Pews News – 16/12/2012

Welcome
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.

Coffee
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.

Many Congratulations
To Nick Tooby, OBE, who received his award from her Majesty this week.

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.

St@PH
St@PH’s formal relaunch at Woodlands School will take place on February 3rd, when a combined St@PH/Worship 4 All service will take place at 10 a.m.  Please pray for the St@PH congregation at this exciting stage of their journey.

Dan & Philippa Munday
St Andrews were grateful to Dan and Philippa who came recently to speak about the work they are going to be doing in Nepal from January.  Accordingly, we are sending £500 to CMS to support them in their mission.  In return, we will receive regular newsletters about their work, which will be published at the back of church.  Thanks to all those who gave them a warm welcome.

Intinction
At this season of coughs and colds, the congregation are reminded that we are welcome to receive the bread and wine by intinction (dipping the wafer into the chalice) should anyone prefer.

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

Weds Communion
Please note there will be a Christmas Weds communion service this week on the 19th Dec at 10 a.m. but not one the following week on Boxing Day.  Normal service will resume on 2nd January.

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

Prayer List
To add names to the prayer list, please contact Mary Goodwin on 7646 4104.

The Nightingales
Thanks to all those who supported the Nightingales Concert last week, and a special thanks to David & Bernice for organising it.  A total of £355 was raised towards church funds.

Nativity
There are still a small number of tickets available for the Nativity which takes place Weds – Friday of this week at 6.30 p.m.  Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children.

Congratulations
to Grace Jennings (a regular member of the Pram Service since her birth) on her christening last Sunday.

Sermon Summary

  1. The definition of God
  2. The identity of God
  3. The nature of God

Diary

Sun Dec 16th               Carol Service at 6 p.m.
Mon Dec 17th              Technical rehearsal at 6.30 p.m.~
Tues Dec 18th             Christmas Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.
Tues Dec 18th             Dress rehearsal at 5.45 p.m.

Readings                     Heb 1.1-4 (p 1201) & John 1.1-14 (p 1063)
Readers                      
Norah Hall & Liz Reed
Preacher                      Greg Smith
Intercessions              Alex Randle-Bissell
Communion Assts     Alex/Emma/Fran
Organist                      Michael Watkins

Next week                   Heb 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45