Pews News – 6th December 2015

6th December 2015 – Second 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.

Toy Service
This morning’s Toy Service is collecting toys that will be distributed via the Children’s Centre in Tile Hill. The toys will be taken to the Children’s Centre on Wednesday, so it’s not too late to bring something on Monday or Tuesday between 7am and 6pm and place under the 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.

Laura Centre
Susie Martin from the Laura Centre is attending the Service this morning 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. Please do make Susie warmly welcome.

Thank you
Thank you to all the cake buyers at StAPH on 22nd November. A magnificent £70+ was raised towards church funds. Thanks especially to Catherine Jupp for organising the event. Eileen Warne.

Pram Service
Our next fortnightly Pram Service for pre-school children and their carers takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am with the theme of Crossing the Red Sea. This interactive time of craft, story and song is open to all. The final Pram Service of the year (which will have a Christmas theme) takes place the following Tuesday, 15th December.

Messy Church
The Church Together in Tile Hill has agreed to close Messy Church at least temporarily.  While the services have largely gone well and have attracted reasonable size congregations, they have been unsuccessful in attracting new people to church. Anne Richardson will continue to explore the best way of churches in the area working together to attract new people.

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.

Quiz Night
Many thanks to all those who supported the Quiz Night on Friday, for which over 100 tickets were sold. Congratulations to Veronika who sold nearly half these. Thanks to the Allesley Green group who organized the event.

Barn Dance
Thanks to all those who supported our 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. Tickets are selling very fast. 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.

Shoe Boxes
Many thanks to all those who supported our annual Shoe Box appeal. Over 12,000 shoe boxes in all were donated by Coventry and Warwickshire, with those boxes now on their way to Eastern Europe. Thanks to Mark Walster for delivering our boxes to the central collection point. With Jill and David Joyce’s retirement from this ministry, we are looking for someone to volunteer to coordinate our collection next year. If anyone is interested, please speak to Greg.

Christmas Services
For a full list of Christmas services and events at St. Andrew’s, please see the leaflet (kindly produced by Steve Martin) at the back of church; our website or the Link.

Restored Lives: Helping you Recover from Relationship Breakdown
4th February – 10th March 2016 on Thursday evenings from 7- 9.30pm. This course supports and empowers people to move forward from relationship breakdown and to live a full life free from past issues. It is open to everyone, whatever your religion or belief. Each session starts with a delicious meal and includes talks and small group discussions. All the helpers have experience of divorce or separation themselves so they can come alongside people, understand their issues and support them. One course member said, ‘Even close friends cannot identify with divorce in the way that the course and the people on it did. Firstly it broke the isolation and secondly it helped me deal with the internal issues.’ Although it may feel like it, you are not alone. Come along and meet people in a similar situation and listen to expert advice. For more information contact Tricia on 07919080266 or email or Greg on 02476 422856 or email or

Restored Lives
Thursday evenings from 4th February to 10th March. Anyone willing to help cater for 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 please 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.

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.

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.

Nightingales Concert
The Nightingales Concert will take place in Church tonight starting promptly at 7pm. Tickets are available from David Griffiths (01675 442240). Tickets will be available at morning service and at the door this evening. Tickets are priced at Adults £5; children £2.

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 20th 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.

Christmas Draw
Tickets will be on sale after the service today for £1 per book of 5 tickets. 1st Prize £100 and over 20 other prizes. The draw will take place after the Carol Service on 20th December. All proceeds to Church funds. See Emma or Nigel for tickets.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Ann Dove and Betty Rippingale.

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 and Peter Shale. To add names to the list please contact Julie at or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
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
Weds 9th Dec7.00pmBudget meeting at 4 Seatons Field, Red Lane
Mon 14th DecPCC Social
Tues 15th Dec6.00pmNativity Technical Rehearsal
Weds 16th Dec6.30pmNativity Dress Rehearsal
Readings at 8amPhil 1.3-11 (p 1178) & Luke 3.1-6 (p 1029)
ReaderHilary Wankling
Led byGreg Smith
Readings next weekPhil 4.4-7 & Luke 3.7-18