Pews News – 12th October 2014

12th October 2014 – 17th 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.

Thank Yous
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who decorated the church for Harvest, also thank you to Fay Gibbs for all the foliage she supplies. Another thank you to everyone who gave donations towards the cost of flowers, without their generosity we could not afford the flowers required.

Harvest Appeal
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)

Any harvest gifts of food brought this morning will be donated to the Tile Hill foodbank.  Thanks to Denise Davies for providing a harvest loaf for communion.

Very many congratulations to Kate Massey, who has been appointed as the new Vicar of St. Paul’s Stockingford in Nuneaton. Kate’s final service at St. Andrew’s will take place on Sunday 14th December. This will be followed by a farewell lunch to which all are warmly invited. Please do pray for her and her family at this exciting time of change.

Sad News
Doris Pratt, a much loved member of the St. Andrew’s family for many years, sadly died last Sunday afternoon at the age of 90. Doris’s funeral will take place at St. Giles, Exhall at 2pm on Monday 20th October. It is hoped to have a Thanksgiving Service for Doris’s life at St. Andrew’s early in November.

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.

Memorial Book
The Memorial Bookis now back in church. If you wish to view your entry, please see Ann Dove on Wednesday morning until 11am or Sunday morning after the service.

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 year, after which they will be stored in the old boiler room. 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. We would be especially grateful for any stories about the role the Bible has played.

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 or just come along and join us.

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

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.

Drama Props
We would grateful for any donations of fun props for the youth drama group. Anything from silly hats to cuddly toys, strange tools or unused wigs! Please see Greg or Selina.

Sponsor Money
Many thanks to all those who sponsored James and Greg in their walk across Wales. The total is now very close to £1,000. Any outstanding sponsorship should be handed to Jackie Lynch as soon as possible. It is not too late to offer retrospective sponsorship if you wish.

Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday until Tuesday 21st October.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service takes place on Sunday 2nd November at 6pm. We will be remembering by name all those who have died in the parish over the last 12 months. We will be pleased to read other names of loved ones on request. Please give names in writing to Alex or Julie Crow,

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Norah Hall.

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

Mon 13th Oct PCC at 7.30pm
Tues 14th Oct Pram Service at 9.15am
Mon 20th Oct Seek His Face at 7pm
Tues 21st Oct Choir Practice at 7pm
Weds 22nd Oct Growing Leaders session 2 in church at 7.30pm

Readings Phil 4.1-9 (p 1180) & Matt 22.1-14 (p 990)
Readers Sara Parkes & Harvey Wyatt
Preacher Alex Randle-Bissell
President Alex Randle-Bissell
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Nick Tooby
Sidespersons Rosemarie Over & Trevor Hill