Pews News – 16th December 2018

16th December 2018 – Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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.

Brandon Gurney Award
This morning we will be presenting the Brandon Gurney award in memory of Brandon, a six year old boy from Eastern Green who died on this day last year. The award will be presented to the child considered by Children’s Church leaders to be the brightest star of the year!

Toy Service
What a fantastic response to our Toy appeal this year (special mention to Martin Neale, who brought hundreds of toys). These have now gone to Coventry City Mission to be distributed across the city to children who otherwise would have little or nothing at Christmas.

Christmas Fayre
Many thanks to the organizers of the Christmas Fayre (Jackie & Gill) which raised £1,000. Thanks to all who came and staffed stalls and to those who supported the Fayre by spending their money.

Christmas Services
Our annual Carol Service takes place tonight December 16th at 6.30pm. We will also be hosting Crib Services on Christmas Eve at 2.30 and 4pm, a very popular family occasion. This year, the theme is: Who is the Saviour of the World? Later, on Christmas Eve, there will be service of Holy Communion at 11pm to welcome in Christmas Day, with a shorter communion service the following morning at 10am.

Boxing Day
There will be no midweek service on Boxing Day.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2019 is now at the back of church. If you would like to pay for flowers for a particular week, please fill your name in as soon as possible to get the date you want. Unfortunately, the cost of the flowers will be £12 per week, £10 is no longer feasible. I am sorry about this. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Christmas Flowers
The Christmas flowers will be in church from 22nd December which will last all over the Christmas period to the new year.

Forget me Not
I would like to give a big thank you to the team who put on our first fantastic party for the visitors to Forget me Not. We had wonderful food, crackers and lots of laughter. Also, so a big thank you to Phil Richardson for supplying the music so they could sing carols. Everyone had a lovely time and declared it a big success, Rita Muir.

Safeguarding Training in Coventry Diocese
The Safeguarding Courses, C1, C2 & S1 are now on the diocesan website for the next term. If you have not completed Safeguarding Training in the last 3 years and you are required to undergo C1 or C2 training for your role then please go to:

  • www.dioceseofcoventry.org/safeguarding/safeguardingtraining
  • Click on C1 or C2 tabs on the right-hand side as appropriate
  • Scroll down to pick the date you want to come on
  • Complete the registration form on the Eventbrite system

Please note before you come along to:

  • C1 training you will have to complete the C0 – please see your parish Safeguarding Officer for details of how to do this.
  • C2 training you will need to have completed C1 first.
  • S1: Safer Recruitment training is for those involved in the recruitment of staff or volunteers.

Cleaning
We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund to address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
A small group of Allesley Green residents meet once a month to pray for the estate and each other. Our Christmas gathering takes place on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Close.

Kidz Praise
The final Kidz Praise of 2018, our fortnightly service for primary school children and their families takes place on Thursday 20th December at 4pm with doors open for refreshments, craft and games from 3.15pm. All welcome. We will be telling the nativity story and having a Christmas party.

Carols in the Close
There is communal Carol Singing led by the Coventry Rock Choir and St Andrew’s band on Wednesday 19th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green.

Carols around the Tree
A carol event is scheduled at the Sutton Avenue shops on Saturday 22nd December, with communal singing at 1pm and 6pm around a community sponsored Christmas Tree. All welcome.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

Service of Prayer for Christian Unity
It is St Andrews’ turn to host the annual service for Christian Unity which will take place on Sunday 20th January at 6.30pm. If you are willing to volunteer to act as sidesperson, read, play/sing or provide refreshments, please speak to Greg.

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

Sermon Summary
Advent is not a time for telling God what we want.
Advent is a time for God to tell us what He wants.

