Pews News – 13th December 2015

13th December 2015 – Third Sunday after Advent

Welcome
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.

Christmas Toys
Many, many thanks to all those who bought toys to put under our Christmas Tree. These have now been transported to the Children’s Centre in Tile Hill and will be distributed to children via there. The staff at the centre were hugely appreciative of people’s generosity. The gifts will make such a difference to many children in the area this Christmas.

Thank You
To all the volunteers who came to decorate the church last Saturday. Ann Dove.

Laura Centre
A cheque for £800 was presented to Sue Martin from the Laura Centre at last Sunday’s service, money raised through the magnificent efforts of our sponsored walkers and their very generous supporters. A photo of the presentation can be seen on our website.

Pram Service
Our final Pram Service of the year takes place this Tuesday at 9.15am with a Christmas theme. This interactive time of craft, story and song is open to all pre-school children and their parents/carers.

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.

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.

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 philrichardson@gmail.com/ 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.

Coffee Rota
Copies of the coffee rota for 2016 are now available at the back of church. Please note that volunteers are still required for 6 weeks on the second Sunday of the month and 6 weeks on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We also require a new co-ordinator. I can provide electronic copies of the rota and details to the new co-ordinator. Jill Joyce

Social Events
Many thanks to all those who supported recent social events organized by St. Andrew’s.  Nearly 60 people attended the Barn Dance; and over 100 supported the Quiz Night and Nightingales’ Concert. Many thanks to Barbara Warner, David Griffiths and the Allesley Green team for organizing these events.

Nativity
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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk 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.

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 Andrews, 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 7.00 – 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 triciapaj@hotmail.co.uk or Greg on 02476 422856 or email gregsmith31760@tiscali.co.uk or restoredlives.org.uk. 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.

Sidespersons and Readers
Anyone willing to act as a sidesperson at any of the Christmas services should speak to Greg.  We also need volunteer readers for Christmas Day and the Midnight Communion service on Christmas Eve.

Foodbank
A message from foodbank. The most urgently required items at present are nappies and personal hygiene items.

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.

Pews News
Please note that next week’s Pews News will be the last of the year.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were kindly donated by Trevor Hill.

Prayer List
Please pray for Hannah Miller, 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 administrator@standrews-eg.org.uk or 07756 918847.

Diary Dates
Mon 14th DecPCC Social
Tues 15th Dec6.00pmNativity Technical Rehearsal
Weds 16th Dec6.30pmNativity Dress Rehearsal
Thurs 17th Dec2.30pmSt Andrews School Service
Thurs 17th Dec6.30pmNativity
Fri 18th Dec9.15 & 10.15amEastern Green School Services
Fri 18th Dec6.30pmNativity
Sun 20th Dec6.30pmCarol Service
Thurs 24th Dec2.30 & 4pmCrib Services
Thurs 24th Dec11.00pmMidnight Communion
Fri 25th Dec10.00amFamily Communion
ReadingsPhil 4.4-7 (p 1181) & Luke 3.7-18 (p 1029)
ReadersClaire Kimpton & Sara Parkes
PreacherLesley Lee
PresidentGreg Smith
IntercessionsGreg Smith
Comm AsstLesley Lee
CrècheAshleigh & Veronika
Readings next weekHeb 10.5-10 & Luke 1.39-45