Pews News – 29th November 2015

29th November 2015 – First Sunday of 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.

This morning
Our service of Holy Communion will be led by members of the Healing Ministry Team.

Growing Leaders
The Growing Leaders programme which has been operating over the last 15 months came to an end this week. We congratulate the 9 graduates: Rita Muir, Dawn Bartlett, Selina Toor, Veronika Raugulis-Toor, Fran Smith, Nick Drayton, Dan Smith, David Griffiths and Lesley Lee. We will be commissioning them this morning.

Next Sunday
There will be an 8am service of communion. At 10am we host our annual Toy Service. 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.

Laura Centre
Susie Martin from the Laura Centre will be attending the Toy Service next Sunday to receive a cheque for £800 from St. Andrew’s Church, money raised through the magnificent efforts of our sponsored walkers and their very generous supporters.

Jonathan Hill
Jonathan 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. Please pray for him since his health is again not 100%.

Coffee Rota
After 6 years of faithful service coordinating the coffee rota, Jill Joyce is standing down. We are very grateful to Jill for her valuable contribution over such a long period. We are now looking for someone to replace her. The primary task is to draw up the annual rota; along with supporting and where necessary recruiting volunteers. If you wish to know more, please speak to Jill, Sue Masters or Greg.

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

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. Please get your tickets before Wednesday since the food order has to be placed with the chip shop.

Barn Dance
Thanks to all those who supported last week’s Barn Dance at the Village Hall. Special thanks to our wonderful organizer, Barbara Warner, for all her hard work. £388 was raised towards church funds, with nearly 60 having a great time.

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 on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December at 6.30pm. Tickets are available for what promises to be a very special event, priced £4 adults and £2 for children (with a family of up to 5 £10) from Julie at or 07756 918847 or Greg. We would also like donations of mince pies. If able to help, please speak to Fran.

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.

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 £7.50 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.

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.

Caterers Required
St. Andrew’s will be running our successful marriage preparation course on January 20th, 27th & 3rd 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.

For Sale St. Andrew’s Canvas Shopping Bags
No need to get caught out having to pay for a carrier bag! These fold small enough to carry in your pocket or handbag. Available at the back of church £1 each, please place money in the wall safe.

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.

Bannerbrook Park Missional Community
A new missional community is starting on Bannerbrook Park in the new year. We are looking to have fun, build community and run a small Alpha course on the estate in the near future. If you would be interested in joining us, please contact Phil on 07747 776230.

Lantern Walk
There will be a lantern walk (with donkeys!) on Bannerbrook Park at 4pm on 19th December, meeting at the Penny Farthing. All welcome! Limited transport will be available afterwards for those wishing to attend the St. Andrew’s Carol Service at 6.30pm.

Restored Lives
St. Andrew’s 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.

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

Anyone willing to act as a sidesperson at any of the Christmas services should speak to Greg.

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 Margaret & Derek Shale.

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.

Diary Dates
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
Tues 1st Dec2.00pmAdvent Group at 55 Handsworth Cresc
Thurs 3rd DecAlpha week 10 at 900 Broad Lane
Fri 4th Dec7.00pmQuiz Night at Masseys
Sun 6th Dec7.00pmNightingales Concert in church
Mon 7th Dec7.30pmBaptism Preparation at the Vicarage
Tues 8th Dec9.15amPram Service
Tues 8th Dec6.00pmNativity meeting at the Vicarage
ReadingJohn 1.35-42 (p 1064)
ReaderLyndsey Rawlings
PreacherGreg Smith
IntercessionsNigel Dawes
Led byJayne Nye
PresidentGreg Smith
ChildrenEmma, Alison & Claire
OrganistMichael Watkins
Readings next weekPhil 1.3-11 & Luke 3.1-6