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