Pews News – 23rd August 2015

23rd August 2015 – Twelfth 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. Generally speaking, he will be at St. Andrew’s on the 1st and 4th Sundays of the month, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jonathan’s tel no is: 07810 652011 and email address

Sad News
We regret to announce the death of Barbara Anderson on 15th August. Barbara has been a member of St. Andrew’s for many years, although not attending in recent years because of her battle with Leukemia. She was a loyal member of the choir. There will be a Thanksgiving Service for Barbara and her husband Peter, who died very recently, on Thursday 10th September at 11am at St. Andrew’s. Our condolences also go to Steve Wankling on the loss of his mother, May, whose funeral will take place on Tuesday 15th September.

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. 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, 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.

140th Anniversary Weekend
Many thanks to all those who supported a magnificent 140th anniversary weekend, which had many wonderful highlights. Thanks especially to Fran for organizing the Jonathan Veira concert and hosting afternoon tea. Our gratitude has been conveyed to Charles and Jill Holbrook for generously opening up their home at the Old Vicarage.

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.

Please note Greg and Fran will be on holiday from 23rd August to 6th September inclusive. Routine enquiries should be directed to Julie on 07756 918847 or, however please note that Julie will also be on holiday until 2nd September.  Pastoral emergencies to Emma Read on 024 7646 3439.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service next takes place on Tuesday 25th August at 9.15am. The theme is Joseph and his brothers. The service is designed for pre-school children, their parents/carers and siblings. Do join us for stories, songs and craft in this 30 minute service with lots of tea, biscuits and chat on offer.

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

Autumn Fayre
This will be held in the village hall on September 19th, 10am to 1pm. We need help in lots of ways. Setting up and clearing afterwards. Manning stalls and providing cakes, unwanted gifts, bric a brac, chocolate and bottles for the tombolas, raffle prizes and anything else I haven’t thought of! Please let me know if you can help. All proceeds are for church funds, so even if you can’t help, please come along to support us, and bring your friends and family and anyone else you see walking along the road! SPREAD THE WORD. Jackie Lynch.

An Alpha course will be taking place in September on Thursday evenings from 24th September through to the first week of December. Alpha entails a simple meal, short talk on a topic connected to the Christian faith and group discussion in a small group in a friendly atmosphere. It provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the faith for enquirers, a chance to brush up on the basics for many others and a great chance to meet new people and make new friends in the church. Please speak to Steve Warne or Sue Masters if you would like to know more or email to reserve a place. If you would be willing to cater for one or more evening please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or

CPAS Job Vacancies
CPAS is an Anglican mission agency based in Coventry and is advertising 2 job opportunities. Please see the red folder at the back of church for more information.

Coventry Street Pastors
Are currently doing presentations in Coventry churches about Street Pastors, with the intention of raising awareness and recruiting Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors. For further information please see the posters in the red folder at the back of church.

BCDM (Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship and Mission)
Running this year is a new lay training course, primarily designed to build confidence, knowledge and understanding of faith and to equip and empower people to recognise and act on God’s call to be missionary disciples in their communities. If interested, leaflets have been placed in the red folder at the back of church and are available for you take.

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). For details of the speakers and booking please see Everyone is invited to these two events. Volunteers are needed to help with catering, stewarding etc. If you would like to help, please speak to Dawn Easthope or email

Prayer Ministry St. Andrew’s/StAPH
If anyone requires prayer after the Sunday morning service please speak to Sue Masters or Lesley Lee and they will direct you to someone from the prayer ministry team who will pray with you. If they are not available there is a list of prayer ministry team members displayed at the back of church, and any member of the team will be happy to pray with you. For anyone requiring prayer at StAPH following the service please speak to Jayne Nye. There is a list of prayer ministry team members at StaPH on the display table.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Beryl Lee.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Fred Mickelwright, Ian Morris, Andrew Rogers, 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
Tues 25th Aug9.15amPram Service
Tues 25th AugStAPH leadership meeting
Sun 6th Sept8.00am Holy Communion
Sun 6th Sept10.00amWorship 4 All
Sun 6th Sept6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 7th Sept7.30pmBaptism Preparation at the Vicarage
Tues 8th Sept9.15am Pram Service
Tues 8th Sept6.45pm Choir Practice
ReadingJohn 6.58-69 (p 1071)
ReaderJeremy Thomas
PreacherJonathan Hill
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsSue Masters
Communion AsstEmma Read
Readings Next WeekMark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Readings on Sept 6thJames 2.1-10 & Mark 7.24-37