Pews News – 23rd November 2014

23rd November 2014 – Sunday next 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.

Barn Dance
Many thanks to Barbara Warner for her incredible hard work in organising last night’s barn dance.

Christmas Flowers
Volunteers needed to decorate church on Saturday 6th December at 9am. Please see Ann Dove.

The Finance committee will shortly be setting the budget for 2015 and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who give so generously to the work of the church. We are especially grateful to those who make a regular commitment to allow us to plan and to claim many thousands in tax rebate through gift aid.

Projector Rota
We are grateful to Paul Crowe and Lesley Lee for volunteering to join the rota for operating the sound system and powerpoint. Anyone else willing to help should speak to Steve Martin or Steve Wankling.

140th Anniversary
2015 sees the 140th anniversary of the founding of St. Andrew’s Church in 1875. The celebration begins on Sunday 25th January at 10am with a special service presided over by the Archdeacon of Coventry.

Kate’s Licensing
Please note that 25th January will also see Kate’s licensing as the new Vicar of St Paul’s Stockingford at 3pm.

Coffee Rota – New Volunteers Urgently Needed for 2015
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 providing refreshments after the service, please add your name to the list at the back of church or 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 otherwise we will not be able to serve refreshments on the third Sunday. Normally you would only be on duty once in every 8 weeks. From January 2015, the PCC have decided that drinks will be self service from a table at the back of the church – so your duties will include: Before the service ends:filling flasks with hot water and a kettle with cold water, setting out the table with the flasks, kettle of cold water, paper cups, tea, coffee, squash, sugar, biscuits and milk. After the service: helping anyone who cannot serve themselves to drinks, collecting dirty paper cups in a dustbin liner for disposal and returning the contents of the table to the kitchen. 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. This is my sixth year preparing the rota. I will prepare the rota for this year but I would like to hand over to someone else in the congregation, to take charge of the rota for 2016. Do think about whether you can volunteer to do this. Jill Joyce.

Operation Christmas Child
Thanks to everyone who donated a shoe box this year. 109 shoe boxes were contributed from St. Andrew’s Church and these were taken to the Collection Centre at St. James Church Tile Hill. Our shoe boxes will be distributed to the Philippines this year. Special thanks to Jill and David Joyce for co-ordinating the appeal yet again for us.

Christmas by Candlelight Concert
The Nightingales and Senza None Polish choir will be giving a “Christmas by Candlelight” concert in St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday 14th December starting promptly at 7pm. Tickets available from David Griffiths.

Ignatian Advent Retreat
I will be running a day retreat at Berkswell Church in preparation for Advent on Saturday 6th December called ‘Finding God in All Things’ from 10am-4pm. Cost is £5 and please bring your own packed lunch. If you would like to come, there is a sign-up sheet at the back of Church. Hope to see you there – Alex.

In the three and a half years Coventry foodbank has been opened we a have distributed 50,000 food parcels to those in crisis in our City. The work of the foodbank rely on us being able to collect food from the general public through our supermarket collections. This November we have our Tesco National Collection on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th November where we will be collecting at the four main Tesco supermarkets in the City; Cannon Park, The Ricoh, Clifford Bridge Rd and Crosspoint. Volunteers are needed to help us give out shopping lists and others to collect the items purchased for us. We run four, two hour sessions each day starting at 9.00am. Times are 9.00am till 11.00am, 11.00am till 1.00pm, 1.00pm till 3.00pm and 3.00pm till 5.00pm. To volunteer or for further info please contact Hugh McNeill: email or phone 024 7663 3500.

Divorce Recovery Course: Restored Lives from 29th Jan – 12th Feb 2015
This course supports and empowers people to move forward from relationship breakdown and to live a full life free from past issues. It is open to everyone, whatever your religion or belief. Each evening begins at 7pm with an informal meal followed by short talks and opportunities for discussion in small groups. These are led by people who have gone through divorce themselves. The setting is welcoming, relaxed and unthreatening. Although it may feel like it, you are not alone. Come along and meet people in a similar situation and listen to expert advice. For more information contact Tricia on 07919080266 or email or Greg on 02476 422856 or email .

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.

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 .

Please pray for Lorna Sergiew, Laura Martin, Becky Crowe, Rebecca Tildsley and Jill Pinks who are being confirmed at Coventry Cathedral next Saturday.

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.

For all@4
Our new service for Primary School children and their families For all@4 next takes place this afternoon, 23rd November, at 4pm. The theme for this service will be ‘time’. All welcome to join us for an informal service full of songs and activities.

Youth Alpha Pudding
We are looking to provide a pudding on 1st December to a group of young people learning about the Christian faith through youth alpha. If you are able to help with this, please speak to Greg or Phil Richardson.

Village Hall
The village hall is looking for an odd job man (or woman) who would be willing to be on call to sort out minor DIY tasks that crop up in return for a modest rate of pay. If interested, please speak to Greg or Jill Pinks (the new Village Hall Treasurer).

Next Sunday
On 30th November, we will be celebrating St. Andrew’s Day jointly with St. Andrew’s School in the morning with their choir leading the worship. In the evening, we will be marking the start of Advent with our traditional Darkness to Light service at 6.30pm.

Deanery Synod
There is currently a vacancy on Deanery Synod for a St. Andrew’s representative. Synod meets approx 4 times a year in different churches in Coventry South and Kenilworth, considering matters that affect the area. If you wish to know more please speak to Greg, Fran or Charley Watts.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rosemary Pottinger.

Visitors Book
Whether you are new to the church or a long-standing member we welcome your comments on the church, churchyard, service, etc. The Visitors Book is located at the back of church.

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

Sun 23rd NovFor all@4 at 4pm in church
Mon 24th NovAmnesty Prisoner of Conscience card signing at 7pm at the Vicarage
Tues 25th NovPram Service at 9.15am
Weds 26th NovCredit Union review at 2.30pm at church
Weds 26th NovDeanery Synod at 7.30pm at St. James Tile Hill
Thurs 27th NovConfirmation Rehearsal at 6pm in church
Thurs 27th NovBaptism Team meeting at 8pm at 900 Broad Lane
Sat 29th NovConfirmation Service at Coventry Cathedral at 4pm
Sun 30th NovDarkness to Light at 6.30pm
Mon 1st DecHome Group Leaders at 7.30pm at 25a Nailcote Ave
Tues 2nd DecGrowing Leaders at 7.30pm at Meriden – final session
ReadingsEph 1.15-end (p 1173) & Matt 25.31-46 (p 995)
ReadersAnn Crowley & Sara Parkes
PreacherHarvey Wyatt
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
IntercessionsSue Masters
OrganistGeorge Cooke
Comm AsstNick Tooby
Next WeekThe calling of Andrew