Pews News – 31st August 2014

31st August 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.

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.

Pat Yates
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Pat Yates on Wednesday morning at home. Pat was a very longstanding member at St. Andrew’s and a former churchwarden, who was still worshipping with us three weeks ago. Her funeral took place at St. Andrew’s on Friday.

News from Newbury
We have now been here for 2 months and are feeling well settled in our new flat. We have received a wonderful, warm welcome back to our old church of St. Nicolas – mostly older people who remembered us from 24 years ago, but also some of the then young people, now grown up!  It is only 5 minutes walk away and we delight in hearing the peal of 8 bells. It was a really hard but valuable exercise down-sizing to a 2-bedroom flat (thankfully with an attic!) but we did it!  We now look out onto a lovely communal garden and the river where we watch swans, ducks, moor hens and the occasional cormorant.  We enjoy our daily walks by the river and canal.  In spite of feeling like living in the country, we are only 3 minutes walk from the town centre. It was really hard leaving Coventry and St. Andrew’s but it was right. We thank everyone for the love and support we received from the church family. We miss you. May God continue to bless you all.  (David and Frances Hawkey)

Summer Communion
Today sees the last of the summer communion services, which have been designed to be child friendly, 50 minutes in length and allow the children and young people to participate. Junior Church will return on 14th September, but crèche will be available this morning as usual.

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.

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.

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. Today is the closing date to do this.

4pm Service
From 28th September, St. Andrew’s is looking to launch a monthly service at 4 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Worship 4 All
The theme of next week’s Worship 4 All service is being part of God’s family.

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

Harvest Choir
We will be celebrating Harvest with Holy Communion on Sunday 12th October. We would like to have a special choir for the occasion. We are therefore inviting anyone who enjoys singing to join the choir for a one off event. Please speak to George Cooke if you wish to know more.

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.

Limbrick Wood Prayer
Limbrick Wood Baptist Church was delighted when a small group from St. Andrew’s joined their prayer meeting earlier this month. There is a chance to do this again on Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm. Please speak to Greg if you are interested in going.

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.

Leather Sofa
A very good condition three seater cream leather sofa is available free to a good home. Please contact Julia on 024 7640 2149 or

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were donated by Marian Letten.

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

Sermon Summary
Spiritual highs can deceive us into believing lies about ourselves
Spiritual lows can deceive us into believing lies about God

Mon 1st Sept                  Leadership meeting at 7.30pm at 55 Handsworth Cresc.
Weds 3rd Sept                Allesley Green meeting at 7.30pm
Sat 6th Sept                    Autumn Fayre at St Andrews School from 11am – 2pm
Sun 7th Sept                   Said Communion at 8am
Sun 7th Sept                   Worship 4 All
Sun 7th Sept                   Ignatian Service at 6.30pm
Mon 8th Sept                  PCC at 7.30pm
Tues 9th Sept                 Pram Service at 9.15am

Reading                        Matt 16.21-28 (p 984)
Reader                          Ann Crowley
Preacher                       Greg Smith
President                       Greg Smith
Intercessions                 Nick Tooby
Comm Asst                   Fran Smith
Sidespersons                Steve & Hilary Wankling
Organist                        George Cooke
Next week at 8am          Rom 13.8-14 & Matt 18.15-20