Pews News – 19th October 2014

19th October 2014 – 18th 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.

Messy Church
The joint initiative of Churches Together is a Messy Church service taking place at Limbrick Wood Baptist church this afternoon, starting at 3pm. The service is aimed at families and includes lots of games, crafts…and food! Come along and join in the fun!

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, administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk

Seek His Face
Our quarterly prayer meeting, Seek His Face, takes place tomorrow 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.

Congratulations
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.

Memorial Book
The Memorial Book is 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.

Churchyard
Unauthorized 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.

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.

Coach Trip to Lichfield
Thank you to everyone booked on the coach trip to Lichfield on Saturday 25th October 2014. Setting off at 10am and leaving at 4pm. See Veronika or Selina for payments or queries. We are looking forward to spending a lovely day with you all.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Holiday
Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday until Tuesday 21st October. Any urgent queries please speak to Alex.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Beryl & Stan Cooper.

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

Diary
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
Sat 25th Oct Coach Trip to Lichfield
Sun 26th Oct Confirmation Class at the Vicarage at 7.30pm

Reading Nehemiah Chapter 1
Preacher Sue Masters
President Alex Randle-Bissell
Intercessions Sue Masters
Comm Asst Sue Masters