Prayer List
Please pray for Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 16th 3.00pm Crib Service Rehearsal
6.30pm Carol Service
Mon 17th  7.00pm Alpha week 5 at the Vicarage
Tues 18th 7.30pm Allesley Green prayer group
Weds 19th 6.00pm Carols in the Close
Thurs 20th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Sat 22nd Carols around the Tree in Sutton Ave
Sun 23rd 11.30am Crib Service rehearsal
Mon 24th Crib Services at 2.30pm and 4pm
11.00pm Midnight Communion
Tues 25th 10.00am Holy Communion
Readings Phil 4.4-7 (p 1181) & Luke 3.7-18 (p 1029)
Readers Victoria Kaczur & John Ross-Barnard
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Comm Asst Lynnette Clarke
Music Ben Kimpton
Next week Heb 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45

 

Family Tea with Santa

Family Tea with Santa

Santa had a lovely time when he visited our tea party on Saturday 8th December, and we hope everyone who came enjoyed it too! It was wonderful to see families from St Andy’s and St Andrew’s joining together along with some ‘new faces’ as well. A very big thank you to Emma and the children’s team who made this event possible.

Below are some photos from the party:

Pews News – 9th December 2018

9th December 2018 – The Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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
Next Sunday (16th December) will be the last time St Andrew’s Children’s Church meets this term, when our theme will be ‘Celebrating Christmas’. We open again for the spring term on 13th January 2019 with a series of sessions about God’s Creation. We will have stories, games and crafts for pre-school and primary aged children. We have room for more children, so for more information contact Hilary on 07980 596646.

Toy Service
What a fantastic response to our Toy appeal this year (special mention to Martin Neale, who brought hundreds of toys). These have now gone to Coventry City Mission to be distributed across the city to children who otherwise would have little or nothing at Christmas.

Christmas Fayre
Many thanks to all the willing helpers, who helped to make our Fayre a success, and raising £925.75 for much needed church funds. Thanks also to all who attended, without you it wouldn’t have been possible. My special thanks go to Gill and Charley, you have both been amazing. Jackie.

Family Tea with Santa
Santa had a lovely time when he visited our tea party yesterday and we hope everyone who came enjoyed it, too! It was wonderful to see families from St Andy’s and St Andrew’s joining together along with some ‘new faces’ as well. A very big thank you to Emma and the children’s team who made this event possible.

Thank You
A very big thank you to all the volunteers who give of their time to decorate our church last weekend. Thank you to Fay Gibbs for providing all the foliage needed, also to everyone who has donated towards the Christmas flowers. Thank you to all, Ann Dove

Flower List
The new flower list for 2019 will be in church from the middle of December. Unfortunately, the cost of the flowers will be £12 per week, £10 is no longer feasible. I am sorry about this. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Seek His Face
Tonight, Greg will be speaking at Seek His Face on the theme of Incarnation. The service starts at 6.30pm and usually lasts an hour.

Christmas Services
Our annual Carol Service takes place on Sunday 16th December at 6.30pm. We will also be hosting Crib Services on Christmas Eve at 2.30pm and 4pm, a very popular family occasion. This year, the theme is: Who is the Saviour of the World? Later, on Christmas Eve, there will be service of Holy Communion at 11pm to welcome in Christmas Day, with a shorter communion service the following morning at 10am.

Safeguarding Training in Coventry Diocese
The Safeguarding Courses, C1, C2 & S1 are now on the diocesan website for the next term. If you have not completed Safeguarding Training in the last 3 years and you are required to undergo C1 or C2 training for your role then please go to:

  • www.dioceseofcoventry.org/safeguarding/safeguardingtraining
  • Click on C1 or C2 tabs on the right-hand side as appropriate
  • Scroll down to pick the date you want to come on
  • Complete the registration form on the Eventbrite system

Please note before you come along to:

  • C1 training you will have to complete the C0 – please see your parish Safeguarding Officer for details of how to do this.
  • C2 training you will need to have completed C1 first.
  • S1: Safer Recruitment training is for those involved in the recruitment of staff or volunteers.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund to address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Allesley Green Prayer Group
A small group of Allesley Green residents meet once a month to pray for the estate and each other. Our Christmas gathering takes place on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm at 14 New Ash Close.

