Pews News – 27/11/2011

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 questions.

Please do stay for tea and coffee afterwards, and feel free to carry your drink into the main body of the church.

Meets at Park Hill School today at 10.30 a.m.   St@PH is a service of contemporary worship, with a very warm sense of fellowship which meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  All are warmly welcomed.

The December Worship 4 All service on the 4th will be a Christingle Service.  Please consider supporting the Children’s Society by taking a Christingle candle moneybox and filling it with change.  You can return this at the service or at other services that week.  Although the main focus of the service is Christingle, we will as usual be receiving new toys to be distributed around the city to those children who would otherwise receive very little this Christmas.

Darkness to Light
We are having a special Darkness to Light Advent Service tonight at 6 p.m. to mark the start of Advent.  Please do join us for this special candlelit service.  We are looking for people to help with this service, by reading, acting as sidespersons or serving refreshments.  If able to help, please speak to Greg.

We are seeking additional volunteers to act as sidespersons (welcoming people and distributing hymn books etc.) to join our loyal band of helpers; and also those willing to carry the elements (bread and wine) forward during the offertory.  If able to help, please speak to Steve Wankling or Greg.

Bible Marathon
Many thanks to all those who supported our Bible Marathon in which we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible on Friday.  Special thanks to all those who volunteered to read or who led sessions during the day.

The very popular Nightingales Singers are going to be performing at St Andrews on Saturday December 10th at 7 p.m. with their wonderful Christmas repertoire.  Tickets are available at £5 for adults and £2 for children from Barbara 76403458 or Marguerite 76461405.

Junior Disco
We are hosting a disco at Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday Dec 3rd from 1 p.m till 4 p.m.  Any child of Junior School age i.e. in school years 3-6 welcome.  Tickets are £2 and are available from Victoria on 76461184 or  With a capacity for the event of 48, it is advisable to book early.  We are also looking for adult volunteers to help with the event.  You would not be required to lead activities, merely supply an additional grown up presence for some or all of the time.  Please speak to Greg or Victoria if able to help.

Window Fund
Continued thanks to all those who are supporting our window appeal.  It will not have escaped your notice that the cracks are increasing in size with the dry weather.  We hope to be given permission to undertake remedial work early in the new year.  The appeal currently stands at £5,200.

St Andrews Day
Please join the Wednesday congregation in celebrating St Andrews Day on Weds Nov 30th at 10 a.m.

Archdeacon of Coventry
We welcome Ian Watson, Archdeacon of Coventry to lead our service on December 11th at 10 a.m. This is the first time in many years a senior member of the clergy has led a service at St Andrews.  Please do come along if you can.

Carol Services
Advance notice that St Andrews will be running two Carol Services this year: at St Andrews on December 18th at 6 p.m. and jointly with St Oswalds at the Massey Ferguson Social Club on December 11th at 6 p.m.  Anyone willing to read at either service or undertake sidespersons duties should speak to Greg.

Junior Church
We are scheduled to be desperately short of Junior Church leaders next term, and may no longer be able to offer a full programme.  Please do pray about whether God might be calling you to this vital ministry.  Leaders are expected to take part in a rota (usually once a month).  Please speak to Frances Hawkey if you would like to know more.

Flower Rota
We would very much like additional volunteers for the flower rota.  Please consider whether you would like to sponsor flowers at an approximate cost of £10 (not  £5 as was mistakenly advertised last week) for a week in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a birthday/anniversary.  Please put your name on the rota at the back of church or speak to Ann Dove.  You would be asked to specify colours of flowers but would not be expected to undertake the arrangement.

Coventry Pilgrimage
Please see the leaflets at the back of church, which describe the Coventry Pilgrimage that will take place next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Coventry Cathedral.  It invites you to walk the Coventry Way either individually or as part of a group.


Sun Nov 27th               Advent Darkness to Light Carol Service at 6 p.m.
Mon Nov 28th             Junior Church meeting
Tues Nov 29th                         Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Weds Nov 30th            St Andrews Day service at 10 a.m.
Sat Dec 3rd                  Junior Disco at the Village Hall from 1-4 p.m.
Mon Dec 5th                Monday Night Club

Readings                      Isaiah 64.1-9(p 750) & Mark 13.24-37 (p 1019)
Readers                       Graham & Elizabeth Shelton
Preacher                      Greg Smith
Intercessions               Greg Smith
Organist                      George Cooke
Next Week at 8 a.m.       Isaiah 40.1-11 & Mark 1.1-8