Pews News – 14th December 2014

14th December 2014 – Third Sunday of 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.

Special Welcome
To Kate Massey, her husband Liam and children Erin, Niamh and Anna as we say farewell to them this morning. Please pray for Kate and the family as they prepare for their move to St. Paul’s Stockingford, where Kate will be inducted as Vicar on 25th January at 3pm. All are welcome to attend this service. Please speak to Greg or Sara Parkes if you would like a lift.

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 who so wonderfully donated toys last week. These will be distributed via Coventry City Mission to children in the city who will otherwise be without at Christmas.

Grand Christmas Draw
Tickets will be available after the Service. Over 20 prizes to be won including chocolates, bottles and a first prize of £100 cash. Tickets are 20p each or £1 a book. All proceeds to Church funds. Nigel Dawes.

Thank You
To all the volunteers who came to decorate the church last Saturday. Ann Dove.

Flower Rota
The 2015 flower rota is now at the back of church. If you would like to put your name down for a week, please do.

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 tonight 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.

Social Programme
We are developing an exciting social programme for 2015 that includes a quiz night, beetle drive, Valentine’s Day dinner and much more. To see further details of this, please visit the website.

Shirley and Gareth Lewis will be hosting a 10 week Alpha course at their home, 900 Broad Lane, commencing Thursday 22nd January at 7.30pm. The course provides a great chance to learn more about the Christian faith and meet new people. The evening starts with a beautiful meal, followed by a talk on a Christian topic e.g. why should I pray or how can I be sure of my faith. This is followed by discussion, with every opportunity to ask questions before the evening finishes at 9.30pm. To reserve a place or find out more, please contact Julie on or 07756 918847.

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 tomorrow Monday 15th in the sideroom at 7pm.  All Link deliverers warmly welcomed.

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.

There is a petition about the development to the north of Eastern Green Lane for objectors to sign, which can be accessed on line at: .

Carol Service
We would like to provide mince pies for our guests at the Carol Service on 21st December. We would be grateful if you would buy a box or bake a dozen for us. Please see Fran or James if you are willing to help.

Bannerbrook Park Xmas Fayre
Please support the Christmas Fayre on Bannerbrook Park (outside the shops) next Friday 19th December from 6.30-8pm. The Salvation Army band are playing, Limbrick Wood School are performing a nativity and there will be Christmas stalls to enjoy.

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.

Choir Director
With George Cooke’s retirement imminent as choir director, we are seeking a replacement. There is a degree of flexibility about the role, so if this is something that appeals to you, please talk further to Greg or George about it.

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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

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 or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 14th Dec7.00pmThe Nightingales concert
Mon 15th Dec7.00pmLink thank you party
Mon 15th Dec6.00pmCrib rehearsal
Tues 16th Dec2.00pmKenthurst Nativity
Tues 16th Dec7.00pmChoir Practice
Fri 19th Dec6.30pmBannerbrook Park Xmas Fayre
Sun 21st Dec6.30pmCarol Service
Weds 24th Dec2.30pm & 4pmCrib Services
Weds 24th Dec11.00pmMidnight Communion
Thurs 25th Dec10.00amCommunion
Readings1 Thess 5.16-24 (p 1188) & John 1.6-8, 19-28 (p 1063)
ReadersGraham & Elizabeth Shelton
PreacherKate Massey
PresidentKate Massey
Led byGreg Smith
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
CrècheLesley Harrison & Becky Crowe
Next WeekHeb 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45