Pews News – 7th September 2014

7th September 2014 – 12th 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.

Congratulations to Barbara and Brian Warner on celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

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.

For all @ 4pm Service
From September 28th, St. Andrew’s is launching a new monthly service at 4 o’clock aimed at primary school children and their families. The first service has a theme of music and gives the opportunity to do ‘junk drumming’. If you want to know more, please speak to Nick Tooby.

Walking Across Wales
The support group for our walk across Wales meets on Monday 15th September at 7.30pm at the Vicarage. If you want to be involved, it’s not too late. Come along to the meeting.

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: 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.

Messy Church
Messy Church at Tile Hill launches next Sunday at 3.30pm. Messy church has many services across the city and much further afield and is a family friendly, craft and story based event, followed by food. St. Andrew’s is a partner in delivering this service which takes place at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church. All are welcome, but it would be helpful to have some idea in advance of numbers for catering purposes. For further information, speak to Lesley Lee or Greg.

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.

Volunteers are needed to decorate the church for Harvest on Saturday 4th October at 9am. If you would like to donate towards the cost of the flowers, please see Ann Dove.

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.

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

Healing Service
Tonight there will be a healing service at 6.30 p.m. Please do come along if you are in need of healing or wish to pray for another or support this important ministry. We do expect miracles!

Growing Leaders
St. Andrew’s is planning to run the Growing Leaders course for a fourth time from October.  The course is for anyone currently in church leadership; who thinks that one day they might be called into church leadership; or who wants to know more about what it is to be a Christian involved in leadership in the workplace. There is a buffet supper at the Vicarage on Friday 12th September at 7pm for anyone interested. Families are welcome too. You can come along just to find out more without any commitment. Do let Greg or Fran know if you are planning to come for catering purposes.

Time for Parents
On Monday mornings from 29th September for six weeks, there will be a chance for parents to meet up from 9.30-11am in church (with refreshments and crèche provided) to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting; to support and learn from each other. If you want to know more, please speak to Becky Crowe or e-mail

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.

Allesley Green Residents Association
St. Andrew’s is attempting to inaugurate an Allesley Green Residents Association with a meeting at Park Hill School on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30pm. If you live on the estate, please come along and show your support.

Daytime Alpha
There will be a day time Alpha course starting on Bannerbrook Park from Thursday 2nd October 11.30am – 1pm. This includes a light lunch, a short talk and plenty of chance to ask lots of questions about the Christian faith! If you are interested in attending, please speak to Alex, or call/text on 07717 778853.

Heritage Open Day
Explore different faiths at Coventry Multi-Faith Centre, Priory Visitor Centre (1st Floor), Priory Row, Coventry – Just behind Nandos on Saturday 13th September from 11am until 3pm. Please see the poster at the back of church.

Ride and Stride – The Big Send Off
Warwick is celebrating its 1100th birthday this year and are celebrating it with a ‘Big Send Off’ event on the morning of Ride and Stride at St Nicholas Church, Warwick on 13th September 2014 from 10am until 12pm. There will also be a chance for you to indulge in some coffee (or tea) and lovely homemade cake during the morning as well as checking out a number of stalls that will be provided by members of the local community. Sports personality Anna Turney, Paralympic Skier has kindly agreed to officially set off all our riders and striders at approximately 10.30am. If you would like to find out more please see the poster at the back of churchor visit their website at

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Brian and Barbara Warner.

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

Sun 7th Sept                Healing Service at 6.30pm
Mon 8th Sept               PCC at 7.30pm
Tues 9th Sept              Pram Service at 9.15am
Weds 10th Sept           First Aid Training in church from 7-9pm
Thurs 11th Sept           Baptism Team meeting at 7.30pm at The Vicarage
Thurs 11th Sept           Band meeting at 7.15pm in church
Fri 12th Sept               Growing Leaders Supper at 7pm at TheVicarage
Sat 13th Sept               14+ social in church 7-9pm
Sun 14th Sept              Tile Hill Messy Church at 3.30pm
Mon 15th Sept             Across Wales support group at 7.30pm at The Vicarage
Tues 16th Sept            Pastoral Care Ctte at 2pm at The Vicarage

Reading at 8am           Rom 13.8-14 (p 1140) & Matt 18.15-20 (p 985)
Reader                         Maureen Hall
Led by                          Alex Randle-Bissell
Worship 4 All                Greg Smith
Sidespersons                Ann Dove & Sara Parkes
Next week                   Rom 14.1-12 & Matt 18.21-35