Pews News – 15th December 2019

15th December 2019 – The 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.

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.

Norah Hall
We are extremely grateful to Norah, who has made a much appreciated legacy to St Andrew’s.

Nativity 2019
Many thanks to all those who supported the Nativity, whether by performing in it, helping out behind the scenes or by coming to watch it. Special thanks to Rob Shaw for the scenery and to Paul and Ying for the Alpacas.

Flower List
The new flower list for 2020 will be at the back of church this weekend. 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. Thank you, Ann Dove.

Wednesday Communion
There will be no mid-week communion service on 1st January.

Children’s Society Boxes
As I previously mentioned, I will be retiring from collecting the boxes in the new year, but I am really pleased to tell you that Nick Tooby will be taking over from me in April, so there will be no need to concern yourselves. It is a great relief for me to know that it will continue in the parish and is in safe hands. Jackie Lynch

PowerPoint
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.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for primary school aged children takes place on Thursday 19th December. Doors are open from 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft activities and games. The short service of story, song and prayer then begins at 4pm. Arrival time is fluid. This will be our Christmas service.

Carols in the Close
What has now become an annual tradition, Carols in the Close takes place on Wednesday 18th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green. Carol singing will be led by Soulful Gospel Choir, with free mince pies and mulled wine served.

Tots Praise
Tots Praise is going to have a holiday through January and February, restarting in March.

Crib Service
As in previous years, our Crib Service which seeks to bring the Christmas message to all ages will run twice over on Christmas Eve at 2.30pm and 4pm. If you are willing to act as welcome/sidesperson for either of these services, please speak to Greg or Rebecca Martin.

Toy Appeal
Many thanks to all those who have so generously supported our Toy Appeal this year. The toys were taken to Coventry City Mission and will be distributed to children in the city who will otherwise have little or nothing to open on Christmas morning.

Catering for Marriage Preparation
We need two volunteers to provide up to 12 meals for our marriage preparation course in January; either 15th or 22nd. Please speak to Rebecca Martin if able to help.

Carols in Sutton Avenue
Following the success of last year’s event, there will be community carol singing at Sutton Avenue shops on Monday 23rd December at 6pm.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. 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.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds has finished for the term. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on January 14th. All welcome.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. 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. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates December
Sun 15th 10.00am Parish Communion
6.30pm Carol Service
Weds 18th 6.00pm Carols in the Close in Allesley Green
Mon 23rd 6.00pm Carols in Sutton Avenue
Tues 24th Crib Services at 2.30pm & 4pm
11.00pm Midnight Communion
Weds 25th 10.00am Parish Communion
Readings James 5.7-10 (p 1216) & Matt 11.2-11 (p 976)
Readers Victoria Kaczur & John Ross-Barnard
Preacher Greg Smith
President Lynnette Clarke
Prayers Lynnette Clarke
Comm Asst Harvey Wyatt
Organist Di Fellowes
Next week Romans 1.1-7 & Matt 1.18-25

Pews News – 8th December 2019

8th December 2019 – 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.

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.

Ann Crowley
A reminder that Ann’s funeral takes place tomorrow, Monday, at 1.30pm. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Lantern Walk
St Andy’s Church is holding their annual Lantern Walk today, this is a great community event with a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Come to the Penny Farthing from 4-6pm to decorate a lantern, we will be also having donkey rides for the children. We will then proceed to Bannerbrook Park with our lanterns to sing a selection of carols together. We hope to see you there!

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise takes place tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us.

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.

Last Week’s Flowers
Were donated by Ann Dove and Betty Rippingale. Apologies for omitting Betty’s name.

Volunteers needed for Midnight and Christmas Day Communion Services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Children’s Society
I have come to a decision, that after next February, I will no longer be collecting the Society boxes. I will have done it for 22 years and feel I have served them well. I would like to think that someone will come forward to carry it on. It is collected once a year over about a month, counted and banked. If you feel you could do this and would like any further information, please let me know. Thank you everyone who has supported this worthy cause over the years, and you can still do this independently. Jackie Lynch

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. 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.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Nativity 2019
St Andrew’s Church Presents No Room at the Inn. A retelling of the age-old story of how the world was changed by a tiny baby. A live action, child-friendly, sing-a-long, animal-packed adventure for all the family. Ordinary people at the mercy of politicians. Wise men who don’t appear to have any better idea of what’s going on than the rest of us. And there’s always someone with an eye for an opportunity, ready to make money out of other people’s pain. Sounds familiar? At least this story is guaranteed a happy ending. Make the St Andrew’s Nativity part of your Christmas preparations. Live action, live animals, donkey rides and refreshments all included.
Thursday Dec 12th at 6.30pm
Friday Dec 13th at 6.30pm
Saturday Dec 14th at 2.30pm
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children. Tickets available from Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or online at https://www.wegottickets.com/location/23082

PowerPoint
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.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for primary school aged children takes place on Thursday 19th December. Doors are open from 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft activities and games. The short service of story, song and prayer then begins at 4pm. Arrival time is fluid. This will be our Christmas service.

Carols in the Close
What has now become an annual tradition, Carols in the Close takes place on Wednesday 18th December at 6pm in Birch Close, Allesley Green. Carol singing will be led by Soulful Gospel Choir, with free mince pies and mulled wine served.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly service for pre-school children (Tots Praise) next takes place on Tuesday 10th December at 9.15am. Doors are open from 8.45am after school children have been dropped off. The service lasts approx. 30 minutes. The focus will be on Christmas.

Crib Service
As in previous years, our Crib Service which seeks to bring the Christmas message to all ages will run twice over on Christmas Eve at 2.30 and 4pm. If you are willing to act as welcome/sidesperson for either of these services, please speak to Greg or Rebecca Martin.

Toy Appeal
Many thanks to all those who have so generously supported our Toy Appeal this year. The toys will be taken to Coventry City Mission and will be distributed to children in the city who will otherwise have little or nothing to open on Christmas morning. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY MORE TOYS AFTER LUNCH TIME TODAY. They will not get to where they need to go.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds finishes for the term on Tuesday. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on Jan 14th.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Praying for Allesley Green
A group of us meet to pray for Allesley Green each month. We meet at 14 New Ash Drive on the estate. Anyone who wishes to is welcome to join us.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk.  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. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, 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 8th 4-6pm Lantern Walk on Bannerbrook Park
5.30pm Nativity Rehearsal
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 9th 1.30pm Ann Crowley’s funeral
PCC Social
Tues 10th 9.15am Tots Praise
8.00pm Allesley Green prayer group
Weds 11th 6.00pm Dress rehearsal for Nativity
Thurs 12th 6.30pm Nativity in church
Fri 13th 6.30pm Nativity in church
Sat 14th 2.30pm Nativity in church
Sun 15th 10.00am Parish Communion
6.30pm Carol Service
Weds 18th 6.00pm Carols in the Close in Allesley Green
Readings Rom 15.4-13 (p 1141) & Matt 3.1-12 (p 967)
Readers Jeremy Thomas and Jill Pinks
Preacher Nick Tooby
President Greg Smith
Prayers Nick Tooby
Comm Asst Emma Read
Organist Michael Watkins
Children Linda & Jill
Next week James 5.7-10 & Matt 11.2-11

Pews News – 1st December 2019

1st December 2019 – 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.

