Pews News – 02/12/2012

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.

Special Welcome
To Dan and Philippa Munday this morning who will be speaking about their forthcoming work with children in Nepal.

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

Young children
Parents with young children are especially welcome at St Andrews as our window shows. Please feel free to use the side room during the service.  There are toys and a play mat for your use.

Allesley Green
The PCC have agreed to prioritise outreach to Allesley Green in the wake of the movement of St@PH from Parkhill School.  Anyone interested in joining a Mission Group to plan this outreach should speak to Greg.

Very sadly, St@PH has been given notice by Parkhill School because of problems with the insurance.  It is unfortunate that the five year relationship has come to an end in this way.  St@PH will continue at Woodlands School, with the next service on Dec 9th at 10.30 a.m., and will relaunch officially on Feb 3rd next year.

St Andrews will be hosting a Confirmation Service on Sunday January 13th at 10 a.m. led by Bishop John, the Bishop of Warwick who visited recently.  Any adult or young person interested in being confirmed or finding out more about confirmation should speak to Greg or Alex.  Confirmation classes for adults will take place on Thurs Dec 6th and Tues Dec 11th at 8.15 p.m.  and for young people on Sunday 9th Dec and Sunday Jan 6th at 5 p.m.

Darkness to Light
A Darkness to Light Service to mark the start of Advent takes place tonight at 6 p.m.  An atmospheric candle lit service, singing the great Advent hymns and hearing the Advent promise.  Do join us if you can.

Christmas Readers/sidespeople
We would be very pleased to hear from anyone willing to act as sidespeople or read at our Christmas services: Carol Service (Dec 16th); Crib Services (Dec 24th); Midnight Service and Christmas Day service.  Please speak to Greg, Alex or a churchwarden if you are willing to volunteer.

General Synod
Following General Synod’s decision last week not to pass the legislation for Women Bishops, the Bishop of Coventry, Bishop Christopher has written a letter of encouragement to the Diocese.  This is on the noticeboard at the back of church.

Pram Service
Please note that the December Pram Services will take place on the 11th and 18th December at normal time of 9.15 a.m. with refreshments served from 8.45.

Youth Worship
At our most recent Youth Service, young people were asked to vote for their favourite Christian songs.  The result of the poll is as follows: 1st My Jesus, My Saviour; 2nd We want to see Jesus lifted high; 3rd Light of the World

St Andrews is hosting a disco for junior school aged children will take place at Eastern Green Village Hall on Sat Dec 8th from 1-4 p.m.  Tickets are available from Victoria Kaczur on 461184.  Any adult willing to help with this for either some or all of the time should speak to either Victoria, Rebecca or Greg.

Prayer List
We have established a prayer list for anyone who is unwell.  Mary Goodwin has kindly agreed to maintain the list for us.  Her telephone number is 7646 4104.  Barn Dance

The Nightingales
The Nightingales are performing their annual Christmas concert at St Andrews on Sat Dec 8th at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from David Griffiths at a cost of £5 for adults and £2 for children.

The 2012 nativity will soon be upon us from 19th-21st December at 6.30 p.m.  Tickets are now available at a cost of £4 for adults and £2 for children.  Please get your tickets as soon as possible since they are selling fast and there is only a limited supply.

Sun Dec 2nd                 Darkness to Light at 6 p.m.
Mon Dec 3rd               Budget meeting at 7.30 p.m. at 4 Seatons Field
Tues Dec 4th                Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Weds Dec 5th               Growing Leaders at 7.30 p.m. in church
Thurs Dec 6th              Adult Confirmation group at 8.15 p.m. at the Vicarage
Sat Dec 8th                   Junior Disco from 1-4 p.m. at the Village Hall
Sun Dec 9th                  Youth Confirmation Group at 5 p.m. at the Vicarage
Sun Dec 9th                  Nativity meeting at 6.30 p.m.
Mon Dec 10th              PCC Social in church at 7.30 p.m.
Tues Dec 11th              Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.

Readings at 8 a.m.       1 Thess 3.9-13 & Luke 21.25-36
Readers                       David & Jill Joyce
Next week                   Phil 3.1-11 & Luke 3.1-6