Kidz Praise
The final Kidz Praise of 2018, our fortnightly service for primary school children and their families takes place on Thursday 20th December at 4pm with doors open for refreshments, craft and games from 3.15pm. All welcome. We will be telling the nativity story and having a Christmas party.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk. We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.

Carols in the Close
There is communal Carol Singing led by the Coventry Rock Choir and St Andrew’s band on Wednesday 19th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green.

Carols around the Tree
A carol event is scheduled at the Sutton Avenue shops on Saturday 22nd December, with communal singing at 1pm and 6pm around a community sponsored Christmas Tree. All welcome.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday 11th December at 9.15am. Our craft activities, songs and story will be themed around the nativity.

Cleaning
We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

Service of Prayer for Christian Unity
It is St Andrews’ turn to host the annual service for Christian Unity which will take place on Sunday 20th January at 6.30pm. If you are willing to volunteer to act as sidesperson, read, play/sing or provide refreshments, please speak to Greg.

Chaplaincy Coordinator
Warwick University are looking to recruit a Chaplaincy Coordinator. The closing date for applications is 12th December. Full details can be found at: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1780422&vt_template=1457&adminview=1

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

Prayer List
Please pray for Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 9th 11.30am Crib Service meeting
5.00pm Lantern Walk from the Penny Farthing
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 10th PCC Social at the Village
7.00pm Alpha week 4 at the Vicarage
Tues 11th 9.15am Tots Praise
6.00pm Drama Club at Our Ladies
Sun 16th 3.00pm Crib Service Rehearsal
6.30pm Carol Service
Tues 18th 7.30pm Allesley Green prayer group
Weds 19th 6.00pm Carols in the Close
Readings Phil 1.3-11 (p1178) & Luke 3.1-6 (p 1029)
Readers Angela Lamb & Jill Pinks
Preacher Nick Tooby
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Harvey Wyatt
Music Michael Watkins
Next week Phil 4.4-7 & Luke 3.7-18

 

Pews News – 2nd December 2018

2nd December 2018 – The First Sunday of Advent  

Welcome
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.

Toy Service
A special welcome this morning if you have come especially for our annual Toy Service. Many thanks to those who have brought toys to place under the tree. They will be distributed to children in the city who would otherwise go without at Christmas, via Coventry City Mission. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone who would be willing to transport the toys to the Mission in the next few days. Please don’t bring toys after today without first checking that it’s not too late.

Seek His Face
Next Sunday, Greg will be speaking at Seek His Face on the theme of Incarnation. The service starts at 6.30pm and usually lasts an hour.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2019 will be in church from the middle of December. Unfortunately, the cost of the flowers will be £12 per week, £10 is no longer feasible. I am sorry about this. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Link Deliverers
The Link is ready for collection in the side room, if you deliver or are able to take to someone who does near to you, we would be grateful if you could take the bundle for delivery.

Advent Course
With Christmas fast approaching why not take time out of the busyness to meet with others to look at the Bible and share the Good News of Christmas? At St. Andrew’s we are preparing for Christmas by holding a four-week Advent group and all are welcome. We will be meeting on Tuesday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Tuesday 27th November and the sessions will run from 10-11.30am. We would love you to join us. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.

Cleaning
We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Family Tea with Santa Saturday
The children’s team have invited Santa to tea on Saturday, 8th December at Eastern Green Village Hall, 3.30-5pm. There will be games, afternoon tea and Santa has promised to bring a gift for every child. We hope you will want to come too. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and anyone young at heart! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from Hilary, Becky and Emma.

Remembrance Exhibition
Many, many thanks to Nick, Sue and Steve for all their hard work in putting such a powerful remembrance exhibition together. It was enjoyed by hundreds of people, church members and non-church members alike; and will live long in the memories of all those who saw it.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund to address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Amnesty International Card Writing
There is an opportunity to send Christmas cards to prisoners of conscience this Christmas. A group of us will be doing this as a collective exercise, eating mince pies and having a seasonal drink as we go at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December. Anyone is welcome to join. No previous experience is necessary. The guidebooks make it clear what to say. Donations towards postage will be gratefully received even if you’re unable to come.