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.

Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley
We are sad to announce the deaths of both Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley this week. Gill’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s tomorrow Monday 2nd December at 10.30am. Ann’s funeral will take place the following Monday at 1.30pm. They will both be much missed. Please keep their families in your prayers.

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Darkness to Light
We begin Advent with a candlelit service of praise: Darkness to Light this evening at 6.30pm. All welcome to this very powerful start to the Advent season.

Seek His Face
Our monthly gathering for prayer, prophecy and praise takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us.

Nativity 2019
Tickets are on sale at a cost of £5 adults and £3 for children for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’. Performances take place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December at 6.30pm and Saturday 14th at 2.30pm. We need volunteers to serve refreshments and act as front of house. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

Christmas Flowers
If you would like to make a donation towards the altar flowers at Christmas please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Volunteers needed for Midnight and Christmas Day Communion Services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – In memory of Pat Trickett
Will take place in church on Saturday 7th December from 4-6pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes a drink and a mince pie. All profits going to Myton Hospice. For tickets contact Hayley on 07531 372931 or hayleyhedges@hotmail.com

Lantern Walk
St Andy’s Church will be holding our annual Lantern Walk on Sunday 8th December, this is a great community event with a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Come to the Penny Farthing from 4-6pm to decorate a lantern, we will be also having donkey rides for the children. We will then proceed to Bannerbrook Park with our lanterns to sing a selection of carols together. We hope to see you there!

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. 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.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

PowerPoint
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.

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise service for primary school aged children takes place on Thursday 5th December. Doors are open from 3.15pm for tea, toast, craft activities and games. The short service of story, song and prayer then begins at 4pm. Arrival time is fluid. Do join us as this week we think about Advent.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly service for pre-school children (Tots Praise) next takes place on Tuesday 10th December at 9.15am. Doors are open from 8.45am after school children have been dropped off. The service lasts approx. 30 minutes.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service takes place this morning. We will be pleased to still receive new, unwrapped toys to place under the tree for the remainder of this week. These will be distributed via Coventry City Mission to children in the city who might otherwise be without this Christmas.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds finishes for the term on Tuesday. We meet at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys. We start up again on January 14th.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Services
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Praying for Allesley Green
A group of us meet to pray for Allesley Green each month. We meet at 14 New Ash Drive on the estate. Anyone who wishes to is welcome to join us.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – Dec 7th (tickets cost £5 – available from Hayley Hedges)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital, will launch on Monday December 2nd. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. 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. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, 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 1st 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Toy Service
6.30pm Darkness to Light
Mon 2nd 10.30am Gill Tunnicliffe’s funeral
1.45pm Party in the Park planning meeting
Tues 3rd 6.00pm Drama Club at Our Ladies
Weds 4th Nativity full rehearsal
Thurs 5th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Sat 7th 4-6pm Nightingales Concert (tickets on the door)
Sun 8th 4-6pm Lantern Walk on Bannerbrook Park
6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 9th 1.30pm Ann Crowley’s funeral.
PCC Social
Tues 10th 9.15am Tots Praise
8.00pm Allesley Green prayer group
Weds 11th Dress rehearsal for Nativity
Readings at 8am Rom 13.11-14 (p 1140) & Matt 24.36-44 (p 994)
Reader Elizabeth Shelton
President Phil Richardson
Worship 4 All led by Sue Masters
Speaker Greg Smith
Prayers Gary Corden
Next week Rom 15.4-13 & Matt 3.1-12

Pews News – 24th November 2019

24th November 2019 – 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.

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.

Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley
We are sad to announce the deaths of both Gill Tunnicliffe and Ann Crowley this week. Gill died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Her funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Monday Dec 2nd at 10.30am. Ann died on Thursday morning. Details of her funeral will be available next week. They will both be much missed.

Farewell
We are saying goodbye to David Griffiths this morning. Dave has been a member of St Andrew’s for the last 14 years, but has decided that the time is right to return to his Parish church in Hampton-in-Arden. We wish him every blessing in this next phase of his life.

Volunteers needed for Midnight and Christmas Day Communion Services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

Christmas Flowers
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th November at 9.15am to decorate the church for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation towards the altar flowers at Christmas please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Lantern Walk
St Andy’s Church will be holding our annual Lantern Walk on Sunday 8th December, this is a great community event with a focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Come to the Penny Farthing from 4-5pm to decorate a lantern, we will be also having donkey rides for the children. We will then proceed to Bannerbrook Park with our lanterns to sing a selection of carols together. We hope to see you there!

Nativity 2019
Tickets are on sale at a cost of £5 adults and £3 for children for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’. Performances take place on Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th at 6.30pm and Sat Dec 14th at 2.30pm. We need volunteers to serve refreshments and act as front of house. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

Tea with Santa
30th November, 3.15-5pm in the village hall, £5 per person. Tickets for Tea with Santa will be on sale in church today and next Sunday. Alternatively, contact Hilary (mob: 07980 596646 or email: hilaryjw538@gmail.com). After 24th November tickets will be £6 per person. To help Santa bring appropriately aged gifts, please buy your tickets early. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles! Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun!

 The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – In memory of Pat Trickett
Will take place in church on Saturday 7th December from 4-6pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes a drink and a mince pie. All profits going to Myton Hospice. For tickets contact Hayley on 07531 372931 or hayleyhedges@hotmail.com

Advent Course 2019
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 Monday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Monday 18th November and the sessions will run from 10.30am to 12 noon. 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

Christmas Hampers
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7.30-9pm, at 55 Handsworth Crescent and everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce a novel centred on a man who goes to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles. 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.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

PowerPoint
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.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise service for pre-school children and their families takes place on Tuesday 26th November at 9.15am, with doors open and refreshments served from 8.45am. Story, song and craft on the theme of friendship. All welcome.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service takes place next Sunday at 10am. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to place under the tree. These will be distributed via Coventry City Mission to children in the city who might otherwise be without this Christmas.

Darkness to Light
We begin Advent with a candlelit service of praise: Darkness to Light next Sunday at 6.30pm. All welcome to this very powerful start to the Advent season.

