Pews News – 11/12/2011

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.

Special Welcome
To the Archdeacon of Coventry, the Most Reverend Ian Watson, who will be leading our service this morning.
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 this morning 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. (Please note there is no service on Christmas Day, with the next service being held on January 8th).

Worship 4 All
The January Worship 4 All service will take place on January 8th at 10.30 a.m. at Park Hill School.  Please note this is different from the normal pattern in terms of date, time and venue.  Do join us if you can.

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 Nov 25th.  Special thanks to all those who volunteered to read or who led sessions during the day.

Many thanks to the Nightingales Singers for their Christmas concert last night.  And thanks also to David and Bernice for organising and hosting the event.

St Oswald’s Advice Centre
St Oswald’s Advice Centre meets every Friday between 9.30am and 12.00 noon, in the parish hall in Jardine Crescent, Coventry, to support people who are in difficulty by offering them free, impartial, and confidential advice on Welfare Rights, Benefits, Housing, Legal, Health, Local and National Services, enabling them to gain access to Legal, Local Authority, and National Government Services, including Welfare.  
St Oswald’s services are provided by volunteer advisors and also volunteer students from Warwick University and is currently the only provider of advice in this area of the city. We are a member of Advice UK.
We are looking to strengthen our staff levels with volunteers to provide this much needed requirement for the people of Tile Hill, and Coventry.  If you are a qualified Advice Worker, a retired solicitor or lawyer, worked for a trade union or jobcentre or DHSS, or just keen to help others and wish to enhance our Centre by giving your time – one Friday morning a week – then please telephone Father Nicholas Leggett, Chairman of the Advice Centre on 07762-156380 for more details.

John Goodwin
We regret to announce the death of Mary Goodwin’s husband, John, at home on Monday afternoon, following a long illness.  His funeral service takes place in church on Weds Dec 14th at 2.30 p.m.

Carol Singing
We will be Carol Singing in Jardine Crescent next Saturday Dec 17th at 10.30 a.m.  Please join us if you can.  Refreshments served afternoons in St Oswalds church hall.

Father Nick Leggett at St Oswalds is leading a pilgrimage to Walsingham next Spring.  If you are interested in joining the party, please speak to Greg.

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.

Carol Services
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 undertake sidespersons duties should speak to Greg.

Other Christmas Services
Christmas at St Andrews​Dec 18th at 10 a.m. (Family Communion)
Christmas Pram Service​Dec 20th at 9.15 a.m. (older children welcome)
Crib Services​​​Dec 24th  St Andrews at 3 p.m. & Park Hill School at 4.30 p.m.
Midnight Communion​ ​Dec 24th at 11 p.m.
Christmas Day Service​Dec 25th at 10 a.m. (shortened communion service)
Said Communion​​Jan 1st at 10 a.m.

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 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 Dec 11th ​​Carol Service at Massey Ferguson Social Club at 6 p.m.
Tues Dec 13th​​Pram Service at St Oswalds at 9.15 a.m.
Tues Dec 13th​​Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Tues Dec 13th​​Men’s Group meal at Peeping Tom
Weds Dec 14th​​Lunch n Chat Christmas Social
Weds Dec 14th ​PCC Social at 7.30 p.m. at the Bear
Sun Dec 18th​​Carol Service at St Andrews at 6 p.m.
Mon Dec 19th ​​Prayer evening at 6.30 p.m. in church
Tues Dec 20th ​​Christmas Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.
Tues Dec 20th ​​Choir and Band Social at the Vicarage at 7 p.m.

Readings​​ Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11 (p 748) & John 1.6-8, 19-28 (p 1063)
Readers​​ Hilary Wankling & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher​​ Ian Watson
Intercessions ​​Beryl Allen
Communion Asst​ Nick Tooby
Organist​​ Carol Watts
Next Week ​​2 Samuel 7.1-11 & Luke 1.26-38