Pews News – 21st December 2014

21st December 2014 – Fourth 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.

Christmas Blessings
Greg and Fran would like to take this opportunity to wish a Christ filled Christmas to the whole congregation; and thank everyone who has so kindly given cards, gifts and best wishes at this time.

Kate Massey
A reminder that Kate’s induction as Vicar of St. Paul’s, Stockingford takes place on Sunday 25th January at 3pm. We have plans to take a minibus. Anyone interested in this should speak to Veronika or sign the list at the back of church.

Window
At long, long last our beautiful window has been magnificently restored in time for Christmas.  Many thanks to those who gave so generously to the window fund to enable this project (which has taken four years) to be completed. Special thanks to Trevor Hill who has worked tirelessly to as clerk of works and overseen every stage of the project.

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 over the last couple of weeks.  Several sack fulls were taken to Coventry City Mission who will distribute them to children in the city who will otherwise be without at Christmas.

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 or noticeboard at the back of church.

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

Alpha
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 9.30 p.m. Only three places remain. To reserve a place or find out more, please contact Julie on administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

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.

Petition
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: http://epetitions.coventry.gov.uk/2014/11/core-strategy-and-coventry-development-plan-woodlands-ward .

Carol Service
We would like to provide mince pies for our guests at the Carol Service tonight. 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.

Midweek Communion
There will be a communion as normal on Christmas Eve at 10am but not one the following Wednesday on New Year’s Eve.

Quiz Night
There will be a fish & chip Quiz Night at Eastern Green Village Hall on Saturday 17th January at 7pm. Tickets are available from Fran on 02 7642 2856 or Barbara on 024 7640 2458.

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.

George Cooke
We wish George Cooke every blessing in his retirement as choir director. George is standing down after nearly 10 years of loyal service to the choir and St. Andrew’s. We are so grateful to him. We are now 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.

Pews News
This is the last Pews News of 2014. The parish administrator, Julie is on holiday until 5th January 2015.  All enquiries until 25th December should be directed to Greg on 024 7642 2856 and from 26th December to 4th January to Alex on 07717 778853.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Sara Parkes.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda & Neville Lawrence, Ken Starr, Barbara Hesketh, Mary Shepherd, Matt Monnington, Jo Hanney, Kay Wilding, Beryl Poppit, Colin Sanders and Steve. Please give thanks for the significant improvement in Matt Monnington’s condition. To add names to the list please contact Julie at administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 21st Dec6.30pmCarol Service
Tues 23rd Dec6.00pmCrib Rehearsal
Weds 24th Dec2.30pm & 4pmCrib Services
Weds 24th Dec11.00pmMidnight Communion
Thurs 25th Dec10.00amCommunion
ReadingsHeb 10.5-10 (p 1207) & Luke 1.39-45 (p 1026)
ReadersHarvey Wyatt & Hilary Wankling
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
Led bySue Masters
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Comm AsstsNick/Emma/Sue
Junior ChurchTracy Huckfield & Linda Chylinski
CrècheGary Corden/Alison Watts
Next Week1 Cor 1.26-29 & Matt 2.13-28
Jan 4th at 8amIsaiah 60.1-6 & Matt 2.1-12