Pews News – 1st November 2015

1st November 2015 – Fourth Sunday before Advent

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 Nick Tooby for presiding over last Sunday’s service of Morning Prayer following Jonathan’s illness, thereby allowing Greg and Fran to keep their weekend’s retreat.

Thank you
A big thank you to all who supported our fund raising event – by either buying our hand-decorated mugs or chocolate fountain. We raised a fantastic amount of £279.46 – from both StAPH and St. Andrew’s congregations. The money will be shared between Lara’s Fund and Teenage Cancer Trust who have supported my friend Lara and her family over the past 15 months. Olivia Wilson.

Remembrance Sunday
Next Sunday at 10am we will be hosting our annual Remembrance Sunday service with Holy Communion. Our good friend, Sacha Slavic, will be preaching.

The Diocese has just announced that our former curate, Kate Massey, has been appointed as the Dean of Women’s Ministry. This makes her effectively the most senior woman in the diocese, although the role which entails advising her female colleagues and being part of the Bishop’s core team is in addition to her existing job as Vicar of Stockingford.

Advent Group
Is it that time already? The shops have been decorated for Christmas and the merchandise displayed to start us thinking about Christmas. At St. Andrew’s we too are starting to prepare for Christmas and this year we will be running an Advent Group on Tuesday afternoons over six weeks, from 10th November to 15th December. This will be an opportunity to come together and to set time aside to prepare ourselves for the celebration of that gift given to each of us in the birth of Jesus. We will look at the Bible narratives central to Advent and a reflection written by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. The afternoon will include a time for fellowship and group discussion as we share together. The afternoons will begin at 2pm and finish at 3.30pm and will be at 55 Handsworth Crescent. All are welcome and if you have never been to a small group or to a Bible study group why not come along and be part of this group during Advent. If you want to know more or you are interested in being part of the group please speak with Sue Masters or email me on

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

Please note that our website has been upgraded to include video footage for weddings and Pram Service. All feedback welcomed.

Quiz Night
St. Andrew’s are jointly hosting a Quiz Night with the Allesley Green Residents Association on Friday 4th December at 7pm at the Massey Ferguson Concert Room. The ticket price of £8 for adults and £4 for children includes a chip supper (choice between fish, chicken, pie or sausage). Tickets available from Julie on 07756 918847 or or Veronika on 024 7640 7800.

City Praise
The biannual service in which all Christian churches in the city are encouraged to worship together next takes place on Sunday 22nd November at 6.30pm at the Welcome Centre, Parkside (see poster and flyers at the back of church). On previous occasions many hundreds of people from 60 or 70 different churches gathered together to worship in unison. If anyone would like a lift, please speak to Greg.

Barn Dance
A fun-filled evening is promised on Saturday November 21st at the Village Hall when St. Andrews Barn Dance takes place. The ticket price of £8 adults and £4 children (13 and under) includes refreshments and a hot dog supper.  Please bring your own glasses. Tickets available from Barbara Warner (on 024 7640 3458 or 07846 288036), Jackie Lynch, Veronika, Rosemary or Sue Williams.

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. Please reserve December 17th and 18th in your diaries for what promises to be a very special event. Tickets will be available soon, priced £4 adults and £2 for children (with a family of up to 5 £10).

If anyone has a tweed cape or tweed suit or plus fours that they would be willing to lend to the church, please speak to Rebecca Martin.

Village Hall
At the AGM of Eastern Green Village Hall, Greg was re-elected as the Chair, Kay Morgan (of the pre-school) was elected Secretary and Sandy Faulkner as Treasurer.  Liz Reed was also elected to the committee. Booking the hall continues to be done through Kay on 024 7647 4174.

Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday from Tues Nov 10th to Tues 17th inclusive.  All enquiries should be directed to Julie at the Church Office.

Prayer Tree
Please note that we have acquired a new prayer tree thanks to Jayne Nye. Do take advantage of the prayer tree, remembering to bring prayers of thanksgiving as well as requests.

Limbrick Wood Prayer
Anyone who wishes to join our sister church, Limbrick Wood Baptist Church for prayer on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the church building will be made very welcome. For further details speak to Greg or Jayne Nye.

Mission Partners
Our latest newsletter from Dan & Philippa Munday, our Mission Partners is at the back of church.

Bishop’s Visit to the Deanery
Please note that Bishop John, the Bishop of Warwick, is visiting our Deanery on Thursday 12th November. The service takes place at St James, Tile Hill Lane, at 7.30pm. We are all warmly encouraged to attend.

Seek His Face
Our monthly time of prophecy, prayer and worship takes place next Sunday at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Prayer Before Service
Anyone who would like to pray before the service would be welcome to join the small group in the upper room between 9.40 and 9.50am.

Memorial Service
Our annual Memorial Service in which we remember loved ones who have died in the parish over the last 12 months takes place tonight at 6pm. This is a very moving service in which the congregation is invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones. All welcome.

Coventry Winter Night Shelter
Please see the poster in the red folder at the back of church with details of volunteering opportunities to help the homeless from 1st December to 31st March.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Hazel and Frank Elks.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Fred Mickelwright, Rosemary Pottinger, Heather, Oliver Riley, Flix Haynes, Pauline & Colin Smith, Derek Shale, Ian Morris, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, Jackie Page, Margaret & Albert Whitehouse, Kay Wilding, Jackie Sheepy and Peter Shale. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Sun 1st  Nov6.00pmMemorial Service
Sun 1st  Nov8.00pmConfirmation Group
Mon 2nd Nov7.30pmBaptism Preparation at the Vicarage
Tues 3rd Nov6.45pmChoir Practice
Weds 4th Nov7.30pmLimbrick Wood prayer meeting
Thurs 5th NovAlpha Week 6
Sun 8th Nov8.00pmConfirmation Group
Mon 9th Nov7.30pmPCC Meeting
Tues 10th Nov2.00pmAdvent Group Starts
Readings at 8amRev 21.1-6 (p 1249) & John 11.32-44 (p 1078)
ReaderRichard Marr
PresidentGreg Smith
Worship 4 All led byGreg Smith
Readings next weekHeb 9 .24-28 & Mark 1.14-20