Pews News – 7th April 2019

7th April 2019 – The Fifth 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.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place tonight at 6.30pm. A time of meditation, followed by refreshments and a short service of Compline. All welcome.

Rock Solid Returns – a group for young people
The Children’s Council are pleased to announce that Nick Tooby has volunteered to run Rock Solid on the first and third Sunday in each month. This will provide an opportunity for our young folk (10-14 year olds) to meet, have fun and enjoy Christian fellowship together from 6.30-8pm. To get this successfully off the ground Nick needs your support. Please consider if you can help with the sessions and please pray for the success of this venture. For further information, please speak to Nick, Emma or Hilary.

Please note that the church’s AGM will take place tomorrow, 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.

Annual Plant Sale
We will be holding our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 12 noon. If anyone would like to donate plants, ornamental pots etc. we can arrange collection. We should also be grateful for any help on the day, serving refreshments etc. If you can help please contact David, Trevor or Gill.

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.

Altar Setting Up
We have a small, dedicated band of altar servers, which needs additional people. Setting up the altar is fairly straightforward, and full training will be given. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at church for 9.30am. Please speak to Rita if you would like to know more.

Palm Sunday
We will be dramatizing the story of the last week of Jesus’ life on Palm Sunday, April 14th, at our 10am service. Come early for a good seat!

Walk of Witness
On Good Friday, we will be undertaking a walk of witness, following the cross from Sutton Avenue shops to St Oswald’s Church. We will gather at 11.30am and then participate in an ecumenical 15-minute service on the green outside St Oswald’s at 12 noon, followed by refreshments. Anyone able to walk a mile at a modest pace is welcome to join us. All welcome to the service outside St Oswald’s.

Kidz Klub
Kidz 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 many 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. There are only two places left. Anyone wishing to help by reading, setting up the altar or acting as sidespersons at our extra services should speak to Greg.

Bannerbrook Park Easter Hunt
A fun filled family Easter hunt organised by St Andy’s Church. Come and find the clues to solve the Easter word to win a Chocolate egg kindly donated by the Penny Farthing pub! Refreshments and biscuit decorating will also be available for a voluntary donation. There is no charge for this event, just good family fun! Come and find us on Saturday 13th April between 1.30pm and 3pm at Bannerbrook Park (just after the first play area)!

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

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

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 underway 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.

Tots Praise
Our next service for pre-schoolers and their carers is on Tuesday 9th April. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft activities, with stories, songs and prayer from 9.15am. This week we will be telling the story of the Walls of Jericho.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 18th April. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when we will be telling the Easter story.

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.

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

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. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the last few months, we really hope you can join us to officially welcome her to the Christian family. Please see the invitation at the back of church.

Prayer List
Please pray for Eddie Parkes, 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 April 
Sun 7th12.30pmThanksgiving Service for Hannah Lewis
6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 8th12.00pmFuneral Service for Adrian Rawlings
7.00pmHoly Communion
Tues 9th9.15amTots Praise
6.00pmAll Star Theatre company at Our Ladies
7.30pmPalm Sunday rehearsal
Sat 13th1.30pmEaster Egg Hunt on Bannerbrook Park
4.30pmPalm Sunday rehearsal
Sun 14th10.00amPalm Sunday service
6.30pmSeek His Face
Readings at 8amIs 43.16-21 (p 729) & John 12.1-8 (p1079)
ReaderRichard Marr
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All Led by Nick Tooby
MusicThe band
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