Pews News – 23rd February 2020

23rd February 2020 – 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.

We are now Contactless!
As we move more and more towards a society that uses plastic to pay rather than cash, we are finding people attending services who are asking if they can make their collection or give donations using a contactless bank card. I’m please to say that we are now able to meet this request, as we have a contactless card reader for St Andrew’s. If you wish to give your weekly collection or make a donation in this way, please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will help you do this. It’s quick, your privacy is protected and we can also issue a receipt to a phone or email address. We will not be making the card reader available when the collection is taken during the service. There are however, blue cards at the back of church you can use and place in the basket at the time of the collection, then use the card reader before or after the service. These blue cards are used by people who make their giving to church by Direct Debit. If you have any questions please speak to one of the Churchwardens who will be happy to help.

Prayer Available
Please note that there is always someone willing to pray with you after the service about any need or concern you have. Please feel free to approach one of the prayer team direct or ask one of the clergy.

St Andy’s
The St Andy’s church plant will be relocating to the St Oswald’s church building in the near future. As many of you will be aware, St Andy’s has been meeting in a very unsatisfactory location over the last couple of years (a portacabin in West Coventry Academy) and so this move promises stability as well as exciting new opportunities. Please pray for St Andy’s as they make this move. There will be an act of commissioning for Phil and St Andy’s as part of the Worship 4 all service next Sunday, whose theme is Joy!

Ash Wednesday
There will be a special service of Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm. Many find this a very powerful and poignant way to start Lent. All welcome. If you have palm crosses distributed last year, please return them by the morning of the 26th at the latest.

Deanery Synod
We are looking for volunteers to join Deanery Synod and represent St Andrews. Synod meets three times a year in different churches around the area.

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.

First Sunday
Next Sunday sees our regular first Sunday pattern of communion at 8am; Worship 4 All at 10am and a Service of Contemplation at 6.30pm.

The One Show
Are you one of the children from 1962 who donated your pocket money towards the Children’s Window at Coventry Cathedral? Or were you involved in the building of the New Cathedral all those years ago? The BBC are filming a piece at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 8th March 2020, and we’d love for you to come along with your family members, from approximately 12 noon until 3pm. For more details, please contact Mark Lewis on

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 28th March from 9.30-11.00am at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020. The author imaginatively draws on the days of creation in Genesis 1 as she relates those themes to matter so environmental, ethical and social concern. The group is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Children’s Society Boxes
It is that time of year again.! If you are able, please bring your box to church, otherwise I will collect from you during the next month. As you are probably aware, I am retiring after 22 years collecting for this worthy charity, but am pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me, so nothing will change for you. Thank you so much for your loyal support over the years, you have raised £27,697 in that time, a very commendable sum, to help homeless and disadvantaged children, so I hope you will continue to do so. See you soon and thanks again, Jackie Lynch.

St Andrew’s Day Time Lent Group 2020
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 12.00 noon at 55 Handsworth Crescent, starting on Monday 2nd 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

BCDM Module at St Andrew’s Church – Creation Care
This module, through consideration of scripture and science, looks at God’s creation, our place in it and the hope that we have for the future in a time of environmental crisis. By the end of the module, you should see that care for the environment is integral to our call as Christians to discipleship. Date and Time: Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9:30pm, 5th March – 2nd April. Venue: St Andrew’s, Church Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry CV5 7BX. To register, please go to If you want to know more please speak with Sue Masters (07958 322026).

Tots Praise
Tots Praise will restart on March 10th. This very informal gathering is aimed at pre-school children (toddlers and babies) and their carers. Doors open at 8.45am when refreshments are served and there are table activities. At 9.15am we start a short service consisting of a story, some songs and prayers. We will be looking for the Lost Sheep. All welcome.

Kidz Praise
Sadly, due to lack of support, we are having to bring the Kidz Praise service to a close.

Greg and Fran will be on holiday from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March inclusive. Any enquiries should be directed to the church office or a churchwarden.