Kidz Praise
Our fortnightly service for primary school children and their families (Kidz Praise) next takes place on Thursday 6th December at 4pm with doors open for refreshments, craft and games from 3.15pm. All welcome. Our theme this week is ‘The Wise King’.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk. We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tuesday 11th December at 9.15am. Our craft activities, songs and story will be themed around the nativity.

Darkness to Light
This evening, we will have our candle-lit Darkness to Light Service, which many find to be a very moving start to Advent.

Thank You Evening
All those involved in the ministry on Sunday mornings (readers, altar servers, sidespeople etc.) should have received an invitation to attend a wine and cheese thank you evening at church on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30pm. If you do help out on Sunday mornings and for whatever reason haven’t received an invitation, please do come along.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

Chaplaincy Coordinator
Warwick University are looking to recruit a Chaplaincy Coordinator. The closing date for applications is 12th December. Full details can be found at: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5062452&ownertype=fair&jcode=1780422&vt_template=1457&adminview=1

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove and Betty Rippingale.

Prayer List
Please pray for Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 2nd 6.30pm Darkness to Light Service
Mon 3rd 7.00pm Alpha week 3 at the Vicarage
Tues 4th 6.00pm Drama
7.30pm Thank You Evening
Weds 5th 7.30pm Prisoners of Conscience card writing in church
Thurs 6th 11.45am Finance Committee at the Vicarage
4.00pm Kidz Praise
Sat 8th 3.30pm Tea with Santa at the Village Hall
Sun 9th 11.30am Crib Service meeting
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 10th PCC Social at the Village
Tues 11th 9.15am Tots Praise
Readings at 8am 1 Thess 3.9-13(p 1187) & Luke 21.25-36 (p 1057)
Reader Richard Marr
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All Phil Richardson
Next week Phil 1.3-11 & Luke 3.1-6

 

Pews News – 25th November 2018

25th November 2018 – The Sunday next before Advent

Welcome
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.

Special Welcome
To our five confirmation candidates Terry & Jayne Nye, Niamh McIntyre, Cezary Tabor and Jacob Fellowes, who were confirmed at Coventry Cathedral yesterday.

Flowers
Volunteers urgently needed to help decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday 1st December at 9.15am. Donations towards Christmas flowers would be much appreciated. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Remembrance Exhibition
Many, many thanks to Nick, Sue and Steve for all their hard work in putting such a powerful remembrance exhibition together. It was enjoyed by hundreds of people, church members and non-church members alike; and will live long in the memories of all those who saw it.

Advent Course
With Christmas fast approaching why not take time out of the busyness to meet with others to look at the Bible and share the Good News of Christmas? At St. Andrew’s we are preparing for Christmas by holding a four-week Advent group and all are welcome. We will be meeting on Tuesday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Tuesday 27th November and the sessions will run from 10-11.30am. We would love you to join us. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.

The Annual Shoebox Appeal
Has begun in Coventry. The last date for boxes to be transferred to the collection point is 29th November but I will start taking them over on Wednesday 14th November. Leaflets with instructions and labels will be at the back of the church ASAP. Please leave your boxes in the side room for collection.  If you need any shoes boxes, we usually have a few to spare. Have a look at the videos on ‘You Tube’ to see the faces of the children when they receive the boxes if you haven’t already seen them, absolutely wonderful. St. Andrew’s always supports this appeal generously and I’m sure I can rely on you again this year. Many thanks, Julia McNaney.