Generous Giving
This Sunday, we complete our series on generous giving as Greg speaks to us about being generous with our money.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues on Tuesdays at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Service
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Social Calendar
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets on sale at £5 – see Hilary Wankling)
The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert (tickets cost £5 – available from Hayley Hedges)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospital, will launch on Monday December 2nd. To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. 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. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, 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 November – December
Sun 24th 2-4.30pm Thank you afternoon for Children’s team
4.30pm Nativity filming
Mon 25th 7.30pm Eastern Green History Group
Tues 26th 9.15am Tots Praise
6.00pm Drama Club at Our Ladies
7.00pm Allesley Green Residents meeting at Park Hill School
Weds 27th 7.30pm Worship 4 All review meeting in church
Thurs 28th 11.45am Budget meeting at the Vicarage
6.00pm Nativity rehearsal
Sat 30th 3.15pm Tea with Santa at Eastern Green Village Hall
Sun 1st 8.00am Said Communion
10.00am Toy Service
6.30pm Darkness to Light
Mon 2nd Dec 1.45pm Party in the Park planning meeting
Readings Mal 3.6-12 (p 962) & Luke 21.1-4 (p 1056)
Readers Sara Parkes & Victoria Kaczur
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Organ Di Fellow
Next week at 8am Rom 13.11-14 & Matt 24.36-44

Pews News – 17th November 2019

17th November 2019 – The 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.

Generous Giving
This Sunday, we continue a series on generous giving

Nov 17th God’s generosity to us Lesley Lee
Nov 24th Giving our money Greg Smith

Praying Together
Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.

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.

Eddie Parkes
It is with great pleasure that I am able to confirm that the final amount collected in memory of Eddie and forwarded to Parkinson’s UK was £764. I would like to express my grateful thanks to all those who helped to raise this fantastic amount. Sara.

Norah Hall
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to you all for your cards, phone calls and messages of sympathy following the loss of our wonderful Mum. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for Mum’s beautiful funeral service and for donations received for the Palliative Care Team’s charity. Thank you too for all your prayers for Mum throughout her illness; they really did bring her comfort. A special thank-you to Greg, Lesley, Kath and Joan for your ongoing visits and support to Mum over the past two and a half years; it meant so much to her and to us all. Love Liz, Deb and families xxxx

City Praise
Thanks to those who attended City Praise last Sunday, representing St Andrew’s. Over 700 people were present, worshiping and praying together. More than £2,000 was raised for charity by the congregation.

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

PowerPoint
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.

Deanery Synod
Anyone is welcome to attend Deanery Synod, which takes place at St Mary Magdalen, Chapelfields on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Revd Kate Pearson, chaplain at the University of Warwick will be speaking on student ministry.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Save the Date – Parish weekend 15th to 17th May 2020
With Christmas not far away, I want to encourage you to think about next Spring and the St Andrew’s Parish Weekend. Following two successful weekends we are doing it again in 2020 and would love you to join us. What is it? A weekend away for members of St Andrew’s/St Andy’s to come together for bible teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship. Where is it? Shallowford house, Staffordshire (about an hour’s drive from Coventry. Who is it for? Everyone including children. Interested? Want to know more? Speak with Sue Masters or Greg. We are happy to take deposits or to start a saving plan if that helps. Please speak with Sue about this. (07958322026, susanmasters@sky.com).

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues this week on Tues 5th at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Sponsored Walk
Many thanks to all those who sponsored our walkers in September. Just in excess of £1500 was raised for the church and Kidz Klub, Tile Hill who will use the money for supporting children in the Tile Hill area, many of whom experience significant disadvantages.

Christmas Flowers
Volunteers needed on Saturday 30th November at 9.15am to decorate the church for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation towards the altar flowers at Christmas please see Ann Dove. Thank you.

Nativity 2019
Tickets are on sale at a cost of £5 adults and £3 for children for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’. Performances take place on Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th at 6.30pm and Sat Dec 14th at 2.30pm. We are still looking for people to help paint the scenery. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tues Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Service
Tues Dec 24th at 11pm – Midnight Communion
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Volunteers needed for Midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services
There is a rota for midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Communion services at the back of church on the right-hand noticeboard. If you are available for any of the roles please could you add your name next to the relevant role. Thank you.

The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert – In memory of Pat Trickett
Will take place in church on Saturday 7th December from 4-6pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes a drink and a mince pie. All profits going to Myton Hospice. For tickets contact Hayley on 07531 372931 or hayleyhedges@hotmail.com

Advent Course 2019
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 Monday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Monday 18th November and the sessions will run from 10.30am to 12 noon. 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.

Tea with Santa
30th November, 3.15-5pm in the village hall, £5 per person. Tickets for Tea with Santa will be on sale in church today and next Sunday. Alternatively, contact Hilary (mob: 07980 596646 or email: hilaryjw538@gmail.com). After 24th November tickets will be £6 per person. To help Santa bring appropriately aged gifts, please buy your tickets early. This event is for the whole church family – children, parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles! Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun!

Children’s Hamper Request
We will be holding a raffle at Tea with Santa and are requesting items for a Children’s Hamper. The Children’s Team would be grateful if you could help us by donating suitable small items (packet of crayons/felt tip pens, colouring book, sweets, Christmas chocolate, Christmas stickers, skipping rope, paper chains, small craft set, small toy, Playdo, etc etc….) A box will be put at the back of church for any donations. Any spare ends of ribbon which can be used for a craft activity will also be gratefully received as will offers of cupcakes for the tea and help on the day. Very many thanks in advance from the Children’s Team.

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Social Calendar
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets on sale at £5 – see Hilary Wankling)
The Nightingales Christmas Carol Concert (tickets cost £5 and are available from Hayley Hedges)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale at £12 – see Rosemarie Over)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s new service, offering lifts to medical appointments at Coventry doctors and hospitals, will launch on Monday December 2nd.  To book a lift, please contact Julie on 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk. 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. We still need more volunteers if you willing to offer a lift, perhaps once a fortnight.

St Catherine’s Stoke Aldermoor
Are looking for a part-time administrator (7 hours per week). If interested please see the job advert and job description in the red folder at the back of church.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Ann Crowley, Gill Tunnicliffe, Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Beryl Poppitt, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, 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 November
Sun 17th 6.30pm Rock Solid
6.30pm Praying Together in church
Tues 19th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
7.30pm Children’s Church meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Weds 20th 6.30pm Production meeting
7.30pm Nativity rehearsal
Thurs 21st 7.30pm Deanery Synod at St Mary Magdalen
Sun 24th 2-5pm Thank you afternoon for Children’s team
2.00pm Party in the Park planning meeting
Tues 26th 7.00pm Allesley Green Residents meeting at Park Hill School
Readings Ephesians 1; 3-14 (p 1173) & John 17; 20b – end (p 1085)
Readers Vicky Yardley
Preacher Lesley Lee
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Lynnette Clarke
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Organ Sue Hill
Children Greg, Veronika & Claire
Next week Mal 3.6-12 & Luke 21.1-4

Pews News – 10th November 2019

10th November 2019 – The 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.

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.

Remembrance Sunday
This morning marks Remembrance Sunday. Our Parish Communion service will include the Act of Remembrance at 11am.

City Praise
This evening, the biennial City Praise service takes place at the Welcome Centre in Parkside, where several hundred Christians come together to worship God and pray for our city and nation from 60-70 different churches. We have cancelled Seek His Face in order to support this. If you would like to go and need a lift or are able to offer someone else a lift, please speak to Greg.

