Pews News – 20th September 2015

20th September 2015 – 16th 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.

To Alan & Marion Letton who have just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary!

This morning, we bid farewell to Andrew Rodgers, who is leaving Coventry for Shrewsbury.  Andrew has written a farewell letter to his friends, copies of which are available at the back of church.

Jonathan Hill
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 at St. Andrew’s on 6th October at 10.15am.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church (craft, stories, songs and food for families) takes place today at Limbrick Wood Baptist Church from 3.30pm. We will be focusing on the story of the healing of the paralysed man.

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.

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)

BCDM (Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship and Mission)
This new lay training course gets underway on 21st September, 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 a poster has been placed in the red folder at the back of church.

Chocolate for Charity
After the Worship for All service on 4th October there will be the opportunity to try a chocolate fountain and to buy decorative mugs, all in aid of charity. Olivia Wilson has been raising money to help her friend Lara, currently battling cancer, and also to support the Youth Cancer Trust. The youth group based at StAPH has decorated the mugs and will be running the chocolate fountain – donations will be collected on the day. So bring along a healthy appetite and a full wallet!

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

Harvest Thanksgiving
St. Andrew’s will be holding its annual Harvest Thanksgiving service at the 10.00am Worship 4 All on Sunday 4th October and then with Holy Communion on 11th October. It is entitled ‘Sharing the Harvest Home and Away’ and will be an opportunity to celebrate, thank and praise our God for all He provides for us and, also, an opportunity to share our abundance with those who are less fortunate, at home and far away. As usual, we will be grateful for any tins, packets, etc. which we will pass on to the Food Bank for local distribution. Those of you who grow fruit and vegetables in your gardens or allotments, may wish to bring samples from your harvest which could be sold after the service with proceeds going towards the Christian Aid Harvest appeal. This year their focus is one of the driest places on earth, the Dogon Plateau in Mali, where rain is scarce and droughts are becoming more frequent. Life there has never been easy, but with a changing climate, families face an ever more bitter battle for survival.

Domestic Violence
Jardine Children’s Centre is running a 5 week programme with women affected by domestic violence on Friday mornings beginning 2nd October. Sessions include Assertiveness, Personal Safety and Impact on Children. Contact the centre for further details.

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 min 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

Autumn Fayre
Thank you to everyone who supported the annual Autumn Fayre yesterday. Special thanks to all those who staffed stalls or provided items for sale. Extra special thanks to Jackie for her incredible hard work as chief organizer.

Community Leadership
Are you interested in becoming a Community Leader?  If so, there is a course at St Oswald’s Church on Thursday mornings, commencing 15th October at 10am. For further information, email or see poster at the back of church.

There is one place left on our next Alpha course which starts this Thursday evening, Sept 24th and continues on Thursdays until 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.

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.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Fred Mickelwright, Flix Haynes, Pauline, 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 Alex and Bev.

Diary Dates
Sun 20th Sept3.30pmMessy Church at Limbrick Wood
Mon 21st Sept7.30pmDeanery Synod at Stoneleigh
Mon 21st Sept7.30pmAlpha Leaders meeting at 900 Broad Lane
Tues 22nd Sept2.00pmPastoral Care Ctte at 77 Drayton Crescent
Thurs 24th Sept7.30pmAlpha week 1 at 900 Broad Lane
Sat Sept 26th9.30-12.30Home Group Leaders Vision morning in church
Sun 27th Sept5.00pmFamily Service
Sun 27th Sept6.30pmNativity meeting at the Vicarage
Tues 29th Sept6.45pmChoir meeting in church
Weds 30th Sept7.30pmGrowing Leaders Module 3 commences in church
ReadingsPsalm 1 (p 543) & Mark 9.30-37 (p 1013)
ReadersJohn Ross Barnard & Hilary Wankling
PreacherHarvey Wyatt
LeaderNick Tooby
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsNick Tooby
Communion AsstNick Tooby
Readings Next WeekJames 5.13-20 & Mark 9.38-50