St Andrew’s Church Christmas Fayre
The event will take place in Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 1st December from 1pm to 3pm. We would be grateful for donations of bottles, chocolate, cakes, bric a brac, books, nearly new items, raffle prizes, etc, anything else you can think of! Thanks, Gill Tunnicliffe & Jackie Lynch. We have been donated some bicycles to raise funds for the Fayre and currently have 1 BMX Alley to suit a 6-9 year old and 1 little girl’s Princess Bicycle to suit a 2-3 year old. If anyone is interested please see Gill for details.

Family Tea with Santa Saturday
The children’s team have invited Santa to tea on Saturday, 8th December at Eastern Green Village Hall, 3.30-5pm. There will be games, afternoon tea and Santa has promised to bring a gift for every child. We hope you will want to come too. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and anyone young at heart! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from Hilary, Becky and Emma.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund too address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Cleaning
We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Allesley Green Prayer
A small group meet to pray for Allesley Green, usually on the fourth Tuesdays of the month. Anyone who would like to join us is welcome. Please speak to Veronika or Ted or come along to 14 New Ash Drive at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

Amnesty International Card Writing
There is an opportunity to send Christmas cards to prisoners of conscience this Christmas. A group of us will be doing this as a collective exercise, eating mince pies and having a seasonal drink as we go at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December in the side room. Anyone is welcome to join. No previous experience is necessary. The guidebooks make it clear what to say. Donations towards postage will be gratefully received even if you’re unable to come.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk. We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.

Darkness to Light/Toy Service
Advent Sunday on December 2nd will begin with a said communion at 8am, followed by our Toy Service at 10am. We are inviting people to bring new, unwrapped toys to church that day or in the week preceding (not afterwards please) to place under the tree, and to be distributed to children in the city who would otherwise go without at Christmas, via Coventry City Mission. That evening, we will have our candle-lit Darkness to Light Service, which many find to be a very moving start to Advent. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to volunteer to serve refreshments, act as a sidesperson or read.

Thank You Evening
All those involved in the ministry on Sunday mornings (readers, altar servers, sidespeople etc.) should have received an invitation to attend a wine and cheese thank you evening at church on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30pm. If you do help out on Sunday mornings and for whatever reason haven’t received an invitation, please do come along.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

Alpha
A 6-week version of the Alpha continues tomorrow night, the 26th November at the Vicarage and continues on Monday nights until December 17th. This is an excellent way to learn about the Christian faith, with no prior knowledge expected. It’s also a good chance to get to know others in church. For further information, please speak to Greg or Dan Smith.  It’s not too late to join us.  Please contact Dan at daniel.benjamin.smith@outlook.com or 07918 550210.

Parish Weekend 10th to 12th May 2019
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish weekend. Following a successful weekend this year we are doing it again in 2019 and would love you to join us. The cost will be £150 for adults with reductions for children and we will operate a saving scheme if that helps make it possible for you. There will be an early bird discount of £10 for those signing up before end of November. Places are going fast so if you are interested or would like more information please speak with Sue Masters or Greg. For those already signed up we are happy to take deposits or to start your saving plan. Please speak with Sue about this (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Lisa Barwick.

Prayer List
Please pray for Derek Shale, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Mary Lee, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, Ann Crowley, Stan Cooper, Beryl Lee and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates Nov/Dec  
Mon 26th 6.15pm Open the Book team meet in church
7.30pm Alpha week 2 at the Vicarage
Tues 27th 6.00pm Drama Club meets at Our Ladies
7.30pm Leadership Team meets at 22 Hathaway Rd
7.30pm Allesley Green prayer group meet at 14 New Ash Drive
Sat 1st 1-3pm Christmas Fayre at Eastern Green Village Hall
3.00pm Nightingales Concert in church
Sun 2nd 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Toy Service
6.30pm Darkness to Light Service
Tues 4th 7.30pm Thank You Evening
Weds 5th 7.30pm Prisoners of Conscience card writing in church
Readings Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14 (p 892) & John 18.33-37 (p 1087)
Readers Sara Parkes & Victoria Kaczur
Led by Sue Masters
Preacher Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Communion Asst Emma Read
Organist Ben Kimpton
Next week at 8am 1 Thess 3.9-13 & Luke 21.25-36

Pews News – 18th November 2018

18th November 2018 – Second Sunday before Advent

Welcome
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.