Norah Hall
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to you all for your cards, phone calls and messages of sympathy following the loss of our wonderful Mum. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for Mum’s beautiful funeral service and for donations received for the Palliative Care Team’s charity. Thank you too for all your prayers for Mum throughout her illness; they really did bring her comfort. A special thank-you to Greg, Lesley, Kath and Joan for your ongoing visits and support to Mum over the past two and a half years; it meant so much to her and to us all. Love Liz, Deb and families xxxx

Safeguarding in Coventry Diocese
Over the next few months, the Diocese will be conducting a Past Cases Review. An independent reviewer will be looking at safeguarding files relating to church officers, to ensure all safeguarding matters have been reported and appropriate action taken. All parish records are being checked for either past or present concerns. Any instances of abuse will be examined and bought to light. For further information on this, please see leaflet on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Coffee Rota Volunteers Needed
Do you enjoy a nice cuppa after the service? If so, it’s thanks to a great team of faithful volunteers offering an extra hour or so after service every Sunday. We are now looking to put together a rota for 2020 to ensure we have sufficient people to serve coffee and tea. If you currently volunteer, please could you let Rosemarie know your availability. If you do not currently volunteer but would like to, we’re looking for new people to join and would really appreciate your help! Please see or telephone Rosemarie Over on 07778 397284.

Church Cleaning Opportunity
We have a very willing band of people who clean the church each week, but we are in need of more help please to share the burden. They clean the church on a Friday. The more volunteers we have the easier and quicker it is to clean. It would also mean we can set up two teams, so people aren’t required every week. The cleaning takes a couple of hours and is an important form of ministry. Many of our visitors comment on how lovely and clean the church looks when they visit and this doesn’t happen by chance, but by the efforts of those who clean. If you can help please speak to Jackie Lynch or one of the Churchwardens.

Advent Course 2019
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 Monday mornings, at 55 Handsworth Crescent, Eastern Green, starting on Monday 18th November and the sessions will run from 10.30am to 12 noon. 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.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 16th November from 9.30-11am in the vicarage. Everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read it, or some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Harvest
A big thank you to all the volunteers who came and decorated the church. Thank you to Fay Gibbs for the foliage and the beautiful dahlias from her garden. Finally, a very big thank you to everyone who donated towards the cost of the flowers, your generosity is much appreciated. God bless, Ann Dove.

Eddie Parkes
It is with great pleasure that I am able to confirm that the final amount collected in memory of Eddie and forwarded to Parkinson’s UK was £764. I would like to express my grateful thanks to all those who helped to raise this fantastic amount. Sara

Tea with Santa
Santa is once again coming to tea at St Andrew’s on 30th November in the Village Hall from 3.15-5.00pm. This event is for the whole family – children, parents and grandparents. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun! Tickets will be on sale from 3rd November until 24th November at a cost of £5.00 per person (adult and child). Any tickets bought after 24th November will be £6.00 per person. Numbers are strictly limited so please buy your tickets early. If you would like to register your interest now, please text Hilary on 07980 596646 or email me at hilaryjw538@gmail.com, stating your name, number of tickets required and a contact number. Thank you.

Children’s Hamper Request
We will be holding a raffle at Tea with Santa and are requesting items for a Children’s Hamper. The Children’s Team would be grateful if you could help us by donating suitable small items (packet of crayons/felt tip pens, colouring book, sweets, Christmas chocolate, Christmas stickers, skipping rope, paper chains, small craft set, small toy, Playdo, etc etc….) A box will be put at the back of church for any donations. Any spare ends of ribbon which can be used for a craft activity will also be gratefully received as will offers of cupcakes for the tea and help on the day. Very many thanks in advance from the Children’s Team.

Praying Together
“Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held next Sunday, 17th November at 6.30 pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.”

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

Nativity 2019
The dates for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’ have been set. Please put these in your diaries. Tickets will be on sale next week. Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th at 6.30pm and Sat Dec 14th at 2.30pm. We are still looking for people to help paint the scenery. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

PowerPoint
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.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise service for pre-school children and their families takes place on Tuesday November 12th at 9.15am. Craft, song and story for the whole family. All welcome.

Jonathan Veira
Please see the Jonathan Veira leaflet which details how to get tickets for this unique event, St Andrew’s principal fundraising event of the year.

Gift Appeal
Congregation members and other supporters of the church are invited to respond to our appeal, in which we are seeking to raise £3,000 in gifts and pledges. The appeal is designed to support the work of St Andrew’s generally, but also three projects in particular: our new Youth Worker, Taste Life (support for those suffering with eating disorders) and St Andy’s need for a new, permanent venue. Please give generously either one-off gifts. Gifts should be placed in an envelope and marked clearly.

Generous Giving

This Sunday, we continue a series on generous giving:

Nov 10th Giving our Lives Nick Tooby
Nov 17th Giving our money Lesley Lee
Nov 24th God’s generosity to us Greg Smith

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues this week on Tuesday 5th at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Christmas Services
Sun Dec 1st at 10am – Toy Service
Sun Dec 1st at 6.30pm – Darkness to Light
Sun Dec 15th at 6.30pm – Carol Service
Tue Dec 24th at 2.30pm and 4pm – Crib Service
Weds Dec 25th at 10am – Parish Communion

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored 35 mile walk ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way was successfully completed on Sept 14th. If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please place your sponsorship offering in the basket at the back of church and cross your name off the list. If you didn’t get round to offering sponsorship, it’s not too late! Just put your money in the basket or go online and donate through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-2. We are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrew’s. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings.

Social Calendar
Jonathan Veira – Nov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets now on sale at £5)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets now on sale at £12)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service in mid-November, 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 on an occasional basis 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. You can limit your commitment in any way you see fit. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please speak to Greg or contact Julie 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jan Tuson.

Prayer List
Please pray for Ann Crowley, Gill Tunnicliffe, Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, 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 November
Sun 10th 10.00am Remembrance Day service
6.30pm City Praise
Mon 11th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 12th  9.15am Tots Praise
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Weds 13th 6.30pm Nativity Rehearsal
7.30pm St Andy’s Prayer
Thurs 14th 7.30pm Leadership Team meeting
Sat 16th 9.30am Book Group
6.45pm Jonathan Veira at Massey Fergusons
Sun 17th 6.30pm Rock Solid
Tues 19th 7.30pm Children’s Church meeting at 62 Broadwells Crescent
Weds 20th 6.30pm Production meeting
Readings Isaiah 6.1-8 & Romans 12.3-8
Readers Steve & Hilary Wankling
Preacher Nick Tooby
President Lynnette Clarke
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Harvey Wyatt
Next week Ephesians 1; 3-14 & John 17; 20b – end.

Pews News – 3rd November 2019

3rd November 2019 – The Fourth 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.

A Special Welcome
To all those attending today for our Memorial Service in which we are remembering those who have died over the last twelve months. Gone from us but still loved by us. We remember them with prayer and thanksgiving.

Harvest Thanks
A big thank you to all the volunteers who came and decorated the church. To Denise Davies for baking our harvest loaf. And thanks to all those who brought food gifts, which will be taken to Tile Hill foodbank. Please remember to consider your food miles and shop for local produce where you can. Thank you to Fay Gibbs for the foliage and the beautiful dahlias from her garden. Finally, a very big thank you to everyone who donated towards the cost of the flowers, your generosity is much appreciated.

