Pews News – 14th September 2014

14th September 2014 – 13th 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.

Autumn Fayre
We are grateful to all those who supported last Saturday’s Autumn Fayre. A fantastic £1221 was raised. Special thanks to all who staffed stalls and extra special thanks to Jackie Lynch, our wonderful organiser.

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.

Harvest Appeal
Our Harvest Festival services this year will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s at the Worship for all service on Sunday 5th October and at the Communion Service on Sunday 12th. This year we will be reflecting on Global poverty and those who do not always have enough to eat. As we mark this time of  harvest and thank God for his provision to us we will be focusing on those who, for various reasons, do not have enough to eat and are unable to sustain their families. As part of our Harvest appeal this year we are inviting people to support the Livebelowtheline’ initiative. The challenge of this project is to live on £1 per day for 5 days. Could you live on £1 per day? We are asking people to support this initiative in any way they can: by taking on the challenge of living on £1 per day for 5 days and donating what you save on food, by sponsoring those who take on the challenge, by making a donation in cash or by donating food to our local food-bank in Tile Hill. Any funds raised will be donated to the Charity Save the Children who is a partner with the Global Poverty Project. Please think and pray about how you can support this challenge. For further information please contact Sue Masters ( “Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.”(Psalm 82: 3)

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.

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 28th September, 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 tomorrow 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.

Messy Church
Messy Church at Tile Hill launches this afternoon 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. For further information, speak to Lesley Lee or Greg.

Hymn Books
Thanks to all who have sponsored new hymn books. 34 new hymn books have been purchased and will be delivered soon.

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.

Mary Goodwin
Many thanks to all those who gave to St. Andrew’s in memory of Mary Goodwin. A total of £304 was donated towards our window appeal.

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. The first module of four sessions is “Firm Foundations for Christian Leadership”. The dates for the sessions are Sat Oct 4th (10-4) and Weds 24th Oct, Thurs 13th Nov and Tues 2nd Dec (7.30-9.30pm). If you would like to sign up or find out more, please speak to Harvey Wyatt or Greg.

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

Youth Service
Our bi-monthly youth service takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm. Please do come along to support our young people.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove.

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 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
Weds 17th Sept           Allesley Green Residents Association at Park Hill School 7.30pm
Thurs 18th Sept           Bannerbrook Park planning meeting at 45 Steinway at 7.30pm
Sat 20th Sept               The Walk Across Wales
Sun 21st Sept              Youth Service at 6.30pm
Mon 22nd Sept            Eastern Green History Group in church at 7.30pm
Tues 23rd Sept            Worship Ctte at 7.30pm in church
Tues 23rd Sept            Sub 40 Ctte at 8pm in Meriden

Readings                      Rom 14.1-12 (p 1140) & Matt 18.21-35 (p 985)
Readers                        Pete Brueton
Preacher                      Kate Massey
President                     Kate Massey
Intercessions               Harvey Wyatt
Communion Asst         Harvey Wyatt
Music                           Michael Watkins & Dan Smith
Sidespersons               Sara & Eddie Parkes
Next week                    Phil 1.21-30 & Matt 20.1-16