at the AGM. It is also vital to St Andrew’s to have the most reliable record of its membership, so we would urge everyone to take 2 minutes to do this. Forms are available from Greg, Phil or Lesley Harrison, our Electoral Roll officer. Anyone who lives in the parish or who has worshipped at St Andrew’s for 6 months or more is eligible.

Discipleship Survey
Every two years, we conduct a discipleship survey and that time has come around again. For the results to be truly useful, we need everyone who comes to St Andrew’s and/or St Andy’s to fill in a sheet. It only takes 60 seconds. Thanks for your help.

To Cara and Peter who were married at St Andrew’s yesterday.

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday at our 10am service. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help with this, whether by a small acting part or costumes or in any other way.

Social Events
All the tickets for the Elvis Tribute evening have now been sold. Don’t miss out on your tickets for the Quiz Night which takes place at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on Friday 1st March at 7pm. Tickets are available from Rita Muir or Ann Smith at a cost of £9 adults or £5 children, including fish and chips or an alternative. Also, there will be a Barn Dance at Masseys on Saturday 9th March at 7pm. Tickets which include a ploughman’s supper are now on sale at £10 adults and £5 children (under 14) available from Rita Muir and in church.

All Star Theatre Company
A new term of activities begins on Tuesday 26th February at 6pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church hall. Drama for 8-12 year olds. Please speak to Greg, Emma or Selina for further information.

Ash Wednesday
Anyone who would like to read at the Ash Wednesday service at 7pm on Wednesday 6th March should speak to Greg or contact Julie. Please return Palm Crosses by Sunday 3rd March.

Lunch n Chat Mark 2
Lunch n Chat which has been running for over 10 years has been extremely successful in providing comfort and company to those newly bereaved. Because of the success of the group, we are launching a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on 26th February. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Cleaning Team Holiday Cover
We would be grateful for one to two people to join the loyal band of cleaners on an occasional basis as holiday cover. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

BCDM Module on Prayer
St Andrew’s Church is hosting a BCDM Module again this year and the theme is Prayer. This interactive module will give opportunities to learn about as well as participate in different styles, methods and experiences of prayer. It will look at prayers in the Bible, different types and styles of prayer, the links between different spiritualities and methods of prayer and active methods of praying such as ‘prayer walks’ and ‘prayer stations’. Running during Lent this is an opportunity open to everyone to focus on prayer and on ways to develop your prayer life.  Dates and Time: Thursday evenings 7:00-9:30pm, 7th March – 4th April. If you want to participate you need to register If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters.

Prayer List
Please pray for Pat Jenkinson, Andrea Parr, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Diana Semple, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates February 
Mon 18th7.30pmGrowing Leaders
Tues 19th1.30pmLadies Fellowship meeting in the side room
Thurs 21st3.15pmKidz Praise
Tues 26th9.15amTots Praise
12.00pmLunch n Chat II launches
6.00pmDrama Club
7.30pmAllesley Green Prayer
ReadingsIsaiah 40.21-31 (p 724) & Luke 6.17-26 (p 1034)
ReadersVictoria Kaczur & Hilary Wankling
PreacherNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
Led bySue Masters
IntercessionsJeremy Thomas
Comm AsstSue Masters
MusicMichael Watkins
Next weekGen 2.4-9, 15-25 & Luke 6.17-26