Count Your Blessings
Each Lent, there is an opportunity to support the important work of Christian Aid by Counting Your Blessings. Christian Aid have produced sheets for you to take away to use to pray and consider how blessed we are compared with millions of people across the world who do not have access to the things we take for granted. The sheets encourage us to make a donation to Christian Aid at the end of Lent. Please take one from the back of church.

Rod Stewart
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organizing such a wonderful evening’s entertainment with the Rod Stewart tribute act. £1377 was raised for church funds.

Social Calendar

Quiz NightMar 20th at the Jaguar Club
Skittles EveningMay 22nd
Proms at the VicarageJune 27th
Party in the ParkJune 6th
Quiz NightSept 18th
Sixties NightSept 19th

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night, jointly organised by St Andrew’s and the Allesley Green Residents Association at the Jaguar Club on Friday 20th March at 7.30pm. Please bring your own table snacks.  There is a bar to buy drinks. Tickets are available from Julie at or 07756 918847 or from Rita.

Sermon Series
During Lent, we will be having a sermon series that will explore the different elements of the Sunday morning service:

23rd FebSueConfession
8th MarchNickSinging
15th MarchLesleyCreed
22nd MarchGregIntercessions
29th MarchPrayer TeamPeace
12th AprilGregCommunion

Side Room Curtains
Many thanks to Beryl Lee who has kindly paid for the new curtains in the side room. Thanks also to Julia and Clive McNaney for purchasing them and putting them up. They certainly make the side room feel warmer and do much to end the echo.

We are looking for volunteers who have life skills that they might be willing to pass on to teenagers. These skills may be woodwork, car mechanics, electrical, technical, baking, musical etc. You would need to be available 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons after Easter for an hour each time. If you would like to know more about this, please speak to Greg or Emma Wildman.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
The Allesley Green Prayer Group next meets on Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Drive. Anyone who would like to pray for the area is welcome to join us. If you know anyone on the estate who needs our prayers, please let Greg or Veronika know.

Social Committee
Rosemarie Over and Jackie Lynch do a magnificent job planning social events to enhance the life of the church, but we need a couple of more people to help with this. The committee meets approx. 5 times a year, although there is work to be done between meetings (booking venues, organising refreshments etc.). Anyone interested in helping should speak to them or Greg about it.

We are looking for a new Treasurer to assist Jackie Lynch with the computer aspect of the bookkeeping. Jackie is happy to continue to do the day to day management of the cash, but wants help keeping an electronic record. If you are interested in this important job, please speak to Greg or Jackie.

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital has started. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or It is important that as much notice as possible is given. We are enormously grateful to all our volunteer drivers who have freely offered their time. A recent review found that we have been successful in providing lifts for 87% of requests. Volunteers have to date been called on approximately once a month. If we are to maintain this level of service, as demand increases, we will need more volunteers. If you willing to offer an occasional lift, please contact Greg or Julie. This message of thanks shows how valuable the service can be:
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organising my lift to Walsgrave Hospital today. I would like to put on record how fabulous both Hilary and Steve were getting me there in plenty of time. As I really didn’t know where I needed to go when I got there Steve escorted me to the outpatients department and to the correct reception desk for my clinic. The have certainly redeemed my faith in the human race, particularly at this time.”

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Selina Toor.

Prayer List
Please pray for Sandra Watts, Rita Weston, Jean Carter, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates February – March
Tues 25th6.00pmEaster Event planning meeting at High Park Close
7.30pmAllesley Green Prayer Group
Weds 26th7.00pmAsh Wednesday Service
Thurs 27th Tastelife week 4
Sun 1st8.00amCommunion
10.00amWorship 4 All
6.30pmService of Contemplation
Mon 2nd 10.30amLent Group at 55 Handsworth Crescent
7.00pmBaptism Preparation in church
Readings1 John 1.5-10 (p 1225) & Luke 15.1-7 (p 1049)
ReadersSara Parkes & Jill Joyce
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
Led by Lesley Lee
Comm AsstSue Masters
PrayersNick Tooby
OrganistMichael Watkins
Next week at 8amRom 5.12-19 & Matt 4.1-11