Pews News – 17th August 2014

17th August 2014 – 9th Sunday after Trinity

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.

Please note that because of the increased number of babies/toddlers attending St. Andrew’s on Sunday mornings for the 10am service, we have begun to offer a staffed crèche in the side room for the convenience of parents.

Summer Communion
Through the summer communion services are designed to be child friendly, 50 minutes in length and allow the children and young people to participate. There is no Junior Church until September, but crèche will run as usual.

Projector Rota
We are looking for volunteers to operate the laptop which projects powerpoint etc. onto the screens on a rota basis. Anyone who is interested should speak to Greg or Steve Martin.

The church council has been advised by the Archdeacon of Coventry that we must take steps to clear any graves in the churchyard that have any unauthorised objects: this includes anything that is not sited in the gravestone itself e.g. vases, ornaments, artificial flowers etc. to facilitate the cutting of the grass. We would be grateful if you are responsible for any grave that does not conform to the Diocese’s rules if you would remove unauthorised objects by the end of September at the latest. If you know anyone else who is responsible for such a grave, please bring these concerns to their attention. Beyond this date, the PCC will remove objects itself.

Hymn Books
We are looking to add 20 additional hymn books to our store, and so are inviting individual members of the congregation to sponsor a copy at the cost of £8 each.  Please contact our administrator, Julie, on 07756 918847 or with details of any dedication required. Donations should either be given to Jackie Lynch or placed on the collection plate in a clearly marked envelope. The closing date to sponsor a book is Sunday 31st August.

4pm Service
From 28th September, St. Andrew’s is looking to launch a monthly service at 4pm on the last Sunday of each month. Nick Tooby has agreed to head up a team. If you would like to volunteer for this team, please speak to Nick or Greg. We are looking for people who will lead services or prayers, do readings, lead activities or just help practically with refreshments or welcoming people.

Walking Across Wales
St. Andrew’s is planning to walk across Wales on Saturday 20th September. The walk entails 45 miles of undulating countryside starting at the Welsh border and finishing on the coast just north of Aberystwyth. We are looking for people who would be willing to do the whole walk; just walk one or more stages of 5-8 miles or be part of the support team, providing transport, refreshments and encouragement along the way.  The event is designed to be both fellowship building as well as a fundraising venture. A sponsor form is available at the back of church.  For further details please speak to Greg or Fran.

Coach Trip to Lichfield
St. Andrew’s is organising a coach trip for Saturday 25th October, leaving at 10am to Lichfield. With an 800 year old cathedral set in a city with serene surroundings of historic beauty, it is a place often cited as a hidden treasure in the heart of our country. If you would like to visit Lichfield, the booking sheet and prices are on the notice board in the church.

Baptism Visiting Team
We are looking for new members of our Baptism Visiting Team. For further information about what this entails, please speak to Greg.

Now that the subsidence has been fully remedied, we are finally in a position to repair our beautiful stained glass window. However, funds have been swallowed up by the remedial work and we have discovered this week that the bill for the repair to the window is likely to in the region of £4,000. All donations and fundraising projects warmly welcomed.

The foodbank have requested donations of the following: tins of – custard, rice pudding, vegetables, fish, chopped tomatoes, soup, meat, spaghetti, macaroni cheese and evaporated milk. Bags of sugar, jams, jars of coffee, jars of sauce, milk, biscuits, tea bags, toilet rolls, pasta, rice, juice, nappy bags and kitchen rolls.

Listen Again
Over 300 people have now visited the St. Andrew’s website to listen to recent sermons on the ‘Listen Again Page’. Do remember if you miss a week that this facility is available.

St. Andrew’s is looking for any group or individual who would like to organise a fundraising event on behalf of St. Andrew’s. Do feel free to think as creatively and imaginatively as possible.  If you have any ideas, please speak to Jackie Lynch.

Church Autumn Fayre
On Saturday 6th September, 11am-2pm, the church fayre is being held in St.Andrew’s School hall. We need help running the various stalls and contributions towards the stalls including cakes, bottles for tombola (see below), unwanted gifts, bric a brac, toys, books, plants, raffle prizes, chocolate for tombola etc. Any new ideas very welcome, but mostly we need your support. See Jackie, Barbara, Julia or Fran. Thank you in anticipation.

Bottle Tombola
As mentioned above, the choir will, as usual, be running the Bottle Tombola. We would be very grateful for any contributions of bottles of anything …. shampoo, washing up liquid, squash … in fact anything in a bottle! Wine etc more than welcome as it encourages the punters to spend their money! Please contact me, George or Beryl or any choir member if you can help. Many thanks in anticipation. Barbara Warner (024 7640 3458/07846 288036) – collection can be arranged.

Humanitarian Appeal for Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza
Can we please draw your attention to the appeal for the Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza. The hospital is run by the Diocese of Jerusalem and treats all in the local community regardless of faith or culture. For further details and for information on how to donate please see the letter at the back of church.

Memorial Book
The Memorial Book at the back of church is due to go to be updated shortly and will not be going in again this year. If you wish to have a memorial to a loved one, and would like to have their name in the book, please contact either Ann Dove on 024 7646 1702 or Julie Crow on 07756 918847. The cost is a one-off payment of approx £25. Thank you.

Child Life Saving Course
A course is available for those interested in attending a two hour session which covers basic child life support and clearing an obstructed airway. The course is being held in church on Wednesday 10th September at 7pm at a cost of £12.50 per person. For further details or to book a place, please contact Lisa Slevin on 07748 223 408 or email

August Bank Holiday Monday Car Boot Sale
Bannerbrook Mission Team is holding a car boot sale on Monday 25th August from 10am to 1pm at a cost of £5 per space. For more information contact Charley on 07943 804026, Eileen on 024 7647 1350 or Alex on 07717 778853.

Leather Sofa
A very good condition three seater cream leather sofa is available free to a good home. Please contact Julia on 76402149 or

Next Week’s Pews News
Pews News for Sunday 24th August will be produced by Steve Martin. Any items for Pews News must be sent to Steve at by 5pm on Thursday 20th August.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were donated by Marilyn Starr.

Visitors Book
If you are new to the church, please sign the Visitors Book at the back of the church. We would be grateful to receive your comments.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Jo Hanney, Anne McNulty, Colin Saunders, Trevor Cooper, Beryl Poppit, Lara and Flix Haynes.  To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Tues 26th Aug              Pram Service at 9.15am
Tues 26th Aug              Choir Practice at 7pm
Weds 27th Aug            Baptism Preparation at 7.30pm at the Vicarage

Reading                       Matt 15.21-28 (p 982)
Reader                         Graham Shelton
Preacher                      Alex Randle-Bissell
President                     Greg Smith
Intercessions               Sue Masters
Comm Asst                  Alex Randle-Bissell
Sidespersons               Pete Brueton & Hazel Elks
Next week                    Matt 16.13-20