Pews News – 13th September 2015

13th September 2015 – Fifteenth 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) continues his 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 report the death of Pat Copeland at the age of 95 last week. Pat was a loved member of the St. Andrew’s congregation until ill health led her to residential care some years ago. Her funeral will take place St. Andrew’s on 6th October at 10.15am.

Seek His Face
Our next gathering for Worship, Prayer and Prophecy takes place tonight in the upper room at 6.30pm. Our focus will be on education, praying for all those involved in education at the start of a new academic year. Everyone is welcome to join us, but educationalists especially.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church (craft, stories, songs and food for families) takes place next Sunday at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church from 3.30pm.

Family Communion
From today onwards for a trial period, the second Sunday of the month will be Family Communion at 10am with a shortened service with more child friendly liturgy and activity.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service next takes place on Tuesday 22nd September at 9.15am. The service is designed for pre-school children, their parents and siblings. Do join us for stories, songs and craft in 30 minute service with lots of tea, biscuits and chat on offer. We are continuing to follow the story of Joseph.

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

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.

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.

Link Delivery
Can someone please take over a delivery for The Link, the current person is due to have chemotherapy so unable to continue. 41 copies, 124-130 and 373-445 Upper Eastern Green Lane. All on the flat so quite an easy walk. Many thanks, Barbara Warner (07846 288036/02476 403458)

There is one place left on our next Alpha course which 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.

Alpha Catering
If you would be willing to cater for one evening (either 24th September or 26th November) please contact the Parish Administrator on 07756 918847 or

Volunteers are needed to decorate the church for Harvest on Saturday 3rd October at 9.15am. If you would like to donate towards the cost of the flowers, please see Ann Dove.

Plans are afoot to host Nativity III in December, a live age action rendering of the Nativity story in the church and surrounding area, involving adults and children. Greg would be pleased to hear from children (over the age of 8) and adults who would like to participate either by performing or helping backstage (no experience or special expertise necessary). Please reserve December 17th and 18th in your diaries for what promises to be a very special event.

Sermon Summary
Two versions of the Christian Faith
– Comfortable, Confident and Consumerist
– Humble, Harsh and Happy
Which one would you choose?

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Fred Mickelwright, Flix Haynes, Ian Morris, Andrew Rodgers, 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove.

Diary Dates
Sun 13th Sept6.30pmSeek His Face in the upper room
Mon 14th Sept7.30pmPCC Meeting in side room
Tues 15th  Sept1.30pmLadies Fellowship Meeting in side room
Thurs 17th Sept7.30pmAllesley Green Mission Group
Sat 19th Sept10-1pmAutumn Fayre at the Village Hall
Sun 20th Sept3.30pmMessy Church at Limbrick Wood
Mon 21st Sept7.30pmDeanery Synod at Stoneleigh
Tues 22nd Sept2.00pmPastoral Care Ctte at 77 Drayton Crescent
ReadingMark 8.27-38 (p 1012)
ReaderVictoria Kaczur
PreacherGreg Smith
LeaderLesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Communion AsstEmma Read
Readings Next WeekPsalm 1 & Mark 9.30-37