Pews News – 5th October 2014

5th October 2014 – 16th Sunday after Trinity

Welcome
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.

Crèche
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.

Harvest
Any harvest gifts of food brought this morning will be donated to the Tile Hill foodbank.  The service, however, will focus around our harvest theme of livebelowtheline. Next Sunday, we will continue to celebrate Harvest at our regular communion service. Many thanks to those who kindly decorated the church for our harvest week. There will be a special midweek harvest service this Wednesday, with Kate presiding.

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 (susanmasters@sky.com). “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.

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 Jon@covyfc.org 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.

Congratulations
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.

Memorial Book
The Memorial Book is now back having been updated. If anyone would like to take a look, please see Ann Dove after Sunday Service.

Seek His Face
Our quarterly prayer meeting, Seek His Face, takes place on Monday 20th October at 7pm and will be led by the Bannerbrook Park Mission Team. Please support God’s work through the church by joining us for an hour.

Churchyard
Unauthorised objects have now been removed from the churchyard. They have been left along the outside wall, and will be kept there until the end of the month, after which they will disposed of. Many thanks to all those who have sent messages of support during a difficult of time. Special thanks to Trevor Hill, who has worked tirelessly to implement the PCC policy fairly and efficiently.

Confirmation
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. There will be three sessions on Sundays Oct 26th, Nov 2nd and Nov 9th at 7.30pm at the Vicarage.

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. There will be a briefing session on Monday 3rd November at 6.30pm.

Knitters
We are looking to add to our loyal band of knitters who lovingly make our prayer shawls. If you are able to help, please speak to Jackie Page (024 7646 1702).

Welcome
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.

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.

Time for Parents
A new parents group (Time for Parents) has been launched on Monday mornings 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 rebecca@the-crowes.com or just come along and join us.

Ignatian Service
Tonight sees our last Ignatian Service of the year, led by Kate Dagger. This is a very peaceful, reflective way of worshipping God. Please do join us.

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 admin@stchristopher.org.uk.

Village Hall Treasurer
The Village Hall sadly said farewell to Pat Sullivan after thirty years of incredible service to the Village Hall. Many of the roles Pat fulfilled have been taken on by others, but the committee are still looking for a Treasurer. If anyone is interested in helping with this role, please speak to Greg.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rosemarie Over.

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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary
Sun 5th Oct Ignatian Service at 6.30pm
Mon 6th Oct Time for Parents from 9.30-11am
Mon 6th Oct Finance & Fabric Ctte at 7.30pm in church
Tues 7th Oct Harvest Choir Practice at 7pm
Sun 12th Oct Harvest communion at 10am
Mon 13th Oct PCC at 7.30pm
Tues 14th Oct Pram Service at 9.15am

Readings at 8am Phil 3.4-14(p 1180) & Matt 21.33-end (p 990)
Reader Richard Marr
Worship 4 All led by Sue Masters
Reading Ruth 2: 1-10
Sidespersons June Orton & Sandra Watts
Next week Phil 4.1-9 & Matt 22.1-14