Pews News – 2nd November 2014

2nd November 2014 – 4th Sunday before Advent

St. Andrew’s Church welcomes allcomers, 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.

Kate Massey
Kate’s final service at St. Andrew’s will take place on Sunday 14th December. This will be followed by a farewell lunch at the Eastern Green club from 12 noon to which all are warmly invited. Please do pray for her and her family at this exciting time of change.

Barn Dance
There will be a Barn Dance, including a hot dog supper at Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 22nd November at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Barbara Warner (024 7640 3458 or 07846 288036) and cost £8 for adults and £4 for children. Do join us for what is always a great fun evening.

Doris Pratt
Doris Pratt’s Thanksgiving Service will take place at St. Andrew’s on Wednesday 12th November at 2.30pm. Anyone who would like to contribute to the service should speak to Greg.

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 tomorrow, Monday 3rd November at 6.30pm.

Lichfield Cathedral
Many thanks to Veronika for organizing a wonderful day trip to Lichfield Cathedral last Saturday.

Missionary Partners
Our Missionary partners, Dan and Philippa Munday who are working in Nepal have undertaken to send us fortnightly updates by e-mail. These updates will be posted on the noticeboard at the back of church for prayer. If you would like to receive these updates directly by e-mail, please contact Julie Crow at

Welcome Team
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 Sue Masters. You won’t have to wear a badge or go on a rota!

Appointed Person
Free first aid training is available, providing appointed person status to anyone who passes the day. The date for the one day course is yet to be set, but if interested, please contact Nigel Dawes at

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. There is no meeting this week because of half term. We start up again on 3rd November.

Kids Klub
St. Andrew’s continues to seek to support the Kids Klub which runs at Jardine Youth Centre on Tuesdays from 5-6.30pm working with Primary School children. New volunteers are urgently needed. They warmly welcome anyone who wants to go along and just look.  Tuesday 18th November is a good time to do this. If you need a lift, please speak to Greg.

Allesley Green Residents Association
The second meeting of the Allesley Green Residents Association takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th November at Park Hill School. All Allesley Green residents welcome.

Limbrick Wood Baptist Church
There is another opportunity to pray with folk at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church on Wednesday 5th November at 7.30 p.m. Please speak to Greg if you would like a lift.

Messy Church
The new Messy Church for this area continues on Sunday 16th November at St. Oswald’s at 3.30pm. All welcome at this craft based interactive family-friendly service.

City Praise
On Sunday 16th November at 6.30pm St. Andrew’s will be joining 50 other churches in a city wide ecumenical praise service. The Bishop has encouraged us to join hundreds of others in this twice yearly event at the Welcome Centre at Parkside. Anyone wanting a lift or able to provide a lift should speak to Greg or Sara Parkes.

Operation Christmas Child Reminder
There is still time to bring your filled shoe box to church. Please drop them in any day between Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th November. Suitable gifts are listed in the leaflets available at the back of church. Any sweets (no chocolate) should have a sell by date of later than March 2015. We anticipate that the shoe boxes will be shipped to Eastern Europe. Thank you for your gifts to children, who have very little. For more information see Jill and David Joyce.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
If you would like to help checking and stacking boxes at St. James, Tile Hill Lane, these are the dates and time: Tues 11th Nov, Fri 14th Nov, Tues 18th Nov, Fri 21st Nov any time between 10am-3pm. Drinks provided. We look forward to your help again or to meet new members of St. Andrew’s. For further information please contact Jennifer on 024 7642 1830.

Greetings Cards for Prisoners of Conscience
For the last few years a group of us have met to write a message of hope and support to people wrongfully imprisoned for their beliefs. Amnesty International provides an excellent booklet detailing all the names etc of the prisoners. So do join us, if you can, on Monday 24th November at 7pm at the Vicarage to write some cards. These will be provided and there will be wine, coffee and mince pies etc. Donations towards the cost of cards and postage are most welcome. David Griffiths and Flix Haynes.

The Besom in Coventry
Poverty, isolation, abuse, ill health, injustice, homelessness: we all see the sharp inequalities of life around us and the devastating impacts they have on people’s lives. Many of us want to do something, to get involved but we don’t always know how. The Besom exists to help you make a difference to the lives of others and to make it easy for you to do so. See Rev’d Andy March recently met with local church leaders to look at how we might offer more support to those in greatest need in our communities. We know that many in our churches feel called to be good news to the poor and want to share God’s love with the people around them. So we discussed setting up a Besom project that provides a bridge between those who want to give things, skills, time or money and those who are in need. Besom projects are being set up across the country and work best when churches come together to establish one. Would you like to learn more about a Besom project and possibly be involved in establishing one with local churches? Please speak to Rev’d Andy March on 024 7667 2879 or e-mail the small team at St Christopher’s, Allesley Park, who are coordinating these first steps at

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

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

Sun 2nd Nov – Memorial Service at 6pm
Sun 2nd Nov – Confirmation week 2 at 7.30pm at the Vicarage
Mon 3rd Nov – Time for Parents from 9.30-11am
Mon 3rd Nov -Technical meeting at 6.30pm
Mon 3rd Nov – Baptism Preparation at 7.30pm at the Vicarage
Tues 4th Nov – Choir Practice at 7pm
Weds 5th Nov – Limbrick Wood Prayer meeting at 7.30pm
Mon 10th Nov – PCC at 7.30pm
Tues 11th Nov – Pram Service at 9.15am
Tues 11th Nov – Choir Practice at 7pm
Weds 12th Nov – Doris Pratt’s Thanksgiving Service at 2.30pm

Readings at 8am – 1 Thess 2.9-13 (p 1186) & Matt 24.1-14 (p 993)
Reader – Elizabeth Shelton
President – Greg Smith
W4A Led by – Alex Randle-Bissell & Phil Richardson
Sidespersons – Sara & Eddie Parkes