Remembrance Exhibition
Many, many thanks to Nick, Sue and Steve for all their hard work in putting such a powerful remembrance exhibition together last weekend. It was enjoyed by hundreds of people, church members and non-church members alike; and will live long in the memories of all those who saw it.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund to address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

New Wine
St James on Tile Hill Lane are hosting a New Wine evening on Tuesday 20th November, with Ian Parkinson as guest speaker. Refreshments are served from 7pm and worship starting at 7.30pm.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk. We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.

Darkness to Light/Toy Service
Advent Sunday on December 2nd will begin with a said communion at 8am, followed by our Toy Service at 10am. We are inviting people to bring new, unwrapped toys to church that day or in the week preceding (not afterwards please) to place under the tree, and to be distributed to children in the city who would otherwise go without at Christmas, via Coventry City Mission. That evening, we will have our candle-lit Darkness to Light Service, which many find to be a very moving start to Advent. Greg would be pleased to hear from anyone willing to volunteer to serve refreshments, act as a sidesperson or read.

Amnesty International Christmas Cards for Prisoners of Conscience
The annual card writing evening will be held on Wednesday 5th December at 7.30pm in the side room. As usual cards will be written to prisoners of conscience around the world. Seasonal refreshments will be provided. Donations towards postage will be gratefully received even if you’re unable to come. Trevor Hill.

Flowers
Volunteers needed to help decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday 1st December at 9.15am. Donations towards Christmas flowers would be much appreciated. Thank you, Ann Dove.

St Andrew’s Church Christmas Fayre
The event will take place in Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 1st December from 1pm to 3pm. We would be grateful for donations of bottles, chocolate, cakes, bric a brac, books, nearly new items, raffle prizes, etc, anything else you can think of! Thanks, Gill Tunnicliffe & Jackie Lynch. We have been donated some bicycles to raise funds for the Fayre and currently have 1 BMX Alley to suit a 6-9 year old and 1 little girl’s Princess Bicycle to suit a 2-3 year old. If anyone is interested please see Gill for details.

Advent Course
With Christmas fast approaching why not take time out of the busyness to meet with others to look at the Bible and share the Good News of Christmas? At St. Andrew’s we are preparing for Christmas by holding a four-week Advent group and all are welcome. We will be meeting on Tuesday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Tuesday 27th November and the sessions will run from 10-11.30am. We would love you to join us. If you would like to come or want to know more, please speak with me or call me on 07958 322026. Sue Masters.

Parish Weekend 10th to 12th May 2019
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish weekend. Following a successful weekend this year we are doing it again in 2019 and would love you to join us. The cost will be £150 for adults with reductions for children and we will operate a saving scheme if that helps make it possible for you. There will be an early bird discount of £10 for those signing up before end of November. Places are going fast so if you are interested or would like more information please speak with Sue Masters or Greg. For those already signed up we are happy to take deposits or to start your saving plan. Please speak with Sue about this (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Cleaning
We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

The Annual Shoebox Appeal
Has begun in Coventry. The last date for boxes to be transferred to the collection point is 29th November but I will start taking them over on Wednesday 14th November. Leaflets with instructions and labels will be at the back of the church ASAP. Please leave your boxes in the side room for collection.  If you need any shoes boxes, we usually have a few to spare. Have a look at the videos on ‘You Tube’ to see the faces of the children when they receive the boxes if you haven’t already seen them, absolutely wonderful. St. Andrew’s always supports this appeal generously and I’m sure I can rely on you again this year. Many thanks, Julia McNaney.

Family Tea with Santa Saturday
The children’s team have invited Santa to tea on Saturday, 8th December at Eastern Green Village Hall, 3.30-5pm. There will be games, afternoon tea and Santa has promised to bring a gift for every child. We hope you will want to come too. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and anyone young at heart! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from Hilary, Becky and Emma.

