Pews News – 19th January 2014

January 19th 2014

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.

Seek His Face
Our quarterly gathering for prayer, Seek His Face (2 Chronicles 7.14), takes place tomorrow 20th Jan at 6.30 p.m. and will be led by the StAPH fellowship.  Do come and pray with us and for the ministry of the church to our world.

Care of Creation Champion
The Diocese is encouraging every church to appoint a Care of Creation Champion, who will take responsibility for liaising with the diocese over environmental issues.  A role description is available for this.  Please speak to Alex if you wish to know more or would like to consider volunteering to be St Andrews representative.

St Andrews Web address
Please note the St Andrews Church website address has changed:  However, if you continue to use the old address, you will still be directed immediately to the right place.  Do check out the website which has lots of new information on it.

Leading Worship Workshop
Anyone who thinks they might be called to leading worship at St Andrews or StAPH or Pram Service etc. will benefit from a Leading Worship Workshop in church on Feb 8th and 15th from 9.30 a.m.-12 noon.  Please see Alex for further details.

Service for Christian Unity
The annual service of Prayer for Christian Unity amongst local churches takes place at St Christopher’s Allesley Park next Sunday, January 26th, at 6.30 p.m.  Please do make every effort to join with our brothers and sisters of other denominations on this special occasion.  Anyone needing a lift should speak to Greg or Sara Parkes.  Anyone willing to read should also contact Greg by Tuesday.

Night Shelter
Do support Coventry Night Shelter being run by churches across Coventry to provide overnight accommodation to the homeless.  Donations of sleeping bags, pillows and cash are all very welcome.  For details as to how best to give, please see poster at the back of church.

If you have a child under three years of age, do take advantage of our crèche facility which was launched last week.  Children may be taken to the side room during the first hymn and collected during the administration of communion.  The crèche helpers will summon you if your child becomes too distressed.  Please do make the volunteers aware of any particular needs your child might have.  Thanks again to all those who have volunteered to join this rewarding ministry.

Junior Church
Junior Church continues to seek new volunteers.  If you are willing to join this wonderful team, please speak either to Tracy Huckfield or Frances Hawkey.

Baptism Visiting Team
We are also looking for volunteers to join our baptism visiting team.  Please speak to Norah Hall for further information.

Worship 4 All
Please note that the next Worship 4 All service on Feb 2nd at 10 a.m. will take place at Woodlands School to celebrate Education Sunday.  All welcome.

Forties Night
A date for the diaries.  A blitz Forties Night is being hosted at the Village Hall on Friday January 24th at 8 p.m.  Tickets are £10 and available from Julia McNaney on 7640 2149.  Forties dress strongly encouraged but not compulsory.

Sidespersons Thank you Evening
There is a thank you evening for all volunteers on the sidespersons rota, taking place in the church side room on Monday 27th January.  Cheese and wine will be served and we can celebrate a happy year of welcoming together.  Do let Greg know if you are able to attend or not.

Renewal of Marriage Vows
Do you want to be part of a world record?  St Christopher’s Allesley Park are hosting a service of renewal of marriage vows, simultaneously with many other churches across the country on Sat Feb 8th.  They are hoping to set a new world record for the number of people doing this at one time.  Please see poster at the back of church for further details.

Hope 2014
If you want to be part of an ecumenical movement across the city and across the country, branded Hope 1014, please see information on back noticeboard for further details.

This morning, John Owen from Coventry Cursillo (pronounced Kerrseeyo) is addressing the StAPH congregation at Woodlands.  Do speak to one of the StAPH family or Tracey Huckfield if you want to know more about Cursillo.

Youth Service
Our next Youth Service takes place tonight at 6.30 p.m. and will be a Christingle.  Do support our young people if you possibly can.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, David Davies, John Checkling, Angela Satchwell, Mary Anderson and Rita Muir.  To add names to the list please contact Greg or Alex.

Sun 19th Jan Youth Service at 6.30 p.m.
Mon 20th Jan Seek His Face at 6.30 p.m.
Tues 21st Jan Choir Practice at 7 p.m.
Tues 21st Jan Sub 40 Ctte at 7.45 at the Rectory, Meriden
Weds 22nd Jan Marriage Preparation in church 7 p.m. Week 1
Thurs 23rd Jan Divorce Recovery at the Vicarage at 7 p.m. Week 4
Fri 24th Jan Forties Night at the Village Hall at 8 p.m.
Sat 25th Jan Vision Day for Leadership Team at Meriden at 9.30 a.m.
Sun 26th Jan Service of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Christopher’s
Mon 27th Jan Sidespersons Thank you evening at 7.30 p.m. in the side room
Tues 28th Jan Pram Service at 9.15

Readings Is 49.1-7 (p 735) & John 1.29-42 (p 1064)
Readers Flix Haynes & Angela Lamb
Preacher Nick Tooby
Intercessions Harvey Wyatt
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Organist Michael Watkins
Next Sunday Isaiah 9.1-4 & Matt 4.12-23