Pews News – 21st April 2019

21st April 2019 – Easter Day

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.

A Joyful and Blessed Easter
To all our readers

Thank You
Very grateful thanks to Faye Gibbs for the Easter flowers and for decorating the church.

Children’s Church
Children’s Church volunteers wish all of the children and their families a happy Easter. There is a craft box available in the sideroom for use during today’s service. Children’s Church will open for the summer term next Sunday, 28th April. As always there will be lots of games, stories and crafts as we hear stories from the old and new testaments. We would love more children to join us and we have spaces for pre-school and primary aged children. Contact Hilary (07980 596646) if you would like more information.

Thanks to those who attended our AGM last Monday. Becky Crowe and Nick Tooby were re-elected as churchwardens. The following were elected to the PCC: Julia McNaney, Linda Chylinski, Richard Marr, Paul Crowe, Rita Muir, Jill Pinks, Gill Tunicliffe, Jeremy Thomas, Hilary Wankling, Rosemarie Over, Kate Dagger, John Ross-Barnard and Trevor Hill.

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are starting a new and exciting youth group. It will be an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group will hold its first meeting on Sunday 5th May in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. We will meet between 6.30-8pm. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday. We recognise it can be a bit scary going to something new, so why not bring a friend along. If you aren’t able too don’t worry, you will be able to make plenty of others. If you are planning to come along or you have any questions please phone text Nick on 07951 925772.

Kidz Klub Camp
In May half term, Kidz Klub are taking around ten children from Tile Hill and Canley Kidz Klubs on a camp to Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre for two days. Many of the families can’t afford to pay the full cost of this but we don’t want that to exclude children from coming. The approximate cost per child is £75 (including accommodation, food, transport and activities). We are asking families to contribute a minimum of £10, which leaves us with £650 to raise. If you feel you are able to make a donation towards this trip please contact Sarah Adamson, Kidz Klub Coventry on 07890 868390.

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.

Annual Plant Sale
Our annual plant sale takes place in church on Saturday April 27th from 10am to 12 noon. Please do support this event and take the opportunity of obtaining plants very cheaply. 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.

Richard Humphries
We are sad to announce the death of Richard Humphries at the age of 92. His funeral will take place at St Andrew’s next Friday, April 26th at 1pm. Please remember Naomi and the rest of the family in your prayers.

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.

Kitchen Upgrade
Thanks to two generous grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) and National Grid, and the additional extremely generous support from many members of the congregation, we are able to proceed with a much-needed refurbishment of our kitchen and side room. Many thanks to those who have been so generous. Any promised 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. You can also do this by bank transfer, but please let us know if you do so.

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.

Tots Praise
Our next service for pre-schoolers and their carers is on Tuesday 23rd April. Doors open at 8.45am for tea and toast and craft activities, with stories, songs and prayer from 9.15am. We will be telling the story of Gideon.

Party in the Park
We are looking for volunteers for Party in the Park on Monday 6th May from 1-5pm to help with stalls/rides. Please contact Greg or Julie if able to help for an hour or two.

Kidz Praise
Out next Kidz Praise service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 2nd May. Tea and toast will be served from 3.15pm, when there will be craft and other activities. The service will begin by 4pm when our story is ‘The Men who liked to say no’.

Ella’s Christening
We pray for Phil and Anne Richardson on the occasion of baby Ella’s christening next Sunday at St James, Styvechale. Please see the invitation at the back of the church.

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.

Holiday and Pews News
The Parish Administrator is now on holiday until 29th April. Any urgent enquiries should be addressed to the vicar or Church Wardens. Please note that notices for next week’s Pews News should be sent to Steve Martin at

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 – May 
Tues 23rd9.15amTots Praise
Thurs 25thAll Star Theatre Group trip to Stratford
Fri 26th1.00pmRichard Humphries funeral
Sat 27th10am – 12 noonPlant Sale in church
Mon 29th7.30pmBaptism Prep in church
Prayer team meets
Tues 30thGames Night in church
Weds 1st May2.00pmPastoral Care Ctte
ReadingsIsaiah 65.17-25 (p 752) & John 20.1-18 (p 1089)
ReadersJill Joyce & Sara Parkes
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstsLesley/Jeremy/Harvey
MusicDi Fellowes
Next weekActs 5.27-32 & John 20.19-31