Pews News – 24th March 2019

24th March 2019 – The Third Sunday of 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
Apologies that the first digital version of the Link was delayed in being posted for the first of the month.  The teething problems have been resolved and the magazine is now available to be viewed at or on the St Andrew’s Facebook page. In the coming months, it will be posted on the 1st of every month.

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
Many thanks to all those who completed the discipleship survey. Results have been encouraging. 77% of the congregation now say they pray most days compared to 73% in 2015. 35% of the congregation say that they read the Bible most days compared to 28% in 2015. We seek to encourage you to do these things. Please let one of the clergy or Sue or Lesley know how we may support/encourage you in this.

Sad News
We have been saddened by the deaths of three members of the congregation over the last week or so: Mary Lee, Stan Cooper and Adrian Rawlings. Please hold their families in your prayers. There will be a memorial service for Mary Lee hosted at St Andrew’s for her friends and family on Thursday 28th March at 1.30pm. Stan Cooper’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Wednesday 17th April at 2pm. We will advise as to the funeral arrangements of Adrian as they become available.

Stan Cooper
Thank you all for your support for Stan who sadly passed away on 18th March. Your prayers have been a great comfort to me and the family. God bless you all. Beryl.

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

Mother’s Day Posies
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th March at 9.15am to make up posies for Mother’s Day. Thank you. Ann Dove.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly service for preschool children and their carers takes place next Tuesday, 26th March. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft. The short service of songs, stories and prayers commences at 9.15am. All welcome.

Appeal for Volunteers from RAWKUS and Environmental Sustainability Team
Every year, tonnes of edible food and equipment are left in halls by students moving out. Whilst we encourage everyone to donate to local charities before moving out, RAWKUS are an important part of reducing the waste left behind! At the end of each term, RAWKUS volunteers combine to remove the leftover food that is still in date and edible as well as unwanted goods from Halls of Residence. The food and goods collected are then distributed to local charities in Coventry and Leamington, including food banks. The Spring collection of food and other items were collected by Carriers of Hope, Emmaus and Leamington Winter Shelter. In total we donated 1.249 tonnes worth, therefore saving all of that from ending up in Waste to Energy. Our next collection is June 29th and 30th for the Summer move outs where nearly all students across campus will move out. This is a large task so we will need as many volunteers as we can get. To sign up use the following website link

Weekly Giving Envelopes
Thanks to everyone who donates regularly to St Andrew’s and St Andy’s. April sees the start of a new Tax Year so new boxes of Weekly Giving Envelopes for the next twelve months are at the back of the church. Should anyone wish to join the Envelope scheme please contact Richard Marr (01676 522697). Regular giving by Envelope or by Standing Order helps us plan the church’s finances in the coming year and we are most grateful to all those who give regularly every week or every month. If you are a regular giver and a tax payer but haven’t already completed a Gift Aid Form, please do so as soon as possible to enable us to recover the tax you have already paid on your giving. Forms can be found in the dispenser at the back of the church. Should you wish to increase the amount you put in the Weekly Giving Envelope or your Standing Order, please do so any time as you do not need to complete a new Gift Aid Form. Last year we recovered £14898 from the Inland Revenue as a result of your Gift Aid Giving.

Children’s Society
The boxes have been collected, the money counted, and a cheque for £1067.36 has been sent to the Children’s Society. My thanks again go to all the loyal supporters of the society, a very worthy charity protecting vulnerable children. Over my 22 years of collecting we have raised £27, 697.45. That’s an awful lot of small change that we don’t really miss, but when added up, can make a massive difference. So, a huge thank you to you all. See you next year. Jackie Lynch

Kidz Klub Easter Egg Appeal
If you can help Kidz Klub by donating an Easter egg please see the sign-up sheet which can be found at the back of church. Please note that donations are needed by this Monday, 25th March. Thank you.

Invitation to Ella Joy Richardson’s Baptism
Phil and Anne Richardson would love to invite you to be a part of Ella Joy’s baptism on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm in St James Church, Leamington Road, CV3 6GT (where Anne is serving her curacy). It will be followed by drinks and cake in the Church Centre. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

We would encourage to take up one of two challenges this Lent. Count Your Blessings (which features at Worship 4 All last week) 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. There is again a sheet at the back of church or it can be found posted on our website at Can you take some simple steps to reduce the amount of plastic you use?

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. There was a fantastic turnout for each and between the two events £1250 raised towards church funds. Sadly, the barn dance had to be cancelled because of lack of support.

Kidz Klub
Kids Klub, who work with primary school aged children on Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church, are looking for someone to operate their AV system. No prior knowledge necessary. It’s just a question of pressing buttons. Please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman if you can help.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. We have sufficient money to replace the carpet tiles in the side room with something similar, but have taken the view that a vinyl covering would be much longer lasting and much easier to clean. We are therefore £1500 short of the necessary funds. We are inviting individual members of the congregation to give £50 towards this. We need 30 to be willing to do so, and already have 18 pledges. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any gifts should be placed into an envelope marked ‘kitchen’ and given to Greg or Jackie. If you are able to gift aid, this will add 25% to your gift at no extra cost.

Easter Programme
Leaflets advertising our Easter programme are now available. Please note that the Passover Supper requires booking in advance by putting your name down on the sheet at the back of church on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored Walk
There will be a sponsored ride and stride event on Saturday Sept 14th, starting at St Andrew’s and taking in 12-15 churches in the Diocese on the way to the most southern part of the diocese down in Shipston. Anyone is welcome to join us, either by walking or cycling or by becoming part of the wonderful support crew. You may walk the whole distance (approx. 40 miles) or just one leg from one church to another. Please see Greg or Veronika for further details.

Access to Church Lane
You may be aware that roadworks are planned at the junction of Church Lane and Hockley Lane. It is worth allowing an extra 5 minutes for your travel time to church if you come by car or bus over the next 5 weeks. Forget me Not has been cancelled on March 26th and April 9th.

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.

Please note that the church’s AGM will take place on Monday April 8th at 7.30pm preceded by a communion service at 7pm. Do come along to hear about the church’s life over the last 12 months and give thanks for all that God has done. If anyone would like to join the PCC please speak to Greg, Phil or one of the churchwardens.

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.

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, especially over the next 2 weeks. If you’re able to help, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, Bryan Walker, Colin Sanders, Joan Drake, Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann & Peter Crowley, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates March-April 
Tues 26th9.15amTots Praise
12.00pmLunch n Chat II
6.00pmDrama club
Weds 27th6.15pmPrayer for St Andy’s at the Strattons
7.00pmAllesley Green Residents Association at Park Hill School
Thurs 28th11.30amFinance Committee
1.30pmMemorial Service for Mary Lee
Sat 30th10.00amIntercessors Workshop 10-12 in church
Tues 2ndLeadership Meeting at 55 Handsworth Cresc
ReadingsIsaiah 55.1-9 (p 742) & Luke 13.1-9 (p 1046)
PresidentGreg Smith
PreacherSue Masters
Led byNick Tooby
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstLesley Lee
MusicMichael Watkins
ChildrenGreg, Veronika & Becky
Next week1 Sam 20-28 & Luke 2.33-35