Pews News – 18/12/2011

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.

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

To all those who made the Archdeacon of Coventry, Ian Watson and his wife so welcome last week.  They were very impressed by the warmth of the church.

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.

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.  £250 was raised towards church funds.

Many thanks to all those who donated toys for our annual Christmas appeal.  These have now been transported to Coventry City Mission and will be distributed to over 100 families as a sign of God’s love this Christmas.

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 are very grateful to Mary Goodwin and her family for their request of their family and friends that they should donate to the St Andrews Window Appeal in memory of John.

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.

Christmas Day readers
Two volunteers are needed to read on Christmas Day.  Please speak to Greg if you are willing to volunteer.

Carol Service
The annual carol service takes place tonight at 6 p.m.  Please come and celebrate with us.

Other Christmas Services
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.

Please note there is no Weds communion on Dec 28th.

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 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.
Sat Dec 24th                 Crib Service at St Andrews at 3 p.m.
Sat Dec 24th                 Crib Service at Park Hill School at 4.30 p.m.
Sat Dec 24th                 Midnight Communion at 11 p.m.

Reading                       Luke 1.26-38 (p 1026)
Reader                         Jeremy Thomas
Preacher                      Greg Smith
Intercessions               Nick Tooby
Communion Assts      Nick Tooby/Beryl Allen/Emma Read
Organist                      Michael Watkins
Next Week (Xmas Day)         Isaiah 9.2-7 & Luke 2.1-14
Jan 1st at 10 a.m.         Isaiah 60.1-6 & Matt 2.1-12