Pews News – 22nd November 2015

22nd November 2015 – Sunday next 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.

Special Welcome
To those who were confirmed at Coventry Cathedral yesterday: Andrew Rennie, Selina Toor, Mathis Baumert, June Knight and Deeann Lawson. Please continue to pray for them as they begin this next phase of their Christian journies.

Jonathan Hill
Jonathan is now fully recovered from a serious illness affecting his kidneys. He will now be continuing his curacy at St. James, Tile Hill, but will attend St. Andrew’s on an occasional basis, particularly to assist with our christening ministry. His contact number is: 07810 652011.

Next Sunday
Next Sunday’s service will be led by the Healing Team with a focus on wholeness. We will also in the same service be celebrating St. Andrew’s Day with Holy Communion.

Pram Service
Our fortnightly Pram Service takes place on Tuesday at 9.15am in church. Stories, songs and craft for pre-school children and their carers, a very informal service lasting 20-30 mins.

Darkness to Light
Our annual Darkness to Light service (a wonderful candlelit way to enter Advent) will take place next Sunday at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Barn Dance
Thanks to all those who supported last night’s Barn Dance at the Village Hall. Special thanks to our wonderful organizer, Barbara Warner, for all her hard work.

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.

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.

Christmas Flowers
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.

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 tonight November 22nd 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.

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). We would also like donations of mince pies. If able to help, please speak to Fran.

Link Delivery
We need a volunteer to take over a round – all of Nova Croft and Broad Lane (952-1024) 74 copies in all. Pat Coles who has faithfully done this round for many years is unable to continue to do this. If you are able to help please contact me on 02476 403458/07846  288036/ Many thanks Pat for your help and support over the years, it has been much appreciated. Barbara.

Wooden Crosses
Frank Dove is making small wooden crosses (replica of the large cross on the altar) and small holding crosses (prayer cross). The large in oak or mahogany are £7 each and the small £3 each. The majority of the cost is towards church funds. Please see me if you are interested in purchasing one. Thank you, Ann Dove.

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.

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.

Restored Lives
St. Andrews will be running a further Restored Lives course for those who have been through relationship breakdown on Thursday evenings from February 4th. Anyone willing to help cater one of the evenings should speak to Fran.

Harvest Collection
Belated thanks to Eastern Green Junior School who donated 126kg of food for our annual harvest collection.

Toy Service
Our annual Toy Service will take place at Worship 4 All on Sunday 6th December at 10am.  Please bring along new toys to place under the Christmas tree. Toys may be wrapped or unwrapped, but if wrapped with a gift tag or similar indicating age and sex of child for whom the gift is intended. Toys donated will be distributed via the Children’s Centre in Tile Hill.

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

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.

Prayer List
Please pray for Brenda Lawrence, Rosemary Pottinger, 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.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Rosemary Pottinger.

Diary Dates
Sun 22nd Nov6.30pmCity Praise at the Welcome Centre
Mon 23rd Nov7.30pmGrowing Leaders at the Vicarage
Tues 24th Nov9.15amPram Service
Tues 24th Nov2.00pmAdvent Group
Tues 24th Nov7.00pmHealing Team
Wed 25th Nov8.00pmSocial for Baptism Team at the Penny Farthing
Thurs 26th Nov7.30pmAllesley Green Meeting
Thurs 26th NovAlpha week 9
Sat 28th NovAlpha Away Day Berkswell Church
Sun 29th Nov2.30-4pmTeddy Bears Picnic for christening families
Sun 29th Nov6.30pmDarkness to Light Service
Mon 30th Nov7.30pmJunior Church Leaders at 4 Oakford Drive
Mon 30th Nov7.30pmAmnesty International card signing in church
ReadingsPsalm 132.1-12 (p 625) & John 18.33-37 (p 1087)
ReadersJames Durrant & Harvey Wyatt
PreacherSue Masters
IntercessionsLesley Lee
Led byLesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
Communion AsstHarvey Wyatt
OrganistGeorge Cooke
CrècheBecky &Ashleigh
Readings next week1 Thess 3.9-13 & Luke 21.25-36