Pews News – 28th September 2014

28th September 2014 – 15th 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.

Special Welcome
To Mike Dayus of the Gideons who has come to speak to us this morning of the way the Gideons organisation is doing God’s work.

Very many congratulations to Kate Massey, who has been appointed as the new Vicar of St. Paul’s Stockingford in Nuneaton.  Kate will cease working in Meriden and Eastern Green at Christmas, taking up her new post early in 2015. Please do pray for her and her family at this exciting time of change.

To Brian and Pauline celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend and to Graham and Sheila celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary!

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 Choir
Will all those who have volunteered to join the Harvest Festival choir, plus anyone else who is interested, please come to a Choir Practice on Tuesday 7th October at 7.00pm. Thank, George Cooke.

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.

A confirmation group run by Greg and Kate will begin next month for anyone wishing to be confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on 29th November this year. If you are interested in finding out more, please speak to Greg or Kate about this.

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 today at 4 o’clock aimed at primary school children and their families. Services will be on the last Sunday of every month, excluding December. 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.

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 from 6.30-8pm every Monday night from 29th September through to 8th December at Esquires Coffee House, in Coventry Transport Museum, £1 per head. Contact for more info or speak to Phil Richardson. 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.

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.

Harvest will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s on the Sundays of 5th October at Worship 4 All and on 12th October with Harvest Communion.

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 4th October (10am-4pm) and Wednesday 22nd October, Thursday 13th November and Tuesday 2nd December (7.30-9.30 p.m.). If you would like to sign up or find out more, please speak to Harvey Wyatt or Greg. Last chance today.

Sharing the story of what God has done
We would like to give people the opportunity to share briefly the story of what God has done in their lives. This may relate to huge life changing moments or more routine blessings. If you would be willing to do this at some future moment, please do speak to Greg about this. Remember these stories are a great encouragement to others.

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.

Time for Parents
On Monday mornings from tomorrow 29th September for six weeks, there will be a chance for parents to meet up from 9.30-11 a.m. 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

Operation Christmas Child
Autumn is here and it’s time to start collecting items to put in your shoeboxes. St. Andrew’s has provided boxes for this appeal for several years. Last year St. Andrew’s took part in the ‘100m Challenge’ to help Samaritan’s Purse reach a remarkable milestone – delivering the 100 millionth gift-filled shoebox! Thanks to everyone at the Church and St. Andrew’s Primary School, who packed a shoe box – we collected a total of 180 boxes, which went to Eastern Europe. Suitable gifts are listed in the leaflets available in your pews. Any sweets (no chocolate) should have a sell by date of later than March 2015. Bring your boxes to church between Sunday 2 and 9 November. If you need your shoebox(es) collecting then contact Jill or David Joyce on 024 7646 2344.

Coffee Rota
The new coffee rota for 2015 is being prepared. If you do not already help on the rota and would like to take part in serving refreshments after our services, please contact Jill Joyce on 024 7646 2344. The coffee rota is split into 5 teams and each team serves coffee on a particular week in the month. We need at least four volunteers to fill the positions on the team for week 3. Normally you would only be on duty once in every 8 weeks. It’s a good opportunity to get to speak to members of the congregation you might not get to meet. It’s also an important part of welcoming new members to our church and creating an atmosphere of fellowship. Many thanks to Sara and Eddie Parkes, who are retiring after many years on the rota.

Adrian Plass
Adrian Plass and his wife, Bridget, Christian write and humourist are performing at St. Christopher’s Allesley Park on Saturday 8th November 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.

Limbrick Wood Prayer
A small party from St. Andrew’s will be joining Limbrick Wood Baptist Church for prayer at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1st October. If you would like a lift, please speak to Greg.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Josie England.

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

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
Weds 1st Oct Limbrick Wood Prayer meeting at 7.30pm
Sat 4th Oct Growing Leaders Away Day at 9.30am at Berkswell
Sun 5th Oct Communion at 8am
Sun 5th Oct  Harvest Worship 4 All
Sun 5th Oct Ignatian Service at 6.30pm
Mon 6th Oct Baptism Preparation
Mon 6th Oct Finance & Fabric Ctte at 7.30pm

Readings Phil 2.1-13 (p 1179) & Matt 21.23-32 (p 989)
Readers Jill Joyce & Ann Dove
Preacher Mike Dayus
President Alex Randle-Bissell
Intercessions Julia McNaney
Organist George Cooke
Sidespersons Stan Cooper & Pete Brueton
Next week at 8am Phil 3.4-14 & Matt 21.33-end