A Big Thank You
To Phil for the wonderful Wedding Blessing on October 19th. You made Karl and Amy’s day so special. A big thankyou also to Rebecca for all her planning ensuring everything went smoothly. A good time was had by all. Many thanks, Rita Muir

Eddie Parkes
It is with great pleasure that I am able to confirm that the final amount collected in memory of Eddie and forwarded to Parkinson’s UK was £764. I would like to express my grateful thanks to all those who helped to raise this fantastic amount. Sara.

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.

Remembrance Sunday
Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. Our Parish Communion service will include the Act of Remembrance at 11am.

City Praise
Next Sunday evening, the biennial City Praise service takes place at the Welcome Centre in Parkside, where several hundred Christians come together to worship God and pray for our city and nation from 60-70 different churches. We are cancelling Seek His Face in order to support this. If you would like to go and need a lift or are able to offer someone else a lift, please speak to Greg.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

Autumn Fayre
Many thanks to those who supported our annual Autumn Fayre last Saturday at the Village Hall. Thanks to all those who staffed stalls or helped with set up. Extra special thanks to Jackie Lynch, who worked so hard to organise it. Over £600.20 was raised towards church funds.

Nativity 2019
The dates for the Nativity 2019 ‘No room at the Inn’ have been set. Please put these in your diaries. Tickets will be on sale next week. Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th at 6.30pm and Sat Dec 14th at 2.30pm.  We are still looking for a wise man! (or woman) and people to help paint the scenery. Please speak to Greg or Kate Howarth.

PowerPoint
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.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise service for pre-school children and their families takes place on Tues Nov 12th at 9.15am. Craft, song and story for the whole family. All welcome.

Kidz Praise
The next Kidz Praise service for Primary School Children and their families takes place at 4pm next Thurs Nov 7th.  Doors are open from 3.15pm for craft, toast and games, with the service of song, story and prayer commencing at 4pm. All welcome.

Jonathan Veira
Please see the Jonathan Veira leaflet which details how to get tickets for this unique event, St Andrew’s principal fundraising event of the year.

Tea with Santa
Santa is once again coming to tea at St Andrew’s on 30th November in the Village Hall from 3.15-5pm. This event is for the whole family – children, parents and grandparents. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun! Tickets will be on sale from 3rd November until 24th November at a cost of £5 per person (adult and child). Any tickets bought after 24th November will be £6 per person. Numbers are strictly limited so please buy your tickets early. If you would like to register your interest now, please text Hilary on 07980 596646 or email me at hilaryjw538@gmail.com, stating your name, number of tickets required and a contact number. Thank you.

Children’s Hamper Request
We will be holding a raffle at Tea with Santa and are requesting items for a Children’s Hamper. The Children’s Team would be grateful if you could help us by donating suitable small items (packet of crayons/felt tip pens, colouring book, sweets, Christmas chocolate, Christmas stickers, skipping rope, paper chains, small craft set, small toy, Playdo, etc etc….) A box will be put at the back of church for any donations. Any spare ends of ribbon which can be used for a craft activity will also be gratefully received as will offers of cupcakes for the tea and help on the day. Very many thanks in advance from the Children’s Team.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 16th November from 9.30-11am in the vicarage. Everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans and this 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 it, or some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Children’s Society
I have come to a decision, that after next February, I will no longer be collecting the Society boxes. I will have done it for 22 years and feel I have served them well. I would like to think that someone will come forward to carry it on. It is collected once a year over about a month, counted and banked. If you feel you could do this and would like any further information, please let me know. Thank you everyone who has supported this worthy cause over the years, and you can still do this independently. Jackie Lynch

Gift Appeal
Congregation members and other supporters of the church are invited to respond to our appeal, in which we are seeking to raise £3,000 in gifts and pledges. The appeal is designed to support the work of St Andrew’s generally, but also three projects in particular: our new Youth Worker, Taste Life (support for those suffering with eating disorders) and St Andy’s need for a new, permanent venue. Please give generously either one-off gifts. Gifts should be placed in an envelope and marked clearly.

Generous Giving
This Sunday, we start a series on generous giving

Nov 3rd Giving our Time Worship 4 All
Nov 10th Giving our Lives Nick Tooby
Nov 17th Giving our money Lesley Lee
Nov 24th God’s generosity to us Greg Smith

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds continues this week on Tues 5th at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored 35 mile walk ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way was successfully completed on Sept 14th.  If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please place your sponsorship offering in the basket at the back of church and cross your name off the list.  If you didn’t get round to offering sponsorship, it’s not too late!  Just put your money in the basket or go online and donate through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-2.  We are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrews. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings.

Social Calendar
Jonathan Veira – Nov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets on sale soon at £5)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale soon)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service in mid-November, 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 on an occasional basis 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. You can limit your commitment in any way you see fit. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please speak to Greg or contact Julie 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Social Events
For tickets or enquiries for any of the following events please contact Hannah McGough at admin@stjamesfletch.org.uk or tel: 02476 466262
Sat 9th Nov: The Big Quiz for Tearfund at Walsgrave Baptist Church. 9th November, 6pm. Tickets £5 or £10 to include fisn ‘n’ chip dinner.
Fri 15th Nov: Art & Craft Exhibition Cheese & Wine Preview Evening. 7-9pm. In the main church. St James Fletchamstead, 395 Tile Hill Lane, CV4 9DP. (Preview of art exhibition, refreshments, first chance to meet the artists and buy). £5 per ticket.
Sat 16th Nov: Art & Craft Exhibition Open Day. 11am-3pm. St James Fletchamstead main church building. Free entry. Art and craft display and activities. Refreshments available.
Sat 23rd Nov: There is a concert in aid of the Jesus Centre to support the homeless in Coventry at Walsgrave Working Men’s Club. 23rd November, 7pm. Tickets £10 including buffet meal.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

Prayer List
Please pray for Gill Tunnicliffe, Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Josie Yates, baby Austin, 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 November
Sun 3rd 6.30pm Memorial Service
Mon 4th 7.30[m Baptism Preparation in church
Tues 5th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Thurs 7th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
6.30pm Nativity rehearsal
Sun 10th 10.00am Remembrance Day service
6.30pm City Praise
Mon 11th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 12th  9.15am Tots Praise
Weds 13th 7.30pm St Andy’s Prayer
Readings at 8am 2 Thess 1.1-12 (p 1189) & Luke 19.1-10 (p 1053)
Reader Elizabeth Shelton
President Greg Smith

Pews News – 20th October 2019

20th October 2019 – The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

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
As it is the half term holiday next week, Children’s Church will not be meeting in the school on 20th and 27th October. A box of craft activities will be available in the side room for children to use under the supervision of parents. Children’s Church will open for the second half of the term on 10th November and we look forward to welcoming children back then.

