Pews News – 19th May 2019

19th May 2019 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

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.

Children’s Church at Half Term
Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school on Sunday 26th May when it is the half term holiday. The usual craft box will be available in the side room for parents to use with their children during the morning service. We hope to see you at Worship for All on Sunday 2nd June. Children’s Church will re-open on Sunday 9th June.

Parish Weekend
We had a fabulous time at Shallowford House last week, enjoying teaching from Revd Richard Cooke, great food, joyful fellowship and beautiful surroundings. We are hoping to go again next year. Please speak to Sue Masters next year if you would like to know more.

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.

We are looking for an additional volunteer who would be willing on an occasional basis to operate the PowerPoint for the screens on Sunday morning. The volunteer would be expected to help once every couple of months or so.

Walk to Church Sunday
Please note today is Walk to Church Sunday, when we encourage our congregations (as many as physically can) to walk (or cycle) to church. It’s good for our bodies, good for our planet and good for our souls (not to mention the parking!) If you enjoyed walking this morning, why not make it a habit throughout the summer. Failing that, is there someone with whom you can share transport?

Holiday Club 2019
Following last year’s successful holiday club, we will be open once again for more crafts, games and fun for 5-11 year olds on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th July from 9am-2pm in Kenthurst Scout Hut. The cost will be £11 per day or £25 for all three days. To request a registration form, please contact either Emma or Julie during office hours 8am – 2pm Mon & Wed & 8am – 12 noon on Friday. Emma: 07969 066979 / Julie: 07756 918847

Job Vacancy
St Francis of Assisi Church, Links Road, Coventry are looking to recruit a Community Support Officer. For further details please see the information in the red folder at the back of church. The closing date for applications is 28th May. 

Serving those in Need
In June there will be a sermon series on Serving those in Need. To accompany the series there will be a mid-week session where we will explore the theme from that week’s sermon and look at how we as individuals, and as a church, can be people who serve those in need. The mid-week group will meet in church from 8-9.30pm and refreshments will be available from 7.30pm. The mid-week sessions are on the following dates and everyone is welcome to all or some of them:

Tuesday 18th JuneMaterial need
Tuesday 25th JuneEmotional need
Tuesday 2nd JulySpiritual need

If you are interested or want to know more please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Book Club
Want to join a book club? We are starting one in July 2019 and everyone is welcome to come along. It will be held every two months either on a Saturday morning or an evening in the week, in church. This will be an opportunity to discuss the selected book and gain insight from others. We will start with Mere Christianity by C S Lewis. Each person will need a copy of the book and need to read it before we meet.

The first meetings will be on:

Saturday 6th July9-10.30am (Light breakfast available)
Thursday 5th September7.30-9.00pm

If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters

Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship & Mission (BCDM)
The Diocese offers a range of short courses to help us as disciples of God to deepen our faith and our understanding of the Bible. They are five session modules, open to everyone and are a good way of meeting with other Christians to learn and explore in a group. Each module is delivered in various venues across the Diocese, and there is a small cost. The following modules are being offered across the diocese this summer.

Creation Care St Peter’s Dunchurch, The Square, Dunchurch, CV22 6PE

We Believe at St Michael’s House, 11 Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX

Empowering Leadership at St. Bartholomew Church, Brinklow Road, Binley, CV3 2DT

If you are interested in any of the modules listed above or have more general questions about the courses please speak with Sue Masters on 07958322026 or email me at

To attend any of these you need to register with the Diocese

Beetle Drive
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s are holding a Beetle Drive on Saturday, 1st June from 6-8pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £4 for Adults and £2 for Children (under 4’s are free) which will include refreshments in the interval. Please do come along and support us as it is great fun for all the family. Tickets are now available from Gill Tunnicliffe at St Andrew’s and Anne Packwood at St Andy’s.

Rock Solid – calling all young people aged 10 – 14 years old!!
St Andrew’s and St Andy’s have started a new and exciting youth group. It is an evening of fun games, discussion and meeting new friends. The group meets on Sunday’s from 6-30-8pm in the Scout Hut, Kenthurst Close, Eastern Green. The meetings will be every fortnight on a Sunday, the next one being 19th May. 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.

It was reported at last week’s AGM of St Oswald’s Church that this last year has seen the highest ever take up of foodbank parcels. Most Wednesdays, the bank runs out of essential items by the time they close. St Oswald’s members wished to convey their appreciation of all that St Andrew’s does to support Foodbank. Please continue or even start bringing essential food items to church and placing them in the blue box at the back of church.

City Praise
There is the biannual gathering of all churches in the city to worship and pray together tonight at the Welcome Centre at Parkside at 6.30pm. If you want to experience hundreds of Christians worshipping together in one place and see the power of that many people praying together, do come along.

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. Work is to begin on the refurbishment mid-June.

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.

Andrew Rennie
Sadly, Andrew’s health has deteriorated and he is being forced to move flat over the next couple of months. Because of his disability and health problems, this will be a challenge for him. Hence, he has asked whether there might be a couple of people who would be prepared to help him declutter in advance of this by packing stuff away and possibly taking items away for him. If you think you might be able to help, please contact Greg or Phil.

Allesley Green Prayer Walk
A group of us will be meeting at 14 New Ash Close in Allesley Green on Tuesday 28th May to prayer walk on the estate. We gather at 7.30pm and will pray for an hour. All welcome.

Party in the Park
Huge thanks to all those who supported Party in the Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Something like 2,500 attended, making it the most successful so far. Particular thanks to those who volunteered on the day. You are real heroes, every one of you! The event costs £4,500 to put on, but we think because of the turnout we may have still made a very small profit. Church members won two raffle prizes (yellow tickets 411-415 & 416-420).

Tots Praise
Our next gathering for pre-school children and their carers (Tots Praise) on Tuesday 28th May. Doors open at 8.45am, with refreshments served and toys/craft activities available. The short service of songs, story and prayer begins at 9.15am led by Greg on Deborah.

Ascension Day
There will be a communion service at 7pm on Ascension Day, Thursday 30th May. Anyone who would like to read at the service should contact Greg.

Thy Kingdom Come
Ascension marks the start of the 11-day period, Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The period will conclude with a Prayer Walk from the Chinese Church in Lime Tree Avenue and finishing at St Andrew’s on Pentecost Sunday, 9th June, starting at 2.30pm and including the Bishop of Coventry.

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid week concludes today Sunday 19th May. Many thanks to all volunteers who have collected door to door or supported Christian Aid in some other way. Please contact Pat Sullivan at if you have a collection to hand over.

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.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service in the autumn, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital. In order to do this, we need volunteer drivers who would be willing to help out once or twice a week with a lift to the hospital or doctors. Full training and briefing will be provided. Any expression of interest will not be taken as a firm commitment at this stage. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please contact Julie 07756 918847 or

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

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

Diary Dates May
Sun 19th6.30pmRock Solid at Kenthurst Scout Hut
6.30pmCity Praise at the Welcome Centre
Tues 21st1.30pmLadies Fellowship meet at the Mocha Lounge
6.00pmAll Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Tues 28th9.15amTots Praise
12.00pmLight Lunch
2.00pmForget me Not
7.30pmAllesley Green prayer walk
ReadingsActs 2.42-47 (p 1094) & Luke 19.1-10 (p 1053)
ReadersTrevor Hill & Vicky Yardley
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentLynnette Clarke
Led byNick Tooby
IntercessionsSue Masters
Comm AsstNick Tooby
MusicMichael Watkins
Next weekActs 16.9-15 & John 14.23-29