Pews News – 3rd March 2019

3rd March 2019 – 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.

The Link Magazine
Please make sure you look for the first ever online edition of the Link Magazine. The March edition is now available to be viewed at or on the St Andrews Facebook page. It will be posted on the 1st of every month.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise (theme: Jonah the Groaner) takes place next Thursday after school, doors open from 3.15pm with tea and toast being served. There will be craft and games, with the short service with songs, bible story and prayers following at 4pm. All welcome.

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.

Mary Lee
We were saddened at the news of the death of Mary Lee. A memorial service will be hosted at St Andrew’s for her friends and family on Thursday 28th March at 1.30pm.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service, which offers opportunity for prayer, reflection and silence takes place this evening at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Teaching on Prayer
During Lent there is an opportunity open to everyone to learn more about prayer. The Diocese is offering these interactive sessions focusing on ways to develop your prayer life. It will look at prayers in the Bible, different types and styles of prayer, the links between different spiritualties and methods of prayer and will offer interactive sessions on active methods of praying such as ‘prayer walks’ and ‘prayer stations’. St Andrew’s Church is hosting the sessions as part of the Bishops’ Certificate in Discipleship and Mission (BCDM) over five weeks during Lent. 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.

We would encourage to take up one of two challenges this Lent. Count Your Blessings (which features in Worship 4 All this morning) is a Christian Aid venture, encouraging us to note how blessed we are in the western world compared to the poor in developing countries. At the end of Lent, we are invited to make a donation to Christian Aid to help them lift others out of poverty. Alternatively, you may like to take on our Plastic-Free Lent Challenge. This can be found posted on our website at Can you take some simple steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use?

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Easter flowers please see Ann Dove.

St Andrew’s Lent Group 2019
It’s nearly Pancake Day and the season of Lent is almost here. Lent is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter and as part of that reflection, why not join us in the Lent group. This year we will be meeting on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 11th March for five weeks. Each week will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to look at the Bible together, sharing with each other in group discussion. 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

Kidz Klub Easter Egg Appeal
Kidz Klub gives each child who comes to the Easter special club an Easter egg. Following last year’s success, we would love to give at least some of the children real Easter eggs. The cost of the eggs is about four times our budget for Easter eggs, which is why we’re asking for help from our partner churches. We would love you to ask your congregations to either buy a real Easter egg for a Kidz Klub child, or make a donation so that we can purchase them on their behalf. A sign-up sheet can be found at the back of church. Please note that donations are needed by Monday 25th March. Thank you.

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

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, 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
Thanks to all those who supported recent social events: Elvis Tribute and Quiz Night. The next event for the calendar is the Barn Dance next Saturday, 9th March, at the Massey Ferguson social club. Tickets which include a ploughman’s supper are on sale today at £10 adults and £5 children (under 14) available from Rita on 07811 211308 or Greg. Alternatively email

Ash Wednesday
There is a special service this Wednesday to mark the start of Lent at 7pm. The service will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion and will last approx. 40 minutes.

Phil Richardson
Please note that Phil is on holiday for 2 weeks until 18th March.

Thought for the Day
We are looking to post a ‘Thought for the Day’ on our Facebook page to encourage readers in or into faith. If you would like to contribute something occasionally, please speak to Carys or Greg.

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 have launched a parallel group on Tuesday lunch times on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. If you know anyone who is newly bereaved and might wish to come along, please put them in touch with us.

Talent Show
We are looking for a volunteer to organise a children’s talent show in the Spring. We have a volunteer to compere but we need someone to work with the My Eastern Green Facebook page to recruit acts and plan the evening. If able to help, please speak to Greg, Rosemarie or Jackie.

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.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, 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 March 
Sun 3rd6.30pmIgnatian Service
Tues 5th6.00pmDrama Club
Weds 6th7.00pmAsh Wednesday Service
Thurs 7th3.15pmKidz Praise
7.00pmBishop’s Certificate module on prayer
Sat 9th7.00pmBarn Dance at Masseys
Sun 10th6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 11th7.30pmPCC meeting
Tues 12th9.15amTots Praise
12.00pmLunch n Chat
Readings at 8amExodus 34.29-35 (p 94) & Luke 9.28-36 (p 1040)
ReaderElizabeth Shelton
PresidentPhil Richardson
W4All Led bySue Masters
SpeakerGreg Smith
MusicThe band
Next weekDeut 26.1-11 & Luke 4.1-13