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