Pews News – 27th September 2015

27th September 2015 – 17th 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.

Last week, we bade farewell to Andrew Rodgers, who has moved to Shrewsbury. Andrew has written a farewell letter to his friends, copies of which are available at the back of church. We have heard from Andrew this week and are grateful to God for answered prayer in that he has found accommodation in Shrewsbury after two nights sleeping in a tent. Do continue to pray for him.

Jonathan Hill
Special welcome to Jonathan this morning who will be leading our service for the first time.

Sacha Slavic
Sacha was originally due to take the service this morning, but he has had to have a thyroid operation this week. Please do pray for his recovery. We hope to see him in November.

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. Please see Lesley Lee for details of this year’s appeal.

MacMillan Coffee Morning
Beryl Lee will be holding a coffee morning is aid of Macmillan nurses on Wednesday 30th September in the church side room, from 11am-1pm. Please do come along.

Parents’ Café
Kids Klub, a Christian group which works with Primary School aged children at the Jardine Youth Centre on Tuesdays from 5-6pm is looking for volunteers to staff a parents’ café, somewhere for parents to take shelter while their children are enjoying the club. Anyone who feels called to this can speak to Greg to find out more.

Drama Club
Drama club will be starting up again on Monday evenings from 4.30-5.30pm at Jardine Youth Centre from Monday 5th October. Children/young people of 8+ are welcome. Please speak to Greg or Selina for further details.

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.

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

Coventry Way
Six walkers successfully completed the 40 miles of the Coventry Way walk on 12th September, raising funds for St. Andrew’s and the Laura Centre (which supports bereaved children). We are very grateful to everyone who was so kind as to sponsor us. If you haven’t already paid up, do please put your donation into the basket at the back of church and cross your names off the sponsor list. If you didn’t get chance to sponsor us, it’s still not too late to make a donation.

Autumn Fayre
Many thanks to all who helped with the Fayre, and to all those who came and spent their money! We made a total of £1014.75…fantastic, which will go towards much needed church funds. God is good. Jackie Lynch. – 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.

Family Service
Please note that our Family Service reconvenes after a summer break tonight, with an interactive, fun service aimed at families from 5pm. To find out more, speak to Nick Tooby or Lesley Lee.

Barn Dance – a note for your diary!
Saturday 21st November in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. £8 Adults and £4 children (13 and under) includes hot dog supper and light refreshments. Bring your own drinks and glasses. A really fun night not to be missed. Tickets available from Barbara Warner 07846 288036/02476 403458/ from 1st November.

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!

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 Dec 17th and 18th in your diaries for what promises to be a very special event.

Junior Church
We continue to struggle for Junior Church leaders which seriously affects our ability to ensure a full programme for our much loved children. Please do pray carefully about whether you might be able to offer a couple of Sundays a term to support the Junior Church team. Do speak to Lesley Lee if you want to know more.

Coventry Cathedral will be hosting a Confirmation Service on Saturday 21st November at 4pm. Anyone who is interested in pursuing Confirmation (the CofE’s way of welcoming adults into full membership/communion) should speak to Greg.

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)

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Flix Haynes.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Fred Mickelwright, Flix Haynes, Pauline & Colin Smith, Jack Gannon, 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.

Diary Dates
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
Thurs 1st Oct7.30pmAlpha week 2
Sun 4th Oct8.00amSaid communion
Sun 4th Oct10.00amWorship 4 All Harvest
Sun 4th Oct6.30pmIgnatian Service
Mon 5th Oct4.30pmDrama club at Jardine Youth Centre
Mon 5th Oct7.30pmBaptism Preparation at the Vicarage
Tues 6th Oct10.15amPat Copeland’s funeral
Tues 6th Oct7.00pmChoir Practice
ReadingsJames 5.13-20 (p 1216) & Mark 9.38-50 (p 1013)
ReadersJill Joyce & James Durrant
PreacherSue Masters
PresidentJonathan Hill
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Communion AsstHarvey Wyatt
CrècheVictoria Kaczur & Claire Hoyland
Readings Next WeekJob 1.1, 2.1-10 & Mark 10.2-16