Pews News – 08/01/2012

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.

We hope all those joining the St@PH family for Worship 4 All this morning will want to come again.  St@PH meets on the second and fourth Sunday of every month at 10.30 a.m.  Everyone is always very welcome.

Marion Cooke
We are enormously grateful to Marion Cooke for an extremely generous legacy that will greatly assist St Andrews in its ministry to the people of this area.  We hope others will be inspired by Marion’s example and will consider making a bequest.

Open Junior Church
Next Sunday sees Open Junior Church, an opportunity for children to experience our Junior Church, perhaps for the first time.  There is no expectation that parents stay (although they are very welcome to join us for worship).  They will need to be collected at 11.15 a.m.  A parental consent form must be completed before leaving the child.

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.

Men’s Group
The next gathering of the Men’s Group is this Tuesday 11th January, meeting at Massey Ferguson Social Club for a darts evening.  All men welcome.  Evening starts at 7.30 p.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.

Youth Service
Please support our next Youth Service, the first of 2012 which takes place next Sunday at 6.30 p.m. where the theme is fresh starts.  Do encourage our young people in their journey of faith.  All (of any age) welcome!

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.

Service for Christian Unity
Each year a service is hosted in the area to celebrate and pray for Christian unity.  The service is attended by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Methodist and Baptists.  This year, the service takes place at St James on Tile Hill Lane on Sunday January 22nd at 6.30 p.m.  Please do come along and support your fellow Christians in what is always a joyous occasion.  If you need a lift, please speak to Sara Parkes.

Prayer Meeting
Please note there will be a prayer meeting in church tomorrow at 6.30 to pray for the church and the needs of the world.  Please do join us if you can.

The Link
Many thanks to Barbara and Brian Warner for agreeing to take over the responsibility of co-ordinating the delivery of the Link magazine.  We are still seeking a volunteer to deliver to Tilewood Avenue.  Please speak to Brian or Barbara if able to help.  Our most grateful thanks also go to George for his dedication to this cause, along with Marion over many years.

Mon Jan 9th                 Prayer Meeting in church at 6.30 p.m.
Mon Jan 9th                 PCC meeting in church at 7.45 p.m.
Tues Jan 10th               Pram Service at St Oswalds at 9.15 a.m.
Tues Jan 10th               Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Tues Jan 10th               Men’s Group at Masseys at 7.30 p.m.
Weds Jan 11th              Marriage Preparation Course in church at 7 p.m.
Sun Jan 15th                 Youth Service at 6.30 p.m.

Readings at 8 a.m.     Genesis 1.1-5 (p 3) & Mark 1.4-11 (p 1002)
Reader                         Elizabeth Shelton
Next week                   1 Sam 3.1-10 & John 1.43-51