Pews News – 15th November 2015

15th November 2015 – Second 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.

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.

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

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 drinks and glasses. Tickets available from Barbara Warner (on 024 7640 3458 or 07846 288036), Jackie Lynch, Veronika, Rosemary or Sue Williams.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers needed please on Saturday 5th December at 9.15am in the side room to help decorate the church for Christmas. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers please see Ann Dove.

Nightingales Concert
The Nightingales will be holding their Christmas Concert on Sunday 6th December, between 7 and 9pm. Tickets are available from David Griffiths as of Sunday 15th November.

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 December 4th 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. 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.

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

Prisoners of Conscience
The annual Amnesty International Christmas card signing will be held on Monday 30th November at 7.30pm in the side room. Come and show support for prisoners of conscience around the world whilst enjoying good company along with mince pies & drinks.

Caterer’s Required
St. Andrew’s will be running our successful marriage preparation course on January 20th, 27th & 4th February. This is open to all couples getting married at St. Andrew’s in the coming year. We begin each session with a meal before discussing various aspects of marriage. We are looking for volunteers to cater for these evenings, if this is something that you can help with please speak to Rebecca Martin for more information.

Sponsored Walk
So many thanks to all those who walked to raise money, supported the walkers on the day and the generous sponsors. In total, £1568.60 was collected for St. Andrew’s and the Laura Centre to be shared equally.

Three Camels and a Baby is 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.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church takes place today at 3.30pm at St. Oswalds. All welcome. Service especially suitable for families.

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 Tuesday November 10th to Tuesday 17th inclusive. All enquiries should be directed to Julie at the Church Office.

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

A Letter from the Bishop of Warwick
Please see the letter from the Bishop of Warwick on the notice board at the back of church inviting people to attend an event that Friends of the Holy Land are holding this month.

Please pray for our five confirmation candidates (Mathis Baumert, Selina Toor, June Knight, Andrew Rennie and Deeann Lawson) who will be confirmed at Coventry Cathedral on November 21st.

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.

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

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Doug Savage, Rosemary Pottinger, Heather, Flix Haynes, Pauline & Colin Smith, Derek Shale, Ian Morris, Colin Sanders, Beryl Poppit, 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 15th Nov3.30pmMessy Church at St Oswalds
Tues 17th Nov1.30-3pmLadies Fellowship Meeting
Thurs 19th NovDeanery Synod
Mon 23rd Nov7.30pmHistory Group
Tues 24th Nov9.15amPram Service
Wed 25th NovBaptism Team Night Out
Thurs 26th Nov7.30pmGrowing Leaders
Thurs 26th Nov7.30pmAllesley Green Meeting
Sat 28th NovAlpha Away Day Berkswell Church
Sun 29th Nov2.30-4pmTeddy Bears Picnic
Sun 29th Nov6.30pmDarkness to Light Service
ReadingHeb 10.11-25 & Mark 13.1-8
ReadersJohn Ross-Barnard & Victoria Kaczur
PreacherSue Masters
Led bySue Masters
PresidentAnne Richards
IntercessionsHarvey Wyatt
Comm AsstSue Masters
OrganistBen Kimpton
SidespersonsJulia McNaney & Gill Tunnicliffe
Readings next weekPsalm 132.1-12 & John 18.33-37