Pews News – 19th July 2015

19th July 2015 – Seventh Sunday after Trinity

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.

Many thanks to all those who supported Alex, Bev, Jacob and Bronte at their farewell service and lunch last Sunday. They are now taking a well earned holiday before moving south on August 7th. There is a card from Alex at the back of church which provides his forwarding address.

Greg and Fran are pleased to announce the birth of their grandson, Dylan (8 lbs 9 oz) on 13th July. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes. Congratulations to Greg & Fran from everyone!

Coventry Way
On September 12th, a party from St. Andrew’s will be walking the Coventry Way. This is a forty mile path that circuits the city, mainly through fields and off road paths, and unlike last year’s venture is entirely flat! You are invited to consider walking some or all the route, mindful that we will be raising funds for both St. Andrew’s and the Laura Centre (a charity that provides support to bereaved children and parents who have lost children). We are immensely grateful for those who have volunteered to be part of the support group. A practice walk is planned on August 21st.  Anyone who can walk 3 miles an hour is welcome to join us for this. Please see Greg for further information.

Family Communion
Please note that over the summer holidays, we will be holding Family Communion services, designed to be child friendly, shorter and more interactive. The PCC has also agreed that the second Sunday of the month from September onwards should be a Family Communion Service. All feedback gratefully received.

Family Service
Our next 4pm Family Service takes place next Sunday, July 26th, aimed at Primary School aged children and their families; and all those who enjoy informal, interactive worship.

This morning we are having part two of our short sermon series on prophecy.

140th Anniversary Weekend
Jonathan Veira, a renowned Christian international singer, raconteur and comedian has agreed to perform along with his family at our 140th anniversary concert on Saturday August 15th, which will be held at the Massey Ferguson Social Concert room. Jonathan Veira is an international baritone who has performed with the English National Opera as well as in the West End. Tickets are available from Fran, Rosemarie, Jackie or Julie at a cost of £12. Because we anticipate great interest in this concert, we are not putting tickets on general sale until June 28th. Also that weekend, on Sunday 16th, there will be a tea party at the Vicarage between 4 and 6pm, during which time Charles and Jill Holbrook have very kindly offered to open up the old Vicarage to guided tours. At 6.30pm we will have a Songs of Praise Service in church.

Songs of Praise
If you want to nominate a hymn or song for Songs of Praise on 16th August, there is a box at the back of church in which to place your vote. Please write clearly, include your name and if you wish the reason for choosing that hymn. Closing date for voting is 2nd August.

Alex Induction Service
Alex will be inducted into his new parish on Thursday 10th September at 7.30pm. St. Andrew’s will organize a coach to take us provided there is sufficient interest. We also need to know absolute numbers who would like to go (even if you would prefer to make your own way) because places in the church may be limited. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of church as soon as possible.

Bannerbrook Park Community Day
Many thanks to all those who supported the Community Day on Bannerbrook Park last Saturday, especially those who volunteered their time to staff stalls etc. Special thanks to Phil, the chief organizer. A great time was had by all, with 1,000 people attending from the estate.

Discipleship Survey
With apologies for how long it has taken to process the results, but some encouraging news from the discipleship survey that all our congregations completed earlier this year. 73% of members report praying most days or more compared with 69% two years ago; while 28% now say they read the Bible most days or more compared with 20% two years ago. We continue to encourage members in these spiritual disciplines which have been proved through the years to be the best way of growing a faith that can withstand the storms of life.

Fair Trade
We have decided to offer sales of food and gifts on just one Sunday a month (the 3rd Sunday). We hope that more people will support this worthwhile charity which gives producers a fair price. This enables them to help educate their children and have better healthcare and housing. Thank you, Flix Haynes and Alison Watts.

Reconciling a Wounded Planet Conference – Volunteers Needed
Some of you may be aware that Alex is running a major environmental conference for the Diocese on 18th & 19th September 2015. Volunteers are needed to help with catering, stewarding etc. If you would like to help, please speak to Dawn Easthope or email

Youth Picnic
This afternoon, in place of our regular Youth Service, there will be picnic at Stratford for young people. Please see Nick Tooby for further details.

Kids Klub
Which operates at Jardine Youth Centre in Tile Hill providing games and other activities for Primary School children in a Christian context, now includes a parents café. Anyone who would like to support this by serving refreshments should speak to Greg. The Club runs every Tuesday from 4.30-6.30pm.

St. Oswald’s Summer Fete
Do support the St. Oswald’s Summer Fete if you possibly can. This takes place next Saturday, July 26th from 12-6pm. One added bonus is that Selina will be singing.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Barbara Anderson, Fred Mickelwright, Dave Best, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Jackie Page, Margaret & Albert Whitehouse, Kay Wilding, Lara Santostefano and Peter Shale. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Sermon Summary
How God speaks
How God continues to speak
How we might hear

Diary Dates
Sun 19th July Youth Picnic at Stratford
Mon 20th July9-3.30pm Holiday Club
Tues 21st July9-3.30pm Holiday Club
Tues 21st July7.00pm Choir meeting
Sun 26th July4.00pm Family Service
Tues 28th July9.15am Pram Service
ReadingsActs 10.9-23 (p 1104) & John 8.1-11 (p 1073)
ReadersNorah Hall & Victoria Kaczur
PreacherGreg Smith
PresidentGreg Smith
Led byLesley Lee
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Comm AsstLesley Lee
CrècheVictoria & Becky
Readings Next Week2 Sam 11.1-15 & John 6.1-21