Harvest Thanks
To all the church decorators who have made the church look so beautiful for Harvest. To Denise Davies for baking our harvest loaf. And thanks to all those who brought food gifts, which will be taken to Tile Hill Foodbank. Please remember to consider your food miles and shop for local produce where you can.

Children’s Society
I have come to a decision, that after next February, I will no longer be collecting the Society boxes. I will have done it for 22 years and feel I have served them well. I would like to think that someone will come forward to carry it on. It is collected once a year over about a month, counted and banked. If you feel you could do this and would like any further information, please let me know. Thank you everyone who has supported this worthy cause over the years, and you can still do this independently. Jackie Lynch

Praying Together
“Our Nation is in crisis and our world is troubled. “PRAYING TOGETHER” – an opportunity to hold our community, our troubled nation and specific areas of the world in prayer will be held tonight at 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us. See members of the Prayer Ministry Team for further details.”

Light Party
The Children’s Team are once again holding a Light Party in church on Thursday, 31st October, 5-6.30pm. This is an alternative event to Halloween for primary aged children. We will be celebrating goodness and light in our world through crafts, games and stories. A pizza and finger food tea will be provided. To help us with our catering and to enable us to comply with our safeguarding policy, a registration form must be completed for each child. Forms and letters giving further details are available today at the back of church. Please return completed forms to Shirley or Becky. It would be helpful if children could bring a torch with them. There is no charge for this event.

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.

Queen
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organising the Queen Tribute Act who performed at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on 5th October. Over £600 was raised for church funds and a brilliant time was had by all.

Shawl Ministry
Thanks to Julia McNaney, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Shawl Ministry coordinator from Jackie Page. All our thanks to Jackie who has been doing this role for many years.

Autumn Fayre
Many thanks to those who supported our annual Autumn Fayre last Saturday at the Village Hall. Thanks to all those who staffed stalls or helped with set up. Extra special thanks to Jackie Lynch, who worked so hard to organise it. Over £600 was raised towards church funds.

Tea with Santa
Santa is once again coming to tea at St Andrew’s on 30th November in the Village Hall from 3.15-5.00pm. This event is for the whole family – children, parents and grandparents. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but you don’t have to come with a child to join in the fun! Tickets will be on sale from 3rd November until 24th November at a cost of £5.00 per person (adult and child). Any tickets bought after 24th November will be £6.00 per person. Numbers are strictly limited so please buy your tickets early. If you would like to register your interest now, please text Hilary on 07980 596646 or email me at hilaryjw538@gmail.com, stating your name, number of tickets required and a contact number. Thank you.

Children’s Hamper Request
We will be holding a raffle at Tea with Santa and are requesting items for a Children’s Hamper. The Children’s Team would be grateful if you could help us by donating suitable small items (packet of crayons/felt tip pens, colouring book, sweets, Christmas chocolate, Christmas stickers, skipping rope, paper chains, small craft set, small toy, Playdo, etc etc….) A box will be put at the back of church for any donations. Any spare ends of ribbon which can be used for a craft activity will also be gratefully received as will offers of cupcakes for the tea and help on the day. Very many thanks in advance from the Children’s Team.

Youth Choir Workshops
We are excited to be running Youth Choir Workshops for 9-14 year olds on the 21st and 22nd October from 10.30am-12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. These will be filled with lots of fun and an opportunity to sing some great songs led by Carys Egner and students from Nexus ICA – who have been studying and qualified in Popular Music. These will be free with opportunity to donate if you so wish. There will be a short performance at 12.15pm on Tuesday 22nd October for parents. Please email standrewscovyouth@gmail.com for a registration form.

Nativity 2019
Plans are afoot for a live Nativity at Christmas. We are still looking for a wise man! Anyone who would like to help by performing or by being part of the backstage crew, please speak to Greg.

PowerPoint
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.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Tots Praise
Our next Tots Praise service for pre-school children and their families takes place on Tuesday 22nd October at 9.15am. Craft, song and story for the whole family. All welcome.

Gift Appeal
Congregation members and other supporters of the church are invited to respond to our appeal, in which we are seeking to raise £3,000 in gifts and pledges. The appeal is designed to support the work of St Andrew’s generally, but also three projects in particular: our new Youth Worker, Taste Life (support for those suffering with eating disorders) and St Andy’s need for a new, permanent venue. Please give generously either one-off gifts. Gifts should be placed in an envelope and marked clearly.

Holiday and Pews News
Please note that Greg will be on holiday from Mon Oct 21st to Fri Oct 25th inclusive. The church office will also be closed during this period. In case of an emergency, please contact a churchwarden. Please note that there will be no Pews News next week.

Drama Club
Our drama club for 8-12 year olds starts up again after its half-term break on Tuesday 29th October at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church on Tile Hill Lane from 6-7pm. All welcome. To find out, more speak to Greg or Carys.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service takes place on Sunday 3rd November at 6.30pm. Any names to be read out should be given to Julie at 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Games Night
The Games Night scheduled for October 25th has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored 35 mile walk ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way was successfully completed on September 14th. If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please place your sponsorship offering in the basket at the back of church and cross your name off the list. If you didn’t get round to offering sponsorship, it’s not too late! Just put your money in the basket or go online and donate through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-2. We are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrew’s. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings.

Social Calendar
Jonathan Veira – Nov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with Santa – Nov 30th (tickets now on sale at £5)
Rod Stewart – Feb 8th (tickets on sale soon)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service on November 1st, 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 on an occasional basis 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. You can limit your commitment in any way you see fit. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please speak to Greg or contact Julie 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 16th November from 9.30-11am in the vicarage. Everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans and this is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. In the book ‘the author embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church. Centred around seven sacraments, Evans quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heart-breaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope.’ Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read it, or some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rosemarie Over.

Prayer List
Please pray for Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, baby Austin, 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 October
Sun 20th 6.00pm Rock Solid at Kenthurst Scout hut
Tues 22nd  9.15am Tots Praise
Tues 29th 6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
7.30pm Allesley Green prayer group at 14 New Ash Drive
Weds 30th 6.00pm Nativity production meeting in church
Readings 2 Tim 3.14-4.5 (p 1197) & Luke 18.1-8 (p 1052)
Readers Jeremy Thomas & Trevor Hill
Preacher Sue Masters
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Lesley Lee
Organist Ben Kimpton
Next week 2 Tim 4.6-8, 16-18 & Luke 18.9-14

Pews News – 13th October 2019

13th October 2019 – The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Harvest
Welcome to our Harvest Festival celebration with Holy Communion. All harvest contributions will be passed on to the Foodbank in Tile Hill. We are encouraging people to consider the carbon footprint of the food on their plates. How far has your food travelled before it arrives in your fridge or cupboards? Do you remember when you knew where everything you ate came from (local fields and local farms)? Why not look on the tins in your cupboards and see how much it’s changed? Look out for our leaflet advertising local producers.

Harvest Thanks
To all the church decorators who have made the church look so beautiful for Harvest. To Denise Davies for baking our harvest loaf.

