Pews News Nov 3rd 2013

November 3rd 2013


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 queries.

Bishop’s Visit

The Bishop of Coventry clearly enjoyed his visit to St Andrews.  He wrote immediately on his return to thank us, and referred to the ‘many signs of wonderful things happening in people’s lives and in the life of the whole congregation’.  Thanks to all those who made him and his intern, Amy, welcome and to those who provided cakes.



The PCC have agreed that StAPH, our church plant at Woodlands School, will run thrice monthly from November, meeting at 10.30 a.m. on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month.  Going forward, we have also agreed to seek to employ a half time leader, with an approximate salary of £11k.  Please speak to Greg or Alex for a job description, person specification or for an informal discussion.  The post will be advertised across other local churches, but we want to do everything possible to encourage applications from within our own fellowship.  Do pray for StAPH as it commences another exciting stage of its journey.


Pram Service

Please note our next Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place on Tues 12th Nov at 9.15 a.m. with tea and coffee served from 8.45.  A fun half hour with stories, song and craft.  All welcome.


Memorial Service

Our annual Memorial Service takes place tonight at 6pm.


Dan & Philippa

The latest blog from Dan & Philippa Munday, our missionary partners in Nepal is available to read on the rear noticeboard.



The PCC have agreed to establish a staffed crèche during Sunday communion services starting in December.  We would be grateful to anyone who would be willing to serve on a rota to help with this.  If you are willing to help, please speak to Kate or Greg.


Wish List

The Coventry Telegraph is again running this year.  Pat Sullivan has entered the Village Hall, for new curtains throughout.  Please save the tokens from the paper and put in the box at church.  Thank you.


Barn Dance

In the Village Hall on Saturday 23rd November at 7.30pm.  Book this in your diaries for a great night’s entertainment.  A fabulous night out for £8 adults £4 children.  Tickets available from Barbara Warner, Fran Smith or Jackie Lynch.


Youth drama

Greg is starting a new youth drama group at Jardine Youth Centre starting this Tuesday evening from 5.30-6.30.  Lifts are available.  Please contact Greg if you want to know more.


Prayer List

Please pray for Amanda Evans, Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Angela Satchwell & Derek Shale.  To add names to the list please contact Greg or Alex.




Sun 3rd Nov                 Memorial Service at 6 p.m.

Sun 3rd Nov                 Confirmation Prep at 8 p.m.

Tues 5th Nov                Youth drama at 5.30 p.m. at Jardine Youth Centre

Tues 5th Nov                Choir Practice at 7 p.m. in church

Tues 5th Nov                Baptism Preparation at 7.30 p.m. at the Vicarage

Weds 6th Nov              Personnel ctte at 7 pm at the Vicarage

Sat 9th Nov                  Preaching Workshop 9.30-12 noon

Mon 11th Nov              PCC at 7.30 p.m.

Tues 12th Nov              Pram Service at 9.15 a.m.


Readings at 8 a.m.      2 Thess 1.1-4, 11-12 & Luke 19.1-10

Reader                         Maureen Hall

Next week                   2 Thess 2.1-5, 13-17 & Luke 20.27-38



You may not have heard of Carriers of Hope.  We are a Coventry charity working with asylum seekers, Refugees and Eastern European migrants. Most of the families we are working with each Tuesday morning are destitute. For the past two years we have aimed to bless these families by taking them Christmas-in-a Bag, to bring some joy and colour into their sad and dismal lives.

As in previous years we are working on a budget of £25 per family to make their Christmas day special.  To enable us to support over 150 families we will need donations towards the £25 per family. If you, your church or group wish to take part you could:

1.  “Adopt a family” and take them Christmas-in-a-Bag, containing  A large chicken; A bag of potatoes; Fresh vegetables and few pieces of fruit; 6 crackers; A cake or pudding of some kind; Biscuits; Sweets; A Christmas card from you with a personal message of support.



2. Bring “in-date” goodies to a central point in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so we can make up bags to give out;

3. Send a donation of money to the address below (cheques made payable to Carriers of Hope)

4. Make a payment into our bank account: Carriers of Hope. Sort Code 60-08-40;  Account number 65562526;

5. Send £15 gift cards for Asda or Sainsbury to address below.


On the last session of Circle of Friends before Christmas (Tuesday 17thDecember) we will give our families a bag in which are some Christmas cheerful goodies (a tin of sweets, cakes or biscuits and a box of crackers – which we estimate will cost £10) and we will give them a supermarket gift card for £15 for them to go out and buy the makings of a dinner for their families.
Thank you for reading this.
Lots of love from
Sue Sampson
Carriers of Hope, Coventry
55, Garth Crescent

Phone: 024 7645 6356
There’s more information about Carriers of Hope on our website and Facebook page:!/pages/Carriers-of-Hope-Coventry/330328640393060