Pews News – 21st September 2014

21st September 2014 – 14th Sunday after Trinity

St. Andrew’s Church welcomes all-comers, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hymn Books
Thanks to all who have sponsored new hymn books. 37 new hymn books have been purchased and will be delivered soon.

Youth Alpha
Youth Alpha is designed to give young people (11-18 yrs) the opportunity to explore life and faith. Every session includes live guest speakers, crazy games, “pudding of the week” and loads of time for discussion in small groups! It runs 6.30-8pm every Monday night Sept 29th through to Dec 8th at Esquires Coffee House, in Coventry Transport Museum, £1 per head. Contact for more info or speak to Phil Richardson. See the poster on the noticeboards.

Youth Alpha
As mentioned above, a city wide Youth Alpha course is being run this term. St. Andrew’s have agreed to support the young people of the city by providing chocolate puddings for the session on Monday 1st December. If you are able to help with this, please speak to Alex or Phil.

Harvest Choir
We will be celebrating Harvest with Holy Communion on Sunday October 12th. 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 is being sent away on Monday 22nd September and will be away for approximately one week. Ann Dove will notify people when it is back.

Crèche Helpers Needed
Helpers are needed to help staff the crèche. If you are interested please speak to Becky Crowe or any of the crèche helpers.

We would like to establish a small welcome team to help make newcomers to the church feel welcome and ensure they become fully part of the church quickly (if they so wish). Anyone interested in this really important task should speak to Greg or a churchwarden.

Mary Goodwin
Many thanks to all those who gave to St. Andrew’s in memory of Mary Goodwin. A total of £329 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 (7.30-9.30 p.m.). 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 tonight at 6.30pm. Please do come along to support our young people.

Village Hall
Please note that it is the AGM of the Village Hall on Weds 24th September at 8.10pm. All residents of Eastern Green and Allesley Green are welcome to attend. This will be an opportunity to thank Pat Sullivan for her hard work over thirty years on behalf of the hall.

Adrian Plass
Adrian Plass and his wife, Bridget, Christian write and humourist are performing at St. Christopher’s Allesley Park on Saturday November 8th at 7.45pm. Tickets for the concert are £5, with a dinner option for £20 a ticket. Limited tickets available for this great event at

Police have reported an increase in burglaries in the Eastern Green area, with jewellery especially targeted. Please do be vigilant.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Frank and Hazel Elks.

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

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
Weds 24th Sept Village Hall AGM at 8.10pm
Thurs 25th Sept Macmillan Coffee Morning at 8.30am at St. Andrew’s School
Thurs 25th Sept Deanery Synod at Leek Wootton at 7.30pm
Sun 28th Sept For all@4 service for all the family at 4pm
Mon 29th Sept Time for Parents at 9.30am week 1
Tues 30th Sept Choir Practice at 7pm

Readings Phil 1.21-30 (p 1178) & Matt 20.1-16 (p 987)
Readers Norah Hall & Victoria Kaczur
Preacher Alex Randle-Bissell
President Greg Smith
Intercessions Nick Tooby
Communion Asst Nick Tooby
Organist George Cooke
Sidespersons Julia McNaney & Hazel Elks
Next week Phil 2.1-13 & Matt 21.23-32