Pews News – 26/01/2014

January 26th 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.

Special Welcome
To Sue Masters who was licensed as a Reader in this diocese last Saturday at Coventry Cathedral and will be serving at St Andrews in the months and years to come.

Julie Crow
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Crow as our new administrator.  In her role as Parish Administrator, Julie will be the first point of contact for all routine enquiries about church matters.  Her e-mail address is:

With the exception of Fridays (clergy day off), pastoral concerns may still be directly referred to one of the clergy.

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator
We are extremely grateful to David Griffiths for agreeing to take on the role of pastoral care co-ordinator for St Andrews.  David may be contacted on 01676 442240.  He would be keen to hear from anyone currently undertaking pastoral visiting or who might like to in the future.

StAPH Leader
Please pray for the panel who will be interviewing for a StAPH leader tomorrow morning.  No announcement will be made for at least 2 weeks, since any appointment will have to be endorsed by the PCC at its meeting on Feb 10th.

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.

Healing Team
We are looking to recruit new members for our Healing Team.  Anyone who feels they may be called to this ministry should speak to Bev or Alex.

Service for Christian Unity
The annual service of Prayer for Christian Unity amongst local churches takes place at St Christopher’s Allesley Park this evening 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.

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.

Myton Hospice Charity Shop
Please note a new charity shop has opened in Tile Hill Village for Myton Hospice.  Donations of books, clothes, toys etc. would be warmly welcomed.

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 next Sunday Feb 2nd at 10 a.m. will take place at Woodlands School to celebrate Education Sunday.  All welcome.

Ignatian Service
Our monthly Ignatian Service takes place next Sunday at 6.30 p.m. in church.  Over 30 people attended last month, for this very powerful time of reflection and meditation.

Under 30s Bible Study
A small bible study group for adults aged 18-30 is being launched on Weds evenings.  Anyone interested should contact Dan on 7642 2856.

Pram Service
Our next Pram Service takes place this Tuesday at 9.15 a.m. on the theme of the Tower of Babel.  A very informal gathering for parents/carers and pre-school children.

Forties Night
Many thanks to Julia McNaney for organising our Forties Night at the Village Hall; and to all those who supported the evening.

Quiz Night
There is a family Quiz Night at Parkhill School on Fri Feb 7th from 6-9 p.m.  Tickets are £5 for adults and £3.50 for children.  We would like to send along a team from St Andrews.  Anyone who would like to join a team should speak to Greg.  Tickets are selling fast, so an early response would be helpful.

Sidespersons Thank you Evening
There is a thank you evening for all volunteers on the sidespersons rota, taking place in the church side room tomorrow, 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 is 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.

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

Sun 26th Jan Service of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Christopher’s
Mon 27th Jan Interviews for StAPH leader
Mon 27th Jan Sidespersons Thank you evening at 7.30 p.m. in the side room
Tues 28th Jan Pram Service at 9.15
Weds 29th Jan Marriage Preparation at 7 p.m. in church Week 2
Thurs 30th Jan Band Practice at 7.15 p.m. in church
Thurs 30th Jan Divorce Recovery Week 5
Sun 2nd Feb Education Sunday at 10 a.m. at Woodlands School
Sun 2nd Feb Ignatian Service at 6.30 p.m. in church
Sun 2nd Feb Alpha Leaders at 7.30 p.m. at the Vicarage
Tues 4th Feb Leadership Meeting at 7.30 p.m. at Red Lane

Readings Phil 3.12-16 & Matt 25.14-30
Readers Sara Parkes & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher Greg Smith
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Harvey Wyatt
Organist George Cooke
Next Sunday at 8 a.m. Malachi 3.1-5 & Luke 2.22-40