Pews News – 7th December 2014

7th December 2014 – Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome
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.

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.

Projector Rota
We are still looking for volunteers to join the rota for operating the sound system and powerpoint. Anyone else willing to help should speak to Steve Martin or Steve Wankling.

Toy Service
Many thanks to all those kindly donated toys this week. These will be distributed via Coventry City Mission to children in the city who will otherwise be without at Christmas.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service takes place on Tuesday 9th December at 9.15am in church. The service is designed for parents/carers and their pre-school children. This will be Kate’s last service and the last of 2014.

Link Thank You Party
We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all those who deliver the Link magazine, rain or shine, each month; and so there is a social evening on Monday 15th in the sideroom at 7pm. All Link deliverers warmly welcomed.

Sidespersons Volunteers
Anyone willing to act as sidesperson at the carol service on 21st Decembert or Midnight Communion on 24th December should speak to Greg. We will also need readers at the Midnight Service.

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 during which Greg will formally be inducted as Vicar by the Archdeacon of Coventry.

Kate Massey
Please note that 25th January will also see Kate’s licensing as the new Vicar of St Paul’s Stockingford at 3pm. Her farewell service will take place on Sunday 14th December at 10am followed by lunch in the Eastern Green club to which all are invited. However, for catering purposes, we need to know numbers, so please put your name on the sheet at the back of church by 9th December.

Shoebox Appeal
Many thanks to all those who contributed so generously to our shoebox appeal. Over 100 boxes were collected in all. Special thanks to Jill and David Joyce for co-ordinating the appeal yet again for us.

Volunteers Age UK
Every Christmas, Age UK Coventry receives donations from local organisations and schools whose employees/students donate a Christmas gift that we deliver in the form of hampers to older, isolated people in Coventry to bring them some Christmas Cheer. If you are able to donate some time from Monday 8th to Wednesday 24th December to help with gift-wrapping the hampers to delivering them in the community we would greatly appreciate your support. Please contact me at your earliest opportunity on 02476 433980 or email claire@ageukcoventry.org.uk for more details.

A Christmas Celebration on Bannerbrook Park (outside the shops)
Come along on Friday 19th December to our second annual Christmas celebration from 6.30pm until 8pm. There will be a brass band, Santa’s grotto, food & drink, games, stalls and lots more. If you would like a stall on the market please contact Stephen on 024 7647 1350.

Coffee Rota 2015
The new coffee rota for 2015 is at the back of the church for those on a regular team. Thank you to Bev and Bronte Randle-Bissell, Mark and Carolyn Strentz, Emma Read, Rosemarie and Bill Over, Rita Muir, Kath Houldsworth, Alison and Charlie Watts, Harvey Wyatt, Grace Daramoia, Marion Letten, Gwen Barritt, June Orton and Sandra Watts. If you feel you are unable to join a team but could volunteer on one of the 16 Sundays when we have no current cover, please sign up on the list on the noticeboard at the back of church. Thank you, Jill Joyce.

Amnesty International
Many thanks to all those people who came to the Vicarage to write cards to send to Prisoners of Conscience. We achieved a grand total of 100 cards written. If you would like to send a card or perhaps ask a friend to send a card there are a few Amnesty International explanatory booklets at the back of church. Do take one. Many thanks, Flix Haynes.

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.

Eastern Green Pre-School Playgroup
The playgroup are recruiting staff. If you are interested and have childcare qualifications or experience please pop in and speak to Kay. Thanks.

Petition
There is also a petition about the development to the north of Eastern Green Lane at the back of church for objectors to sign. The petition can also be accessed on line at: http://epetitions.coventry.gov.uk/2014/11/core-strategy-and-coventry-development-plan-woodlands-ward .

Study Leave
Please note that Greg will be taking Study Leave from 28th December to 25th January in order to complete his PhD dissertation. All enquiries during this time should be directed to Alex on 07717 778853 or our administrator, Julie on 07756 918847.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jackie Lynch.

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 Monnington, Beryl Poppit, Jo Hanney, Ken Starr, Colin Sanders and Steve. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 7th Dec7.30pmPost Confirmation Group at the Vicarage
Mon 8th Dec2.00pmEastern Green History Group AGM in church
Tues 9th Dec9.15amPram Service
Tues 9th Dec7.00pmChoir Practice
Weds 10th Dec7.00pmPCC Social
Thurs 11th Dec1.30pmEastern Green Pre-School
Sat 13th DecBannerbrook Park carol singing
Sun 14th Dec10.00amKate’s farewell service and lunch
Sun 14th Dec7.00pmThe Nightingales concert
Mon 15th Dec7.00pmLink thank you party
Tues 16th Dec2.00pmKenthurst Nativity
Readings at 8am2 Peter 3.8-15 (p 1224) & Mark 1.1-8 (p 1002)
ReaderJill Joyce
PresidentAlex Randle-Bissell
Toy Service led byGreg Smith
SidespersonsJune Orton & Sandra Watts
Next Week1 Thess 5.16-24 & John 1.6-8, 19-28