Pews News – 2nd August 2015

2nd August 2015 – Ninth 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.

Curate on Placement
Jonathan Hill (currently a second year Curate at Christchurch, Cheylesmore) has begun a three month placement jointly at St. Andrew’s and St. James Fletchamstead until the end of October. The purpose of the placement is to give Jonathan a wider experience of the Church of England.  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 13th July. Many thanks.

Holiday Club
Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the Holiday Club at the beginning of the summer holidays. We had a fantastic, if exhausting time!

To Rachael and Nathan Watts who were married on Friday.

To Ben, Claire & Nathan on the birth of baby Lawrence, 7 lbs 11 on 24th July.

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 12th September, 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 21st August.  Anyone who can walk 3 miles an hour is welcome to join us for this. Please see Greg for further information. A sponsor form is now available at the back of church.

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.

Ignatian Service
Please note there is no Ignatian Service this evening.

St. Oswald’s Holiday Club
St. Oswald’s are running a Holiday Club during the last week of August. They are looking for volunteers to help. If you wish to help or would like to know more, please speak to Greg.

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.

Strawberry Tea
Everyone is welcome to attend the Strawberry Team at the Vicarage on 16th August, but it would be helpful to have some idea about numbers, so please put your name on the guest list at the back of church. Please do not email Julie who will be on holiday until then.

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.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church will take place on 16th August at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church between 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Families and children welcome to make crafts, take part in activities, enjoy food and a celebration.

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.

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

Seek His Face
Our next Seek His Face, in which we focus on prayer, prophecy and worship will take place next Sunday, 9th August at 6.30pm in church.

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.

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.

Shirley and Gareth Lewis will be hosting a 10 week Alpha course at their home, 900 Broad Lane, commencing Thursday 24th September (time to be confirmed). 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. Enrolment forms are at the back of church. To reserve a place, or find out more, please contact Julie on or 07756 918847.

Catering Required for Alpha Course
Volunteers are needed to cater for one Thursday evening Alpha session which runs from 24th September to 3rd December (excluding 29th October) at 900 Broad Lane. Caterers would be paid £10 in advance and would need to cater for a maximum of 10 people producing one simple course e.g. pizza, baked potatoes etc. If you could spare an evening to cater for the Alpha course please contact Julie on or 07756 918847.

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:

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

Julie, the Parish Administrator, will be on holiday for the next 2 weeks. There will be no Pews News next Sunday 9th August however Steve Martin will be doing Pews News for Sunday 16th August so please send any items for inclusion to Thank you.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Jill Joyce. Next week’s altar flowers will be donated by Trevor Smith in memory of Daniel Warburton.

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

Diary Dates
Tues 4th Aug7.00pm Choir Practice
Weds 5th Aug7.30pm Limbrick Wood Prayer meeting
Sun 9th Aug6.30pmSeek His Face
Mon 10th Aug7.30pmBaptism Preparation at the Vicarage
Tues 11th Aug9.15am Pram Service
Readings at 8am2 Sam 11.26-12.13 & John 6.24-35
ReaderRichard Marr
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All led byGreg Smith
Readings next week1 Kings 19.4-8 & John 6.35.41-51