Norah Hall
We regret to announce the death of Norah Hall last Sunday morning. Norah was a much valued member of both Sunday and Wednesday congregation. Her funeral will take place at St Andrew’s on Friday October 18th at 10.15am, followed by committal at Canley at 11.15am. Please pray for Liz & Chris and the rest of Norah’s family at this sad time.

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.

Queen
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organising the Queen Tribute Act who performed at the Massey Ferguson Social Club last Saturday. Over £600 was raised for church funds and a brilliant time was had by all.

Shawl Ministry
You will have received a job description this morning, describing the work of the Shawl Ministry Coordinator. After many years of loyal service, Jackie Page has decided to lay down responsibility for coordinating our Shawl Ministry. We would like to find a replacement as soon as possible. If you would like to know more about what this entails, please speak to Jackie or Lynnette. The person who takes this on doesn’t necessarily have to be a knitter themselves. Please pray carefully about this.

Seek His Face
Do join us for Seek His Face tonight at 6.30pm. We meet for an hour to sing, pray and listen to God. All welcome.

Autumn Fayre
Many thanks to those who supported our annual Autumn Fayre yesterday at the Village Hall. Thanks to all those who staffed stalls or helped with set up. Extra special thanks to Jackie Lynch, who worked so hard to organise it.

Children’s Society
I have come to a decision, that after next February, I will no longer be collecting the Society boxes. I will have done it for 22 years and feel I have served them well. I would like to think that someone will come forward to carry it on. It is collected once a year over about a month, counted and banked. If you feel you could do this and would like any further information, please let me know. Thank you everyone who has supported this worthy cause over the years, and you can still do this independently. Jackie Lynch.

Light Party
The Children’s Team are once again holding a Light Party in church on Thursday, 31st October, 5-6.30pm. This is an alternative event to Halloween for primary aged children. We will be celebrating goodness and light in our world through crafts, games and stories. A pizza and finger food tea will be provided. To help us with our catering and to enable us to comply with our safeguarding policy, a registration form must be completed for each child. Forms and letters giving further details are available today at the back of church. Please return completed forms to Shirley or Becky. It would be helpful if children could bring a torch with them. There is no charge for this event.

Tea with Santa
Santa is once again coming to tea at St Andrew’s! He will be visiting us during the afternoon of Saturday, 30th November at the Village Hall. This event is for all ages – the young and the ‘young at heart’. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be on sale very soon. This event proved to be very popular last year and as numbers are strictly limited, please get your tickets early.

Youth Choir Workshops
We are excited to be running Youth Choir Workshops for 9-14 year olds on the 21st and 22nd October from 10.30am-12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. These will be filled with lots of fun and an opportunity to sing some great songs led by Carys Egner and students from Nexus ICA – who have been studying and qualified in Popular Music. These will be free with opportunity to donate if you so wish. There will be a short performance at 12.15pm on Tuesday 22nd October for parents. Please email standrewscovyouth@gmail.com for a registration form.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 16th November from 9.30-11am in the vicarage. Everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans and this is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. In the book ‘the author embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church. Centred around seven sacraments, Evans quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heart-breaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope.’ Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read it, or some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Request for Christmas hampers to bless families of Kidz Klub Coventry children
Following the success of delivering Christmas hampers to Kidz Klub families in recent years, we are looking to do the same again this year. The hampers have been an incredible blessing to many of our families, reducing several parents to tears at the kindness expressed in the gift. In 2018 we gave away over 20 hampers to families around Coventry and it was an incredible privilege to do so; but we couldn’t do it without your help. Please could you consider if your church could put together some hampers to bless our families. More details of what could and should not go in the hamper can be found in the information sheet on the noticeboard at the back of church, along with packaging instructions. We are looking for a volunteer at St Andrew’s to coordinate this for us. Please speak to Greg if you are interested.

Nativity 2019
Plans are afoot for a live Nativity at Christmas. We are still looking for a wise man! Anyone who would like to help by performing or by being part of the backstage crew, please speak to Greg

Kidz Praise
Our next Kidz Praise Service, for Primary School aged children and their families takes place next Thursday, Oct 17th, with doors opening at 3.15pm for craft, refreshments and games, with the service of song, story and prayer starting at 4pm.

PowerPoint
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.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Gift Appeal
Congregation members and other supporters of the church are invited to respond to our appeal, in which we are seeking to raise £3,000 in gifts and pledges. The appeal is designed to support the work of St Andrew’s generally, but also three projects in particular: our new Youth Worker, Taste Life (support for those suffering with eating disorders) and St Andy’s need for a new, permanent venue. Please give generously either one-off gifts. Gifts should be placed in an envelope and marked clearly.

Holiday
Please note that Greg will be on holiday from Mon October 21st to Thurs October 24th inclusive. The church office will also be closed during this period. In case of an emergency, please contact a churchwarden.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service takes place on Sunday November 3rd at 6.30pm. Any names to be read out should be given to Julie at 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Games Night
A fun Games Night has been organised on Friday October 26th at the Jaguar Club. There will be a skittles alley, bar skittles, picture quiz and many other fun things to do. Tickets are available from Greg/Rita at a cost of £8 each. Bring a team or come along and join in with others. Bar snacks available.

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored 35 mile walk ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way was successfully completed on September 14th. If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please place your sponsorship offering in the basket at the back of church and cross your name off the list. If you didn’t get round to offering sponsorship, it’s not too late! Just put your money in the basket or go online and donate through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-2. We are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrews. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings.

Social Calendar
Games Night                                                      Oct 25th (tickets on sale at £8)
Jonathan Veira                                                   Nov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)
Tea with Santa                                                   Nov 30th (tickets on sale shortly)

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service on November 1st, 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 on an occasional basis 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. You can limit your commitment in any way you see fit. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please speak to Greg or contact Julie 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Phillipa Munday, our Mission Partners, is at the back of church (in the red folder).

Prayer List
Please pray for Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, baby Austin, 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 October
Sun 13th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 14th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Tues 15th 1.30pm Ladies Fellowship meeting in the side room
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Weds 16th 7.30pm Children’s Council meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Thurs 17th 3.15pm Kidz Praise
Fri 18th 10.15am Norah Hall’s funeral
Sun 20th 6.00pm Rock Solid at Kenthurst Scout hut
Tues 22nd  9.15am Tots Praise
Readings 2 Tim 2.8-15 (p 1196) & Luke 17.11-19 (p 1051)
Readers Victoria Kaczur & Jill Pinks
Preacher Greg Smith
President Greg Smith
Led by Lesley Lee
Intercessions Lesley Lee
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Children Victoria/Claire/Jill
Next week 2 Tim 3.14-4.5 & Luke 18.1-8

 

Pews News – 6th October 2019

6th October 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Harvest
As is our custom, St Andrew’s are celebrating Harvest this Sunday and next, with Worship 4 All today and Parish Communion on the 13th. All donations will be passed on to the Foodbank in Tile Hill. We are encouraging people to consider the carbon footprint of the food on their plates. How far has your food travelled before it arrives in your fridge or cupboards? Do you remember when you knew where everything you ate came from (local fields and local farms)? Why not look on the tins in your cupboards and see how much it’s changed? Look out for our leaflet advertising local producers.