St Oswald’s Christmas Fayre
Will take place on Saturday 24th November at 11am. Please do go along and enjoy the festive fun.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

Alpha
A 6-week version of the Alpha continues next Monday, the 26th November, at the Vicarage and continues on Monday nights until 17th December. This is an excellent way to learn about the Christian faith, with no prior knowledge expected. It’s also a good chance to get to know others in church. For further information, please speak to Greg or Dan Smith.  To register a place, contact Dan at daniel.benjamin.smith@outlook.com or 07918 550210.

Confirmation
Please pray for our five confirmation candidates Terry & Jayne Nye, Niamh McIntire, Cesari Tabor and Jacob Fellowes, who are being confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on November 24th.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Gill Tunnicliffe.

Prayer List
Please pray for Dennis Sinclair, Ann Crowley, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, Bette Thorpe, Darren Lee, Norah Hall, Beryl Lee, Andrew Rennie, Flix Haynes and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates November
Sun 18th 5.15pm Confirmation Group in church
Mon 19th 7.30pm Growing Leaders
Tues 20th 6.00pm Drama Club at Our Ladies
St Andy’s Leadership Team
Weds 21st 11.00am Safeguarding Committee at the Vicarage
Thurs 22nd 7.30pm Children’s Church Meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Sat 24th 5.00pm Confirmation at Coventry Cathedral
Mon 26th 6.15pm Open the Book team meet in church
Tues 27th 7.30pm Leadership Team meets at 22 Hathaway Rd
Readings Daniel 12.1-3 (p 898) & Mark 13.1-8 (p 1019)
Readers Jill Joyce & Ann Crowley
Preacher Lesley Lee
President Lynnette Clarke
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Communion Asst Nick Tooby
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14 & John 18.33-37

 

Pews News – 11th November 2018

11th November 2018 – Third Sunday before Advent

Welcome
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.

Remembrance Sunday
A special welcome if you have come to mark Remembrance Sunday with us on the centenary of Armistice Day. Thank you to all who came to see and participate in the centenary exhibition that the church hosted yesterday. Grateful thanks to Nick, Sue and Steve for all their hard work in putting such a powerful exhibition together.

Michael Bublé
Many thanks to all those who supported the Michael Buble tribute evening. A tremendous £785 was raised towards church funds. Special thanks to Rosemarie Over for all her hard work in organizing the evening.

Cleaning
We now have a trio of volunteers who have agreed to take on the cleaning of the church. It would be helpful still to have another team of 3 so we always have cover. It takes about 1.5 hours each Friday from 1pm. If you would like to know more about what it entails please speak to Greg, Fran or Jackie Lynch.

Tots Praise
The next Tots Praise service takes place on Tuesday 13th November at 9.15am telling the story of the Burning Bush. Songs, craft and biscuits all part of a very informal gathering for pre-school children and their carers.

Churchyard Fund
The PCC are keen to maintain the churchyard at its most pleasing, but it costs money we don’t have to pay for a full cutting, strimming and tidying regime. Anyone wishing to give to a churchyard fund too address this should place any gift in a clearly marked envelope. We are very grateful for the generous gifts already received.

Facebook
We are really grateful to Carys Egner who has agreed to take over the role as Facebook administrator. She can be contacted at carysegner@hotmail.co.uk. We are hoping to keep Facebook updated with occasional devotional contributions. Anyone willing to offer an occasional piece should speak to Greg.

Kidz Praise
Our next service for Primary School children and their families takes place on Thursday 15th November. Doors are open at 3.15pm for refreshments and crafts. The service will start at 4pm with stories, songs and prayers. All welcome.

Seek His Face
Tonight’s gathering for prayer, praise and prophecy will focus on Worship as its theme. All welcome for this hour-long event led by Dan and the band.

