Pews News – 26th July 2015

26th July 2015 – Eighth 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. They are now taking a well earned holiday before moving south on 7th August. There is a card from Alex at the back of church which provides his forwarding address.

Curate on Placement
Jonathan Hill (currently a second year Curate at Christchurch, Cheylesmore) is going to be undertaking a three month placement jointly at St. Andrew’s and St James Fletchamstead until the October half term. The placement whose purpose is to give Jonathan a wider experience of the Church of England will start very shortly. Please do make him feel welcome.

Greg and Fran would like to say how grateful we are to everyone for their cards and good wishes following the birth of their grandchild, Dylan Elijah born on July 13th. Many thanks.

Holiday Club
Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the Holiday Club this week. We had a fantastic, if exhausting time!

To Rachael and Nathan on their wedding this coming Friday.

Church Together Development Officer
The Church Together in Tile Hill is seeking to appoint a Development Officer to further its mission in the Tile Hill area. We are looking for a highly motivated individual able to work with a wide range of people of different ages and backgrounds. The successful candidate will have a heart for working with deprived communities and a desire to see the Church’s mission prosper. This new three year post of 20 hours a week with some evening and weekend work will require flexibility, an ability to prioritise and a gift of motivating and organizing volunteers. The salary for this post is c £11k (£22k per annum) and the successful candidate will report to the Board for the Church Together. For application pack, please email: For informal discussion, telephone Greg on 02476 422856. Closing date 12th August.

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, starting today, 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 this afternoon, July 26th, aimed at Primary School aged children and their families; and all those who enjoy informal, interactive worship.

Ignatian Service
Please note there is no Ignatian Service in August.

St. Oswald’s Holiday Club
St Oswalds are running a Holiday Club during the last week of August (please see the poster is the red folder at the back of church). They are looking for volunteers to help. If you wish to help or would like to know more, please speak to Greg, contact Noreen on 07534912578 or email:

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 15th August, 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. 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.

Limbrick Wood Prayer Meeting
Anyone who would like to join Limbrick Wood Baptist Church in their monthly prayer meeting on Wednesday 5th August at 7.30pm should speak to Greg.

Alex Induction Service
Alex will be inducted into his new parish on Thursday September 10th 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.

We still require volunteers for the coffee rota, or it may not be possible to continue to offer refreshments after the service every Sunday. Please contact Jill Joyce if you are able to help at:

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.

Car Boot Sale
Andrew Rodgers is trying to raise money to move home and is looking for donations for a car boot sale.  If you are able to help Andrew, please contact him via his email address:

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.

Coventry Youth for Christ (CYFC) Youth Mentoring
CYFC are looking for individuals who have a heart for young people and for mentoring, who could offer a couple of hours a month to invest in the lives of young people from their own churches and potentially become part of a city wide mentoring group, who reaches young people across the city, who perhaps have little/no access to a youth mentor in their own local contexts. Places are £15 per person. Mentoring training is taking place on Saturday 5th September from 9am-3pm at the Radio Plus Offices (

Gideon Bibles
I am pleased to let you know that a further £40 has been collected for the Gideons who are very grateful for our continued support and a receipt has been pinned on the notice board. There are empty tubes for anyone who would like to collect for this worthy cause. Many thanks. Barbara Warner.

Link Delivery
I would be grateful for a volunteer to deliver 35 copies to Peregrine Drive (Park Hill) for this month only as Toby will be on holiday. We also need a volunteer to take over a round of 41 copies to be delivered to 142-190 and 447-479 Upper Eastern Green Lane. Please let me know if you are willing to take this round on. Many thanks, Barbara Warner.

Summer Library Events
Please see the red folder at the back of church to find out what is going on in local libraries during the summer.

Reconciling a Wounded Planet
Is a major environmental Conference taking place at Coventry Cathedral on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September. (A poster and further information can be found in the red folder at the back of church). Everyone invited. Volunteers are needed to help with catering, stewarding etc. If you would like to help, please speak to Dawn Easthope or email

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by David Griffiths.

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.

Diary Dates
Sun 26th July4.00pm Family Service
Mon 27th July7.30pm Eastern Green History Group
Tues 28th July9.15am Pram Service
Sun 2nd Aug8.00am Holy Communion
Sun 2nd Aug10.00am Worship 4 All
Tues 4th Aug7.00pm Choir Practice
Weds 5th Aug7.30pm Limbrick Wood Prayer meeting
ReadingJohn 6.1-21 (p 1069)
ReaderTrevor Hill
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentGreg Smith
Led bySue Masters
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Comm AsstSue Masters
CrècheAshleigh & Gary
Readings Next Week2 Sam 11.26-12.13 & John 6.24-35