Pews News Nov 24th 2013

November 24th 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.

Special Welcome

To those who were confirmed yesterday at Coventry Cathedral: Rosemarie Over, Emma Kelham, Sean Wildman, Stan Cooper, Chris Reed, Sharon Beales and Grace Daramola, who  are sharing communion with us for the first time today.  Please do continue to pray for them having taken this important step of commitment.


Sad News

Amanda Evans, Jackie Page’s daughter, sadly died on last week at Myton Hospice.  Her funeral takes place at St Andrews on Friday Nov 29th at 11 a.m.  Please pray for Jackie, Amanda’s husband Mark and the children, Jessica and Bethany at this very sad time.


To Sophie Corden who is being baptised today.


The church council has agreed to employ a half time leader of StAPH (our church plant that meets at Woodlands School), with a salary of £11k, starting in May.  Please speak to Greg or Alex for an informal discussion.  The job description, person specification and application form are available on the St Andrews Website at  The post is being 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.



Please consider supporting Coventry YMCA on Weds of this week by voting for their basketball project in the People’s Millions competition.  Voting is on Weds only and the phone will be available on that day only on the website .  It is a great opportunity for this city and this area to win such a prestigious competition.  Calls cost only 10p with BT.



To Trev and Grace and Trevor and Pauline who were married at St Andrews this last week.


Toy Service

We hold our annual Toy Service next Sunday at 10 a.m.  Please bring new unwrapped toys to place under the Christmas Tree.  They will be donated to Coventry City Mission and distributed to children who will otherwise have nothing or very little at Christmas.



The PCC have agreed to establish a staffed crèche during Sunday communion services starting on December 8th.  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.


Typhoon Appeal

Make a secure donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Typhoon Haiyan appeal at

– £12.50 could pay for a month’s worth of water purification tablets for five affected families
– £25 could provide a hungry family with 1 week’s worth of food
– £100 could prove an emergency shelter and bedding for a family whose home has been flattened


We are looking for a volunteer to attend an exploratory meeting of Besom (as advertised last week) tomorrow evening at St Christopher’s church to represent St Andrews.  For further details, please see Greg.


Link Deliverers party

There is a thank you party for all those wonderful souls who deliver the Link magazine rain or shine in some cases for many, many years.  It will take place in the church room on Thursday 5th December at 7.30 p.m.  Anyone who currently delivers the Link or has done so in the past is welcome.  See Barbara Warner for further details.



Crib Service

Help is wanted for this year’s Crib Service.  Would anyone be prepared to choreograph a short dance piece?  Please speak to Greg or Rebecca Martin.


Youth drama

Greg has started a new youth drama group at Jardine Youth Centre on Tuesday evenings from 5.30-6.30.  Lifts are available.  Please contact Greg on 7642 2856 if you want to know more.


Prayer List

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




Sun 24th Nov               Darkness to Light rehearsal at 6 p.m.

Mon 25th Nov              Junior Church Leaders at 7.30 at 28 Poundgate Lane

Tues 26th Nov              Youth Drama at Jardine Youth Centre at 5.30 p.m.

Tues 26th Nov              Choir Practice at 7 p.m.

Thurs 28th Nov            Band Practice at 7.15 p.m. in church

Sun 1st Dec                  Toy Service at 10 a.m.

Sun 1st Dec                  Darkness to Light at 6 p.m.

Sun 1st Dec                  Personnel Ctte at 7.15 p.m. at the Vicarage

Mon 2nd Dec                Home Group Leaders at 7.30 p.m. at 14 Trevor Close

Weds 4th Dec              Divorce Recovery Planning meeting at vicarage at 7 p.m.



Readings                     Col 1.11-20 (p 1182) & Matt 18.21-35 (p 985)

Readers                       Pete Bruton & Flix Haynes

Preacher                      Greg Smith

Intercessions               Alex Randle-Bissell

Organist                      George Cooke

Comm Asst                 Frances Hawkey

Next week at 8 a.m.    Rom 13.11-14 & Matt 24.36-44