Font Remains
The removal of the old stone font has resulted in the base, which was made of very high-quality stone, being rendered into pieces large and small which have been deposited behind the church. Anyone who wants to use either the larger pieces decoratively or the smaller pieces as rubble is welcome to help themselves. We would encourage a voluntary contribution to church funds by way of payment.

Alpha
A 6-week version of the Alpha course starts tomorrow at the Vicarage and continues on Monday nights until December 17th. This is an excellent way to learn about the Christian faith, with no prior knowledge expected. It’s also a good chance to get to know others in church. For further information, please speak to Greg or Dan Smith. To register a place, contact Dan at daniel.benjamin.smith@outlook.com or 07918 550210.

Flowers
Volunteers needed to help decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday 1st December at 9.15am. Donations towards Christmas flowers would be much appreciated. Thank you, Ann Dove.

The Annual Shoebox Appeal
Has begun in Coventry. The last date for boxes to be transferred to the collection point is 29th November but I will start taking them over on Wednesday 14th November. Leaflets with instructions and labels will be at the back of the church ASAP. Please leave your boxes in the side room for collection.  If you need any shoes boxes, we usually have a few to spare. Have a look at the videos on ‘You Tube’ to see the faces of the children when they receive the boxes if you haven’t already seen them, absolutely wonderful. St. Andrew’s always supports this appeal generously and I’m sure I can rely on you again this year. Many thanks, Julia McNaney.

Family Tea with Santa Saturday
The children’s team have invited Santa to tea on Saturday, 8th December at Eastern Green Village Hall, 3.30-5pm. There will be games, afternoon tea and Santa has promised to bring a gift for every child. We hope you will want to come too. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and anyone young at heart! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from Hilary, Becky and Emma.

St Oswald’s Christmas Fayre
Will take place on Saturday 24th November at 11am. Please do go along and enjoy the festive fun.

Alpha Caterers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to cater for the Alpha Course, on Mondays 12th November and 10th December at 7pm. If you would be willing to cater for one of these evenings please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

St Andrew’s Church Christmas Fayre
The event will take place in Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 1st December from 1pm to 3pm. We would be grateful for donations of bottles, chocolate, cakes, bric a brac, books, nearly new items, raffle prizes, etc, anything else you can think of! Thanks, Gill Tunnicliffe & Jackie Lynch. We have been donated some bicycles to raise funds for the Fayre and currently have 1 BMX Alley to suit a 6-9 year old and 1 little girl’s Princess Bicycle to suit a 2-3 year old. If anyone is interested please see Gill for details.

Confirmation
Anyone wishing to be confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 24th November or who would like to know more about what Confirmation entails should speak to Greg today.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Kath Houldsworth.

Prayer List
Please pray for Dennis Sinclair, Ann Crowley, Fred Edwards, Colin & Pauline Smith, Derek & Margaret Shale, Mary Lee, Bette Thorpe, Darren Lee, Norah Hall, Beryl Lee, Andrew Rennie, Flix Haynes and Rosemary Pottinger. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates November
Sun 11th 10.00am Remembrance Day Service
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 12th 6.00pm Confirmation group at the Vicarage
7.30pm PCC in church
7.00pm Alpha week 1 at the Vicarage
Tues 13th 9.15am Tots Praise
2.00pm Forget me Not
6.00pm Drama Club
Thurs 15th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Mon 19th 7.30pm Growing Leaders
Thurs 22nd 7.30pm Children’s Church Meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Readings Jonah 3.1-5,10 (p 928) & Mark 1.14-20 (p 1002)
Readers Peter Bruton & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Led by Nick Tooby
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week Daniel 12.1-3 & Mark 13.1-8

 

The Cross of Nails

The Cross of Nails
The world-famous cross of nails is touring the Diocese during its centenary year. This weekend until Tuesday morning, it is being hosted by St Andrew’s. We give thanks to God for the reconciliation ministry associated with the cross of nails that has touched many in the city of Coventry as well as churches across the world.