Healing Service
Many thanks to the Prayer Team who led a very moving Healing Service last Sunday.

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.

Queen Tribute Act
Many thanks to Rosemarie Over for organising the Queen Tribute Act who performed at the Massey Ferguson Social Club last night.

Quiz Night
Thanks to all who supported the Quiz Night on the 20th at the Jag Club. £320 was raised, which will be shared equally between the church and Allesley Green Residents Association.

Youth Choir Workshops
We are excited to be running Youth Choir Workshops for 9-14 year olds on the 21st and 22nd October from 10.30am-12.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. These will be filled with lots of fun and an opportunity to sing some great songs led by Carys Egner and students from Nexus ICA – who have been studying and qualified in Popular Music. These will be free with opportunity to donate if you so wish. There will be a short performance at 12.15pm on Tuesday 22nd October for parents. Please email standrewscovyouth@gmail.com for a registration form.

Light Party
The Children’s Team are once again holding a Light Party in church on Thursday, 31st October, 5-6.30pm. This is an alternative event to Halloween for primary aged children. We will be celebrating goodness and light in our world through crafts, games and stories. A pizza and finger food tea will be provided. To help us with our catering and to enable us to comply with our safeguarding policy, a registration form must be completed for each child. Forms and letters giving further details are available today at the back of church. Please return completed forms to Shirley or Becky. It would be helpful if children could bring a torch with them. There is no charge for this event.

Tea with Santa
Santa is once again coming to tea at St Andrew’s! He will be visiting us during the afternoon of Saturday, 30th November at the Village Hall. This event is for all ages – the young and the ‘young at heart’. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be on sale very soon. This event proved to be very popular last year and as numbers are strictly limited, please get your tickets early.

Kidz Klub Audio-Visuals
Kidz Klub Tile Hill is looking for someone to do audio-visuals. This would be term-time on Tuesdays from 4.45–7pm. If you can help (even for just once a month) or would like more information please contact officekkcov@gmail.com or 07890 868390.

Book Club
Our next book club meeting is on Saturday 16th November from 9.30-11am in the vicarage. Everyone is welcome to come along. The book we are reading is: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans and this is an opportunity to discuss the book and gain insight from others. In the book ‘the author embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church. Centred around seven sacraments, Evans quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heart-breaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope.’ Each person will need a copy of the book (or access an audio version of the book) and need to have read it, or some of it before we meet. If you are interested please speak with Greg or Sue Masters.

Autumn Fayre – Saturday 12th October
It is only 3 weeks away, so we need to start requesting help on the day for setting up and managing stalls. We need bric a brac, books, toys unwanted gifts, bottles and chocolate for tombola, cakes, raffle prizes etc. If anyone wants a table to sell their own crafts, let me know. Most of all we need your support, so please bring friends and family along on the day. Jackie Lynch.

Shawl Ministry
After many years of loyal service, Jackie Page has decided to lay down responsibility for coordinating our Shawl Ministry. We would like to find a replacement as soon as possible. If you would like to know more about what this entails, please speak to Jackie or Lynnette. The person who takes this on doesn’t necessarily have to be a knitter themselves.

Seek His Face
Do join us for Seek His Face next Sunday at 6.30pm. We meet for an hour to sing, pray and listen to God. All welcome.

Nativity 2019
Plans are afoot for a live Nativity at Christmas. Anyone who would like to help by performing or by being part of the backstage crew, please speak to Greg

PowerPoint
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.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service (the last of 2019), with opportunities for meditation and fellowship followed by compline takes place tonight at 6.30pm. The theme is the Lord’s Prayer. All welcome.

Side Room
Would all users of the side room ensure that tables and chairs are only moved by lifting them from the floor. Dragging them is causing the new floor to be scratched.

Gift Appeal
Congregation members and other supporters of the church are invited to respond to our appeal, in which we are seeking to raise £3,000 in gifts and pledges. The appeal is designed to support the work of St Andrew’s generally, but also three projects in particular: our new Youth Worker, Taste Life (support for those suffering with eating disorders) and St Andy’s need for a new, permanent venue. Please give generously either one-off gifts. Gifts should be placed in an envelope and marked clearly.

Games Night
A fun Games Night has been organised on Friday 25th October at the Jaguar Club. There will be a skittles alley, bar skittles, picture quiz and many other fun things to do. Tickets are available from Greg/Rita at a cost of £8 each. Bring a team or come along and join in with others. Bar snacks available.

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored 35 mile walk ‘From Bubbenhall to Bidford’, following the Shakespeare Avon Way was successfully completed on September 14th. If you were kind enough to sponsor us, please place your sponsorship offering in the basket at the back of church and cross your name off the list. If you didn’t get round to offering sponsorship, it’s not too late! Just put your money in the basket or go online and donate through our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greg-smith-2. We are raising money for Kidz Klub and St Andrew’s. Kidz Klub will use the money to take Tile Hill children on outings.

Social Calendar

Autumn Fayre                                                    Oct 12th

Games Night                                                    Oct 25th (tickets now on sale at £8)

Jonathan Veira                                                   Nov 16th (tickets now on sale at £15)

Tea with Santa                                                   Nov 30th

Open the Book
A team of 10 of us deliver assemblies into two primary schools in the area, entertaining children while telling bible stories. We would especially like to supplement the Wednesday morning team who take assemblies at St Andrew’s. You would need to be available from 8.30-9.30am. You wouldn’t need to be available every Wednesday. Even once a month would make a big difference. To find out more, please speak to Hilary, Kate or Greg.

Tots Praise
Our fortnightly Tots Praise service next takes place on Tuesday 8th October at 9.15am, with doors opening from 8.45am. Greg will be telling the story of David’s song, with singing and toast!

Transport for Medical Appointments
St Andrew’s is planning to launch a new service on November 1st, 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 on an occasional basis 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. You can limit your commitment in any way you see fit. All volunteers will be subject to a DBS check for safeguarding purposes. If you would like to know more, please speak to Greg or contact Julie 07756 918847 or administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Prayer List
Please pray for Ollie Blundred, Maureen Regan, Colin Sanders, Flix Haynes, Norah Hall, Dennis Sinclair, Josie Yates, baby Austin, 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 October
Sun 6th 8.00am Communion
10.00am Harvest Worship 4 All
6.30pm Ignatian Service
Mon 7th 7.30pm Baptism Preparation in church
Tues 8th 9.15am Tots Praise
6.00pm All Star Theatre Company at Our Ladies
Sat 12th 1-3pm Autumn Fayre: Eastern Green Village Hall
Sun 13th 6.30pm Seek His Face
Mon 14th 7.30pm PCC meeting
Weds 16th 7.30pm Children’s Council meeting at 538 Broad Lane
Readings at 8am 2 Tim 1.1-14 (p 1195) & Luke 17.5-10 (p 1051)
Reader Jill Joyce
President Greg Smith
Worship 4 All led by Greg Smith
Speaker Sue Masters
Next week 2 Tim 2.8-15 & Luke 17.11-19